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Another Day, Another Fort and Another Competition

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Most of Rajasthan is an arid land fit only for camels and nomadic herdsmen. Yet liberally scattered across this desert are great fortresses, and opulent palaces, attesting to the enormous wealth of the petty potentates who amassed their fortunes in much the same way as the megalomaniacal robber barons who terrorised England during the 12th century. This is the 15th century Junagarh fort in Bikaner...

Camel, bullock and donkey carts are still used today as they were when this fort was new...

Unlike most of the other Rajput forts we've visited, this one doesn't sit atop a hill. But in most respects it is similar...after all, a fort is a fort etc.
However, this 16th century bastion is in far better shape than many others, and the interior rooms are stunning...

Now, we guess that you, like us, might have had enough forts for awhile, so here's a few artifacts for you to puzzle over while we visit a camel farm. If you can tell us what these objects are you can win a free ride on a camel in Rajasthan, (airfare and accommodation not included).



These are the fort gates, but why are they covered in menacing spikes?

Posted by Hawkson 04:45 Archived in India

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I'd get motion sick riding a camel, but here are my guesses:
1.The original cotton gin, although it looks a lot like the B.C. Hydro shredder that's been working on the Strand this week.
2.The original backpack.
3.It would be very painful trying to scale the thing.

by R and B

Yup I think roy is right the first is a 'grinder upper' of some sort...but then if it was that easy you likely wouldn't have used it!
2 is no doubt a camel harness so we don't fall off when we all go for the free ride...maybe it's even a seat built for two. No Roy is likely half right, ya put yer baggage in one of the holes and sit in the other...OR he is completely right and you fill them both up with your stuff and then perch on top of your worldly possessions and go for a luxury ride!
3 is surely a weapon...likely dropped it down on top of any one fool enough to try and scale it.

What amazing and massive buildings these are...what a time you are having.
Lots of love going your way, G/*

by Gabriole

We agree that the first is a thresher or cotton mill or gin and the second one is a device for breaking up soil, or a reaper? Beautifully made - haven't seen that model in Lee Valley Catalogue lately!

by joycieB

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