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Rahil in Maheshwar and Mandu

Rahil flew to Indore on the evening of September 16th and met his Mom there. The next morning, he, Mom, and Dad drove to Maheshwar, a small town of about 30,000 on the banks of the sacred Narmada River. Rahil stayed in the lovely Ahilya Fort, high atop the bluffs, with its innumerable nooks and crannies, dining areas, pool, animals, and gardens. Highlights of Rahil's stay in Maheshwar included a trip across the river, several visits to the clean, sparse, wide, and non-commercialized ghats, and, above all, the discovery of several snails and slugs.

After two nights at the Ahilya Fort hotel, Rahil drove to Mandu, a magnificent abandoned fortified city that purportedly was home to nearly a million people several centuries ago; now all that remain are the buildings (in various states of repair) and a few thousand residents. Mandu was home to the famous musician Roopmati, and Rahil saw where she performed. Mandu is also home to the tomb of Hoshung Shah, the first marble structure built in India (c. 1470) and a model for the Taj Mahal, as well as several other simply stunning complexes.

After scouring as many ruins as possible for slimy insects, Rahil returned to Indore for a late night flight back to Delhi.
View of Indore
View of Indore
Race you there!
Race you there!
View of the Narmada River from Ahilya Fort in Maheshwar
View of the Narmada River from Ahilya Fort in Maheshwar
First visit to the Maheshwar ghats
First visit to the Maheshwar ghats
View of the Maheshwar ghats from the river
View of the Maheshwar ghats from the river
Crossing the Narmada River
Crossing the Narmada River
Share and share alike
Share and share alike
Observing the many goats while browsing trinkets
Observing the many goats while browsing trinkets
Don't get too close -- it might be poisonous!
Don't get too close -- it might be poisonous!
View of the Ghats from the top of the steps
View of the Ghats from the top of the steps
Goats
Goats
An old wagon on the ghats
An old wagon on the ghats
Enjoying a Limca on a hot afternoon while Mom buys sarees
Enjoying a Limca on a hot afternoon while Mom buys sarees
Steps leading from the ghats to Ahilya Fort
Steps leading from the ghats to Ahilya Fort
Offerings
Offerings
More offerings
More offerings
Camoflage
Camoflage
Rahil at the Maheshwar ghats
Rahil at the Maheshwar ghats
Ahilya Fort
Ahilya Fort
A corner of the ghats
A corner of the ghats
Offering a quick prayer
Offering a quick prayer
Lord Krishna idol
Lord Krishna idol
Thinking about snails, a current object of interest
Thinking "about snails," a current object of interest
Atop Ahilya Fort
Atop Ahilya Fort
Sunset romp at the Maheshwar ghats
Sunset romp at the Maheshwar ghats
New best pals
New best pals
Found a nest!
Found a nest!
Dad and Rahil on the Narmada
Dad and Rahil on the Narmada
Inside a temple in Maheshwar
Inside a temple in Maheshwar
Found another snail!
Found another snail!
Narmada River from the ghats
Narmada River from the ghats
Connecting with a sacred cow
Connecting with a sacred cow
Trash can
Trash can
Town of Maheshwar
Town of Maheshwar
Signing the Ahilya Fort guest register
Signing the Ahilya Fort guest register
At the Roopmati Pavililion in Mandu
At the Roopmati Pavililion in Mandu
Inside the Baz Bahadur Mahal palace
Inside the Baz Bahadur Mahal palace
Interior of Baz Bahadur Palace
Interior of Baz Bahadur Palace
Overlooking one of the many rain harvesting areas
Overlooking one of the many rain harvesting areas
Inside a Jahaz Mahal bath
Inside a Jahaz Mahal bath
IMG_5492 Jahaz Mahal.jpg
IMG_5492 Jahaz Mahal.jpg
AtopJahaz Mahal
AtopJahaz Mahal
Rahil at Jahaz Mahal masjid in Mandu
Rahil at Jahaz Mahal masjid in Mandu
View of Jahaz Mahal, Mandu
View of Jahaz Mahal, Mandu
In a sea of columns inside Jami Masjid
In a sea of columns inside Jami Masjid
Jami Masjid basement
Jami Masjid basement
Tomb of Hoshang Shah, Mandu, upon which the Taj Mahal was modeled
Tomb of Hoshang Shah, Mandu, upon which the Taj Mahal was modeled