Welcome break beside the lake en route our trek to Kumbalgarh Fort
Besides exploring the area around the resort, we spent one evening visiting the Kumbhalgarh fort. This is a world heritage site, built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha. The day we were there, there was a light and sound show at night, retelling the story of how the infant prince Udai was smuggled to Kumbhalgarh when Chittorgarh was under siege, and his subsequent elevation to the throne. Ahmed Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat, and the dreaded Mahmud Khilji tried to conquer the fort, but failed. While Akbar briefly managed to gain possession of the fort after the victory at Haldighati, this too was short - lived, with Maharana Pratap wresting it back from him. The sound and light show retold this history, and all I could think about is why we weren't taught this while in school! Tales of such valour and magnificence reduced to an apologising after thought, while all we are taught is how the history of India is restricted to the Mughals and Gandhi - Nehru family. Pathetic, to say the least. It was heartening to see people thronging to the Kumbhalgarh fort, and listening to an abridged commentary on its history.
Finally, we headed back to Mumbai. The drive back was uneventful in itself, other than the superb meal we had at the Ahura Hotel in Ambivali. This little gem is bang on NH 48, albeit on the North bound carriageway. It has pretty much all you'd want to have by way of Parsi food, including Akuri, Salli boti, Berry pulao, Lagan nu custard and an in-house bakery selling freshly baked cookies and other goodies! After stuffing ourselves to the gills, we managed to crawl back to the car, for the 120Kms to head back home.
It was good to be back home after nearly 17 days on the road - 17 days of experiences and memories that'll last a lifetime!