June 28, 2008

Alipura, On the way to Khajuraho


I had the pleasure of sharing a taxi to Khajuraho with C of UK and F of Germany, a lovely couple that I met in Orchha.



The journey was uneventful and included the usual sights of crowded buses, or for that matter any mode of transport packed to the brim and overflowing, and herds of cattle that have the right on roads. They act as natural speed breakers for speeding vehicles!

On a separate note, cow protection is a sentimental issue of the Hindu religion. Human to cattle bond is linked to compassion that brings with it other principles such as ahimsa and vegetarianism for Hindus. King Ashoka, who converted to Buddhism, was known to be the first person to put compassion into action by caring for animals in need and is said to have set up animal shelters.



Anyway, to get back to the road journey, someone aptly said: The drivers need good brakes, good horn, and good sense!



We stopped by at Alipura Palace for refreshments. It is a good stopover for anyone travelling on this route. Khajuraho is approximately 90 kms away from Alipura.




The Alipura Palace was the home to Raja Manvendra Singh and his family. The Palace walls are decorated with old trophies and souvenirs that gives a good insight of the royalty of the Bundelkhands. Alipura heritage dates back to 300 years with its ancestors being rulers of Panna for several decades.


12 comments:

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Such a majestic place!The interiors must be even better!

What a lovely trail from Jhansi to Khajuraho :)

Lakshmi said...

lovely pics ..posts like these showcase the beauty of India

GMG said...

I'm glad you shared a taxi, not the bus in front of you... ;)
As far as cows are concerned, the only thing I may say is that it's highly unlikely that I'll be driving in India! ;))
Beautiful palace´ the Alipura!!
Have a great week!

Zhu said...

I have always heard about respect for cows and how it could lead to traffic problems! It's funny from an outsider's point of view.

indicaspecies said...

Sameera,

Thanks. Do drop again in to check out my post on Khajuraho.:)

indicaspecies said...

Lakshmi,

Thank you. Am glad you feel so.:)

indicaspecies said...

Gil,

Hahaha..a bus would take ages to reach, so no, not for me. Time is precious.

Btw, when I am on holidays in India, I do not drive. Because I feel if I do, I may not reach my destination. Thank you for your comment.:)

indicaspecies said...

Zhu,

It's difficult for some to understand the sentiments.
As an Indian national, I can.:)

Regarding traffic problems or traffic accidents, the statistics across the world can be interesting.
I wonder if you are aware of this fact: Kuwait, with only about 2.5 million people and modern well-lit roads, has the highest rate of traffic accidents in the world. India's, in spite of its huge population (and cows), is much low. And yet, I find it safe to drive here, rather than in India. Surprised?;)

Merisi said...

Cows slowing down traffic, what a novel concept that would be! Could suggest a place or two where they could need a few cows to slow the pace of traffic. Love of animals keeps me from suggesting this cow blocks. ;-)

indicaspecies said...

Merisi,

Bovine shield? Hahaha..

You have a compassionate heart, and I like that.:)

Priyank said...

Wow Celine, you really absorbed even the tiniest places :) Did you also stop at Chhatarpur? I think I went there when I was small, but can't remember.

indicaspecies said...

Priyank,

I passed by Chattarpur but the stop was at Alipura. You know how I like to explore as much as I can while on the road.:)