For Part 1 go HERE
For Part 2 go HERE
So we had visited our first fort and were all geared up for a fun day of sightseeing. As we drove along the road, we saw the remains of the old railway, with little bridges left standing, but no rails. It didn’t take long till we reached another fort and train station. This one had the same sign as the last ones, but the gate was wide open, so… in we went:
Interestingly enough, all the forts we ended up seeing were the same basic structure, some in better condition than others. They all had holes of some sort:
And stairs heading up to the top:
I was not into holes or heights, so I went to inspect the kitchen:
…which also had holes right in front of the fireplaces:
We wondered whether they had been for storing wood, or water…. but don’t know the answer to that. I also inspected the bathroom…
…where in this fort the holes had been covered in…
Holes I can cope with are the ones in the wall for which of course I had to put my teacher’s hat on and ask the kids if they remembered why the windows were wide on the inside and narrow on the outside:
Thankfully my children have retained some knowledge from when we studied castles and gave me the correct answer… oh and can you see what is through the window? Finally! Some tracks and a train!!!
Still intact enough to climb on, but rather rusty in many spots:
And quite a few essential bits missing… but still, it gave us a good idea of what it used to be:
After all of us taking loads of photos, and hanging around in the fort for maybe 40 min, our family decided we had enough pics of the inside and I asked dh to take me a bit further away so that I could take an “artistic” photo of the old and the new:
Well, artistic is hard in the desert with rubbish piles everywhere… but, you can see the railway station/fort on the left, and the mosque on the right. What you can’t see is what is to the right of the mosque…. and that, my friends, turned out to be the most important building of the day…..
Ok, so I did say in Part 2 I’d tell you in the next post about police escorts and why one must not tarry.. however, I think 11 photos in one post is more than enough, so you will need to wait till next time to find out about our “DLF” and the rest of the day…..
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