A BUMPY RIDE from Sariska will take you to the abandoned city of Bhangarh, a fascinating site said to be a clan citadel before Amber. Local legend says that the place was deserted when cursed by an evil magician, and many of its structures were transported to the new capital in the early 17th century by Madho Singh, the younger brother of Amber’s Raja Man Singh I , Bhangarh, also known as the “City of Ten Thousand Homes”, exemplifies the hierarchy of traditional town planning. A stone colonnaded pathway lined with market kiosks, stables or residences leads to the inner sanctum at the foot of the hills where a ruined palace, derisively called Randiyon ka Mahal (“palace of the prostitutes”) remains, overlooking the Someshwar Temple, still in use. Three other temples dot the sprawling site, of which the Mangala Devi Temple, with a corbelled dome and finely carved exterior, is by far the most imposing.
ENVIRONS: On the road to Bhangarl is Ajabgarh, built by Macho Singh’s grandson as anew settlement for the people of Bhangarl , by erecting a wall to separate the two cities. Part of the old town is under water, but a fort and some ruins may still be seen.
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