Occasionally I read, watch, or hear about something that makes me think… gee, I\’d really like to see that someday. Then, when it comes time to plan a vacation, I wrack my brain trying to remember where exactly it was that I wanted to see again. This is a ‘voulez aller‘ post… a bucket-list-type post of someday-travel destinations.
The other day I happened to see a nifty little image that was trending on Google+ — the image that happens to be attached to this post — and it made me curious enough to poke around the net learning a little more about this particular locale. The picturesque view is actually, as it would seem from the limited information I could scrape together, a view of a seventh century fort located in western India, called Benteng Chittorgarh.
I’ve never been to India. I’ve eaten my fair share of Indian cuisine, a fare I (probably too often) associate with delicious and savoury buffets packed with the lunchtime crowds in this land-locked Western North American city where I live. And a food fascination that started, no less, with a curiosity that was piqued by watching the curry-obsessed David Lister a’la the BBC’s Red Dwarf in my youth. It is probably nothing short of shameful that my entire basis for a vast and diverse culture is founded upon a low-budget, English, science fiction sitcom from the nineties, but there you have it… you’ve got to start somewhere.
It does not diminish the fact that since those impressionable teenage years I’ve like to think I’ve learned a lot more about the tapestry of cultures that make up that corner of the world and that this has insipred a new desire to put together an itinerary and make my way overseas for an in-depth adventure there.
And so, me hoping that this photo is even a fractional bit representative of this place, Benteng Chittorgarh now seems to have found it’s way onto that growing itinerary. Anyone else have some less-well-known sights in India that would be worth a trek?