Category Archives: travel in India

Urban Alwar

During the scooter taxi ride back to the Hill Fort. Along the way, our driver stopped a few times to hail friends (had stopped on the way in to pick up his wife and small daughter, both gaudy in festival finery). One of these friends asked curiously where we had come from and where we were going. They don’t get many tourists in Alwar.

View from the Hill Fort, Kesroli

This is the view from one of the round towers of the fort on the village side. We look down in lordly splendor as perhaps its original owner did – although, in the 14th century, the sights and sounds would have been very different!

Later, as dusk descended, we saw dozens of headlights on the road below as the locals returned home from the day’s work on motorcycles and tractors. The fact that they apparently had paying jobs elsewhere, and vehicles to commute to them, indicates an astonishing and heartening level of prosperity in this part of rural India. 60% of India’s population still lives in villages, but it seems that fewer and fewer of them subsist on farming alone.