Photographer's Note

I will return to Mrauk U but first I would like to explain the confusion with the Great Walls.
Number one is, of course, the Great Wall of China. It extends for thousands of kilometres.
Number two is the Great Wall of India, in Kumbhalgargh
Built on a hilltop 1,100 m above sea level on the Aravalli range, the fort of Kumbhalgarh has perimeter walls that extend 36 km. The frontal walls are fifteen feet thick. Kumbhalgarh has seven fortified gateways. There are over 360 temples within the fort, 300 ancient Jain and the rest Hindu. From the palace top, it is possible to see kilometres into the Aravalli Range. The sand dunes of the Thar Desert can be seen from the fort walls.
Kumbalgarh is situated 82 km northwest of Udaipur by road. There are no cities nearby, so it is a bit difficult to reach. According to legend the Maharana of Kumbhalgarh tried so many times to build the wall of the fort but each time failed to do so. They consulted a local pilgrim about their construction problems. The pilgrim advised that he be beheaded and after cutting his head to build a temple where the head should fall, and to build the wall and the fort where the rest of his body lay. Following his advice, they succeed in building the world's second-largest wall.

It is what you see here.

And now number three. THE RAJASTHAN region of India was ruled for more than 1,000 years by the Rajputs, warrior kings who carved out dozens of small fiefdoms and defended them with fortified palaces. One of the most impressive to visit, inside and out, is the Amber Fort, 12 kilometres north of Jaipur.

The heavily fortified palace is strung along a rocky ridge that has one lowland approach. Running out from it, up the hillsides and across hilltops are walls, like small versions of China’s Great Wall.

And the walls from Craig's photos are from Amber. When you look at his Workshop here, you will see the Amber Fort. It is huge and visiting it inside takes some hours and is quite tiring. So no wonder that the people do not want to climb the walls. When I was there, the weather was quite bad, it was a fog, so I didn't climb it, but I saw a bit of it.

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Wall of Kumbalgargh

Walls of Amber Fort

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11549 W: 123 N: 29379] (138524)
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