The next day, Chutku woke up with a fever and a very upset stomach. We were supposed to have a really long journey and I got worried. I insisted that we finish breakfast at the hotel where we stayed itself, so that if the poor fellow wanted to use the bathroom, it would be comfortable for him. He just couldnt keep any food down and got tired even before we started from the hotel. We Checked out at about 9am and then at the first medical shop bought him Enterogermina and fed him curds and biscuits through out the journey. We reached Chittorgarh at about 12pm and thankfully, our driver told us that we could drive through the 13kms fort.
I had this very romantic notion of Rani Padmini’s palace and garden and the place where she and all the women of the fort committed jouhar. Though this fort comes under the World Heritage Site lavel, as we climbed up the hill I was thoroughly disappointed. This is a totally run-down, dilapidated fort with absolutely no maintenance. There is a Kirti Stambh, a functional jain temple, a Meerabai temple and a run down garden with a small room which has mirrors on all sides – but I doubt the authenticity of those mirrors which are apparently the mirrors in which Allauddin Khilji saw Rani Padmini.
By this time Chutku’s fever was at its peak and he refused to get down from the car and wanted to be carried/sitting on me all the time. So, I only got down for a few minutes at the garden and at the Meera Bai temple. We had yummy kulfis to beat the heat and then started the journey towards Sawai Madhopur to Ranthambore. We stopped at a small place for lunch and then drove through all afternoon and evening to reach Sawai Madhopur by around 6:30 in the evening. There were hardly any vehicles on the road, it was already dark and it was also close to full moon. It was just beautiful. By the time we searched for Ranthambore Bagh and settled int it was again time for dinner. We were all exhausted and we had an early morning Safari planned. After a quick fresh-up, we had an early dinner and were in bed by 9:30pm.