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Roothi Rani ka Mahal near Udaipur: A trekkers' haven
Many times I have to travel to various places because of my occupation as freelancing consultant and I keep on getting to know about places that are worth visiting during my travels.

During my travel by road from Udaipur to Banswara, about 45 kilometers from Udaipur, we stopped at a small place called Veerpura where a shop is famous for serving tea and poha. Generally, many travelers stop at the tea shop and eat while standing or sitting on benches spread around the shop. It was about 7 am when we stopped at the shop to have tea and taste a bit of poha.

From the tea shop, I happened to see a structure on a hill top and took a few photographs by composing certain things of Veerpura. For the foreground, I could find a pigeon sitting on an old wall and one sitting on a cable and by zooming in the camera, I took the photographs of the palace. Another interesting thing was that the place was full of crows that were feeding on the left-over poha and one could shoot them easily at this place.

I was told by the driver who hailed from Udaipur that the structure is called Hawa Mahal by the tourism department and the locals call it 'Roothi Rani ka Mahal'. It is an old structure which is now being looked after by the archaeological department. It does not draw many visitors, but occasionally, during the tourist season when people come to visit Rajsamand lake, many trek to the structure by walking four kilometers up the hillock.

The palace was constructed by Maharana Jai Singh (AD 1680-1698) for his youngest queen, who later became famous as Roothi Rani. She had left this palace to lead a sober life, hence, the name got transformed into 'Roothi Rani ka Mahal' in folklore, told the driver. I was impressed by his knowledge of the driver.

I thought of writing a short write-up on the place and create a collage with a haiku (The queen was dismayed./ She bade farewell to the king / to lead somber life). For trekkers, the place is a treat during winters. But, do carry a walking stick since some portions of this trek are steep. Carry your own water and keep on sipping it while you trek about 4-5 km to reach the palace.

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