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Notes on the Geography of Northern India: Ajaigar

Ajaigar is a small town in northern Panna District and draws only a few visitors, almost solely to the ruins of its hilltop fortress.

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The road north from Panna to Ajaigarh drops off the northern lip of the Rewa Plateau, forming here the Panna Range.

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The topography may not look very rugged, but the road has a half-dozen hairpin curves.

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Down below, the earth fattens with the approach of the Ganges lowlands.

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Sugarcane grows.

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Electric pumps raise groundwater. Ajaigarh stands on a safe and secure butte rising above these plains.

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The Ajaigarh bus stop.

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Fast food.

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Coming right up.

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Lunch.

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The business district.

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Residential district.

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Typical roof tiles.

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The abandoned palace of the local rajah.  A newer one, inhabited, is behind the valley.  Above, on the hillcrest, are the ruins of Ajaigarh fort, reached by a rough trail.

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Facade of the raja's abandoned palace.

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Front door.

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Palace-roof view of Ajaigarh.


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