The Samode Palace came to life early on Monday morning as it was the location for a film shoot with hundreds of engineers and extras milling about waiting for action.
With 269kms ahead of us, the Maharajah Marathon crews also sprang into action as we got back behind the wheel and back on the road.
Our first stop was at Chand Baori, in the village of Abhaneri, one of the largest step wells in the world. The route to the ‘Baoli” as it is also known took us through many villages where Monday was obviously wash day for the whole family.
Built in the 8th century, Chand Baori is a deep four-sided well with a large temple on the back face of the building, consisting of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 stories. It extends approximately 30 m (100 ft) into the ground, also making it one of the deepest stepwells in India.
From the Baori, it was back on the road and time to get some kilometres under our tyres. However, a new road that had been installed since the final recce caused confusion for everyone. Thankfully, they finally got back on track and found their way back on route to our hotel for the next two nights in Ranthambore, ahead of our game drives to hopefully see the Tigers tomorrow.
Once everyone was back home, we enjoyed a bush dinner by fire light with traditional dancers and musicians at the Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge.