The history books of my school days told us a story which has been hard-burned into my brain – the story of how Rana Pratap was saved from the battlefield by his loyal horse, Chetak, and brought to safety – a flight for which Chetak sacrificed his own life.
Nothing remains of the battlefield – not surprising, since it was fought in 1576. A large memorial museum, built like a castle, has been constructed. Inside, visitors are taken through an indoor sight-and-sound guided tour covering various aspects of the life of the Rana and the battle of Haldighati.
My little camera is most inadequate to capture the look and feel of the cameos which form part of the exhibits – you’ll have to visit the memorial to experience these for yourself.
However, the overall feeling was that of disappointment – I expected a lot more immediacy about the battle, which somehow was missing. I’m unlikely to go back – I’d rather read about the battle, Chetak’s bravery and that of the Rana and his companions – somehow they come alive in my mind from the books.