National Geographic : 1948 Oct
:; a JA ISAL MER 0 a JAISAL -ME ~R 0 Drawn by Theodora Price Rajputana's 23 Indian States Spread over Desert, Mountain, and Jungle Total area is smaller than that of Oklahoma and Missouri combined. In the desert oases and on fertile uplands dwell some 14,000,000 people. Although its summers are exceedingly hot, Rajputana is one of the most healthful sections in the new Dominion of India. Today many of the Rajput States are being absorbed in new administrative units of the Dominion. Light gray of inset shows India; dark gray, Pakistan. desert, he vanished and reappeared with a tray filled with refreshments. Graciously the Maharani received us and showed deep in terest in the story of our misadventures en route to Jaipur. At length we were escorted to our quarters. My room was huge and appointed with Western furnishings, including an ultra modern electric fireplace. I noticed an assort ment of familiar-looking gear in one corner of the room and walked over to investigate. A light dawned on me. "Rabbit" had ordered the servants to "bring in all the things." They had taken him literally, had removed every- thing from the ambulance that was not nailed down, and had faithfully deposited it in my room-down to and including the spare tire. The next morning after breakfast we met Ram Gopal, Leela, and other members of a famous Indian dancing troupe on one of the palace verandas. The air was balmy and conversation lively. All too soon I had to take my departure for Bundi, leaving my friends Jim and Fred behind. But His High ness invited me to return after New Year to attend the annual Gangor Festival and also a subsequent round of entertainment he had planned for his festival guests.