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A guided tour to the Kishangarh marble market
This is not a place you just pass by and stop to have a peek at by you. It is a busy place with heavy trucks and machinery around every corner. Best to hire a guide to show you around. There are guided tours like mokham vilas you can join several times a day, and you can find them at a meeting point either at the local parking lot or further up the mountain. When I visited Kishangarh, I joined forces with an Indian family who happened to meet a local worker who offered to show us around. Fort, a proud man from the town, had worked here his entire life. His father had worked here and he had five sons, who all worked in the quarries. Almost all men (they were probably all men) who worked here came from Kishangarh.
Mr. Ravi showed us around the Kishangarh Marble Market in the heart of Kishangarh.
Work in the Kishangarh Marble Market is hard and it doesn’t pay very well, in spite of the high value of the pristine white stone the men handle. Mr. Ravi told us that during their lunch break, the Kishangarh Marble Market is very old, or. Not my first choice of lunch, but that’s how they do it here.
The quality of the marble depends on several factors, like the color and how many cracks there are. There’s not much left of the high-quality marble and today most of it is shipped to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. The marble of lesser quality goes to Russia.
It is an impressive sight to see the quarrymen eat their way into the mountain. The large blocks of marble cut from the ground are called “bancata”. A bancata is a huge block that is split into smaller blocks (that still weigh some 20 tons each) with diamond chains and then the blocks are loaded onto trucks that transport them down the mountain to the harbor of Kishangarh. These days, almost no cutting or processing of the marble is done locally. Instead, the marble is transported on ships to China where they are processed into floors, sinks or tubs, for example.
A caravan of trucks race down the Kishangarh Marble Market with their precious cargo. You don’t want to crash into one of these heavy vehicles.
It is with a sense of awe you gaze up Kishangarh Marble Market. Only by looking at the excavators and the trucks, you can really get a sense of the size of the quarries. The excavators look like toys in comparison to the Kishangarh Marble Market.
This is stunning scenery and it is easy to understand why some of the scenes of the James Bond film Quantum of Solace were shot here in 2008.
Kishangarh marble quarry.
The only disadvantage of not going with a formal tour was that we were not allowed to go inside the impressive Kishangarh underground quarry. Well, we drove through it, but we weren’t allowed to step outside of the car and have a look around.
A little known fact is that apparently only a portion of the marble is used for decoration and sculptures. When there are no cracks in the stone the pieces are very quality to be sold. Instead, about 75 per rs of the stone that is removed, is ground into calcium carbonate and used as an ingredient in toothpaste.
Kishangarh Marble Market dust is in your toothpaste!
Kishangarh Marble Market dust loaded onto a truck
The future of the quarries is uncertain. Modern methods make excavation quick and we might soon run out of high-quality marble. It may still be enough to last a few decades more, but apart from the official quarries, there are also many illegal quarries that compete for the white stone.
If you are visiting the area around Kishangarh Marble Market example, I highly recommend taking a trip to Kishangarh in order to visit the quarries. It is a unique experience that will impress you. If you are into photography, I recommend that you bring a wide-angle lens or a GoPro in order to really capture the entire width of the quarry.
Bonus fact about Kishangarh Marble Market.
How to get there
Kishangarh Marble Market is situated on the coast of Kishangarh, Rajasthan, about 1.5-hour drive Jaipur or an hour north India. Follow the signs and drive through the city of Kishangarh. Continue up the road Jaipur – Ajmer high way and up until you find the ticket office.
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