Page 576. " travelling to Mount Abu "

Sunset at Mount Abu
Public DomainSunset at Mount Abu - Credit: IP Singh
Mount Abu is a mountain in the Aravalli range of western India.  It is the highest peak in the range.  There are lots of ancient buildings, monuments and other tourist attractions located on Mount Abu.  These include a number of Jain and Hindu temples, the 14th century Achalgarh Fort and the sacred Nakki Lake.

Page 576. " with a seer of loquats "
Loquat fruit
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeLoquat fruit - Credit: Jean-Pol GRANDMONT

The loquat is a fruit tree belonging to the family Rosaceae.  It is native to China but has also been cultivated in India, Japan, the USA and several other parts of the world.

Loquat fruits are orange or yellow in colour, and can be oval, round or pear-shaped; they usually have a downy skin. When peeled, the loquat fruit can be eaten fresh or cooked.  They are also used for jams and jellies.

A seer is an obsolete Asian unit of weight equal to 0.93kg.

Loquat recipes from Loquat World

Page 581. " had studied Ayurvedic medicine "

God of Ayurveda
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeGod of Ayurveda - Credit: Matanya
Ayurvedic medicine is practiced in India as a traditional medicine and in other parts of the world as a form of alternative medicine.  It involves the use of minerals, oils and vegetable-based drugs.  Hygiene, diet, exercise and meditation are also considered to be important.  Dhanvantari, one of the avatars of Krishna, is the god of Ayurvedic medicine.

Page 581. " sacred city of Kashi "

Creative Commons AttributionVaranasi - Credit: Steve Evans
The city of Kashi in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is also known as Varanasi or Benares.  Kashi was the name given to the city in the Rigveda and means "the luminous one". 

The city is located on the west bank of the River Ganges and is considered a holy place and a centre of great cultural and religious importance. 

Page 600. " out of deodar logs "
Deodar tree
Public DomainDeodar tree - Credit: Noebse
The National Tree of Pakistan is the deodar tree, a species of cedar also found in parts of India, Afghanistan, Tibet and Nepal.  The tree typically grows to 40-50m tall and is a coniferous evergreen.

In Hinduism, the deodar is considered to be a sacred tree.  It also has medicinal properties; the aromatic inner wood can be used to make incense and essential oils, and the bark and stem can be used as astringents.