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“History caught in Litigation”
Review of Bundi Palace

Bundi Palace
Ranked #215 of 948 things to do in Rajasthan
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Greater Noida, India
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“History caught in Litigation”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

First things first, the palace of Bundi is impressive from the word go. Its not uncommon to see many people stop their cars on the highway from where the palace is clearly seen. On reaching closer, the enormity of the structure is even more impressive. After you buy the entry ticket the place really takes over. However what becomes apparent is that there is neglect of the palace. The reason as we were told is that the property is caught up in litigation. As a result no renovation work is being undertaken, the place is full of bat dropping, smells foul in places, has a totally unkempt look and there is no guide system. Thankfully as we were there in true off season one of the family caretakers took the trouble of taking us around.

What the palace has to offer is beautiful. There are rooms of beautiful frescos, doors of Belgian glass and ivory, painted jharokas, and engineering marvels of fountains which though dry and not connected to any piped supply of water,have a system where blowing into specific crevices makes water appear!!!! the Kings palace is tiered in three levels, each with its own set of architectural marvels and spectacular frescos. The sights are to be taken slowly so that one can enjoy them.

The top of the palace or the queens palace is thankfully with the ASI, which means it is well looked after. Beautiful lawns, and a rooftop art gallery where paintings and wall frescos have been done with real gold. The ASI staff is very welcoming and more than happy to give you a guided tour of the art gallery and the queens palace area. Also the views from here are breathtaking. Spending some me time on a bench in the queens palace is highly recommended.

Since the palace is not well looked after, a lot of people try to come there to simply while away time. So as the caretaker told us , couples are not allowed to sit inside for more than an hour and closed doors remain closed for Indians as most resort to vandalism (Sad but true!). However if you are a true history enthusiast and love old palaces and forts, the caretakers are kind enough and knowledgeable to see the difference between you and the vandals, and open those doors. Some really beautiful art work is found behind those doors. Also as the caretakers are locals and associated with the royal families, they can give you interesting stories and information about the Palace, Bundi and adjoining areas.

While visiting remember to wear proper walking shoes and avoid it, if you have even the slightest leg trouble as the Palace has truly leg breaking climbs.

Visited June 2013
5 Thank traveldrunk
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Munich, Germany
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“Like the Potala in Lhasa”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

What a wonderful „small“ city, topped from the palace which remembered me of the Potala in Lhasa (Tibet). Unfortunately the noble family has not enough money to maintain this imposant building. A part of the palace belongs in the meantime to the (city-?)government and they try their best. I was bewitched from the whole city and the palace.

Visited January 2013
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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Needs upgrading - Amazing Murals and gardens.”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

This Palace has massive potential for upgrading but is currently used by monkeys as a home at night. There are 2 sections: Firstly the Kings living quarters which are pretty sparse with interesting murals in the bedroom area. The 2nd area where the ladies lived has beautiful murals and a really well kept gardens. One has great views of Bund from both areas and the Taragarh Fort towers above the palace. The weather was hot (32ºC) and far too hot to climb up to the fort which appears to be a relatively difficult climb. There is a detailed picture gallery of the Palace on my blog - http:/hennopsrover.blogspot.com.

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Go to the Palace with a guide, especially Mr. Keshav Bhati”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

So many visitors go to the Palace without knowing the history or what to look at..they miss so much. Please go with a guide, and we have found that all the guides are good. If you want first hand knowledge and be shown the treasures then choose Mr. Keshav Bhati mobile 9194143-94241.. He has a vast knowledge and has shown round members of international museums such as the V&A London.. Smithsonian USA and Zurich museum who are making a book on the fine paintings. We asked Mr Bhati to take us around Bundi for 3 days, we went to the M museum
As well as many sites around Bundi..we come next year for our third year..costs about 1500R for the day and 1000R for 3 hours...enjoy, remember to look at the elephant carvings , stone inscriptions and of course the wall paintings...

Visited February 2013
2 Thank Barbara H
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Chalon-sur-Saone, France
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Hung on the side of the hill, the palace stages massively compact inside its surrounding wall. We can admire mural paintings of the 18th century, masterpieces of the school of Bundi. Of pure architecture rajpoute, this palace favors ornamentations such as the flowers of lotus, the friezes of elephants, consoles, and kiosks finely chiselled.
A little invaded by the vegetation and by the monkeys, the terraces of this palace offer a fantastic view over the city. To visit rather the morning because of the munière.
Ask for " Billu " a brilliant local guide (speaking an "hindi english"....!) but who knows the place like the back of his hand.

Visited December 2012
Thank g71590
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