Bundi

Trip Start Dec 27, 2016
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Trip End Jan 18, 2017


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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Monday, January 2, 2017

I missed the wake up call and just had time to grab a mouthful of breakfast and make our bus at 8am for the trip from Jaipur to Bundi. The road was quite different this time once we got out of Jaipur. It was a good four-lane highway with just a manageable amount of free-flowing traffic, less garbage along the road, flat farmland, quite pleasant although still too misty/smoggy to see very far.

We arrived at Bundi about lunch time. Our first view of the town was a pleasant vista of the Garh Palace across a lake with the ramparts of the vast ruined Taragahr Fort sprawling above it, all filtered through the inevitable mist. The town itself spread across the lower land into the distance, but the nearer flat-roofed houses were all painted the same shade of pale blue - an attractive effect.

In the afternoon we followed our guide through the usual crowded, messy bazaar and climbed up the steep, cobbled path to the Palace, the first Rajput Palace we have seen. Everything was geared to elephants of course for the rajahs. The paths had to be elephant wide and the gates had to be elephant plus howdah high!
We learned how the steep path and slippery flat paving stones near the huge gate armed with vicious spikes all made the Palace more impregnable. Four members of our group called it quits when confronted with yet more steep cobblestones followed by many flights of high steps.

The rest of us persisted, and found the Palace not only huge but extremely impressive, with interesting carved pavilions and elaborate paintings in the private quarters of the family. It was in a state of decay despite some efforts to protect the paintings from the weather. A colony of bats hung from the ceiling of one stairway. Monkeys bounced across the netting intended to keep them out of some areas, water seepage marks defaced some artwork and many rooms stank of - bats? or monkeys?
The sheer scale as well as the beautiful details enabled us to imagine how the maharajah had lived a couple of centuries ago.

We took tuk-tuks back down through the bazaar to our hotel. This time our hotel was a purpose-built one in colonial style, with large, comfortable rooms and green marble stairs. Dinner at our hotel was the usual Rajasthani smorgasboard which we're quite familiar with now.
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swoald on

Enjoying pics. Tried the slideshow function - it works fine on PC but not on ipad for some reason - but otherwise it's wotking fine.

Janet on

More great photos! Glad to hear you were not daunted by the steps! Xx

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travellingsue on

Thanks Janet!

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