Trip Start Dec 27, 2016
17Trip End Jan 18, 2017
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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
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.