Garh Palace

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Sadar Baazar, Bundi, India
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Garh Palace Bundi Reviews

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Bundi Palace Oct 30, 2015
Also known as Garh Palace, Bundi Palace was home to the rulers of Bundi for centuries, although the present king Ranjeet Singh lives in Delhi. Our guide told us that current ownership of the palace is disputed between two family members (the Michelin guide says the maharaja and his sister) following disagreements about inheritances. It was shut up completely between 1948 and 2000, and although now open to the public for visits, it has never been properly restored after those years of neglect, because neither family member will take responsibility for this until certain that they are spending money on property they own. Many bemoan this air of neglect, and certainly it is sad to see that many of the beautiful wall paintings here have suffered damage (some deliberate, some the result of time and weathering). But on the whole I found it was this very dilapidation that gave Bundi Palace a special atmosphere and made it stand out from other such places we had visited in Rajasthan.

In particular I loved the Elephant Gate or Hathi Pol, probably the most dramatic of several such gates we had seen on our travels. There are more elephants on the throne in the Hall of Public Audience or Diwan-i-Am and on the pillars of the Hall of Private Audience, giving it its alternative name, Hathiyasal or Elephant Hall.

The palace and the hanging garden that separates it from the government-run section, the Chitrashala (see separate review) also offers lots of great views of the town below. I have included more photos and more detailed descriptions of some of the main rooms in my accompanying blog entry.
The palace from Nawal Sagar
Hathi Pol (the second gate)
Ratan Daulat - courtyard with stab…
View from the palace
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