Bundi Fort

By Sanjeev Nayyar Sanjeev@esamskriti.com | 2009

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Bundi Fort at night fully lit

Main mahal in fort. First high level in right and centre is Chatra Mahal which has exquisite paintings. Above that which u cannot see is Badal Mahal.

Main mahal fully lit.

To see Bundi well contact archaeologisits Kuki Sharma who you see. He is also an expert on Rock paintings around Bundi. His nos is +91 9828404527. To know more about him type Kuki Bundi'' on Google.

Early morning click of Nawal Sagar, Bundi Palace and Bhim Burj higher up. Next picture is clicked in the evening.

See the reflection of the Bundi Palace in the waters of Nawal Sagar. Clicked this about 5pm. Except the next few clicked all other pictures in the morning. Best time is 6.30 to 8.30am.

This has only the reflection of Bundi Palace and Bhim Burj (highest point in fort as indicated by a flag).

An evening view of the beginning to end of hill on which the fort is made.

An evening close up view of the Bundi Palace with old city in the forefront.

Hathiya Pol is the entrance to the main palace.

Backside of Hathiya Pol, note the intricate work.

Hathi Pol ke gate''s ceiling painting. See Chatra, Badal Mahal (built by Raja Bhojji 1585-1607ad). Phool Mahal is not open to public.

This is Raj Singhahasan or king''s throne. The hall where the throne is kept is called Ratan Daulat. Behind is the Hathiya Pol entrance.

Chatra Mahal. In front is the fountain, beyond wall is old city. At the end you see a small cenotaph called Mordi Chatri.

Pigeon house inside palace. The Queen used the pigeons to send messages.

Clicked this from the roof of Chatra Mahal you see the Bundi palace.

Another view of Bundi palace with the king''s throne in the centre.

A view of Nawal Sagar with the old city in front. Taken pics from different levels as we climbed to the top of the fort.

A view of Bundi palace and Nawal Singh. Note the left side of the picture. You see the fort wall extends up to there.

A view of Bundi palace with Nawal Sagar. The green garden that you see is the Chitrashala.

From the palace a 15 minute walk uphill takes you to the entrance of Bundi fort on the hill.Please wear shoes, you walk through vegetation.

Taragarh Fort has five water bodies. You see a Tanka (water body) with Bhim Burj. Rain water is collected through drains in a Tanka. Water is purified by passing through a jali (filter).

This is old grinder mixer. Limestone is passed through fire in a big owen at high temperature. After the limestone is removed from owen it becomes powder. This powder is then mixed with sand and red mud (khor) in a Grinder (big stone in the centre that you see. The stone is carried round and round by a bullock. When the mixture (called Khanchi) is ready it is used for plaster.

This is the path to Bhim Burj. Cannons were taken up this path with the help of elephants and bull. Since Bhim Burj is the highest point in the fort it was the best place to fire from.

This the path clicked from the top. The pavement is made of sandstone and limestone for technical reasons. On extreme left of picture you see a small hook like structure used to tie a rope to the elephant cart so it did not go down. Background is TV Tower.

View of Jait Sagar Lake from Bhim Burj. You see fort wall in front.

Lord Shiv Temple clicked from Bhim Burj. You must visit Bhim Burj, great view. Best time before 9am or between 4 to 5.30pm. Next picture has Shiv temple clicked from ground level.

Clicked in morning from bypass road. In front is Bundi town. Behind is fort wall, centre is Bhim Burj and on right is Shiv Temple.

A side view of the fort clicked from Bhim Burj. At end is Suraj Chatri.

Clicked from Bhim Burj you first its wall, then water body, Bundi palace and lastly Nawal Sagar.

Another water body in Taragarh Fort.

Shows drainage system. Water flows in from the mountain (centre of picture) and is purified by a jali between the two structures that you see in front of picture.

Another water body. Our ancestors relied upon water harvesting of rain water and keeping the ground water level high. Fortunately there were no tubewells then to deplete the water table.

Another water body. Behind is a palace of the Royal Family.

Entrance to Jeev Rakha Mahal. Note the jharokhas and wall paintings.

You see various steel hooks in the ceiling. The hooks were used for cloth hand fan.

An overview of Bundi Palace with old city in the forefront. These super narrations and photo angles are because of Kukki Sharma.

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