TRAVEL :: Visit to Bundi Palace and Chitrashala

Monday, January 19, 2015




During our trip to Rajasthan, we explored the less visited city of Bundi and its surrounding areas. We saw some amazing sights in Bundi itself. The city with blues houses, various lakes and beautiful, ancient palaces and huge forts, completely mesmerised me.

In ancient times, the area around Bundi was apparently inhabited by various local tribes. Bundi and the eponymous princely state are said to derive their names from a former Meena tribe man called Bunda Meena. Bundi was previously called "Bunda-Ka-Nal", Nal meaning "narrow ways". Later the region was governed by Rao Deva Hada, who took over Bundi from Jaita Meena in 1342, and established a princely state Bundi, renaming the surrounding area called Hadoti, the land of Hada Rajputs.









Bundi Palace is worth visiting. Its chitrashala (art gallery) is a complete paisa wasool (value for money) for the still as well as the video cameras. 

Bundi Palace is a hidden gem, a masterpiece. It was built by Rao Ratan Singh between 1607 A.D. to 1631 A.D. The lower floor is the Queens palace and the second floor is the Diwan-e-Khaas and Diwan-e-aam. Th details on the pillars is amazing. Elephants that were symbols of prosperity are visble in all the artwork. This palace is built over a side of the hill on the top of which is the Taragarh Fort.

Bundi is the place of an authentic ”The Bundi School” of painting . The best wall paintings in the Bundi style are still available in the Chitrashala, Badal Mahal, Phool Mahal and Chandra Mahal. These paintings are displayed in excellent conditions, well preserved and truly fascinating to attract millions of visitors, but Bundi is still hidden from the tourist map. The Chitrashala (picture gallery) of the palace is total paisa wasool. It had some beautiful murals on its walls and ceiling. The rooms adjacent to the gallery are small but full of ornate walls, full of handcrafted mirror work.

Art Galley of Bundi Palace is a visual delight. This gallery is the part of a beautiful palace, known as Ummed Palace, built by Rao Ummed Singh. Many murals, wall paintings and artworks at its wall make it a must visit place. These paintings are mainly related to Hindu Mythological Stories (Especially stories related to Lord Krishna), court proceedings, love stories, musical melodies and general scenes of recreational fights as well as wars. These paintings are highly influenced by Mughal and Mewar style of Art. The color scheme consists of green background, on which men and women are printed with white color, while red, blue, black and yellow colors are used for traditional dresses. 



































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  1. oh my gosh.. thats truly a hidden gem!! wow.. Lovely tour!! :)

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