“Taragarh Fort must have been built by angels not by human beings,” commented Rudyard Kipling.
It looks beautiful. A steep climb up the hill, then through enormous gates decorated with elephants which are now in ruins, we were inside the Taragarh Fort of Bundi. In its heydays this fort was well known for the tunnels criss-crossing the entire hill side facilitating the King and his men to flee in case of imminent defeat in wars. Most of the tunnels are blocked with rubble now.
The lawns of the Bundi palace and one for the queens are maintained well, but the structure seems to be crumbling with age steadily but slowly.
The fort was built in 1354 and has witnessed the battles and reigns of many Maharajas. The murals have faded and the stained glasses in the windows are no longer in one piece.
View of Nawal Sagar an artificial lake with a temple of Varuna (water-god) in the middle. Click on it to see the temple in the middle of the lake.
View of the town from the palace windows is magical. It is the same town which inspired Rudyard Kipling’s Kim.