Sukh Mahals : Sukh Mahals
evokes memories of RUDYARD KIPLING who not only stayed here but found
inspiration for his famous work KIM.
Sar Bagh :
SAR BAGH has 66 royal cenotaphs. Step wells
another prominent highlights of Bundi, these served as water reservoirs
in the months of summers, there were over 50 wells but many of them had
to suffer the ravages of the time. The CHHATAR MAHAL is adorned with
beautiful wall paintings of the famous Bundi School. And so are the
ZANANA MAHAL (palace for the queens) and BADAL MAHAL.
Taragarh fort :
It was built in 1345 and is great ramble around at
leisure. This is rather a
ramshackle fort, with its overgrown vegetation.
The view over the town and surrounding countryside from the top are
magical, especially at sun set. Inside the ramparts are huge reservoirs
carved out of solid rock, and the Bhim Burj, the largest of the battle-
on which there is mounted a famous cannon. Taragarh is reached by steep
road leading up the hillside to its enormous gateway. Take a path up
behind the chitra Shala, go east along the inside of the ramparts then
left up the steep stone ramp just before the Dudha Mahal, a small
disused building 200m from the palace.
An amazing, juxtaposition of majestic
medieval age and modern industrialization, mainly the Hydro Electric
Plant on the Chambal River and the Nuclear Power Plant has a few
traces of its past still left. The fort overlooking the river Chambal is
the foremost tourist attraction. It also houses the museum with a rich
collection of art and artefacts and some elaborately painted chambers.
Earlier it was a part of Bundi state, but
later it grew to be a bigger state. What retains the past glory are the
untouched wealth of impressive forts, opulent palaces and temples dating
back over several centuries. These temples were conquered by the Hada
chieftain Rao Deva. It was at the time of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir
that Rao Ratan Singh gifted this territory to his son Madho Singh. The
Kota state reflects in the form of a beautiful collection of Stone
Idols (murties) in the Raj Mahal, embellished with gold stained glass
work on the walls, the silver mirror work on ceilings and the marvelous
The Akh-Ade-ka-Mahal displays the regalia
and paraphermedia of the state. Besides there is, Badal Mahal (the
private living quarter) with the Kota Miniature show casing into beauty.
The paintings of various schools of periods set in glass on the walls,
the ladies interactions echo in the Zanana Mahal worth a look.
Other edifices of the by gone era are
depicted in Brij Raj Bhawan Palace, the Jag Mandir an Island Palace and
a splendid haveli (mansion) with beautiful frescos and royal cenotaphs.
Kota today is well known for its dams and famous Kota Saris, woven in
the nearby village Kaithoon, these are made of cotton silk in an
assortment of colours, and delicate golden thread. Miniature paintings
of the hunting scenes, portrays the forest, while attracted many of the
royals and aristocrats who passionately indulged in this wild sport,
announcing Kota as the Magic along the Chambal river.
The princely state of the Jhalas created
in 1838 AD, after being separated from Kota by the British. It is best
explored by foot within the city and a horse safari in the outskirts as
Jhalawar boasts of rich natural wealth, with flora and fauna as
Since it is situated at the edge of the
Malwa Plateau it has rocky but water laden verdant landscape unlike much
of Rajasthan, with some exquisite pre-historic cave paintings, massive
forts, thick woody forests, exotic wild life variety and a lush country
side which has Red poppy fields, orange laden orchards making it look
fascinating and colourful during winters.
The Bhawani Mandi contributes the major
share of the fort, it houses some exquisite paintings on walls and
mirror. The museum has a collection of rare manuscripts and sculptures
and Bhawani Natya Shala is one of the rare theatre in the area built in
outskirts attractions are the Jhalrapatan (city of temples), with a
huge 10th century Surya temple, adorned by one of the best preserved
idol of Surya. The Sheetaleshura temple is a fine example of Gupta
architecture. A little away is the Chandrabhaga temple with gardens and
a 'Bawari' (step well). All in all it is basically an attraction for the
tourist of an individual interest.