Photographer's Note

Bundi in South Rajasthan, was ruled by the Hada Chouhans - an offshoot of the famous Chouhan Clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer. Late in the 12th century, two branches of Hadas Rajput's formed two separate states of Kota & Bundi, on either side of the river Chambal. Bundi has one of the most magnificent histories that a region can have, and many wars and battles were fought here for over 600 years between Rajput clans, the Marathas and the British.

Bundi was a strategically important place since it was surrounded by the Aravalli hills on three sides and could be entered through four huge gateways set in a massive wall that surrounds the town. Taragarh or Garh fort is one of the places to see here, and like almost every Rajasthani town, Bundi also (believe it or not) has a lake, which you can see in the FG. Rajput heritage continues in Bundi, famous even today for paintings depicting royal hunts, murals on the walls of the palace and its lacquer work on toys and ornaments.

The 12th century Taragarh or Garh fort was meant to be impregnable with its 4.5m (15ft thick) walls, and was further fortified with strong bastions. If you look carefully you'll see the fort walls winding up the slope of the hill and running right along the top from right to the left of the frame & beyond. The steep climb to the top of the hill and to the fort takes over an hour but it is worthwhile for the fantastic view of the city below.

Bundi has a strong association with Rudyard Kipling, who drew inspiration from the beautiful town and its surroundings, while writing KIM. He was so fascinated by Bundi's palace and fortress that he called it 'a work not of humans but that of imps and goblins'.

This picture was taken in the falling light of evening.

Exif Data :
F length - 21 mm
ISO - 100
Time taken - 16.45

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