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Bundi, Rajasthan, India and the Bundi Palace

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(January 2012)

Bundi, Rajasthan, India - a great place for bicycle touring, is home to this magnificent palace towering over the town.


Bundi is a walled city with lots of arches.


Many of the buildings are painted this periwinkle blue shade. From the castle on the hill, the blue city is spectacular.


Bundi is a good city for walking and exploring on foot. You can take bike rides to the villages in the surrounding hills too.


Blue Alley.




The Bundi Palace. Everything you ever wanted in a castle.


It must have been spectacular with all the pennants and fanfare in its day.


The hill approaching the castle gate. It had to be wide enough to accommodate elephants.


Approaching the big elephant gates.


There are huge carved wooden elephants at the top of the archway.


Inside the royal courtyard. You can see the platform where the big guy sat to address his visitors.


The royals hung out in these cool white marble courtyards.


One of many fabulous views of the Blue City.


Many of the castle's rooms are blocked off, but you can explore a few wings.


Parts of the grounds haven't been restored much yet. This building is home to many monkeys.


Although it was cold when we visited, Rajasthan is desert country and the people spend a lot of time on the rooftops.


Elegant ruble in the courtyard.


The castle is great fun to explore.


View from the women's quarters.


White marble is mined all over Rajasthan. It's been used for centuries for building.


A cupola (I think).


Detail in every corner.


The city extends beyond the blue to more modern buildings.


The Bundi Palace is home to many gold painted murals.


The Royal throne/sofa sits on this balcony. Personally I don't think it looks like a very comfy seat.


Gretchen loved this little stained glass nook.


The screened windows are for the Royal ladies living in purdah. They can never be seen by men outside the family, so they observed the court life from behind screens.


Blue touches in every corner.


View of the castle walls from the old town.


The castle's present inhabitants: a great big swarm of bees!




Our hotel lie on the edge of this lake.


You can see the slits in the wall for archers to shoot arrows from.


The palace is full of faded murals in extravagantly carved frames.






All that marble could use a few pillows.


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