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“Beautiful Palace”
Review of Garh Palace

Garh Palace
Ranked #2 of 33 things to do in Bundi
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 4 April 2018

Very interesting Palace, far more interesting then other palaces we saw. Very nice and helpful guard who open rooms for us and explained the wall paintings.

Thank MariaPetalingJaya
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

This impressive Palace reminds me of something out of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Seeing this place from the lake or nearby roadside perched on the hillside is quite something. Our guide said this was a hidden gem that had not been fully exploited by the tourist industry yet due to a complicated private ownership issue. It certainly felt less commercialised than other historical sites we had visited. A bonus was not to see hardly any souvenir sellers around.

The walk to the place through the Bundi streets is quite an eye opener if you have only ever seen Indian streets from a coach window so far. Worth pointing out that the accent up the cobbled road might be an issue for those who are not that mobile. Still it is worth getting to the top. The entry gate is very grand and immediately you feel you are in another world. The amazing detail and decorations are still very much in evidence but of course very warn which adds to the experience in my opinion. Above the gate inside there was a massive bees nest hanging down which was something else to admire. The courtyard could do with tidying up and perhaps restoring to what it probably looked like though.

Upstairs some of the original art and decorations remain and this affords you a glimpse of 16th century India. The decorative balconies and stone work in general is quite beautiful throughout the palace. I loved the little stairways which were a little steep but quite short and got you into further areas.

Although the stunningly detailed surviving art is a massive draw the views over Bundi are pretty special. One word of warning there are really not any safety rails to most of the drops so if you have small children you need to be very careful. Generally the whole place feels untouched and I hope little things can be done to restore it without losing its old world charm.

Thank goodguyjas
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

I recently had a tour of the palace with Jogi Singh (Lotus Tours) who then took us on a walking tour around the market in Bundi plus the step well and a viewing of the dentist who works out on one of the streets!
The palace, although deserted is gorgeous and Jogi's knowledge of it and the wall paintings was excellent. We really enjoyed our tour and found Jogi a great guide and raconteur. We also had dinner at his home and met some of his family which was such a privilege and extremely interesting to see what Jogi described as his middle class home.
Bundi is a not as well known as other places in Rajasthan (other than as the place where Rudyard Kipling wrote) but it is a great place to visit. I thoroughly recommend it as a destination and Jogi as a tour guide.

Thank bktuxen
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

First view of the palace, fort and lake spectacular not on the usual tourist route but go and you will be amazed the palace is a bit decayed but the paintings on the wall are amazing its not crowded so you can take your time the climb to the fort above would be amazing but i admit it i didnt do it .See the blue houses not as many as in Jodphur but still spectacular and then go on to Lake Foy Sagar where Rudyard Kipling stayed and wrote KIM in 1901.Bundi a jewel not to be missed;

Thank lizzie481
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

This small palace turned out to be the jewel of Bundi! Faded and sadly neglected and decaying it has a mystery and charm which is delightful! I would recommend you take a guide for Rs 400 ( we took Mr Sandeep Sharma) as they know everything and can show you parts of the palace that is kept secret from the vandals who have ruined many monuments in India. The highlight are the frescoes in the “ Chitrashala” ( art gallery). Definitely a MUST visit!

Thank Kanchan S
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