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Bundi Palace
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Assault on solo female traveller 12.03.2020
Mar 2020
I’m writing a short piece to leave both a review and explain what happened to me on the afternoon of the 12th March 2020, Bundi. For the sake of poor female rights in India, I think it’s in my duty to publicise the event which occurred to me, alone as a female traveller in The Garh Palace and Taragargh Fort Bundi. From this publication I hope the occurrence from Last Thursday won’t be happening again to anyone else in the future. I have been in contact over the last 24 hours with the Palace manager today. Although sincere and informative of actions taken against the perpetrator, I still believe, women should be warned. Especially as my interaction with the police which followed, meant I had to re write my statement. Saying I lied. Events which took place, last Thursday, 12th March 2020 The sexual assault took place, when without my consent a member of staff grabbed my breast. He was in uniform, on the 1st floor between the Rani and the kings room. He first unlocked a room with many beautiful miniature paintings, painted with gold leaf. The second room he suggested was up a floor and enclosed again with a key. I followed intrigued being an art student and in India doing a residency near Sirohi. But he then started to tell me about the erotic style the painting, followed by questions such as “Do you like sex?”, “Do you want to have sex with me?... it’s fine no one else is around.” After declining this and a kiss, he coerced me into a hug. Once he had hold of me he grabbed by right breast with force so that he pulled me toward him. I pulled away and told him to “f*** off” and “that he couldn’t just do that to people”. He thought this was entertaining and laughed and shouted behind me as I left speedily back to the ticket office. I understand that the man has been fired from his job (this is a positive of the situation) It was poor management actions, of Bridging Journeys Pvt. Ltd., to choose not to refund me. I had almost no time to see the palace nor the fort, or Chitrashala in addition to my bad experience. The man at the ticket office translated through his phone that as I “had already entered. I, was unable to get a refund.” I explained what happened and he apologised but what still unable to offer any further assistance to what had happened just moments before. Perhaps it’s a good reminder for myself, because although it’s beautiful this country is not taking the rights and safety of women into account both travellers and Indian females. The experience was not good and I wouldn’t burden on anyone else. It’s true you can feel vulnerable and alone in Bundi, less tourists and people around when I visited. It’s difficult time to choose between the crowded and non crowded areas at this time with Corona Virus, protests and other dangers. But the matter is, in the immediate stages after the problem should have dealt with differently by management. It’s why I now write this. I’m feel very ashamed and embarrassed since the matter. It was a humiliating experience, more than anything else. Since the event took place the police have also been involved, although not directly contact by me to begin with. I wrote one of two statements, the second while with them at my guest house, changing my first allegation saying I’m lying, after being told by the police if I did not, I would be staying In Bundi for awhile after. This does not work with any of my travel plans as I’m now heading towards North East India, and plan to be all taking my flight home to UK at the beginning of April. Thank you for taking time to read this, Have a nice day. Amelia

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Amelia B
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Serious safety incident
Mar 2020
I’m writing a short piece to leave both a review and explain what happened to me on the afternoon of the 12th March 2020, Bundi. For the sake of poor female rights in India, I think it’s in my duty to publicise the event which occurred to me, alone as a female traveller in The Garh Palace and Taragargh Fort Bundi.
From this publication I hope the occurrence from Last Thursday won’t be happening again to anyone else in the future.
I have been in contact over the last 24 hours with the Palace manager today. Although sincere and informative of actions taken against the perpetrator, I still believe, women should be warned. Especially as my interaction with the police which followed, meant I had to re write my statement. Saying I lied.

Events which took place, last Thursday, 12th March 2020
The sexual assault took place, when without my consent a member of staff grabbed my breast. He was in uniform, on the 1st floor between the Rani and the kings room. He first unlocked a room with many beautiful miniature paintings, painted with gold leaf. The second room he suggested was up a floor and enclosed again with a key. I followed intrigued being an art student and in India doing a residency near Sirohi. But he then started to tell me about the erotic style the painting, followed by questions such as “Do you like sex?”, “Do you want to have sex with me?... it’s fine no one else is around.” After declining this and a kiss, he coerced me into a hug. Once he had hold of me he grabbed by right breast with force so that he pulled me toward him. I pulled away and told him to “f*** off” and “that he couldn’t just do that to people”. He thought this was entertaining and laughed and shouted behind me as I left speedily back to the ticket office.

I understand that the man has been fired from his job (this is a positive of the situation)
It was poor management actions, of Bridging Journeys Pvt. Ltd., to choose not to refund me. I had almost no time to see the palace nor the fort, or Chitrashala in addition to my bad experience. The man at the ticket office translated through his phone that as I “had already entered. I, was unable to get a refund.” I explained what happened and he apologised but what still unable to offer any further assistance to what had happened just moments before.

Perhaps it’s a good reminder for myself, because although it’s beautiful this country is not taking the rights and safety of women into account both travellers and Indian females. The experience was not good and I wouldn’t burden on anyone else. It’s true you can feel vulnerable and alone in Bundi, less tourists and people around when I visited. It’s difficult time to choose between the crowded and non crowded areas at this time with Corona Virus, protests and other dangers. But the matter is, in the immediate stages after the problem should have dealt with differently by management. It’s why I now write this. I’m feel very ashamed and embarrassed since the matter. It was a humiliating experience, more than anything else.

Since the event took place the police have also been involved, although not directly contact by me to begin with. I wrote one of two statements, the second while with them at my guest house, changing my first allegation saying I’m lying, after being told by the police if I did not, I would be staying In Bundi for awhile after. This does not work with any of my travel plans as I’m now heading towards North East India, and plan to be all taking my flight home to UK at the beginning of April.

Thank you for taking time to read this,
Have a nice day.
Amelia
Written 19 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Chbad
Hamburg, Germany1 contribution
Mar 2020 • Friends
By fortune we got to know Kukki Jr. through a friend. We decided on the spot to see the Bundi Palace together with him. It was the best thing we could do, as we were in company with a person who not only is familiar in detail with all the historical and religious facts, but also really loves to pass his knowledge on to eager tourists. We had a lot of fun too and saw and learned about Bundi so much more than we expected! Thank you Kukki for all the time you spent with us!
Written 5 March 2020
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seema
Navi Mumbai, India2 contributions
Aug 2019
Palace has a rich history associated with it. It boasts of the first few palaces to have imported mirrors. However, due to poor maintenance, the place is almost crumbling. Do take a guide along with you as it will help you to have a better understanding of the palace and the various stories it carries. Adjoining the palace is Chitrashala, which has beautiful paintings and adds more color and vibrancy to the palace
Written 8 September 2019
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Silverbackpackers
Osaka, Japan16 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
We had asked Hotel Bundi Haveli if they could recommend a tour guide for the palace during our stay. We had such an enjoyable, informative and comprehensive tour with Ashwani Sharma from Kukki's World (featured in Lonely Planet). We were with him for around 3 hours and his charges were very reasonable. We would have missed so much going around without him and can't thank him enough for his time. So if you want to make the most of your visit here go with Ashwani.
Written 12 March 2019
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LRMcK
Cairns, Australia1,749 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Bundi Palace takes pride of place above the town. It is accessed by a steep incline which may be difficult for the elderly or disabled. There are rooms, courtyards and small gardens to explore. It must have been quite beautiful in the day, but is now looking a bit grubby with lots of black mould covering the buildings. Inside there are many beautiful paintings. Some parts are kept locked, but security people will unlock them for tourists and let them in. For example, the maharajah's rooms, which have a lot of gold and mirrors in the paintings. Indian people have stolen the gold and mirrors and scratched the faces off paintings in the past and graffitied the walls. Some care is now being taken to prevent further damage. There are wonderful views of the Nawal Sagar lake and the township of Bundi from the palace. Worth a visit.
Written 18 January 2019
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The Traveling Monk
Goa, India120 contributions
Sep 2018
Bundi Fort is one of the most beautiful and large fort of Rajasthan. However, this being a private fort and its owner not bothered to do any maintenance, the fort is crumbling very fast.
Written 12 November 2018
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Zirit
Tel Aviv, Israel8 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Keshav Bhati Is not just another guide. He is a subject-matter expert. He was born in Bundi and passionate about this lovely jewel and familiar with its people. He is fluent in English and has a vast first hand knowledge about the region. Touring with such a unique person In this pure Rajasthani city added an extra flavor to the overall experience in India.
Written 17 October 2018
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Alvin A
66 contributions
Mar 2018
This palace is considered to be one of the finest example of Rajput architecture. The palace is attached with Taragarh Fort. Both are managed by private parties. Entry fee is INR 80 to palace and extra INR 100 to fort ( For Indian Citizens, no discount for students). An entire view of Bundi can be obtained from top of palace. Palace still holds the age old feelings and there were bats inside. Still it is a good place for people who are intrsted in architecture.
Written 15 March 2018
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Aakash A
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India229 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
Man this palace is so different and mind blowing. All the paintings and interior works are really beautiful and different from others. You can also visit to Fort.
Written 10 March 2018
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happyholidaygirl059
Exeter, UK785 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
We visited this palace with a wonderful guide. The palace is atmospheric and obviously was in its time of great beauty. There are very good attendants around the palace (not they do not have a formal uniform but do wear badges) who will show you some of the most beautiful paintings in some of the locked rooms. They are gorgeous and amazing. Really it is a shame that the current owners of the palace have not really continued its renovation, although I understand there are a few international academics who are very interested in some parts of the palace. This is a palace with quite a lot of steps for those less mobile.
Written 14 February 2018
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