Chitrashala - Ummed Mahal

Chitrashala - Ummed Mahal, Bundi

Chitrashala - Ummed Mahal
4.5
Castles • Religious Sites
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Mrugank K
15 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Visiting once may not be enough. Stunning but slowly fading. Hope it's fully restored to awe generations to come. What it must've been at its grandest is what you might wonder.
Written 7 September 2021
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Pawan_Shrotria
Nepalgunj, Nepal73 contributions
Jul 2020
Located inside Taragarh Fort is a nice place to view ancient paintings. Good place for painting lovers.
Do not touch paintings as rules can impose a fine on such action.
Written 16 May 2021
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Pat and Rod
3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This ruinous palace makes a dramatic and extravagant backdrop behind and over the simple little town of Bundi, but climb up through deserted courtyards and bat infested galleries to discover hidden art. Beautiful wall paintings, some Chinese dating back hundreds of years adorn walls and ceilings of old royal apartments. Well worth the effort.
Written 10 March 2020
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TheMoni17
New Delhi, India1,057 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
A beautiful piece of Indian history made of walls full of amazing handmade paintings drawn using natural colors some 400 years ago. Each painting depicts and interesting scene from those forgotten times.
Written 1 February 2020
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ghoomboom
New Delhi, India107 contributions
Dec 2019
This palace, also known as Ummed Mahal, built circa 1750 AD, is inside the Bundi Fort(Taragarh Fort) and is under Archaeological Survey of India. The entry is free. This is actually a repository of Bundi style of painting. Abundant use of blue and green colour and the subject matter of paintings are from Hindu Mythology, Day to Day Royal Life, War and Fights and also Love and Romance. There is a special painting just near the entrance that has two animals with one mouth. The guide will explain each painting in detail. Also, mirrors have been placed in this palace that were imported from Belgium. The paintings on the ceiling are mesmerizing and have been drawn in great detail. This is a great heritage of Bundi but sadly, the maintenance is very poor. The wall paintings are not being maintained properly and tourists many times even touch them, a sure way to loose them with time. A must visit if you want to connect with Art forms of Bundi.
Written 2 January 2020
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222g
281 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
This part of the palace has many beautiful paintings which have survived remarkably well over 400 years.
The garden is pretty
It is well worth the walk up the hill
Written 23 December 2019
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kamlesh_ratnu
Jodhpur, India184 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
Chirashala, a part of Bundi fort palace, is house to many beautiful pantings done on the pillars and walls of the big hall. These paintings are such a feast to the eyes and speak volumes about the rich art and culture Bundi have had.
The garden outside the shala is so Serene and quite, you might as well have a little "me moment" with yourself.
Written 5 April 2019
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Pallav Shishodia
New Delhi, India73 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
The visitors to Bundi Fort were few but as you climb the steep path, every one coming down tells you to not miss the Chitrashala. This means coming down half way on a big slope back and climbing again in other direction- more steep and slippery this time.
Yes, this 10 minutes feat is worth all the recommendations for this magnificent paintings of Krishna Raas.

It is said that queens and other family members of king living in grand isolation needed something to occupy. So emerged this beautiful art of Bundi school of paintings to celebrate life through beautiful idioms of Lord Krishna with fullness of love, devotion and higher ideals. Chitrashala is the place to see this in splendid grandeur.

There is also small maze of garden and magical view of city from the height. So high that one can not see the chaos and dirt of small town of India but only vast magical spread. The clear sun of early noon also conspired that after seeing these beautiful place you only see the sky line of rooftops and mystery they promise!

As we came down, we also made it a point to tell new visitors not to miss this wonderful Chitrashala- a gallery of paintings if you translate literary.Indeed an art gallery frozen in time and style of yore!
Written 14 February 2019
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M. L.
2 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
You must see this most beautiful sight in Bundi. Art represents everyday life at the palace as well as historic events.
Written 12 February 2019
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LRMcK
Cairns, Australia1,749 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
The Chitrashala is in a building a little further up the hill from the Chhatra Mahal Palace at the base of the fort. I was not sure of the entrance, so the guard took me and my husband to show us the way. In doing so, he actually ended up taking us on a guided tour. He unlocked some doors and with a torch and the torch apps on our phones he showed us the paintings covered with gold and silver and mirrors. They were amazing and quite different from the style of the turquoise paintings outside. He told us that domestic tourists are not generally allowed into these rooms because over the years they have scraped away some of the gold and silver and prised the mirrors off the surface of the paintings. They also scratch off the faces of the figures. This probably doesn't happen any more I hope, but the rooms were locked again after we went back outside. We gave the man a nice tip. We were very privileged to see these special rooms. There were not as many people here compared to the palace itself.
Written 17 January 2019
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