Sukh Niwas Mahal
Sukh Niwas Mahal
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia10,062 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
A small summer palace for the local ruler and got some exposure because Rudyard Kipling spent a couple of days there writing Kim. In the upstairs gallery there are some black/white photographs of Kipling and underneath a small museum.
Only if you've run out of better things to do.
Written 24 March 2023
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julia
London, UK8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
The palace was obviously lovely once and overlooks a relatively clean lake. Rudyard Kipling actually had one small room here for just 2 days and otherwise there isn’t much to see.
Written 3 February 2023
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ghoomboom
New Delhi, India104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Not exactly a Mahal, this was more of a Rest House for the British guests of Bundi. There is a combined ticket of Rs 75 for it along with Raniji ki Baori and one more. It is built near Jait Sagar lake and the view is absolutely mesmerising. There are only two rooms at the first floor. It was one of these rooms where Rudyard Kipling stayed in 1901 and probably that is why this place is also called Kipling Palace. The small room now has many memories of Rudyard Kipling. Our guide made us close our eyes as we climbed up to the first floor and made us stand at a place.Then he asked us to open our eyes, and WOW!! what vista it presented before our eyes. A lake with lotus leaves all around, surrounded by hills from all side. That was breathtaking. Do visit this palace to enjoy the nature’s bounty to Bundi.
Written 2 January 2020
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TheMoni17
New Delhi, India1,162 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Nice place, good view and an average museum with no one around to tell about the stuff in there. Oh yes and this place could have been developed into a major tourist attraction with may be a roof top cafe and some better staff than just two security/police officer sitting with an old register.
Written 25 December 2019
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LRMcK
Cairns, Australia1,975 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
This small and neglected palace is a little out of town on Jait Sagar (lake). The lake was very polluted and the small palace surrounds were somewhat dirty and neglected. The palace is a series of low set buildings with ghats along the edge of the lake. Apparently Rudyard Kipling stayed here for a few days. The outside walls of the buildings were mouldy and uncared for. You can't go inside. The garden was overgrown and the fountain wasn't working. There is a government museum here as well. Like a lot of places in Bundi, if you want tourists to spend money in your town, you need to take more care of your historical buildings. The place was quiet and peaceful, and there was only one other couple there when we visited. Okay for a side trip if you have nothing better to do.
Written 17 January 2019
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Mrinal P
Jaipur, India20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
Sukh Mahal is located at the edge of Jait Sagar (also referred to as Lotus Lake). The place is because of famous English author, Rudyard Kipling who took writing holidays at this place. It is said that while staying here, Kipling wrote few chapters of his novel Kim and also couple of chapters of Jungle Book. The Sukh Mahal Complex has two parts. After entering, there is a small guest house which has couple of rooms on ground floor and on terrace. One of the room on terrace is named as Kipling’s Palace. It is this room where Kipling had stayed. Now, this empty room exhibits few photographs of Kipling and pictures of cover pages of his novel Kim and Jungle Book.
Few meters ahead is a small museum where one can see Bundi’s famous miniature paintings, ancient statues and weapons used in bygone era.

The lake becomes more picturesque post monsoon when it is covered with lotus.

Other than people who have read Kipling and love his work, this place is quite ordinary.
Written 1 January 2019
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newyorknytrip
New Delhi, India210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
This small palace is a must visit during your trip to Bundi. It has a wonderful location and a breathtakingly lovely view of the lake and city around it.Also, this place is the site where Rudyard Kipling wrote his novel 'Kim.' To corroborate this , the small room on the top floor is marked with a board which reads- Kipling Palace!
There is a small government museum as well in the Sukh Mahal complex.
Written 30 December 2018
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Liz L
Wells, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
Quiet peaceful pavilion by lake with some photos of Kipling. Sadly government museum closed but we enjoyed the views of the lake and the setting. There is a small garden, v much a work in progress. Excellent toilet block
Written 7 November 2018
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OldJailhouse
Cromwell, New Zealand152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
This was part of the Rs350 Composite ticket. A bit outside of town. There is an adjacent museum with stone carvings for an additional Rs100 (did not go).
The lake has lily pads and is quite large with very big fish! I can imagine the garden being very pretty in season.
The building - where Rudyard Kipling wrote a few pages - is pretty.
Well worth the time to view. A bit of literary history in a serene environment.
Written 10 June 2018
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Masayoshi
Fujisawa, Japan4,025 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
One of places you can visit using composite ticket of 350 Rs for a foreigner.
The author of Jungle Book has stayed here once.

Some issues I’ve found here are,
You need a car to visit here easily,
You need to pay additional 100Rs to visit a small government museum,
The place the author stayed means little,
Not much attraction other than the big lake.

After all, it’s worth visiting for the big lake, but I don’t think you should expect a lot about here.
Written 26 January 2018
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