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Review of Taragarh Fort

Taragarh Fort
Ranked #3 of 32 things to do in Bundi
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 15 December 2011

No cleanliness, lots of animals and bats; the stink is unbearable. Guides and poor ASI personnel are forced to eke their living out of guide work. Approach roads are horribly maintained

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Reviewed 7 December 2011

This fort is still in private hands and has fallen into disrepair. The wall paintings are mostly still in good condition and the rooftop garden is priceless. Given the sad condition of the fort, however, it is essential to get a knowledgeable guide and Kuki is the very best. He knows all of the best angles for photos and all of the hidden doors and passageways. Only certain rooms are open to people with a guide; otherwise you'll never see them. He can be contacted through the Bundi Haveli Hotel for tours.

Thank DanoCanada
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

The steep climb to the fort requires good walking shoes, we learned the hard way. Also keep some sticks handy in case you decide to climb to the top of the fort through the forested trails - the monkeys are a menace here. Be careful of your belongings.

Carry water and some light snacks if you want to spend some time roaming here.

Do have a government approved guide with you.

1  Thank ug_cal
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Reviewed 29 May 2011

Taragarh (Star Fort) in Bundi is just amazing. Like many Rajput Forts is it built high on sheer rock - an amazing feat. Built in 1354, its size takes your breath away and the road up to it requires quite a lot of effort. It is steep, cobbled and slippery - spare a thought for the poor horses and elephants who had to navigate this treacherous road laden with heavy ornamentation and weapons. You will surely need a breather by the time you get to the main gate. Your driver will stay comfortably with the car while you toil your way up.
When you finally get past the gate you will enter a large courtyard overlooked by sandstone balconies. Climb up some more stairs. Watch your head if you are tall.

The audience hall has beautifully carved pillars and is surrounded by small rooms in which the court officials undertook their business by the light of oil lamps. The Fort rooms ramble on and you will spend quite a bit of time (especially if you have a good guide to explain things to you).

The views from the Fort of the town below are magnificent and one can hear the hubub of living rising to just a sort drone. Many of the old buildings have been engulfed in the spread of more modern buildings, but you can still see what the old town below would have looked like.

There are many beautifully painted rooms that really require a guide to explain the paintings to you and point out little things that are humerous or put history into perspective.

The Fort leads to the Bundi Palace. You get it to it through a trap door which is closed behind you. The area is smaller than the Fort and only the outer perimeter is open to the public. TheChittra Sala is a pavilous with murals from the Radha Krishna story. Within the courtyard are peaceful gardens with fountains and waterways. Again wonderful views of the town can be seen from the Fort.

Both the Fort and Palace are lit up at night and can be seen from just about anywhere in town. Many hotels have rooftop restaurants so good views can be had.

This is definately one not to pass up.

1  Thank Rasputin21
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Reviewed 6 January 2010

The Taragarh Fort is in the same complex as the Garh Palace and Chitra Mahal as listed elsewhere on this site. But it is spectacular and well worth a visit. Indeed, I would say it is worth going out of your way to visit Bundi and this magical palace.

The architecture is in the Rajput style, and is crumbling before your eyes. Sad in a way, but very atmospheric. There are impressive views of the city below.

But the the really special thing is that there are beautiful paintings inside the palace (both the main palace, and also the Chitra Mahal, which has a separate entry). Though these paintings are crumbling along with everything else, they are beautiful. It gives the palace a sense of place and atmosphere that most ruins lack. Indeed, these paintings are considered historically important and have been written up in the book by Milo Beach.

Though normally I avoid taking guides, this is a case where I think it is a must. There are specific myths and stories that go with the paintings, and you need to know these to enjoy them.

We had a great guide, whose contact info I would be happy to share if you drop me a line.

5  Thank bombaybeauty
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