Rudyard Kipling, has this to say about Taragarh fort : ‘Jeypore Palace may be called the Versailles of India; Udaipur’s House of State is dwarfed by the hills round it and the spread of the Pichola Lake; Jodhpur’s House of Strife, gray towers on red rock, is the work of giants, but the Palace of Bundi, even in broad daylight, is such a palace as men build for themselves in uneasy dreams – the work of goblins rather than of men.’
The Taragarh Fort loomed large over this pretty town, it was brilliantly lit in the night
Taragarh Fort of Bundi is one of the most striking forts of Rajasthan. Built in AD 1354 on a steep hill, its location combined with its grand architecture comprising of a massive gateway with detailed carvings of elephants and sturdy ramparts is a fine example of a giri durg or hill fort. From the top of the Taragarh Fort, a magical view of the city and the surrounding countryside can be seen. The view becomes even more stunning during sunset. Bhim Burj, considered the largest battlement, is located here with Garbha Gunjan, a famous cannon, mounted over it. The fort also houses a huge water reservoir that was the main source of water supply to the fort. Also of interest here is the Rani Mahal, a small palace built specially for the wives of the rulers.
The palace is a huge complex of different sections that were built by different rulers over a period of time. The best known palace section is the renowned Chhatar Mahal where the famed Bundi murals can be seen. Chhatar Mahal is reached from the northwest side of the city market through a huge wooden gateway and up a steep cobbled ramp. The construction of the palace was started in the 16th century and additions were carried out by Rao Chhatrasal in mid-17th century. It seems full of secret chambers, trap doors and foliage-shrouded windows. It may have been for this reason that Kipling wrote that the palace seemed to be the work of goblins rather than men! Also of special interest in the palace are the Hazari Pol or 'Gate of a Thousand' (so named to denote its importance), Phool Mahal or 'Hall of Flowers', Badal Mahal or 'Hall of Clouds', the Naubat Khana or 'Chamber of Drummers', the Hathi Pol or ‘Elephant Gate', with its old water clock and the Diwan-e-Aam, the 'Hall of Public Audience'. The palace, when illuminated at night, looks especially beautiful and magical.
A royal court built by Rao Raja Ratan Singh and cleverly designed to provide space for stabling nine horses and Hathi Pol for elephants. The stone throne is also attraction here.