Bundi in South Rajasthan, was ruled by the Hada Chouhans - an offshoot of the famous Chouhan Clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer. Late in the 12th century, two branches of Hadas Rajput's formed two separate states of Kota & Bundi, on either side of the river Chambal. Bundi has one of the most magnificent histories that a region can have, and many wars and battles were fought here for over 600 years between Rajput clans, the Marathas and the British.
Bundi was a strategically important place since it was surrounded by the Aravalli hills on three sides and could be entered through four huge gateways set in a massive wall that surrounds the town. Taragarh or Garh fort is one of the places to see here, and like almost every Rajasthani town, Bundi also (believe it or not) has a lake, which you can see in the FG. Rajput heritage continues in Bundi, famous even today for paintings depicting royal hunts, murals on the walls of the palace and its lacquer work on toys and ornaments.
The 12th century Taragarh or Garh fort was meant to be impregnable with its 4.5m (15ft thick) walls, and was further fortified with strong bastions. If you look carefully you'll see the fort walls winding up the slope of the hill and running right along the top from right to the left of the frame & beyond. The steep climb to the top of the hill and to the fort takes over an hour but it is worthwhile for the fantastic view of the city below.
Bundi has a strong association with Rudyard Kipling, who drew inspiration from the beautiful town and its surroundings, while writing KIM. He was so fascinated by Bundi's palace and fortress that he called it 'a work not of humans but that of imps and goblins'.
This picture was taken in the falling light of evening.
Exif Data :
F length - 21 mm
ISO - 100
Time taken - 16.45
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Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2009-02-10 0:02
Lovely town on the hill. Great light and colours. I would prefer a bit bigger image instead of frame ;).
Graal (97857) 2009-02-10 0:16
very nice composition, I like the reflections and colours. An interesting informations in note. Well done photo.
robertosalguero (246) 2009-02-10 0:17
Beautiful warm tones and reflections. The view is precious giving us an excellent perspective of this town. Good framing and use of light. Thanks for sharing.
Gerrit (48262) 2009-02-10 0:49
this is a beautiful complex in a wonderful environment.
The colors are deep and good.
riclopes (35577) 2009-02-10 2:15
Olá Angshu, just checked out a photo of 'lestans' from Bundi that made me think of Jodhpur with all the blue houses...Wonderful golden light and reflections. It's a pretty tranquile view although I wish there's something passing in the water at lower right corner - that would have been perfect if you know what I mean ;-)
ChrisJ (99260) 2009-02-10 4:02
Wonderful colour, saturation, & reflections, with superb sharpness & framing. Tfs!
Budapestman (82620) 2009-02-10 4:17
Beautiful image with spectacular composition and picturesque colours, the special lights provide fabulous mood to the photo. The reflection is great, the architectural details are beautiful likewise. Splendid shot. Have a nice day!
jhm (140054) 2009-02-10 5:10
Thank you very much for these good note.
Quiet picture also very fine for look at.
Reflection feeling very good and an excellent presentation.
Quality and sharpness are superb.
Composition and perspective are also very well. TFS.
feather (51130) 2009-02-10 6:06
Beautiful shot with some wonderful reflections and good light. We don't see many wide angle shots from you and this is done very well. Interesting about Kipling's quotation, as I was wondering about the title.
danos (87475) 2009-02-10 9:33
nice the panoramic shot of the Garh fort with the late afternoon light to make so great.I like the reflections on the calm waters as the city that found in the shoreline.Well done.
bukitgolfb301 (36218) 2009-02-10 12:56
Hello my dear Prof. Angshuman
This is a lovely photo and calm.
Framework and color management are quite no problem.
Very frankly, this is a little too monotony for you, as compared with your usual masterpieces. I think if you are as usual, there must be something more in your photo.
Sorry for my rude remark.
Sincerely best regards and many thanks
Vato_Law (12720) 2009-02-10 13:07
the light hitting softly the little city turns it even more beautiful and enhances its colours.
I like the way it rises by the hill and also how you manage to have a nice filled middle and foreground using the reflections.
sacavem (18610) 2009-02-10 14:08
Wonderful landscape, sight of the beach. Good snapshot and good lightening. Good work to capture this image. Good colour and contrast.
Excellent postcard of the Bundi.Well done,
zeca (19762) 2009-02-10 21:28
Its like a postcard, Angshu! Beautiful photo. The point of view is very good.
edytungkal (4551) 2009-02-10 22:28
The composition is good despite the subject is not too strong for my taste but sometime we like to share the place that people know less, that is the spirit of TE. I always admire how you composed both picture and specially how you wrote very informative note (story). This has a nice colours and good using of the nature lights. Thanks for the shot Angshu friend...have a great day :-)
papagolf21 (86746) 2009-02-11 0:49
Bonjour, mon ami Angshu,
Encore une merveille pour notre plus grand plaisir. La composition est très réussie.
La lumière valorise magnifiquement cette réalisation.
patdeph (35748) 2009-02-11 1:00
it's very nice for me to see the Rajastan with a so much blue sky,as each time I came here,it was during the monsoon!This is so beautiful with this light,the landscape seems to be sublimated by this light and clear weather!The fort is splendid,as each indian architecture,and the lake gives a wonderful reflection!Superb!
carper (96) 2009-02-11 4:04
a very nice view Angshu.
very nice, almost a perfect reflection, but the wind is there, good details and nice photo job, good job my friend. have a nice day.
pierrefonds (57509) 2009-02-11 4:22
The reflections in the water are assets to the composition. The point of view from the bottom to the top is allowing us to see the details and colors of the scenery. The subject is well frame and the light is enhancing the colors of the scenery. Have a nice day.
Floydian (30970) 2009-02-11 5:42
So you forced Andre to go here, i'm sure he will like it when the light is good. The fort looks great up that hill and the reflection here is also a very nice keypoint. You have strong colours inside this image, i like that, it's colour photography so we have to show colours....very good work.
josepmarin (57823) 2009-02-11 8:38
the framing has a good angle and a beautiful vision on this place, which it allows us to enjoy the splendid architecture integrated to the landscape and its reflections on the river.
The whole set is very pleasant to look and creates a very elegant composition.
Excellent work, my friend.
robob (3646) 2009-02-11 8:45
C’est une image qui a bénéficiée d’une très bonne lumière ici,
Très bon cadrage également et note très intéressante,
Avec mes compliments,
marietom (34607) 2009-02-11 10:25
Magnifique lumière, dans ce beau paysage. C'est très beau.
dip (23632) 2009-02-11 10:51
beautiful photo with good POV and amazing light,
well exposed and composed,
emjleclercq (15780) 2009-02-11 13:06
I wondered the reason of the title, but found it in your note. However, goblins are now associated with Tolkien's Lord of the Reing in my mind, so the title was not immediate. Very nice to see how the fortress or palace was built following the slope of the hill, with probably a beautifull view on the lake from there.
All the best,
Scharan (14144) 2009-02-11 16:41
Linda foto deste cenário incrível.
Belas cores, o azul do céu e da água estão maravilhosos...belos reflexos.
Dpbours (222) 2009-02-11 22:09
The reflections are very nice, but the hill and little houses feel a bit oversharpened. I do like the shade of what is behind you in the water. And a good note as always!
Bartleby (13552) 2009-02-15 14:49
An eye-catching ensemble view from this fort Angshu. I like the bold colors and the reflection of course. I'm sure there are plenty of close-up shots to be made here too...did you take other POVs?
Kielia (23703) 2009-02-21 8:32
thanks for adding your personal impression of this fascinating place to the already existing impressive gallery! Your “handwriting” is already in the thumbnail very obvious. You have excellently taken advantage of the wonderful light. A great capture! TFS!
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (55914)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-11-01
- Categories: Castles, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Canon 18 - 55mm / f 3.5 - 5.6, RAW, Hoya 58mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/25 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Rajasthan, The Circuit Lesser Known
- Date Submitted: 2009-02-09 23:56