Photographer's Note

Bundi, located 36 km from Kota is one of the unexplored towns with a rich historical wealth. This small, rustic town was the capital of one of the erstwhile princely states of Rajasthan. Interesting monuments including impressive medieval forts, palaces, havelis, temples with beautiful stone idols and chattris with carved pillars, along with a picturesque lake in the heart of the town, add to its charm.

Sukh Mahal or Palace of Bliss, is a magnificent summer palace on the banks of Sukh Mahal Lake amid the lush surroundings of a beautiful garden. During winter, the lake is filled by lotus blooms which create an amazing visual spectacle.

Rudyard Kipling supposedly stayed in the Sukh Mahal and the environs inspired him to write his famous novel, KIM. The palace is now an irrigation rest house.

The Sukh Mahal, seen here on the right, is a cream & white edifice right on the banks of the lake which makes it appear as though its foundations lie within the water. The inevitable white marble chatri (domed pavilion) stands right in the centre of the roof on the first floor, while the ground floor is now semi-submerged. During the 17th and 18 centuries, the banks of the Sukh Sagar (aka Jait Sagar) lake were the hot spot for princes and their entourage to descend upon for days and nights of revelry. In 1773 during Umed Singh’s reign a palace was built on the embankment of the lake for princes to engage in debauchery away from the prying eyes of the King. The Sukh Mahal was the venue of precisely such activities, and the secluded environment certainly helped. Near the palace are the hilly jungles where rulers of Bundi and Mewar would meet for the annual Aheria boar hunt. While the Sukh Mahal was functional it had tunnels leading right into Garh palace where the King resided, just in case something went wrong and flight was necessary. The tunnels are now lost despite attempts to find them.

I'm not sure there's a tilt as some of the critics have pointed out. There was a distinct slope towards the left. Anyway I have done a Workshop where I've straightened the water surface..

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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