Juna Mahal Palace, a seven-storeyed palace was built in the 13th century and resembles a fort more than a palace.Referred to as the Old Palace, it was built when a few members of the Mewar dynasty split and found a new kingdom here. The exterior has crenellated walls, turrets and narrow passages wide enough for a single person, the intention being to slow down the attacking enemy. The interiors are resplendent with frescoes, glass and mirror work and miniature paintings. The maharaja had some 50 scenes from the Kama Sutra painted in a closet in his private suite. They are hidden discreetly, (but Richard had a peek). The Audience Hall and Maharani'd chambers are very elaborate and well preserved.. Palace walls and ceilings are covered with scenes from Dungarpur’s history and the portraits of princes, dating from the 16th to the 18th century. The old elephant stables are still standing.
There is a guide available, who is very knowlegable about the history of the palace, and speaks good English.
The deserted old palace has a magnificent veiw of the city. The balconys seem to hang in the air- giving a welcome breeze from the heat. Beware of the monkeys.
Tickets cost R150 pp , and must be bought at Udai Bilas Hotel.
The Dining room at Udai Bilas Palace.... 'lavish' is the only word i could think of there!
I think i saw more wildlife up there on the walls than i have seen in any forest!
...but, as it is said, those times were different.
But, the food is amazing!
We hired a car & driver and drove down from Udaipur. The road was good, for most of the way. The drive took about 3 hours.
They are busy widening the road in some areas,so there was a bit of road work happening.
Dungarpur can also be reached easiy from Ahmadabad.
Dungarpur also can be reached by train from Udaipur (6 hours)