When we first arrived at the Kumbhalgarh Fort and looked up, we couldn’t help but say wow. Badal Mahal also known as the 'Palace of Clouds', is the highest point in the fort and although it looks huge, is only the bit at the top left of the picture. It is a modest two-storey palace. The whole building is parted into two interconnected mahals called the Mardana Mahal (male section) and the Zanana Mahal (female section).
Plenty of steep zig-zag paths before we got to the palace.
Nearly there, even more impressive the closer we got and then through the inner gate.
Through the door and into the courtyard. Meeting room to our right, guest bedrooms ahead.
The first two bedrooms had red highlight lines and elephant murals, very male.
Pretty ceiling design though and carved marble doorframes.
Ladies bedrooms soft green decorations, but still the same elephant hunting scenes (representative of the 19th century).
We knew these were the females quarters, in the Zanana Mahal because of the windows (jalis) through which the queen could watch court proceedings and other main events. These chambers have ‘air conditioning systems’ via a series of duct pipes that allows cool air into the once beautiful rooms.
The elephant murals were certainly getting down and dirty...........
In the corner of the courtyard a shrine.
Up the stairs to look down on the courtyard and the door we came in through.
Bimbling around we found empty rooms, saw the topmost dome, the air conditioning (quite a breeze going down the corner trap). Up the next stairs to the top.
Some of the views and to the right, the top of the little building where Maharana Pratap Singh I (9th of May 1540 to 19th of January 1597) was born.
Looking down from the back of the palace – inner and outer walls.
Down a set of stairs and out for a better look at the Maharana’s birthplace.
Back outside – perhaps an exercise area. Loved it.
A little pretty as we left.
ALL IN ALL STUNNING VIEWS FROM A HOMELY MAHAL