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August 25, 2015

Juna Mahal: Incredible Frescoes in a Former Palace outside Udaipur, India

Juna Mahal toursFor travelers interested in decorative arts, the spectacular Juna Mahal (“Old Palace”) in Rajasthan, India  is sure to be a highlight of touring in the region.

Juna Mahal toursBuilt in the 13th century for an aristocratic family, the Juna Mahal was expanded over the centuries, finally reaching seven stories. The last residents of the palace moved out in the 1950s, and today the building operates as a heritage site.

Juna Mahal toursDetails on the time-worn exterior, including this exquisite carved stone frieze, only hint at the elaborate decoration filling the rooms inside.

Juna Mahal toursColorful paintings adorn the interior walls, and intricate stonework and stained glass accent windows and doorways.

Juna Mahal toursThe paintings depict hunting scenes, Hindu legends, romantic encounters, the lives of local royalty and more. Some of the most magnificent paintings are in the aam khas (royal apartment) and the throne room.

Juna Mahal toursLocated off the beaten track in the Thar Desert, the Juna Mahal is not open to the general public. However, Artisans of Leisure can arrange private tours of the palace with an expert guide as an excursion from Udaipur.

Juna Mahal toursContact an Artisans of Leisure India specialist to begin planning a customized India tour.

Destinations:  Asia, India

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