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Bundi

Bundi is one of the unexplored cities of Rajasthan yet has a rich historical wealth; and is by the distance of 36 km from Kota. It was once a part of Kota and was ruled by the Had Chauhans- an offshoot of the famous Chauhan clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer.

Bundi is mostly famous for the architectural wonders like ornate forts, palaces, and step well reservoirs known as baoris. The place also brings a unique combo of cultural and architectural beauties. Interesting monuments including impressive medieval forts, palaces, 'havelis', temples and 'chhatris' with elegantly carved pillars, along with a picturesque lake in the heart of the town bring so much of attention of the tourists.

 

Places to Visit

Taragarh or the Star Fort

Built in 1354 A.D., the fort is one of the most impressive forts of Rajasthan. This glittering fort is a marvelous white creation which is being suspended on a thickly wooded hill with a huge reservoir which once supplied water to the palace.

The Palace

This magnificent edifice is a fine example of the Rajput architecture that boasts some of the superb Bundi murals.

Ratan Daulat

Built by Rao Raja Ratan Singh, the Ratan Daulat is a very interesting structure forming a stable for nine horses and a Hatia Pol. (Prior permission required for visit.)

Chhattar Mahal or Palace of Towers

A steep, paved carafe-way is the only way to reach the monument. The major attractions in the palace are the Hazari Pol or Gate of the thousand, the Naubat Khana, the Hathi Pol with its old water clock and the diwan-e- aam.

Nawal Sagar

The Nawal Sagar is the square artificial lake, broken up by the islets and is easily visible from the fort. A temple dedicated to Varuna, the Aryan god of water; stands half submerged in the centre of the lake. The reflection of the entire city and its palaces can be seen in the lake -making it a unique attraction of Bundi.

Chitrashala

The Chitrashala is a fascinating pavilion and a gallery of miniature murals embellished in the palace. The elaborated colorful paintings on the walls depict scenes from the 'Ragmala' and 'Raaslila'-the Radha-Krishna story.

Raniji-ki-Baori

It is 46 m deep stepped dwell with some superb carvings on its pillars with a high arched gate. This baori was built in 1699 A.D. by Rani Nathavatji and is one of the largest of its kind.

Sukh Mahal

It is magnificent summer palace on the Sukh Mahal Lake amid the lush surroundings of a beautiful garden. An underground tunnel is believed to be linked from the Sukh Mahal to the old palace.

Phool Sagar

The Phool Sagar is a 20th century palace with an artificial tank and picturesque gardens. Presently, it is the residence of the former ruler (Prior permission of Secretary is required for a visit.)

Shikar Burj

A royal hunting lodge, the Shikar Burj is set amidst the lush surroundings. It is a favorite picnic spot now for the tourists coming here.

Kshar Bagh

An ancient garden near the Shika Burj with beautiful chhatris of the Bundi rulers and their queens all examples of the town's rich architecture. (Prior permission required for visit.)

Eighty Four Pillared Cenotaphs

It is an amazingly magnificent memorial with 84 pillars in a single cenotaph along with a Shiva lingam. It was magnificently erected by Rao Anirudh.

 

Major Excursions at Bundi

Jait Sagar Lake (3 km)

It is a picturesque lake cradled in the hills, built by Jaita Meena. The swirling fountain at night in the lake is the most impressive visual delight.

Rameshwaram (20 km)

The cave temple of Lord Shiva surrounded by the Aravalli ranges. An ideal picnic spot as well.

Keshavraipatan (45 km)

It is an ancient city famous for the temple of Keshavrai Ji (Vishnu). The architecture and sculpture at this temple is simply unique. It was constructed in the year 1601 A.D. by Maharaja Shartusal of Bundi. A famous Jain Temple is also present there.

Ramgarh (45 km)

The Ramgarh Sanctuary is located on the Nainwa road. One needs to take permission of the State Forest Department prior to a visit to the sanctuary.

Bijolia (50 km)

An ancient fort and the city of Bijolia are placed on the Bundi- Chittaurgarh road. A high paved courtyard on the side of the fort has a large temple of Lord Shiva in its centre with a fine image of Lord Ganesha standing as a sentinel at the entrance. A carved archway leads to the temple is really outstanding and feels like as if simply welcoming everyone with warmth.

Menal (70 km)

The Menal River runs over a bed of granite slabs and plunges into a cavernous 122 meters deep gorge.

Talwas (53 km)

It is a magnificent fort built by the ruler Ajit Singh. A temple of Dhooleshwar Mahadev and a picturesque waterfall adjoining the fort are worth a visit to this place. The beautiful Ratna Sagar Lake closely adjoined by it is a heaven for fauna like bear and deer during monsoon.

Dugari (65 km)

Remnants of ancient wall paintings can be seen in the Ram Mandir within the imposing fort of Dugari.

Indragarh (77 km)

The Indragarh Fort and the nearby palaces are famous for the temples of Mother Goddess Kali and Kamleshwar. The Palace is also known for wall paintings.

 

Quick View of Bundi

Area: 5628 Sq Km
Best time to visit: October- March
Languages: English, Hindi & Rajasthani