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Bundi Travel Guide
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Bundi Fact File


Southern Rajasthan, India
215 Kms. from Jaipur

Major Attractions:

Taragarh Fort, Phool Sagar and Sukh Mahal

Must Experience:

Visit the majestic Taragarh Fort, Roam around the Fort and Palaces, try your hands in the step wells and let yourself fly away with the miniature paintings.


Sadar bazaar and Chaumaukh bazaar are the main shopping areas. Bundi Café Crafts Shop at the Haveli Braj Bhushanjee has a good selection of handicrafts, jewelry and miniature paintings.

STD Code:


Best Time to Visit:

October to March


Hindi ,English and Rajasthani.

Getting there:

Air: The nearest Airport is the Sanganer Airport of Jaipur.
Train: Bundi is well connected by rail to all the major cities of India. Bundi has a small railway station but Kota, at a distance of 38 km is a more convenient railhead which is connected to major cities of India.
Road: Bundi is connected to other destinations in Rajasthan by Express Buses and Private buses and taxis Located on the National Highway 12 , one can easily reach Bundi from Ajmer within five hours, Kota (01 hrs.), Sawai Madhopur (05 hrs) and Jaipur (05 hrs).

About Bundi:
36 km from Kota, Bundi is a tiny town - one of the unexplored cities with a rich historical wealth. Once a part of Kota, it was ruled by the Had Chauhans- an offshoots of the famous Chauhan clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer. In 1193 A.D. when Prithviraj Chauhan was defeated by Sultan Mohammed Ghauri, some Chauhan nobles seeked shelter in Mewar and became allies to the Rana while other young warriors move towards the Chambal valley and overpowered the Meena and Bhil tribals-thus establishing their own kingdom of Hadoti. Later, two branches of Hadas formed two separates states of Kota and Bundi, on either side of the river Chambal.

Bundi is surrounded by the Aravalli hills on the three sides and is circumscribed by a massive wall with four gateways. 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. Bundi is very famous for its intricate carvings and murals. Bundi is famous for its Kajli-teej festival. This annual festival is held in July-August. Travelers must make it a point to visit Bundi during this festival. Cultural programs are organized in the evening in which local artists and those from Hadoti region perform.

Though Bundi is a small place, there are a lot of things that one can buy at Bundi especially souvenirs and momentos. From Cotton carpets to lac bangles, from stone statues and wooden toys to Kota paintings and Kota doria sarees, from murals and jewellery to metal wares or simply a colourful odhni - tourists can pick up any of these items as per their choice. Most of the the bazaars of Bundi dating back to as far as the 17th century still exude a medieval charm which is hard to ignore. Sadar bazaar and Chaumaukh bazaar are the main shopping areas where one can get products at a reasonable price. Bundi Café Crafts Shop at the Haveli Braj Bhushanjee has a good selection of handicrafts, jewelry and miniature paintings.

History of Bundi:
The area of Bundi came under the Chauhan rulers in the 12th century. The descendents of the Chauhans set up their center at Bundi and ruled from here. Bundi got its name from Bunda, one of its former rulers. It was an important state at the peak of Rajput glory in medieval times. The association with the Mughals led to the decline of Bundi. In 1624, Emperor Jahangir pressurized the local rulers and split the erstwhile state into two parts-Bundi and Kota. Although the state lost its glory, it continued to be an independent state within the British rule and became a part of India when it gained independence in 1947.

Monuments and Places to visit in Bundi:

Sukh Mahal - Located on the edge of the Jait Sagar is a white edifice known as Sukh Mahal (Palace of Bliss). Built in 1773 during Umed Singh’s reign, it is a magnificent summer palace set amidst lush surroundings of a beautiful garden which evokes the memories of Rudyard Kipling who not only stayed here but also found inspiration for his famous work "Kim". An underground tunnel is believed to run from the Sukh Mahal to the old Garh palace. The tunnels are now lost despite attempts to find them.
Sar Bagh- Sar Bagh has 66 royal cenotaphs. Step wells (Bawari) are another prominent highlights of Bundi, these served as water reservoirs in the months of summers, there were over 50 wells but many of them had to suffer the ravages of the time. The CHHATAR MAHAL is adorned with beautiful wall paintings of the famous Bundi School. And so are the ZANANA MAHAL (palace for the queens) and BADAL MAHAL.
Phool Sagar- The Phool Sagar is an excellent and well-planned structure as also the decoration of this Rajput edifice, and the same beauty lies in the massive TARAGARH. This little town has yet retained a medieval atmosphere. Bundi is not exactly a tourist tramping ground but never the less, this adds on to its appeal with a curiosity to explore it. The look of the town has a Bluish hue same as that of Jodhpur. With no renovating desire, the art is in a crumbling state of disrepair. The original history claims that Bundi was once the capital of the great HADOTI KINGDOM. But then KOTA in 1624 was separated as an independent state and thus the journey of Bundi downfall started. A prominent author approached BUNDI, He came, He saw and He created RUDYARD KIPLING's inspiration took birth in the state of Bundi and so inspired was he by the enchanting set up that he captured its images and applied them to his works.
Taragarh Fort- It was built in 1345 and is great ramble around at leisure. This is rather a ramshackle fort, with its overgrown vegetation.The view over the town and surrounding countryside from the top are magical, especially at sun set. Inside the ramparts are huge reservoirs carved out of solid rock, and the Bhim Burj, the largest of the battle- fields, on which there is, mounted a famous cannon. Taragarh is reached by steep road leading up the hillside to its enormous gateway. Take a path up behind the Chitra Shala; go east along the inside of the ramparts then left up the steep stone ramp just before the Dudha Mahal, a small disused building 200m from the palace.
Bundi Palace - Located on a hillside adjacent to the Taragarh Fort, the Bundi Palace is notable for its lavish display of traditional murals and frescoes. Described by Kipling as a "work of goblins rather than of men.", the palace most famous room is the Chitrashala, which has beautiful paintings on the walls depicting scenes from the 'Raga mala' i.e., the 'Raslila' of Radha-Krishna. Other palaces where one can also see the murals are the Chattar Mahal and Badal Mahal within the palace complex. Of special interest in the palace is the Hazari Pol or Gate of the thousand, the Naubat Khana, the Hathi Pol with its old water clock and the Diwann-e- Aam. Flash photography is officially prohibited. The palace looks beautiful, from a distance and when illuminated at night.
Chitra Mahal / Chitrasala - Like the Shekhawati region, Bundi too was a beehive of miniature painting during the 18th century. Following the decline of the Mughlas,most of the artisans made their way to Bundi, where they were patronized by the Bundi rulers. Today, the results are there for all to see. Bundi has now known as an important center for miniature painting and the Chitra Mahal also known as the Chitrasala is renowned for its beautiful wall murals. A spectacular garden palace with fountains and little pools with exotic fish, most of the murals and miniature painting deal with images of Krishna and Radha in a distinctive style in blue, green and maroon. From battle scenes to gods and goddesses, elephants, lovers and theGarh palace itself, these paintings say it all . The innermost chamber of the Chitra Mahal, the Chitrashala, made under orders from Umed Singh, is still untouched by sunlight and moisture, and here the paintings seem to glow with the originality of their painters.
Chatar Mahal - The Chatar Mahal is perhaps one of the most of beautiful Mahals of Bundi. Adorned with beautiful wall paintings of the famous Bundi School, the Chatar Mahal was builtin 1660 under the directions of Chatar Sal. A unique feature of the Chatar Mahal is that unlike most of the palaces and monuments of Rajasthan which show a distinct Mughal influence in its architecture and style, the Chatar Mahal does not. The Mahal is not bulit of red sandstone and is true Rajasthani style completes with elephant motifs, pavilions, curved roofs and small chattris.
Hathi Shala - The Hathi Shala located on the west side of Chatar Mahal consists of a number of columns and is so named because of the elephants on each of these pillars. The Hathi Shala leads into smaller chambers where Chatar Sal lived. The long chamber too has elephant motifs on its walls and pillars while two smaller rooms at the back are richly decorated with murals depicting Bundi life in the 17th century.
Garh Palace - Built on terraces on a small hill, Garh Palace whose construction was started by begun by Rao Balwant Singh in 1580 has a number of small palaces that were built around the main royal residence by various rulers over the centuries. Now in ruins, it still retains some of its majestic splendour. Two huge gates form the entrance to the Garh palace. The Hazari Pol (Gate of One Thousand) is the first towering gate. The Hathi Pol (Elephant Gate), built by Rao Ratan Singh (1607-31)is the second gate, it has two trumpeting elephants form an arch. Originally cast in brass, the elephants were later replaced by concrete ones painted in bright colours. The Hathi Pol leads into a courtyard beyond which is an arched façade for stables. There is an interesting story associated with the Garh Palace. According to the story Hada Rani was a newly wed Rajput hose husband was going to battle. But as the husband didn't want to leave her alone, he came back from the outskirts of the battlefield. When she heard of his return, she was filled with disgust, for a true Rajput never leaves the scene of a battle until victory or death is his. Hada Rani chopped off her head, and it was sent to her husband as he entered the gates of the palace.
Rani Ji-Ki-Baoli - Once an important source of water for the town, Bundi has over 50 step-wells of which only a handful have now survived. With the introduction of the piped water system,may of them have been either abandoned or fell into disrepair. The only surving Baoli right now is the Rani-ji-ki-Baoli. Situated outside the old walls of the original town of Bundi, the Raniji ki Baoli was built in 1699 by Rani Nathavati. The largest of Bundi's baoris or stepwells, the 46m deep Rani-ji-ki-Baori has some beautiful carvings. Stone elephants facing each other stand in small nichés in the pillars at the top.The entrance to the Baori are through a narrow gateway of four pillars, joined at the top by slender arches just under the roof.Beyond the entrance are broad steps leading down into the well.
Chaurasi Khambon ki Chatri - The Chaurasi Khambhon-ki-Chatri or the 84 pillared cenotaphs was built in 1683 by Rao Anirudh Singh to commemorate the services of Deva, his wet nurse. Standing on a high plinth in the midst of well maintained gardens, the two storied structure has a cenotaph as well as a temple which houses a Shiva linga. The second storey has a flat roof with a large bulbous dome in the middle which is complemented by four smaller domes on each corner of the roof. Each of these domes is crowned with narrow spires, while a few smaller domes lie around these main cupolas. The ceilings of the pavilions have colorful paintings of battle scenes, Rajput fish symbols, horses and traditional images as also the pillars, which are engraved with beautiful images of contemporary Rajput lifestyle during the 17th century

Shikar Burj - Located at a short distance from Sukh Mahal and south of the Phool Sagar is Shikar Burj, a favorite hunting lodge of the rulers of Bundi. Surrounded by lush greenery, Shikar Burj offers an ideal getaway from the daily drudgery of the city life. A great picnic site, the best time to visit Shikar Burj is during the Kajli-Teej festival held in between July-Aug.
Kesar Bagh - The beautiful Kesar Bagh located on the opposite side of the Sukh Sagar houses over 66 cenotaphs of Bundi’s rulers, their queens and princes. Built entirely of white marble, most of the chattris’s ceilings, pillars and sides are delicately carved with motifs of elephants, horses, gods and everyday life. The main chatri is topped with a Shiva linga, a feature commonly seen in most Rajput architecture.
Jait Sagar Lake - Jait Sagar is a picturesque lake flanked by hills and strewn with pretty lotus flowers during the monsoon and winter months. Nawal Sagar : The Nawal Sagar is a large square-shaped artificial lake containing many small islets. A small Varuna temple stands half-submerged in the middle of the lake.
Menal - 48 km from Bundi, is Menal which has some old Shiva temples dating back to the Gupta period. A gushing waterfall is also a big attraction.
Rameshwaram - An idyllic picnic spot, Rameshwaram has a cave temple of Lord Shiva surrounded by the Aravalli ranges.

Kota: An amazing, juxtaposition of majestic medieval age and modern industrialization, mainly the Hydro Electric Plant on the Chambal River and the Nuclear Power Plant has a few traces of its past still left. The fort overlooking the river Chambal is the foremost tourist attraction. It also houses the museum with a rich collection of art and artefacts and some elaborately painted chambers.

Earlier it was a part of Bundi state, but later it grew to be a bigger state. What retains the past glory are the untouched wealth of impressive forts, opulent palaces and temples dating back over several centuries. These temples were conquered by the Hada chieftain Rao Deva. It was at the time of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir that Rao Ratan Singh gifted this territory to his son Madho Singh. The Kota state reflects in the form of a beautiful collection of Stone Idols (murties) in the Raj Mahal, embellished with gold stained glass work on the walls, the silver mirror work on ceilings and the marvelous wall paintings.

Jhalawar: The princely state of the Jhalas created in 1838 AD, after being separated from Kota by the British. It is best explored by foot within the city and a horse safari in the outskirts as Jhalawar boasts of rich natural wealth, with flora and fauna as active.
Since it is situated at the edge of the Malwa Plateau it has rocky but water laden verdant landscape unlike much of Rajasthan, with some exquisite pre-historic cave paintings, massive forts, thick woody forests, exotic wild life variety and a lush country side which has Red poppy fields, orange laden orchards making it look fascinating and colourful during winters.

Climate of Bundi is extreme: summers are quiet hot (April-June) and winters are cool (October-March). It experiences scant rainfall between June and August.

How to reach Bundi:

Air: - The nearest airport is the Sanganer Airport of Jaipur at a distance of 206 km. The Sanganer Airport connects Jaipur to all the major destinations of India.

Train: - Attached from all major states and cities. The Railway Station is located about 02 km south of old city. There are rail connections between Bundi and Agra, Chittorgarh and Kota and connections with other areas like Banaras, Firojpur, Baroda, Dehradun, Gwalior, Trivendrum, Chittor, Jaipur and Mathura.

Road: - There are Express buses heading for multiple destinations in Rajasthan like, Ajmer, Bijolia, Bikaner, Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sawai Madhopur, and Udaipur.

Local: - Taxis and Cycle-rickshaws are available.

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