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Traveler Inme

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31 reviewsPosted 9 months ago
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The Jewel of Rajasthan, Blue City Bundi!

This time around I wanted to travel to some less or unexplored places. With a little bit of research (read forts & palaces being the selection criteria) I narrowed down to Bundi and Jhalawar! A few may have heard about Bundi but Jhalawar is least known.

About Bundi The city is part of the Hadoti region of Rajasthan. The Hadoti region comprises of Kota, Bundi, Jhalawar and Baran. In earlier days this was known as the Bundi Kingdom. Geographically this region is well placed with the Marwar & Malwa plateau and Aravallis hills surrounding it. River Cambial and many of its tributaries flow into this region making the soil fertile, making it the green region of Rajasthan.

In ancient times Bundi and its surrounding places was inhabited by many local tribes, of which the Meena tribe was the most prominent. In fact the city was named after the Meena tribal king Bunda Meena. Later on, in mid 1300s Rao Deva Hada of the Hada Rajput took Bundi from Jaita Meena and renamed the area as Haravati or Haroti.

Coming back to our trip, we had reached Bundi in the wee hours of morning and found the place safe to commute. Tuk Tuks are easily available and you will find stationed policemen at regular distance.

Below is a brief peak into what all one can do in Bundi. An individual review on most of them shall follow soon, one by one, so remain glued.

Explore Bundi The city retains its old world charm, simplicity and slow pace. Narrow lanes, blue houses, colorful turbans and bright attires of women adding splashes of colors here and there. It is a less visited place by the domestic tourists (unlike to a few predictable places of Rajasthan) though quite popular with the foreign tourists.

The place has some fantastic architectural as well as artistic delights like the Garh or Bundi Palace; Chitrasala; Taragarh Fort; over 50 baoris or step well among which Raniji ki baori is the most well maintained and visited; Dhabhai ka Kund. Other attractions are the Natal & Jait sagar; Sukh Mahal & Museum; 84 pillared cenotaph and some other monuments like fool Sagar, Kshar Bagh & Shikhar Burj which are personal property of the descendants of the royal family thus out of touristy domain.

Garh or Bundi Palace, is built over a side of the hill. If you see it from the fort (higher above) it seems like it is hanging. Rudyard Kipling described it as work of goblins rather than of men'

Chitrashala or Umaid Mahal of Bundi is a beautiful gallery of Rajasthani miniature murals. The walls and the ceiling are covered with murals. This is the only monument under ASI in the fort and palace complex.

Taragarh Fort is built on top of a steep hill overlooking the city. Also refereed to as the fort. The trek uphill to the fort can be taxing for those not physically fit

Dhabhai Ka Kund is also known as the kund' and resembles an inverted Egyptian Pyramid. Means or small reservoir in which rainwater is collected"

Explore Bhimlat is 35 kms from Bundi and lies in the Bhilwara District of Rajasthan. The place is steadily finding its way up as an attraction around Bundi for its wetlands, canyons, water falls and cave rock paintings.

Its interesting to note that Hadoti is a second home for the migratory birds from China, Russia, Ladakh and other European countries. During monsoon the Bhimlat Wetlands is fully submerged in water. The migratory birds are seen both during monsoon and winter. We saw pelicans, storks, drongo, Indian Roller and cranes.

Bhimlat Canyons, is a long stretch of rugged and rocky terrain surrounded by dry plateau forest. We had a long walk along it to the cave & fall - a good mix of information & adventure.

Bhimlat Cave Rock Painting (Kuki's site) was an exclusive experience! We saw one of the cave rock paintings site with its. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is said to have given him the status of an archaeologist‘

Bhimlat Waterfalls, is a sight to behold in the monsoon. The water to the falls reaches from a dam near a lake. By the time its winter the falls reduce

Explore Bijolia --- Bijolia Group of Hindu Temples namely Mahakaal, Hazareshwar & sandeshwar Temples. These temples dedicated to Lord Shiva are 800 years old (12th century). Bijolia is located 55 kms from Bundi and comes in the Bhilwara District.

The Stay --- We stayed at Bundi Haveli, a well kept heritage property with close proximity to most of the monuments and impeccable service.

Others

Natal Sagar, is an artificial lake that can be seen from the Taragarh Fort. There is a half-submerged temple of Lord Varun Dev in its centre. One can relax at one of the eating joints around it and soak in the view of the city, fort and palace along with their reflection in the sagar.

Sukh Mahal is located on the periphery of Jait or Sukh Sagar (Lake) and was built by Um ed Singh. There is a folklore that states that the old palace and Sukh Mahal are connected through an tunnel. It is said that this palace was built for princes' "indulgences". Somehow this place did not appeal to me and I guess one can give it a miss if there are better options to utilize time.

We were unfortunate and highly disappointed to have missed Raniji ki Baori which was under renovation hence tourists were not allowed. I wish they had planned it in such a way so as to avoid the tourist season. On a positive note, maybe another trip to Bundi is slated haha!

Now I will share some pics to do the speaking!!

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Mahi Naal

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1 reviewPosted April 2009
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Beauty with culture , History- small but lot of thing to see

Best time & Season - July-Sept: Rainy Season. Its a good place. I have been there for at least 3 months. Bundi a very small town, but with the rich culture. Lets start with the Fort. A must watch place. When you see it you can't predict its vastness. This was the one which was never won by any king. And the Chitrashal .. you must see the paintings. Lots of Babdi , And when you go to the outskirts there are lots of places ... but only in rainy season.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food - Proper Rajasthani food with Marwadi tadka
Sight Seeing - good
Shopping - You can do but not very much shops to do it.

Activities & things to do: Activites - Travel, travel and feel the nature.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Tips for travelling - Carry water bags with you, extra pair of clothes.

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