Bundi Tourism

Bundi Tourism

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  • State: Rajasthan
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Bundi
Set in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan state, Bundi is a district, which is home to magnificent palaces and imposing forts. The district is bounded by Tonk District in north, Bhilwara District in west and Chittorgarh District in south-west.

Spread over an area of 5,550 sq. km, the district encompasses around five tehsils, six towns, four panchayat samitis and around 890 villages. The headquarters of the district is based in the town of Bundi, which is renowned for its forts, palaces, and step well reservoirs known as baoris.

History of the region dates back to ancient time, when Parihar Meenas, the local tribe, inhabited the region. Bundi owes its name to the former Meena king, Bunda Meena. In the 12th century, this region came under the administration of Hada Rajputs. They ruled over the region for around 200 years and developed close alliance with the Sisodias of Mewar. The reign of Hada Rajputs came to an end, when Rao Surjan, who was governing the Ranthambore Fort on the behalf of the Sisodias, surrendered to the Akbar in 1533.

In 17th century, during the reign of the Emperor Jahangir, Rao Rattan Singh defeated Prince Khurram at the battle of Burhanpur and showed his loyalty towards the Emperor Jahangir. In the same battle, the 14 years old son of Rao Rattan Singh, Madho Singh proved himself as a courageous warrior.

 In 1580, independent principality of Kota was created out of Bundi for Madho Singh. Later in 1838, the Jhalawar State was carved out of this principality of Kota. On 10 February 1818, the region of Bundi came under the reign of British rule.     

People of Bundi mostly belong to Rajput clan known for its chivalry and heroism. As music is an integral part of the culture of this region, several vocalists and musicians inhabit the district. Another integral part of the Bundi culture is Bundi School of Painting, which draws influences from Mughal painting and Ragmala painting. Kajli Teej is the most important festival, which is celebrated in the region. The celebrations start on the third day of the Hindu month of Bhadra (July to August) and last for two days.  

Besides the Kajli Teej Festival, Taragarh Fort, Bundi Palace, Raniji ki Baori and Nawal Sagar are the other major attractions of the district. Nagar Sagar twin step wells, Sukh Mahal, Chaurasi Khambon ki Chhatri, Jait Sagar Lake and Phool Sagar are also frequently visited attractions in the region. Jaipur International Airport, which is the only international airport in the state of Rajasthan, is the main gateway to the destination.  

Located at the distance of 2 km south of the old city, Bundi Railway Station is the nearest railhead. Trains from Jaipur, Dehradun, Agra, Chittoor, Banaras and Mathura pass through this station. By trains, Gwalior, Baroda, Kota and Thiruvananthapuram are also connected to this station.

Express bus service to and from various destinations in Rajasthan, including Sawai Madhopur, Bikaner, Jaipur and Kota, is available for Bundi. Buses from Udaipur, Bijolia, Ajmer, Jodhpur and Chittorgarh are also available for Bundi. The best time to visit Bundi is from October through March.
 

Bundi is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Kota and Sawai Madhopur.

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Traveler Inme

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"The Jewel of Rajasthan, Blue City Bundi!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Feb 12, 2017
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.

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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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"Bundi - a lonely planet"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Dec 8, 2015
It's a small town near Kota, Rajasthan about 30-35 kms. The place is good. Market is worth a visit. Hand crafted items are the main attractions. A restaurant on the roof near only palace Garh Palace is very nice. With your tea you can have a full sight of the town. It's pocket friendly, so if you have a spare day and you are near somewhere. Try it!
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Drrajesh Choda

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"Bundi, average city to go"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Sep 6, 2015
My first visit to Bundi was in mid 80's and the & in 2014. In between visited for a day in 1992. A lot of tourist potential has opened up now but holding flow back because of roads and filth. Nature and lay out is beautiful. But not the roads and cleanliness. People would rarely repeat visits if they ignore the dirt and poor management of city. If you hate filth, you will not come to Bundi again.
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Kavita Sahgal

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"Bundi is for a relaxed and calm break"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted Mar 9, 2015
Bundi has a great palace and an interesting town which is not too touristy. It was great to stay in the place for 2-3 nights and explore the surrounding areas in bicycle or by walking. The city is calm and relaxed.

The only drawback which we felt was the people were more interested in serving foreigners then Indians. We were surprised by the rude behaviour of the hotel and restaurant people who literally told us that they don't like accept reservations from Indians. The funny part was that we were paying the same amount as the tourist, but the biassed behaviour was annoying.

We were denied entry in many restaurants as they said they only serve foreigners. Me and my husband have travelled to many parts of the country and some international destinations too, but this was the one of a kind bad experience.

The hotel Kasera Heritage View was a nightmare in real sense. I have posted a long review about it in my review.

However, we enjoyed our short stop at Haveli Katkoun, as the lady was well educated and well mannered. The rooms were far better then Kasera.

Our trip could have been much better if we were treated differently. The trek to fort was a good experience.

I would recommend this trip to my friend. But please read the reviews of Indian visitors before you book your hotel as foreigners are mostly misled and pleased by the local people.

Rest I hope you all have a better experience!!
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"Beauty with culture , History- small but lot of thing to see"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 3, 2009
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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