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It was built by Rao Ummed Singh

It was built by Rao Ummed Singh  Video Review
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Chitrashala

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
5th Nov 16

Built by Rao Raja Anirudh Singh in 1683 AD

Built by Rao Raja Anirudh Singh in 1683 AD  Video Review
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Chaurasi Khambon Ki Chhatri

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
4th Nov 16

A beautiful lake built by Jait Meena

A beautiful lake built by Jait Meena  Video Review
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Jait Sagar

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
5th Nov 16

Was built under the supervision of Diwan Sukhram

Was built under the supervision of Diwan Sukhram  Video Review
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Sukh Mahal

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
5th Nov 16

The entrance of the palace

The entrance of the palace  Video Review
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Hathi Pol

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
5th Nov 16

Rajput style architecture is the key attraction

Rajput style architecture is the key attraction  Video Review
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Garh Palace

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
4th Nov 16

A hill fort for which entry is restricted now

A hill fort for which entry is restricted now  Video Review
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Taragarh Fort

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
4th Nov 16

It was built by Maharani Nathawat Jee in 1799

It was built by Maharani Nathawat Jee in 1799  Video Review
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Raniji Ki Baori

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
4th Nov 16

Good view

Good view  Video Review
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Raniji Ki Baori

Kamal
26th Dec 17

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Reasons to go to Bundi

1The sleeping beauty of Rajasthan
The sleeping beauty of Rajasthan

Wedged between Jaipur and Udaipur, Bundi is an unspoilt gem with a man-made lake and a fairytale castle by the mountainside. The miniature paintings and enchanting ancient palaces narrate a tale of the evolution of Rajput Architecture.

In the words of Rudyard Kipling, “Jaipur Palace may be called the 'Versailles of India'. Jodhpur’s house of strife, grey towers on red rock, is the work of giants, but the Palace of Bundi, even in broad daylight, is such a palace as men build for themselves in uneasy dreams – the work of goblins rather than of men.” This rings true in your senses when you experience the intricacies of the place.

HolidayIQ reviewer Ashish Tripathi shares: "It's a small town near Kota, Rajasthan about 39 km. The place is good. The market is worth a visit. Handcrafted items are the main attractions. A restaurant on the roof near only palace Garh Palace is very nice. It's pocket-friendly, so if you have a spare day and you are near somewhere. Try it!"

Fun fact: Bundi is also called the stepwell city with more than 50 step wells.

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2On A Tight Budget? Places in Western India That Tick all Boxes!
On A Tight Budget?  Places in Western India That Tick all Boxes!

HolidayIQ reviewer Kavitha says, "Bundi has a great palace and is an interesting town which is not too touristy. The city is calm and relaxed."

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3Built by goblins, Taragarh Fort at Bundi
Built by goblins, Taragarh Fort at Bundi

Rudyard Kipling said, “Jeypore Palace may be called the Versailles of India... but the Palace of Bundi, even in broad daylight, is such a palace as men build for themselves in uneasy dreams - the work of goblins rather than of men.”

Inspired by this rather intriguing parody, I set out to find this palace myself. I covered the 220 km by the state-run bus service in about 5 hours from Jaipur. There is a direct train and AC taxis are available on hire from Jaipur for those who wish to travel in luxury.


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Legend has it that the fort, in this quaint little town, was never conquered. The towering palace is built precariously on the mountain slope overlooking the Nawal Sagar lake.

Amazing frescos and mirrors, welcome you through narrow cobbled walkways. The magnificent architecture boasts of over 50 baoris (step wells).

I spent a day exploring the fort and found prehistoric rock paintings, a beautiful waterfall straight peep out of humongous rock formations and some old temples. A lesson in the region’s rich spiritual past.

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4Where the protagonists change with time, Narlai
Where the protagonists change with time, Narlai

290 km away from Bundi, in the embrace of the Aravalli hills is a wilderness that was once the hunting grounds of the Jodhpur royal family. I took the state run bus service to save money and also try the spicy local food, en-route.

Temples dot the landscape as you inch closer to Narlai, indicating spirituality, a rich history and a sense of mystery conjured up by the deserted look these jewels bare.

Erstwhile Havelis have been converted into luxury heritage hotels, erstwhile hunting grounds host guests armed with a camera to capture spot deer, chitals and leopards while on safari, that is what Narlai is all about.


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The sight of a perfectly camouflaged leopard against rocks that have stood the test of time, put things in perspective.



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You will be privileged to visit the ancient Adinath and Lord Shiva temples. Raised among rock formations of the Aravallis, they present the region’s exquisite craftsmanship through fine mural work.

I set off on a bus to cover the 450 odd km toward Jaisalmer in anticipation of visiting the abandoned village of Kuldhara, only to yield to the temptation of taking a break at Barmer.

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5Tour The Dusty Lanes Of The Quaint Town Of Bundi
Tour The Dusty Lanes Of The Quaint Town Of Bundi

HolidayIQ Traveller Mahi Naal from Delhi shares, “ 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 Chitrashala.. 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.”

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Reviews (10)

Traveler Inme

Traveler Inme4.6/5

31 reviews

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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Rajul Joshi

Rajul Joshi2.9/5

5 reviews

Bundi is till untouched.

Bundi is famous for palace, chitrashala & step wells. Nice paintings in chitrashala. The city is not so clean. Near about Bhimlat & Menial waterfall are so beautiful, everyone must visit. Stone paintings also famous. It is till not famous for tourist.

Recommended Duration in Bundi

Number of days to spend in Bundi as recommended by our travellers.

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Bundi Overview

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.


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