A small sleepy town located in the southern part of the state of Rajasthan, Bundi is known for its palaces, intricately designed step wells and water tanks. The history of Bundi dates back to 1193 AD when Sultan Mohammed Ghauri defeated Prithviraj Chauhan. This compelled the Chauhan nobles to seek shelter in the neighboring state of Mewar. While some of them became allies to the king of Mewar, others proceeded towards the Chambal valley. Here they overpowered the ruling tribes and formed the two states of Bundi and Kota on either side of the Chambal River.
Apart from its palaces, forts, lakes and beautiful surroundings, a Bundi Travel will take you to a number of colourful bazaars that dazzle your eyes. Bundi is also famous for the annual Teej festival (July and August) and the Bundi Festival in November. Tourists must make it a point to travel to Bundi during these colourful festivals, which are an amazing experience.
Tourist Attractions in Bundi
Some of the famous tourist attractions you can visit when you travel to Bundi are listed below.
Star Fort, as it is called, the 16th century massive fort of Taragarh stands as a perfect example of antic architecture. One will enter the fort through Hathia Pol or Elephant Gateway with towers with painted elephants. Other interesting palaces inside are Chattar Mahal and Chitrashala which exhibit the legendary paintings of those times.
Quite near to the grand Taragarh Fort is the huge palace built by Rao Raja Ratan Singh Hada between 1607 AD and 1631 AD. Shaped like a hanging structure, it has "Phool Mahal" and "Badal Mahal" inside its walls, which are spectacular pieces of architecture. In the premises, one will find the Bundi School. Ceilings here are Chinese-inspired and divided into petal shapes and decorated with peacocks and Krishnas.
Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary
Home to Leopard, Sambar, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Sloth Bear, Indian Wolf, Hyena and Fox, this sanctuary in Bundi is also worth a visit. About 15 km from Bundi, it was founded in 1982 and spread over an area of 252.79 sq km.
84 Pillared Cenotaph
Also called Chaurasi Khambon Ki Chhatri, this monument is a splendid piece of classic architecture. It is supported by 84 columns, and has artistic figures on the cenotaph.
The Nawal Lake is one of the most picturesque spots you can visit when you travel to Bundi. At the center of this lake lies a half submerged temple dedicated to Varuna, the Aryan God of Water. The beauty and serenity of this lake draws a huge number of tourists who are left spellbound by the magical way this lake reflects the entire city.
The Sukh Mahal is a beautiful summer palace situated on the Sukh Sagar Lake. Surrounded by pretty gardens, this palace is believed to have an underground tunnel, which connects it to the old palace in the city of Bundi.
Bundi Festival (November)
Bundi is known for its vibrant festival that is full of traditional music, dance, sports and other competitions. Every year the Rajasthan State Tourism Department organizes this festival fair to keep alive the traditions and customs of Rajasthan. It begins with Shobha Yatra (procession) and continues with cultural programs like fold dance, bridal attire competitions and sparkling fireworks.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Bundi is during Winter months from October to March.
How to Reach Bundi
» Air: The nearest airport is Jaipur, which is 206 km away.
» Rail: Bundi has a small railway station located at the southern end of the town. It is well connected to Agra and Kota by trains. Kota, which is 36 km away from Bundi, is the nearest railhead.
» Road: Bundi is connected to all the cities of Rajathan. You can move around Bundi on taxis and auto-rickshaws. Bicycles, which are easily available on hire, are also an excellent option to explore the city.
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