Bundi - Quick Facts

Area: 6.5 sq. kms
Population: 104,457
Altitude: 268m
Climate: Extremely hot & dry summers with chilly winters
Temperature: Summer (23 °C Min to 43 °C) | Winter (11°C to 28°C) 
Clothing: Summer - Light Tropical’s | Winter - Wollens
Season: Winter - Oct. to March | Summer - April to June
Language: Rajasthani, Hindi & English
Best Time To Visit: Nov-Feb

Bundi is the undiscovered splendour, 36 Kms from Kota ruled by the Hada Chauhans. First destination is HADOTI. Set in a narrow inclining gorge. The palaces and forts have fairy tale quality about them. Isolated and independent, this picturesque location has much to offer. Rajput architecture shines and in the intricately carved brackets, pillars etc. Interesting places are Diwan-e- aam, Hathia Pol and Naubat Khana.
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.
The small sleepy town of Bundi, a rather unexplored city with rich historical wealth, is surrounded by the Aravali hills on three sides and is circumscribed by a massive wall with four gateways. Impressive medieval forts, palaces and temples with beautiful stone idols and chhatris (Cenotaphs) with carved pillars along with a scenic lake in the heart of the town that add to its charm.

By Air
Bundi has no airport of its own. Jaipur is the nearest airport at 206 kms.

By Rail
The Railway Station is located about 2 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, Trivandrum, Chittaur, Jaipur and Mathura.

By Road
There are Express buses heading for multiple destinations in Rajasthan like, Ajmer, Bijolia, Bikaner, Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sawai Madhopur, and Udaipur.
•  Kota: 40 kms
•  Jaipur: 206 kms
•  Delhi: 483 kms
•  Ahmedabad: 827 kms
•  Mumbai: 1378 kms

Sukh Mahals
Sukh Mahals evokes memories of RUDYARD KIPLING who not only stayed here but found inspiration for his famous work KIM.

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.

Baoris & Kunds
Bundi is also famous for its Baoris (step wells) & Kunds (tanks) located in the center of the town. The Raniji – Ki – Baori, the largest, is 46 metres deep & has some beautiful carvings. Rani Nathavatji built it in 1699. Outside the Chougan Gate are two matching step – wells, the Nagar Sagar Kund. The step – wells are a unique feature in the landscape of Rajasthan & Gujarat as they served as a water reservoir during the long summer months when there was a shortage of water. The drawings of water become an occasion & women dressed in their finery when visiting this elaborate step – wells.

Shikar Burj
Located in the sun – dappled forest, Shikar Burj was the royal hunting lodge. Wildlife in the Bundi woods comprised tigers, deer & boar. The royal hunts of Bundi were well renowned.

Kshar Bagh
An old garden close to Shikar Burj houses the 66 cenotaphs (chattris) of the Bundi kings & queens. The most outstanding one is that of Chattar Sal Singh.

Ramgarh 45 kms
The Ramgarh Sanctuary is located on the Nainwa road. One needs to take permission of the State Forest Department prior to a visit to the sanctuary.

Dugari 65 kms
Dugari has a very magnificent Kanak Sagar lake, the fort that is famous for the beautiful wall paintings and the palace which has a beautiful pavilion and a gallery of murals in the miniature style.

Nawal Sagar
This artificial lake has a temple to Varuna, the god of water, in the centre.

Rameshwaram  20 kms
The cave temple of Lord Shiva surrounded by the Aravalli ranges. An ideal picnic spot as well.

Keshavraipatan  45 kms
It is an ancient city famous for the temple of Keshavraiji (Vishnu). The architecture and sculpture at this temple is unique. It was constructed in the year 1601 A.D. by Maharaja Shartusal of Bundi. A famous Jain Temple is also there.

Bijolia  50 kms
An ancient fort and the city of Bijolia are situated on the Bundi - Chittaurgarh road. A high paved courtyard on the side of the fort has a large temple of Lord Shiva in its centre with a fine image of Lord Ganesha standing as a guardian at the entrance. A carved archway leads to the temple.

Menal 70  kms
The Menal River runs over a bed of granite slabs and plunges into a cavernous 122 metres deep gorge. On the other side of the broken wall is the temple complex with fascinating carvings on the walls of the shrine that depict various Hindu deities. It is located on the Chittaurgarh - Bundi road.

Talwas  53 kms
A magnificent fort built by the ruler Ajit Singh. A temple of Dhooleshwar Mahadev and a picturesque waterfall adjoining the fort are worth a visit. The beautiful Ratna Sagar Lake is close by and is a haven for fauna like bear and deer during the monsoon.

Indergarh  77 kms
Nestled in a narrow valley fortified by huge walls with four gates, the beautiful and charming Indragarh town was established by Inder Saal Singh Rao Raja of Bundi state. The fort of Indragarh holds an extraordinary architecture and sculpture.
The town of Indragarh and the nearby places are famous for the renowned temples of Mother Goddess Kali and Kamleshwar. The tank of Indergarh is considered as one of the most attractive places in the Bundi district especially during the rainy season.

Bundi in the State of Rajasthan is a city that boasts of a glorious past and holds a promising future. The tourism potential of Bundi has a wide variety that ranges from heritage tourism, spiritual tourism, archeological tourism, adventure tourism, eco-tourism, leisure tourism and cultural tourism. Apart from these, Shopping in Bundi is also an exciting activity for the visitors who come to this city.
In case you are a shopaholic, you won't be able to resist the desire of Shopping in Bundi, Rajasthan, India. Even if you are a class apart and don't belong to the category of compulsive buyers, you can make some good purchases at this place.
Bundi is celebrated for its beautiful cotton carpets. These carpets are easily available in the shops of the Main Bazaar, Bundi. Bundi is also quite renowned for its paintings. In particular, the miniature paintings of Bundi are a rare visual treat. These works of art are especially striking due to a particular green tint and are nearly lyrical in their creative expression.

Main Bazaar
On your Bundi Shopping spree, don't forget to pick some souvenirs from the shops of this place. Exploring the bazaars (markets) of Bundi is also a great way to enjoy your tour to the place as these striking markets still maintain their medieval look. So, soaking the real essence of Bundi and purchasing a few items for your friends and relatives back home is not a bad choice at all.
Bundi Markets also offer some other interesting objects, a significant one being the beautiful Kota sarees. Some other things that you will get here consist of wooden toys, stone statues, colorful odhnis (shawls) and lac bangles.
So, rush to splurge on a few nice items during your Shopping in Bundi. It would definitely be an exciting experience, to say the least!

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