36 km from Kota is a tiny Picturesque town,
Bundi. One of the unexplored cities with a rich historical wealth. Once a
part of Kota, it was ruled by the Had Chauhans- an offshoots of the famous
Chauhan clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer.
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
Bundi is surrounded by the Aravalli hills on
the three sides and is circumscribed by a massive wall with four
Interesting monuments including
impressive medieval forts, palaces, havelis, temples with beautiful stone
idols and chattris with carved pillars, along with a picturesque lake in
the heart of the town, add to its charm. Bundi is very famous for its
intricate carvings and murals.
Bundi continues to be a place where life is largely
untouched by the outside world. In fact, even today, Bundi is one place in Rajasthan that
has a delightfully medieval flavour - we felt as if we had stepped into
some kind of a time warp!
The town nestles at the foot of a large rocky hills,
dominated by Taragarh Fort and Garh Palace, lavishly
decorated with the finest murals in the history of Rajput Art. Painted in
the Hara style of the Kota-Bundi school of miniatures in characteristic shades of
blue, green and maroon, they reflect the verdant greenery of the region. An art
connoisseur can spend days in Bundi for these paintings alone.
Bundi is a town of numerous ornate baoris(step-wells) dating back to the 17th century. Raniji ki Baori with its
exquisite toran archway is one of the loveliest.
Taragarh or The Star Fort: Built
in 1354 A.D., the fort is one of the most impressive forts of Rajasthan.
Perched on a thickly wooded hill is a marvelloous white fort with a huge
reservoir which once supplied water to the palace.
The Palace: This magnificient edifice is a fine
example of the Rajput architecture, housing some of the superb Bundi
Chhattar Mahal or Palace or Towers: A steep,
paved carafe-way is the only way to reach the monument. Of special
interest in the palace is the Hazari Pol or Gate of the thousand, the
Naubat Khana, the Hathi Pol with its old water clock and the Diwann-e-
Ratan Daulat: Built by Rao Raja Ratan Singh,,
it is a very interesting structure forming a stable for nine horses and a
Hatia Pol. (Prior permission required for visit.)
Chitrashala: A fascinating pavilion and a
gallery of minature murals embellish the palace. Elaborate colourful
paintings on the walls depict scenes from the ‘Ragmala’ and ‘Raaslila’-the
Nawal Sagar: Visible from the fort is the
square artificial lake of Nawal Sagar,broken up by islets. A temple
dedicated to Varuna, the Aryan god of water,stands half submerged in the
centre of the lake. The reflection of the entire city and its palaces can
be seen in the lake -making it a unique attraction of Bundi.
Raniji-ki-Baori: It is 46 m. deep stepped dwell
with some superb carvings on its pillars and a high arched gate built in
1699 A.D. by Rani Nathavatji. This well is one of the largest of its
Sukh Mahal: A magnificient summer palace on the
Sukh Mahal Lake amid the lush surroundings of a beautiful garden. An
underground tunnel is believed to run from the Sukh Mahal to the old
Phool Sagar: The 20th century palace
with an artificial tank and picturesque gardens. Presently, it is the
residence of the former ruler (Prior permission of Secretary is required
for a visit.)
Shikar Burj: The royal hunting lodge set amidst
thel lush surroundings. It is a favorite picnic spot.
Eighty Four Pillared Cenotaph: An amazingly
magnificent memorial with 84 pillars in a single cenotaph along with a
Shiva lingam. It was erected by Rao
Kshar Bagh: An ancient garden near the Shika
Burj with beautiful chhatris of the Bundi rulers and their queens all
examples of the town’s rich architecture. (Prior permission required for
Other Sight Seeing Places
Jait Sagar Lake(3 km): A picturesque lake
cradled in the hills, built by Jaita Meena. The swirling fountain at night
a visual delight.
Rameshwaram (20 km): The cave temple of Lord
Shiva surrounded by the Aravalli ranges. An ideal picnic spot as
Keshavraipatan (45 km): 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
Ramgarh (45 km): 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.
Bijolia (50 km): An ancient fort and the city
of Bijolia is 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 km): The menal River runs over a bed
of granite slabs and plunges into a cavernous 122 metres deep
Talwas (53 km): 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 haven for bear and deer during the monsoon.
Dugari (65 km): Remnants of ancient wall
paintings can be seen in the Ram Mandir within the imposing fort of
Indragarh (77 km): The Indragarh Fort and the
nearby palaces are famous for the temples of Mother Goddess Kali and
Kameleshwar. The Palace is also famous for wall paintings.
WHERE TO STAY
Kajli Teej (July/Aug): The celebrations of the
festival are different than the usual Teej festivities. Unlike Teej, which
is celebrated on the third day of the month of Shravana, Kajli Teej is
celebrated on the third day of the month of Bhadra.
An exeberant procession of Teej in a decorated
planquin, starts from the beautiful Naval Sagar and culminates at the Azad
Cultural performances by the local artistes as
well as by artistes from Hadoti region are part of the celebrations.
Though the Teej procession is carried our for only two days, the
festivities continue till the eighth day, finally ending on Janmashtami,
the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna.
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DISTANCES TO SOME IMPORTANT TOURIST CENTRES
TRAVEL AND COMMUNICATION
- Jodhpur 414 kms
- Udaipur 279 kms
- Chittaurgarh 155 kms
Madhopur 130 kms
- Dungarpur 422 kms
- Chittaurgarh 191 kms
- Jhalawar 108 kms
- Jaisalmer 592 kms
- Air :
The nearest airport is Jaipur (210 km)
- Rail :
Bundi is connected by rail with, Chittaurgarh, Agra and
- Railway Station : Tel. No. 22585
- Road :
Bundi is connected by road with major cities of Rajasthan. There are
reuglar bus services to
Chittarugarh, Delhi, Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jhalawar, Kota, Udaipur,
Alwar, Ujjain and Sawai Madhopur from
Stand Tel. No: 22222.
Area : 5628 sq. km.
Altitude : 515
Climate : Mean Max. Mean Min.
Summer : 43.0 degree C 35.0
Winter : 30.7 degree C 5.0 degree C
Rainfall : 75
Best Season : August-February
Clothing : Summer Light
Winter :Light woollen
Languages : English, Hindi,