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BUNDI HISTORY & TRAVEL INFORMATION
Bundi is located in the south-eastern part of the state of Rajasthan amidst a hilly terrain and near a gorge. The climate of Bundi is typical of this general area, summers (April-June) are quiet hot and winters (October-February) are cool. It does not have much rainfall during the monsoon between June and August. The Afghan Sultan Muhammad Ghauri defeated the ruler of Lalkot in Delhi, Prithviraj Chauhan in his second attempt in 1193 CE. After this defeat most of the Chauhan nobles sought shelter with the Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar but some decided to establish their own domain. They fled to the Chambal River valley where they conquered the Meena and Bhil tribal folk to establish the kingdom of Hadoti. Later the royal family divided into separate territories of Kota and Bundi on either bank of the river Chambal under the orders of Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Bundi is a walled city that is bordered on three sides by Aravalli ranges. The city wall has four massive gates. Apart from its unique style of Rajasthani painting, the city is famous for its intricate carvings and colorful murals. The city’s name is derived from Bunda, one of its former rulers. It was an important state at the peak of Rajput glory in medieval times. The association with the Mughals led to the decline of Bundi. Emperor Jahangir in 1624 forced the local rulers to split the erstwhile state into two parts-Bundi and Kota. The Maharaja gave the territory of Kota to his son. Although the state lost its glory in later Mughal period, it continued to be an independent state during the British Raj and was integrated into India when it gained independence in 1947.
Bundi is famous for its monuments, especially its fort, which preserves the glorious legacy of its erstwhile Rajput rulers. The fort is not very well maintained but is still worth visiting. The Taragarh fort, built in 1354, with its imposing structure of stone, is situated on a steep hill and has massive battlements and ramparts. The fort welcomes the travelers through an enormous gateway. Once inside the fort, the traveler can see the Bhim Burj, its largest battlement, and a huge water reservoir carved out of solid rock. One has a panoramic view of the entire town from the Fort. Sunsets are beautiful to watch from the Fort. Bundi palace, which is situated on a hill, adjacent to the Taragarh fort, is known for its traditional murals. These murals give the traveler a glimpse of the splendor and lifestyle of the rulers of Bundi and their exploits. Though most parts of the palace walls are decorated with traditional murals, only the Chitra Shala area is open for the tourists. Special permission has to be obtained to see the frescoes in other parts of the palace. Ratan Daulat is an interesting structure that was used as a stable for nine horses and a Hathia pol presumably for elephants. It was built by Rao Raja Ratan Singh and special permission is required prior to visiting the place to gain entrance. The only way to reach the Chhattar Mahal or Palace or Towers is a steep, paved carafe-way. Of special interest in the palace are the Hazari Pol or Gate of the thousands, the Naubat Khana, the Hathi Pol with its old water clock and the Diwan-e-Am. Phool Sagar is a modern palace constructed in twentieth century and is the residence of the members of former royal family of Bundi. Prior permission is required to visit the palace.
Bundi is famous for its waterworks. It has a number of impressive Baolis or step wells. Raniji-ki-Baoli, (step well of the Queen) is an important place to visit. It is forty-six meters deep and was built in 1699 by Rani Nathavatji, and is famous for its carvings. The Nagar Sagar Kund, a pair of identical, step wells is near Raniji-ki-Baoli, in the center of the town. Nawal Sagar, the artificial lake near the palace is a good tourist spot and one can see a shrine in the center of this lake. Other waterworks worth visiting are Dhabhai Kund and Bhora-ji-ka-Kund. The Sabzi Mandi (vegetable market) in the old town is also interesting for tourists. An 84-pillared cenotaph is situated at the southern end of the town within a well-laid garden, near the railway station. It is worth visiting at night when the monument is lit up.
Places around Bundi:
There are many tourist attractions near the town. Phool Sagar Palace, a modern palace built in the 20th century, with its well-laid gardens and artificial tanks, is several kilometers from the town, on the way to Ajmer. The Sukh Mahal Palace is 2 kilometers north of the town near the Jait Sagar Lake. The Sar Bagh, with its royal cenotaphs and intricate carvings, and the Shikar Burj, a small royal hunting lodge adjacent to the Jait Sagar Lake, are other nearby places worth visiting. Garardha village, 32 Kilometers south of Bundi, is known for its stone age rock paintings that are about 15,000 years old.
2 or 3-star hotels:
Haveli Braj Bhushanji Hotel – 25 rooms
Kasera Paradise Hotel -
Ishwari Niwas Heritage Hotel – 20 rooms
Hotel Bundi Haveli - 12 rooms
Distance from Bundi in Kilometers and Miles:
Kota: 40 Kilometers or 25 Miles
Ranthambhore: 120 Kilometers or 75 Miles
Sawai Madhopur: 130 Kilometers or 81 Miles
Ajmer: 170 Kilometers or 106 Miles
Pushkar: 180 Kilometers or 112 Miles
Jaipur: 155 Kilometers or 96 Miles
Udaipur: 310 Kilometers or 193 Miles
Chittorgarh via Bijolia: 155 Kilometers or 96 Miles
Bhilwara: 142 Kilometers or 88 Miles
Jhodpur via Ajmer/Jaiaran: 415 Kilometers or 258 Miles
Indore via Kota/Jhalawar: 370 Kilometers or 230 Miles
Ujjain: 320 Kilometers or 199 Miles
Delhi via Jaipur: 470 Kilometers or 292 Miles