Bundi is a lesser known destination of Rajasthaan, but it is steeped in history and has many aesthetic shades to its personality. The city has some of the most stunning step wells which take us back to the glorious times of Rajput era. The look of the city is similar to Jodhpur and most houses are painted blue.
Getting a panoramic view of the city with vast stretched of blue extending till the horizon is a soul soothing experience. There are some well known lakes, temples, and wildlife sanctuaries in the area that make for a wholesome and enjoyable travel experience.
Bundi Fort, Taragarh Fort, Bundi Palace, Chattri Garden, Achalgarh Fort
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Bundi is a small town, around 36 kilometers from Kota, with glorious past and presently dotted with palaces and forts that narrate the stories of warrior kings and beautiful queens. No less than a fairy tale, Bundi’s charm is in its locale. The terrain is surrounded by fruit orchards laden with seasonal fruits like mangos, oranges, guavas, and pomegranates. Flanked by the Aravalli range and fringed by cotton, wheat and barley plantations, this is a place to relax far away from the chaotic city life.
Once ruled by the Hada Chauhans, Bundi was once the capital and renowned for art and sculpture. It was in 1624, when Kota separated as an independent entity and this initiated the downfall of Bundi. Nevertheless Bundi has treasured its charismatic grandeur and more like Jodhpur the architecture here also has noticeable hues of blue color to keep dwelling places cool during hot summer.
The prime attraction in Bundi are different Step-wells, palaces, gardens, cenotaphs, and a wild life sanctuary. The prominent places that attract tourist here are Sukh Mahal, a small two-storied palace; Taragarh fort built in 1345 is one of the most impressive structures here;
Kshar Bag which houses the memorial cenotaphs of the royal family; The 84 Pillared Cenotaph - an impressive structure with carvings of apsaras; Raniji Ki Baori - also known as 'Queen's Step well', is a famous step well built in 1699; Dabhai Kund an inverted pyramid step-well with fantastic carvings; Nagar Sagar Kund - a twin step wells made in the past to provide water during famine; Lake Jait Sagar - a picturesque lake surrounded by hills covered with pretty lotus; Lake Nawal Sagar - an artificial lake and is a major tourist sightseeing spot for its half-submerged Lord Varun Dev temple in the centre; Lake Kanak Sagar - a wonderful flat lake and is a home to several migratory birds all through the year. For wild life enthusiast, Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary at 45 kilometers from Bundi is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. It acts as a buffer for Ranthambhore National Park.
Bundi celebrates Kajli Teej with great enthusiasm. This weeklong festival is held every year in between July-August. Celebrated with great gaiety and fanfare, people pay homage to Goddess Uma in this festival. The Bundi Festival, celebrated in November attracts large number of tourist and is a kaleidoscope of Bundi’s tradition, art, culture and craftsmanship.
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