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Bundi, Rajasthan
   

Access:Bundi is a magnificient town bordered by Aravali mountain range on three sides. It was established in1193 AD. In ancient times, the area around Bundi was apparently inhabited by various local tribes, of which the Parihar Meenas were prominent. Bundi and the eponymous princely state are said to derive their names from a former Meena king called Bunda Meena. Bundi was previously called “Bunda-Ka-Nal", Nal meaning “narrow ways”.

History of Bundi brings you to notice the zeitgeist of brave Hada Rajputs of Rajasthan. Bundi was once the capital of Rajputana or Rajasthan. The magnificent architectural monuments of Bundi still reflect the brilliance of ancient local Hada Rajput chiefs.

The ancient town has a tranquility rarely found nowadays in the popular destinations and its people still offer the genuine warmth and hospitality that Rajasthan is famous for. The warmth of the inhabitants along with the very few cars and motorbikes, makes the streets of Bundi a pleasure to wander around.

Bundi makes its presence felt in Rajasthan because of its 'baolis'- step wells, palaces, havelis, temples, chhatris (cenotaphs) and intricate carvings on stone. There are over 50 stepwells in Bundi, of which only a handful have been maintained. They used to be the only source of water for the town until a piped water system was introduced.The palaces, forts and temples, monuments with amazing Rajput architecture style and wall paintings are a testimony to its glorious past.

Attractions

  • Taragarh Fort is one of the oldest hill forts on the world map. The fort provides a wonderful view of the town. It was constructed in AD 1354 upon the top of steep hillside overlooking the city. The largest of its battlements is the 16th century bastion known as the Bhim Burj, on which was once mounted a particularly large cannon called Garbh Gunjam, or 'Thunder from the Womb'. The fort is a popular tourist viewpoint of the city below. The fort contains three tanks which never dry up. The technique with which they were built has been long since lost but the tanks survive as a testament to the advanced methods of construction and engineering in medieval India.

  • The Bundi Palace is situated on the hillside adjacent to the Taragarh Fort and is notable for its lavish traditional murals and frescoes. The Chitrashala (picture gallery) of the palace is open to the general public.

  • The largest of Bundi's baoris or stepwells is the intricately-carved Raniji ki Baori. Some 46 m deep, it was built in 1699 by Rani Nathavatji. The steps built into the sides of the water-well made water accessible even when at a very low level. The baori is one of the largest examples of its kind in Rajasthan.

  • The Nawal Sagar is a large square-shaped artificial lake in the centre of Bundi containing many small islets. A temple dedicated to Varuna, the vedic god of water, stands half-submerged in the middle of the lake. the lake feeds the numerous bavdis in the old city by creating an artificial water table.

  • The Nagar Sagar twin step wells are identical step wells crafted in pristine masonry on either side of the main spine of Bundi town. The kunds (pools) are currently full of waste from the ancient vegetable market in the vicinity.

  • The Dabhai Kund also known as the jail kund, is the largest of the kunds in Bundi. Though slightly overgrown, it is well worth a visit for the spectacular carvings on the numerous steps leading down to the water level.

    Other places worth a visit are Chhattar Mahal or Palace of Towers, Ratan Daulat, Sukh Mahal, Eighty Four Pillared Cenotaph, Nawal Sagar, Bhora-ji-ka-Kund, Kshar Bagh and Phool Sagar.

    Kajli Teej is one of the most important festivals of Bundi marking the advent of monsoon.
   

Access :

By Air : The nearest airport is Jaipur (approx. 210Kms).
By Rail: Kota Railway Station (approx. 36Kms)
By Road: Well connected to multiple destinations in Rajasthan like Ajmer, Bijolia, Bikaner, Chittaurgarh, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sawai Madhopur and Udaipur.

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