Fortified by the Aravalli hills from all sides Bundi is a magnificent historical city of Rajasthan. It is just 36 km from Kota. Isolated and independent, this picturesque location has much to offer. The paintings of Bundi School are famous for their festivals, animals and bird scenes portrayed beautifully.Termed as ‘Queen of Hadoti’, the city gets its name from king Bundi Meena of the Meena tribe, a prominent local tribe. The city was named as ‘Bundi ka nal’; the word ‘nal’ means narrow ways. Later in 1342 AD the city was renamed as Bundi.
Places to see at Bundi: At Bundi you can visit historical forts, palaces, stepwells.
The Hadoti Palace
Built by the Hada Chauhans once the ruler of Bundi, this palace is really well maintained and still retains its magnificence.
It was built in 1345 and is ideal to enjoy a leisure walk. The fort is almost in its collapsing state 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 a famous cannon. Taragarh is reached by steep road leading up the hillside to its enormous gateway.
The Phool Sagar is an excellent and well-planned structure as also the decoration of this Rajput construction. The same beauty and its excellence lies in the massive Taragarh fort.
Sukh Mahals brings back the memories of Rudyard Kipling who not only stayed here but found inspiration for his famous work ‘Kim’.
Nearby attractions from Bundi: You can make a trip to places like,
Just 50 km from Bundi is the beautiful town of Kota. Earlier it was a part of BundiState, but later it grew into an independent and bigger State. What retains the past glory are the untouched wealth of impressive forts, wonderful palaces and temples dating back to over several centuries.
The princely State of the Jhalawar was created in 1838 AD, after being separated from Kota by the British. It is best explored by foot within the city and a horse safari in the outskirts. Jhalawar boasts of rich natural wealth, with vibrant flora and fauna. Since it is situated at the edge of the Malwa Plateau, it has a rocky but water-laden verdant landscape unlike much of Rajasthan. Jhalawar is known for its exquisite pre-historic cave paintings, massive forts, thick woody forests, exotic wild life and a lush country side which has red poppy fields and orange-laden orchards.
Things to do at Bundi: Enjoy your trip to this small town of Bundi. Not very different from other areas of Rajasthan this place of Bundi is also dotted with a number architectural splendour.
Best time to visit Bundi: Bundi is accessible to tourists for most time of the year. However, the best time to spend a fulfilling holiday in Bundi is during the winter time. At this time of the year, the weather is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and enjoying the various activities Bundi has to offer.
How to go ?
The nearest airport to Bundi is the SanganerAirport located at Jaipur, which is about 215 km from Bundi. Airport to Bundi city in taxi costs about Rs 2500. Jaipur airport is connected to metro cities Mumbai and Delhi. Foreign travelers can take connection flights from Delhi and Mumbai.
Nearest rail head is at Kota, which is 35 km away from Bundi. Taxi cost about Rs 500 from Kota to Bundi. Kota is well connected by rail to other major cities.
Bundi is connected with Kota (35 km). Jaipur (215 km), and many other cities through state owned transport services. Private luxury buses are also plying between major cities and Bundi.
Where to stay ?
Bundi has good accommodation facilities. Both government and non government lodges are available. Some options are:
Hotel Brindabati (RTDC) : +91-0747-2442473
Haveli Braj Bhushanjee: +91-0747-2442322, 2442509, 9783355866, 9783355865
The Hadoti Palace: +91-0747- 2443333
Royal Retreat: +91-0747 244 4426
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