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Rajasthan - Bundi - A Traveller's Guide
About 38.5 km away towards the north- west side of Kota, Bundi, is a picturesque destination which is naturally delimited by soaring Vindhyachat hill, spread astonishingly at the east, north and west sides of Kota. The riveting Taragarh fort, situated at the southern side of Bundi, is protecting the city day in and day out as well.
The road to Bundi from Kota has lot to offer. Watch the scenic beauty around while traveling. The city was founded during 1242 by the emperor Rao Deva Hara. The name of the city had been derived from the chief of Mina community, Bindo. As like many other cities of Rajasthan, the city of Bundi is also secured by a towering rampart. It was definitely not a wealthy city but the adroit soldiers of Bundi were famous for the art of fighting.
The dream destination, the fort of Bundi, is a renowned palace of 17th century. Nawal Sagar (the artificial Lake), located on the slope of the hill, looks marvelous from the fort. Stand on the top of the fort, to enjoy the panoramic view of the submerged (not fully) Island, nestled in Nawal Sagar. The holy temple of the deity, Varun pulls temple lovers and spiritual crowds towards the amazing inundated Island.
The pretty Phool Sagar Palace, on the western banks of the Lake, is festooned with the teeth of elephants and sandalwood. The Rajasthani architectural flair and panache are astonishingly depicted on the walls of the palace. The reflection of the time-honored palace on the water surface of the beguiling Lake is a treat to the eyes. It is the most beautiful palace of Rajasthan according to Tod Saheb. Innumerable palaces on the fort premise had been erected over the years by a number of emperors. But, a lot of palaces are now locked due to the squabble between the ruler and his sister. Chitra and Umaid Mahals, however, are open for the mass. Not many know about the sumptuousness of the city and the magnificence of the historical monuments of Kota due to the lack of promotional activities.
Take a walk for half an hour through the busy market to the Taragarh or Star fort. Built in 1354, the fort is an excellent primeval evidence of Rajput architectures. Plenty of shops are scattered at the roadsides of the slender tract for the holiday makers who wish to purchase some trademark items of Bundi on their way to the fort.
The grand entrance of the fort, also known as the Hathi Pol, located at an altitude of 500 feet, at the north-western side of the market, draws the attention of the crowds. A colossal water body had been carved out of stones inside the fort. Bhim Burj is a nearby tower or battlement with holes which were used to target invaders with arrows and weapons. The gigantic Garbh-Ganjam, the cannon, was once mounted on the Bhim Burj. The city of Bundi is connected to the fort by a cannel. The spectacular Bundi looks wonderful from the Bhim Burj.
The Ranga Vilas garden, on the second floor of the palace is well adorned with a fountain. The Chitra Mahal in Dewan-E-Aam of 18th century can be accessed crossing the Rang Vilas garden. Ancient frescoes and mural pictures of Chitra Mahal are the chief attractions. The picture of Sri Krishna and Radha is lovely.
The astounding Ratan Daulat is located just below the Chitra Mahal. The entire palace showcases the pictures of mythological tales. The very own architectural stylishness of Bundi is prominent on the walls of this palace.
Hazari pole in the palace of tower (Chattar Mahal), pretty mural art forms, clock, thrones of silver and gold are pulling crowds as well. Oberoi Hotel group has constructed a hotel in the Chattar Mahal. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the splendor of Aniruddha Mahal, Umaid Mahal and Badal Mahal. The distinguished grandeur of 1000 doors of the Garrison or the barrack is praiseworthy.
The prosperous city had valuables, stored under the ground. The store room can be accessed through a road which looks like a labyrinth. This room is inaccessible since the death of the old guide in 1940. He was the only person who used to know the road to the underground room.
The 46 meters deep Rani Ji Ki Bawadi, built by queen Nathbhatiji, depicts Gujarati architectural excellences and flair. A staircase takes tourists to the Rani Ji Ki Bawadi. An enchanting orchard was there downside.
The Phool Sagar palace, about 5 km towards the north- west side of the fort, was built by the wife of the emperor Bhoj.
Nagar Sagar kund is located at the Chogan Gate, right at the heart of the city of Bundi. Laudable spectacle of the Lake and the grove around the Nagar Sagar Kund entice holiday makers for many years. The doorway of the palace, however, is closed for the general public now.
The royal family members are still living in a place which was previously a hunting paradise for the stately emperors.
About 3 km away from the city, Kshar Bagh, houses 63 chattis (es) of the royal family. The historical memorial of Chhatrashal is notable as well.
Tourists can spend quality time on the banks of the enamoring Jait Sagar Lake and sitting in the orchard around the Lake. Sukh Niwas, on the northern bank of Jait Sagar, was a summer resort of the ruler Vishnu Singh and is now a hotel. It is positioned at a distance of 3 km from the Bundi fort. A number of commemorative, orchards and Lakes are dotted in and around the city and are prettifying the city.
Tourists can take a walk or hire a car from the fort to watch countless attractive places of Bundi.
The Chattis, standing on 84 neighboring pillars, was built in 1686 and is situated on the Kota- Bundi road. The allurement of Keshoraipatan, about 22 km towards the south- eastern side of city, is immense as well. A gigantic Vishnu temple of 16th century in Keshoraipatan is the prime attraction. Plenty of historical edifices, such as, Jambu or Shiva temple, Jain temple of 7th century and Chattis or memorial on the bank of Chambal River, are there in Keshoraipatan as well.
Tourists can ask for any assistance from the Tourist Office of State Government, located at the southern side of the bus stand, beside the Circuit House.
Tonk, a small destination, about 101 km away from Bundi, on NH-12, is famous for the fort of the emperor Amir Khan and the bewildering Sunehri Kothi.
A heritage hotel has been constructed in the rooms of the Uniaria fort, located at a distance of 39 km towards the south- eastern side of the city of Tonk. The best way to watch the ancient fort is to book a room in the hotel.
Hire a car from Bundi to move around and watch all these small destinations on the same day.
How to reach: Bundi can be accessed by bus from Kota, Ajmer, Tonk, Bijolia and Chittor. You can also avail a train called Kota- Nimach Passenger from Chittor to reach Bundi.
Where to stay: Hotel Vrindawati, Phool Sagar Palace Hotel, Circuit House, Royal Retreat, Garh Palace, Haveli Braj Bhushanjee, Bundi Tourist Paradise, Hotel Shivrani and Diamond Hotel. Check our hotel booking links below for photos, rates, options and online bookings.