Bundi is one of most popular tourist places in Rajasthan. The rich history of Bundi is a great attraction for tourists. It has a number of historical structures that reflect the rich history of the place. There are a number of monuments that are manifestation of the glory and splendor of the ester years of Rajasthan. These monuments not only have a historical significance. The magnificent architecture is also a treat to the eye. There are also a number of palaces in Bundi. The walls of these palaces have a number of life size frescoes. These are also a major draw for the tourists.
The history of Bundi dates back to time of the Hada Rajputs. This is evitable from the name of the region where Bundi is located. It is known by the name of Hadoti. The place was previously inhabited by the local tribes. The Meenas were the dominant tribes in this part. According to history, Bundi derived its name from Bunda Meena, a former Meena king.
However, in the 12th century, it came under the rule of Chauhan rulers. Soon after, the Chauhan transformed it into their center of power. Bundi was also ruled by the Hadas from 12th century onwards. In fact, in the year 1264, Kota also came under their rule.
In 1193 A.D. when Prithviraj Chauhan was defeated by Sultan Mohammed Ghauri, some Chauhan nobles sought shelter in Mewar and became allies to the Rana while other young warriors move towards the Chambal valley and overpowered the Meena and Bhil tribals - thus establishing their own kingdom of Hadoti. Later, two branches of Hadas formed two separates states of Kota and Bundi, on either side of the river Chambal.
However, its importance dipped by a considerable level over the years. In the year 1579, it was deprived of a large area. That area later became the Kota state. In 1838, the alienated region became the Jhalwar state. During this period, Bundi held on to its independent status. Later, after the independence of India, this place became to be known as the component of Dominion of India.
If you are interested to have a close look of such historically important city, then a visit to Bundi is must. The variety of attractions and the rich history of Bundi will make the tour a memorable experience. The variety of tour packages are made to provide the tourists a lot of option.
Bundi is a beautiful town and have importance in the History for Rajasthan. Bundi is surrounded by the Aravalli hills on the three sides and is circumscribed by a massive wall with four gateways. Interesting monuments including impressive medieval forts, palaces, havelis, temples with beautiful stone idols and chattris with carved pillars, along with a picturesque lake in the heart of the town, add to its charm. Bundi is very famous for its intricate carvings and murals.
It is located 36 kms from Kota. Once a part of Kota, it was ruled by the Had Chauhans - an offshoots of the famous Chauhan clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer.
Bundi is a comparatively less explored city in Rajasthan. Popular for its numerous palaces and forts, there are many fascinating facts about Bundi that one must keep in mind while exploring this small yet beautiful city in Rajasthan. Located at a distance of about 36 kilometers from Kota and 206 kilometers from Jaipur, Bundi is the administrative headquarters of the Bundi district.
Bundi, Rajasthan is located at 25º26’30” north latitude and 75º38’30” east longitude. The Aravallis surround the city from three sides. The most favorable time for making a trip to this city is from October to March. During this time, the weather is cool and pleasant.
The city in Rajasthan has a long historical background that dates back to almost early 12th century. A city of the brave Rajputs and their chivalry, Bundi has many historical monuments that are reminiscent of the glorious past of the city.
Tarargh Fort - 14th Century
This is one of the most impressive and in days gone by, impregnable forts in Rajasthan. It has four enormous water reservoirs which were built to cater to the water requirements of the fort. The panoramic view of Bundi and surrounding hills is magnificent, an ideal place to sit quietly and watch the sunset. Taragarh means the 'Star Fort' is the most impressive of the city's structures. It was constructed in AD 1354 upon a steep hillside. 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 has three tanks which never dry up. These tanks are right on top of the fort which sits on top of one of the hills surrounding the city. The technique is long since lost but the tanks survive as a testament to the advanced methods of construction and engineering in medieval India.
Kesharbargh 16th Century
This final resting place of Bundi's kings and queens, Kesharbargh is another fine example of Bundi's impressive architecture. The cenotaphs are beautifully crafted from fine yellow sandstone and marble.
Naval Sagar Lake - 18th Century
Seen as you enter the town and visible from the fort and palace is the square artificial lake, a temple dedicated to Varuna, the Aryan god of water stands half submerged in the centre. The reflection of the old city, the fort and palace can be seen in it's waters.
Rani Ji Ki Baori - 17th Century
Bundi is known for it's baoris of stepwells. Constructed by royalty and affluent members of society, they served as water reservoirs when there was a scarcity of water. The commisioning of a baori was considered a sacred act and a privillege. More than fifty baoris exist in and around Bundi and are a marvel of craftsmanship and architecture. The finest example being the Rani Ji Ki. Built in 1699 by mother-queen Nthavati Ji during her son Budh Singh's time it is adorned with finely sculpted pillars and arches. It is a multistoreyed atructure with places of worship on each floor.
Whilst in Bundi take the time to wander through the narrow streets, make your way through the bustling markets to the colourfull vegetable marked where an array of fresh local produce can be found, remember to take your camera, Bundi is a photoghraphers delight and most of the locals are more than happy to heve their photograph taken, remember it is courtesy to ask first.
A pagent of resplendent heritage of the Hadoti celebrated every year after the Kartik Poornima. The programme includes folk/classical music and dance, arts and crafts, ethnic sports, turban competition and a fireworks display.
The Bundi Palace
It 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
It 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
The 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
It is 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.
Things to Do
Located around 35km from the town itself, the Bhimlet waterfalls are well worth wither hiring a motorbike or stretching to a rickshaw (around 700 rupees there and back.) In the heart of the surrounding rocky desert, the ground suddenly gives way to reveal a large canyon which is filled with lush vegetation and a stunning freshwater lake that is perfectly safe for visitors to swim in.
The Shiva temple that sits a little way up the steps leading down to the water is a enjoyable distraction with its own supply of fresh water but visitors are warned not to spend too long here after dark as the lake is a popular place for wild animals, including bears, who come here for an evening drink.
The place where the great British author wrote such classics as ‘Kim’ is a beautiful open plan house that is both a peaceful place to spend a day as well as a fitting tribute to its famous previous owner. The house sits on the banks of an enormous freshwater lake where locals bathe in the shadow of the nearby Shiva temple as well as scrubbing laundry on the stone ghats that flank either side. The lake is rather polluted however so it is unlikely that a swim is in order. Free admission makes for another fine reason to explore this location.
Taragarh Fort or 'Star Fort'
The Taragarh Fort has sat overlooking Bundi since construction was completed in 1354 AD. These fascinating remains are really quite extensive and as well as offering panoramic views of the town below are a detailed insight into the military history of the area. Admission to the palace (also in the ground of the fort) is 40 rupees but otherwise this whole area is free to be explored at visitor’s leisure. The man renting sticks for 10 rupees each on the road up to the fort may seem like he is embarking on a bad business venture but the fearsome red monkeys are very large in numbers within the ruins and a good strong stick to scare them off with may prove invaluable.
How to Reach
Nearest airport is Jaipur.
Bundi is approachable by road from Kota (40 km),jaipur(206) and many other cities.
Train links are from Kota, Agra and many other cities.