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Bundi Rajasthan

Bundi - The Destination

The Bundi Palace, Rajasthan

A must-visit tourist destination during your Rajasthan travel, Bundi, a small rustic town, is known for its palaces, baolis (step wells) and water tanks. The monuments and their architecture reflect the brilliance of the local Rajput chiefs. The walls of the palaces at Bundi are decorated with life-size murals depicting the glory of its rulers.

Sightseeing in Bundi opens a world of monumental marvels, especially the Taragarh Fort. The Taragarh Fort, built in 1354, with its imposing structure  of  stone  ,   is  situated  on  a  steep  hill  and  has  massive

battlements and ramparts. The fort welcomes vacationers through an enormous gateway. Once inside the fort, visitors can see the Bhim Burj, the largest battlement, and a huge water tank carved out of solid rock. From the fort, you can see the entire town.

The Taragarh Fort is a magnificent point to see the sunset over the Rajasthan horizon. Bundi Palace, which is situated on a hill, adjacent to the Taragarh Fort, is known for its traditional frescos. These murals give the traveler a glimpse of the splendor and lifestyle of the rulers of Bundi and their exploits. Though most parts of the palace walls are decorated with traditional murals, only the Chitra Shala area is open for tourists.

Bundi is famous for its waterworks. It has a number of impressive baolis or step wells. Raniji-ki-Baoli, (Queen's step well) is an important place to visit. It is a 46-m-deep step well, built in 1699 by Queen Nathavatji, and is known for its carvings. The Nagar Sagar Kund, a pair of identical, step wells is near Raniji-ki-Baoli, in the center of the town. Nawal Sagar, the artificial lake near the palace is a good tourist spot and one can see a shrine at the center of this lake. Other waterworks worth visiting are Dhabhai Kund and Bhora-ji-ka-Kund.

Leaving the fort behind one is left with the impression best described by Rudyard Kipling who was so fascinated by Bundi's palace and fortress that he called it 'a work not of humans but that of imps and goblins'.

Bundi - Facts at a Glance

State : Rajasthan
Area : 5628 sq kms
Temperature : 35.0°C - 43.0°C (Summers)
5.0°C - 30.7 °C (Winters)
Altitude : 515 mts
Rainfall : 75 cms
Language : Rajasthani, Hindi, English
Best Season : August - February
History of Bundi

Bundi was ruled by the Had Chauhans- an offshoots of the famous Chauhan clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer.

In 1193 A.D. when Sultan Mohammed Ghauri defeated Prithviraj Chauhan, some Chauhan nobles sought shelter in Mewar and became allies to the Rana while other young warriors moved towards the Chambal valley and conquered 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, (from Bunda, a Meena chieftain), on either side of the river Chambal.

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. Known as the finest in Rajasthan, these are painted in the Hara style of the Kota-Bundi school of miniatures, and known for their brilliant colors, elegant sense of design and their masterful technique. Among favourite subjects were court and hunting scenes and episodes from the Radha-Krishna legends. The most captivating one of these is Bundi maidens, bathing, pining for absent lovers and indulging in the coquetry.
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