Bundi

This picturesque little town in Rajastan fills a narrow valley in the Aravallis. Bundi is surrounded by the Aravalli hills on the three sides and is circumscribed by a massive wall with four gateways. . According to legend, in the 12th century, restless young nobles of the warrior Chauhan clan conquered the Bhil and Meena tribes establishing their own kingdom of Hadoti. Later, one group settles around Kota while the other settled in Bundi. Kota was a part of Bundi until it was separated in 1624 at the instistance of Emperor Jehangir.

Jaipur is the nearest airport. The nearest railhead is at Kota. Bundi can be reached by road from different parts of Rajasthan.

Star Fort
The massive Taragarh fort (Star Fort) built in 1354AD, broods over the town in the narrow valley below and the huge palace, which stands beneath it. A steep road leads up to the fort’s enormous gateway, topped by rampant elephants. Inside, there are huge reservoirs carved out of solid rock and a famous cannon. Views over the town and surrounding countryside are excellent.

The Palace
The Palace is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture.Then palace houses some of the superb Bundi murals in the Chitra Mahal , a fascinating pavilion and a gallery of miniature murals built around a sunken court open to the sky. Elaborate colourful paintings on the walls depict scenes from the ‘Ragmala’ and ‘Raaslila’ – the Radha-Krishna story. Above the palace, accessed through the impressive Elephant Gate are the royal apartments, murals, balconies, corbels, pavilions, fretted windows and domes.

Raniji-ki-Baori
Bundi has a couple of beautiful baoris (step wells) right in the centre of town. The Rani ki Baori is 46 metres deep and has some superb carving. It is one of the largest of its kind. Rani Nathavatji built it in 1699. This beautiful step well is constructed with torana arches set between soaring pillars to frame the steps leading down to the water.

Other Attractions
Bundi’s other attractions are all out of town. The modern palace, known as the Phool Sagar Palace, built in the 20th century in contemporary style, Sukh Mahal, a smaller palace built on Sukh Sagar Lake and Shikar Burj, a small hunting lodge are of interest to have a peek at.