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DESTINATIONS » WEST INDIA » RAJASTHAN » BUNDI
 
  
 
Bundi - once a part of Kota, it was ruled by the Had Chauhans, an offshoot of the famous Chauhan clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer. In 1193 AD when Prithviraj Chauhan was defeated by Mohammed Ghouri, 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 the Had Chauhans formed two separates states of Kota and Bundi, on either side of the Chambal River. Bundi is surrounded by the Aravalli hills on the three sides and is circumscribed by a massive wall with four gateways. Although its importance dwindled with the rise of Kota during the Mughal times, it kept its independence, until its incorporation into the State of Rajasthan in 1947. Kota itself was part of Bundi until its separation in 1624 at the instigation of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir.

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.
 
     
  Place To See  
 
Taragarh, Bundi Palace, Baolis, Shikar Burj
 
  Things to do  
 
Heritage Sight seeing, Customs and culture
 
  How to reach  
  By road and rail.  
     
     
 
DESTINATIONS
 
     
 
  Taragarh   Bundi Palace   Baolis (Traditional Wells)  
             
      Shikar Burj      
             
     
     
 
Taragarh
 
 
Destination Taragarh
Location Bundi
State Rajasthan
Destination Type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage sight seeing
This ‘Star Fort’ was built in 1354 and is one of the most impressive forts of Rajasthan. Perched on a thickly wooded hill, its enormous gateway is topped by rampant elephants. The eastern wall is crenellated with high ramparts while the main gate to the west in flanked by octagonal towers. Inside the fort are huge reservoirs carved out of a solid rock that once supplied water to the palace. There are excellent views from the fort of the surrounding region.
 
 
 
     
 
Bundi Palace
 
 
Destination Bundi Palace
Location Bundi
State Rajasthan
Destination Type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage sight seeing,Art Gallery
Built of locally quarried stone presents one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. Intricately carved brackets, pillars and balconies and sculpted elephants are used liberally. The walls and ceilings of this palace are completely covered with paintings of the Bundi School, hunting and court scenes, festivals, processions, animal and bird life and scenes from Lord Krishna's life are still in very good condition. The Chitra Shala, located on the outer perimeter of the palace is a fascinating pavilion and has a gallery of miniature murals.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Baolis (Traditional Wells)
 
 
Destination Baolis (Traditional Wells)
Location Bundi
State Rajasthan
Destination Type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage sight seeing
Bundi has scores of impressive baolis or step wells, many right in the centre of the town. The noteworthy Raniji-ki-Baoli is 46m deep and has some superb carvings on its pillars and a high arched gate. Built in 1699 by Rani Nathavatji, this is one of the largest of its kind. The Nagar Sagar Kund is a pair of matching step wells located just outside the Chogan Gate to the old city, right in the centre of the town.
Nawal Sagar - is a square artificial lake in the centre of which stands a temple dedicated to Varuna, the Aryan god of water.

84-Pillared Cenotaph - located south of the town is this stunning cenotaph set in gardens and worth a visit especially at night when it is lit up. It was erected by Rao Anirudh.

Sukh Mahal - is a small palace located on the edge of the Jait Sagar lake. It was the summer palace of the rulers of Bundi.

 
 
 
 
     
 
Shikar Burj
 
 
Destination Shikar Burj
Location Bundi
State Rajasthan
Destination Type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage sight seeing
It is the former royal hunting lodge located along the north side of the Jait Sagar lake. Set amidst the lush surroundings, it is a favourite picnic spot. Nearby is an ancient garden, the Kshar Bagh that has beautiful cenotaphs of the Bundi rulers some with excellent carvings.