The Undiscovered Splendour: 36-km from Kota is a tiny picturesque town, Bundi in Rajasthan, which is one of the unexplored cities, with a rich historical wealth. Once a part of Kota, it was ruled by the Hada Chauhans – an off shoot of the famous Chauhan clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer.
In 1193 AD, when Prithvi Raj Chauhan was defeated by Sultan Mohammed Ghauri, some Chauhan nobles sought shelter in Mewar and became allies to the Rana while other young warriors moved towards the Chambal Valley and over powered the Meena and Bhil tribals – thus establishing their own kingdom of Hadoti. Later, two branches of Hadas formed two separate states of Kota and Bundi, on either side of the River Chambal.
Bundi is surrounded by the Aravalli hills on 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.
Prime Attractions of Bundi
Kajli Teej : Teej festival is celebrated all over the state with each region having its own unique touch. Kajli Teej of Bundi is different in several ways- while Teej is celebrated on the third day of the month of Shravana, in Bundi it is celebrated on the third day of the month of Bhadra.
This magnificent edifice is a fine example of the Rajput architecture, housing some of the superb Bundi murals
Chhattar Mahal Or Palace Of Towers
A steep, paved carraife-way is the only way to reach the monument. Of special interest in the palace is the ‘Hazari Pole’ or ‘Gate of the thousand’, the Naubat Khana, the Hathi Pole with its old water clock and the Diwaan-e-Aam.
A fascinating pavilion and a gallery of miniature murals embellish the palace. Ellaborate colourful paintings on the walls depict scenes from the ‘Ragamala’ and ‘Raaslila’ – the Radha-Krishna story.
Eighty Four Pillared Cenotaph
An amazingly magnificent memorial with 84 pillars in a single cenotaph along with a Shivlingam. It was erected by Rao Anirudh
Visible from the fort is the square artificial lake of Nawal Sagar broken up by islets, a temple dedicated to Varuna, the Aryan God of Water stands half-submerged in the centre of the lake. The reflection of the entire city and its palaces can be seen in the lake – making it a unique attraction of Bundi.
The 20th century palace, with an artificial tank and picturesque gardens. Presently, it is the residence of the former ruler (Prior permission of Secretary is required for a visit.)
It is 46 m deep stepped well with some superb carvings on its pillars and a high arched gate built in 1699 AD by Rani Nathavatji. This well is one of the largest of its kind.
Built in 1354 AD, the fort is one of the most impressive forts of Rajasthan. Perched on a thickly wooded hill is a marvellous white fort, with a huge reservoir, which once supplied water to the palace.
Excursions from Bundi
The town of Ramgarh was founded by a dissatisfied group of the powerful Poddar merchant family in 1791.It had been one of the richest towns at the end of the 19th century. The Shani Temple of the Saturday God has delicately painted frescoes.
Fairs & Festivals – Bundi
Kajli Teej (July/August): The celebrations of the festival are different than the usual Teej festivities. Unlike Teej, which is celebrated on the third day of the month of Shravana, Kajli Teej is celebrated on the third day of the month of Bhadra.
An exuberant procession of Teej in a decorated palanquin, starts from the beautiful Naval Sagar and culminates at the Azad Park.
Cultural performances by the local artists as well as by artists from Hadoti region are pan of the celebrations. Though the Teej procession is carried out for only two days, the festivities continue till the eighth day, finally ending on Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna.
How To Get There – Bundi
Jaipur at 206-km is the nearest airport.
Bundi railway Station at 5-km and Kota at 36-km are the two convenient railheads from Bundi.
Good road connections link Bundi with important places around.
Auto-rickshaws are available for commutation purpose within the city.
Places To Stay – Bundi
RTDC Hotel Vrindavati. like hotel accommodation options are availabe in Bundi. There are Paying Guest accommodations available too.
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