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36 Km from Kota is a tiny picturesque town ,Bundi.One of the unexplored cities with a rich historical wealth. Once a part of Kota, it was ruled by the Hada Chauhans – an offset the famous Chauhan clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer.
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
How to reach
By Air - Nearest airport is Jaipur(206 kms).
Ry Rail - The nearest railway station is Kota(36 kms)
By Road - Taxis and buses are available from Jaipur and Kota.
Places to see
It is also known as Star Fort. There are huge reservoirs carved out of solid rock inside the fort and there is a cannon on the Bhim Burj, a battlements.
The Chitra Mahal has murals done in the Bundi style of miniature paintings.
Bundi has a few baoris or step wells in the centre of the town. The Rani ki Baori and the Nagar Sagar Kund are very famous.
Built by Rao Raja Ram Singh ,its very interesting structure forming a stable for nine horses and a Hatia Pol.(Prior permission required for visit)
A magnificent summer palace on the Sukh Sagar Lake amid the lush surroundings of the beautiful garden. An under ground tunnel is believed to run from the Sukh Mahal to the old palace.
Visible form 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.
It is a 46 m deep stepped well with some superb carvings on its pillars and a high arched gate built in 1699 A.D. by Rani Nathavatji .This well is one of the largest of its kind.
A fascinating pavilion and a gallery of miniature murals embellish the palace. Elaborate colorful paintings on the walls depict scenes from the ‘Ragamala’ and ‘Raaslila’ –the Radha Krishna story.
The 20 th century palace with the artificial tank and the picturesque gardens. Presently,it is the residence of the former ruler (Prior permission of the Secretary is required for the visit)
The royal hunting lodge set amidst the lush surroundings. It is a favorite picnic spot.
An ancient garden near the Shikhar Burj with beautiful chhatris of the Bundi rulers and their queens – all examples of the town’s rich architecture. (Prior permission required for visit)
Jait Sagar Lake(3 Km)
A picturesque lake cradled in the hills; built by Jaita Meena.The swirling fountain at night is a visual delight.
The cave temple of Lord Shiva surrounded by the Aravalli ranges. An ideal picnic spot as well.
It is an ancient city famous for the temple of Keshavraiji(Vishnu).The architecture and sculpture at this temple is unique. It was constructed in the year 1601 A.D. by Maharaja Shatrusal of Bundi.A famous Jain temple is also there.
The Ramgarh Sanctuary is located on the Nainwa road. One needs to take permission of the State Forest Department prior to visit to the sanctuary.
An ancient fort and the city of Bijolia is situated on the Bundi-Chittaurgarh road. A high paved courtyarn on the side of the fort has a large temple of Lord Shiva in its centre with a fine image of Lord Ganesha standing as a guardian at the entrance.A carved archway leads to the temple.
The Menal River runs over a bed of granite slabs and plunges into a cavernous 122 metres deep gorge. On the other side of the broken wall is the temple complex with fascinating carvings on the walls of the shrine that depict various Hindu deities. It is located on the Chittaurgarh-Bundi road.
A magnificent fort built by the ruler Ajit Singh.A temple of Dhooleshwar Mahadev and a picturesque waterfall adjoining the fort are worth a visit.The beautiful Ratna Sagar Lake is close by and is haven for fauna like bear and deer during the monsoon.
Remnants of ancient wall paintings can be seen in the Ram Mandir within the imposing fort of Dugari.
The Indragarh Fort and the nearby palaces are famous for the temples of Mother Goddess Kali and Kamleashwar.The palace is also famous for wall paintings.