This spellbinding town called Bundi retains the historic heritage of the erstwhile Rajasthan, the land of the kings. Located in the Aravalli Range Mountains in western India, Bundi is situated in the southern part of this historic state that tells stories of great kings. It derives its name from Bunda, one of the great rulers. Bundi is renowned for its splendid palaces, forts, hills, water works, and bazaars and you can’t miss the exquisite royal north Indian cuisine. The structures in Bundi reflect the greatness of the Rajput rulers. As you step into the city, you will feel the gust of the royal lifestyle. Grandeur and life-sized wall paintings on the walls of royal palaces will definitely fascinate you. This is just the beginning. These 10 places will mesmerize you with their charm.
1. Badal Mahal
Located atop the Kumbhalgarh Fort, the Badal Mahal which means ‘Cloud Palace’ is the highest of all structures built in Bundi. Built by Rana Fateh Singh in the early 19th-century, the Badal Mahal is a classic example of Rajput architecture, the whole palace is embellished beautifully with intricate wall paintings. This place is the main center of attraction for a lot of art lovers. Behind the tall walls of Badal Mahal lies a classic hotel with Jack-arched ceilings. From the roof, you can enjoy the commanding view of the city.
Address: Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan 313325
Bhoraji-ka-Kund was built in the 16th-century. This step well was constructed as a source of water for drought-hit areas in Bundi during the hot summers. The word ‘Kund’ means tank or pond. Every year, after the rainy season, a large number and variety of birds migrate to Bhoraji-ka-Kund. Tourists visit here to enjoy the serenity of the place. They sit at the shoreline of the pond and feel the fresh and calm breeze of Bhoraji-ka-Kund. This peaceful place restores composure in the soul and is the best place to relax. Beautiful carvings on the steps of the Kund make it more attractive.
Address: Bundi District, Bundi 323001, India
3. Chaurasi Khambon Ki Chhatri
Chaurasi Khambon Ki Chhatri is also called the 84 Pillared Cenotaphs. A Rajput ruler of Bundi named Rao Raja Anirudh Singh built this splendid structure in 1638 AD. This magnificent cenotaph was constructed as a tribute to Deva, the royal wet nurse who had taken special care of the prince in his early childhood. This cenotaph is decorated with engravings depicting dancers, singers and many animals including elephants and deer. This structure has a Shiv lingam located in its center supported by the magnificently adorned eighty-four pillars. In the night, when the decorated lights pass through its pillars, it looks like a magical place. This attraction is a must for people who want a peaceful and refreshing evening.
Chaurasi Khambon Ki Chhatri
Address: 84 Pillared Cenotaph (Chaurasi Khambhon-ki-Chatri), Devpura, Bundi, Rajasthan 323001
Opening Hours: 24 hours
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4. Taragarh Fort
Taragarh Fort or the ‘Star Fort’ is an outstanding place for the people who want to experience the architecture of the royal city Bundi. This fort is believed to be the first hill fort in India that has mutely witnessed countless battles and a number of rulers ranging from the Rajputs and Mughals to the British conquerors. When you reach the top of the fort, a splendid bird’s eye view of the entire town welcomes you. Most tourists prefer to visit there during sunset to capture the scenic beauty, and November to March is the best time to visit. This fort also houses the remains of Bhim Burj, a 16th-century Bastion. A huge water reservoir, which is carved out of a single piece of rock, enhances the serene beauty of the place.
Address: Taragarh Fort, Taragarh Rd, Taragarh, Ajmer, Rajasthan 305001
Price: Free Entry
Opening Hours: 9am - 6:30pm. All days of the week
Duration: around 30 minutes required.
5. Hathi Pol
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The Hathi Pol serves as an entrance into the famous Garh Palace of Bundi. It literally translates into ‘The Gate of Elephants’, and you can see a pair of trumpeting elephant statues forming an arc. The building of this entrance was done by Rao Ratan Singh, and also consists of two huge brass cast gates at the start of the steep palace.
Address: Sadar Baazar, Bundi, Rajasthan 323001, India
Opening Hours: 8am - 5pm.
6. Garh Palace
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The Garh Palace is a complex of different palaces located beneath the Taragarh Fort on the northern edge of the Bundi town. This palace was constructed initially in the 16th-century by Maha Rao Balwant Singh and the other palaces were mostly built between the 17th and 18th-century. When seen from the town side, the view of the palace along with the Taragarh Fort makes a beautiful sight to watch. It is a fantastic place to visit which preserves the glory and valor of antique art.
Address: Sadar Baazar, Teerath, Bundi, Rajasthan 323001, India
Price: Entry fee 50 INR (0.76 USD). Camera fee: Stills - 50 INR (0.76 USD) and Video - 100 INR (1.53 USD)
Opening Hours: 8am - 5pm.
Duration: around 3 hours required.
Contact: +91 7472443697
Rani ji ki Baori ( Queen's stepwell ) Captured by ~ @milowphotography Www.facebook.com/bundicityhd Www.instagram.com/instabundi Www.twitter.com/bundicityhd Bundi city HDPosted by Bundi City HD on Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Rani-Ji-ki-Baori or the Queen’s Stepwell is a major example of Rajput waterworks. This stepwell was built way back in the year 1699. The Baori is a well, which is 46 meters (150 feet) deep and its pillars are engraved with delicate carvings and sculptures. Its high arched gate and multistoried structure make it one of the most unique structures. At the entrance gate, you will find a stone elephant statue on each of the four pillars which support it.
Address: Gayatri Nagar, Bundi, Rajasthan 323001
8. Nawal Sagar Lake
Set in the middle of the town, the Nawal Sagar Lake is a popular tourist attraction in Bundi. This lake is the source for all the nearby Baoris. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Varuna, the Hindu God of Rain, in the center of the lake. Local people visit this place to worship Lord Varuna daily. This temple is partly submerged in water and boat services are available for transportation. This lake provides a beautiful reflection of all the palaces and forts nearby. With the lighting at night, the amazing reflections are what attracts the major tourist population.
Nawal Sagar Lake
Address: Nawal Sagar, Teerath, Bundi, Rajasthan 323001
9. Phool Mahal
Phool Mahal, or the Flower Palace, is a contemporary structure built in the year 1945 by the King Bahadur Shah. Also known as the Phool Sagar Palace, this well planned Rajput structure is located near the Phool Sagar Lake. This palace showcases a comparatively modern form of architecture flaunting its structural design. This palace also shows some paintings and artwork done by Italian prisoners who were once housed there. The palace along with the gardens and the lake gives a divine aura.
Address: Teerath, Bundi, Rajasthan
10. Sukh Mahal
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Once a magnificent summer palace, this attraction is now a museum surrounded by lush gardens. With the hill behind and surrounded by greenery, the Sukh Mahal is a treat to the eyes. It was built during the reign of Umed Singh, alongside the Lake Jait Sagar. This was initially built for the luxury of the princes who stayed in the palace during their hunting adventures. An important piece of architecture is the marble umbrella, or the Chhatri, located in the second story of the mahal. It also houses beautiful statues and typical Bundi art. These artworks give tourists an insight into the life of the rulers of Bundi and their exploits.
Address: MDR 52, Teerath, Bundi, Rajasthan 323001
Price: 350 INR (5.35 USD) for a ticket covering Rani-Ji-ki-Baori as well.
Contact: +91 18001033500
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