Bundi

# Location: Near Kota. ( 207 kms from Jaipur)
Altitude: 515 mts.
Altitude: 577 meters above sea level
Languages: Hindi, Rajasthani, English
Best Time to Visit: October to March
STD Code: 747
Climate:
Summer: 43 C (max) 35 0C (min)
Winter: 37 C (max) 05 0C (min)

Bundi is a small town with rustic setting that stands on the foothills of the Aravali Mountains. Bundi is very famous for its baodi''''s meaning waterworks or step wells, havelis, temples and chhatris with carved pillars. The mural adorned palaces, the forts and the monuments tell tales about the glorious past of the city. A picturesque lake where the entire city and the palaces get reflected in the lake adds a stunning quality to the place.

#Bundi is 36 km from Kota is and is one of the unexplored cities with a rich historical wealth. Once a part of Kota, it was ruled by the Had Chauhans- an offshoots of the famous Chauhan clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer.

In 1193 A.D. when Prithviraj Chauhan was defeated by Sultan Mohammed Ghauri, some Chauhan nobles seeked 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 Hadas formed two separates states of Kota and Bundi, on either side of the river Chambal. Bundi is surrounded by the Aravalli hills on the 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.

Places of Interest:
Taragarh Fort: The white fort that stands on a wooded hill is one of most striking forts of Rajasthan. The fort was raised in 1354 A.D and has a colossal gateway. Inside the fort one can see the colossal battlement called Burj and a large reservoir carved out of solid rock. The fort offers a bird''''s eye view of the town and a fascinating vista of the sunset.

The Bundi Palace: The marvelous structure located adjoining the Taragarh Fort atop the hill, exhibits the extraordinary craftsmanship of the place. The awe-inspiring traditional murals are characteristic of the splendor and opulence of the royal dwellers of this palace. Chitrashala is a part of the Bundi Palace and consists of an art gallery or pavilion that exhibits miniature colorful murals depicting scenes from the Ragmala and Raaslila-the story of Radha-Krishna.

#Chhattar Mahal or Palace or Towers: This palace can be reached by a steep path. The palace houses the the Naubat Khana, Hazari Pol or Gate of the thousand, the Hathi Pol with its ancient water clock and the Diwann-e- Aam.

Ratan Daulat: This remarkable structure that comprises of a stable for nine horses and a Hatia Pol was built by Rao Raja Ratan Singh.

Sukh Mahal: It is a luxurious summer palace surrounded by a beautiful verdant garden on the Sukh Sagar Lake.

Eighty Four Pillared Cenotaph: A magnificent memorial with84 pillars in a single cenotaph along with a Shiva lingam was erected by Rao Anirudh.

Nawal Sagar: Near the Bundi palace is the artificial lake of- Nawal Sagar where a shrine is dedicated to Varuna, the Aryan god of water is locate at the centre.

Baolis-The renowned step wells or baolis are Raniji-ki-Baoli that exhibit lovely carvings, the Nagar Sagar Dhabhai Kund and the Bhora-ji-ka-Kund. Kshar Bagh and Phool Sagar are other major tourist attractions.

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