Bundi Travel Guide

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Bundi Things to Do

  • Visit Bundi Palace

    A MUST see in Bundi!!!I loved the artwork in this palace. I can believe that their style created their own following and that there is indeed a Bundi School :)The rooftop gardens overlooking the city of Bundi is also a treat! You have to go there for the sunset view!

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  • Visit the Rani Jiki Barol Stepwell

    The Rani Jiki Barol Stepwell is considered to be the most beautiful of the 32 stepwells built by the Queen Mother of Bundi back in 1699. It features a mix of Hindu and Jain architecture. There's a lot of bas relief featuring gods and goddesses. The columns holding up ornate designs make the whole structure a feast for the eyes. Be careful about...

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  • Raniji Ki Baori

    Bundi is known as the city of step wells, as it has around 50 beautiful tanks and step wells known as baoris.The Raniji ki Baori is a noted stepwell located in a small park in Bundi. It was constructed in 1699 under the orders of Rani Nathavatji, the queen of Rao Raja Anirudh Singh of Bundi (reigned 1681-1695AD) who distinguished himself in the...

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  • Taragarh Fort

    The Taragarh or 'Star Fort' is probably the most impressive structure in Bundi. Situated at the top of the hill, up a particularly steep path (see warnings and dangers tip, the plant-life is vicious!), it was constructed in 1354AD. It is now rather ruinous, and is the home to several troops of monkeys, both the more common red-faced rhesus macaque...

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  • Bundi Palace - Phool and Badal Mahals

    The Phool Mahal and Badal Mahal are two other palaces within the main palace. The photos show their entrances.

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  • Garh Palace of Bundi

    Bundi's Garh Palace (Palace resembling a Fort) is situated on the hillside below the Taragarh Fort, and it's a relatively steep approach. Compared to the other forts and palaces in Rajasthan, it has a truly deserted feel to it, home as it is to monkeys, bats, and even bees, but the buildings are as fine as any more-frequented site; but it's the...

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  • Bundi Palace - Chhattar Mahal

    The Chhattar Mahal is one of the finest palaces of the complex, built by Chhattar Sal in 1660. The palace displays typical Rajput style with elephant motifs, pavilions, curved roofs and small chhatris. The Hathi Sala to the west of the Chhattar Mahal particularly shows this with a number of columns each one with a carved elephant (hence the name of...

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  • Bundi Palace - Ratan Daulat

    The Hathi Pol leads to a patio and the Ratan Daulat, which is also known as the Diwan-i-Am, the hall of public audience or royal court. Built by Rao Raja Ratan Singh between 1607-31, this court was constructed to accommodate stables for nine horses and elephants to park the mounts of royalty attending the court. On the upper level is a pillared...

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  • Bundi Palace Entrance

    After the steep climb up the road leading to Taragarh Fort, the entrance to Bundi Palace is on the left, through a towering gateway called Hazari Pol (Gateway of the Thousand) followed by a further gate with two trumpetting elephants forming the arch. This is the Hathi Pol, the elephant gate. Built by Rao Ratan Singh, the elephants were probably...

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  • Walk up to Taragarh Fort

    I really recommend a hike up to the Fort! Beautiful views of the city and surroundings.Read my travelouge about our walk up to the fort early one morning...Bundi Travelouge.

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  • Rajput Art-Palace Wall Murals

    These murals, which feature paintings of Krishna , Royal processions , and battle scenes have been remarkably well preserved. One room has a chinese inspired painted ceiling.The colours are striking- predominantly blue, turqouise, green, with touches of goldleaf.Many of the murals depict scenes of everyday palace life- revealing the glory of the...

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  • Honey Collecting at Palace

    Sitting on the rooftop terrace of our guesthouse one morning, we were amazed to see men dangling precariously from ropes, which were secured to balconies on the palace. They were swinging around, beating at the hidden bee-hives which have formed in the eaves of the palace walls. Their helpers up above would send down buckets, which they would fill,...

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  • Bundi Market & Temple

    Bustling with people, the markets are a popular place to shop, eat, or just to stroll about in.The atmosphere is quite festive. Chai shops provide a good stop for a rest. We really liked the Sabzi market, and bought fruit and vegetables at a ridiculously low price. Along the way w passed a colourful Hindu temple, with flower sellers sitting...

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  • The Fort in Bundi-Monkey Paradise

    Behind and above the palace complex stands Taragarh Fort. Built in 1354, the crumbling ruins of this once mighty Rajput fort are now home to what seems like the whole monkey population of Bundi. The overgrowth of vines is ideal. Vegatation is creeping out of the cracks in the ramparts, and we saw lizards and other small reptiles scurrying around....

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  • Gardens of Palace- Bundi

    Stroll around these well laid out gardens.They are filled with colour, and beautifully laid out. There is a fountain, and sandstone seats dotted around. These are a good place to just sit and relax after exploration of the palace and fort above. Trees offer shady spots to sit under too.

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  • Palace Complex- Bundi

    This palace, which was the highlight of of our stay in Bundi, must surely be one of the most sadly neglected in all of Rajasthan. Constructed in the 17th century, sections were added on by different rulers over the following two centuries.. Built on a very steep hill, it overlooks Bundi, and at night, lit up, is a magical sight. The Palace stood...

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  • Relax in the Palace Garden

    On top of the Palace you can find a well-kept garden. Relax and enjoy the panorama view over the city!

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  • View over Bundi

    Most of the homes and shops in Bundi are painted shades of pale blue and violet. It almost gives the town a Meditteranean feel when you are in the midst of it. From above, especially at dawn or dusk, it creates a striking image.

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Bundi Hotels

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Bundi Transportation

  • Getting to Bundi

    Getting There By RoadBundi is well connected by road to other important cities of Rajasthan such as Jaipur, Ajmer, Kota etc. Buses (mostly Govt. transport corporation) run to Delhi too.By RailBundi is connected to Kota, Chittaurgarh, and Delhi by train. Though the best bet is to reach Kota by train and catch a bus/taxi to Bundi (35 km).Getting...

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  • Bus from Chitto to Bundi and on to Ajmer

    The bus to Bundi took about 5 hours. From Bundi to Ajmer we needed aproximately 4 hours. Prices are dirt cheap, therefore you enjoy the typical "bus-massage", not to say broken bones ;-)But hey, no pain - no gain!

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Bundi Shopping

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  • Anything you need. . .

    Some parts of Bundi have apparently caught up with the modern world in a big way. . .Be sure to read the sign carefully.

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  • Miniature Nail Paintings

    Bundi is famed for its miniature paintings. There is a highly-reputed school in the town, as well as a style of miniature painting that was developed in Bundi. The amount of detail that goes into such small pieces of art is incredible. . .they are called "treasures of the nation." As well as admiring the murals in the palace, and shopping at the...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Bundi Local Customs

  • Cows for garbage disposal

    You always see a lot of garbage in Indian streety. The reason why there is not even more trash to see is that cows eat up nearly everything! They not only give milk and produce fire material (dried cow dung) for the poor - they also clean the streets. They really are holy animals, doing the best for society!

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  • Local Guide in Bundi

    We arranged for our local guide through the Hotel Haveli Braj Bhushanjee. His name was Kesave and I would recommend asking for him. He was wonderfully entertaining, well-historied in his town and a incredibly kind man; I was told a couple of times that I reminded him of his daughter.

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  • A Warm Welcome in Bundi

    One of the things I noted in North India, in comparison to the South, was how withdrawn the women were. I understand the modesty behind it, but it was frustrating as a traveler, when the thing I most wanted to do was make contact (a smile, a nod, any kind of exchange).Immediately upon entering Bundi, I could sense a different response. . .I had...

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Bundi Warnings and Dangers

  • Careful where you put your feet

    Be careful when you negotiate the path leading up and down Bundi Palace. Parts of the path is steep and the ancient stones can be slippery to unwary feet. Our local guide Arvind had to help us down some parts of the path.

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  • Big thorns!

    If you are going to walk up the hill past Bundi Palace to Taragarh Fort, make sure you have some decent footwear on. The hillside is littered with thorns which, I kid you not, are at least half an inch long, and sharp as hell. I got a couple stuck in my foot and it was unbelievably painful - I collected one to bring home, and once I find it I'll...

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  • Carry cash to Bundi

    We had endless trouble finding ATM's in Bundi. There were 2 that were close by to where we were staying- neither worked. Some hotels do not accept credit cards for payment- so it is a good idea to have some rupees on hand when visiting here. (American dollars are accepted, but your change will be given in rupees).

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Bundi Off The Beaten Path

  • Sabzi Mandi

    With so much on offer in the palace and fort, it would be easy to forget that Bundi holds even more in store. . .It's not really off-the-beaten path, but it might be easily overlooked during a visit ~ Bundi's vegetable and fruit market is one of the most colourful and interesting ones I encountered.

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  • Sukh Niwas Mahal

    The Sukh Niwas palace is a romantic place to visit ~ quiet and almost forgotten by time. Apparently, Kipling spent time here, drawing on the surroundings for inspiration for his writing.The front of the palace is decorated with Bundi-style painted figures, the distinctive style became recognizable to me after only a couple of days in the town.

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  • Sukh Niwas Mahal

    Sukh Niwas Mahal, an 18th-century summer palace overlooking a small lake, is located on the north-east corner of Bundi.It's within walking distance from the town centre. You can't actually see the palace until you are upon it though, as it is hidden in overgrown trees and gardens, adding to the atmosphere of an already attractive building.

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  • Sounds of Bundi

    Bundi is known across the country for its school of miniature paintings, one of the main arts of India. The town itself, isolated in its valley, and independent from its neighbouring states, even appears to be a miniature painting, frozen in time. From almost anywhere you stand in Bundi, you can hear the faint echo of metalic hammering. There...

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  • Enchanting Atmosphere

    The small sleepy town of Bundi, a fairly unexplored city with lots to offer, is surrounded by on three sides by the oldest hills in India: the Aravallis. It is also guarded by an ancient wall with four gateways. Bundi is located about 5 hours from Jaipur and 5 hours from Ajmer and local buses run regularly. . .so why this town hasn’t become a...

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