|The area of Bundi came under the Chauhan rulers in the 12th century. The descendents of the Chauhans set up their center at Bundi and ruled from here. Bundi got its name from Bunda, one of its former rulers. It was an important state at the peak of Rajput glory in medieval times. The association with the Mughals led to the decline of Bundi. In 1624, Emperor Jahangir pressurized the local rulers and split the erstwhile state into two parts-Bundi and Kota. Although the state lost its glory, it continued to be an independent state within the British rule and became a part of India when it gained independence in 1947.Bundi is located in the southern part of the state of Rajasthan, in the north western part of India. It is located amidst a hilly terrain, near a gorge
Bundi is surrounded by the Aravalli hills on three sides and is circumscribed by a massive wall with four gateways. Bundi The Capital of Chauhans The small, rustic town of Bundi was the capital of one of the erstwhile princely states of Rajasthan. It is known for its palaces, baolis (step wells) and water tanks. The monuments and their architecture reflect the splendor of the local Rajput chiefs. The walls of the palaces at Bundi are decorated with life-size frescoes depicting the glory of its rulers.
Bundi, a small beautiful town lies at a distance of 36 km from Kota and is considered as one of the unexplored cities with a rich historical wealth. It was once a part of Kota and was ruled by the Hada Chauhans who were the descendents of the Chauhan clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer. Bundi is blessed with enormous natural beauty where it is surrounded by the Aravalli hills on three sides and is circumscribed by a massive wall with four gateways. The city houses some of the interesting monuments including invincible medieval forts, mighty palaces, havelis, splendid temples with beautiful stone idols and chattris with carved pillars. Besides these, there is a placid lake in the heart of the town which bestows a special charm to the place. People from all over the country are pulled to Bundi for its intricate carvings and murals. .
Garh Palace :
This is considered to be one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture, the construction was started by Maharao Balwant Singh. A steep, paved carriage way leads to this palace through the Hazari pol or the gate of the thousand. Inside the palace, the Naubat Khana and the Hathi pol are places of special interest.
This palace was built by Maharao Shatrusal Singh ji. The main attraction of the palace is a room full of murals in the miniature style. The colour schemes of these paintings are golden and blue.
Besides the courtyard, a beautiful small pool and Hathiya sal (with each one of its pillars composed of four wooden elephants) are notable. Glass and ivory work done on the gates is breathtaking.
Nawal Sagar :
This square – shaped artificial lake, broken up by islets, can be seen from the fort. A temple of Varuna (Aryan god of wind) stands half submerged in a conner of the lake. The reflection of the entire city and its places can be seen in the lake, making it a unique attraction of bundi. At sunset, the reflection of the rajmahal n the lake is a fascinating sight.
Rani ji Ki Baori:
Outside the city walls it is a fine specimen of a step-well. It has a high arched gate, ornate with excellent carvings on its pillars. The well has a depth of 46 meters and was built by a rani of the royal house. The architecture of this baori is very typical. The intricate murals on the pillars, torans and gates are wonderful.
This magnificent summer palace was constructed during the reign of raja Vishnu Singh on the Sagar Lake, amid the lush surroundings of a beautiful garden. It is said that an underground tunnel runs from such mahaql to the old palace.
Shikar Burj & Kshar Bagh :
It was the royal hunting lodge. Nestled in the wood, amidst lush greenery, It is a beautiful picnic spot.
Near the shikar burj is an ancient well-maintained garden, where cenotaphs of the kings and queens of bundi stand in all their rich architectural splendour.
How to Get There
Air : Jaipur 206 km is the nearest airport .
Rail : Bundi railway Station - 5 km, Kota 36 km is the convenient railhead.
Road : Good road connections link Bundi with important places around.
Climate of Bundi
Climate of Bundi is extreme: summers are quiet hot (April-June) and winters are cool (October-February). It experiences scant rainfall between June and August. .