Bundi is a blue city in eastern Rajasthan. It's a special destination on its own. An oasis in the desert state , a serene civilization far from the maddening crowd & a tourists' destination . Attracted Rudyard Kipling (writer of The Jungle Book), Rabindra Nath Tagore, Virginia Fass, film maker Satyajit Ray .. and many more. Thousands of tourists, both domestic and foreign, come here to see and discover this beautiful place. Bundi was named after a Meena Chieftain Bunda. Bundi is especially famous for the miniature paintings from the "Bundi School" and the aesthetic stepwells.
Bundi is well connected by road to other important cities of Rajasthan such as Jaipur, Ajmer, Kota, etc., as well as to Agra. Buses (mostly Govt. transport corporation) run to Delhi, too.
Most of Bundi is very accessible by walking and there is generally no need to hire transport. Virtually the only mode of public transportation is the auto rickshaw. As always in India, bargaining is required.
There are lots of small tourist attractions in Bundi.
- Taragarh Fort The biggest of them is this fort built somewhere in the 16th century. This fort counts amongst the most famous ones in Rajasthan for its intricate structures and a highly-regarded painting gallery (from here originated the Bundi style of mural painting).
- Shikar Burj and Jait Sagar Shikar Burj is the name of the place that was used by kings for hunting. It is very near to a small lake called Jait Sagar. This lake was once famous for lotus flowers. Near Jait sagar there is a small garden called Terrace garden.
- Phool Sagar This is another small palace and was more of a summer palace. Prior permission from the DM of the city is required to visit the same as it is still under the control of the royal family.
- Stepwells These 32 stepwells were used as a water supply (drinking and washing). They were built by Mother Queen of Bundi in 1699 and were donated for public wellfare. The most beautiful stepwell is Rani Jiki Barol, which you can visit. It's an example of a Hindu and Jain architecture.
- Bundi Palace Bundi is one of the few places in India which can lay its claim to an authentic school of painting, "The Bundi School." The splendid paintings in the Chitrashala in the Bundi fort are par excellence and can be compared with probably the best anywhere in the world.
- Ishwari Niwas Palace 1-Civil Lines, Bundi +0091-747-2442414 http://www.ishwariniwas.com/ Both Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian food (Indian, Chinese, Continental). Air-conditioned dining room.
- Ishwari Niwas Palace 1-Civil Lines, Bundi +0091-747-2442414 http://www.ishwariniwas.com Ishwari Niwas is a symbol of Hada legacy and ethnic culture. Here you find the royal hospitality in a homely atmosphere. The hotel was built by king Ishwari Singh in 1927 as a British guest house. Currently it is the property of the royal family and is opened as a hotel since 1992.
- Bundi Haveli Hotel The rooms are beautifully appointed and comfortable. The Australian co-owner, LuLu, is very helpful and nice to chat with.
- Hadee Rani Sadar Bazar +91 747 244-2903 Rs 100-500 Recently opened in 2006, this hotel is one of the better options in town. The food is good, so are the rooms. The establishment is run by a great friendly family.
- Sukhmahal Jait Sagar Rd by Jait Sagar Lake +91 9829083479 http://www.sukhmahal.com Nestled in the majestic wilderness of Aravali hills. It was used as a summer palace by the Maharajas of Bundi State. The famous british writer Rudyard Kipling stayed here in 1892. The Sukhmahal has been restored to its old world charm and will be an experience of a lifetime, sukhmahal overlooking the lake are open to guests recreating the same aura which has been in which Royalties of Bundi lived.
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