A small town near Kota, capital of ancient Hadoti region.
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.
The palace is reached from the north - western end of the bazaar,
through a huge
wooden gateway and up a steepcobbled ramp. Only one part of the
outer perimeter of the palace, known as the Chittra Shala, is officially
open to public. It is a fascinating pavilion and has a gallery of
miniature murals that embellish the palace. Elaborate colourful
paintings on the walls depict scenes from the 'Ragamala' 'Raaslila'
-- the Radha-Krishna story. You can see the renowned Bundi murals
at the Chattar Mahal and Badal Mahal within the palace complex.
Chattar Mahal is a steep, paved carafe-way is the only way to reach
the monument. Of special interest in the palace is the Hazari Pol
or Gate of the thousand, the Naubat Khana, the Hathi Pol with its
old water clock and the Diwann-e- Aam. Flash photography is officially
prohibited. The palace looks beautiful, from a distance and when
illuminated at night.
Taragarh (The Star Fort)
Taragarh fort was built
in 1354 and is great palace to ramble around at leisure. Set within
the horse-shoe shaped fold of the hills, and with the lakes and
water reservoirs below, the fort straddles the crest and offers
invincible battlements that must have proved difficult to scale.
Taragarh is reached by a steep road leading up the hillside to
its enormous gateway. The views over the town and surrounding countryside
from the top are magical, especially at sunset. The huge reservoirs
within the fort were carved out of solid rock and the Bhim Burj,
the largest of the battlements, on which there is mounted a famous
A magnificent summer palace on the Sukh Sagar Lake amid the lush
surroundings of a beautiful garden. An underground tunnel is believed
to run from the Sukh Mahal to the old palace.
Menal (48 km)
The Menal river runs over a bed of granite slabs and plunges into
cavernous 122 metres deep gorge.On the other side of the broken
wall is the temple complex with fascinating carvings on the walls
of the shrine that depicts various Hindu deities. It is located
on the Chittaurgarh - Bundi road.
Built by Rao Raja Ratan Singh, it is a very interesting structure
forming a stable for nine horses and a Hatia Pol. (Prior permission
required for visit.)
Visible from the fort is the square artificial lake of Nawal Sagar,
broken up by islets. A temple dedicated to Varuna, the Aryan god
of water,stands half submerged in the centre of the lake. The reflection
of the entire city and its palaces can be seen in the lake - making
it a unique attraction of Bundi.
It is 46 m. deep stepped dwell with some superb carvings on its
pillars and a high arched gate built in 1699 A.D. by Rani Nathavatji.
This well is one of the largest of its kind.
Phool Sagar Palace
The 20th century palace with an artificial tank and picturesque
gardens. Presently, it is the residence of the former ruler (Prior
permission of Secretary is required for a visit.)
The royal hunting lodge set amidst thel lush surroundings. It is
a favorite picnic spot.
An ancient garden near the Shika Burj with beautiful chhatris of
the Bundi rulers and their queens all examples of the town’s
rich architecture. (Prior permission required for visit.)
Eighty Four Pillared Cenotaph
An amazingly magnificent memorial with 84 pillars in a single cenotaph
along with a Shiva lingam. It was erected by Rao Anirudh.
Jait Sagar Lake(3 km)
A picturesque lake cradled in the hills, built by Jaita Meena. The
swirling fountain at night a visual delight.
Rameshwaram (20 km)
The cave temple of Lord Shiva surrounded by the Aravalli ranges.
An ideal picnic spot as well.
Keshavraipatan (45 km)
It is an ancient city famous for the temple of Keshavraiji(Vishnu).
The architecture and sculpture at this temple is unique. It was
constructed in the year 1601 A.D. by Maharaja Shartusal of Bundi.
A famous Jain Temple is also there.
The temple of Keshav Raj Ji Maharaj (God Vishnu), standing on a
huge platform at the bank of river Chambal, has a unique and wonderful
architecture and sculpture. It is important pilgrim center for Hindus.
The ancient Jain Tirthankar temple has made Keshoraipatan an important
Jain pilgrim centre also. Famous writer Nemi Chandra wrote the renowned
and holy granth (Vrahed Dravaya Sangrah) in this temple. The Mratunjaya
Mahadev temple is one of the oldest temple of Rajasthan. Keshoraipatan
is one of the oldest towns in India and was named as Ashram Nagar
in the ancient times
Ramgarh (45 km)
The Ramgarh Sanctuary is located on the Nainwa road. One needs to
take permission of the State Forest Department prior to a visit
to the sanctuary.
Bijolia (50 km)
An ancient fort and the city of Bijolia is situated on the Bundi-
Chittaurgarh road. A high paved courtyard on the side of the
fort has a large temple of Lord Shiva in its centre with a fine
image of Lord Ganesha standing as a guardian at the entrance. A
carved archway leads to the temple.
50 kms. on the Bundi-Chittaurgarh road, in Bhilwara district, is
the old fort and city of Bijolia. In ancient times it was known
as Vindhyavali. During the Chauhan period, it became a famous centre
for art and architecture. Several beautiful Shiva temples were constructed
by the Chauhan rulers on this place. Most of the temples have either
disappeared or are in ruins today. On the eastern side of the town
near the city wall, there are three beautiful temples. Prominent
amongst them is Hajaresvara Mahadeva temple. It has a high linga
surrounded by hundreds of small lingas and hence called Hajaresvara
or Sahastralinga. The temples of Mahakala and Baijnath are also
well known. The temple of Undeshwar Mahadeva is also well known.
Near by Mandakini Kund is a holy water tank. Bijolia inscription
dating back V.E. 1226 is very important because it through a new
light on the early history of the Chauhan dynasty.
Talwas (53 km)
A magnificent for built by the ruler Ajit Singh. A temple of Dhooleshwar
Mahadev and a picturesque waterfall adjoining the fort are worth
a visit. The beautiful Ratna Sagar Lake is close by and is a haven
for fauna like bear and deer during the monsoon.
Dugari (65 km)
Remnants of ancient wall paintings can be seen in the Ram Mandir
imposing fort of Dugari.
Established during the reign of Solanki Rajputs this village has
a beautiful and lovely lake which is covers an area of 36 kms. Constructed
in the 10th century, this magnificent lake is home to hundreds of
migratory birds during the winter months.
The fort is situated on the bank of the lake. It is famous for
the wall paintings which are based on Bundi style; the paintings
are still beautiful and attractive.
The walls of the palace are covered with elaborate paintings depicting
scenes from the Raslila, the Radha Krishna story. Charming spotted
deer, peacocks, lions and elephants are also painted on the walls.
Ram Mandi of Dugari is very famous; it has remnants of 200 year
old wall paintings. The garden of Dugari is famous for chandan (sandalwood)
The place holds natural and scenic beauty which attracts many visitors.
Indragarh (77 km)
The Indragarh Fort and the nearby palaces are famous for the temples
of Mother Goddess Kali and Kamleshwar. The Palace is also famous
for wall paintings.
Nestled in a narrow valley fortified by huge walls with four gates,
the beautiful and charming Indragarh town was established by Inder
Saal Singh Rao Raja of Bundi state. The fort of Indragarh holds
an extraordinary architecture and sculpture.
The town of Indragarh and the nearby places are famous for the
renowned temples of Mother Goddess Kali and Kamleshwar. The tank
of Indargarh is considered as one of the most attractive places
in the Bundi district especially during the rainy season.
Jaipur Flight Schedule
Nearest airport is Jaipur.
Bundi is approchable by road from Kota (40 km)
jaipur(206) and many other cities.
train links are from Kota, Agra and many other cities.
Cycle - rickshaw and tongas are available
Best time to come: Sep to March
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