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.
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.
Major Attractions of Bundi
The Palace : A magnificent edifice has now been converted to a museum and presents the Rajput architecture where it holds within its confines some of the great Bundi murals
Sukh Mahal : Built as a splendid summer palace on the Sukh Sagar Lake, it is encircled by the lush greenery of the gardens.
Chhattar Mahal Or The Palace Of Towers : A steep, paved carafe-way is the only way to reach the monument. The palace houses interesting things like the Hazari Pol or Gate of the thousand, the Naubat Khana, the Hathi Pol with its old water clock and the Diwann-e- Aam..
Places to Stay in Bundi
The RTDC has done a lot to retain the traditional flavour in its hotels in and around Bundi. Hotels like RTDC's Khadim, come with AC Deluxe rooms as well as ordinary rooms, which give a comfortable stay in the city. There are also Sarai facilities for the pilgrims. The government sponsored paying guest scheme makes the visitor feel at home.
Climate in 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.
Festival of Bundi
Bundi is famous for its Kajli-teej festival. This annual festival is held in July-August. Travelers must make it a point to visit Bundi during this festival
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.