Rajputana of yore, set amidst the great Thar, the only desert of the
sub-continent, is known not only for the sizzling heat and the dunes but
also for the warmth in the hearts of the people. Considered as the most
colourful region of India, this exotic land of valiance and chivalry has an
unusual diversity in all its forms, people, customs, culture, costumes,
music, manners, dialects, and cuisine etc. It is the land of superlatives,
everything here is breathtakingly beautiful, impressive and fascinating.
Rajasthan is endowed with invincible forts, magnificent Palaces and Haveli.
We will confine ourselves only with the southern Rajasthan - The Hadoti
region that is BUNDI, the least explored land of Rajasthan.
Visiting Bundi is like stepping into a time warp. It seems Bundi have
successfully halted the ruthless march of time retaining its medieval
Attractions of Bundi
The onset of the monsoon is celebrated in Bundi, where it is observed on
the third day of the month of bhadra. Apalanquin bearing the goddess teej is
carried through the streets.The celebrations merge with the festival of
Janamashtami ,Krishna's birthday.
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 cannon.
The palace is reached from the north - western end of the bazaar, through a
huge wooden gateway and up a steep cobbled 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 'Raga mala' 'Raslila' -- 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.
84 Pillared Cenotaph
The stunning 84 pillared cenotaph(Chaurasi Khambhon-ki-Chatri), set among
the well maintained gardens, is a treat to watch when it is lit up at night.
Visible from the Taragarh for in Bundi is the magnificent artificial lake,
Nawal Sagar. In the center is the temple of Varuna, the Aryan god of water.
The reflection of the entire city and its palaces can be seen in the lake -
making it a unique attraction of Bundi.
Jait Sagar Lake
Jait Sagar, in the north of Bundi, is a picturesque lake flanked by hills
and strewn with pretty lotus flowers during the monsoon and winter months.
How To Get There - Bundi
Nearest airport is Jaipur.
Train links are from Kota, Agra and many other cities.
Bundi is approchable by road from Kota (40 km), jaipur(206) and many other