This guide introduces you to the best places to see when in Bundi.
Bundi never fails to surprise its visitors with its cultural heritage, art and an unbelievable calm that one experiences here.
Depending on the kind of traveller you are, the city of Bundi will fulfil the desires of your heart.
Some travellers even call it a Fairytale City.
If you’re here to take a peek into Rajasthan’s rich culture, the famous Bundi Fort & various other palaces will take you to a different time.
If you get fascinated by arts, then Miniature Art – an art which originated here, will take you by surprise and will keep you wondering.
And if you’re just here to relax & unwind, then the city hosts some incredible resorts & hotels which will not disappoint.
Visit the The Magnificent Fort
Bundi’s Taragarh Fort is one of the largest structures you’d ever come across. This fortress has multiple palaces inside it – it is that big! And until recently, a larger part of the fort was not open for visitors to see.
Taragarh Fort also hosts an incredible Chitrashala – An art gallery featuring work of Bundi School of Art.
Get Fascinated by the Incredible Stepwells
Bundi City is known for its step-wells or baoris. If locals are to be believed, there used to be thousands of baoris in the city, and today also you’d find dozens of them if you decide to make it an exploration project.
The two most popular step-wells here are Rani Ji Ki Baori & Dabhai Kund.
Rani Ji Ki Baori
Also known as Queen’s stepwell, is an important site to visit. This place promises a peek into Bundi’s rich heritage.
Famous for its geometrical construction, this huge step-well was built in the 16th century. It is also known as the ‘Jai Kund’ among locals and is considered the largest kund in the city.
The Boaris & Kunds of Bundi are truly magnificent but are slowly losing their appearance & significance because fewer efforts are being made to preserve these structures at local and state levels.
Experience Bliss at the beautiful lakes of Bundi
Bundi is also home to many natural and artificial lakes. Jait Sagar & Nawal Sagar are the two most popular lakes in Bundi.
It is an artificial lake in Bundi situated in the heart of the city. Not just tourists, but locals also cherish this lake as many come here in the evening to spend a pleasing time.
Jait Sagar is another impressive lake situated slightly on the outskirts of the city. It is situated near the Sukh Mahal, another must-visit place in Bundi.
Explore Bundi’s Unique Art
Miniature paintings were a unique style of paintings that were first introduced by Mughals in India during the late 16th century. Later, this artform spread to various parts of the country & emerged different schools of art.
Bundi School of Art is one of the many schools of painting which emerged during the 17th & 18th centuries.
The influence of Mughal style & Deccan art brought uniqueness to Bundi’s style of paintings. The artists of Bundi School of Art were known for their meticulous work and also for their imagination & creativity.
One can witness this unique art at Chitrashala in Taragarh Fort.
Streets of Bundi
If you love exploring a place by walking through its narrow streets, then Bundi would surprise you at every turn!
Interesting paintings on walls of houses, slow life of residents, soothing sounds coming from the temples, all of this would be enough to fall in love with this charming city.
There are numerous other attractions to see in Bundi –
84 Pillared Cenotaph or Chaurasi Khambon Ki Chhatri is one of the top attractions in Bundi. It is said that no one can count all the 84 pillars of the cenotaph at a time.
It is a double-storied structure and the interiors of the Cenotaph are beautifully decorated with art prevalent at that time.
Sukh Mahal is one of the most beautiful Mahals you’d come across. Located in a picturesque setting, at the edge of Jait Sagar Lake and with huge hills at the back, Sukh Mahal is a treat to its visitors.
The famous author Rudyard Kipling stayed at Sukh Mahal while writing his novel Kim.
Less-explored Places in Bundi
Keshavrai Patan Temple
Keshoraipatan is a village in the Bundi district about 30 km from Bundi City. The village is famous for its Keshav Rai temple. Thousands of devotees come here on Kartik Purnima.
Ban Ganga is an unexplored spot in the outskirts of Bundi.It is a great sunset watching point.
Rameshwaram Mahadev is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, about 18 km from Bundi City. Over the years, it has become the favourite picnic spot for people of Bundi City & nearby villages.
Waterfalls Near Bundi
Around Bundi, you’ll find breathtaking natural beauty. For some people, it’s hard to believe that there can be waterfalls in Rajasthan.
Although a lot of people visit these waterfalls, we urge you to be cautious when visiting these waterfalls.
The most popular Waterfall near Bundi attracts adventure lovers & travellers alike.
Next to the Rameshwaram Mahadev temple, this extraordinary waterfall is enough to add thrill & excitement to your journey.
Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary
Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary hosts a wide range of flora and fauna. It was recently declared as the Tiger Reserve and is expected to boost tourism for Bundi.
Where to go for a quick bite
There are various cafes in the city. Among travellers, Morgans Cafe, Rainbow Cafe & Baori View Cafe are some of the popular ones.
These are most suited to be visited after you’ve explored the Bundi Garh Palace and need a place to relax and eat.
The Famous Chai of Bundi
It is not just Bundi’s miniature art or Taragarh Fort which are famous among the International traveller community. But this special Chai place is also a popular spot among tourists.
Krishna Chai is located in the busy market of Bundi, but once you enter the shop, you’ll feel you have entered a different world altogether, such is the magic of this place. And the chai prepared by Krishna bhaiya is loved by all.