Offering a good deal of panache and rustic charm, Bundi is worthy of exploration. Capital of a major princely state during the heyday of the Rajputs, although its importance dwindled with the expansion of nearby Kota in Mughal times, the walled town of Bundi kept its independence until its incorporation into the state of Rajasthan in 1947.
Bundi’s Rajput legacy is preserved in the form of the massive fortress which looms over the town in the narrow valley below it, coupled with a palace. The crumbling Taragarh or Star Fort was built in 1354 and is a top place to ramble about and explore. Inside are huge reservoirs carved out of solid rock and the Bhim Burj, the largest of the battlements, on top of which is mounted a cannon. The views from Taragarh are excellent.The turreted palace spills down the hillside beneath the fort. Here, are harboured Bundi’s greatest art treasures: its famous murals, available to view via local appointment.
A stroll through the old city allows one to soak up the somewhat medieval ambience of Bundi. By all accounts, Rudyard Kipling, the famous writer drew inspiration from the town and it's surroundings.
Bundi also has a number of impressive baolis (step wells) in its old city. The noteworthy Ranaji-ki-Baoli is 46m deep and has some fine carving. One of the largest of its kind, it was built in 1699 by Rani Nathavatji.
A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...