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.
If you are planning a Bundi holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Bundi Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Bundi.