Flanked by the majestic Aravali hills on one side, Bundi is a charming town located some kilometers away from Kota known for magnificent palaces and forts. Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling, who penned his famous novel ‘Kim’ in Bundi, was greatly impressed by the city’s architectural beauty. Once under the reign of Hada Chauhans, the tourism in Bundi has increased in popularity due to the medieval charm the city was able to retain all these centuries. The iconic blue tinge visible in various architectures all across Bundi is a beautiful sight to behold.
Being a popular tourist destination, Bundi has lot of tourist attractions and places of interest that offer a walk back into the region’s glorious historical past. Once a summer retreat for kings and queens, Sukh Mahal is a two-storied palace where Rudyard Kipling penned his novel ‘Kim’. Kshar Bagh (also known as Saar Bagh) is the where the royal family of Bundi state lay at rest. The memorial cenotaphs mark the sites of former rulers of Bundi. Taragarh Fort is, hands down, the most beautiful tourist attraction in Bundi. Built in 13 45, the colossal structure, water reservoirs, impressive gateways and Rajput-styled palace at Taragarh fort makes it a must-visit destination for tourists.
84-pillared cenotaph is a mesmerizing architectural marvel in Bundi. Supported by 84 intricately carved columns with images of celestial nymphs, deer and elephants, the cenotaph was commission by Maharaja of Bundi and was dedicated to his beloved wet nurse Deva. Raniji ki Baoli (Queen’s step well) was built in 1699 by Rani Nathavati. The step well is famous for intricate carvings and high arched gateways. Dabahi Kund and Nagar Sagar Kund are other step wells in the city.
Among from the human marvels at display in Bundi, presence of natural as well as artificial lakes is a cherry on the top of cake. Lake Jait Sagar an enchanting lake near Taragarh fort which is enveloped by hills from all sides. Other lakes in Bundi include Nawal Sagar, Kanak Sagar and Phool Sagar.
River Safari at Chambal River in Bundi is a exciting experience that runs through deep, meandering gorges and towering mudwalls and cascading falls. Apart from that, the wildlife safari at Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary, which is home to variety of flora and fauna, is another thrilling activity tourists and travelers can indulge in at Bundi.
October to march is the best time to plan a trip to Bundi as weather is cool and enjoyable. But april and may are very much dry and hot. Monsoons i.e july and september are suitable for short trips.
Bundi has an extremely dry and hot climate in summers as temperature ranges between 35 °C and 43 °C. Winters are enoyable as temperature ranges between 5 °C at night and 30 °C at day. Bundi recieves average rainfall in monsoon.