An Ultimate Guide to Exploring the Best of Bundi

Queen's stepwell Bundi

Nestled in the heart of Rajasthan, Bundi is a city that exudes charm and history at every turn. Known for its ornate forts, palaces, and stepwells, Bundi invites travelers to step back in time and explore its rich heritage. So, here’s your ultimate guide to exploring the best of Bundi.

Step into the past at Garh Palace

The majestic fort of Bundi
Stepping into the past at Garh Palace Bundi

The Garh Palace is a testament to Bundi’s artistic heritage. Perched atop a hill, the imposing fort offers a panoramic view of the city. Built in the 16th century, this fort is a marvel of Rajput architecture. Furthermore, with its beautiful murals and frescoes depicting Ragamala paintings and the Raaslila, the palace is a visual delight. Garh Palace comprises Taragarh FortKshr Bagh, Badal Mahal, Jhoola Chowk, Chhatar Mahal, Ratan Daulat, and Hathi Pol. Also, don’t miss the Chitrashala, an open gallery showcasing vibrant miniature paintings.

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The last remaining wall murals in Taragarh Fort’s Chitrashala

The Garh Palace fort is huge and has great tourism potential. However, the fort is not well maintained. A larger part of the fort that extends into the hill terrains, still haven’t been restored and lie in neglect.

Entry fee- Rs 100 for Indians, Rs 600 for International tourists, Rs 500 as camera fee.

Get Mesmerized by the Baoris 

Rani ji ki baori in Bundi Rajasthan
The beautiful Queen’s stepwell is an icon of Bundi

Bundi is renowned for its baoris or stepwells, which are historic wonders. The Queen’s Stepwell, also called Rani ji ki Baori, is a 46-meter deep well adorned with intricate carvings. It was an important source of water for the public in this arid region of Rajasthan. Today it is marveled as a work of art. Bundi is home to over 50 stepwells which unfortunately are in a state of neglect. Besides Rani ji ki baori, we could only spot Naharghoos ki Baori which has a temple now.

ornate queen's stepwell in Bundi Rajasthan
The ornate archways of Rani ji ki Baori

Visit the 84-Pillared Cenotaph

84 pillared cenotaph Bundi
The historic 84 pillared cenotaph in old city of Bundi

The 84-Pillared Cenotaph is locally called Chauraasi khambo ki baoli. It is a design spectacle and derives its name from the 84 pillars supporting its structure. Further, the chhatri, dedicated to Lord Shiva, offers great views of the old part of Bundi town. Each pillar tells stories of Bundi’s glorious past, intricately carved. You can also get to the terrace of the chhatri through the narrow staircase unless you are not claustrophobic. This cenotaph as a lesser-known gem deserves a place in your itinerary while exploring Bundi.

the painted celling of 84 pillared cenotaph bundi
Skillfully painted ceiling of 84 pillared cenotaph

Relax by Jait Sagar Lake

Jait Sagar Lake of Bundi
Jait Sagar is the most relaxing place in Bundi

Surrounded by hills, the serene Jait Sagar Lake is perfect for a leisurely evening. Watch the sunset paint the sky as you enjoy a boat ride on its tranquil waters. Also, Sukh Mahal built on the banks of Jait Sagar adds to the serenity of the place. This is around 3km from 84 pillared cenotaph.

Indulge in history at Sukh Mahal

Sukh Mahal terrace Bundi
The unerrated Sukh Mahal of Bundi

Built by Raja Vishnu Singh in 1776 AD as a summer house, Sukh Mahal stands on the bank of Jait Sagar Lake surrounded by hills. Renowned author Rudyard Kipling stayed here for 2 days and wrote about the historic wonders of Bundi. A room on Sukh Mahal’s first floor has been dedicated to Kipling showcasing his contribution to the literary world. Right next to the palace is a museum that displays the relics of the royal family.

The pretty Sukh Mahal Museum in Bundi
Museum at Sakh Mahal premises

Composite ticket for Indians- Rs 75 that clubs Sukh Mahal, 84 pillared cenotaph, and Rani ji ki baori. In case you are not clubbing the three places, then the entry fee is Rs 50 per monumnet for Indians. Rs 350 for international tourists, irrespective composite or single entry.

Stroll Through the Bustling Bazaars 

Bundi’s vibrant markets are a treasure trove of local handicrafts, textiles, and jewelry. Haggle for souvenirs, savor local delicacies, and soak in the lively atmosphere. Handmade paintings from the Bundi School of art is still popular and attract hundreds of tourists. Handpainted letters, postcards, portraits make beautiful memoirs to carry home. Bundi’s handloom industry continues to use artisans and not machines, keeping the handmade art alive. The expensive clothings sold for thousands (of Rupees) are born in the lanes of Bundi.

Adventure in Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary 

For nature enthusiasts, the Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit. Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary was notified as a tiger reserve May 16, 2022. In addition, this is India’s 52nd tiger reserve and Rajasthan’s fourth, after Ranthambore, Sariska and Mukundra. Spread in an area of 1,501.89 sq km, Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary is home to big cats, deer, birds and a diverse variety of flora.

The sanctuary is around 8km from Bundi.

Experience the Local Cuisine 

Glass of tea with quirky graffiti in backdrop
Popular tea stall in Bundi

Rajasthani cuisine is a feast for the senses. Henceforth, your visit isn’t complete without trying the delicacies of the town. Try the local specialties like daal baati churma, gatte ki sabzi, and ker sangri. Little eateries and chai tapris are an important part of the culture that you should experience while exploring Bundi. Also visit Krishna Tea Stall who rose to fame by selling a variety of tea and his tea shop turned into a graffiti center. Visitors write their names, year of visit, and experience on the walls. Though you can also do that, provided you find space on the scribbled walls.

Krishna tea stall owner in Bundi
With the owner of Krishna Tea Stall who makes kick ass tea

Attend the Bundi Festival 

If you’re visiting in November, the Bundi Festival is a cultural extravaganza you can’t miss. The celebration of music, dance, and the arts, will undoubtedly leave you mesmerized. Of late the Bundi Festival has garnered huge popularity. It is because of a calmer ambiance, and less crowd as compared to the bigger cities of Jaisalmer, or Jaipur.

Exploring Bundi in a nutshell

Bundi fort at night
The captivating Bundi Fort

Bundi’s charm lies in its laid-back vibe and stunning architecture. Take your time to wander through its streets, capture its beauty in photographs, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Bundi is not just a destination, but an experience that captivates the soul. Whether you’re a history buff, an art lover, or an adventure seeker, Bundi has something for everyone. So pack your bags and embark on a journey to discover the hidden gems of this enchanting city.

How to reach Bundi

The best way to travel to Bundi is by road. It is just 214km from Jaipur, 39km from Kota, 374km from Sanchi, and 435 km from Gurugram.

The nearest airport to Bundi is Kota from where you can hire a taxi. For trains, check out the schedule online.

P.S- We clubbed Tonk, Sanchi, Kota and Bundi on this road trip in January 2024. With this, we ticked off another offbeat destination of India from our bucket list and the nth destination from Rajasthan. haha! Those who follow us know how many times we’ve been to Rajasthan, yet keep going back every time.

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