"Medieval Magic of Bundi" Top 5 Page for this destination Bundi by lynnehamman
Bundi Travel Guide: 57 reviews and 122 photos
On our very first visit to Bundi, I could understand why it had inspired Rudyard Kipling to choose this small, unspoiled city to write here.
It's perfect geographical position, surrounded on three sides by the Arravelli Hills and the massive fort that looms largely over the whole city have attracted travellers for centuries. It still has a medieval charm, and the towering fort is a perfect example of Rajput architecture.cc
Bundi was once the capital of one of the former princely states of Rajasthan. The architectural style of the Palace and Fort of Bundi still reflect the grandeur of the former local Rajput chiefs. The walls of Bundi's palaces are adorned with frescoes that depict the glory of its rulers.
In the 12th century Bundi was inhabited by several local tribes,the Meenas and Bhils. It is believed that Bundi owes its name to Bunda Meena, one of the former Meena kings. In the 12th century, the area of Bundi and Kota came under the rule of Chauhan rulers (former rulers of Delhi). Bundi became the city from which they ruled
The importance of Bundi, however, declined over the years as Kota came into prominance. In the year 1579, the two were split into separate states. Bundi state held on to its independent status, even though somewhat nominally, up to and during the era of the British rule. After India gained independence in the year of 1947, Bundi became part of Rajasthan
The City is small and compact- the Fort gives one a good focal point by which to navigate by- it would be very difficult to get lost in Bundi. Narrow winding lanes thread their way through the city, passing old blue painted houses and havelis. The almost complete lack of tourism is probably the reason why it is so appealing. It is really an place for travellers- not tourists. We encountered no touts and there were no begging hands reaching out. But, like most cities in Rajasthan, animals are there in abundance.
The general atmosphere is relaxed, and the people smile a lot.The traffic is bearable, and the noise levels are low.
The surrounding countryside, with fields of yellow mustard flowers and pink wild poppies , offer great opportunity for bike-riders. The roads are flat and other than an occasional cow or two, relativly free from traffic.The scenery is beautiful. The surrounding hills seem to frame this picturesque destination.
There are internet cafes in Bundi, and some Guest-houses also have access. The shops close early, but at night the markets are open. While we were there the only ATM available was out of order, so I would advise that you take enough cash along.
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