"Medieval Magic of Bundi" Top 5 Page for this destination Bundi by lynnehamman

Bundi Travel Guide: 57 reviews and 122 photos

A Brief History

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.

  • Last visit to Bundi: Jan 2007
  • Intro Updated Nov 21, 2008
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  • Liatris1's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2011 at 7:07 AM

    Love your Bundi page!
    Bundi is really a charming place. I loved it there!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2010 at 4:22 AM

    Too bad the palace is so sadly neglected, but it sounds fascinating just the same. That's an amazing story of how they collect the honey from the hidden bee-hives that have formed in the eaves of the palace walls.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    The views from the fort tell the total story of how great the scenery is here and the temple looked fabulous. You did a good job of describing this area.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    That is another wonderful place! The color of the murals are outstanding! Bee-hives in a palace walls is indeed unexpected!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Oh what a beautiful colourful page again! I already loved the houses in your intro photo but then there is so much more colour in the temple and your hotel and the park... amazing. And I love the kissing elephants :-))

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Bundi palace looks amazing and I imagine that the sight gets really magic at night. Loved the murals too! Good choice of the accommodation. The inner courtyard seems to be a very pleasant place to relax :)

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2009 at 8:18 AM

    I am glad this beautiful long-neglected palace has re-opened its gates to tourists. The murals look stunning and the gardens charming. Fantastic page and wonderful colours in your beautiful pictures.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    The Rajput Art-Palace Wall Murals are so beautiful and the gardens are just as lovley. The Bundi Market & Temple is so charming too! Wonderful page Lynne!

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    Great updates Lynne!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Palace, art, gardens, fort...all great to read about and to view. Your narratives are impressive. What a great hotel.

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