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According to legend, back in the 12th century, restless young nobles of the warrior Chauhan clan conquered the tribal peoples of these lands. In 1624, Emperor Jahangir pressured the local rulers and split the state into two parts—Bundi and Kota. While Kota grew to become an industrial and prosperous town, Bundi remained a simple, rural place caught in a web of history. The town lost its glory, but continued to be an independent state under British rule and became a part of India when it gained independence in 1947.

There is a timeless, trapped-in-amber, atmosphere in Bundi. The town offers fascinating monuments including a medieval fort, palaces, elaborately carved chhatris (tombs), and a scenic lake in the heart of the town.

Bundi also has a strong association with Rudyard Kipling, who drew inspiration from the beautiful town and its surroundings. Set in a narrow valley, the palaces and fortress of Bundi seem to come straight out of a fairytale. There are very few places in the country that can match this small town's picturesque location.

Jaipur Palace may be called the Versailles of India. . .Jodhpur's House of strife, gray towers on red rock, is the work of giants, but the Palace of Bundi, even in broad daylight, is such a palace as men build for themselves in uneasy dreams--the work of goblins rather than of men.

- Rudyard Kipling

  • Last visit to Bundi: Jan 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • illumina's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2010 at 3:22 AM

    We stopped there almost on a whim - so glad we did; like you say, it's a hidden gem!

  • catalysta's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2006 at 10:42 AM

    Absolutely beautiful, the place, the photos & the tips you've written! Love the Sukh Niwas Mahal mural, it must be amazing to see...Wendy

  • SunilMandowra's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2004 at 2:22 AM

    Hiiii , nice to hear abt Bundi from You please come once again in bundi and u will get more pleasure and happiness Byeee and Take care Sunil

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2004 at 7:42 AM

    Wonderful trip and magical place , charmed ;-D

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2003 at 11:26 AM

    I never been to India, your pages oozing athmosphere and superb pictures. thanx for sharing

  • salinhopt's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2003 at 7:35 PM

    Impressive city, the landscape is amazing! Keep the good work! :)))

  • syllybabe's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2003 at 2:38 PM

    Those miniature paintings are intriguing. Going through your Bundi page is like being transported there, Stevie. Hope to see all this someday...

  • Sep 30, 2003 at 6:05 PM

    So exotic... like another world to me. A very nice page with great pics and tips!

  • tabatha's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2003 at 8:09 AM

    Really loved these place, and the monkeys are "dangerous" when you leave your cloths outside:)

  • Docu2001's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2003 at 5:52 AM

    Beautiful, informative ... well-written pages ... A delight ... Richard

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