Tourism in Bundi India offers the chance to explore Bundi's unique culture with baoris, majestic medieval forts, palaces, 'havelis', temples and 'chhatris' exquisitely carved with sculptures and images. Bundi India Guide also facilitates a visit to attractive 50 step wells and tanks arrayed the town's streets and bylanes and annual Kajli-teej Tourism festival.

India - Rajasthan - Bundi Tourism

Bundi Tourism

Population : 74,000
STD : 0747
Distance : 40km northwest from Kota

¤ Bundi History

Majestic Bundi Fort in India Bundi has one of the most magnificent histories that a region can have, and many wars and battles were fought here for over 600 years between Rajput clans, the Marathas and the British. Eventually it was Bundi which became the loser, not in terms of military losses but those of statesmanship. In 1264 it was deprived of the region which became Kota when Shah Jahan bestowed the area on the 14 year old Madho Singh (see Kota History). Then again in 1838 Bundi was forced to part with its land in the east when Zalim Singh, with a little help from the British, hewed another state out of Bundi – that of Jhalawar (see Jhalawar History).

Bundi’s royal coat of arms is an exhibition of the origin of the Hara Chauhanas, with a warrior emerging from flames signifying the genesis of the clan from the Agni kunda (fire pit) atop Mount Abu. Bulls representing dharma (piety) flank the inevitable shield topped by a slanted katar (dagger).

While Kota emerged as the stronghold of the Hara Chauhanas during the 18th century, Bundi was gradually reduced to being just a titular state. It gradually lost its importance, thanks to Zalim Singh who ruled nearby Kota. Zalim Singh was the unofficial ruler of the regions of Kota, Bundi and Jhalawar, and the maharaja of Bundi Umed Singh was just an honorary figure. This was the same Umed Singh who, on his father’s death, had been placed on the throne when he was an infant and on whose behalf Zalim Singh had become Regent of Bundi, ultimately taking control (see Kota History).

It was from Kota that decisions were taken, be it of a military nature or that of administration. By the time the British came in and established themselves in eastern and southern Ragesthan, Bundi had become a weak and powerless ramification of Kota. However, unlike Kota and Jhalawar, Bundi sustained its independence from British rule, before as well as after the Uprising of 1857.

¤ Bundi Attractions

Bundi was a strategically important place since it was surrounded by the Aravalli hills on three sides and could be entered through four huge gateways set in a massive wall that surrounds the town. Taragarh fort is one of the places to see here, and like almost every Rajasthani town, Bundi also (believe it or not) has a lake. Rajput heritage continues in Bundi, famous even today for paintings depicting royal hunts, murals on the walls of the palace and its lacquer work on toys and ornaments. In fact, the Chitrashala or Hall of Paintings has one of the best examples seen in Rajasthan.

¤ Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts Bundi Like Kota, Bundi too encouraged the arts, especially painting. The most famous of the Bundi style is perhaps the Ragmala, a narrative portrayal in spectacular colour. However, the Ragmala gradually began to incorporate Mughal influences and eventually its Rajput originality took a back seat. During Akbar’s reign in Delhi and that of Rao Chatar Sal in Bundi, Mughal influence became more apparent. This may have been due to the fact that Chatar Sal was very close to the Mughal emperor so much so that Akbar made him the governor of Agra. However, during the first half of the 18th century painting in Bundi seemed to have declined, probably because most of the time was spent in fighting wars.

¤ Paintings

With the advent of the second half of the 18th century there seemed to have been stability in the kingdom and a revival of art. It was now that Krishna and his consort Radha began to figure heavily in the Ragmala, surrounded by vegetation and animals. However, colour was the important aspect and form was secondary. In most paintings, figures are depicted as squat and a basic conformity is lacking. Also, Bundi painters had a habit of overcrowding their work, putting in as many things as they could within one painting.

¤ City of Wells

Bundi is also known as the City of Wells for its more than 50 step wells built over the centuries. The 17th century Sabirna dha ka Kund is perhaps the most prominent one in Rajasthan, contructed in such a manner that no matter what the water level, access to water was always easy.

¤ Legendary Bundi

There is a dreadful lore attached to Bundi. Suraj Mal, Bundi’s ruler, was paying a visit to Rana Ratna of Mewar who was married to his sister. It so happened that Rana Ratna had decided to kill Suraj Mal, and to further this design he invited the latter to a hunt. On their way to the forests they encountered a sati (here: widow about to burn herself on her husband’s funeral pyre) who cursed them saying that whenever a Rana and a Rao would meet at the annual Aheria (Bundi’s royal spring hunt), one of them would lose his life. On this occasion, however, both Suraj Mal and Rana Ratna died at each other hands (see History). Later, four such meetings occurred between the rulers of Bundi and Mewar and each time one or both were killed.

¤ Bundi- A Gateway To Alwar, Kota, Sawai Madhopur

Modern Bundi seems to live in the past, and the best way to describe the town would be to repeat a phrase – it is a sleepy little town of Ragesthan. A bit off the main route to Ajmer, Kota and Sawai Madhopur, Bundi’s main feature is its tranquility, a town undisturbed by tourists and tourists undisturbed by locals.

¤ Other Attractions

The town also has a flourishing matchbox industry, not very large but catering to almost all of Rajasthan and parts of northern and central India.

¤ Festivities

The town comes alive during the festival of Teej, celebrated here with a different fervour. Unlike the normal Teej, the people of Bundi celebrate it on a different day and month altogether. A heavily decorated palanquin led by a huge procession starts from the Nawal Sagar lake, winding its way through the town and culiminating at Azad park. Here Teej celebrations carry on for eight days, ending with Janmashtmi, the birthday of Krishna. People from Ajmer, Kota and Jhalawar converge in Bundi during this festival with cultural activities and little fairs, making it an exciting time to visit.

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