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BUNDI SIGHTSEEING

 

Bundi, only 39 km. north-west of Kota, was the capital of a major princely state during the heyday of the Rajput. Today, Bundi is a picturesque little town. The town's Rajput legacy is well preserved in the shape of the massive Taragarh Fort which broods over the town in the narrow valley below and the huge palace which stands beneath it. In this palace are found the the famous Bundi murals. Taragarh Fort : It is also known as the Star Fort. It is reached by a steep road leading up the hillside to its enormous gateway, topped by rampant elephants. Inside are huge reservoirs carved out of solid rock and the Bhim Burj, the largest of the battlements, on which is mounted a famous cannon. Views over the town and surrounding countryside are excellent. Palace : The palace itself is reached from the north-western end of the bazaar, through a huge wooden gateway and up a steep, cobbled ramp. Only two parts of the outer perimeter of the palace, known variously as the Chitra Mahal and Ummed Mahal, are open to the public. Some of the famous Bundi murals can be seen on the upper level. Nawal Sagar : Also visible from the fort is the square artificial lake of Nawal Sagar. In the centre is a temple to Varuna, the Aryan god of water. Baoris : Bundi has a couple of beautiful baoris. The Nagar Sagar Kund is a pair of matching step-wells. Ranijiki baori has superb carving. Other Attractions : The modern palace, known as the Phool Sagar Palace, has a beautiful artificial tank and gardens. There is another palace, the smaller Sukh Mahal, closer to town on the edge of Jait Sagar. Shikhar Burj is a small hunting lodge and picnic spot.


BUNDI SHOPPING

 

The Bundi Cafe Crafts shop has a good range of local souvenirs, including miniatures and jewellery.


BUNDI - GETTING THERE AND AWAY

 

It takes about 5 hours by bus from Ajmer to Bundi. From Kota, it is only 45 minutes to Bundi. Buses also go from Bundi to Chittorgarh, Sawai Madhopur and Udaipur. Bundi also has broad-gauge rail links with Chittorgarh and Kota.


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