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Bundi is in eastern Rajasthan.


The population of Bundi is approximately 105,000 people. It was was named after a Meena Chieftain Bunda. Bundi is famous for its over 50 step wells, most of which have not been maintained since the central water system was introduced, as well as the miniature paintings from the "Bundi School".

Famous visitors to Bundi include Rudyard Kipling (writer of The Jungle Book), Rabindra Nath Tagore, Virginia Fass, and film maker Satyajit Ray.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The nearest airports are in Jaipur and Udaipur.

By car[edit]

Bundi is well connected by road to cities such as Delhi (475km), Jaipur (215km), Udaipur (270km), Chittorgarh (150km), Ajmer (175km), Kota (40km), Sawai Madhopur/Ranthambore (120km), and Agra (400km).

By bus[edit]

Buses operate between Bundi and the major cities in Rajasthan. However, for long distances, the train is recommended as it is faster and more comfortable. Buses operate regularly between Bundi and Kota, which has more train connections than Bundi.

By train[edit]

Direct trains are available between Bundi and Delhi (8 hours overnight, ₹315-1,915), Sawai Madhopur (2.5 hours, ₹170-1,230), Udaipur (5.5 hours, ₹210-1,230), Chittorgarh (2.5 hours, ₹170-1,230), and Kota (1 hour, ₹140-690).

Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

Most of Bundi is very accessible by walking.

By auto-rickshaw / tuk-tuk[edit]

The only mode of public transportation is the auto rickshaw. Auto rickshaw charges are ₹30-50 within city and ₹100 to the railway station.

By bicycle or motorbike[edit]

Bicycle and motorbike (₹300/day) rental is available.

See[edit][add listing]

The Rani Jiki Barol stepwell.

Step wells[edit]

Step wells, or baori in Hindi, were the only method of obtaining and storing water in this part of India. While there are over 50 step wells, almost all have fallen into disrepair and/or are not worth visiting. However, the Rani Ki Ji Baori (Queen's Step Well) is a must-see.

  • Rani Ki Ji Baori (Queen's Step Well). The most famous step well in Bundi, it was built in 1699 by the spurned queen. It is 46 meters deep and includes 200 steps.  edit
  • Dabhai Kund. The largest in Bundi. Though slightly overgrown, it is well worth a visit for the spectacular carvings on the numerous steps leading down to the water level.  edit
  • Nagar Saga Kund (Janana Sagar and Ganga Sagar). Constructed between 1871 and 1875, these are 2 step wells that have been extensively refurbished.  edit

Forts and palaces[edit]

  • Taragarh Fort. Built in the 16th century, this is one of the most famous forts in Rajasthan due to its intricate structures and a highly-regarded painting gallery. (25.450617,75.637196) edit
  • Garh (Bundi) Palace and Chitrashala - Ummed Mahal. These adjacent structures are must-sees and include some of the most amazing paintings in India. It is a steep climb to get up to the palace, which needed protection from attacking elephants. (25.4488,75.6357) edit
  • Sukh Mahal, (On the southern tip of Lake Jait Sagal). A smaller palace built on a dam wall; Rudyard Kipling stayed here.  edit

Memorial pavilions (Chhatri)[edit]

  • Chaurasi Khambon ki Chhatri (84-Pillared Cenotaph), (Walk down Kota Rd 800m south of the tourist office. Turn west and walk another 80m). Constructed in the late 17th century by the maharaja as a memorial.  edit


  • Lake Jait Sagar. Once famous for lotus flowers, this lake is adjacent to s small garden and Shikar Burj, an area used by kings for hunting.  edit
  • Lake Nawal Sagar. A large square-shaped artificial lake containing many small islands. A temple dedicated to Varuna, the vedic god of water, is half-submerged in the middle of the lake. The lake feeds the numerous step wells in the old city by creating an artificial water table. (25.447071,75.632615) edit
  • Lake Kanak Sagar, In the town of Dugari (A 67km drive northwest of Bundi). An extremely beautiful lake and town.  edit

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Wildlife safaris[edit]

  • Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary, [1]. A 307 km² park. Animals that live in the park include leopard, sambhar, wild boar, chinkara, sloth bear, indian wolf, hyena, jackal, and Fox. The best time to visit is between September and May. Safaris can be booked at several hotels, including Vrindawati, which is operated by the government. Entrance: ₹160 + safari costs.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Shree Krishna Art Jewelry, Nahar ka Chouhta (A few blocks south of the Bundi Government Hospital), +91 96492 45667, [2]. An store where you can find local treasures such as antiques, artwork, old coins, etc....  edit
  • Yug Art, Near Surang Gate, +91 9928948433 (), [3]. Yug is an amazing painter who captures the beauty of Rajasthan. Styles range from portraits to landscapes to comics.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

In addition to the restaurants below, most hotels in Bundi have restaurants.

  • Kipling Cafe, On Lake Jait Sagar. Fruit ingredients are grown next to the restaurant.  edit
  • Lakha, Nahar ka Chouhta. A tiny place where you sit on cushions and the owner cooks you an amazing meal.  edit
  • Namaste Cafe, Fort & Palace Road, Nahar ka chohta, +91 96 36 932300. Soul food. Really nice ambience and service.  edit
  • Ringo Star Bundi, Fort Street (On).  edit
  • Tom and Jerry, Nahara Ka Chotta (Near surang gate), +91 80 58 369455. Western food; popular with tourists.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Sathi Lassi, (on the way to the fort). Good, thick lassis. A must when visiting Bundi.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Bundi Haveli, 107 Balchand Parra (Near Naval Sagar Lake), +91 99292 91552, [4]. The rooms are comfortable. Owner is Mahipat Singh Hada. Double: ₹1,150.  edit
  • Daulat Niwas, [5]. Built in the early 1700's. The cheapest place to stay in Bundi - but only a few rooms are available. Single: From ₹150; Double: From ₹300. (25.4464,75.6405) edit
  • Dev Niwas (God's Residence), Maaji Sahib Ki Haveli (Opposite Purani Kotwali, Sadar Bazar), +91 96491 77628 (), [6]. Built by Deva Dhabai in 1684. Very luxurious for a budget hotel. ₹1,200.  edit
  • Hadee Rani Guest House, Sadar, +91 747 2442903, [7]. Opened in 2006, this hotel is one of the better options in town. The food is good, so are the rooms. The establishment is run by a friendly family. Restaurant: mains ₹50-200; thali ₹100-180.  edit
  • Haveli Braj Bhushanjee, (Opposite the Ayurvedic Hospital), +91 747 244 2322. Charming small hotel with a vegetarian restaurant. No alcohol allowed onsite. ₹2,000.  edit
  • Mangalam Guest House and Indian Restaurant, Nahar Ka Chota (Opposite the Ayurvedic Hospital, Near Bundi Palace), +91 98295-44642, 98871-44642, 0747-2442555 (). Homestay with good food in a well-kept haveli.  edit
  • R. N. Haveli Guest House, (Behind Laxmi Nath Temple), (0) 7475 120098. All-women run establishment. Good home style food (ask for the dal dhokla), decent rooms and a nice atmosphere.  edit
  • Rajmahal Guest House, Suraj Ji Ka Bad, Balchand Para, +91 89470 04590 (), [9]. Clean, friendly budget hotel run and owned by two young brothers. Double: ₹300-400.  edit
  • Tarah Homestay and Guest House, Nahar Ka Choatta (Near Bundi Palace), +91 982 971 8554 (). Nice cosy rooms overlooking the palace. Home atmosphere with tasty cooking. Rooftop has great views. Manager's name is Jitu.  edit
  • Vrindawati, Opposite Jait Sagar Lake, +91 8769167702, [10]. A 7-room basic hotel operated by the Rajastani government. Single: ₹500-1,100; Double: ₹700-1,300.  edit


  • Hadoti Palace, Kota Road (Near Ranjit Talkies, Opposite the Collectorate and the bus stand), +91 747 244 3333, [11]. Very spacious rooms, swimming pool, on a noisy street. ₹3,650.  edit
  • Ishwari Niwas Heritage Resort, 1-Civil Lines, +91 747 244 2414, [12]. A 100-year old haveli previously inhabited by Maharao Raja Ishwari Singh, the ruler of Bundi. Rooms are decorated with paintings in the Bundi art style. Single: ₹4,000; Double: ₹4,500.  edit
  • Ummaid Bagh Resort, Jait Sagar Road, +91 747 244-2397 (fax: +91 747 244-7066), [13]. checkin: 12PM; checkout: 12PM. A camping site formerly owned by the ruler of Bundi in the 18th century, it now provides accommodation in luxury tents. ₹3,500.  edit

Get out[edit]

Bundi is well connected by road to cities such as Delhi (475km), Jaipur (215km), Udaipur (270km), Chittorgarh (150km), Ajmer (175km), Kota (40km), Sawai Madhopur/Ranthambore (120km), and Agra (400km).

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