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Bundi

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Bundi is a blue city in eastern Rajasthan. It's a special destination on its own. An oasis in the desert state, a serene civilization far from the maddening crowd and a tourists' destination. Attracted Rudyard Kipling (writer of The Jungle Book), Rabindra Nath Tagore, Virginia Fass, film maker Satyajit Ray, and many more. Thousands of tourists, both domestic and foreign, come here to see and discover this beautiful place. Bundi was named after a Meena Chieftain Bunda. Bundi is especially famous for the miniature paintings from the "Bundi School" and the aesthetic stepwells. Bundi has some of the most friendly locals in the whole of India. By the end of a week's visit, you will know almost everyone within a two street radius and will probably have been invited in for tea numerous times. Marijuana is readily available (legally!!!) over the counter for astonishingly cheap prices, and the locals are incredibly generous with theirs too. Reciprocate!

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If you are already in any district of Rajasthan, one of the easiest way to reach Bundi is by road. Bundi is well connected by road to other important cities of Rajasthan such as Jaipur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Ajmer, and Kota as well as to Agra. Buses (mostly Rajasthan Govt. transport corporation) run to Delhi, too. Distance to Bundi from different cities: 1. Jaipur/ Nearest Airport - Sanganer Airport, Jaipur at 200 KMs 2. Kota Railway Station 40 kms 3. Ajmer 170 Km 4. Chittorgarh 150km 5. Udaipur 260 km 6. Delhi 485km. Train is recommended from Delhi. Every day two trains run from Delhi to Bundi (Mewar Express & Dehradun Express)

By train[edit]

Bundi is connected to Kota, Neemach (MP), Chittorgarh, and Delhi by train. From Delhi you can go to Bundi directly by Mewar SF Express or by Dehradun Express. If you are coming from any other city, the easiest way is to reach Kota by train and catch a bus/taxi to Bundi (35 km). Bus costs only 30 INR (0.50 USD) and taxi costs 1100 INR / 20 USD.

Below is the information for trains from Bundi train station.

No. Name Type 19660 Udaipur City-Shalima... Exp 19608 Ajmer-Kolkata Expres... Exp 18010 Ajmer-Santragachi W... Exp 11204 Jaipur - Nagpur Week... Exp 59834 Nimach Kota Passenge... Pass 59811 Haldighati Passenger Pass 29019 Dehradun Express ... Exp 12964 Mewar SF Express SF

Nearest Airports[edit]

1. Sanganeer Airport (JAI) Jaipur, Rajasthan-> 180 km away

2. Dabok Airport (UDR) Udaipur, Rajasthan -> 213 km away

Get around[edit]

Most of Bundi is very accessible by walking, and there is generally no need to hire transport. Virtually the only mode of public transportation is the auto rickshaw. As always in India, bargaining is required. Auto rickshaw charges are from 30 to 50 Rs within city and 100 rs to railway station.

Bike/Bicycle: The best means to see places nearby to the main town is to rent a bicycle or a bike which is readily available. One day cost for motorbike ~4 to 6 USD.

Car Rental: You can also rent a car/taxi. This may cost you from 25 USD to 50USD.

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The Rani Jiki Barol stepwell.

There are lots of small tourist attractions in Bundi.

  • Taragarh Fort The biggest of them is this fort built somewhere in the 16th century. This fort counts amongst the most famous ones in Rajasthan for its intricate structures and a highly-regarded painting gallery (from here originated the Bundi style of mural painting).
  • Shikar Burj and Jait Sagar Shikar Burj is the name of the place that was used by kings for hunting. It is very near to a small lake called Jait Sagar. This lake was once famous for lotus flowers. Near Jait Sagar there is a small garden called Terrace Garden.
  • Phool Sagar This is another small palace and was more of a summer palace. Prior permission from the DM of the city is required to visit the same as it is still under the control of the royal family.
  • Stepwells These 32 stepwells were used as a water supply (drinking and washing). They were built by Mother Queen of Bundi in 1699 and were donated for public welfare. The most beautiful stepwell is Rani Jiki Barol, which you can visit. It's an example of Hindu and Jain architecture.
  • Bundi Palace Bundi is one of the few places in India which can lay its claim to an authentic school of painting, "The Bundi School." The splendid paintings in the Chitrashala in the Bundi fort are par excellence and can be compared with the best anywhere in the world.

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  • Ishwari Niwas Palace, 1-Civil Lines, Bundi, +0091-747-2442414, [1]. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food (Indian, Chinese, Continental). Air-conditioned dining room.  edit
  • Sathi Lassi, (On the way to the fort.). Good, thick lassis. A must when visiting Bundi.  edit


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  • The Ummaid Bagh Resort, Bundi, Jait Sagar Road, +91 747 244-2397 (fax: +91 747 244-7066), [2]. checkin: 1200Hrs; checkout: 1200Hrs. Shreeji Ummaid Singhji, The 18th ruler of Bundi state in the year AD 1796 gifted this farm to his sons, Sardar Singhji and Bahadur Singhji. In bygone days this used to be the Aaraamgaha or the royal rest house. Maharaja Rajendra Singhji of Dugari, (+919414175111)the present owner of the farm, decided to convert and promote this place into a majestic camping site for foreign tourists visiting Bundi and the Hadoti belt of Rajasthan state. Rs 3500.  edit

Budget[edit]

  • Bundi Haveli Hotel. The rooms are comfortable. Owner is Mahipat Singh Hada.  edit
  • RN Haveli, 07475120098. A nice all women run establishment. Good home style food (ask for the dal dhokla), decent rooms and a nice atmosphere.  edit
  • Hadee Rani, Sadar Bazar, +91 747 244-2903. 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. Rs 100-500.  edit
  • Ishwari Niwas Palace, 1-Civil Lines, +91 747 244 2414, [3]. *Tara Homestay, Near Bundi Palace, +91 982 971 8554 (), [4]. Nice cosy rooms overlooking the palace. Home atmosphere with tasty cooking. Rooftop has great views. Manager's name is Jitu.  edit  edit
  • Mangalam Guest house, Near Bundi Palace, +91 98295-44642, 98871-44642,0747-2442555 (). A nice homestay with good food in a well kept haveli.  edit
  • Rajmahal Guest House, Raj, +91 894 700 4590 (), [5]. The best budget hotel at the best location besides "Chota Talab" and near to the Bundi Fort. Clean, cheap, friendly budget hotel run and owned by two young brothers. They will make sure that you get all information and help in whatever you need. phone=+91 894 700 4590 Email: "  edit

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