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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. The local bus to Kota runs every 15 mins and takes 50 mins. The cost is 35rps.

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[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 Ji Ki Baori (Queen's Step Well) is a must-see.

  • Rani Ji Ki 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. Entrance is 500 INR for foreigners. (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), [1]. An extremely beautiful lake and town constructed in 10th Century by Solanki Rulers Of Hadoti Region Free.  edit

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Wildlife safaris[edit]

  • Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary, (<50km northeast of Bundi), [2]. 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, [3]. An store where you can find local treasures such as antiques, artwork, old coins, etc....  edit
  • Yug Art, Near Surang Gate, +91 9928948433 (), [4]. 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
  • Jain bhojnalay and restaurant, (near ahinsa Circle). 50 RS for unlimited diet and very tasty food.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Bundi Haveli, 107 Balchand Parra (Near Naval Sagar Lake), +91 99292 91552, [5]. The rooms are comfortable. Owner is Mahipat Singh Hada. Double: ₹1,150.  edit
  • Daulat Niwas Bundi, Near Mahavir Swami Jain Temple,Bundi,Rajasthan,India, +917726974108, [6]. checkin: 24 Hours; checkout: 12:00 Hrs. Built in the early 1739's and Owned By Royal Family Of Dugari. Best Boutique Budgeted Hotel With - 05 rooms : Parking Inside The Property : Free Use Kitchenette: Free WiFi : Walking/ Bicycle Tours . Room Range: From ₹700; To ₹1000. (25.4464,75.6405) edit
  • Dev Niwas (God's Residence), Maaji Sahib Ki Haveli (Opposite Purani Kotwali, Sadar Bazar), +91 96491 77628 (), [7]. Built by Deva Dhabai in 1684. Very luxurious for a budget hotel. ₹1,200.  edit
  • Hadee Rani Guest House, Sadar, +91 747 2442903, [8]. 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
  • Kasera Heritage View, (Opposit Haveli Braj Bhushan Ji), +91 747 244 7244 (), [9]. A beautiful haveli run by a family. ₹1,200.  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
  • Tarah Homestay and Guest House, Nahar Ka Choatta (Near Bundi Palace), +91 9602270491 (). 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
  • Haveli Katkoun, (Near Nawal Sagar Lake), [11]. checkout: 10AM. Right next to Bundi Palace and Nawal Sagar. Rooms have great views of the castle or decent views of the lake, and the rooftop restaurant has both (plus solidly good food veg and non-veg food). The website says starting at ₹1,600 but in the Jan 2016 off-season the cheapest double rooms were much cheaper, quite large and with a view of the palace. Extremely clean private bathrooms. Doubles from ₹1,600.  edit
  • The Mogali, City palace road (Nahar Ka Chohatta), +91 9829549927 (). checkin: all day; checkout: 10:30. Small family-ran guesthouse. The rooms are great and there is an amazing view from the rooftop. Nice cheap breakfast with views and very friendly owner. Cycle and Motorbike rent is possible. Free wifi and hot water on request. Other thab the rooftop, there is also a dining hall where you can play your own music. Bus and train tickets reservation. Centric location. Owner is Shanker. Double: Starting from ₹300.  edit

Mid-Range Luxury Hotels & Resorts[edit]

  • The Ummaid Bagh Nature Resort, Jait Sagar Road, (), [12]. checkin: 12PM; checkout: 12PM. A camping site formerly owned by The Youngest Son's Family Of The 18th Ruler Of Bundi Named Maha Rao Raja Shreeji Umaid Singhji Hada Of Bundi State Presently Owned By Direct Decendent Of The Maha Rao Raja Shri Sardar Singhji (Youngest Son) Of Dugari - Maharaja Rajendra Singhji Dugari, it now provides accommodation in 15 Luxury Maharaja Tents. ₹4,500.  edit
  • Hadoti Palace, Kota Road (Near Ranjit Talkies, Opposite the Collectorate and the bus stand), +91 747 244 3333, [13]. Very spacious rooms, swimming pool, on a noisy street. ₹3,650.  edit
  • Ishwari Niwas Heritage Resort, 1-Civil Lines, +91 747 244 2414, [14]. 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

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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