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Approx. 220 km from Jaipur, THIS hidden gem of Rajasthan has 11 sites you must check out!

With over 50 stepwells located in Bundi, this place is also known as the 'City of Stepwells'.

A magnificent town of medieval grandeur, situated approximately 220 km from Jaipur, Bundi was once ruled by the Hada Chauhans. Flanked by the Aravallis, lined by fruit orchards and dotted by palaces and forts, this hidden gem among the tourist destinations of Rajasthan, has a fable-like quality to it. Further, it is popularly believed that famous author Rudyard Kipling penned down a part of his novel 'Kim' in this town and expressed the charms of the Palace of Bundi by saying that it is- "the work of goblins rather than of men". Let's unravel this beguiling beauty of the touristy spots of Bundi so that your next weekend getaway from Jaipur has a perfectly thought-out itinerary!

Sukh Mahal

If the mention of Kipling has intrigued you, then you should also know that Sukh Mahal is renowned as his muse for the novel, 'Kim'. In fact, this two-storied palace is where a part of the movie based on this novel was shot. However, in the past, this small palace served as a summer retreat for the erstwhile rulers of Bundi.

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM

Raniji Ki Baori

Largest in over 50 baoris that are scattered across the landscape of Bundi, Raniji ki Baori or Queen's Stepwell was constructed in 1699 by Rani Nathavati. This 46 m deep stepwell is a medieval marvel of design for its multi-storeyed architecture is decorated with intricately carved pillars, life-like elephant statues and an arched gate.

Timings: 10 AM to 4 PM

Phool Sagar

Phool Sagar, an artificial lake named after the palace situated on its banks, is the personal property of the royal family of Bundi. After obtaining requisite permissions, tourists can explore the palace grounds, as well as the exclusive collection of paintings created by Italian prisoners which are housed here.

Taragarh Fort

One of the most impressive structures located in Bundi, Taragarh Fort was built in the fourteenth century in traditional Rajput style. Its curved roofs, windy pavilions, temple columns and motifs related to flora and fauna make it a picturesque destination for your leisurely stroll.

Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM

Dabhai Kund

Aptly dubbed as the City of Stepwells, Bundi is home to Dabhai Kund- also known as Jail Kund and it is the largest of its kind in this town. Known for its fabulous construction, tourists throng to this archaic stepwell to witness its inverted pyramid-shaped structure and carved steps that lead to the water.

84 Pillared Cenotaph

Commissioned by Rao Anirudh, the Maharaja of Bundi, the 84 Pillared Cenotaph is a tribute to his beloved wet nurse, Deva. Supported by 84 vertical columns, this spectacular structure is embellished with carvings of animals, such as deer and elephants, and apsaras (heavenly beauties).

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM

Chitra Mahal

Once a spectacular garden with numerous fountains and pools which was a habitat for exotic fish, Chitra Mahal offers a dramatic panorama. Constructed by the orders of Umed Singh, this palace gets its name from the beautiful paintings (chitra), from battle scenes to images of Radha Krishna, that adorn its walls.

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM

Badal Mahal

Located within the premises of Garh Palace, the Badal Mahal (also known as Palace of Clouds) was a royal residence built in two diverse time periods. Depicting an early influence of the Chinese culture through its architecture, this Mahal offers an exquisite view of the areas inside and outside the fortifications.

Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM

Lake Jait Sagar

A popular picnic spot among the townies, the picturesque Jait Sagar Lake is adjacent to the Taragarh Fort. Apart from the fountain located near the lake, the view of this lake is enhanced by the surrounding hills and the lotus flowers that bloom during winter and monsoon.

Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary

Established in 1982, the vast expanse of 252 square km of Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary acts as a buffer for the Ranthambore National Park. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, then this sanctuary with its wide variety of flora and fauna, is your kind of paradise.

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM

Garh Palace

Catalogued among the largest palaces in India, the Garh Palace is renowned for its Rajput architecture evident from the designs of jharokhas, pillars and animal carvings. The interiors of this fort is dotted by a number of palaces, such as Chhatra Mahal and Phool Mahal, built by different rulers over a period of three centuries.

Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM

Knock Knock

Whether you are a nature lover, art lover or just a lazy wanderer, the quiet town of Bundi has something to offer to refresh everyone's mood. It is the perfect place to be at, if you are looking to spend a relaxing weekend away from the city din. Also, don't forget to pack your summer essentials while you're at it!

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A dessert lover would understand the importance of quality baked goods and if you are one of them, we have compiled a list of some of the best home entrepreneurs in Kanpur:

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Fighting against hunger, THESE 5 NGOs are a silver lining for the needy in Lucknow!

This World Food Day, get to know about these 5 NGOs fighting against hunger in Lucknow

There is an abundance of food-delivery apps in the market today that have managed to reduce the gap between your homes and restaurants. However, there is no such modern solution to bridge the long-prevailing gap between a one-time meal and the underprivileged. No matter how developed any city in India is today, the issue of hunger is a prominent one everywhere, and Lucknow is no exception.

But keeping intact our faith in humanity, are certain groups and individuals who're working round the clock to ensure that each day, the number of people going to sleep hungry, reduces significantly. This World Food Day, get to know about 5 NGOs working towards this cause and provide them with your support however you can. A little help goes a long way!

Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organisation spread across India that operates a school lunch programme (Mid-Day meal). Established in the year 2000, the aim of this organisation is to counter classroom hunger and aid in the education of children. Reportedly, it feeds more than 18 lakh children every day, across the country. With its presence in several cities including Lucknow, the Akshaya Patra Foundation also worked to distribute food among the migrant workers during the COVID crisis last year. Donate to this noble cause by clicking on the website link attached below.

Contact: 097924 48359

Website: The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Robin Hood Army

The Robin Hood Army is a volunteer-based organisation that was established in 2014 by Neel Ghose and Arushi Batra. This establishment works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community, to serve less fortunate people. The idea behind the conception of this NGO is to create self-sustained chapters across the world, that will look after its local community. Like all the other chapters, Lucknow Chapter of this volunteer-based organisation conducts various drives across the city. If you wish to become a part of this group log on to their official website now!

Contact: Send a mail on

Website: The Robin Hood Army

Roti Bank

Roti Bank is a citizen led organisation who's primary aim is to provide food to the needy. To attain this goal, Roti Bank has a team spread across the country including a bunch in Lucknow that is purely dedicated to the cause. Roti bank collects left-over and excess food from homes and events and distributes it among the needy. One can donate in cash or kind or even volunteer to become a part of this thoughtful initiative. Click on the website link to know more about this organisation.

Contact: 7905881802

Website: Roti bank Lucknow

Vijay Sri Foundation

Vijay Sri Foundation is a non-government organization, that was launched in the year 2009 in Lucknow. The main objective of this organisation was the distribution of food to the needy poor in hospitals. Initially, home-cooked food packets were distributed among attendants of poor patients admitted in various wards of Lucknow's King George Medical College. Gradually, the operations grew to other hospitals in the city as well. Currently, around 900 patients are served food everyday, under its "Prasadam Sewa" campaign. To join their team or contribute monetarily, log on to their official website.

Contact: 099358 88887

Website: Prasadam Sewa

Feeding India

Found in the year 2014, Feeding India was formed to solve the complex challenges of food wastage, malnutrition and hunger in India. As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Zomato acquired this organisation in 2019 to deal with these issues. With its presence in Lucknow, Feeding India by Zomato designs interventions to decrease hunger among the communities that are underserved. If you wish to donate or know more about this organisation check out their official website.

Contact: Write to them here

Website: Feeding India

Knock Knock

Even though these organisations are working hard to improve the situation, it is upon all of us to make sure that we don't waste food and do whatever we can to help and feed the poor. To fight and beat the global problem of hunger, a collective effort is a must!

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