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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