Replete with historic forts and palaces against the backdrop of the Aravalli hills, it is no wonder that tourism is a huge source of revenue in Bundi, Rajasthan. The best part, though, is that the city doesn’t see half the crowds that other tourist destinations, such as Jaipur and Udaipur, in the state experience. This makes this city of maze-like lanes and a labyrinth of houses and temples a relaxing holiday spot.
Bundi’s historical heritage is, no doubt, its biggest draw. Before the 14th century, Bundi was inhabited by a number of different tribes, the most powerful and influential one being the Parihar Meenas. Their king, Bunda Meena, is where the name of the region, it is believed, came from. Later, the Rajputs took over and ruled this area, leaving behind their indelible marks by way of the architecture of the massive structures scattered across the city.
The Taragarh Fort in Bundi is undoubtedly its most popular tourist destination. Built in the 14th century, the fort is situated on a hilltop that is covered with trees and offers spectacular views of the town below. The fort complex also houses a water tank that used to supply water to the Bundi Palace.
The Bundi Palace is another magnificent tourist spot, in its own right. Also built on a hill, perhaps a little before the fort, the architecture of the palace portrays the classic Rajputana style. Carvings and murals within the palace add an inexplicable charm, luring visitors from all over.
The famous step-well in Bundi, called the Raniji Ki Baori, should not be missed. Built in the 17th century by Princess Rani Nathavatji, the well is about 46 meters deep and has a tall, arched gate and beautifully carved pillars. It is said that the best season to visit this unique step-well is in the monsoon.
There are a number of other palaces and structures in Bundi that will make sure you don’t have a moment of boredom while visiting this vibrant Rajasthani city.
Auto-rickshaws are the most convenient mode of transport within Bundi. The drivers often double up as tour guides as they know the city well. You can hire a private taxi and drive around the whole of Rajasthan as well.
On a daily basis there are approximately 56 flights that operate at Jaipur International Airport.IndiGo, Air India and Air India Express are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
Besides flying you can also reach Bundi through train.Bundiis one of the most popular train stations in Bundi.On an average about 18 trains pass through Bundi on a daily basis.Kota to Bundi, Bayana to Bundi, Sawai Madhopur to Bundiare some of the most popular routes to Bundi with 27, 21, 21 trains weekly respectively.
By road Bundi is surrounded by Kota, Phooliya Kalan, Tonk which are 21.57 km, 50.56 km, 52.48 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.
Bundi has a total of 17 hotels.There are 17 hotels in Bundi with the popular ones being Hotel Bundi Haveli, Haveli Braj Bhushanjee, Dev Niwas, The Hadoti Palace, Nawal Sagar Palace, Annpurna Haveli etc.