Bundi is a small town with the backdrop of the Aravali hills has a rustic setting Bundi is renowned for its baolis meaning waterworks or step wells, havelis, temples and chhatris with carved pillars. The palaces beautified with murals, the impressive forts and the monuments speak about the cultural past of the city. The places of interest in Bundi are the Bundi Palace, Chitrashala, Ratan Daulat, Sukh Mahal and Eighty Four Pillared Cenotaph. Near the Bundi palace is the Nawal Sagar, the artificial lake that houses a shrine is dedicated to Varuna, the Aryan god of water is locate at the centre. The Raniji-ki-Baoli, Nagar Sagar Dhabhai Kund, Bhora-ji-ka-Kund, Kshar Bagh and Phool Sagar are other major tourist attractions.
Taragarh Fort :
The town’s Rajput legacy is well preserved in the shape of the massive Taragarh Fort which was built in 1354. It broads over the town from the top of a steep hill. It is roughly square in shape with large bastions at each corner and is dominated by a huge tower called Bhim Burj. It has a huge reservoir carved out of solid rock which was used to supply water to the palace. The imposing Garh Palace standa beneath the fort.
Climbing the steep cobbled ramp, palace is reached through two massive gateways – outer Hazari Pol and Hathi pol, where two enormous elephants with raised trunks painted in bright colours top the gateway. The beauty of the architecture is the most striking among all the palaces in Rajasthan. The palace is actually a whole complex of different palaces, built by successive ruler. The one described, is the most impressive of the lot called Chattar Mahal, built by Rao Chattar Sal in 1660. This palace retains a typical Rajput style, made of stone from Bundi’s own quarries and not of the sandstone favoured by Mughals and the other Rajput princes. The lake surface of the artificial lake (Nawal Sagar) beautifully reflects the palace and the entire town of Bundi. In the centre of the Nawal Sagar is a half submerged temple dedicated to Varuna – the God of wind.
Chaurasi Khambon Ki Chhatri:
South of the town is the magnificent unique cuouble Chhatri raised in the year 1683. Built on a high platform, it has a Shivling in the centre. The walled enclosure has animal motifs and strikingly beautiful etchings adorn the columns. The paintings on the ceiling depicts a variety of subjects and interesting fish symbols.
Raniji Ki Baori:
Bundi has been famous as a city of Baories (stepwells), with dozens of these utilitarian structures as fine examples of art. One of the finest is right in centre of the town – called Rani ji ki Baori. Unique to Rajasthan, these Baori’s served as water reservoirs for the months of summers when there was a scarcity of drinking water.
70 kms from Bundi, on the Bundi Chittaurgarh road there is a complex of beautiful temples dateing back to Gupta period. The palace is said to be mountain retreat of the legendary Rajput Prithviraj Chauhan. On the banks of the river are the ruins of the 12th century palace. Menal river runs over the be of granite slabs and plunges into a cavernous over 122 meter deep gorge. The waterfall thus formed particularly on monsoon attracts a lot of people from nearby towns.