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Bundi

Famous for its step-wells, palaces and Taragarh Fort - Bundi is an integral part of Rajasthan's cultural heritage surrounded by the Aravali mountain range from three sides and forested hills on the remaining side.

Topographically, Bundi is a green town amidst the arid desert. The Chambal river flows through this region providing lush greenery and water reserves. The region has forts and palaces showcasing Hada Art. The city is surrounded by a wall with four gateways.

The history of Bundi has its share of bloodbath and deceit. In ancient times Bundi was ruled by the Meena tribe and derived its name after the Meena King Bunda Meena. Later it was captured through deceipt by Hada Rajputs - a branch of the Chauhan Clan. Rao Bundu of this clan was sent to exile by his own brothers who converted to Islam. After Rao Bundu's death his son Narayan Das planned revenge and killed his unsuspecting uncles in their palace.

During the Mughal reign in India, the Bundi rulers remained loyal to Mughals and earned various titles and rewards. They sided with Mughals during various battles like the battle of Burhanpur in 1631 AD in which Jahangir fought against his own son Shahjahan, the battle of Samurgarh in 1658 and other invasions. During the times of British rule, Bundi ruler Rao Bishan Singh developed a bond of trust and signed a treaty with the East India Company for his protection from the Maratha and Pindaris.

Another story of the great Rajputana courage that is shared throughout Rajasthan is the story of newly wedded Hada Rani, a princess from Bundi state whose husband was hesitating to go to the battlefield as he could not stand to part from her. On hearing of his weakness, Rani got her own head severed and sent it to the king to remind him of his duties as a Rajput warrior.

Bundi School of Art-

The speciality of this school is the beautiful miniature paintings. This art form came to India from Persia. The Muslim painters came  with the Mughals. Later they were employed by the Rajput kings and created splendid pieces of art blending the natural surroundings of hills, rivers, desert, lake and valleys with human forms. Shades of blue, green and maroon reflected the greenery of the region, while darker shades formed the background. Paintings depicting grandeur of the royal courts and princesses with beautifully chiselled faces are a visual delight. The colours used were all produced from natural minerals like Indigo, brick powder, pure gold and silver to get the desired results. Even the brushes were painstakingly crafted with great effort to get the desired results.

Step-wells:

Marked as important social structures in medieval India, these step-wells not only provided water to the locals, but were places of interaction for people from all walks of life. Local people, esspecially women came here for their share of outings and socializing.

Bundi Town:

The character and ambience of Bundi town unfolds when one strolls  along the narrow roads and bazaars, taking in the Havelis and Baoris. Unlike other Rajasthan towns Bundi is a green tear drop in the deserts of the Rajasthani landscape. There many ponds and lakes within the city limits of Bundi making it a green oasis.
Garh Palace
Situated close to the Taragarh Fort stands Garh Palace; it once had fountains and pools. Maharao Balwant Singh started the construction of this palace in 1580 AD. It has various apartments built by different rulers. These palaces are Badal Mahal, Ratan Daulat, Chhatra Mahal and Phool Mahal. Chitrashala here has lovely murals and paintings of festivals, birds and animals and pictures from Krishna's Raas Lila and Raag Mala. Ratan Daulat was a horse stable built by Ratan Singh Ji. Other places worth seeing are Hathi Pol or the main entrance, Diwan-E-Am and Naubat Khana. Chhatra Mahal: Made by Chhatra Sal in 1660 AD by stone from quarries in Bundi this is a fine example of Rajputana architecture with chhatris, pavilions and elephant motifs. There are also beautiful miniature paintings.
Taragarh Fort
Also known as Star Fort, this was built in 1354 AD. Located atop a 430 meter high hill. It has a huge stone gateway topped by elephants. Inside is a tower called Bhim Burj,a 16th century bastion where a cannon called Garbh- Gunjam was kept. This cannon was said to be the second largest Indian cannon after Jaivan at Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur. This fort has 3 water tanks which have never run dry. Chitra Mahal has beautiful miniatures done in the Bundi style of painting.
Kshar Bagh
Housing the beautiful Chhatris of Bundi rulers and their queens it is an example of fine Bundi architecture.
Nawal Sagar and Jait Sagar Lakes
Nawal Sagar: This an an artificial lake in the centre of Bundi .The lake has many small islets. There is an old temple dedicated to Varuna the God of water. This lake is connected with step-wells in the old city. Jait Sagar: This lake was built by the Meena tribe ruler Jaita Meena.Situated amongst the hills surrounding Bundi and is very picturesque.
Sukh Mahal
Built by Umed Singh in 1773 AD, this palace is now half submerged in water and the second storey has a white marble Chhatri in the centre. In the early 19th century Rudyard Kipling stayed here and was inspired to write his book ' Kim'.
Raniji ki Baori
This is one of the largest examples of a step-well, with intricate carvings the well is 46 meters deep. It was built by Rani Nathavatji in 1669 AD. Women folk dressed in their finery visited these Baoris to interact with each other; the Baoris acted like local meeting places in the ancient city structures. Nagar Sagar Kund step-well is located outside the Chogan Gate of the old city.
Rameshwaram
An old cave temple of Lord Shiva lying amidst Aravali hills.
Ethnic Rajasthani tie-dye clothes, hand crafted foot-ware can be bought at the local market.

Teej Festival:

Teej Festival is  a special attraction for the foreign travellers . It is celebrated in Bundi  with pomp an gaiety and vibrant colours; with a procession for the Tij Mata goddess and camels, elephants, and traditional folk dancers make their its way  through the streets of Bundi.

Bundi Utsav:

Bundi organises a festival showcasing the culture and crafts of the Hadoti region. It presents regional sports, folk songs and dance performances by renowned artists. Fireworks and musical competitions are also organised. In the village of Keshorai Patan, the people dress in ethnic attires and womenfolk float 'diyas' (lighted lamps) in the Chambal river making it a beautiful sight in the evening. This festival is a perfect way to learn about the rich tradition and culture of Rajasthan.
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