Bundi is a charming little town with tapering lanes that have blue houses, temples, lakes, hillocks, and bazaars at every bend. The majestic palace complex is a mix of brilliant smaller mahals. Bundi is the right destination for the weary traveller looking for some peace and quiet; it certainly was to Rudyard Kipling’s liking who lived here for a while.
The area that is Bundi was conquered by the Hadoti Chauhans in the 12th century from the Mina and Bhil tribes. Under the Mughals, Kota was seen as the more important kingdom and Bundi was left to its own devices. Today, it is a quaint town that is easily navigable and you can take a stroll to the palace from the main bazaar area.
If you’re visiting in August or September, you will get to witness Kajli Teej, a traditional festival celebrating the onset of the monsoon season. Bundi comes alive during this time and travellers get to witness folk dances, and fireworks, unlike any other in Rajasthan.
When travellers think of southern Rajasthan, Udaipur is the first city that comes to mind. However, Bundi is all about enjoying an authentic Rajasthani experience minus the touristy crowds of Udaipur. When you do land up, here’s a list of places to visit in Bundi.