Friday, March 6, 2020

Basic data and tourism information on Bundi District of Rajasthan

Bundi District at a Glance

·                     District:                      Bundi
·                     Headquarters:          Bundi
·                     State:                          Rajasthan
Area in Sq Km (Census 2011) 
·                     Total:                          5776
·                     Rural:                         5596
·                     Urban:                        180
Population (Census 2011) 
·                     Population:               1110906
·                     Rural:                         888205
·                     Urban:                       222701
·                     Male:                          577160
·                     Female:                      533746
·                     Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 males):                     925
·                     Density (Total, Persons per sq km):                        192
Constituencies (ECI) 
·                     Assembly:       3
·                     Lok Sabha:     0

The town of Bundi is the district headquarters.
Bundi District is bordered to the north by Tonk District, to the west by Bhilwara District, to the East by Kota District and to the southwest by Chittorgarh District. The town of Indragarh and nearby places are famous for the renowned temples of Bijasan Mata and Kamleshwar. The Indargarh step well is considered as one of the most attractive places in the Bundi district, especially during the rainy season.
Agriculture contributes a major portion to the overall economic growth in Bundi. Major agricultural crops include pulses, wheat, gram, barley, cotton, tobacco and oil seeds. Among oil seeds, mustard and rape are the mostly produced. Important fruit trees in Bundi include orange, pomegranate, lemon, guava and mango.


Overview of Bundi town


Sukh Mahal

Night view of Sukh Mahal

“Sukh” in Hindi literally means happiness. This palace has such a serene ambience that it justifies the name. Sukh Mahal, a small two-storied palace was once a summer retreat of ancient rulers. Today, it is known for being the place where Kipling wrote ‘Kim’. Many credit the palace as having inspired the renowned novel. In fact, part of a movie based on the novel was even shot here.
Raniji ki Baori

Raniji ki Baori, also known as 'Queen's Step-well', is a famous step-well built in 1699 by Rani Nathavati Ji, the younger queen of the erstwhile king Rao Raja Anirudh Singh of Bundi. This multi-storied step-well displays excellent carvings of Gajraj (elephant) with his trunk turned inwards, giving the impression of having drunk water from the baori on its pillars. Its high arched gate gives it an inviting appearance.
The Dabhai Kund (Step Well)

Shaped like an inverted pyramid, the Dabhai Kund, also known as Jail Kund, is the largest of its kind in Bundi. The fantastic carvings on the steps that lead to the water alone are reason enough to warrant a visit to this place.
Nagar Saagar Kund

Located outside the Chauhan Gate, the Nagar Sagar Kund, a set of twin step wells, was constructed to provide water during times of famine.
Taragarh Fort (Image Credit)

Built in 1345, Taragarh is one of the most impressive structures in Bundi. While it may be a bit ramshackle and strewn with overgrown vegetation, the palace grounds are a great place for a leisurely stroll. With its curved roofs topping pavilions, excess of temple columns and elephant and lotus motifs, the palace is a tribute to Rajput style.


Bundi Palace (Image credit: Tourmyindia)
One of the oldest city in Rajasthan is bundi, which is 1000 years old. Bundi came under the control of Rajputs via war in 14th century,who ruled till 2009. Bundi became a flourishing city of Rajasthan, because of Rajput rulers who had a great political sense and had a friendly ties with Mughals, British and Government of India.
Bundi palace history gets emerged because of Ratan Singh, who was a famous ruler of Bundi and a close ally of Mughal emperor Jahangir. Bundi palace history is still remarkable because of Rajputs kings
Bundi palace is famous for its rich heritage. Bundi palace is the most popular attractions of Bundi in Rajasthan. Bundi palace was built by Rao Raja Ratan Singh (king of Rajput ruler) between 1607 A.D. to 1631 A.D.
Palace is situated adjacent to the Taragarh Fort. This outstanding palace, built during the 16th and 17th centuries, represents classic Rajasthani architecture.


Nawal Saagar Lake

Nawal Sagar Lake is an artificial lake that is a major tourist attraction and can even be seen from the Taragarh Fort. There is a half-submerged temple dedicated to Lord Varun Dev in its centre. What makes the lake unique is that one can see the reflection of nearby palaces and forts in its waters.

Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary

Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary is located 45 kilometres from Bundi on the Bundi-Nainwa road. Covering an area of 252 sq. km., this sanctuary is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Established in 1982, it forms a buffer for Ranthambore National Park. The best time to visit is between September and May.
Panoramic view of Garh Palace

The Garh Palace in Bundi is counted among the largest palaces in India, even if it is a little less known. Inside, the palace is a collection a number of palaces that were built by different rulers over the span of 3 centuries. Garh Palace is known for its Rajput architecture, which is easily noticeable in the jharokhas and pillars, many of which sport elephant carvings. Some of the famous palaces here include Chhatra Mahal, Phool Mahal and Badal Mahal, but one of the most famous ones has to be the Chitrashala, which has a fascinating pavilion and gallery of miniature murals. The palace is open to visitors from 8.00 am in the morning till 5.00 pm in the evening. There is a small entry fee that has to be paid, and one has the option to hire a guide who can take you through the stories and history of this beautiful palace.

Badal Mahal

The Badal Mahal, also known as the Palace of Clouds, is located within the Garh Palace. The majestic palace’s walls are covered in exquisite paintings which are engaging in their mien, and depict an early influence of the Chinese culture. The royal residence was built in two diverse time periods. In the first stage, the verandah and ground floor was built by Maharawal Gopinath, and the rest of the construction was done in 1609 – 1657 AD by Marahawal Punjraj. Made of Dawra stone, all three arches of the Mahal sport one half-ready lotus, with the longest vault of the Mahal having three half-ready lotuses. When visiting the Mahal, you get entrancing views of the inside and outside of the fortifications, making the palace a must-visit destination in Bundi.

Chitra Mahal

The Chitra Mahal in Bundi was once a spectacular garden palace that teemed with numerous fountains as well as pools that housed exotic fish. Chitra means painting, and this palace’s name stems from the beautiful murals that adorn its walls. In older times, during the 18 th century, Bundi was a beehive for miniatures, and miniature paintings were highly encouraged. From gods and goddesses, battle scenes, and elephants to images of Radha and Krishna, these paintings depict a special delicacy that is known only in the region. There’s also a Chitrashala in the Chitra Mahal that was made under orders from Umed Singh. Being the innermost chamber of the Mahal, sunlight and moisture hasn’t affected the paintings here, making the art glow with the originality of their painters. In its totality, the walls and ceilings of the Chitra Mahal form a dramatic panaroma that is always worth a visit.
Shikhar Burj

Shikar Burj happens to be one of the more well-known tourist destinations located in the city of Bundi. The Shikar Burj is actually an old hunting cottage that was built and owned by the rulers of Bundi, and is located at a little distance from Sukh Mahal. Shikar Burj is nestled amidst the sun dappled forests of Bundi and was the place to which Umed Singh, the ruler of Bundi in the 18th century, withdrew to after he had renounced the throne. Near Sarbagh, Shikar Burj has now been converted into a popular picnic spot and is a great place to spend an evening, relaxing after a day of sightseeing.

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