Bundi Touring, Travel and Sightseeing Guide.
About Bundi, India - where it is located and things to do and see there.
Bundi is a quite small and very old Indian town located in the south-southeastern side of the Indian State of Rajasthan.
"Touring India" type locations sort of close to Bundi are Jodhpur which is around 350kms to the north-west, Jaipur is not too bad at approximately 200kms to it's north (and is the nearest airport to Bundi)
and finally Kota is 40kms to the south. Other popular tourist destinations are Udaipur which is 265kms or so west of Bundi and Pushkar is around 200kms to the northwest.
Travelling too and from Bundi, India.
Bundi does have a railway station which is on the Kota-Chittorgarh branch line. Bundi station is located around 5kms south of the town just off NH12 - the station code for Bundi is BUDI. There are only a few trains available - one runs on Saturdays only and goes to Kota just after midnight and there are three evening trains to Kota which run every day. The other
direction offers just a couple of trains which go to Chittaurgarh. Therefore if travel by Indian Railways is desired then probably the best bet is to use Kota which is a major railway hub. Kota has trains linking to many cities in India including Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Indore, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. On arrival at Kota the easiest choice would then be to just take a taxi onto Bundi.
There are a variety of
buses doing the trip from Bundi to for instance Jaipur - these leave every few hours throughout the day and the journey time is around 5.5 hours. Bundi Bus Station is situated on the southern edge of the city around a kilometre from Azad Park.
By far the easiest most pleasant but certainly not the cheapest way (compared to fares on buses and trains) to travel to many locations around Rajasthan is by hiring a car and driver. Actually this is not that expensive
if their are several of you travelling - generally you can negotiate such drop off journeys for around 10 to 12 Rupees (cash) per kilometre so going the 200km from Bundi to Jaipur is quite practical price wise (you obviously have to pay for both ways even on a drop off).
Overlooked by the very picturesque buildings of the Garh Palace in Bundi and above that the powerfull battlements and walls of Taragarh Fort, the town is quite compact and a very nice and interesting place to stay for a few days in India. A fair amount of comment is made about the stepwells and baoris in Bundi of which there are meant to be around 50.
The most well known is Raniji Ki Baori which is located more or less in the centre of town and a pair of re-furbished stepwells collectively called Naga Saga Kund are near Chogan Gate. For pictures of these plus a few others please see our Bundi stepwells topic.
Bundi town is a maze of narrow streets and alleys which are really
interesting to wander about in. Especially around Chogan Gate and up quite a few of the roads it is not really possible and sometimes not allowed to take anything four-wheeled. Notice that we have mentioned no four-wheeled and not four legged - fairly typical of Rajasthan towns, Bundi certainly has it's fair share of cattle and pigs roaming about or at times just simply lying down and blocking the roads and alleys
completely. A feature of the shops, houses and havelis in the older part of Bundi are that they have quite high steps into them. This is to stop them being flooded during the monsoon but also at least at one time the water in the reservoirs and baoris up at Taragarh Fort used to be released and the water gushing down the hillside flooded the town's alleys and streets.
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