Things to do in Bundi, Rajasthan
For history buffs, Bundi in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan, is a must-visit. From ornate forts and crowded bazaars to charming stepwell reservoirs – there’s plenty to see in the region, that retains the magical atmosphere of centuries past, while still being relatively free of the crowds that throng bigger cities like Udaipur and Jaipur.
Begin with a visit to the Garh Palace, constructed during the reign of Rao Raja Ratan Ji. Apparently, it was famously described by Rudyard Kipling as “the work of goblins rather than men”. Art lover or not, you’ll be captivated by the striking edifice, that seems to grow out of the hill, and built of a locally-quarried greenish-brown stone. The hike to Chitrasala might be a bit of a hike, but the miniature paintings housed above the garden courtyard have a charm of their own. The depictions are of human figures, flowers and animals. Take your time as you marvel at the turquoise-and-gold murals that depict everyday and religious scenes.
The 14th-century Taragarh Fort that looms over the town, is also a must-see. Then, there’s the lake-facing Sukh Mahal, where Kipling wrote a part of Kim. Since there are so many historical treasures to be found in Bundi, it’s worth hiring the services of local archaeologists who’ll provide you a deeper perspective of all the sights you visit.
Take a break from all the rich history and culture, with a visit to the Bhimlat Waterfall. You’ll be tempted to take a dip in the large natural pool that lies below the fall – don’t hesitate, go ahead and take that dip – it’s the perfect way to end your time in the culturally rich Bundi. As you walk the winding streets and grab a coffee in one of the many cheerful cafes, you’ll ponder over how there are perhaps many more cultural discoveries waiting to be made, if you’re willing to get under the skin of Bundi.