Take a route of Kota,and 36 km you’ll reach Bundi-unexplored and rich in history.Once a part of Kota,Bundi was ruled by the Hada Chauhans-an offshoot of the famous Chauhan clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer.
Turn the clock back to 1193 A.D. when Prithvi Raj Chauhan was defeated by Mohammed Ghori,some young warriors of the fraction move toward the Chambal valley and overpowered the Bhil and Meena tribes and establishes their own kingdom of Hadoti.Still later,two branches of the Hadas formed the separate states of Kota and Bundi on either side of the Chambal river.(Rajasthan tour)
Surrounded by the Aravalli Hills on the three sides,Bundi is circumscribed by a massive wall with four gateways.What lends charm to the city is the intricate carvings on its monuments,its impressive medieval fort,palaces,havelis,temples with beautiful stone idols and Chattris with carved pillars with a picturesque lake in the heart of the town.
Taragarh or The Star Fort: Built in the 1354 A.D.,the fort is one of the most impressive forts of Rajasthan.Perched on a thickly wodded hills is a marvellous foty with huge reservoirs which once supplied water to the palace.
The Palace: This magnificient edifice is a fine example of the Rajput architecture,housing some of the superb Bundi murals.
Chhattar Mahal or Palace of Towers: A steep,paved carriage way is the only way to reach the monument.Of the special intrest in the palace is the hazari Pol or gate of the thousand,the Naubat Khana,the Hathi pol with its old water clock,the Diwaan-e-Aam and Throne Room.
Ratan Daulat: Built by Rao Raja Ratan Singh,it is a very interesting structure forming a stables for nine horses and a Hatia Pol.
Chitrashala: A fascinating pavilion and gallery of miniature murals embellish the palace.Elaborate colourful paintings on the walls depict scenes from the ‘Ragmala’ and ‘Raslila’ the Radha Krishna story.
Nawal Sagar: Visible from the fort is the square artificial lake of Nawal Sagar,broken up by islets.A temple dedicated to Varuna,the Aryan god of water,stands half submerged in the centre of the lake.The reflection of the entire city and its palaces can be seen in the lake-making it a unique attraction of Bundi.
Raniji –Ki-Baori: It is 46 m deep steeped well with some superb carving on its pillars and a high arched gate built in 1699 A.D. by Rani Nathavatji.This well is one of the largest of its kinds.
Sukh Mahal: A magnificent summer palace on jait sagar amid the lush surroundings of a beautiful garden.An underground tunnel is believed to run,from the sukh mahal to the old palace.
Phool Sagar: The 20th century palace,with an artificial tank and picturesque gardens.Presently,it is the residence of the former ruler.
Shikar Burj: The royal hunting lodge set amidst the lush surroundings.It is a favourite picnic spot.
Jait Sagar lake: A picturesque lake cradled in the hills,built by Jaita Meena.The swirling foundation at night is a visual delight.
Keshavraipatan: It is an ancient city famous for temple of Keshavraiji.The architecture and sculpture at this temple is unique.It was constructed in the year 1601 A.D. by Maharaja Shatrusal of Bundi.A famous jain temple is also there.
Bijolia: An ancient fort and city of Bijolia is situated on the Bundi Chittorgarh road.A high paved courtyard on the side of fort has a large temple of Lord Shiva in its centre with a fine image of Lord Ganesha standing as a guardian at the entrance.A carved archway leads to the temple.
Stepped in history the lesser explored regions in the Hadoti Circuit are located towards the South East of Rajasthan.The places on track with significant historical importance date back several centuries.Here we get travel back in time and witness prehistoric cave paintings and look for traces of an early civilisation.(Hadoti circuit)