Step wells (Baoris)
In the centre of Bundi, you will find the Raniji Ki
Baori, one of the largest step wells in India. Built in
1699 by the Rani Nathavatji, it is 46 metres deep and
has wonderful carvings showing the ten avatars of Lord
Vishnu. Royal ladies used step wells so that they could
bathe in privacy, but they also provided a good form of
water storage for the area.
The Nagar Sagar Kund is a pair of step wells that can be
found just outside the Chogan Gate, the old entrance to
the city, now in the centre of town.
Overlooking a lotus – filled lake, the Jait Sagar,
this house was the summer residence of Rao Raja Vishun
Singh. It was loaned by the British Government to
Rudyard Kipling and it was whilst he was staying here
that he wrote ‘Kim’. This area, and especially the
nearby Sahr Bagh, surely inspired the Monkey King
episodes in ‘The Jungle Book’.
On the west side of the Jait Sagar, is a garden with
over sixty royal cenotaphs. These marble tombs are
covered in intricate carvings of plants and animals.
Lush trees are home to a band of monkeys and other
wildlife. A wonderful place to appreciate the
surrounding countryside, this tranquil oasis is close to
town, and has a unique atmosphere.
NB Ask for arrangements to be made with the caretaker to
let you in.
An amazing juxtaposition of the medieval age and modern
industrialization, Kota does have some traces of its
past still remaining. The fort, built in 1246,
overlooking the river Chambal, is the foremost tourist
attraction and houses the Maharao Madho Singh Museum,
which has a rich collection of weapons, art, silver
artefacts and some elaborately painted chambers. There
are also some outstanding examples of Kota Kamba,
miniatures from the Kota school of painting.
To the north of the Kishor Sagar, an artificial lake
built in 1346, you can walk in the peaceful Chambal
Gardens amongst mango trees and palms.