About Bundi
 
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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.


Sukh Mahal

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’.


Sahr Bagh

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.


Kota

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.