Spend a Weekend in Bundi: Here's Everything you Need to Know

Explore Bundi's monsoon charm, delving into its rich legacy and natural allure. History buffs, nature lovers, and foodies alike will find delight in this royal Rajasthani town. Pack your bags for a memorable weekend getaway amidst Bundi's romance.

Sanjana Sukhwani
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Bundi Rajasthan

Welcome to Bundi, a hidden a gem in the royal state of Rajasthan, where history whispers down every narrow lane and the monsoon season transforms the town into a verdant and bright hue. Bundi is the ideal weekend trip if you want to experience culture, history, and natural beauty. Here's a basic guide to make the most of your rainy weekend getaway in Bundi.

Bundi looks spectacular during the monsoon season. Rajasthan's parched landscape changes into a magnificent paradise, complete with emerald hills, gushing waterfalls, and revitalised lakes. The aroma of petrichor permeates the air as rain showers revive the surrounding plants. Bundi's monsoon season is more than simply a season; it's a magnificent experience that adds another layer of beauty to this already enchanting town.


Weekend Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Exploration

  • Morning: Check into your accommodation in Bundi after arriving. Begin the day with a traditional Rajasthani breakfast at Sawan Cafe. The café is a touch old-school, yet the refreshing flavours of their dishes will wow you.
  • Mid-morning: Visit Taragarh Fort, located on a steep hill with breathtaking sights of the town. Also, take a moment to admire the beautiful canvases depicting Hindu mythology, the Mughal court, and royal daily life in Chitrashala, commonly known as the Palace of Paintings built inside the fort. 
  • Afternoon: Take a tour through Bundi's ages-old lanes, which feature meticulously carved havelis and bustling bazaars, including Geet Art and Jewellery. Take in the beautiful paintings and artwork on the walls of these architectural masterpieces.
  • Evening: Spend the evening relaxing at Jait Sagar Lake. Witness the lake's ethereal elegance as the sun sets behind the hills, spreading a golden glow over the water.

Day 2: Heritage and Culture

  • Morning: Start your day a little early and travel to Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary to see the beauty of Ramgarh Waterfall. This spot is located on the outskirts of Bundi, it will take about an hour to reach there as the distance is of 27 kms (approx.).
  • Mid-morning: Discover the exquisitely carved stepwell of Raniji ki Baori, a treasure trove in the centre of Bundi. Admire the architectural brilliance of this old water reservoir and lose yourself in the peaceful surroundings.
  • Afternoon: Enjoy a delicious Rajasthani thali for lunch at Shekhawati Dhaba, with rich tastes and aromatic spices from the region.
  • Evening: Explore Bundi's local markets, where you can shop for vivid textiles, traditional handicrafts, and stunning silver jewellery. Keep in mind to bargain for the best prices!
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How to Reach

Bundi is conveniently located to Rajasthan's major cities via road and rail. The closest airport is in Jaipur, about 210 km away. From Jaipur, you can take a taxi or a bus to Bundi.

Where to Stay

Bundi has a variety of accommodation alternatives to suit any budget, including heritage havelis and boutique hotels, as well as inexpensive guesthouses and homestays. Some popular options include Haveli Braj Bhushanjee, Bundi Inn - A Heritage Haveli, and Nawal Sagar Palace.

Top Attractions

Taragarh Fort
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  • Taragarh Fort: This fort is a magnificent tribute to Bundi's rich history and architectural beauty. Its towering ramparts, exquisite palaces, and stunning panoramas take visitors back to a time of chivalry and bravery.
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  • Chitrashala (Palace of Paintings): This architectural masterpiece that is also known as the Palace of Paintings, represents the region's rich cultural and creative tradition.
Raniji ki Baori
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  • Raniji ki Baori (Queen's Stepwell): Talking about stepwells this is more than an efficient built; it represents community, spirituality, and architectural brilliance. Stepwells like Raniji ki Baori were not only used to collect water, but also as social hubs where people could gather, converse, and seek relief from the desert's scorching heat.
Jait Sagar Lake
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  • Jait Sagar Lake: A lake should have a story, and this one is a vital component of Bundi's history and culture, stretching over several centuries to the rule of the Hada Rajputs. Originally constructed as a water reservoir to meet the needs of the town's population and agricultural fields, the lake has since grown into a popular leisure area and a sanctuary for migratory birds.
Sukh Mahal
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  • Sukh Mahal: This was constructed during the time of Maharao Raja Umed Singh II in the late 18th century, Sukh Mahal functioned as a summer getaway for the royal family, providing relief from Rajasthan's blazing desert heat. The palace is well-known for its magnificent architectural architecture, which incorporates both Rajput and Mughal influences.
Nawal Sagar Lake
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  • Nawal Sagar Lake: As you explore the Nawal Sagar Lake, you find yourself in its timeless beauty along with its serene surrounds, you'll be fascinated by the attraction of this historic jewel hidden in the heart of Rajasthan.
Ramgarh Waterfall
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  • Ramgarh Waterfall: The Ramgarh Waterfall in Bundi is a breathtaking natural beauty set in the rustic charm of Rajasthan. This lovely waterfall, which cascades softly from a height of around 25 meters, provides a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is surrounded by greenery and cliffs, and provides a serene setting perfect for enjoying calmness. Visitors can go on nature hikes, take photographs, or simply enjoy the calming sounds of rushing water. Ramgarh Waterfall's serene beauty and soothing ambiance make it a must-see location in Rajasthan for nature lovers and those looking for peace in nature.

Special Spots to Visit

Bundi's 84 Pillared Cenotaph, Dabhai Kund
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  • Bundi's 84 Pillared Cenotaph: Is a stunning tribute to its rich past, with complex architecture conveying tales from bygone times beneath the sunny Rajasthan sky. This architectural masterpiece invites visitors to immerse themselves in Bundi's timeless contest, set against a serene backdrop.
  • Dabhai Kund: Shining like a fascinating jewel, this Kund is a ancient stepwell architecture luring tourists into its chilly, shadowy depths, where echoes of history echo with each ripple on its calm waters. Dabhai Kund, set in the parched Rajasthan region, illustrates both the inventiveness and beauty of Bundi's architectural legacy.
Ratan Daulat, Phool Sagar Palace
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  • Ratan Daulat: This built in Bundi shines like the crown of gold above the rocky environment, its magnificent Mughal architecture urging visitors to dig into centuries-old stories of royalty and grandeur. Ratan Daulat stands out among Bundi's historical tapestry, a dazzling tribute to the city's regal past that captivates the imagination with its everlasting beauty.
  • The Phool Sagar Palace: Radiates an enchanting beauty, its beautiful Rajput architecture reflected in the peaceful waters of its surrounding reservoir, luring tourists to explore its storied halls and gardens. In the lovely environment of Bundi, Phool Sagar Palace stands as a reflection of a bygone period, with whispers of history echoing through its magnificent chambers.

What to Do

Heritage Walk, Photography Tour

  • Heritage Walks: Bundi's Heritage Walks take you on a journey through time, sneaking through historic alleyways studded with majestic forts, stepwells, and palaces that provide an insight into the city's rich culture.
  • Photography Tours: Capture the essence of Bundi's timeless beauty with Photography Tours, which allow you to frame the city's towering architecture, active street life, and stunning surroundings, particularly at prominent spots such as the Taragarh Fort and the colorful markets of the Old Town.

Camel Safari

  • Camel Safaris: Camel Safaris allow you to experience the rugged charm of Bundi's desert setting, exploring through the dry terrain, particularly on the outskirts where local operators offer fascinating treks into the wilderness, delivering a true flavour of Rajasthan's nomadic lifestyle.

Bird Watching

  • Birdwatching: Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Bundi's avian treasures with birdwatching calmness, particularly around the serene waters of Nawal Sagar Lake and Jait Sagar Lake, where a diverse array of bird species seek shelter amidst the beautiful scenery, providing a delightful retreat for nature enthusiasts.

What to Shop for

Miniature Paintings, Sadar Bazaar

  • Textiles (Bandhani, Leheriya): Discover the vibrant world of Bundi's traditional textiles, including delicate Bandhani and attractive Leheriya patterns, which can be found in a lot at local markets such as Sadar Bazaar and Chogan Market, where skilled artisans exhibit their craft, offering a wide range of fabrics that capture the essence of Rajasthan's rich cultural heritage.
  • Silver Jewellery: Buy the exquisite craftsmanship that is Bundi's silver jewellery, delicately made with traditional themes, available at famous jewellers such as Radha Rani Jewellers and Maharaja Jewellers. Each item symbolizes the city's royal past and eternal elegance.
  • Traditional Handicrafts (Pottery, Lac Bangles): Learn about Bundi's rich heritage through its traditional handicrafts, such as handmade pottery and vibrant lac bangles, which can be found at local markets like Sadar Bazaar and Taragarh Road.
  • Miniature Paintings: Known for their delicate detailing and vibrant colors. They are available at specialty shops such as Bundi Miniature Arts and Rangrez Art Gallery.
  • Rajasthani Mojaris (Leather Shoes): Move toward the classic beauty of Rajasthani culture with Bundi's exquisite mojaris, carefully handcrafted leather shoes adorned with traditional embellishments, available at local shops such as Bundi Footwear and Rajputi Mojaris.

Where to Eat

Haveli Braj Bhushanjee, Ambrai Restaurant

  • Chitrashala Rooftop Restaurant: Enjoy the flavours of Bundi at Chitrashala Rooftop Restaurant, which offers view of the city's beauty while indulging in local delicacies such as the flavourful Dal Baati Churma, aromatic Rajasthani Thali, and delightful Gatte ki Sabzi, providing a culinary journey that complements the breathtaking views.
  • Haveli Braj Bhushanjee: Indulge yourself in the royal aura of Haveli Braj Bhushanjee, where legacy meets hospitality, and enjoy traditional Rajasthani cuisine served in luxurious surroundings. Don't miss out on their delicacies, such the aromatic Laal Maas, soft Jungli Maas, and rich Dal Baati Churma, which promise a royal feast fit for a king.
  • Bundi Vilas Rooftop Restaurant: Ascend to food paradise at Vilas Rooftop Restaurant, where views of Bundi's skyline complement tempting meals like the savoury Gatte ki Sabzi, aromatic Rajasthani Thali, and refreshing Mango Lassi, providing a taste of local cuisines in a quiet rooftop setting.
  • Ambrai Restaurant: Bundi's Ambrai Restaurant, located nearby Nawal Sagar Lake, offers tasty meals such as the aromatic Dal Baati Churma, succulent Lal Maas, and refreshing Pudina Chutney, all while taking in the gorgeous panorama of the city's iconic landmarks.
  • Natraj Restaurant: Natraj Restaurant offers classic Rajasthani dishes such as the rich and creamy Malai Kofta, aromatic Paneer Tikka Masala, and crispy and flavourful onion Pakoras, all served in a cozy setting that captures the essence of traditional Indian cuisine. You won’t be able to resist this one!
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