A beautiful town, about 36 km from Kota, Bundi was once ruled by Hada Chauhans. In its earliest days Bundi was inhabited by numerous local tribes of which Parihar Meenas were most prominent. Bundi, it is widely believed to have derived its name from one of the former Meena king Bunda Meena. Bundi was also, at one point of time, known as Bunda-ka-Nal. Nal signifies narrow ways that so exist in the place. The region was then ruled by Rao Deva Hada who wrested control from Jaita Meena in 1342. It was Rao Deva Hada who renamed the adjoining areas as Haravati or Haroti.
The ancient structures of the place as well as its charming locales draw people from far and wide to this ancient city. Amongst all the constructions in Bundi, it is the palace of Bundi that attracts maximum visitors. Epitome of grand Rajputana style of architecture, the palace serves as the proverbial icing on the cake for Bundi. The walls and ceiling of the palaces of Bundi are adorned with frescoes which symbolize the Bundi School of paintings.
Today Bundi is renowned for its palaces, forts, 'baoris' (stepwells) and water tanks. Bundi is also popular for ancient havelis, temples, stone umbrellas, with carved pillars, dams and ponds, forests, wildlife, fairs and festivals etc.
Some of the leading attractions of Bundi are:
The Taragarh Fort
One of the most inspiring Bundi's monuemts, Taragarh Fort came into existence in 1354. The fort is built on a steep hill and overlooks the city. It has three tanks which never dry. The Taragarh Fort is a popular tourist attraction of Bundi and draws visitors who want to catch up with this glorious monument of medieval India.
Located on a steep hill adjacent to Taragarh Fort, Bundi Palace is particularly famous for its traditional murals and frescoes. The 'chitrashala' or the picture gallery of the palace is open for general public who can see some of the gems made centuries ago. Bundi Palace is a must visit for all those visiting Bundi.
A large, square shaped artificial lake lying in the centre of Bundi, Nawal Sagar comprises of several small islets. In the middle of Nawal Sagar a temple dedicated to Varun, God of Water, is built which remains half submerges in the lake. A number of 'bavdis' existing in the old city emanate from artificial water table made from the lake.
Largest kund in Bundi, Dabahi Kund is also popular as Jail Kund. It is popular for the magnificent carvings that so adorn its steps that leads to water level.
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