A captivating town with narrow lanes of Brahmin-blue houses, lakes, hills, bazaars and a temple at every turn, Bundi is dominated by a fantastical palace of faded-parchment cupolas and loggias rising from the hillside above the town. Though popular with travellers, Bundi attracts nothing like the tourist crowds of cities like Jaipur or Udaipur, nor are its streets choked with noisy, polluting vehicles or dense throngs of people. Few places in Rajasthan retain so much of the magical atmosphere of centuries past.
Bundi’s crumbling storybook palace looms above the old part of town. It houses the famous Bundi murals, along with legions of bats; dusk heralds the extraordinary sight of clouds of bats streaming out of the palace as this still-sleepy town quietens down for the night.
From January to March, delicate pink poppies fill surrounding fields. A visit in August or September might reward you with a glimpse of the cheerful festival of Kajli Teej, celebrating the arrival of the monsoon, while October or November sees Bundi Utsav, a cultural festival complete with music, dance, fireworks, a turban-tying competition and more, blaze through Bundi’s quiet streets.