Bundi attractions

Top Choice Palace in Bundi

Chitrasala

Within the Bundi Palace complex is the Chitrasala, a small 18th-century palace built by Rao Ummed Singh. To find it, exit through the palace’s Hathi Pol (Elephant Gate) and walk around the corner uphill. Above the p…
Palace in Bundi

Bundi Palace

This extraordinary, partly decaying edifice – described by Rudyard Kipling as ‘the work of goblins rather than of men’ – almost seems to grow out of the rock of the hillside it stands on. Though large sections are s…
Lake in Bundi

Jait Sagar

Round the far side of Taragarh, about 2km north from the centre of town, this picturesque, 1.5km-long lake is flanked by hills and strewn with pretty lotus flowers during the monsoon and winter months. At its near e…
Historic Site in Bundi

Kshar Bagh

Just past the eastern end of Jait Sagar is the atmospheric, partly overgrown Kshar Bagh, with the cenotaphs of 66 Bundi rulers and queens. Some have terrific, intricate carvings, especially of elephants and horses. …
Historic Building in Bundi

84-Pillared Cenotaph

Towards the southern edge of town, this cenotaph, set in gardens just off the Kota road, is particularly stunning when lit up at night. It was built to honour the son of a maharaja’s ayah (nurse) about 600 years ago…
Historic Site in Bundi

Raniji-ki-Baori

This is the most impressive and cared-for baori (step-well) in Bundi. It is 46m deep and decorated with sinuous carvings, including the avatars of Lord Vishnu. Built in 1699 by Rani Nathawati, wife of Rao Raja Aniru…
Palace in Bundi

Sukh Mahal

The Sukh Mahal is a small summer palace where Rudyard Kipling once stayed and wrote part of Kim. It contains a small museum (Indian/foreigner ₹20/100) with stone sculptures and miniature paintings, and is surrounded…
Museum in Bundi

Haveli Braj Bhushanjee

This heritage haveli (traditional, ornately decorated residence) belongs to the descendants of a former prime minister of Bundi and is a home and a hotel. Several rooms in the haveli are dedicated to the display of …
Architecture in Bundi

Shikar Burj

This former royal hunting lodge is mostly home to troops of monkeys and local picnickers now, but once shooting parties of the royals would camp here. There is an overgrown vegetable garden (Char Bagh) with a centra…
Area in Bundi

Old City

It’s great to explore the ancient winding streets, gateways and bazaars of the old city, as well as the more touristic Balchand Para area below the palace. Bundi has more than 200 temples, and the market area just o…