Sunday, July 24, 2011

Bundi ( Rajasthan)-Weather,Location,How to reach,History,List of Rulers,Major attraction,Taragarh Fort,Nawal Sagar,Bundi Palace,Dabhai Kund etc


Weather
In Summer: 43 C (Max) - 35 C (Min)
In winter: 37.5 C (Max) - 5 C (Min)
Rainy Season : July to Mid Sept, and very humid (upto 90%)
Our suggestion: Best time to come: Oct to March
By Air
The Sanganer Airport at Jaipur is the nearest one from Bundi with a distance of 206 km separating them. Jaipur in turn is connected to all the major destinations of India.
By Rail
Bundi is connected by rail to Agra, Chittor and Kota. Kota, at a distance of 38 km is a more convenient railhead which is connected to both Delhi and Mumbai by August Kranti, Mumbai and Trivandrum Rajdhani. It is connected to Jaipur by Jaipur Kota Fast Passenger and Jaipur Bombay Central Superfast Train.
By Road
Bundi is connected to other destinations in Rajasthan by Express Buses. Some of the destinations connected by road are Ajmer (five hours), Kota (50 minutes), Sawai Madhopur (4 1/2 hours), Udaipur (8 1/2 hours) and Jaipur (five hours). It is on National Highway no - 12 that connects Jaipur to it via Sanganer, Chatsu, Tonk, Mendwas and Devli.
Bundi is not hounded by tourists in the same manner as some of the more famous Rajasthan cities. This is the reason why many people in search of a peaceful yet exciting vacation opt for Bundi. Situated in the southern part of the colourful state Rajasthan, Bundi is 39 km north west of Kota.

Bundi History


In 1193 A.D. when Prithviraj Chauhan was defeated by Sultan Mohammed Ghauri, some Chauhan nobles seeked shelter in Mewar and became allies to the Rana while other young warriors move towards the Chambal valley and overpowered the Meena and Bhil tribals-thus establishing their own kingdom of Hadoti. Later, two branches of Hadas formed two separates states of Kota and Bundi, on either side of the river Chambal. Bundi is surrounded by the Aravalli hills on the three sides and is circumscribed by a massive wall with four gateways.
Rulers


The hereditary rulers of Bundi used the title ‘Rao’ before being granted the prefix ‘Raja’ by the Mughals. A Raja is a ruler of exalted rank but inferior to Maharana or Maharawal.
  • Rao Deva (1343 to 1343).
  • Rao Napuji.
  • Rao Hamuli (1384 to 1400).
  • Rao Birsingh (1400 to 1415).
  • Rao Biru (1415 to 1470).
  • Rao Bandu (1470 to 1491).
  • Rao Narayan Das (1491 to 1527).
  • Rao Suraj Mal (1527 to 1531).
  • Rao Surtan Singh (1531 to 1544).
  • Rao Raja Surjan Singh (1544 to 1585).
  • Rao Raja Bhoj Singh (1585 to 1608).
  • Rao Raja Ratan Singh (1608 to 1632).
  • Rao Raja Chhattar Sal Singh (1632 to 1658).
  • Rao Raja Bhao Singh (1658 to1682).
  • Rao Raja Anirudh Singh (1682 to 1696).
  • Rao Raja Budh Singh (1696 to 1735).
  • Rao Raja Dalel Singh (1735 to 1749).
  • Rao Raja Umaid Singh (1749 to 1770) and again (1773 to 1804).
  • Rao Raja Ajit Singh (1770 to1773).
  • Rao Raja Bishen Singh (1804 to 1821).
  • Maharao Raja Ram Singh Sahib Bahadur (1821 to 1889).
  • Colonel HH Maharao Raja Shri Sir Raghubir Singh Sahib Bahadur (12 April 1889 to 1927).
  • Major HH Maharao Raja Shri Sir Iishwari Singh Bahadur (1927 to 1945).
  • Col. HH Maharao Raja Shri Bahadur Singh Bahadur (1945 to 1977).
  • HH Maharao Raja Ranjit Singh (1977 to 07-01-2010).
Major Tourist attractions
  • Taragarh Fort

Built in the 14th century, the Taragarh Fort is the star attraction in Bundi. With the entry being free and souvenir shops fortunately absent, the fort provides an option of peaceful ramble round its premises. Inside the instant eye-catchers include the Bhim Burj, a large battlement with a cannon placed on it and a large reservoir carved out of single piece of rock. The views from the fort are exceptional, specially during the sunset when the rays seems to lend a lovely grace to the entire area.
  • The Nawal Sagar

The Nawal Sagar is a large square-shaped artificial lake in the centre of Bundi containing many small islets. A temple dedicated to Varuna, the vedic god of water, stands half-submerged in the middle of the lake. the lake feeds the numerous bavdis in the old city by creating an artificial water table.
  • Bundi Palace


Wall Art Of Bundi Palace
Adjacent to the fort and past the bazaar, a wooden gate leads to the beautiful Bundi Palace. The highlight of this palace is the beautiful murals that carry the spectators back into the time of Bundi royalty. The murals cover almost entire palace walls, however, all these areas are not open for public viewing barring the Chitrashala. For visiting other areas, special permission needs to be obtained from the secretary of the Maharaja of Bundi. Photography is not allowed otherwise Bundi palace, illuminated with lights during night, presents a glowing beauty to be captured on camera.
  • The Dabhai Kund


The Dabhai Kund also known as the jail kund, is the largest of the kunds in Bundi. Though slightly overgrown, it is well worth a visit for the spectacular carvings on the numerous steps leading down to the water level.
  • Phool Sagar
  • Kshar BaghSukh Mahal
  • Jait Sagar Lake
  • Sukh Mahal
  • Chaurasi Khambon ki Chhatri or Eighty four pillared cenotaph