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Bundi Utsav


Time of the Year           November / December
Places to Visit               Bundi (Rajasthan)
Duration                         Three Days



“Bundi Utsav
" , a pageant of resplendent heritage of the esteemed Hadoti has made the place even more famous . An extraordinary effort to present the culture , folklore , traditions and craft of the egion and believe in the treasure that lies ahead to explore and  savour. The intresting events includes a colorful Shobha Yatra , Arts & Crafts Fair, Ethnic Sports, Cultural exhibition , Deep daan.An intresting part is the Turban competition, Bridal Attire , Musical Band Competition Followed by  Folk  and Classical Music & Dance , sparkling fireworks display etc.
The small township of nearby Keshorai Patan wears the look of  a  little 'Pushkar' on the night of the full moon in the month of Kartika. Early in the morning, the banks of the river Chambal witness a colourful scene of men and women, clad in fantastic costumes mirrored in the crystal clear waters of the river. Women float lighted diyas (lamps prepared by them from flour dough), into the river and seek boons with prayers. The temple and the scenic beauty arrest the attention of visitors and speak of its grandeur and glory in silence.


About Bundi

Bundi is a beautiful town and have importance in the history for Rajasthan. Located  206 kms from Jaipur and 36 kms from Kota, ruled by the Had Chauhans - an offshoots of the famous Chauhan clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer.
In 1193 A.D. when Prithviraj Chauhan was defeated by Sultan Mohammed Ghauri, some Chauhan nobles sought 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. Interesting monuments including impressive medieval forts, palaces, havelis, temples with beautiful stone idols and chattris with carved pillars, along with a picturesque lake in the heart of the town, add to its charm. Bundi is very famous for its intricate carvings and murals.


Tourist Attractions:



TARA GARH FORT - 14th CENTURY

Taragarh means the 'Star Fort', constructed in1354 AD upon a steep hillside, This is rather a ramshackle fort, with its overgrown vegetation. The view over the town and surrounding countryside from the top are magical, especially at sun set. Inside the ramparts are huge reservoirs carved out of solid rock, built to cater to the water requirements of the fort and the Bhim Burj, the largest of the battle-fields, on which was once mounted a particularly large cannon called Garbh Gunjam, or 'Thunder from the Womb'.


 KESHAR BAGH 16TH CENTURY

Kesharbagh is the resting place of Bundi's kings and queens, the cenotaphs are beautifully crafted from fine yellow sandstone and marble.


 EIGHTY FOUR PILLARED CENOTAPH

An amazingly magnificent with 84 pillars in as single cenotaph  along with Shiva lingam it was erected by Rao Anirudha singh.


NAVAL SAGAR LAKE - 18TH CENTURY

This is a square shaped artificial lake, broken by islets and has a temple of Varuna submerged in a corner. Reflection of the entire city and its palaces can be seen in the lake, making it a fascinating sight at sunset.  


RANI JI KI BAORI - 17TH CENTURY

Rani Ji Ki Baori, 46 mtr deep stepwell built in 1699 by mother-queen Nathavati Ji during her son Budh Singh's time it is adorned with finely sculpted pillars and arches. It is a multistoried structure with places of worship on each floor, served as water reservoirs when there was a scarcity of water. More than hundred of baoris exist in and around Bundi and are a marvel of craftsmanship and architecture.


CHOGAN GATE

Chogan gate is a main entry for Bundi city. Entring the Chougan gate you can wander through the narrow streets.


THE BUNDI PALACE

It is situated on the hillside adjacent to the Taragarh Fort and is notable for its lavish traditional murals and frescoes. The Chitrashala (picture gallery) of the palace is open to the general public. The palace is entered through the Hathi Pole (Elephant Gate) into a small courtyard. You then come to the Ratan Daulat, the Diwan-e-aam (Hall of Public Audience), where there is a marble throne.Some of the famous and excellent Bundi murals are located on the upper floor.


THE DABHAI KUND

THE DABHAI KUND is also known as the jail kund, the largest kund 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.


Places to Visit Around Bundi


ROCK PAINTINGS

Few kms from Bundi, the caves depict paintings belonging to the mesolithic period. They show hunting scenes, daily life of the period, human figures, dancing postures along with bison, deer and tiger. The painting at Gararda has been estimated to be 5000 years old bearing ample proof of the fact that Hadoti region sustained early man.

BHIMLAT WATERFALL
30 kms from Bundi, spread over an area of 6kms and cascading 60 metres into a deep pool, Bhimlat Waterfall is a place of grand natural scenic beauty.