Why Bundi in India Should Be on Your Radar as a Tourist Destination

Why Bundi in India Should Be on Your Radar as a Tourist Destination

Authored by Alexandra Wrigley

 

When you envision Northern India you most likely imagine a hectic state and an assault on your senses. You probably picture vast volumes of traffic and noise coming from many different directions.

Well, you’re kind of right, except for the town of Bundi, India, a beauteous blue tranquil town located in Rajasthan. It’s 210km from Jaipur equating to a 3-4-hour car or bus journey. Unlike some cities in India, this town is not greatly populated averaging approximately 104,000 inhabitants.

The blue royal buildings of Bundi give you a sense of a smaller scaled Jodhpur. However, this destination is unlike most in India. The laid-back atmosphere of the South with the history and culture of the North.

A unique destination to visit. Bundi Rajasthan is not the typical tourist destination when visiting the North. In comparison to cities such as Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi, Jaisalmer and others. However, it should be on your radar as it is home to many spectacular attractions and bazaars full of rich history.  

 

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Visiting the unique township of Bundi in India.

 

 

 

Why Bundi in India Should Be on Your Radar

 

 

Taragarth Fort and Palace

Another main attraction is its palace which voyeurs over the town and attached is the Taragarth Fort. To visit you have to journey up a steep slope, which is quite rocky and not the best of terrains.

Yet, rest assured the fatigue is worth it. Once at the top, you’ll enter through a heavy tall wooden door. Throughout the fort are original intricate carved statues and real gold painted murals adding to the history of the palace. Finally, you’ll reach the top of the fort which you will be pleasantly treated to breathtaking 360-degree views of Bundi.

Similarly, you will possibly notice monkeys clambering from one blue roof to another. Make sure if you are to visit, have an object like a stick at the ready to poke the monkeys away from stealing your valuables!

Moreover, the Fort also showcases fabulous views of the Nawal Sagar lake. Woefully not much work from the government has been done to conserve the archaic building constructed in 1345. Nevertheless, it’s also a rarity that a traveller gets to witness such a historical structure in its original form.

 

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Checking out the views over Bundi.

 

 

Jait Sagar Lake

Overlooking this alluring lotus flower covered lake resides the once infamous Jungle Book writer Rudyard Kipling’s summer residence. This is the Sukh Mahal palace and rumours noted that he spent time to work on his Novel Kim there.

The best time to visit the lake is during the early evening, as the sky sets it gives a charming ambience to the lake and lakeside. Locals unwind around the lakeside revelling in optimum serenity and hippopotamuses bask in the water. The tranquil vibe makes it different unique amongst other hectic destinations in India.  

 

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The mesmerising views over Jait Sagar Lake in Bundi India.

 

 

Step Wells Bundi

Bundi is home to some incredible hand dug ancient step wells. In former times, they were assembled to retain water and for locals to undergo religious bathing. The architecture of each step well is purely captivating. You are free to climb down to the bottom of the well and explore the ever-multiplying steps.

Each Stepwells architecture varies from one to another. One of Bundi’s most famous Stepwells is the Ranji Ki Boari built in 1699 by a young queen. Yes, talk about girl power! The architecture of this step-well is impressive as there are carved stone elephant sculptures.

  

Step Well Bundi

Step Well Bundi.

 

 If you’re visiting India, you must check out the quiescent town of Bundi. It is an amazing mellow break, out of the frenzy of overpopulated Northern Indian cities.  

Nomads also get to attend attractions which are not commonly made known to the average tourist. Because tourists don’t visit that often when they do locals go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Even though it’s not a common destination for tourists you will still find a place to crash your head for the evening.

I’d recommend you stay at a heritage home also known as a haveli. Why? The reason being is that you will feel like you’re a king or queen. The royal architecture and history of these places were once owned by kings and queens. Heck, they are an attraction in itself and you’ll be spending the night there.

If you do visit, make sure you speak to the owner or manager to fully discover the history of the haveli. Bundi is one of those destinations you have to visit and see for yourself. It’s also such a nice break away from the other typical Rajasthani cities. If more travellers like you and I were to visit, it would generate more attention.

Also proving to the government that extra work should be undergone to conserve Bundi’s resources. If this occurs, one day it could put Bundi back on the map and allow a range of generations worldwide to be educated about Bundi’s rich heritage, never letting its history die out.  

* This post comes courtesy of Alexandra Wrigley, a travel blogger at Extracts of Alex!  

 

Jait Sagar Lake

The locals out on the Jait Sagar Lake

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Five Reasons Why you Should Escape to India and Embrace the Culture

Five Reasons Why you Should Escape to India and Embrace the Culture

Authored by Liam Whitman

We work so hard to earn ourselves a holiday that we want to spend it somewhere we’ll enjoy. For many of us, it’s easy to get into a habit of visiting the same place time after time, because we know we love the area. However, breaking out of your comfort zone is the way to go if you’re looking for an adventure that you’ll remember long into the future.

If you’ve never been there before, now is the perfect time to consider a holiday to India. You might have put off travelling there before for one reason or another, but a 2018 trip to the country will be one you never forget.

 

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Escape to India in 2018, you won’t regret it. Source

 

5 reasons why you should escape to India in 2018

 

1. Their festivals continue to adapt

Festivals are a brilliant celebration of a country’s culture. They’re an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local traditions and experience something that you could never get from touring the local landmarks. India is known for its vibrant and colourful festivals, but they aren’t completely absorbed in the past.

Some of the more recent ones have blended elements of the old and new to create something truly incomparable. Musical culture especially has adapted over the last few years. Many local artists now embrace EDM in their festivals, and it’s something that shouldn’t be missed.

 

2. The history keeps expanding

India’s rich history has always been something of interest to tourists. The country is home to a plethora of ornate temples and other notable landmarks, but the availability of places to explore seems to expand year on year. New excavations commissioned by the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) are constantly being given the go-ahead, from as recent as a few months ago. With new artefacts and historical locations of interest being unearthed all the time, there’s more to see in India than there has ever been before.

 

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Be inspired at some truly wonderful places in India. Source

 

3. They’ve developed leaps and bounds

You might not have made holidayed in India before, but if you have, then maybe you were put off by the slow progress of their technological development. While those of us living in Western countries have grown dependent on technology in certain areas of our lives, many people in the Eastern world haven’t.

However, India has advanced massively in recent years. The more urbanised areas of the country have vastly improved internet connectivity and easier digital access, making things run a whole lot smoother. If you were hesitant about visiting India because of having to make a compromise with tech, you no longer need to worry.

 

 

4. It caters to adventure seekers

India is by no means just a place to visit to explore temples and dine on authentic curries. The country is home to incredible mountain ranges, including the Himalayas no less, and gorgeous stretches of rural landscapes where you can get your adrenaline fix. With things like white-water rafting and rock climbing on the table, places like Himachal Pradesh offer a variety of adventurous activities away from the bustling crowds. Even if you’re not a massive thrill-seeker, the mountain paths offer stunning views that remind you you’re as far away from work as possible.

 

5. The Mumbai-Goa ferry is returning

It was announced last year that the Mumbai-Goa ferry, which was popular during the 1960s, would be back up and running in 2018. Although setbacks have delayed the voyages until September of this year, the experience will be worth the wait. Goa’s coastline is an incredible place to holiday if you’re looking to spend your time abroad on the beach. What better way to get there than a boat steeped in history? The ferry has also been updated to meet modern standards and is reported to be an affordable fare for everyone.

If you haven’t already planned your 2018 holiday adventure, what are you waiting for? Organise it now and make sure that you’re fully prepared for the trip of a lifetime. With so many reasons to escape to India this year, you’d be mad to miss out. Have I forgotten any off the list?

Are you going to India this year? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Check out some of India’s finest landscapes. Source  

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