Bundi City Travel Guide

"City of Stepwell"

A moment in history caught and held. Bundi is a dream remembered - named after Bunda, a Meena chieftain. A Rajput town so ancient that one gets the feeling of having stumbled upon a page of history.

Bundi and Kota were once a singly principality ruled by the Hada Chauhans, an offshoot of the famous clan of Chauhans who ruled Delhi and Ajmer.

After the defeat of Prithviraj Chauhan by Sultan Mohammed Ghori in 1193, the Chauhan nobles sought sanctuary in Mewar. They were welcomed and proved allies to the Rana.

Yet some young warriors ventured on their own overpowered the Meena and Bhil Tribals of Chambal valley and established the kingdom of Hadavati or Hadoti.

Later two branches of the Hadas formed two separate states on either sides of the Chambal. These were Kota and Bundi. Bundi town nestles in a narrow valley, enclosed by huge walls and fortified by four gateways.

In the centre of the township lies a lake. A medieval fortress stands sentinel to this city - amute witness to history and time. Bundi is famous for its intricate paintings and murals.

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