Bundi-The less known facts

A hidden gem of Rajasthan which is raw, less explored and culturally very rich. The commercialization has not reached its wicked side yet.

To experience real Bundi live in the old city near to the Bundi Palace/Taragarh fort which is approximate 6km (15 min) from the railway station. Train is the most convinient way to arrive in Bundi from Delhi, Udaipur, Kota, Jaipur or Chittorgarh.

My pick for the accommodation will definitely be Dev Niwas. The heritage hotel has stunning views of the fort and the old city. The Staff is courteous and the food is finger licking good. Some specialities to try is Laal maas and gatte ki sabji.

They have rooms for all budget travelers starting Rs 1000 to rs 7000. And all the sights are accessible on foot.

In the morning you will have a gala time watchig the langurs taking long leaps from one house to the other.

On the walk to the fort around 8am, you can see small local shops selling samosas, kachoris, tea, jalebi and some namkeens. You will find cafes but not the polished ones like in Udaipur. The cafe are run by the young lads of the local family and the food is cooked by either their mums or sister. The extension on the balcony or porch with the colorful furniture and some greens are enough to get you the traveler’s vibe.

That’s not it, there are couple of historic sites to keep your day busy. My favourite was the Rani ji ki baoli- reallu amusing that in olden days people had the imagination and creativity to build a stepwell for everyone’s convinience.

Its is an excellent weekend getaway for people who want to experience raw culture.

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Glimpse of Tibet- Mcleodganj

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Not so far up in the himalayas is this hustly bustly town of Mcleodganj , once the residence of the great Dalai lama.

It was a road trip for me – Enfield, Zig Zag road, view of snow capped mountains and pure air. This was in the month of February.  Folks please do  not choose this month for the  bike trip as it will freeze your bones.

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It is a 14 hrs ride from Delhi,  there are luxury buses and volvos also available for that route which takes exactly 12 hrs one way.

Enroute please do stopover at the small joints to have veg Maggie and some of the shacks serve delicious home made mutton curry and rice.

STAY
There is nothing much  to do in dharamshala, so when you reach Mcleodganj,  firstly  take a room. There are  multiple options to choose from (please refer trip advisor for the same).

EAT
And the second very thing is a heavy tibetan brunch at the ‘Tibet Kitchen’.
*Steam chicken Momos a  must try.

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SHOP
Adjacent to this restaurant is a showroom selling all the tibetan ethnic commodities. I found this shop to be resonably priced than any other shop in the town….Ladies it’s shopping time.

DRINK
Evening coffee at the casual cafes.

CHILL
Two km away from the city is the naag falls- it is too much crowded, so peace lovers may find a place at the shiva cafe or at the foot of the fall to avoid  the footfall.

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TREK
Last but the best attraction is the ‘Triund trek ‘. Adventurers can stay the second night at DHARMAKOT which is 2km away from the town centre and can start the trek early morning. It is a must do trek if you have time and the correct company.

PURIFY
Early risers should go to the main monastry , sit and introspect.

ADMIRE
End the day with mesmerising sunset. For that you need to keep an eye at the right spot. I figured mine.

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So people, pick a weekend , club a Friday and shoot for Mcleodganj.