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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Udaipur- long weekend getaway

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People call it city of lakes, talks about the culture , true it is.  But udaipur is much more than this, in one word it is a “DREAM”. It has the oldest mountain range- the arravalis, the water bodies, forts, hippie yet ethnic style,  temples, roof top lounges, lake side restaurants and If there are tourists who are still looking for a city feel, udaipur has decent multiplex and malls as well.

COMMUTING

The airport  is 30 km away from the city where in the railway station is located within the city. Most convenient is a train from H.Nizamudin Station to udaipur at 1900hrs and the same train can be boarded from udaipur at 1830hrs

The best thing about the city is that it is not spread out,  each and everything is approachable by a tuk tuk or on foot.
*Unusual but they do  not have manual rickshaws.

LODGING

Luxury- the three big brands stand at the Pichola lake. The world famous Taj Lake Palace, Udaivillas by the Oberoi group and then the Leela. Romance hovers Taj lake palace. (If one wants to propose and doest not want to be disappointed by the answer, this is the place for the grand proposal)

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Upscale- the royal family has converted there palace into two hotels. Laxmi villas by the lalit, radisson blue and the Chunda palace are other options.

Budget- there are multiple options to choose from , personal havelis turned into lodges between the price range of INR 500 – 4000 per night.

DINING

EXPENSIVE:Jagmandir- the food is excellent and gives you a royal and unique  experience of dining in the midde of the lake.  The cover charge per couple is around INR 4000 which also includes the ferry charges.

MODERATE:Ambrai- breathtaking location,  panoramic view of the palaces and the Pichola lake with traditional Indian food, what else can someone ask for, being in a city of royalty.

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ECONOMY:Little prince- is a seasonal ‘little restaurant ‘ on the banks of the cannal connecting the two lakes. Serving majorly international cuisine with all sorts of liquor.

The city has a wide variety of cafes and rooftop restaurant serving breakfast starting from a Gujrati dish to a cappuccino with Danish pastry.

SHOPPING (ethnic)

City palace market or the old city market- this is a place for tourists. One can find rajasthani traditional artifacts here.

Haathi pol (haathi means elephant and pol in rajasthani is gate, strage but true)- this is the market area for all the localities. Majorly for apparels.

SIGHTSEEING

The City palace- the main fort which is still the residence of the royal family.  Part of the palace has been converted into a museum and hotels.

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Jagdish Temple- beautiful carvings on the walls will make one awstruck.

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Monsoon palace- A palace once built to keep a track of weather conditions. Is known for its two sided view, the Aging Arravalis and Udaipur city’s arial view.

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Fateh sagar lake- is another lake within the city which is a picnic spot for all the locals. Also the shacks along the lake are called Bombay market as you will get, local delicacies of Mumbai here. Do not forget to try “khullar coffee”.

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Very rightly quoted Udaipur is the ‘Venice of India’. Boating in the Pichola during the sunset, view from the  Tripolia bridge, watching locals on the ghats during ‘Gangaur’, walking through the narrow lanes, exotic breakfast at the cafes and the enriched history will spellbound you in the mystic world. It happened with me, its time for you to explore the beauty…