Day 11: Bijaipur – Kota – Bundi (200 Kms – 04 Hrs)
After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and leave for Bundi by road (4 Hrs drive). Enroute visit Kota ,Situated on the banks of the Chambal River. The history of Kota dates back to the 12th century when Rao Deva conquered the territory and founded Hadoti. The independent Rajput state of Kota was carved out of Bundi in 1631. The kingdom of Kota had a turbulent history as it was raided by various Mughal rulers, Maharajas of Jaipur and even the Maratha warlords. The city of Kota is well known all over the world for its architectural splendour comprising beautiful palaces, temples and museums which exhibit the grandeur of the foregone era.
Onto Bundi is a Rajasthan’s offbeat gem well worth visiting. Driving in to Bundi from the train station, through the flat, dusty unpromising outskirts, did nothing to portend charm, beauty or cultural significance.
Upon arrival at Bundi, check-in at the hotel Braj Bhushanji ki Haveli. The Haveli was built a hundred and fifty years ago by a family that grave the state four of its prime ministers.
Bundi: Its Palace has a distinguished characteristic. It has the most picturesque location, isolated and independent that it appears like a miniature. Built of locally queried stone, it presents one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. Intricately carved brackets, pillars and balconies and sculpted elephants are used frequently. Chitra Shala inside the palace provides a colourful glimpse of history, the walls and ceiling of this palace are completely covered with paintings. Other places of interest are Phool Sagar Palace, Suke Mahal and Shikar Burj. Bundi is also known for its baolis or step wells. Unique to Rajasthan and Gujarat, the step wells served as water reservoir for the months of summer when there was a scarcity of water. One of the best preserved is Raniji-ki-Baoli with its exquisitely carved pillars and ornate archways. Overnight stay at the hotel.