An undiscovered town of historical splendour, Bundi has fairy tale like forts and palaces. Its history dates back to 1193 AD to the reign of Prithviraj Chauhan. Located near a narrow gorge, it is encircled by the Aravali mountain range on three sides. Bundi is also a princely town, like most others in Rajasthan. The town is surrounded by a massive wall with four gateposts at four corners. Bundi finds mention in the works of Rudyard Kipling. To quote from Kipling’s Letters of Marque .The tourist attractions in Bundi include the Bundi Palace, Taragarh Fort or the Star Fort, Nawal Sagar, Nagar Sagar twin step wells and
Dhabai Kund with predominantly Rajput architecture shining through the intricately carved brackets and pillars. There are also various excursions to be enjoyed in and around the town.
A hot favourite with the tourists is the Kajli Teej, a festival celebrated with gaiety on the onset of the monsoon. A palanquin carrying the Goddess Teej is carried through the streets. The celebrations coincide with the festival of Janamashtami, Lord Krishna's birthday
Bundi is an important member of the Rajasthan school of miniature painting. The Bundi school of paintings tells tales of chivalry, valour, romance and sacrifice. It also has plenty of Mughal influence.
Bundi and Kota are twin cities, barely a short distance of 36 kilometres away that takes about 40 minutes of travel. Tourists can easily cover both at the same time, by making a base in one of the two places. Both Bundi and Kota have excellent quality of hotels available including heritage properties. Bundi and Kota are a part of the Hadoti circuit, so called as they were settlements of Hada rulers.