POSTED BY: Manglesh Dashora

26 January 2010


Bundi - Kota - Jhalawar - Baran Towards the southeast is one of Rajasthan's least ecplored regions. It is a region that is full of great historical towns with a proud heritage dating back several centuries. Hadoti has a wealth of beautifully sculpted temples that seem frozen in time.

Sightseeing - Bundi, the first major destination in Hadoti to be reached from Jaipur, has a strong association with Rudyard Kipling, who drew inspiration from the beautiful town and its surrounding. The famous Chitra Shala with its exquisite pantings of the Bundi school that adorn the walls here. You can also visit the Phool Sagar Palace, Sukh Mahal, Shikar Burj and Sar Bagh. The stepwells of Bundi are works of art and a very beautiful example can be found in the centre of town - the Raniji ki Baodi.

The visiting palace in Kota are Jag mandir, the Brijraj Bhawan Palace and the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Kota is also famous for its sarees called Kotadoria. These cotton sarees are very popular as summer wear.

In Bara, the Badoli temples that date back to the 9th centuary, the 11th centuray Ramgarh Bhand deora temple, Sitabari, an ideal picnic spot with temples and seven tanks and the fort and mosque of Shahbad. The Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary, once used as the royal hunting ground, today protects panther, spotted deer, wild boar and the bear.

Jhalawar is a typical small Hadoti town where the focal point is the fort itself. There are other places of interest like the wooden cottage called Rain Basera, the 7th centuray temples of Chandrabhaga, Sun temple at Jhalarapatan and the magnificient 8th century Gagron fort.

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