Places to visit

Taragarh Fort - Bundi

The serpentine Taragarh Fort and its palace is what immediately strike visitors on arrival in Bundi. Rudyard Kipling who visited here a century ago wrote, "No human hand can create such a splendour; for only angels have that skill". Taragarh is Bundi's pride. This imposing fort was raised at a height of 500 meters atop a hill by Rao Bar Singh in the 13th century. Strong bastions the biggest being Bhim Burj, rise above the chain of palaces built by different rulers over a period of time. A huge reservoir within the fort provided the place white water. A curious feature about it is that whenever the water lever rises above the danger level, sluice gates are opened and the running water makes the lanes of the city turn into miniature canals. Striking features of the fort are the Chhatra Mahal, Badal Mahal and Ratan Daulat - Diwan-I-Aam, built by Rao Raja Ratan Singh (1607-31). The Chhatra Mahal was founded by Raja Chhatrasal in 1660 the famous Bundi Kalam miniatures can be found here. The Zenana Mahal and the Badal Mahal also have an excellent collection of miniatures.There are three gateways to the fort, well known as Lakshmi Pol, Phuta Darwaza and Gagudi ki Phatak. The famous Chitrashala, built by Rao Raja Umed Singh (1739-70) has open galleries running around it and have the best of Bundi wall painting depicting the Raas Leela, court life and beautiful women. To view the other frescoe-covered palaces, permission is required form the royal family as the fort is private property. The Chhatra Mahal, Phool Mahal and Badal Mahal and Bundi miniatures have been recognized, world wide, for their superb quality.

Naval Sagar Lake - Bundi

Nawal Sagar Lake is a major tourist attraction in Bundi, Rajasthan. The artificial lake can be seen from the Taragarh Fort, which is another major attraction of Bundi. Bundi in Rajasthan is mainly popular for its forts and palaces, which stand evidence to the rich traditional and cultural richness of the city. Nawal Sagar Lake in Bundi has a temple in the center. The temple is dedicated to Lord Varuna, who is worshiped as the Aryan God of water. The temple is half-submerged in water. A boat has to be taken from the banks of the lake to reach the temple in the center of the lake.

Jait Sagar/Sukh Mahal - Bundi

Round the far side of the Taragarh hill, about 2km north from the centre of town, this picturesque, 1.5km-long lake is flanked by hills and strewn with pretty lotus flowers during the monsoon and winter months. At its near end, the Sukh Mahal is a small summer palace surrounded by terraced gardens ust past the eastern end of the lake is the atmospheric, partly overgrown Kshar Bag , with the cenotaphs of 66 Bundi rulers and queens. Some have terrific, intricate carvings, especially of elephants and horses. The caretaker will probably show you round and detail the rulers'names, dates and number of wives - 17th-century ruler Maharaja Satru Sele apparently had 64 queens but even more are carved on his cenotaph. Fork right just after Kshar Bag to reach Shikar Burj , a small former royal hunting lodge (once there were tigers, deer and boars here) next to a water tank. It's a popular place for a picnic.

Shahabad Fort - Baran

Shahabad fort is the one of the best and strongest fort amongst the forts in Hadoti area. It is situated about 80 km. from Baran.The fort was constructed by the Chauhan Vanshi Dhandhel Rajput Mukutmani Dev in the century 1521 (Samvat 1577). This is situated in the dense forest area on the high mountain ranges. The fort is surrounded by Kundakoh valley on two sides. Third and fourth sides are surrounded by Ponds and high rocks respectively. The Topkhana (artillery), Barudkhana and some temples in the forts are still secure. It is said that the fort had 18 Cannons (Topes) in the past and one of the cannon was 19 feet.

Shergarh Fort - Baran

Shergarh is supposed to have been named after its capture by Shershah of the Sur dynasty in course of his Malwa campaign. The ancient name of this town was Kosavardhana, 'the increaser of treasury'. Being a place of strategic importance, Shergarh was ruled by different dynasties from early times. An inscription found here refers to Samanta Devadatta who ruled in A.D. 790 and built a Buddhist temple and monastery here. Hindu rulers patronized Buddhism, Saivism and Jainism. The temple of Somnatha was the principal place of worship in tenth-eleventh century A.D. The Lakshminarayana Temple, consisting of a sanctum, antarala, mahamandapa and ardhamandapa is well preserved and is assignable to the eleventh century A.D. An inscription in this temple narrates the genealogy of the Paramara kings of Dhar from Vakpati to Naravarman. An inscription of A.D. 1228 records that a devotee of Siva built here a water-house.

Sita Baadi - Baran

Sitabari is an ideal picnic spot in Hadoti area., situated about 45 km from Baran in Kelwara kasba on National Highway road connecting Shivpuri- Gwalior. This is a holy worship place. It is well known in the area that 'Sita mata' has lived in this place after being left-out by Bhagwan Ram. This place is also known as the birthplace of Lav & Kush. There are several Kunds in Sitabari namely Balmiki Kund, Sita Kund, Laxman Kund, Surya Kund, Lav-Kush Kund. Sita-Kuti is also situated in the forest area near the temple.

The tribal Sahariya fair is held at this place in the May/June every year.

Bhand-devra - Baran

Ramgarh-Bhand Devra temples are situated about 40 Km. from Baran. The Shiv Mandir of Ramgarh was built in 10th century and are based on the Khujraho style. Due to the Maithun Statues, the place is named as Bhand Devra. This temple is situated on the bank of pond and is now under the Archaeological department. This temple is known as Rajasthan\'s mini Khujraho.

Baroli Temple - Rawatbhata

The Baroli Temples Complex, also known as the Badoli temples, is located in Baroli village in Rawatbhata town in Chittorgarh district in Rajasthan, India. The complex of eight temples is situated within a walled enclosure; an additional temple is about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) away. They are built in the Pratihara style of temple architecture dated to the tenth century A.D. All nine temples are under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India for conservation and protection. A well known art critic characterised "the creations of Badoli as the most perfect of their age that he had encountered within that part of the country and, in their own peculiar style."

Geparnath falls and Temple - Rawatbhata

A beauty to watch and experience after the first showers of monsoon, Geparnath can be reached by road getting diverted from Rawatbhata-Kota road almost 40 km from Rawatbhata. One huge and a series of small falls welcome you in the arms of nature with picturesque topography and heart-melting greenery amidst the ear-soothing sound of the falls.

Parajhar - Rawatbhata

A beauty to watch and experience after the first showers of monsoon, Geparnath can be reached by road getting diverted from Rawatbhata-Kota road almost 40 km from Rawatbhata. One huge and a series of small falls welcome you in the arms of nature with picturesque topography and heart-melting greenery amidst the ear-soothing sound of the falls.

Seven Wonders - Kota

Seven Wonders of the world are being raised in a single park in Kota. A single visit to this park will give you a glimpse of the Seven Wonders of the world at one place.

Replicas of Seven Wonder in Kota (Rajasthan)

1. Taj Mahal.

2. Great Pyramid of Giza

3. Brazil's Christ the Redeemer

4. Eiffel Tower of Paris

5. Leaning Tower of Pisa

6. New York's Statue of Liberty

7. Rome's Colosseum

Garh Palace - Kota

The old 17th century Kota Fort Place is a vast complex of buildings, halls temples and courtyards altered and added from time to time by different rulers. Many of these contain beautiful frescoes and elaborate glass and mirror work. A considerable part of the family treasures have been preserved in the Raj Mahal. These include a fine collection of weapons, miniatures, royal paraphernalia furniture, photographs etc. The upper galleries Laksh Bhandar, Arjun Mahal, Chhatra Mahal and Baka Mahal contain some of the finest mural paintings of Kota school.

Kishore Sagar - Kota

Kishore Sagar is an artificial lake constructed in 1346 by Prince Dher Deh of Bundi. One can enjoy boating in this lake.

Chambal Garden - Kota

To the south of the fort on the banks of the Chambal river is located the Chambal Gardens. This beautifully landscaped garden at Amar Niwas is a popular picnic spot. In the garden lies a pond inhabited by crocodiles.

Kota Festivities and if you're in Kota during the festival of Dussehra don't miss out on the grand Dussehra festival, a 12 day affair in which everyone from and around Kota gathers. More than 75 feet tall effigies of the demons Ravana, Kumbhkarna (who incidentally slept for six months at a stretch) and Meghnad (Ravana's son) are consigned to a fiery end in a glorious celebration of Good over Evil.

Gagron Fort - Jalawar

This impregnable fort was the Capital of Khichi Chauhans and has a glorious history of valour and sacrifice. The foundation of this magnificent for t was laid in or around 7th or 8th century AD.

It is surrounded on three sides by the water of the Ahu and Kali Sindh Rivers and is an ideal example of a Jaldurg. Outside the fort is the mausoleum of a Sufi saint, Mitte Shah, where a fair is held every year during the Islamic month of Ramjan.

Sun Temple - Jhalawar

The pride of Jhalarapatan is the 10th century Surya (Sun) Temple (Padam Nath Temple). The idol of Surya and the lovely sculptures on this massive temple are impressive.

Chandrabhaga Temples - Jhalawar

on the banks of the magnificent Chandrabhaga River stand some splendid 7th century AD temples, the intricately carved pillars and arched gateways are fine examples of the temple architecture and craftsmanship. The 11th century AD Shantinath Jain Temple is also noteworthy with fine murals and exquisite sculptures.

Buddhist Caves and Stupas - Jhalawar

The ancient Buddhist caves located in the village Kolvi. A colossal figure of Buddha and the carved Stupas are the most impressive structure in the caves.