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Asia » India » Rajasthan » Bundi March 11th 2018

I am now sitting on a rooftop in Bundi, one of the most charming cities I visited in India. It is not a very big city, so it is surprisingly quiet, with lots of really beautiful old haveli, a fort, a palace, and the romantic touch that only Rajasthan has. And people are amongst the friendliest I have seen in India. They smile, say hello and don't seem to want to give you the "best price" or even sell you anything. It is very refreshing after a few days in Udaipur. Udaipur is also very beautiful, but it took me some time to adjust after 3 months in a rural setting where there was no other foreigners. Rickshaws, food, hotels, everything seemed very expensive, but on the other hand it was also nice to be able ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Bundi February 25th 2016

While Bundi town lacked the charm we were expecting, the seventeenth century palace exceeded expectations. For a mere hundred rupees each (about £1) we were able to wander round virtually on our own. The palace was deserted for over forty years, during which time it fell into disrepair and was quite heavily vandalised, with visitors scratching their names into the delicate murals and stealing many of the fittings. There has been little attempt at renovation so far, though we were told that an English student from UL had spent the last year researching what materials the murals were painted in and how best to restore them. The building itself is severe from the outside, with high blank walls topped with battlements and just a few small balconies and windows. But inside, there are spacious halls and ... read more
Bundi palace mural
Steps down to Bundi step well
Cookery class

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Bundi February 24th 2016

Last night, as we sat struggling to post the last two blogs in the face of very intermittent broadband, we fell into conversation with a teacher from Delhi who was helping the Maharajah improve the quality of education in the private schools the Maharajah runs in Karauli. He told us the real (as opposed to the published government figure) literacy rate in Rajasthan is probably only about 30% and that many students who have been given a qualification by the school are still illiterate to the point of not being able to write their own name, in any language. As we were chatting, the Maharajah reappeared and there was an amusing moment when an Italian visitor espied him, while looking at a framed photo of him at his coronation. “Eet eez you?? You are heem? Maharajah?” ... read more
Camel driver
Bundi palace
Pot maker

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Bundi February 8th 2016

The bikes pulled up into Bundi after about an hour of night driving from Kota. We asked around and then found a guesthouse called Taragarh Heritage. Monty greeted us at the door, and seemed like a natural host. "Shanti, Shanti my friends" he said. He came across as instantly zen. In Hindu, Shanti means peace or tranquility or rest. I had my own room and Dylan and Oli shared one. It was dirt cheap. We went up to the rooftop (yes yet another one) and met a few other travelers, who were drinking and smoking. A few of them were Israelis, and we had heard they're all over India, but they were the first I had encountered. We joined them and all of a sudden it was a social event. Monty asked if we wanted a ... read more
Sunset
Smiles
Portrait

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Bundi August 14th 2015

After visiting Delhi and Agra, Bundi was a refreshing break away from the chaos, the annoying touts, rickshaw drivers and the mass levels of tourism. Instead we would describe Bundi as a smallish town (for India that is) with a lot of charm and a warm friendliness about it but still retaining that vibrant alive feel that we love about India. Arriving here after our overnight train we immediately liked the feel of this place. This may have been in part due to the early quieter morning feel as there was hardly anything on the streets. Apart from the odd swerve around the roaming cow, pig, goat or dog we actually relaxed into our rickshaw ride knowing that nothing was in danger of being ran over by our driver. Taking advantage of the atmospheric streets we ... read more
A stitch in time
A dogs life
Young fruit seller

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Bundi January 30th 2015

HE SAID... We were leaving Ranthambhore and travelling south west to Bundi. We woke early at 5am, turned the small fan heater on and tried to avoid the cold marble floor as much as possible. The music was still going at the massive wedding celebration next door, but it was far more subdued than the previous night. The shower head fell apart when I turned the water on, so I had to kneel on the marble floor and scoop water over myself from a bucket. Thankfully the water was warm. We checked out of Raj Palace Resort at 8am, jumped into a minibus and set out on a three and a half hour trip to Bundi. It didn’t take long to get to the outskirts of Ranthambhore – the roads narrowed, the traffic thinned and the ... read more
masala chai stop
streets of bundi
bundi market

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Bundi November 29th 2014

Bundi, Rajasthan November 25th 2014 “You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing” George Bernard Shaw “You can free yourself from aging by reinterpreting your body and by grasping the link between belief and biology” Deepak Chopra “I grow old . . . I grow old . . . I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled” T.S. Eliot, The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Vanities run deep in our personal responses to ageing.... and we are faced with truths that are unavoidable (funny that word contains the word 'void') about non-permanence: all things must pass including ourselves. It is what it is: 'suchness'. Once we accept and become comfortable with our inevi... read more
Bundi Hawelli Door
Bundi from the palace 1
Bundi Jazz lives

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Bundi May 2nd 2013

Bundi This morning we had a nice long lie in following yesterday's early rise. This did unfortunately mean that we were out and about in the mid-day sun. Well, you know what they say about Mad dogs and Englishmen... From our hotel window you could see the fort and palace rising up from the hillside. From the level we were at it didn't seem to far a climb, but past hiking experiences told me that looks can be deceiving. Armed with sticks “to protect from monkeys” we set off up the hill at a steady/slow pace pausing every 100/200metres to drink more water. The ticket office had informed us that it would only take 15 minutes to reach the fort. I can only say the old man must have had wings. It took us nearly 45 ... read more
Bundi Vista
Armed with monkey repellents atop Bundi Palace
Golden paintings from Bundi Palace

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Bundi December 18th 2012

We arrive in Ajmer on the Aravalli Express from Abu Road (departure 10.02) at 4.20pm (10 mins late) after an uneventful journey. Having arranged for a taxi pickup from the station– which was a good idea on reflection as it’s pretty chaotic there - we get to Pushkar after a 40 minute drive over the hill and a few windy roads. The Fair is in full swing and there are check points and road blocks all over. We are met at the Bhrama temple by John (Amar) from the Akash Hotel where we are staying. It’s a short walk away. Here we meet Deepak & his German fiancée Eva (working at reception). The Hotel is simple, clean, and colourful with really friendly staff. The upper courtyard is filled with tents (temporary for the Fair rush). It ... read more
Cool dude at the Akash - Pushkar
Indian Gori - Abu Road Station
Blue Bundi

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Bundi October 22nd 2012

wht a buetiful place it was just loved the beauty of the place.... read more




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