Rajasthan is acknowledged for royalty, heritage, as well as a rich historical backdrop and one such festival or celebration that justifies and reflects the same is the Bundi Utsav. The festival is held in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan, in the picture-perfect and imperial Bundi district. It is a place that is on every traveler and culture enthusiast's list, due to its grand and vibrant Bundi festival that is held every year around November (Lunar Kartik month according to the Hindu calendar). Bundi Festival or the Bundi Utsav celebrates the culture, folk art, and traditions of Rajasthan.
Organized by the Rajasthan State Tourism Department, Bundi fair effortlessly captures the attention of the tourists through its traditional charm and ethnic feel. This otherwise quiet place becomes a travel hotspot when the festival is around. It receives maximum tourist footfall around this festival from across the country and abroad.
The ancient Bundi was known to be the native place of the Parihar Meena tribe of Rajasthan and was named after Raja Bunda Singh Meena. 'Bunda-Ka-Nal' which means 'narrow ways' was the ancient name of this town. Later Bundi was captured by Britishers till India's independence. The festival in question celebrates this rich historical and cultural diversity that the place has witnessed over the decades. Besides the most happening Bundi Utsav, the town is known for its architectural excellence too. The town is home to the finest architectural specimens that comprise palaces, stepped wells(Baoli), and temples. Bundi is also known as ‘Choti Kashi’ for its numerous Hindu temples. Some of the most famous temples of the town are Neelkanth Mahadev Bundi, Hanumanji Temple, and Radha Krishna Temple.
The world-famous Taragarh fort is also located in Bundi. As an ode to its aesthetical and architectural excellence, famous writer Rudyard Kipling wrote, “The Taragarh Fort must have been built by angels, not human beings.” While the fort is a masterpiece in its very own right, the town of Bundi is also quite popular, courtesy its historical relevance. It finds its references in many ancient and mythological texts for being an auspicious and pious place.
The 3-day Bundi festival is organized with a prime motive of boosting tourism in the town and also showcasing the rich cultural heritage of this place. Exhibition of native handicrafts, mustache competitions, folk music, turban binding competition, and dance performances, are the major highlights of the festival that are enjoyed by young and old alike.
Shobha yatra is a procession that is carried out in the narrow lanes of Bundi during the festival. The procession is carried out by women, who, dressed in ethnic, walk to the nearby water body or a river to offer prayers and light Diyas at the banks of the river. This lighting of the diyas is known as ‘Deepdaan’ which is done for the happiness and prosperity of the family. Another popular connotation of the ritual is that lighting diyas eliminate darkness from the lives of people.
If you wish to experience the true spirit and feel of Rajasthan then this festival is where you need to be. Bundi Utsav is a mix of cultures, traditions, music, food, arts, handicrafts, and home decor of Rajasthan. In a nutshell, you will experience the amazing charm of the state via this festival.
There are so many artifacts displayed for sale at the Bundi fair which are exclusively made by the skilled artisans of Rajasthan. The artifacts are unique and colourful that can effortlessly blend with your home decor theme. The fair is packed with foreign tourists who love exploring these handmade artifacts and buying them.
The Festival kickstarted on November 6 and continued through November 8. Many fun activities and competitions were held which kept the visitors hooked on this fun Festival. Other than cultural performances and fun activities, amazing fireworks also attracted attention at the fair.
By Road. Bundi town, where the festival is celebrated, is nearly 500, 960, 1,500 and 1,700 km away from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Tourists may also reach the town via tourist buses that run between states and also within states. If you are fond of road journeys then a road trip to Bundi, Rajasthan will give you the opportunity to take breaks at the roadside villages, farms, and Dhabas.
By Rail. Bundi Railway station is the nearest train station to reach the town. The station is well connected to other metro cities and receives regular and frequent trains from all parts of India. From the train station, one is required to cover a distance of 3km via locally available transport such as auto, taxi or a bus. Kota UDZ Special, Haldighati Passenger, NGP Jaipur Express, and Mewar Express are a few popular trains on which one may reserve the seats to reach Bundi.
By Air. Jaipur is the nearest airport to the city of Bundi situated at a distance of 200km. The airport welcomes flights from all parts of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, and Lucknow. Traveling by air to Rajasthan is a faster and much comfortable option that you can opt for in case of a time constraint.
26 November 2019
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