Chittaurgarh and Bundi are two off-the-beaten-path towns in Rajasthan with gems to offer the few tourists who see them. We spent 3 days visiting the sights and enjoying the beautiful, but dilapidated buildings.
Our first day didn’t go well. I was suffering through travelers diarrhea. We had more rain in Chittaurgarh than we’ve seen in 3 months. A moody cow didn’t want us to go to Bundi (maybe we should have listened).
When we did arrive, the rickshaw our hotel arranged wasn’t there. We should have taken a different one, but when we called they insisted we wait. The rickshaw finally showed up 10 minutes later. Midway to our guesthouse, the driver had to stop at a garage to quickly replace the starter motor. It only took 5 minutes, but as we pulled away smoke started pouring out as one of the wires caught on fire. Fire extinguished, motor fixed, we almost made it the hotel. We had to walk the last block because the clutch was acting up.
Wet, tired, and frustrated, we finally made it to our guesthouse. Unfortunately they didn’t have hot water for showering (they boiled a bucket full for us to wash) and the power kept going out. Luckily the sun came out the next day and the rest of our visit was brighter. All in all, we were still happy we stopped in Chittaurgarh and not too bothered by all the roadblocks (we must be getting used to this place).
In the sunlight, Bundi was very pleasant, but literally crumbling. All of the main attractions – the palace, fort, and step wells – are in advanced states of decay. In some ways that added to the charm and made them more interesting to visit. The fort was particularly fun to wander around, as nature has slowly reclaimed it and monkeys are the main inhabitants.