We found in Bundi the first place in India where we didn’t feel harassed, for real. Kids saying hello in the street, not even asking for money and pens (or not so much), adults talking to us and not trying to sell anything, wow, it’s been a while since we haven’t been in such an environment! Yes, since we left Myanmar basically (New Zealand does not count as we only saw sheep and very few humans).
I was under the impression that Bundi was a small town when reading guide books, actually it’s huge town, but with small streets. This gives an impression of walking in a village, when you could easily walk across the town in hours. Most attractions are within walking distance though, and the neighborhood around the fort is beautiful. The fort itself is absolutely gorgeous. We didn’t visit the one in Jodhpur as it was way too expensive but Bundi’s was free (that day) and because I kept trying to go to remote places and asking questions to the guardian, he ended up giving us a private tour of closed rooms with tons of explanations. Most parts of the fort looks quite old, but some rooms that cannot be photographed and are usually closed to public have been restaurated. Those rooms are unbelievable! It’s painted in blue, gold and red from floor to ceiling, representing either religious or historic stories.
The town is also famous for its stepwell (or as they call them: baoris). Silvere wanted to visit the Queen’s, known for being the most beautiful. It was not free so I decided to wait outside. So far all the stepwells we’d seen looked the same, as impressive they may be. As soon as he entered, the 4 guys selling tickets (yes there apparently needs to be 4 guys to give the couple of people who visit every hour a paper ticket) started to talk to me, not caring about the fact that I was trying to read a book and that I looked very obviously pissed off. What a surprise, harassment in Rajasthan! Silvere came back and insisted I’d go with him instead of staying by myself with such annoying assholes. It was probably a good idea. Not only the stepwell is very pretty, but there are a ton of bats, parrots and cute geckos inside, enjoying the shade.