” The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust

This is the summary of my awesome Bundi trip. I have been to Rajasthan many times and for a few years even lived there. Just when I thought I had seen enough of this majestic desert state, the Bundi trip happened. That winter I spent more than two weeks at Bundi exploring the town and its neighboring places to my heart‘s content. Those were very relaxing days, going around the Rudyard Kipling‘s land on a motorbike, catching stunning sunrises, counting endless turbaned shepherds, admiring brilliantly beautiful faces of the people, and staring in amazement at the delicate murals of the famous Bundi school of miniature paintings. However, what I liked most about this little town was its old-world charm that came minus the quintessential Rajasthan noise, pollution, and choking crowds. An all-pervading atmosphere of past wonders can be instantly felt in the picturesque, slowly decaying Bundi Palace that tumbles down a rock-strewn slope beneath the ramparts of the even more ancient fort of Taragarh. Inside the once luxurious palace are fading memories – remnants of gold and turquoise murals evoking a glorious past. The palace overlooks a bustling bazaar, a small town, and spectacular step-wells with magnificently carved portals. The whole setting is simply magical. Here are some photos of my magical Bundi trip. It is one of those unforgettable experiences that make you smile every time you remember them. These will give you a serious wanderlust for the wild Rudyard Kipling land of palaces, ruins, forests, and interesting tribes.

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” ~ Gustave Flaubert

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do” ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal” ~ Paul Coelho

A brilliant Bundi painting

“Great things never came from comfort zones.” ~ Anonymous

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” ~ Maya Angelou

Beautiful Bundi town

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey” ~ Babs Hoffman

The woodlands that surround Bundi

“Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind”

Bundi is an offbeat gem of Rajasthan

“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you. ~ David McCullough

“Jobs fill your pocket but adventures fill your soul.” ~ Jamie Lyn Beatty

“I have found out that there aint’s no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate people than to travel with them.” ~ Mark Twain

“A Journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you can control it. ” ~ John Steinbeck

“Drink Heavily with locals whenever possible.” ~ Anthony Bourdain“I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places” ~ Henny Youngman“I wish I had never gone traveling.” Said no one ever.“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~Andre Gide“It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way.” ~ Penelope Riley

“The important thing is to never stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing” ~ Albert Einstein

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”“I would rather own a little and see the world than own the world and see a little of it.” ~ Alexander Sattler“It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”“You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as one.” ~ John Lennon“Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets” ~ Oscar Wilde“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” ~ John Steinbeck“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” ~ Aldous Huxley

Visit Bundi and see for yourself.

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