Bundi Vilas is an intimate hotel with just 7 rooms, friendly service and an excellent setting against the walls of Bundi Garh Palace. This is a welcome change of pace from the hustle and bustle of India's larger cities and a chance to get off the beaten track and meet local people.
This heritage property is a 300 year old haveli, or private mansion, which has been wonderfully restored and opened to guests in 2008. It is entered though a 40 foot stone archway, leading to the elegant building. The 7 guest rooms retail many original features and are decorated and furnished in traditional style, while incorporating modern comforts such as air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms.
Meals are taken on the rooftop terrace, where guests enjoy large breakfasts and romantic dinners, against the backdrop of the palace - floodlit at night - town and Aravali Hills plus Jait Sagar lake below. Service is friendly, discreet and polite.
Bundi is an old walled town, dominated by the rambling palace. Guests can walk down from Bundi Vilas via a winding alleyway to the maze of streets that make up the old town. There are havelis, temples, bazaars and markets to be explored and the local people are friendly and welcoming to visitors.
Open: Bundi Vilas is open all year.
Location: Bundi Vilas is set against the walls of Bundi Garh Palace above the town of Bundi in Rajasthan. There is a train station in Bundi with 2 direct trains from Delhi. The next nearest station is Kota, about a one hour drive from Bundi. There are frequent trains from Delhi to Kota.
Rooms: There are 7 guest rooms with air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms with power showers and terraces. Rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and a telephone. A selection of toiletries is provided.
Activities: Guests can explore Bundi, with its old walled town, havelis, markets, bazaars and step wells, as well as the lake, palace and fort. .The hotel can arrange excursions to local sites of interest including the city of Kota. Staff can take guests bird watching.
Facilities: The roof terrace, where breakfast and dinner are served, has views over the town and Jait Sagar lake below. The food is north Indian vegetarian cuisine. They offer beer and Indian wine with dinner. There is an outdoor pool. Massages can be arranged.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables on the terrace.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is free W-Fi internet access.
Notes: Please note that Bundi Vilas can only be reached on foot from Bundi, which is quite a steep climb. Therefore this property may not be suitable for persons of limited mobility.