Exploring the Mystique of Nagar Sagar Kund in Bundi

Amongst the spread historical extravaganza in Bundi, monuments are renowned for its architectural beauty and historical significance.


Tucked away in the heart Bundi city is the enchanting Nagar Sagar Kund, a reservoir steeped in history, legend, and architectural marvel. As a vital source of water and a cultural landmark, Nagar Sagar Kund holds a significant place in the narrative of Bundi's heritage while captivating visitors with its tranquil beauty and rich cultural legacy. While you walk across crowded market, the sudden appearance of these stepwells instantly transports you into a different world.

A Reservoir of History:

Popularly called as Nagar Sagar Kund the Stepwell, is a striking example of traditional Indian water management systems. Constructed around 1875, the twin stepwells were originally named as Jamna Sagar Bawdi and Ganga Sagar Bawdi by then Maharani Chandrabhanu Kumari belonging to Chauhan rulers, and it served as a reservoir to fulfil the water needs of the Bundi region. The stepwell's intricate architecture was meant not only facilitating water storage but also providing a respite from the scorching desert sun, making it a vital lifeline for the inhabitants of Bundi.


Architectural Splendor:

What sets Nagar Sagar Kund apart is its architectural grandeur, characterized by a series of intricately carved steps leading down to the water's edge. The symmetrical arrangement of steps, adorned with ornate motifs and sculptures, reflects the skilled craftsmanship of yesteryears. Visitors are greeted by a mesmerizing interplay of light and shadow as they descend into the cool depths of the stepwell, each step unveiling a new facet of its timeless beauty. Me with a matching dress on day of visit made for a perfect camouflage. Perhaps this was another way to surprise enemies, just in case. 

Cultural Significance:

Beyond its utilitarian function, Nagar Sagar Kund holds immense cultural significance for the people of Bundi. It served as a gathering place for locals, providing a space for social interaction and community bonding. Moreover, the stepwell used to serve as a centre for religious ceremonies and festivals, with devotees paying homage to the water deities and seeking blessings for prosperity and abundance. The walls of the Kund are adorned with carvings of Gods.

Need to preserve the Legacy:

Surrounded by markets from all sides, outer structure is getting damaged gradually. Though the inner stepwell looks in good condition, but times organic waste is littered around the stepwell. Along with safeguarding its architectural integrity while ensuring sustainable water management practices, smooth passageways need to be provided to the stepwell. Spreading awareness about this spot can ensure its continued relevance for future generations and another tourist spot in Bundi itinerary.


Nothing else, but a Timeless Oasis:

While standing on the edge of Nagar Sagar Kund, gazing into the steepness of the architecture and depth of the stepwell, we were transported to the past era of regal splendour and cultural richness. The stepwell stands as a testimony to the intelligence of bygone era and their harmonious relationship with the environment. In a rapidly changing world, Nagar Sagar Kund serves as a timeless oasis, inviting visitors to delve into the depths of history and immerse themselves in the mystique of Bundi's heritage. You need to just walk into the streets of Bundi through the adjacent Chogan Gate -

Its serene ambiance and historical charm make it a must-visit destination for those looking to explore Bundi's cultural heritage, beyond Garh Palace. And there is a huge Spices Market next to these stepwells, do not forget to take some quality Red Chillies from here as a souvenir or for cooking in your kitchens-

Keep exploring Folks…

Gaurav Verma

A passionate Traveler who wants to see the whole world before hanging his boots. Always ready to explore offbeat and hidden spots. MBA + Engineer from Ivy league colleges, Gaurav is much sought after for his choice of lifestyle activities and Brand promotional campaigns.

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