Historically, it is believed that local tribes inhabited the area around Bundi formerly. Bundi derived its name from a former Meena tribe man called Bunda Meena. Bundiwas called "Bunda-Ka-Nal". Nal meant narrow ways. In 1804, Rao Raja Bishan Singh assisted Colonel Monson in his disastrous retreat before Holkar. The Marathas and Pindaris forced the kingdom to pay tribute up to 1817 so he made a subsidiary alliance with the Company bringing him under its protection. His son, Maharao Raja Ram Singh (1821-89) grew up to be a much respected ruler who initiated economic and administrative reforms. Maharao Bahadur Singh (1945-77) also supported the British and served in the Burma campaign. Bundi State was a princely state in the era of British India. Its relations with the British were managed by the Rajputana Agency. The last ruler of Bundi State signed the accession to join the Indian Union in 1949. The ruler of the state of Bundi decided to accede to India, which later became the Union of India. This brought the internal affairs of Bundi under the control of Delhi.
There are many notable personalities in the district. Ustad Shamsuddin "Bhurji" Khan (1890-1950) was a Hindustani Classical vocalist fron Bundi. He belonged to the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. This Gharana was founded by his father, Ustad Alladiya Khan. Suryamal Misran was a great poet who was born in 1815. He was famous as "Mahakavi" in the poetry world. Vansh Bhaskar, Vir Satsai, Balwant Vilas and Chhandomayush were his main works. He was a scholar of grammar, logic, history and politics. He supported revolt of 1857. He died in 1868.
Geographically, the district lies at 25043'N latitude, 75065'E longitude and 268 m altitude. It covers a geographical area of 5,776 sq km. As per data recorded in the year 2019, the forest area extends to 9.65% of the total geographical area of the district. It is bounded by Tonk District on the North, by Bhilwara District on the West, by Kota District on the East and by Chittorgarh District on the South-West. The prominent rivers that flows through the district are Mez and Chambal. The climate of the district is extremely hot in the summers and fairly cold in the winters. The actual rainfall in the district was 608.7 mm in the year of 2018-19.
Administrative wise, the district is divided into 5 sub-districts namely Bundi, Hin doli, Nainwa, Keshoraipatan and Indragarh. Moreover, it has 9 towns and 873 villages. Hindi is its administrative language. Its district Headquarters is located at Bundi, situated at a distance of 215 km. from the state capital. The administrative language in the district is Hindi.
Demographically, according to 2011 census, the district has a total number of 2,20,071 households with a total of 11,10,906 persons including 5,77,160 are males and 5,33,746 are females and causes it to rank 30th in the State and 415 in India. The population growth rate during the period 2001 to 2011 was 15.40% persons with 14.33% are males and 16.59 % are females. The density of population of the district is 192 persons per sq km. The sex ratio is pegged at 925 (females per 1000 males) while the child ratio stands at 894 (females per 1000 males). As per 2011 census the percentage of major religions practiced by the people of this region is Hindu with 91.61% of the total population. According to 2011 census the principal language in the district is Hindi with 98.17%. In the year 2017 the number of live births in the district was 18,380 including 9,628 were males and 8,752 were females. In the same year the number of deaths in the district was 6,041 including 3,911 were males and 2,130 were females.
Economically, agriculture is the backbone of the district. Textile and tourism industry are also playing a very pivotal role for the prosperity of the region. The real estate industry is also growing very rapidly. Pulses, wheat, gram, barley, cotton, tobacco and oil seeds are the main crops which are found here. Orange, pomegranate, lemon, guava and mango trees are main fruit tress of the district. Many forts and old palaces are converted into hotels and are playing an important role for the economy growth. The Gross Domestic Product in the district during 2016-17 was Rs. 12,03,374 lakh at current price and Rs. 8,63,233 lakh at constant prices during 2011-2012. The Net Domestic Product in the district during 2016-17 was Rs. 10,98,860 lakh at current price and Rs. 7,84,341 lakh at constant prices during 2011-2012. The Per Capita Income or NDDP, at factor cost during 2016-17 was Rs.91,308 lakh at current price and Rs. 65,173 lakh at constant prices during 2011-2012.
Educationally, according to 2011 census, the literacy rate in the district is 61.52% with 75.44% are males and 46.55% are females. The total literate population of the district is 5,85,044 including 3,71,705 are males and 2,13,339 are females. The district has various primary, higher and secondary schools and colleges.
The district is renowned by a number of historical and religious places. The famous tourist places of the district are Chitrashala-Ummed Mahal, Cave Paintings, Garh Palace, Taragarh Fort, Raniji-Ki-Baori, Step Wells, Chaurasi Khambonki Chhatri, Sukh Niwas Mahal, Badal Mahal, Dhabhai Kund, Kshar Bagh, Nawal Sagar, Jait Sagar Lake, Kanak Sagar Lake, Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary. During the year 2018, there were 70,442 domestic tourists and 16,534 foreign tourists who visited above places. The town of Indragarh and its nearby places are famous for the temples of Bijasan Mata and Kamleshwar and its step well. The step well of Indergarh is main attraction for tourists. Hadoti region is also famous for its beautiful forts and palaces, and step-well reservoirs (baoris).