A native state of Rajpootana, Hindostan, under British protection, separated from Kotah on the E. by the Ohumbul, and bounded S. by Sindia's territory; area, 2,291 sq. m.; pop. about 250,000. A range of mountains traverses it from N. E. to S. W., on each side of which the surface js level. The climate is unhealthy, fevers, rheumatism, ophthalmia, and bronchial affections being very prevalent. The majority of the inhabitants are Meenas, a predatory tribe, dwelling chiefly among the mountains, and supposed to be the early possessors of the district. The dominant tribe, however, to which the sovereign belongs, is that of the Haras. The territory subject to the rajah of Boondee was anciently of much greater extent than at present, and was called Haraoti. It is said to have been wrested from the Meenas by Kao Dewa in 1342. It was dismembered by Je-hangir at the end of the 16th century, and the territory of Kotah set apart for a descendant of a former rajah. Other portions of the territory were lost in 1804, and in 1817 more than half the revenues were usurped by Holkar and Sindia. The rajah of Boondee having aided the British in the Mahratta and Pindaree wars, a treaty of alliance and friendship was made in 1818, by which Boondee regained its revenues and a portion of its lost domain.
The importance of this state is due to the fact that it contains the principal passes to upper Hindostan from the south. II. The capital of the state, situated in a valley surrounded by rocky hills, 22 m. N. W. of Kotah, and 245 m. S. S. W. of Delhi; lat. 25° 28' N., Ion. 75° 30' E. It is encompassed by walls with three massive gates, and inhabited chiefly by native Haras. Its advantages as a commercial town are very few, but the beauty of its situation, its antiquity, numerous temples, handsome fountains, and palaces, invest it with considerable interest. The residence of the rajah, which is a collection of splendid structures reared by different sovereigns, and each bearing the name of its founder, stands on the slope of a hill overlooking the town. The town is divided into old and new Boondee, the former of which is in a state of decay.