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UDAIPUR
Udaipur is a royal city that had been the capital of Mewar rulers for centuries. The romantic city of Udaipur has a legend behind its origin and it goes like this. Once, Maharana Udai Singh happened to meet a holy sage when he was on his hunting expedition in the Aravalli Hills. The Sage counseled the King to establish a kingdom in the fertile valley that would be well-protected by the elevated Aravalli Hills. Subsequently, Maharana Udai Singh laid the foundation stone of Udaipur in 1557 A.D.
 
EKLINGJI (22 km)

The village of Kailashpuri is famous for its 108 temples enclosed by a high, fortified wall. This complex was known as the Shri Eklingji temple, is associated with Lord Shiva. Some of the structures date back to the 15th Century. The main temple, built of marble and granite, has an enormous double-storied hall under a vast pyramidal roof. The regaining deity is the four-faced Shiva carved in black marble. Yet another temple in the complex is the Lakulish Temple, built in 971 A.D. It is the only temple of the Lakulish Sect in India.

 
SHREENATH JI - NATHDWARA (48 KM)

Nathdwara lies 48 kms from Udaipur and literally means the gateway to the Lord. This great Vaishnavite shrine was built in the 17th century on spot exactly defined by the Lord himself. The legends have it that the image of the Lord Krishna was being transferred to safer place from Vrindaban to protect it from the destructive wrath of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The image when it reached the spot it vehicle the bullock carts wheel sank axel deep in mud and refused to move further. The accompanying priest realised that this was lord's chose spot and the image did not want to travel any further. Accordingly a Temple was built here.

 
KUMBHALGARH FORT (85 km)

The vast bastion, built by Rana Kumbha in the, mid 15th century, stands at 1,100m and was at one time considered impregnable. Within its complex there are palaces, temples, fields and water resources sufficient to withstand even the longest siege.

 
RANAKPUR (140 km)

A tiny settlement in the foot hills of the picturesque but wild Aravali Range, Ranakpur boasts one of the india’s finest Jain Temples, dedicated to Adhinathji. Building of the Temple commenced in the 15th century and the dedicated work continued for hundred of years. This amazing architectural masterpiece is built of creamy marbles.No glass is used and no electricity is employed, so the temple bear a sort of simplicity despite its intreicacy. Amazingly the structure contains 1444 exquitsetely carved pillars, no two of which alike in design.

 
CHITTORGARH (120 km)

This city (once me war’s capital) has seen many battles. The vast and seemingly impregnable fortress was first attacked in 1303, then periodically until 1567, when the battle against Akbar, the great Mughal emperor resulted in wholesale looting and the virtual destruction of almost every building. Following this, it was decided by Maharana Udai Singh to shift capital of Mewar to the area that became Udaipur. The spectacular fortified ruins are perched on a plateau 180m high and cover an area of over 700acres.Within the ramparts surrounding the plateau were fields, orchards, water tanks, palaces and barracks. The formidable nine-storeyed tower and erected in 1440.

 
Shilpgram (13 Km)

Literally meaning a "Craftsmen's Village" is a living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states, but the exquisite terracotta work mainly in dark red and dark brown sand material along with the wooden carvings are the forte of this ethnic village . Shilpgram comprises 26 huts set in 70 acres of natural surroundings at the foot of the Aravali Hills.A colourful craft festival during winter seasons to the whole set up induces viatanity and zeal.

 
Haldighati (50 Km)

The extensive terra firma, towards the south west of Nathdwara, this historical site witnessed the great legendry battle fought between Maharana Pratap and the Mughal Emperor -Akbar in 1576 AD. See Your AD Here The vast terrain that was supposedly covered with blood (the sand turned Red in colour) evokes a chill in the spine till date and envelopes a feel of nostalgia, this was the place where the heroic Chetak the gallant charger with his dedicated loyalty towards his chivalrous master (the Maharana Pratap) proved his worth by co-operating till his last breath.

A 'Chhatri' with delicate white marble is dedicated both to the indomitable hero and his loyal charger, is note worthy. A jeep drive to this place is rather interesting.

 
Jaisamand Lake (55 Km)

Maharana Jai Sigh had built this picturesque artificial lake. It the second largest lake in Asia. The lake has elegant step leading to the water and marble Chhatri (cenotaphs) on its bank and a small Shiv temple marks the grace of the lake. On either side are the palaces built for the king favourite queens. The local tribe for Bhils  still inhabit the island. The lake attracts several species of migratory birds while the wild life sanctuary, is a home for different species of animals like 'Panther', 'Wild Boar', 'Deer  from horned 'Antelopes' (a rare species to be seen) 'mongoose' etc. The island resort is worth visiting after an adventurous trek in the wild for a close encounter with the fauna. Jeep rides are the best.

 
Rishabhdeo Temple (65 Km)

Rishabhdeo Temple is an important pilgrimage site for followers of Jain religion. The temple is located on Udaipur-Ahmedabad road, at a distance of 65 kms from the city of Udaipur in Dhulev. Dhulev is a small town that is also known as Rikhabdeo, famous for its Rishabhdeo Temple. The temple traces its origin in the 15th century and is dedicated to Lord Rishabh Dev. Rikhabdeo ji is supposed to be one from the ‘Trithankar’ of Jain religion. The lord is also referred as Keshariyaji, since pilgrims offer immense quantity of saffron to the lord.

 
Mount Abu (185 Km)

Mount Abu situated at a average height of 1,219 mtr's above sea level is the oasis in the deserted land of Rajasthan and posses the honor of being the only hill-station in Rajasthan as well as north-west India, The world famous tourist destination is known for its Delwara Jain temples and natural beauty world over, situated amidst lush green forested hills on the highest peak in the Aravali range is also the summer capital for the Indian state of Rajasthan, home to lakes, waterfalls and green forests, the hill retreat, has a very cool and soothing climate thanks to its rich flora covering the entire hillside that includes coniferous trees and flowering shrubs. Mount Abu with its word-class tourist facilities with hotels ranging from budget class to three star and heritage provides a great holiday escape and honeymoon attraction. Every year more then three million national and international tourists visit mount abu enjoying its scenic beauty, rich flora & fauna as well as the marble art of delwara jain temples.

 
Sajjangarh (15 Km)

High on a hilltop just outside Udaipur lies this dramatic 18th century palace, with a breathtaking view of the Mewar countryside Originally intended to be a towering five-story astronomical centre, it was later abandoned and used as a monsoon palace and hunting lodge. It was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh to house and observatory and was planned as a nineteen-storied structure. However the Maharana died prematurely & the plans were curtailed. The now derelict palace dominates the skyline 2468 feet high on top of Bansdara Mountain. It is visible from a great distance & affords splendid scenic views.

 
The City Palace

The largest palace complex of Rajasthan stands majestically on a hill surrounded by crenellated walls. Started by Udai Singh, this enormous edifice of 30.4 meters in height and 244 meters in length was subsequently built upon by later rulers. The entrance to this palace was through 'Hatipol', the 'Elephant Gate' & along the main street of the old city. The 'Barapol' or the 'Great Gate’ brings you to the first court which leads to the three-arched Tripolia Gate. It marks the spot where the rulers were weighed against gold or silver, the equivalent value of which was distributed to the poor. The way now leads to a series of courtyards overlapping the pavilion terraces, corridors and hanging gardens. There is a 'Suraj Gokhada',             'Balcony of the Sun', where the Suravanshi (sons of the Sun God) Maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in times to trouble to the people so as to boost their morale. The ‘Mor Chowk’ or 'Peacock Courtyard’ gets its name from the vivid mosaics in glass which decorate its walls. The Chini Chitrasala is noteworthy for it's blue and white ceramics, while a series of wall paintings of Krishna can be seen in Bhim Vilas Palace. There are various other (sub) palaces - Dil Kush Mahal, Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Krishna Mahal.

 
Lake Pichola

This scenic lake, surrounded by palaces, temples, ghats & hills, is the largest in Udaipur & derives its name from Picholi village, flooded long ago so as to enlarge the lake. Rising from the lake are the two island palaces of Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir.

 
Jagdish Mandir

The Jagdish Temple stands on a bluff of rock high above the busy junction of Jagdish Chowk, near to the City Palace. Built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The exterior and the plinth are covered with bas-relief of figures; alligators, elephants, horsemen and some celestial musicians rise in tiers. Chanting, bells and music can be heard throughout the day. The main 'arti' takes place at sunrise and sunset to the sound of the fast, repetitive crash of 'jhinja'; the flat metal discs that are beaten to ensure that the gods and the populace are aware that prayers are being offered. This is Udaipur's largest and most splendid Hindu temple. At the foot of the temple steps one can purchase devotional garlands with which to deck the idols. Visitors are welcome but modest attire is expected.

 
Sahelio ki Bari

This lovely park, the 'Garden of the Maidens', appears discreet and in impeccable taste. There are four pools with dainty kiosks, and all around are flower beds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series of walls and shady trees. The fountains of the Sahelion-ki-Bari function solely by water pressure and nowhere are pumps used.

 
Fateh Sagar Lake

This lake was constructed by Maharana Jai Singh to the north of Lake Pichola, and linked up by the small lakes of Rang Sagar and Swaroop Sagar via a short canal. Fateh Sagar is surrounded by natural beauty, being bordered on three sides by wooded hills. It is named after Maharana Fateh Singhji, who had it dammed. Visitors can take a short trip across to exquisite Nehru Island Park, which, with its greenery and delicate pavilions, is the focal point in the lake. Udaipur's solar observatory stands on a smaller island in the lake.

 
Moti Magri and the Pratap Memorial


An impressive bronze statue of Maharana Pratap on his horse stands atop Moti Magri (Pearl Mount) overlooking Fateh Sagar. Locals climb the hill to pay homage to Rana Pratap and his faithful charger Chetak, who was killed in the battle of Haldighati. There are various other' interesting monuments as well as the ruins of an ancient fort. Nearby are the charming Japanese rock gardens known as the Aravali Vatika.

 
Sukhadia Circle


This huge, graceful, three-tlered: fountain was erected as a monument to Shree Mohan Lal Sukhadia, one-time Chief Minister of Rajasthan and a native of Udaipur. The fountain is surrounded by a, circular lake, bevound which are pleasant gardens. Locals flock here in their leisure time to boat on the lake in bizarre duck-shaped pedallos, or just to relax w refreshments at nearby cafes.

 
Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal


Udaipur’s museum of folk art, which display puppets, dolls, traditional dress, jewelry, masks, musical instruments & paintings. There is only an extensive section on tribal art. The world-renowned puppets of Udaipur, custodians of an age-old tradition, regularly entertain with first rate shows.

 
Nehru Island Park


As the name suggests this Park has indeed been named after the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.

The Park was inaugurated on the birth anniversary of Nehru on 14th November 1967. It is an oval shaped island and lies humbly on the Fateh Sagar Lake.

 
Gulab Bagh Park


Sajjan Niwas garden or the Gulab Bagh with an area of 100 acres is perhaps the biggest and best garden in India. Apart from the trees, flowerbeds and a zoo, the garden also has a museum to boast of. The museum, originally known as Victoria Hall Museum, was well known for its collection of antiques and curios. It has now been shifted to Karan Vilas Mahal within the City Palace complex. There is also a public library attached to the garden, which has large volumes and illustrated manuscripts on Indology, Archaeology, and History. The museum, the library and a reading room are all located inside the Victoria Hall. In the month of Shravan (Jul/Aug) a fair is held here on every Monday.

 
 
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