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Rajasthan - Udaipur - The City of Sunrise
Udaipur is popularly known as the abode of Udai or the city of sunrise. Some people know the city as the Venice of the east as well. Lord Karjan was enthralled by the charm and appeal of the city. Arguably, it is the best destination of Rajasthan.
The wonderful Lake, transparent blue water, astounding natural locale, marble palaces, well adorned orchards and primeval temples make the city a dreamland for the hordes of holiday makers. Five astonishing palaces of Udaipur mainly draw the attention of the tourists. The architectural grandeur of 2 Lake Palaces, City Palace, Jag Niwas, Jag Mandir, Laxmi Vilas and Monsoon Palace is praiseworthy. All of these palaces, however, showcase different architectural splendors which are far apart from each other. The contemporary planning and designing of Rajput dynasties are demonstrated on the architectures of these palaces. You can also recall the bravery and gallantry of the Rajput emperors of that age.
Udaipur previously was the capital of Mewar. Udaipur is a special attraction for them who love to watch the historical monuments of India. Many dynasties, one after the other, had ruled the city. A number of memorials with immense historical values, however, had been destroyed by innumerable emperors. To rebuild and recover the old grandeur of the city , King Udai Singh had taken the responsibility to erect a fort on the green slope of the soaring Aravali hill. Located at an altitude of 577 meters, on the astounding banks of the Lake Pichola, the stately Udaipur fort, founded by the emperor Udai Singh, is the best city attractions of Udaipur. The entire city of Udaipur had been formed around the beguiling historical fort.
The enamoring Pichola Lake, located at the south- western side of the city, is delimited by towering walls, built at three of its sides. To safeguard the fort from the invaders and elephants, 11 poles or doorways were built. To make these access ways stronger the emperor had decided to use iron. The gateways, such as, Suraj at the eastern side of the fort, Brahma at the western side of the fort, Hati at the northern side of the fort, Delhi at the north-eastern side of the fort and Krishna at the southern side of the fort, are the most important entrances among all.
To extend the territories of the city of Udaipur, the fortifications along its boundaries had been demolished. It has definitely minimized the significance and magnificence of the historical city a lot. But, still tourists can still feel the old glory days of Udaipur. Tourists from faraway places throng to the city throughout the year. The prime and foremost enticements of the city are also located on the premise which was once well protected by tall fortifications. Slender streets and homes at roadsides are the trademarks of the city now. The folk tales of Mewar have been momentously portrayed on the entrance of Udaipur. Jali architectures and flanked colorful glasses festoon the windows.
Start the trip of the city right from the clock tower of the old city. The road towards the eastern side of the clock tower would take you to the Tourist Office; the road towards the western side of the clock tower goes to the Lake. If you are going to the Chetak circle then you have to take a walk through the northern side of the Clock Tower. Lok Kata Mandal and Saheliyon Ki Bari are located on the same way in the propinquity as well.
Take a walk to the bus stand, positioned at the northern side of the Railway station, at the opposite side of the Udai Pole. The Udaipur Railway Station is located outside the old walls of Udaipur, at the South- eastern side of the city. The Tourist Bungalow is situated at a corner towards the north- eastern side of the city in Shastri Circle. To move around the city, you can hire an auto or a taxi. Bus services are good as well.
It would be a charming experience for those who would be able to take a walk to various corners of city and watch the important tourists’ spots. Dotted palaces, mansions, Havelis, Temples and Museum had been built around the fascinating Pichola Lake. You would cherish the experience of a boat ride on the Lake, especially in the evening.
Ranakpur, Nathdwara, Haldighathi, Kankroli and Rajsamand are the nearby destinations. Witness the divine power of Eklingji, located adjacent to Udaipur. If you have time then you can avail a bus from Nathdwara or Haldighathi to Chittor. For a convenient trip, you should avail a conducted tour, organized by RTDC.
City Palace was the winter resort of the Maharana (emperor) and is the biggest palace of Rajasthan. Granite stones and marbles were artistically used to construct the palace, on the eastern banks of Pichola Lake. The city palace, also popularly known as fort, was erected in 1559 by Maharan Udai Singh. 11 different Mahals were constructed on the premise of the City Palace over the period of 300 years. The length of the 30.4 meters tall palace is 244 meters. A number of impressive Mahals had been erected by Udai Singh during 17th century. The structure of the city palace resembles the pretty structure of the Windsor castle of England. Enter into the captivating palace through the Hathi pole, on the main street of Udaipur. Tourists can access the first palace premise through the Tripolia Gate (1725) after crossing Bari pole (1600) and 8 marble entrances.
Catch a glimpse of the Royal Courtyard, located at the southern side of Udaipur, on the way to the Ganesh Deori, at the back end of the Tripolia Gate.
Each and every Mahal of the City Palace is beautiful for wonderful architectures. Sish Mahal, Krishna Vhilla, Bhim Vhilla, Choti Chitrashala, Dilkhush Mahal, Manak Mahal, Moti Mahal of colorful glasses, Amar Vilas and Kanch Ki Burj of 1676 deserve a visit.
The palace museum had been constructed in the oldest portion of the ancient palace. A peacock effigy which had been constructed way back in 1874 by Sajjan Singh was built with 5000 glass fragments. The agreeable architecture of this particular effigy is praiseworthy. The reflection of sunlight on the glasses create a combination of Blue, green and golden colors. Surya idol, idols of glasses and porcelains in Ruby Mahal, miniature pictures in Krishkumari Mahal, Fresco pictures in window less Jena Na Mahal (built by Karan Singh), the hanging balcony, floor and window with colorful glasses are making this palace one of the prime attractions of Rajasthan. The old Palanquin, Hawda and horse chariot are put on display in Rani Mahal. The art forms using glasses in Moti Mahal and well ornamented Dutch and Chinese tiles in the Chini Ki Chitra Mahal are marvelous. Plenty of stories, associated with Rajasthan, are inventively portrayed on the walls of the Choti Chitrashala. The elevated peak of the monument is decorated with innumerable tales of Vishnu, Krishna and nymphs.
76th Rana, namely Arvind Singh is still living in the Shambhu Niwas of the palace. 1 ½ km long Presley’s Complex, built in 20th century, houses Hotel Shiv Vilas and Fateh Prakas Hotel in the star shaped royal guest house. Climb up the Fateh Prakas Hotel, located at a higher elevation, through a tough road. Owner of both of these hotels is the Rana family. To know the history of the palace in detail you should hire a guide alongside by spending 100 rupees. Three hours would be sufficient to watch each and everything of the palace. The architectural excellence of the palace would enthrall you but its slender ways and corridors would be a problem for many. Your children would love to watch the Light & Sound Show in the City palace.
Crystal Gallery: Crystal Gallery situated adjacent to Fateh Prakash Palace, houses impressive solid crystal furniture which came all the way from Birmingham. The enamoring Crystal Gallery can be watched from the palace.
You can take a walk to the Vintage Car exhibition, at a distance of 2 km from the Crystal Gallery. Cadillac, used by Kennedy, is kept in the exhibition.
The Jagadish Temple, built in 1651 by Jagat Singh spending a hefty amount of 15 lakhs, at the northern side of the palace, depicts Indo- Arya Nagari architectures. Lord of the universe Vishnu in the form of Jagannath, made up of black stones, is residing on the throne of the three storied temple. The deity is worshipped by the devotees every day. Garuda, made up of brass, is residing in front of the main deity.
Climb up the temple, located at an altitude of 25 feet, crossing 32 stair ways. Ganesh, Surya, Durga and Gaurishwar temples are positioned at four different corners of the Jagdish temple. Bagore Ki Haveli, constructed during 18th century, is located downside. The Western Zone Cultural Center has been established in the rooms of the old Guest House. The sumptuousness of the Graphic Studio and various architectural objects in the exhibition would lift up your spirit. The art forms of the colorful glasses and inlay work are laudable.
Pichola Lake : An artificial Lake, covering rambling 100 square km, had been excavated by Banjara tribes in Pichli village. The name of the Lake, i.e. Pichola, was derived from the name of the village. The volume of the Pichola Lake increased at the time of Udai Singh due to the installation of Badi pole dam. The Lake, surrounded by mountains, is also fed with rainfalls. The Lake looks lovely as plenty of Islands are showing their heads in the middle of the Lake. Beguiling palaces and holy temples are built on these scattered Islands. The City palace had been constructed on the eastern banks of the Pichola Lake. An astounding orchard is located at the southern side of the palace. Devotees and city dwellers enjoy bath at various banks of the Lake. The nature around is truly awe-inspiring. The scenic beauty of the natural locale looks pretty, especially, during the full moon. Enjoy a boat ride on the surface of the Lake as well. A boat starts at 5 p.m. from the Lake Palace Hotel along with the batch of holiday makers. Watching the panoramic view of sunset is a tantalizing experience as well. A story of a dancer is associated with the Lake. To remember the old story of that dancer, a commemorative had been built on the banks of the Lake. It is believed that if you drink the water of the Lake, then you would definitely come back to the place again. The charm, however, of the Lake attracts throng of tourists.
Jag Niwas Palace or the Lake Palace, covering 4 acres of land, was built on the Jag Niwas Island by the Maharana Jagat Singh 2nd in 1754. The palace is nestled in the water and is bounded by mountains. A number of rooms had been innovatively built on the palace premise later on. It is one of the most striking and attractive palaces which are built in the middle of water. Now, the premium Heritage Lake Palace Hotel welcomes the hordes of holiday makers who want to spend few days in the middle of the wonderful natural backdrop lavishly. Well ornamented ceiling, glass windows, antique furniture, grove and fountain are the additional enticements of the palace. It seems like a ship is floating on the Lake if you see the palace in full moon. Everyone aspires to spend a night at this hotel, but few can afford. One can, however, just go there for lunch. The experience would be memorable.
Jag Mandir is another Island, surrounded by mountains, located at the opposite side of the Jag Niwas, at the southern banks of the Lake. A number of festivities take place in the Jag Mandir or Gul Mahal, built with the yellow sandstones by the emperor Amar Singh in 1615. The three stories Jag Mandir had been erected on the top of the circular bulwark. The dome shaped pavilion of the palace was built by Karan Singh in 1622. The astonishing palace was revamped by Jagat Singh, the son of Karan Singh. The furniture of Belgium glasses and the wonderful architectural touch on the snake shaped marble throne are the prime attractions of the palace. An Island Hotel has also been constructed in the Jag Mandir palace. A chattis, made up of green marbles, positioned at the opposite side of the Jag Mandir, allures tourists as well. The journey to the Chattis from the Jag Mandir on a boat would elevate your spirit.
Covering rambling 100 acres of land, Sajjan Niwas Bagh or Gulab Bagh, built by Sajjan Singh during 1959-74, at the back end of the Pichola Lake, can be accessed on the way to the City Palace. Tourists are entertained by Naulakha Bhawan, Victoria Hall, Kama Talai and Mini Train. The adjoining zoo amuses little children with the assortment of animated animals.
The stately museum with a lot of historical collections has been shifted to the City Palace. The anthology of books in the Saraswati Sadan deserves praise. The adjoining Gulaab Bagh showcases rare and atypical collection of roses which had been brought all the way from various corners of the world.
Fateh Sagar, another chief attraction in the vicinity, is situated at the northern banks of the Pichola Lake. 25 feet deep water body has a length of 2.4 km and breadth of 1.6 km. The artificial Fateh Sagar, was excavated after the installation of the dam of Jai Singh in 1678. A channel connects the Fateh Sagar and Pichola Lake.
The dam had been destroyed once due to the excessive rainfalls. Later on, the dam had been reconstructed spending 6 lakhs by Fateh Singh. Drive your car through the eastern banks of the Pichola Lake to take pleasure in the surrounding natural setting.
The Sanjay Park and Aravali Vatika are there on the banks of Fateh Sagar. Enjoy a boating ride on the water surface of the Fateh Sagar. The royal guest house or the palace in the Laxmi Vilas is located adjacent to the Fateh Sagar.
Sajjangarh or the Monsoon Palace, at an altitude of 335 meters of the Aravali hill, is located at a distance of 5 km towards the western side of the city and was erected in 1880. Not many access the palace due to the dearth of drinking water. But, the spectacle of the entire Udaipur city from this palace has the power to enthrall each and every tourist. The reflection of the sun light during the sunset on the marbles of the palace is truly a splendid sight. The radio transmission center has recently been set up in the palace. It’s a good idea to enjoy a trip to the palace hiring a car or an auto in the evening. Every tourist has to pay 100 rupees to see the majestic palace though.
An island park that draws attention is Nehru Park, on the Fateh Sagar. The Nehru Park resembles the structure of the captivating Vrindavan Garden. The water of the neighboring fountain reaches a height of 150 feet. This is a unique sight in whole India. Boats start from the wharf of the Moti Magri to the Nehru Park. It takes approximately 6 minutes to reach the Nehru Park from the Moti Magri.
The statue of Maharana Pratap, atop the Moti Magri hill, built in 1967, commemorates the valor of the emperor. An idol of Maharana Pratap would help the tourists to recall the old history. If you are a die heart nature lover, then don’t miss the opportunity to stare at the vista of the Aravali hill by the telescope. The Rock Garden, on the way, has been built according to the Japanese architectures. If you like your children to see the Light & Sound Show then make sure you are present on the spot along with your little toddlers. You have to buy a ticket spending 35 rupees each though.
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, had been constructed innovatively amidst the Chetak Circle on 3rd March, 1963. The maintained portraits, attires, ornaments, dolls, masks, musical instruments and many more objects are of International Standards. Get into the auditorium and reserve seats for your family member before hand to watch the doll dance show of 7 minutes. The show takes place once every 20 minutes. The one hour puppet show would entertain you as well.
Rajasthan is rich in cultures and traditions. The trip of Rajasthan is incomplete if you are unable to witness one of the greatest dance forms of the world, i.e. the Rajasthani Dance. Enjoy the show at Meera Kala Mandir on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Saheliyon Ki Bari is another pretty garden, located at a distance of 2 km towards the northern side of the Hathi pole. The atmosphere around the garden would engross you.
The chattis, in the middle of four water bodies, demonstrates excellent architectures on the black stones. These water bodies are full of blooming lotuses. The contiguous fountain is praiseworthy and notable. The fountain produces the sound of rains. To watch this beautiful fountain you have to spend 10 rupees.
Shilpigram, the Rural and Crafts Complex, about 6 km towards the north- west side of the Chetak Circle, is the newest attraction of Udaipur. Plenty of artists have assembled all the way from Rajasthan Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra and formed a colony on the rambling 80 acres territory.
Two storied wooden homes, depicting Gujarati architectures and colorful scattered homes with own touches of the architectures of Kutch are the interesting enticements of Udaipur. Performers gleefully welcome the tourists by demonstrating Gujarati dance forms. The yearly festival, held during 25th December- 2nd January, showcases immense collection of handicrafts. Hire a car in the afternoon to visit all these nearby destinations.
About 3 km towards the eastern side of the city, on the banks of the Ahar River, Ahar, bounded by soaring mountains, was the ancient capital of the Sisodia dynasty. The shrines of the Maharanas of Udaipur are there around the Gangabhar Kund. A museum with huge collection is also there at a distance of 1 km towards the southern side of Udaipur. The entire territory of Ahar can comfortably be seen if you hire a car. Excavations have revealed a number of archeological substances and sculptures under the ground.
Spend your spare time at Sukhadia Circle watching the beautiful fountain. The fountain and surrounding territories look stunning in evening as the entire terrain is adorned with garlands of lights.
Chavando: Chavando, the historical pilgrimage, about 60 km away from Udaipur, can be accessed through NH-8 from Udaipur. The palace of Chevando had offered a shelter to Maharana Pratap. It is the spot where the emperor Pratap had organized his troop of soldiers.
The temple in Rishabh Dev, made up of white marbles, about 15 km towards the southern side of Parshad, on NH-3, depicts an excellent architectural splendor.
Interested tourists can stay at the ordinary rest house in Rishabh Dev.
Dungarpur: The city of Hills or Durngarpur, about 24 km towards the south- eastern side of Khairwara, is the homeland of Bhil tribes. The Udai Vilas Palace, located atop a hilly tila, at an altitude of 1500 feet, enjoy the dark shades of lush green foliage. Surrounded by the Gaib Sagar Lake at three of its sides, the palace, houses a seven storied Jenana Mahal, an old Palace (Juna Mahal) and the Raj Rajeshwar Shiva temple. The stylish architectures shown on the walls of the holy temple pulls many spiritual people. The entire palace of Dungarpur is bejeweled with mosaic, fresco and mural architectures. The museum, placed inside the palace, significantly illustrates the age old royal cultures.
Dungarpur railway station, about 130 km away from Udaipur, is located on the Udaipur- Ahmadabad railway track. Bus services to Dungarpur are also available from Udaipur.
You can book a room for staying overnight at Udai Bilas Palace, Dungarpur.
Temple lovers who visit Dungarpur should also visit the sanctified Baneshwar temple, about 40 km away from Dungarpur, erected at the mouth of three adjoining rivers. Countless numbers of devotees of Bhil communities flock to the holy temple during the full moon in the month of Magh (According to the Hindu calendar year) to participate in the festival and to take a holy bath in the adjoining river.
Jaisamand Lake/Sanctuary: Have some time off and move away from the pilgrimage spots to the lap of nature. Spend a pleasing day away from the hustle and bustle of Udaipur at Jaisamand Lake or Dhebar Lake, about 50 km towards the south- eastern side of Udaipur. Covering rambling area of 14*9.5 km, the second largest Lake of the Asia, Dhebar, was excavated when the 100 feet tall dam was installed on the Gomti River. The dam was installed due to the initiative of Rana Jai Singh in 1691. He wanted to build Ruby Rani Ka Mahal and Hawa Mahal for his lover, the queen.
The beautiful Island with water all-around is nestled in the artificial Jaisamand Lake. This is an agreeable land of the people of Bhil Community.
6 adjoining temples would please the spiritual crowds. A chattis, made up of marbles and holy Shiva temple had been erected on the huge dam of Jaisamand.
Nature lovers would be really happy to watch the unmatched charm of the Sitamata Sanctuary, about 65 km towards the south- eastern side of Jaipur.
Lies 8 km off the Lake, the Jaisamand Sanctuary, is covering a straggling 45 square km of green manor. Apart from innumerable deer, boars, panthers and four-horned antelope, countless numbers of indigenous animals wander around the entire lush green terrain. Huge numbers of colorful birds fly around.
Buses are traveling to Jaisamand once every half an hour. To enjoy the nature around for quite some time, you can stay at Hotel Jaisamand or at Jaisamand Island Resort.
If you want to experience the primeval splendor of the holy temples, then you should witness the charming divinity of the temple of Ambika Mata (10th century) in Jagat.
Udaisagar, hollowed out long back during 1559-65, about 13 km towards the eastern side of Udaipur, was excavated during the period of the emperor Maharana Udai Singh. About 40 km away from Udaipur, on NH-8, the Rishabh Jain temple in Rishabh Dev village, is a holy spot for Jain pilgrims.
If you wish, then you can stay at Hotel Gavri of RTDC.
Nathdwara: About 48 km away from Udaipur, Nathdwara, the second richest temple of India, is a well known Jain pilgrimage spot on NH-8. It’s an abode of the idol of the God Sri Krishna, made up of black stones. The simplicity of the temple would move you. But, the temple is said to be a rich example of Indian architectures due to its well ornamented walls. The engraved portraits make this temple a fabulous attraction for the hordes of holiday makers. The idol of the deity, established by the Telugu Brahmin (the founder of the Path of Divine Grace) in 12th century, resides here since 1669. Devotees and tourists who don’t belong to the Hindu community are not permitted to watch the divinity and the divine power of the temple. The best time to watch the façade of the deity is during the festivals of Janmashtami and Diwali. City dwellers animatedly celebrate both these occasions.
You don’t have to stay here in this clumsy and dirty city. Hotels, however, are there for the pilgrims who want to stay at Nathdwara. Hotel Utsab, Hotel Vallabh Darshan, Hotel Vindra, Tourist Lodge, Hotel Gokul and Hotel Yatrika are few noteworthy hotels.
Tourists can book room in Boutique Hotel in the ancient fort of 18th century. It’s located on the way to Udaipur from Nathdwara.
Avail a package tour from Udaipur and visit Nathdwara, Haldighati and Eklingji on the same day. Nathdwara is also connected to Udaipur and Marwar by bus.
Haldighati: The name Haldighati had been derived from the color of the soil (yellow). Located at a distance of 40 km towards the south- western side of Udaipur, atop the Aravalli range, is a historical destination. A commemorative to recall the ancient battle between Rana Pratap and emperor Man Singh, had been built in the vicinity. The shrine of Hakim Khan, the commander of Rana Pratap, and Khetri Golap Bagh (the battle field) are the other sought after tourists’ destinations of Haldighati. The assortment of colorful flowers decorates the entire orchard during March- April. A number of items, made up of roses, can be collected from the neighboring markets. The attractive places around can be visited availing a package tour from the city of Haldighati.
Eklingji: About 22 km towards the north- eastern side of Udaipur, atop the Aravalli hill, the temple complex (in Kailashpuri village), built long back in 734, consists of 108 divine temples and are made up of astounding white marbles. Different deities, residing in various temples, welcome temple lovers and spiritual crowds. 70 Shiva Lingam, 10 idols of Ganesha and 10 idols of Vishnu are the charm of the temple complex. The four faced idol of Eklingji or Shiva Lingam, made up of black stones, worshipped by Sisodia dynasty, is residing in the sanctified temple. The temple has a time-honored pyramid shaped roof. The architectural excellence of the temple would enthrall everyone. The west facing part is recognized as Brahma, the north facing part is Sri Vishnu, the east facing part is Surya and the southern facing part is well known as Shiva. The idol of bull is also made up of black stones. The 50 feet tall temple, erected by Bappa Rawal in 734, illustrates a marvelous depiction of ancient Indian art form. Devout devotees access the temple through a silver doorway.
The Nandi idol, made up of silver, is also residing on the consecrated throne of the Nat Mandir. Besides Kali, Parvati and Ganesha, numerous other hallowed deities are residing in various temples. The temple looks marvelous as it was reshaped by Rana Raimal 2nd during 1473- 1509. According to the stately tradition, the emperors are still visiting this holy temple in every evening. But, devotees have to pay their tributes from the outside premise of the temple.
The nearby divine Lakulish temple, erected in 972, is another attractive holy spot for the devotees.
Kailash Guest House and lavish Heritage Resort are the laudable hotels where you can stay overnight at.
About 23 km towards the north- eastern side of Udaipur, Nagda, the ancient capital of Mewar, houses Sasur Bahu Rani temple of 10th century. The excellent architectural magnificence of Nagda temple would greet all the devotees gaily. The pyramid shaped roof is the charm of the temple. A numbers of Mythological tales of Ramayana and Mahabharata are embossed on the ceiling of the temple. Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Surya are the holy deities of the temple. City dwellers after marriage visit the temple to receive the important blessings of the temple. Countless imposing enticements of 4th centuries also had been destroyed during the period of Aurangzeb.
Ambuj Jain temple, erected during 11th century, on the way to Eklingji temple complex, is a prime attraction for the batch of Jain pilgrims.
Buses, start from Udaipur and touch the Jain temple on the way to Nagda.
Kankroli: Due to the lack of rainfalls, Maharana Raj Singh had installed a dam on the Rajsamand Lake in 1660. The entice territory of Kankroli, about 66 km away from Udaipur, looks mesmerizing as plenty of orchards and chattises are scatted in and around the city. A south facing temple, erected by Raj Singh in 1676, on the banks of the Lake, resembles the inspiring structure of the Nathdwara temple. The deity Sri Krishna is worshipped in the temple. Devotees are paying tributes to the deity Dwarkadhish, an incarnation of Sri Krishna. Feeding the pigeons on the holy premise of the temple is an alluring experience.
Kankrali is connected to Nathdwara and Haldighati by bus. The pilgrimage can be accessed from Udaipur by trains as well.
13 meters tall and 335 meters long Nao Chowki dam in Kishangarh, built by Raj Singh, on the western banks of the Lake, is a commemorative of the marriage of Charumati. Both the pavilion and access way, built by marbles, depict excellent architectural stylishness and flair.
11 meters wide dam of soil was built in 1660 in the close proximity as a memorial of thrashing the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in the battle.
Sri Dwarakesh Hotel and Youth Hostel are the notable hotels where tourists can stay for a night in Kankroli.
Deogarh: Atop the Aravalli hill, at an altitude of 700 meters, Deogarh, is a tiny hillock which can easily be accessed during the weekends. On the top of the small hilly tila, the beguiling fort is well adorned with Mural pictures. The bank of the Roghosagar Lake in the propinquity is an agreeable spot to spend quality time at. Wandering birds in winters fly in from faraway places to sing in concert and spread color around.
Deogarh is just 2 km away from the Deogarh Madaria Railway station which can be accessed by train from Kankroli and Marwar. Kankroli and Marwar are 70 km and 53 km away from Deogarh Madaria Railway station respectively.
Gokul Vilas on the banks of the Lake, Raj Mahal and Motel Deogarh would offer you a pleasing shelter for few days in Deogarh.
Rajsamand Lake: Located near the Kankroli, Rajsamand Lake is situated at a distance of 66 km from Udaipur and was excavated by Raj Singh 1st in 1660 spending a hefty amount of 1.1 million. A dam is established on 25 contiguous stones on the lake which is spread across a rambling area of 7.7 square km. Sanskrit inscriptions, wrote by Ranchhod Bhatt, displayed on the stones of the dam, would enthrall one and all. This is the largest inscription of the world. 9 Mandapams, also popularly known as Nao Chowki, in the vicinity are the evidences of ancient architectural panache.
A diminutive fort, adjacent to the dam, is another appealing historical monument. This is the place where the emperor Aurangzeb and Jai Singh had fought against each other a number of times.
Avail a bus from the city to visit the interesting tourists’ attractions around the Rajsamand Lake.
Kumbhalgarh: Located at an elevation of 1087 feet, atop the undulating Aravalli hill, Kumbhalgarh, about 84 km away from Udaipur, is positioned at the border of old Mewar and Marwar. This is a bright spot on the map of India for the captivating Kumbhalgarh fort. Kumbhalgarh fort, built by Rana Kumbha (remarkable ruler) during 1443-1458, is one of the best among 84 forts of Marwar. The Kumbhalgarh fort is encircled by the second largest fortification of the world. This is the second oldest fort of the world as well. The importance of the fort was immense. But, still the city is not very popular due to the insufficient and unsatisfactory publicity. Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur are alluring more number of tourists as compared to Kumbhalgarh. The rampart of fort offers a pleasing panoramic view of the towering Aravalli hill and the plains of Marwar. The memory of Dhatri Panna, who had famously sacrificed the life of her own son for saving the son of her master from the attackers, is associated with Kumbhalgarh.
The Badal Mahal of the fort was reshaped later on by Fatesh Singh. The wonderful fort is surrounded by a 36 km long rampart. The fort can be accessed through 7 doors and is well protected by Soaring Mountain.
This is a trekker's paradise. Trekking lovers can trek through the undulating pebbly lands of Aravalli hill. But, a number of grand Mahals of the fort are now locked. Megh Darbar or the towering Darbar Hall can be watched if you can convince the watch man. The grandeur of Jenana and Mardana Mahals is fabulous. The fort premise had 365 holy temples. The divine temples, located adjacent to the Ram Pole, are truly spectacular. Ruins of the Jain temple of 2nd century can be seen as well. Besides the existence of the Kali temple and Chattis of Rana Kumbha, temples such as Neelkanth, Kumbha Swami and Mahadev entice the throng of temple lovers.
Covering 578 square km of green manor, the Kumbhalgarh sanctuary, about 4 km away from Kumbhalgarh, is a homeland of antelope, panthers, beer and wolfs. These denizens move towards the banks of the Berry Lake to quench their thirsts in summer (March- June) which is the best time to visit the sanctuary.
If you want to know the lifestyles of vivacious birds and watch the swimming crocodiles, then there is no better place than this riveting and absorbing sanctuary.
Ride on a Jeep or a horse to visit various corners of the sanctuary. Engrossed holiday makers can even walk around the lush green terrain of the sanctuary.
The buses to Ranakpur from Kumbhalgarh fort travel through the wonderful meadows. Kumbhalgarh can be accessed regularly from Udaipur as well by bus.
Forest Rest House is there inside the Kumbhalgarh sanctuary. Rest House of PWD, Hotel Aodhi and Kumbhalgarh fort are the places where tourists can stay comfortably at.
Ghanerao: To watch the historical temples, Chattis (shrines) and Bhanwari, everyone has to visit Ghanerao, about 50 km away from Kumbhalgarh. Trekkers can enjoy trekking to Ghanerao from Kumbhalgarh through 18 km of undulating land.
The attractive Mahavir Jain temple, about 5 km away from Ghanerao, can be visited from the Royal castle, the hotel built by Thakur Sajjan Singh.
How to reach: Udaipur is a popular Indian city which is connected by railway networks from Ahmadabad, Delhi, Jaipur and many more cities. Udaipur is connected to Jodhpur, Ahmadabad, Chittor, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Delhi, Agra and Mumbai by bus.
Where to stay: Hotel Yatri, Hotel Apsara, Hotel Anand Bhawan, Hotel Savera, Hotel Welcome, Hotel Abhinaba, Tiger Hill Resort, Hotel Gulab Bagh and Hotel Sikara.
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