Known for its sculptured Jain
temples, built during the reign of Rana Kumbha, with 29 halls and 1,444
pillars (no two being alike), Ranakpur gets the spotlight because of its
location and exquisite architecture, which can only be compared to
Dilwara Temples in Mt. Abu.
40 km from Udaipur, Haldighati has
secured its place in history forever. It was at Haldighati in 1576 that
Maharana Pratap had a fierce battle with Mughal Emperor Akbar. The
enormous territory was said to be covered with blood and it was here
that Chetak, the legendary horse of Maharana Pratap gave a marvelous
display loyalty towards his chivalrous master. A 'Chhatri' done in
delicate white marble is dedicated both to the resolute hero and his
22 km from Udaipur, high walls
surround a temple complex of 108 temples, known as Eklingji. Built in
1734, the temples are devoted to the regal deity Ekling ji. Made of
sandstone and marble, the complex has an ornate 'mandap' or pillared
hall, the awning of a huge pyramidical roof made of hundreds of knots.
This temple is one the most
distinguished Vaishnava shrines of Lord Krishna (popularly called as
Nathji here). Thousands of pilgrims visit the shrine during the
festivals. 48 kn from Udaipur, foreigners are not permitted in the
temple premises and photography is prohibited there.
Kumbhal Garh Fort
84 km from Udaipur, Maharana Kumbha
built Kumbhalgarh Fort in the 15th century. It is the second most
important fort in Rajasthan after the Chittaurgarh Fort. Crowning the
Aravalli Hills, the fort is not so easily accessible with seven great
gates that stand guarding its entrance. Just 6 kms, from the Kumbalgarh
Sanctuary, this mighty fort boasts of some great temples and the Badal
Mahal or the Cloud Palace, which gives scenic view of the city.
48 km from Udaipur, it is an
artificial lake built in 17th century by Maharana Jai Singh. The marble
Chhatris along the shores adds elegance to this second
largest lake in Asia. There are palaces on either sides of the lake that
were built for the beloved queens of the King. The islands on the lake
still house the Bhils (tribal people).
66 km from Udaipur, there is a
magnificent dam built by Maharana Rai Singh in 1660. This royal lake
offers a stunning view of the sunset festooned by beautiful Torans
(arches) and Chhatris along with various striking pavilions.
Eye-catching sculpture and inscriptions of Sanskrit verses characterize
Shilpgram (means Craftsmen's
Village) is just the right place to see Indias diverse
crafts, arts and culture. The lovely terracotta work done in dark red
and dark brown sand materials along with the wooden carvings are the
specialty of this ethnic euphoria. Shilpgram has 26 huts set in 70 acres
of natural backdrop at the foot of the Aravali Hills.
There are various excursions points around Udaipur. Read to know more about the nearby places to see in Udaipur Rajasthan, India.