Udaipur, Rajasthan

   
Palampur, Himachal Pradesh
Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

Built on the shores of Lake Pichola by Udai Singh II in 1559, after having lost his stronghold, Chittaurgarh to the Muslim invaders, Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar, a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years. The lakes, mountains and the habitat of the city present an excellent example of harmony between the nature and the built environment. It is known for its Rajput-era palaces. Its palaces like the City Palace overlooking the legendry floating Lake Palace are straight out of fairy-tale books.

The city also hailed as the 'Venice of the East’ is also one of Rajasthan’s great centers of contemporary art as well as of miniature paintings.


Attractions around Udaipur:

Eklingji & Nagda Temples: Location 22km north of Udaipur are the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Eklingji is a marble complex made up of 108 temples, the first of which was built in A.D. 734 by Bappa Rawal, legendary founder of the Sisodia clan, who ruled the Mewar kingdom for hundreds of years. The entire complex, most of it rebuilt in the 15th century, has a wonderfully uplifting atmosphere, particularly during prayer times. Deserted Nagda, which lies 2km north, is the site of the ancient capital of Mewar, which dates back to A.D. 626, are the ruins of the Saas Bahu, a 10th-century Vaishnavite twin temple and the remains of Adbhutji Temple.

Ranakpur Temples: Located 65km from Udaipur are the Jain temple complex at Ranakpur. The temples are the finest examples of the craftsmanship the Jains just like its famous compatriots at Dilwara Temples at Mount Abu. The Ranakpur Temples are beautiful, with exquisitely detailed relief carvings covering every inch of pillar, wall, and ceiling. The main triple-volume Chaumukha Temple, built from 1446 and dedicated to Adinatha Rishabdeva, the first Jain tirthankara, or "Enlightened One," is surrounded by 66 subsidiary shrines; inside are 1,444 intricately carved pillars, not one of them the same.

Nathdwara: Location 48km from Udaipur is said to be the second-richest temple in India, Nathdwara's Shri Nathji Temple. This temple is home to 600-year-old black marble statue of Lord Krishna, is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India, attracting thousands, particularly during the festivals of Diwali, Holi, and Janmashthami. According to legend, in 1669 as the statue was being carried from Mathura to protect it from the destructive blows of the pious Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, it fell off the wagon at this site; the carriers took this as a sign and built the temple around the statue. The interior is closed to non-Hindus. However one can see the finest examples of Pichwai paintings that adorn the interior and exterior of the temple. Hand-spun cloth painted with vibrant scenes depicting Krishna's life, these were originally created to teach illiterate low castes (who in the past were also barred from entering the sacred inner sanctum). Nathdwara is also one of the renounced center for making the traditional meenakari (enamel) work.

Kumbhalgarh Fort: Located 90km from Udaipur is the 15th century fort complex of Kumbalgarh, one of the most impressive sights Rajasthan has to offer. The wall, the second longest in the world, culminates in a fairy-tale fort within which lie the Palace of Rana Kumbha and Badal Mahal (or Palace of Clouds, so named because it literally is in the clouds during the monsoon months). The fort is situated deep within Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, and the drive is through tiny villages and pastoral countryside is one of the great highlights of a trip to Rajasthan. Kumbhalgarh is considered the most important fort after Chittaurgarh, but its relative accessibility and the charm of the drive make this the preferable option.


Access:

• By Air – Udaipur
• By Rail – Udaipur is connected by rail to major cities.
• By Road – Jodhpur (260 km), Devigarh (23 km), Nimaj (260 km), Jaipur (405 km)

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