Excursions & Sightseeing from Udaipur
When you are visiting Udaipur it is important to allocate a couple of days to explore the areas around Udaipur some of these important sightseeing and excursions are listed below:
#1. Ahar Museum
Abar Museum: Ancient city of Ahar lies 2 Km to the east of Udaipur. The royal cenotaphs of the former rulers of Mewar which are remarkable for their elegance are located here. A small museum houses the rare collection of earthen pots and other objects of art dating back to 5000 years.
The celebrated temple of Eklingji, enshrining the tutelary deity ‘Lord Shiva’ of the earst while Maharana of Mewar is at Kailashpuri, 22 Kms north of Udaipur. The temple was originally built in 734 A.D. by Bappa Rawal. The present structure, however, dates from the days of Maharana Raimalt This is a complex of 108 Temples enclosed by high-walls. It is built of sandstone and white marble. It has an elaborate mandap for pillared hall under a gigantic pyramidical roof composed of hundreds of knobs. In the sanctum is a four face image of Shiva in black marble.
One of the most ancient places in Mewar is Nagada at a distance of 4 Kms to the west of Eklingji. This old capital of Mewar takes its name after its founder ruler Naga-ditya. Sas-Bahu temples (9th-10th centuries) are among the most beautiful and exquisitely carved ancient temples of Rajasthan. On way to these temples a Jain incarnation populary known as the temple of ‘Adbhutji’ on account of the large 7 ft. high idole of the Jain deity is worth seeing.
#4. Haldi ghati
The well known pass of Haldghati, where the historic battle between Maharana Pratap and the Mughal forces took place in April 1576 is located 42 Kms from Udaipur. There is a chhatri dedicated to the faithful horse Chetak.
Nathdwara: One of the most celebrated Vaishnava shrines of Sri Nathji or Lord Krishna is Nathdwara 48 Kms from Udaipur on the Udaipur-Ajmer highway. Temple is said to have been built in 12th century. It attracts thousands of pil-grims every year from all over India. The image of Sri Nathji in black stone was brought from Mathura in 1669 by Maharana Raj Singh to protect it from the iconoclastic fury of the Mughal Aurangzeb.
Kankroli : 64 Kms from Udaipur, on the banks of Rajsamand lake lies Kankroli. Where an important Vaishnava temple known as Dwarakadhish temple is situated. The temple resembls the famous temple of Nathdwara.
#7. Rajsamand lake
Rajsamand lake : Rajsamand or Raj Sagar lake is situated close to Kankroli at a distance of 68 Kms. north of Udaipur. It was founded in between 1669 and 1676 by Maharana Raj singh and covers an area 7.7 sq Km. Jutting into the lake are three nicely carved marble pavilions with ornamental arches, six similar pavilions are in the waters. Its emb4nkment is known as `Nauchowkr because of the nine pavilions. These pavilions are a rare representation of classical Indian sculpture in marble.
#8. Kumbhalgarh fort
Kumbhalgarh fort : The second most important fort of Mewar after Chittorgarh is the fort of Kumbhalgarh situated in the north of Udaipur at a distance of 84 Kms. It was built in 1458 by Maharana Kumbha. It stands on a craggy hill, 700 ft above the pass at its face. Badal Mahal at the top offers a panoramic view of the lugged Aravali ranges and the sandy deserts of Mewar. It was renovated in the late 19th century. Highly recommended to include this as a part of Rajasthan tour packages.
The graceful 10th century temple of Ambika Devi in the village Jagat 56 Kms from Udaipur is populary referred as the thajuraho of Rajasthan’, because, of beautiful carvings and erotic sculpture. It is well preserved and elaborate in style.
#10. Jai Samand lake
Jai Samand lake : The second largest artificial lake in Asia is Jai Samand or Jai Samndra lake built by Maharana Jai Singh in 17th century. 14 Kms long and 9 Km broad lake has a circumference of nearly 88 Kms. its dam measuring 366 m. in length and 35 m in height was built by Maharana Jai Singh Who, on its inauguration on 2nd Pune 1691 walked around it and distributed gold equal to his own weight. Six chhatris with a finely builtelephant in front of each and a Shiv temple in the centre stands on the embankment. On the surrounding hills are Roothi Rani Ka Mahal and Hawa Mahal which give good panoramic views of the surroundings and the lake. Jai Samand wild life sanctuary is worth a visit to see a pantheron kill, wild boar, deer, four hornedantelope, mongoose and species of migratory birds.
Rishabhdevji : The Jain temple of Rishabhdevji popularly known as `Kesariyaje is located 64 Kms south of Udaipur on Udaipur-Ahmedabad road. It is remarkable for its elegant architecture. According to an inscription in the temple, its oldest portion the sanctum was built in the 14th century. It is dedicated to Rishabhdevji first Jain Teerthankar and the only temple in world with the largest offering of saffron (Kesar) in every day worship.
The Jain temples of Ranakpur are situated in the lovely valley in the Aravalli ranges, 90 Kms north-west of Udaipur. These temples were built in 1439 with the help and during the reign of Maharana Kumbha by a Porwal Jain merchant Dharan Shah and took 65 years for work to be completed. The most significant of the Ranakpur temples is the Chaumukha temple dedicated to first Jab Teerthahkar Lord Rishablanathji (Adinathji) it has 29 halls supported on 1444 pillars and none of the pillar are similar. The magic of light and shade is really heart touching and above inspiring. Surya temple and other Jain temples are side attractions.
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