of interest in Rajasthan
This is the second
most important fort in Rajasthan, next only to the Chittorgarh fort.
It was constructed perched on a lofty hill in the Aravallis by Maharana
Kumbha in the 15th century. There are several palaces and temples
within the fort. There are seven gates that lead to the Badal Mahal.
This palace is located at the top is also called the Place of Clouds and
there is a spectacular view of the surroundings. It was renovated in the
19th century. There is also a game reserve with animals like the
bear, antelope, panther, etc.
It was built by
Maharana Jai Singh in the 17th century. There are marble chhatris
in the embankment and palaces on either side which were the summer residences
of the queens. The Jaisamand Sanctuary is 8 kms away and offers refuge
to sambar, gazelles, chital, wild boar, panther and other animals and birds.
A great variety of birds migrate and nest during the season.
is located about
98 kms from Udaipur & is one of the most important centre of Jain pilgrimage.
There are several Jain temples in this serene and remote area in the aravalli
hills. Most temples date back to the 12th - 15th century, yet are
well preserved. The Chaumukha dedicated to Adinathji is the main
temple and was built in the 15th century. There are 80 domes supported
by 1444 unique pillars, each pillar boasting a unique and different pattern
in carving. Facing the Chaumukha shrine is a smaller shrine belonging
to the 14th century dedicated to Parashwanath.
closer view of a dome
is located 65
kms from Udaipur and is dedicted to the Jain Thirthankara Rishabhdeoji.
Saffron is offered to the thirthankara and hence the place is also known
is a vaishnavite
shrine located at Nath Dwara, which 48 kms from Udaipur. This is
a great pilgrimage centre. The Lord Krishna or Srinathji in the temple
is a black marble idol. Maharana Raj Singh saved this idol from Mathura
to avoid destruction by the Moghuls and placed it in this temple in 1669.
Holi, Diwali and Janmashtami are celebrated with special pooja and festivities.
This temple is
located 22 kms North of Udaipur. This Siva temple dedicated to the
family deity of the Mewar rulers, was built in 734 AD. The idol of
Siva is made of black marble with four faces. The temple is carved
out of sandstone and marble with a double storeyed porch and a flat pyramidal
roof, consisting numerous round knobs. At the apex is the figure
of an urn and a bull. There are 108 temples around the main temple
enclosed by high walls.
The ancient capital
of the Guhilots is around 17 kms from Udaipur. There are numerous
temples in this region in ruins. There are two Vaishnavite temples
with carvings, paintings on the walls and ceiling. These are the
Sas-Bahu (mother-in-law & daughter-in-law) temples.
There are two Jain temples dedicated to Parshwanath and Adbutnathji.
This temple is
dedicated to Goddess Ambika mata. It is located around 56 kms from Udaipur.
This 10th century shrine is well preserved and some sculptures in the Kajuraho
style can be seen here. There are exquisite carvings on the inner
walls, cielings and door frames.
is located 65
kms from Udaipur. There is a Vaishnavaite shrine dedicated to Lord
Krishna. It is similar in construction to the Nath Dwara Shrinathji
temple. This shrine is also known as Dwarakadhish.
It is situated
about 40 kms from Udaipur & is the location of the battle between Rana
Pratap and Akbar in 1576. There is a cenotaph
with white marble columns, memorial to Rana Pratap and his faithful charger
Chetak, who was killed in this battle at Haldighati.
is located 66
kms from Udaipur, close to Kankroli. Maharana Raj Singh constructed
this dam in 1660 AD. There are many arches and chhatris adorning