Places of interest in Rajasthan
Around Udaipur

Kumbhalgarh Fort
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.


Jaisamand Lake
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.


Ranakpur
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.
Ranakpur temple
closer view of a dome


Rishabhdeoji
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 as Kesriyaji.


Srinathji Temple
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.


Eklingji Temple
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.


Nagda
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.


Jagat
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.


Kankroli
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.


Haldighati
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.


Rajsamand Lake
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 the embankment.
 
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