History and Culture

Dilwara Jain Temples: Visions To Cherish

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When inspiration strikes, the artists swear to their art, that every inch of their creation will manifold history. Dilwara Jain Temples are such examples. It’s unique in every sense of the word. It first came into construction somewhere in the 11th century and after ages of diligent construction, destruction, and reconstruction, five such temples came into existence. Each with its own set of antiquities is molded out of milky marble.

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While the formation of these temples was in action, the Chalukya Dynasty was in power. What went down in the centuries that saw the plight of these monuments, is intense history. The year 1311 saw the darkest unfolding. Allaudin Khilji laid destruction on all five temples and left them mangled in ruins. All that eloquence now resounded in pieces. Then amidst the 14th century, began the reconstruction. Donations and reparations came from many devotees from all over India. One of the people who contributed to repairs were, Bijag and Lalag from Mandore. Currently, the temples are administered by the Seth Kalyanji Parmanand Ji Pedi.


Now, to write about its intricate interiors, every inch of all five temples is etched with unique carvings. Little details are as great as a legend. India’s artistry is well reflected in the Dilwara Temples. All the craftsmanship scribed on the wall is always telling a story in these great temples. The manuscripts were written with a chisel on marble.

The first temple, The Vimal Vasahi Temple

This Vimal Vasahi is dedicated to the Tirthankara, Adinatha Ji. This one was sculpted entirely out of white marble. Even more detailed statues of the other Tirthankaras are present here. From the ceiling to pillars and grand doors, nothing resembles the definition of the plain. It was built in 1032 by Vimal Shah, the Chalukya King of Gujarat.

The second temple, The Luna Vasahi Temple

The Luna Vasahi is dedicated to The Tirthankara Neminath Ji. The beauty inside Luna Vasahi even surpasses that of Vimal Vasahi. The space inside welcomes sunlight so delightfully that it highlights even the most minute explanation of the temple. The Hathi Shala here is what is called magnificent. This temple also showcases the most delicate stone-cutting there could be. It was built in 1230 by Porwad Brothers; Vastupal and Tejpal, ministers of Virdhawal.

The third temple, The Pittalhar Temple

It is in the name; a colossal statue of the first Tirthankara, RishabhDev Ji, is crafted with five different kinds of metal. The metal used among the five others in the highest quantity is Brass, hence the name Pittalhar, as Pittal is a Hindi translation of brass. With 107 images instilled inside this temple, it stands tall with its individualism. Built by Bhima Shah, Minister of Sultan Begada. The construction of the temple dates between 1316-1432 AD.

The fourth temple, Shri Parsvanatha Temple

It’s believed that masons urged to put in use, the remaining bricks from the previous three temples, as this was the fourth temple in order of dates. It’s a three-story grand religious building. Standing as the tallest one in all of the five temples, grey sandstone can be seen in the building. Sangvi Mandlik and his family took under the construction of this one in the year 1458-59.

The fifth temple, Lord Mahavira Temple

Decorated with a number of beautiful paintings, it’s the smallest of the five temples. It’s adorned with gorgeousness. Although smaller in size, its craftsmanship is relatively modern with new elements. It was built in the year 1582.

The timings for the Dilwara temples are; the temples open for the public from 12 pm and close at 5 pm. These Svetambara Jain temples are situated 2 and a half km away from the Hill station, Mount Abu, Sirohi District of Rajasthan.

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Places to Visit

Shopping Places in Udaipur for Traditional Fashion.

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Culture lies in the veins of Udaipur. The tradition of a place is what gives it originality and offers density in variety. The city is proud of its evermore free-spirited bazaar where the best of Rajasthan is available in the wraps of Udaipur. Those elephants and camel printed colorful bedsheets, classic leather-bound notebooks, fine silk scarfs, diversity of Jootiyas (flat ballerinas), oxidized jewelry, and many more items that just speak in prettiness. Indulge yourselves in retail therapy, at these great long-established places.

Lake Palace Road

Whenever you go there, be prepared for loving everything that is sold here. From Tie-Dye patterns to Batik Print, everything here is adorable. Figurines are excellent for the interior of your home. Especially, if you go by the bohemian rules, then you’ll love shopping here. Have a bandana at the round of your neck in these winter months while you browse around Udaipur.

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Bada Bazar

You’ll find almost everything at Bada Bazar that needs a check on your list of Rajasthani items. It’s a big market that remains closed on Sundays. You’ll find all sorts of printed specialties, from sarees to bandana to amazing jewelry. Do pay a visit here on one of your free days. You’ll find an array of beautiful footwear here. Bada Bazar is located in the old city, Bohrwadi. It stays open till 8 in the evening from 9:30 in the morning.

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This Mochiwada Road is also located in the Old City, Nada Khada. If you are on the lookout for traditional-style ballerinas, you’ll definitely find your choice here. The prizes are fairly reasonable here. It makes footwear from a variety of materials like jute, leather, and so on.

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One of the Udaipur’s most loved and visited shopping hubs and today is its last day. The fair of Shilpgram is organized at JM66+9JP, Shilpgram for 10 days. It starts at each of ten days at 11 in the morning and continues with all of its grandeur till 7 in the evening. Then, after 7 pm, the dance, music, and theatre takes place. There are countless shops that sell all of the traditionality of Rajasthan and many parts of India. Sellers from all over India come here to put forward their hard work.

Tibetan Market

Tibetan Market is held in the three months of winter by Tibetans. It does not sell Traditional Rajasthani Items, instead, it offers a great variety in western winter wear. The quality of the clothes is really good and at a reasonable price. Good food, many antique items, and a lot of Indian sweets and sours are also available here. You’ll find this market at Ground, City Palace Rd, Pichola. It starts its business from 8 in the morning to 11 at night.

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Rajasthali is a government-run emporium that presents all of Rajasthan. You’ll find a great number of interior designing furniture. It shows both sides of the coin; traditional and contemporary. It has exotic paintings, blue pottery, brass utensils, terracotta, and fantastic stones all many kinds for your taste. This place is meant for the time you want to spend exploring. Rajasthali is located at Post Office Road, Near Chetak Cinema, Chetak Circle, Madhuban, Udaipur. It is closed on Sundays. Timings are 10 am to 7 pm.


Maldas Street

If you are a street shopper, this is the place for you. It is filled with shops selling good traditional items. It is also located in the old city. You’ll find beautiful unstitched fabrics so you put your creativity to use. This extremely affordable market stays open from 10 am to 8 pm.

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Hathi Pol

This is the place of paintings. Many genres of paintings are here to browse from and art is for living. Wooden handicrafts are also seen gloriously here. Even clothes and accessories are in fashion here. Hathi pol is located in the old city side too. From Monday to Saturday, it stays open for 12 hours from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm and on Sundays, it starts from 9:00 am and closes at 2 pm.

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Traditional fashion is naturally close to heart. Tradition in us tell others where we come from. Indulge into shopping with what’s truly yours.

Places to Visit

Scenic Places near Udaipur you can Visit in a Day: Part 2

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For every noteworthy vacation, prepossessing places are needed. Vacations lend us stories to be shared at every chance that comes by. In several instances, when we feel drained from emotions, that is the cue for a day trip. Scenic beauty, sweet weather, sensational company, and scrumptious memories; everything that makes your holiday smooth.

To continue the list of places to visit near Udaipur within 200km, this article lists seven more such places. All of the below-mentioned places are almost or a bit more at a distance of two hours.

Ubeshwar Ji Mahadev 

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It is one of those places that changes its composure when it’s the time for the grey sky to pour its adoration on the earth. The pond here, with a canvas of great Aravalli range, makes for the fulfillment of the fanatism for picturesque in you. Let the temple here purify your soul.

Ubeshwar Ji is at a distance of 22km (55 minutes) from Udaipur.


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Alsigarh is one of the few fortunate places, as it hasn’t been touched by humanity. It’s also one of those unexplored places in Udaipur.  The colors of nature are mesmerizing here with green canvasing across majestically and sky delightfully complimenting everything in its peripheries. Plan a day here to relish. There is also a camping festival happening in its vistas.

Alsigarh is at a 30 km of distance from Udaipur.

Jawai Leopard Camp Pali 

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An awesomely adventurous place for safari, camping, and hooting in the dark. It’s also called ‘Leopard Hills’ and ‘Village of Leopards’. There are several luxurious camps here where you can extend your trip. It would make a trip filled with awe, leopards, and scenic views. 

Distance between Udaipur and Jawai Leopard camp Pali is almost 2 hours.

Badi Lake 

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Not many folks know but it’s one of the most beautiful lakes of Udaipur. You can also opt for trekking here to put zing into your day trip. It is a bewitchingly scenic lake with mountains on all four sides. Early in the morning, the mist can be seen trickling down the mountains and it makes for a romantic foggy time.

It is 12km away from Udaipur

Kamalnath Ji Mahadev 

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It’s famously believed that King Ravana from Ramayana made a sacrifice to Lord Shiva by cutting off his head. The temple is antiquely built with several centuries of stories added. It is one of the must-visit places in Udaipur.

It’s at a distance of 66km from Udaipur. 


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Rayta hills is another place that only a few individuals know about. Spend a whole day here absorbing the positivity diffusing from nature. It’s a village with only 650 people living in it. Every now and then, we need silence even from our thoughts. The lush green hills of Rayta will awaken the depth in you.

Rayta is at a 19 km (47 minutes) distance from Udaipur. 

Chhatra Sagar 

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The bliss of staying in a tent that’s overlooking a kind of scene that can’t be defined in this writing. Write your own definition for the purity in the beauty of this place. You can also extend your trip to stay in those luxurious tents beside an artificial reservoir. The food here is excellent with ages of perfection added to it. It’s wise to plan a two – three days trip here as it is a bit far from Udaipur.

Chhatra Sagar is at a distance of 244km (4 hours 22minutes) from Udaipur.

Plan a calming day trip at any of these places. For more such gorgeous places read part 1 of this article.

Places to Visit

Scenic Places near Udaipur you can Visit in a Day: Part 1

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It’s famously believed that a beautiful thing leads to another beautiful thing. Udaipur is one such thing, rather a place, neighboring with surplus beautiful destinations. All we need from a monotonous week is a trip that resembles a chain reaction leading to bliss. A day to stock mental energy that lasts the whole week ahead. You deserve that off-day, travel as you mean it.

Places to visit in Udaipur are innumerable, but this piece of writing serves you a list of places encompassing Udaipur. It includes places that are almost or a bit more than at 2 hours of distance from Udaipur. If you are a tourist, then we hope that we have successfully extended your trip to Udaipur.

Jaisamand Lake 

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Planning a day trip to Jaisamand, you can expect breathtaking scenery, beautiful resorts, maybe haunted summer palaces, both flora, and fauna. It’s the second-largest artificial lake in Asia. You can relish in a serene boat ride at Jaisamand lake and have a lovely stay at Jaisamand Island Resort.

Jaisamand is at a distance of 75km (1hour and 40 minutes) from Udaipur.

Haldighati + Kumbhalgarh day out

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Kumbhalgarh is a magnificent fort near Udaipur. It is also a world heritage site included in Hill Forts of Rajasthan. It is the second-largest wall after the Great wall of China. The fort is as glorious as its tales and makes a suitable place for a day trip. On the way to Kumbhalgarh, Haldighati can also be visited. The ferocious war between Mughal emperor Akbar and Mewar King Maharana Pratap was fought here. Your time here can share with you the gore behind the name Haldigathi.

Haldighati is 50 km from Udaipur and on the way towards Kumbhalgarh. Distance between Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh is 85 km

Ranakpur Village 

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Ranakpur is an antiquated and charming village situated inside the cozy hug of Aravalli Mountain Range. It also has an artistically appealing and famous Jain temple. The temple is widely known for its intricate carving, exquisite finesse and not one pillar being identical to the other in terms of patterns chiseled on them. When you travel here, you can also visit the attractive Ranakpur Dam and Ranakpur Fort.

Ranakpur village is at a distance of 94km (1hour and 50 minutes) from Udaipur. 

Chittorgarh Fort 

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One of those great forts near Udaipur, it’s also called the Water Fort as a result of having 84 water bodies inside. Vijay Stambh and Kirti Stambh are the main attractions of the fort. A day trip to Chittorgarh will make you privy into the folds of history and severity of Jauhar.

At a distance of 115km (2 hours) from Udaipur, this fort stands tall atop a low mountain. 

Mount Abu District

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Acknowledge your desire to breathe in the crisp air of a hill station by planning a drive-up to this hill station near Udaipur. Anciently known as Arbudaanchal, you’ll be the spectators of gorgeous scenic beauty. There are various tourist attractions at Mount Abu, you may feel the need to extend your trip from a day to at least two days to revel in its tranquility. Dilwara Temple is one such marvel of Mount Abu.

Mount Abu is 163 km (3 hours) far from Udaipur.


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Nathdwara is a fascinating city with a river flowing along with it. It is brimming with spirituality and purity. It is also a festive city at certain times. It is advisable to not leave Udaipur before visiting here. The temples in this city are alluring, artistic, and simply beautiful. Worshippers of Shreenath Ji, flock here several times a year.

Nathdwara is 46km (1 Hour) afar from Udaipur. 

Ekling Ji Temple 

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Also known as Kailashpuri, this temple is excellent in its allure. It’s exquisite and makes one quite thoughtful. A day out for spirituality will undoubtedly cleanse the tiresome week you must have had. Ekling Ji temple is one of a kind in terms of architecture. 

Ekling Ji Temple’s distance from Udaipur is 21 km (25 minutes).


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Rajsamand is a small town with a famous artificial lake. For anyone who desires to spend a peaceful day, the lake is quite scenic. It has the ever-golden backdrop of the Aravalli Range. There are a few more tourist spots in this town, it would make for a great day to spend as a holiday.

Rajsamand is at a distance of 62 km (1 hour 10 minutes) from Udaipur.

Plan a one-day trip to any of these places for your deserved holiday. Breath in the beauty and exhale the worry. Let yourself detoxify from the burden of the week spent working. For more such gorgeous places read part 2 of this article.

History and Culture

Miniature Art Culture in Udaipur

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Miniature Painting has significance not only in being beautiful, but also academically, historically, and religiously. These paintings were used to record the lives of royalty. For a long time, when people couldn’t read, this artistry acted as a means of spreading and recording information, education, notions, and anything that needed awareness. This particular field of art needs extreme precision and finesse in the final product. It’s an exceptional thing for a person of Miniature Artistry to get the faces with utmost accuracy. Importance of Miniature Painting in Rajasthan is massive and Udaipur dwells on Miniature arts. 

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The paint used in these paintings is mostly made from stones like Graphite, Lapis Lazuli, and many other natural resources. For colors like gold and silver, incredibly thin sheets of gold and silver are used called Varakh. Even while making the colors, the consistency of the color is vital. Details lie at the heart of Miniature Painting. Every stroke, fill, corner, and crevice of a painting demands a clean hand. So, naturally, the brushes used are excellent, they are made from the hair of a squirrel’s tails and it’s said, hair is also obtained from camel’s eyelashes. For mixing bowls, shells with smooth surfaces are used. For straight lines, wooden rod helps.

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The four steps included in making a miniature painting are Sketching, done in reddish-brown ink, followed by Tracing done on the main canvas or paper, then the coloring is executed and lastly Stippling is done, where small strokes and dots are made with a small fine brush. Both round and flat brushes act as tools for the artists.

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Sadly, more than sixty percent of the miniature artists are changing professions as they see a bleak future. Art comes from the intensive conversation between mind and soul. An artist simply cannot function if these two decide to not cooperate. Everyone is gifted with a little bit of art but not all are called artists. It takes recognition of that art, and practice every day to be respectably called an artist. Even after so much effort and passion, Miniature Art is a dying one. There are great miniature artists in Udaipur who follow this art with all their might, but they don’t wish to pass it down to the generation.

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Miniature art is being kept alive by exhibitions, tourism, and a very small number of art lovers. If you are are someone who appreciates art, these paintings will amaze you. Visit the old city of Udaipur to support and appreciate local artists. Appreciating art is also an art.  

Places to Visit

Roothi Rani ka Mahal

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This particular palace, built under the reign of Raja Jai Singh doesn’t just reside among the old hills of Aravalli, (48 kilometers from Udaipur), it also finds itself between the whirlwind of stories regarding the melancholic queen, who held onto her anger at the betrayal of her king. In the olden days, the purpose of its construction was to serve as a summer palace for the queens to relax in, with the panorama of the second largest freshwater lake in Asia, The Jaisamand Lake, also referred to as, Dhebar Lake. The palace was initially known as the Hawa Mahal, but later, because of the residence of the Queen Umade, it popularly came to be known as, ‘Roothi Rani Ka Mahal’ and if, taking the note of spelling variation, ‘Ruthi Rani Ka Mahal’.

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Constructed in the 17th century, it is now mostly in ruins. But back in the day, it must have gloriously stood atop staring down at the world with all of its magnificence. It is a rather small palace in comparison to other palaces of India but its architecture and designs stand up to the standard of royalty. Even cruising around in the Jaisamand Lake, if you look in the direction of this palace, you could see the explicitly of the Chatris and Jharokhas sitting like jewels on the palace.

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The palace, claimed by many people, is roamed around by ghosts. It is one of those palaces in India that haunts. Many people trek on the mountain to put the rumor to test. But, as it’s famously said, ‘Dead men tell no Tales’. Queen Umade, arrived at this palace after her husband broke her heart, and she vowed never to give him the satisfaction of forgiveness. She lived the rest of her life in this palace with her unmendable heart in solitary. 

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Maybe the Queen’s grief never left the palace, instead, it seeped into the walls, the pillars, every fabric of its edifice, and naturally became a haunting. Whenever you visit Jaisamand, do trek to this palace at your own risk. Grief is quick to scare.


What would a Day at Shilpgram 2021 Look Like!


This piece of writing is an unabridged telling of the fair Shilpgram Udaipur 2021, from yours truly. The reader of this article will be privy to all the specifications we observed at the Shilpgram festival, Udaipur. From scrumptious food and thirst-quenching beverages to folk dances and their grandeur, Shilpgram was at its peak with culture as it always is. Folks from various parts of India were present with loads of charm from their native places.



Like every year the things sold were as appealing as ever, as reasonable as reason goes, and as cultured as India can offer. From colorful earthen pots to jute lanterns everything was emanating allure. A small list for your shopaholic self:

  •        Jute lanterns and colorful earthen hangings
  •        Doormats, coasters, and other supplements made out of Jute
  •        Hand-painted envelops and handmade diaries
  •        Hand-painted bedsheets, cushions, and other adorations
  •        Stoles, serapes, beanies, etc made out of different winter fabrics
  •        Dreamcatchers for your soulful sleep
  •        Handcrafted flower’s shop
  •        Rajasthani Jootiyas
  •        Diverse Jewellery (even owl-shaped jute ones)
  •        Shops loaded with winter wear
  •        Bubble Blowers (you know you love them)
  •        Both handcrafted and manufactured crockery
  •        Earthen pots and home utensils.



Art never ceases to amaze. At Shilpgram, so many local artists and artists from other cultures put up their talent on display. If you are an aesthete who loves art beyond measure, Shilpgram is where you’ll find peace. All the art that Shilpgram offers:

  •        Unique handmade artifacts that are exquisite
  •        Hand Painting
  •        Live Painting of you or anyone you desire
  •        Nail Painting
  •        Live Miniature Painting on the hand
  •        Several shops with ready Miniature art paintings
  •        Museum of Paintings from talented artists



If you are that person who relishes Shilpgram’s food and beverages, then like every year, they are as delicious as they can get. A few delicacies of Shilpgram in the list below:

  •        Kesar Doodh and Jalebi
  •        Kulfis in several flavors
  •        Chats and Channa Zor Garam
  •        Rice and Corn papad
  •        Three prominent food courts which plenty of cuisines
  •        Kulhad Chai and Coffee
  •        Chole Puri
  •        Sad to inform you that No cotton candy and No Sliced pineapple
  •        Hot and cold milk with and without malai



Musical bands were at various spots in Shilpgram. The sweet serenity of sarangi and the evergreen Kesariya Balam are deemed to make your day perfect. Gorgeous large instrument sculptures were installed for the panorama. No Mascots were seen on the day we went there but we hope they make it when you decide to visit. Although, no swings and Ferris wheels were installed camel and elephant rides were splendid. Do not forget to visit those huts that depict different regions of India as they are exquisite. 




A few formalities at the entry:

  • Entry ticket per person was from 15 to 55 rupees
  • No drones are allowed
  • Vaccination certificates (both the doses) will be checked at the entry
  • No entry without masks
  • Timings and Dates: The market goes on from 11am to 9pm, It is held from 21st to           31st December 2021

A day at Shilpgram is tiring yet happening as ever. It’s a fair that does it all, from culture to supporting artisans, artists, and art.

History and Culture

The Folklore Of Doodh Talai

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In Udaipur, there is a charming little pond which is popularly known as, ‘Doodh Talai’, certain people refer to a bit varied spelling that goes, ‘Dudh Talai’. Mentioned below is the folklore, which gives a rather strange logic as to why this pond is called what it’s called.


A few centuries back, there was a king who desired for himself a pond that had no water but milk in it. He ordered the construction of a little pond in the center of Udaipur. Next, he commanded each family in Udaipur to pour one large pot of milk into the pond. The King wanted the sight of a white pond to be a surprise for himself. So, he asked everyone to pour the pot full of milk an hour before the sunrise kisses the earth. There was an understandable concern among the people as milk wasn’t affordable to everyone. For whom it was, the thought of throwing away healthy milk didn’t agree with everyone. When the auspicious night came, a few large pots of milk were poured down in the newly established pond by the royal household. Everyone did the same with the amount of milk they could spare. There was one wise man who thought to himself, “What if I, instead of milk, pour into the pond, a pot of water? No one will know! As one-pot water won’t influence a pond full of milk.” As it is widely known that ‘great minds think alike. It was a hilarious shock for the king to wake up to the water pond the next morning. Everyone started to call the pond “Doodh Talai” as a tease and the King had never felt such mockery.

On account of this unaccountable lore, whenever you next visit the tourist spot that is Doodh Talai, do excuse a minute for the king’s euphoric ambition. 

Places to Visit

“Haunted” Places In And Around Udaipur

The other beauty of Udaipur

It is widely believed that violent deaths leave everlasting imprints on the places they occurred. Violence is a crime that never leaves its spectators in peace, imagine what it does upon whom it was inflicted. Places that have the most scenic beauty in the day, manage to look scariest at night. Or maybe it’s how people perceive beauty. It’s really the difference in judgment that makes someone haunted or just a soul desperate for help. Judge for yourselves as you read about the “haunted” places in Udaipur.

Udaipur is at peak of the list that holds the names of the world’s most beautiful cities. It’s not just beautiful, it’s ridden with rumors about horrors of the dark. When the black ink splashes across the sky and the moon has circled to its throne, the night lets out a fierce breath, as a representation of what frightens mere mortals.  

Sajjangarh Fort (The monsoon palace)

Forts have a way of becoming absorptive as they live for centuries. They start to drink all that happens inside their walls, as is called its history. The underground level of the fort is said to be one of the haunted places of Udaipur. Now, it’s kept locked after complaints arising from an unknown presence that people felt while exploring the stories of this palace. How ironic, as this palace was constructed for the sole purpose of rejoicing in nature.

Chittorgarh Fort

This particular fort has screams of women flowing through its walls. The heat still arises from that depression in the floor where 700 women jumped in the protection of their honor. Folks believe that Devi Padmini still roams within these halls. It truly has the most terrifying story of women fighting for their honor. Be careful as you go in, you might get the realization of the force of nature.

Gulab Bagh

The thing that is in abundance here is breathable air. You might need it more, as you walk in these gardens at night thinking about its history of painful exorcisms. It’s said that some of the worshipping places nearby Gulab Bagh performed exorcisms on possessed people. As the entity is forced out of a human, it looked for another living flesh to take over. Wander here at night, if the mind has been too quiet a while.

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Chandani Village

23 km away from Udaipur, Chandani Village echoes with the pains of a woman who roams around crying when the earth has circled away from the warmth of the sun. The villagers have often warned people to stay away as this woman is too difficult to understand. This village has a river flowing through it and the scenery is exceedingly magical. Visit, if you miss the beauty of the wilderness.

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Bedla Mata Temple

According to the locals and local tales, it’s a belief that when you enter the miraculous cave where the Goddess is said to draw away evil spirits, you will be asked not to look back. If you do, all the spirits left there might cling to you. Follow the rules if you must. The temptation will prove to be unwise. Visit if you are not too tempted.

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Natni ka Chabutra

There was a woman who was challenged by Maharana Jawan Singh. She was told that if she walked on the rope tied from one end of the lake to another, the King would grant her half of his kingdom. She was gifted at walking on ropes. As she was about to be victorious, the King ordered to cut the rope from his end. She fell and succumbed to death in the lake, but not before placing a curse on the royalty. It’s often said that, when a human dies with revenge in their heart, they never leave. It’s believed that the rope-walking woman still lingers in the lake that drowned her. 

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The legend is, this highway from Udaipur has witnessed such cruelty, that it’s made home to a spirit of a woman crying for help while carrying her dead child. According to the lore, the woman was running from the villagers who had decided to throw her child into the bounds of marriage. She was against it and ran towards the open road. Both she and her child died after meeting with an accident that night. 

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A few roads that locals believe are haunted – Rani Road and the road adjacent to the Badi Lake – are both said to be lodgings to strange presences. From midnight until the arrival of dawn, vehicles stop mysteriously for a minute or two before starting up again. 

Lakes are indeed deeper than they look. Udaipur is rich in its history and even richer in its hauntings. The pretty town that believes that its ghosts are wailing. Do visit Udaipur if you haven’t yet. 


Spend Your Christmas Here In These Beautiful Churches Of Udaipur

As we speak of 25th December, let’s for a paragraph indulge ourselves into its origins, myths behind Christmas, St. Nicholas, and Krampus. Christmas, The Christian festival, celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth, a town in Israel. The date 25th December, according to the Roman calendar also marks The Winter Solstice. 

With Christmas came the story of the great St. Nicholas, an early Christian bishop of Greek descent, from the city of Myra. It’s said to believe that St. Nicholas aka, Santa Claus rewards children who have been well-mannered and obedient children. But then also came the myth of Krampus, a half-human with a goat-like head. He is said to scare children who had behaved in an ill-mannered way. Celebrate Christmas with all its glory and mythologies.

Krampus & Santa Claus

Udaipur has always been rich in culture, architecture, spirituality, charm, and beauty. Its mesmerizing architecture never fails to leave its appreciators in amazement. We have talked on several occasions about artistry, but let’s shift our focal point on the Churches of Udaipur, this December.

Shepherd Memorial Church, Church of North India

James Shepherd, arrived in Udaipur in 1877, as a missionary at the request of the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland. His noble work in Udaipur, his commendable medical skills, and his considerate personality won everyone over. Within eleven months of his arrival, his dispensary had 27,472 visits. He also held preaching meetings two times a week. Impressed with his noble work, Maharana gifted him with a piece of land on which he commenced the construction of his church, now known as the Church of North India. It’s a protestant and an independent church.

The edifice of this church has a whiff of Victorian architecture with the dash of Roman to it. The grey stones of the structure give the age of the church as it is the first church built in Udaipur.

Address: Shepherd Memorial Church, Chetak Cir, City’s Prime Healthcare Area, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral

This catholic church in its olden days received the statue of Our Lady of Fatima from the Bishop of Ajmer, who received it from a German lady who was a devotee of Our lady of Fatima. It remained unopened in Bishop’s home from 1964 to 1967 before the Tridium Management was thrilled to take it.

The church is spacious. It has finely carved pillars all around for the people who love to marvel at the architecture. With a serene ambiance and a calming aura, it has an occupancy of almost 500 devotees.

Address: HMWX+PCQ, Bhopal Pura, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

Rajasthan Pentecostal Church

Late DR. Thomas Matthew established this beautiful church around 1987. He also founded the Pentecostal church. For much time, this church was under the Shepherd Memorial Church, then in 1987, it was built in all its glory in the scenic environs of Rani Road.

The Church is constructed with utmost beauty surrounded by lush gardens. And the interior is commendable with elegance. Its white walls with the gorgeous view of the lake make this church one of the most beautiful churches of Udaipur.

Address: Filadelfia Campus, Rani Rd, opposite Sanjay Park, Malla Talai, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

St. Gregorios Orthodox

The beautiful church of St. Gregorios is an orthodox church as aforementioned. It has an exquisite interior with a high arched ceiling, alluring stained glass, a hint of Victorian in the windows and the whole church is splashed in a shade of white from the inside. It also has Syrian flow in its architecture. The church was established in 1987 and gets its name from St. Gee Varghese Mar Gregorios of Parumala. The space in the church is appropriate for 200 devotees. The patron saint of the church is St. Gregorios and there is a statue of him in the prayer hall too. Visit the church this Christmas and let yourselves experience the spirituality and beauty of the church.

P.B.No.172, Khar Kuan,
New Bhupal Pura, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313 001

Emmanuel Mar Thoma Church

Rather modern in its architecture and interior as it was constructed in 1994, this church has links with Kerala. Marthomites who migrated from Kerala came here and formed the Malayalee Syrian Christian Congregation. The bedrock for this church was earthed by Bombay-Delhi Diocesan Bishop by the name Geeverghese Mar Athanasius.

Address: University Road, North Ayad, Udaipur

These churches will hold a prayer meeting in the morning. A simple and minimalist Christmas. There are many more churches that devotees go to. This Christmas you can add to your Christmas tour. Visiting any of these churches is a mystical experience. It makes devotees feel calm and in the presence of divinity. A few of those are:

1)  Bethel Pentecostal Church – House No.1, Road, No.5, Mayank Colony Rd, New Ashok Vihar, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

2)  Calvary Covenant Church – 15, Govind Nagar, Rd No 4, Sector 13, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

3)  Church of Lord Jesus Christ – 5, New Vardhaman Nagar, Sector – 12, opp. Palodra House, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

4)  Believers Church – RJ SH 9, Madri Asholyan, Rajasthan 313203