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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.


Facts about Aravalli Range You Surely Didn’t Know

We all have been listening about the Aravalli Range since our childhood. We are very well aware that Udaipur has been surrounded by this gigantic range of mountains. But there still remains some facts that you didn’t know about Aravalli range. But worry not, here in this article we’ll reveal some facts about it that might leave your jaw wide open.


What’s in the name?

The word Aravalli has originated from the Sanskrit language and can be broken down into two ‘Ara’ and ‘Valli’ which literally means the ‘line of peaks’.

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Wondering what’s the length of this enormously large mountain range is? It extends to a whopping length of 692 km spreading across four states of India which are Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat, and Delhi.


How old is the Aravalli Range?

Geologists say that the mountain range is as old as 350 million years which is like older than the Himalayan Range. Thus making it the oldest range of fold Mountains in India.

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The highest peak of the Aravalli range

The highest peak of the 692 km long Aravalli Range is in Mount Abu which is at a distance of 160 km from Udaipur. The place is known as Guru Shikhar in Mount Abu with an altitude of 5650 feet.


Wondered why Rajasthan has so many Marble companies?

The reason why Rajasthan has so many Marble companies is that the Aravalli Range is rich in minerals such as Marble, Granite, and Sandstone. Apart from that, it also produces commercially viable quantities of minerals such as rock phosphate, lead-zinc-silver mineral deposits at Zawar, etc.

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The barrier ‘Aravalli’

The Aravalli range in Rajasthan acts as a barrier between the Thar Desert and the eastern Rajasthan. So as to prevent the Desert from spreading to the eastern parts of the Rajasthan where one of the city is Udaipur. Thanks to the Aravalli range that Udaipur witnesses such pleasant weather throughout the year.


Different names

It is known by different names in different regions. For example, in Udaipur, it is known by the name ‘Jagga Pahariyan’, ‘Hills of Harshnath’ is the name in Alwar and in Delhi, it is known as ‘Paharia of Delhi’.

Houses several herbs, animals, and birds

Many medical herbs are derived from the Aravalli range such as Guggal, Moosli, Amla, and Khadaya can be found in the forests of Khair, Salai, Khakhara, Timru, and Modad. Numerous animals like fox, Indian pangolin, porcupine, star tortoise, blue bull, leopard, Indian civet, sloth bear, striped hyena and many venomous & non-venomous species of reptiles and birds like white-backed vultures, spoonbills, black vultures, osprey, and storks can be found on the hills of Aravalli range.

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Rivers from the Aravalli Range

Aravalli range gives rise to a number of Rivers in which Luni, Sakhi, Banas, Sabarmati, and Sahibi are the prominent ones.


80% Aravalli Range is in Rajasthan

80% of the mountain range is in Rajasthan. Moreover, it also divides Rajasthan from North to South in two parts.

It is also said that the range will diminish in near future but there’s no authentic source to it. But one thing is for sure, Aravalli has played a huge role in adding to the beauty of our city and there’s no denying to this fact.

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