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10 Interesting Places to Visit Near Udaipur

Done watching the lakes and palaces of Udaipur? Depending on how much time you have, there are various destinations to explore around Udaipur that make fantastic day expeditions. Here are some of our favourites.

Top 10 Places to Visit Near Udaipur

Udaipur is on the “must-see lists” of most voyagers and is one of the most popular vacation spots for both Indians as well as international travellers. This city is a perfect blend of hill stations, hiking places, and animal reserves. There are multiple destinations in and around Udaipur that are an ideal weekend getaway for both relaxed tourists and adrenaline-fueled junkies. Let us walk you through the 10 most interesting places to visit near Udaipur that highlight the city’s charm and provide an excellent vacation experience.

1.) The Chittorgarh Fort

BestPlaces to Visit Near Udaipur: Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh, the most significant fort of the Mewar dynasty, was the capital of their empire for almost 800 years until it was seized by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1568. Its history dates back to the 7th century when local Mauryan rulers began making it. In June 2013, Chittorgarh was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a large fort, and the monuments are conveniently accessible by car. There are historic palaces, temples, towers, a pond (with feedable fish) and a royal cremation site inside the fort. The Victory Tower provides spectacular views of the fort and town. There is a music and light show in the evening time, that tells the narrative of the fort (but in Hindi only.)

Location: Approx. 110 Km North-East towards Udaipur- Chittorgarh Road.

Timings: 10:00 AM – to 5:00 PM daily

2.) The Ranakpurji Jain Temple

Places to visit near Udaipur: Ranakpurji

Jain temples are reputed to be the most magnificent in India and the temple in Ranakpur proves it all. It is simply one of the most mesmerizing Jain temples across India. It’s the country’s largest and most important Jain temple, dedicated to the first Tirthankar (saviour and spiritual teacher) Rishabh Dev Ji. Chaumukh Mandir, the principal temple, was constructed in the 15th century and was built out of white marble featuring 1444 carved pillars, 29 halls, and 80 domes! It will take you around an hour to admire its heritage beauty and construction. Both men and women must dress appropriately (legs and shoulders covered) to visit the temple and must not carry any leather items (including belts), shoes, food, and cigarettes with them. Menstruating women are also not permitted to enter the temple. It is feasible to visit Kumbhalgarh, which is close by, from Ranakpur. You can also explore the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary which is quite nearby Ranakpur.

Location: 93 Km Northwest of Udaipur, which will take approx. 2 hours to reach this place.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Non- Jains are also allowed to visit the temple)

3.) Mount Abu:

Places to Visit Near Udaipur- Mount Abu

Mount Abu- the only hill station of Rajasthan, is located in the Aravali range. The Dilwara temple- a stunning piece of architecture, is located in Mount Abu and is definitely a must-visit tourist place. Travellers may enjoy peaceful and relaxing boating on the Nakki Lake, as well as enjoy the view of the sun setting from vista spots. Enjoy the local cuisine at the restaurants and cafés with fantastic locations. Guru Shikhar, the tallest mountain in the Aravali Range, is also located in Mt. Abu. Mount Abu Forest Sanctuary is another highlight of this place, with its diverse flora and animals.

The Dilwara temple’s incredibly ornate design is the major attraction of this place, and you may spend hours and hours admiring how these temples were created over two centuries, about 1000 years ago. The temples were intentionally made simple from the outside, or deter the burglars.

Location: 161 Km from Udaipur (takes about 3 hours via road to reach this place).

Timings: Anytime

4.) The Pushkar Lake

Places to Visit Near Udaipur- Pushkar

Pushkar Lake is a recognized pilgrimage place in Pushkar, Rajasthan, that attracts worshipers and spiritual individuals from all across the globe. In the evening, one may either watch the evening aarti on the ghats of this magnificent lake or take a plunge in the afternoon to wash away their sins. Whatever you do, you’ll find that this lake is one of the most gorgeous spots in Pushkar and one of the calmest tourist destinations located near Udaipur.

Location: 277 Km from Udaipur takes approx. 4.5 hours to reach this place.

Timings: Anytime.

5.) Kumbhalgarh Fort

Places to Visit near Udaipur- Kumbhalgarh 

Situated 85 Km towards the Northwest of Udaipur amid the beautiful Aravali hills, is the Kumbhalgarh Fort, which is the second most significant fort in Rajasthan. There are a series of temples built inside the Fort by The Mauryas. Badal Mahal, which is also the most magnificent part of the fort, should not be overlooked.

Kumbhalgarh’s amazing vistas of the surrounds are a visual feast, and its breathtaking grandeur makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations near Udaipur.

Location: Approx 85 Km Northwest of Udaipur, which takes about 2 hours to reach this destination.

Timings: 9 AM- 5 PM

6.) The Ekling Ji Temple


If you’re looking for a spiritual experience, visit the Shri Eklingji Temple. The temple is made out of marble and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Large, colourfully painted statues of Lord Shiva’s Nandi Bull may also be found there. Bapa Rawal, the founder of the Mewar Dynasty, designed this temple. Every Monday, the head of the royal family of Mewar visits the temple and worships Lord Shiva by performing the Grand Aarti. Please do not carry your smartphone or camera as photography is prohibited inside the temple. Take a stroll around the back of the temple to get a spectacular perspective of the lake. You can also visit the ancient Saas Bahu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located nearby the temple.

Location: Kailashpuri, about 21 Km away from Udaipur and takes approx. 30 Min. To reach this place.

Timings: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM and 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

7.) The Shrinath Ji Temple

shrinath ji temple nathdwara

If you continue driving towards the north on the National Highway 8 for about 45 minutes till you reach the little holy town of Nathdwara. This temple was built in the 17th century for the worshippers of Lord Krishna and has a beautiful idol of Shreenathji. Traditional Pichwai paintings depicting incidents from Lord Krishna’s life are very interesting and can be seen on the walls of buildings all across town. They’re repainted every year right before Diwali, giving Nathdwara a unique site to enjoy the Indian celebration. There is also a captivating market Near the Shrinathji Temple, where you can find almost everything, from jewellery to bags to colourful clothing. It truly is a shopper’s paradise.

Location: NH 8 Nathdwara is about 45 Km away from Udaipur, and takes about 1 hour to reach this place.

Timings: Morning 4:30 AM – 7:00 AM and 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Evening: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

8.) Jawai 

leoprd safari in jawai

Located approx. 170 km away from Udaipur in the Pali region is the Jawai Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to a variety of wild animals, including leopards, Crocodiles to name a few. Jawai is also known as “Leopard Hills,” There are many luxury camps in its close proximity, and you can also go on a jungle safari to see these leopards.

Location: Approx. 170 km away from Udaipur in Barawal Village, Pali.

9.) Mahi Dam

mahi dam banswara

Dams are among the most intriguing tourist attractions around Udaipur since they allow visitors to view not only the greatest artistry but also the surrounding natural wonders. And Mahi Dam is one such Dam near Udaipur that you must visit. Inspired by the name of Shri Jamnala Bajaj this dam is also known as Mahi Bajaj Sagar Dam. It is the second-largest dam in Rajasthan and is located on the Mahi River. Moreover, it is also a very important source of water and hydroelectricity for Rajasthan state. The dam’s gates are open during the monsoon season, and visitors may see the spectacular vistas of water flowing out furiously through the 16 gates in full force. inspired the name.

Location: Approx 172 km away from Udaipur in Banswara district, and take around 3.5 hours to reach this place.

Timings: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

10.) Haldighati

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Haldighati is a mountain range in the Aravali Hills around 50 kilometres away from Udaipur. Its name is inspired by the soil’s golden colour. The Battle of Haldighati fought here in 1576 between the army of the third Mughal emperor, Akbar, and the ruler of Mewar, Maharana Pratap Singh, is historically significant. The Chetak Horse Memorial and the Maharana Pratap Museum are also worth visiting.IT perhaps is one of the most essential destinations to visit near Udaipur for all those history buffs out there.

Location: Approx 65 Km away from Udaipur and takes around 1.5- 2 Hrs to reach this place.

Timings: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

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History and Culture

The Saga of Three Jauhars at Chittorgarh

Many people are aware of the saga of mass suicide, traditionally known as Jauhar, during Rani Padmini’s time. But apart from that, two more Jauhar took place at the previous capital of Mewar, Chittorgarh.

Detail, An illustration of the Jauhar in Hutchinsons History of the Nations | Source: Wikimedia Commons


Jauhar – The Custom of Mass self-immolation 

Jauhar which is also pronounced as Jowhar or Juhar was a Hindu custom of mass self-immolation (by burning themselves in the fire) of women and children in parts of Indian subcontinent. This custom was followed in order to avoid capture, enslavement and rape by the invaders when they are facing certain defeat during the war. Even dead bodies were not spared by these invaders whose necrophilic tendencies are recorded in history. The most famous Jauhars of the history was recorded during wars between Hindu Rajput kingdoms in Rajasthan and the Muslim armies.

Source: hindujagruti

It has been recorded that the Jauhar and shaakh were never carried out when the Rajputs were at war with other Hindus, such as the Marathas, as the defeated was expected to be treated with dignity.

First Jauhar in Chittorgarh by Allaudin Khilji in 1303

The first Jauhar of Chittorgarh is the most popular one. It was during the reign of Alauddin Khilji when Mewar was ruled by Rawal Ratan Singh. Alauddin Khilji had heard a lot about Zawar, Dariba and Agucha. In fact, mining of zinc, silver and other precious metals in these places were the talk of the nearby areas and far off places. Khilji himself had heard about the mines and so, on 28th January 1303, Alauddin started his March to Chittor with his large army so that he could grab the rich mines.

But on reaching Chittor, he found the Chittorgarh fort to be heavily defended and well-fortified. The Delhi Sultanate arrived at the gate and demanded the Rajputs to surrender. The angry Rawal Ratan Singh refused to surrender even though he knew that his army was too small in front of that of Khilji. This lead Alauddin to surround the fort from all the sides and conduct a siege. He set up a camp between the Berach and Gambhiri rivers.

Alauddin Khilji | Source: WikiBio

This siege went on for nearly 8 months which suggests that the defenders put up a strong resistance. Amir Khusrau has mentioned about this siege in his Khaza’in ul-Futuh where Khusrau implies that the frontal attacks by the invaders failed twice. Alauddin also ordered the fort to be pelted with stones from siege engines (munjaniqs), while his armored soldiers attacked it from all sides. The fort might have suffered from a famine or an epidemic.

The long drawn siege gradually depleted all the supplies within the fort. Finally, King Rawal Ratan Singh gave the orders that the gates would open and the Rajputs will fight till death with the besieging troops. On hearing the decision, the women of Chittor had two options either to commit the mass immolation Jauhar or to face dishonor at the hands of the enemy.

Jauhar Kund in Chittor | Source: Native Planet Hindi

The decision was in the favor of the divine suicide Jauhar. A huge pyre was lit and all the women jumped into the flames following their queen. Each soldier got dressed in the Kesari robes and turbans and exchanged paan amongst themselves and marched towards the enemy to fight till death. This tradition is called Shaakh.

Chittorgarh fort | Source: medium

According to Amir Khusrau, 30,000 Hindus were “cut down like dry grass” in that war.

However, there’s another story that revolves around this Jauhar. This story is based on the epic fictionalized poem, Padmavat written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540 CE. According to this poem, Rani Padmavati, also called as Rani Padmini, was the second wife of Rawal Ratan Singh after Rani Nagmati. Alauddin Khilji wanted Rani Padmini to be his’ and so he deceitfully captured Rawal Ratan Singh. Padmavati asks Gora and Badal to help rescue him. They successfully did so but during the fight, Gora was killed.

Rawal Ratan Singh | Source: Silly Confusion

During Ratansen’s absence, the ruler of Kumbhalner, Devpal proposes marriage to Padmavati which angers Rawal Ratan Singh and he ensures single combat in which Ratansen and Devpal kill each other. Nagmati and Padmavati commit suicide on Ratansen’s pyre. Alauddin’s army reaches Chittor, when the women commit Jauhar and the men fight till death. Alauddin captures an empty fortress, thus denied victory. The victorious Alauddin considers his victory as Pyrrhic.

The sacrifice of these women is not forgotten even today. To commemorate this sacrifice, Jauhar Mela is celebrated in Chittor every year.

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Second Jauhar of Rani Karnavati in 1534

It was Rani Karnavati who hailed from Bundi. She was married to Rana Sangram Singh who was also known as Rana Sanga of the Sisodia dynasty of Chittorgarh. The couple had two sons namely Vikramjit and Udai Singh.

Rana Sangram quickly started to expand his territory. This expansion brought him in direct conflict with the Lodhi dynasty of Delhi. In the year 1518, Rana Sanga destroyed the Lodhi army of Delhi Sultanate. Rana Sanga was wounded in the battle. He lost an arm by a cut of sword and an arrow which made him lame for life. He was already blind from one eye before his coronation. But it did not shake his courage for taking part in the further battles.

Rana Sanga | Source: Chandragupta’s India

Later in the year 1527, during a fierce battle in Khanua between Rana Sanga and the first Mughal emperor Babur, who had captured the throne in Delhi, Rana Sanga died of his wounds. Rani Karnavati was left as a widow and regent of Chittorgarh in the name of her elder son Vikramjit.

Qutub-ud-din Bahadur Shah, Sultan of Gujarat, sensed the opportunity and attacked the Mewar kingdom with his huge army. Rani Karnavati appealed to other Rajput rulers to help them save the honor of Chittorgarh. Meanwhile, the rulers advised Rani Karnavati to send both the princes Vikramjit and Udai Singh to Bundi for their safety.

Bahadur Shah | Source: Revolvy

The Rajputs were prepared to fight till death with the sieging troops all dressed up in Kesariya clothes and turbans and exchanged paan with each other as a sign of parting. Rani Karnavati knew that with such unequal struggle, the Rajput army would surely perish. So she chose the way of Jauhar where women of Chittor led by Rani Karnavati jumped in the pyre of flames.

Whereas Karnavati’s maid, Panna Dhai escaped with both the princes to safety.


Third Jauhar of Chittorgarh

The third destruction at Chittorgarh was done by Abu’l-Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar or simply ‘Akbar’. In the spring of 1568 CE, he wanted to conquer Mewar which was being ruled by the 53rd ruler of Mewar dynasty and the fourth son of Rani Karnavati and Rana Sanga, Rana Uday Singh.

Shyamaldas Dhadhavadhia was a 19th-century writer who has documented the history and culture of Rajasthan. According to an account by him, Udai Singh called a council of war where he discussed the possible invasion of Akbar. These nobles advised him to take refuge in the hills of Udaipur along with his princes.

Akbar | Source: Epic World History

On the advice of his council of advisors, Rana Uday Singh left the fort to camp in the vast plains of Udaipur. Two brave army chieftains Jaimal and Patta were left behind to defend the fort along with 8000 Rajput warriors. On the other hand, Akbar laid siege on the fortress.

The Rajput army fought heroically. During this situation, Akbar even vowed to visit the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja at Ajmer to pray for divine help for achieving victory. Jaimal and Fatta Sisodiya estimated the incapability of victory the next day so he ordered Jauhar and on the night of February 22, approximately 8000 women burned themselves down to prevent themselves from slavery.

Maharana Udai Singh | Source: Eternal Mewar

Next day, the gates were opened and all the Rajput soldiers dressed up in saffron robes exchanged betel leaves and charged out bravely to fight the enemies committing Shaakh. Akbar was furious that the siege took so long and ordered the slaughter of more than 40,000 unarmed old men, women, and children of Chittorgarh.

Hand prints of some women who committed Jauhar | Source: facebook

The sacrifice of these rajputinis, their valor, their strength, and their bravery is still sung in the traditional songs which glorify their act. The need to know the history is not to spread hate but in fact to appreciate the sacrifice and learn from it so that in today’s generation we strive to stop making the mistakes in the name of religion, race, color, caste, etc.

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References: Wikipedia, Myindiamyglory, Hindujagruti, Wikimedia Commons

History and Culture

Fairs and Festivals Everyone Should Attend in Chittorgarh

Not just the locals but even tourists are too enticed by the glory of Historical Chittorgarh. The charm and the splendor of the city have attracted people from other parts of the country as well. Although, the city of Chittor is magnificent whenever you visit it, there are some parts of the year in particular when one can witness the city in its complete glamour. It is when Chittor is celebrating the heritage it got from its ancestors i.e. festivals.

Here are the major fairs, festivals, and processions that you need to attend while you are in Chittorgarh.

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Maharana Pratap Jayanti


Maharana Pratap was a warrior and an epitome of bravery and heroism. He was the true patriot who initiated the first war of independence. Throughout his life, he kept fighting from enemies to save his motherland and his people. Pratap was born on May 9, 1540, in Kumbhalgarh and this very day is celebrated every year in Chittorgarh to respect and honor his patriotism, pride, valor, and bravery. The birth anniversary of Maharana is celebrated as a full-fledged festival in Chittorgarh every year on the 3rd day of Jyestha Shukla phase.

In his remembrance, several puja and processions take place on Maharana Pratap Jayanti every year. Several cultural programs and debates are also held.


Meera Mahotsav

Source: culturenorthindia

Meera Bai is very popular in the entire country for her faith and love for Lord Krishna. She was the foremost exponents of the Prema Bhakti (divine love) which also inspired her to become a poet. Meera Bai was a Rajput princess born in about 1498 in Metra, Rajasthan. Her father Ratan Singh was the youngest son of Rao Duda, ruler of Merta and founder of Jodhpur. Meera Bai was married to the ruler of Chittor, Bhoj Raj.

Every year, on Meera’s birth anniversary which is the Sharad Poornima, a 3-day celebration is organized by Meera Smrithi Sansathan (Meera Memorial Trust) along with the Chittorgarh district officials. Along with puja, discussions, dances, and fireworks, many famous musicians and singers get together on this day to sing bhajans in this celebration.



Source: Rajasthan

Teej is one of the major festivals in not just Chittor but entire Mewar region. It is dedicated to goddess Parvati, commemorating her union with Lord Shiva. On this day, Goddess Parvati is worshipped by her devotees. It also marks the advent of monsoon month of Shravan (August).

It is also known for being the festival of swings where swings are hung from the trees and decorated with flowers and other objects and young girls and women dressed in green clothes who sing songs in celebrations of the advent of monsoons.



Source: Jan Prahari Express

Gangaur is the most important and colorful festival of not just Chittorgarh but entire Rajasthan. It is celebrated with great fervor by the womenfolk who worship Gauri. The meaning of the word ‘Gangaur’ can be understood by breaking it down in two words where Gan means Shiva and gaur stands for Gauri or Parvati. Gauri symbolizes the marital bliss or Saubhagya. Gauri is the embodiment of perfection and conjugal love which is the reason why the unmarried women worship her in order to be blessed with a good husband, while the married women do it for the welfare, health and their happy married life. It is celebrated between March and April.


Jauhar Mela

Source: Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh fort hosts the biggest Rajput festival which is known as ‘Jauhar Mela’. The occasion is believed to commemorate Rani Padmini’s Jauhar which is the most famous one. It marks the bravery of Rajput ancestors and all the three Jauhars that happened at Chittorgarh. Jauhar is a Hindu custom of self-immolation where women commit suicide to avoid capture, enslavement or rape by any foreign invaders.

On this day, a huge number of Rajput including the descendants of most of the princely families holds a procession to celebrate Jauhar.


Rang Teras

Source: Patrika

Rang Teras is a tribal fair of Mewar celebrated on the 13th moon night of the month of Chaitra. This big colorful fair includes a huge gathering of tribal to rejoice the harvest of wheat. Rang Teras celebration is customary since the 15th century. It is a thanksgiving festival of farmers where they pay their honor to Mother Earth for providing them with food for the next year. As a part of Celebrations, young men in the village perform their gallant skills while dancing. It is also celebrated is Sri Krishna Temples all around North India and ISKCON Temples.

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History and Culture

Sanwariaji Temple – Know everything about it!

Sanwariaji temple is situated on the Chittorgarh-Udaipur Highway in the town of Mandaphia. It is at a distance of around 70 Km from the Udaipur city. Tourists from all over the country visit the temple to worship Lord Krishna in the temple. The idol of Lord Krishna is of ‘Dark Krishna’ also known as Sanwariya Ji with a flute. This is the reason why the temple is named so. Actually ‘Sanwariya’ means the color black and since the idol of Lord Krishna is also black, the name justifies itself.

The temple holds a great importance to the followers of the Vaishnava section. Devotees have boundless faith for Sanwariya Ji and they come in the number of hundreds every day. The architecture of the temple has been very great. The temple is grand in both area and height. Once your eyes will see the huge temple you will be left astonished. There is a ‘Shikhar’ on the main temple of Sanwariaji which has a remarkable height. The carvings on the walls of the temple are no less attractive. One can clearly see how much of plan, creativity, and efforts the makers had to put in there.

It is believed that the temple is the luckiest for the businessman. There are a surprising number of wealthy businessman coming from all around the country and have struck a deal of profit sharing with the god.

Sanwariaji Temple - Know everything about it!

Legends about the Sanwariaji temple

There is a famous legend which is believed by the local people there regarding the construction of the famous ‘Sanwariaji temple’. Back in the year 1840, there was a man in the town Mandalphia, named Bholaram Gurjar who was a milkman by profession. On one night, he had a dream that three statues were buried under the ground in the Chapar village of Bhadsoda Bagund. The shocked villagers started digging the place which Bholaram saw in the dream. To their surprise, they found exactly three beautiful and mesmerized statues buried inside the ground right there. These three statues were of Lord Krishna.

From these three statues, one statue was taken to Mandaphiya, one was taken to Bhadsoda and the last one remained at the same place where it was dug out from. All these three locations, to where the statues were taken to, became temples afterward. In Mandaphiya, the village head back then Shree Rodulalji Jain built a small temple consisting of four walls and a shade with the help of other villagers. He then placed the statue in that temple after performing all the necessary rituals.

After some time, the temple became quite renowned between the people and people started visiting the temple in a large number. The historic city of devotion and charm ‘Mandhaphiya’ is now known as Shree Sanwaliya Dham which means the home of Lord Krishna. People believe that all their wishes and desires will be fulfilled if they truly wish for it in Sawaliya Seth’s darbar (Sawaliya Seth’s court).

 Sanwariaji Temple - Know everything about it!

How to reach and what to expect?

  • Now that you know the story behind the temples it would not trouble you knowing that there are two temples. One is on the highway and the other one is 4 km inside the main highway.
  • There are absolutely no entry fees for any of the temple.
  • The temple is facilitated with free parking zone.
  • There are some festivals which are celebrated with a blast at the temple. These festivals include Janmashtami, Holi, Diwali, Ekadasi, etc.
  • Photography is allowed.
  • Best time to visit – Oct to Feb
  • Daily darshan and live darshan are available online.
  • Timings of the temple are 5 am to 12 pm on weekdays and 2:30 pm to 11:00 pm on weekends.
  • Time to be taken to explore the temple – 1 hr.
  • There are some must eat food items that everyone should try there which includes besan laddoos made up of less sugar, sweet kachori, Sagar, Mysore Pak, etc.
  • There are two canteens on the major temple which contains lunch for just RS. 25 which includes Roti, rice, 1 veggie, dal, and achar.
  • There is a dharmshala in the premises of the temple for the accommodation of devotees coming from all around.

Sanwariaji Temple - Know everything about it!

When you feel the divine energy when you enter the temple, you will experience nirvana for a second. The positivity inside is so intense that you will feel very peaceful. Devotees chanting energetically inside the premises is one of the best things that you can witness. If you feel a bit nauseous with your monotonous life then this is the best escape to experience serenity and divine energy of the god.

Places to Visit

Weekend getaways near Udaipur

Talking about getaways, it is quite ironic as Udaipur itself is a popular weekend getaway destination for people living in nearby cities because unlike other metropolitan cities, Udaipur is a relaxed and joyous place to be, still, sometimes the repetitive and tedious schedule gets to your nerves. Hence, it becomes necessary to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and make a quick escape to relax your bones. Surrounded by the magnificent Aravalli hills, there are plenty of weekend getaways from the city.
Here we present you a list of popular getaways from the city of lakes within a distance of 200 km.

1. Mount Abu-

source: The Indian Wire

The most popular travel destination for localities as well as travellers, Mount Abu is the only hill station located in the Sirohi district of the deserted state of Rajasthan. The hill station definitely deserves a visit, especially in this scorching heat season.

Distance from Udaipur: 163.3 km (2 hr 46 min)
Ideal weekend duration: 2 days
Popular Attractions: Nakki lake, sunset point, Dilwara Jain temples
Accessible by: Taxi and Bus

2. Kumbhalgarh-

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Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh also is known as ‘the great wall of India’ is a perfect getaway destination for people who love history and art. The gigantic fort is said to be the birthplace of Maharana Pratap and will leave you awestruck.
Distance from Udaipur: 102.5 km (2 hrs 12 min)
Ideal weekend duration: 1 day
Popular Attractions: Kumbhalgarh fort, Badal Mahal, Wildlife sanctuary.
Accessible by: Bike, Taxi and bus

3. Ranakpur-

This is probably the most popular destination; bike riders have got up their sleeves. The eye-catching view of the Jain temples made with white marble architecture is beyond description.
Distance from Udaipur: 93.5 km (1 hr 55 min)
Ideal weekend duration: less than 1 day.
Popular Attractions:  Ranakpur Jain temple, Surya Narayan temple, Muchhal Mahavir temple.
Accessible by: Bike, Taxi and Bus.

4. Chittorgarh-

Chittorgarh Fort

Erstwhile the Capital of the Mewar Queen, Padmavati, Chittorgarh stands as the reminiscent of the Royal Mewar period and depicts the valour and bravery of Rajputs. If you are a history buff, then you will have a great time here and it is actually one of the surreal places to be in Udaipur.
Distance from Udaipur: 113 km (2hr 8min)
Ideal weekend duration: less than 1 day.
Popular Attractions: Chittorgarh Fort, Rana Kumbha Palace, Padmini Palace.
Accessible by: Bike, Train, Taxi and Bus.

5. Nathdwara-


Built in 12th century, in the honour of Lord Krishna, Shreenath Ji is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. People from all over the world fly down to this pious place to seek blessings of the Lord. This is a must visit place.
Distance from Udaipur: 52 min. (45.4 km)
Ideal weekend duration: Less than a day.
Popular attractions: Shreenath Ji temple, The Dwarkadheesh temple, Charbhuja.
Accessible by: Bike, Taxi and Bus

6. Jaisamand-

Jaisamand Lake

Being a native of Udaipur, if you still desire to explore more lakes, then this place is definitely for you. The calm place is every photographer’s paradise. Interesting fact, Jaisamand lake is also the largest artificial lake in Asia.
Distance from Udaipur: 1hr 4min. (41 km)
Ideal weekend duration: less than a day.
Popular attractions: Jaisamand lake, Jaisamand sanctuary and Jaisamand lake resort.
Accessible by: Bike, Taxi and Bus.

This was a list of major and the most popular travel getaways near Udaipur. How many places have you visited? Do share it with us. We would love to hear from you.

Places to Visit

5 Places to Visit near Udaipur

These 5 places are the ones you must not miss to visit whether you are a localite or a tourist. These places are beautiful and define the brilliance of Udaipur. Each place is a masterpiece of architecture and showcases the royalty of the City of Lakes. All the 5 places are not situated in the city, rather outside the periphery. Let us have a brief insight of these 5 places to visit near Udaipur.

Kumbhalgarh Fort5 Places to Visit near Udaipur

This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built by the ruler Rana Kumbha during the 15th century. Perched high on the Aravali Range, its wall is the second longest wall in the world, after the Great Wall of China. Tourists can hike along a large section of the wall, which has been restored.

Some of the major attractions at Kumbhalgarh Fort are hundreds of ancient temples, palace ruins, step wells, and cannon bunkers. Plan to spend three to four hours exploring the fort. Another breath-taking attraction is the light and sound show in the evening which starts at 6.45 pm, and you may not wish to miss it. Also, the annual Kumbhalgarh Festival takes place at the fort in December and features performances from folk artists.

Timings: Sunrise until sunset, daily

Ticket: 200 rupees for foreigners, 15 rupees for Indians

The sound and light show costs 100 rupees

Chaumukha Mandir, Ranakpur

5 Places to Visit near Udaipur
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Dedicated to the first Tirthankar who instituted Jainism, it’s the country’s biggest and most significant Jain temple. The main temple, Chaumukha Mandir, is made out of white marble and was built in the 15th century and has 29 halls, 80 domes, and 1444 engraved pillars. A dress is required for both men and women to wear before entering into temple complex. Leather things and items like belts, shoes are not allowed on the premises. Also, food items and cigarettes are not allowed. From Ranakpur, you can go hiking and explore the neighboring Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.

Location: 2 hours northwest of Udaipur. Ranakpur is frequently visited along with Kumbhalgarh on a day trip. The travel time between each place is around 90 minutes.

Timings: Non-Jain people can enter the temple from noon to 5 pm while mornings prayers are reserved.

Ticket Cost: Entry is free for Indians but for foreigners, it’s 200 rupees each, with an audio guide. Also, 100 rupees charge will be there for carrying a camera.

Saas Bahu Temple (Sahastra-Bahu Temple)5 Places to Visit near Udaipur

It is an undeniably beautiful 8th century Shri Eklingji Prabhu Temple. The temple complex is made completely out of marble and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The original shrine was built by Bapa Rawal, founder of the Mewar Dynasty. The current head of the Mewar royal family continues to worship at the temple every Monday. Photography isn’t allowed inside the temple while the outside is a major attraction for shoots as it gives a flamboyant background. The temple is covered with intricate sculptures.

Location: Kailashpur (Eklingji), about 30 minutes north of Udaipur along NH8.

Timings: 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m, and 5 p.m. to 7.30 7.30 p.m.

Ticket:  There’s a nominal fee at the Saas Bahu temples.

Chittorgarh Fort5 Places to Visit near Udaipur

Chittorgarh had been the capital of the Mewar kingdom for over 800 years until 1568. It is believed that its history extends back to the 7th century when local Mauryan rulers started constructing it. Chittorgarh became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2013.  It’s a massive fort and considered the largest fort in India. Inside the fort, there are numerous old palaces, temples, Vijay stambh and other towers, a reservoir and a royal cremation ground. There is an evening light and sound show that tells the story of the fort, but usually, it’s in Hindi.

Location: About 2 hours northeast of Udaipur

Timings: Sunrise to sunset, daily

Tickets: 200 rupees for foreigners, 15 rupees for Indians

Delwara Temples Mount Abu

5 Places to Visit near Udaipur
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The Delwara Temples of India are located in Mount Abu- the only hill station in Rajasthan. These Jain temples were built by Vimal Shah and designed by Vastapul-Tejpal, Jain laymen, between the 11th and 13th centuries AD. The Delwara temples are known for their use of marble and intricate marble carvings. The decorative details scattering over the carved ceilings, doorways, pillars, and panels are simply amazing.

The five marble temples of Delwara are a sacred pilgrimage place for the Jains. Each is named after the small village in which it is located. These are:

  • Vimal Vasahi
  • Luna Vasahi
  • Pithalhar
  • Parshvanath
  • Mahavir Swami

Location: About 2.5-3 hours drive from Udaipur

Timings: Sunrise to sunset, daily

Tickets: It is free


Top Places for Pre-Wedding Shoots in Udaipur

“Marriage Shots does not have to be perfect; they have to be wonderful.” And, when it comes to Udaipur, every place has got a picturesque and photogenic touch to enlighten the beauty of love and romance. Couples across India, foreign countries, and from Udaipur as well look up for the diverse places to have Pre-Wedding Shoots. Even many ideal photographers suggest Lake City as the first choice to have the Pre-Wedding Shoots because of its regal presence and glamour architectures.

So, here we have found some of the destination spots that are classified as per suitability of the going to be married to define their love story with uniqueness in their captures.

Hotel Destinations

pre-wedding hotel destinations

Udaipur is known for the destination weddings, and some of the hotels have been in the top charts of destination wedding planners as well photographers to have pre-wedding shoots. Here we have some hotels that serve the best occupancy, property, and heritage for the couples to capture their moments of love.

–    Chunda Palace

Surmounted with the lavish interiors and fail architecture exteriors, this hotel is choices of many couples for the pre-wedding shoots. And, if you look at the prices of property for this purpose its 60,000 per day.

–    Hotel Fateh Garh

Royal with the contemporary touch this property is at Sisarma side of Udaipur. Fateh Garh serves with the exotic views and aura that are not just beautiful but worth to click. Relevance to prices per day charge for the property concerning pre-wedding shoot is 31,000 + Tax applicable.

–    Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resorts & Spa

Carrying the lake view with supreme architecture, Radisson properties never fail to astound the guests because of its hospitality and surrounding. If you are looking for Lakeside location, it can cost you around 50,000 INR including tax for per day shoot.

–    The Royal Retreat Resort & Spa

Regal frame in every detail of this resort which is definitely a retreat for the couple going to tie the knot soon. Ideal location to have a pre-wed shoot with the tentative charge of Rs.35, 000 per day to have a well spent admire of every corner of it.

–    The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur

With the captivating view of the valley, lake, and Udaipur skyline this location has all things that one can desire for. And, if you admire luxury so far then, 1 Lakh rupees is not a big deal to spend on your pre-wedding shoot.

–    Shouryagarh Resort & Spa

A getaway for every couple to experience luxury-soaked in tradition. Filled with grandeur architecture and rich history in every corner of the resort, you can have a pre-wedding shoot at a nominal price of Rs.25,000 at this place.



Natural Views


Love for Mother Nature and being at the places that define Lake City even better are the lakes and gardens with opulent views

–    Fateh Sagar

One of the beautiful tourist spot and of course the best place to have the clicks either casually or for the exclusive shots. Fateh Sagar is the heartthrob place for all the youngsters and carries the beauty of its locations namely Moti Magri, Rajeev Gandhi Park, and Rani Road where couples can shoot up the pre-wedding shots in natural lake views.

–    Sajjangarh

Popularly known as Monsoon Palace, this hilltop palatial residence has been the top priority for the pre-wedding shoots because of its grand architecture that reminds of a fairy-tale castle of historical times.

–    Lake Badi

Popularly known as Badi Ki Paal, the lake here is abundant to have the picture perfect views when it comes to having shots indulged in the delicacy of romance.

–    Jagdish Temple Streets

Divine place, filled with the crowd and surrounded by traditional stuff all over the ways. Jagdish Mandir streets accentuate the fascinating view to have the pre-wedding shots completely into the natural markets that are being considered as one of the points nowadays.

–    Ghats of Udaipur

Astonishing and solitary, Ghats of Udaipur namely Gangaur Ghat, Ambrai Ghat, and Lal Ghat are one of the best places to have pre-wedding shots in Morning and Evening time.

–    Doodh Talai

Pichola Pal, Gardens, and Ropeway at the location of Dudh Talai makes it one of the finest place to have the shots for the couples who are going to get married soon.

–    Gulab Bagh

Full of lush greenery and clean roads within the area. Gulab Bagh is not just a morning spot for fitness persons or evening relaxing zone for families but its lot more than that to catch up for pre-wed shoots.



Around Udaipur


In the outskirts of Udaipur also there are many places where people can choose to have their pre-wedding shoots with the alluring views to define their love story in a unique way.

–    Chittorgarh

Easily reachable by road, one of the fascinating place to explore in the municipality of Rajasthan that represents the family history of warrior caste pride, spirit, and Romance. That’s why couples can grace it in one of the destinations for a pre-wed shoot.

–    Jaisamand

This place has got its charm in its second largest artificial lake and of course an Island resort which is a must visit. So, for the couples, it has got all the views that you can just imagine to have in your pre-wedding captures.

–    Eklingji Nagda Village

A getaway to divine place and to have the magnificent captures in the nearby areas like Sastra Bahu Temple, Lake Bagela and Nagda are some of the spots to form a natural romantic view in shots.

–    Kumbhalgarh

One of the renowned places in the outer zones of Udaipur that has got a beautiful fort with splendid greenery and also the best of resorts to look around for royal rocking view. So, what more a couple can desire to have a pre-wedding shoot.

–    Ranakpur

A village nearby Udaipur that is more of a location choice nowadays for pre-wedding shoots because of its luxurious resorts and a symbolic natural arena that have scenic views to capture romantic moments of couples in the frame of memories.


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Chittorgarh District

Chittorgarh (also known as Chittor) is a city. It lies on the Berach River, a tributary of the Banas, a former capital of the Sisodia clans of Rajput and of Mewar. The district has an area of 10,856 km².The district is disjunct, divided into a larger western portion and a smaller eastern  portion by Neemuch District of Madhya Pradesh. The western portion is bounded by Neemuch, Mandsaur, and Ratlam districts of Madhya Pradesh to the east, and the Rajasthan districts of Banswara to the south, Udaipur and Rajsamand to the east, and Bhilwara to the north. The eastern portion is bounded by Bhilwara, Bundi, and Kota districts of Rajasthan to the north and Neemuch District of Madhya Pradesh to the south and west.

Some Famous Places In Chittorgarh

  • Nagari (Chittorgarh)
  • Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Begun Fort
  • Sanwariaji temple
  • Bhainsrorgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bijaipur
  • Sitamata Sanctuary, Dhariyavad
  • Gotmeshwar

How To Reach:

By Road:

Chittorgarh is well connected to all parts of India by roads. The Golden Quardilateral Road Project and North-South-East-West corridor expressways passes through Chittorgarh City. The bus stand (bus depot) of Chittorgarh is located in the mid of old and new city. There are good bus services (Private as well as government) available for Delhi, Mumbai, Ahemdabad, Ajmer,Bundi, Kota, Udaipur and other major cities.

The distance of bus stand from major hotels is around 0.1 Km to 2 Km. Fort of Chittorgarh is around 2 Km and train station is around 2 Km.

By Rail:

Chittorgarh railway station is a junction of western indian railways. It has rail links with Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Udaipur,Jaipur, Kota and Delhi.

By Air:

The nearest airport is Udaipur(Dabok Airport). The airport is around 90 kms from Chittorgarh City and linked by daily Air

Service from New Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

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