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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Source: Culture Trip Kumbhalgarh Fort

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 

eklingji 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.

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.

gulab bagh, udaipur

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. 

NH 79 Ajmer

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. 

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.

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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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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

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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.



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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.



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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

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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

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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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Places to Visit

Places to Visit in Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh is near to Udaipur and people who come to Udaipur are more likely to visit Chittor as well. The place has an avid history and the fort of Chittorgarh is considered the largest in India. The whole place is a tourist friendly place and has a lot to explore. Here we are listing places to visit in Chittorgarh.

Chittorgarh Fort

Places to Visit in Chittorgarh
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Chittorgarh’s massive hilltop fort is regarded as one of the most outstanding forts of the country. The remarkable fort sits atop a 180-meter-high hill, covering an area of 700 acres. It is believed that the fort was built by the Mauryans in the 7th century and further structures were added to it by the successive Mewar rulers.

The fort had 84 water bodies, out of which only about 22 exist today and hence sometimes it is also known as the Water Fort. These water bodies included ponds, wells, and step wells. These reservoirs can store about 4 billion liters of water!

Time taken to visit: People typically spend up to 2 hours here

Vijay Stambh- Tower of Victory

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The Vijay Stambh is a 9 story tower decked by sculptures of Hindu deities. It was built in 1440 AD by Maharana Kumbha to celebrate his victory over Mohamed Khilji.

There are around 157 narrow steps leading to the terrace of the stambh and gives a sight not to be missed!

Kirti Stambh- Tower of Fame

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It is said the 22 meters high Tower of Fame was built by a wealthy Jain merchant in the 12th century A.D. It is dedicated to Adinath, the 1st Jain Teerthankar; this stambh is decorated by the naked figures of the Digambars. A narrow stairway goes through 7 stories of the tower to the top.

Time taken to visit the two stambh: People typically spend up to 45 min here

Gaumukh Reservoir

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Gaumukh means ‘mouth of a Cow’. This reservoir is considered to be sacred- a spring coming from a ‘cow mouth’ situated at the edge of the cliff.

At Gaumukh Reservoir people can also feed the fish present in the tank.

Rana Kumbha Palace

Places to Visit in Chittorgarh
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The palace was first built by Bappa Rawal in 734 A.D, later renovated by Maharana Kumbha. Today, the ruined structure of this great historical place is lying in the fort which was once the most massive monument in the fort of Chittorgarh.

Time taken to visit: People typically spend 20 min here

Padmini Palace

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It is one of the earliest palaces constructed in India to be completely surrounded by water. It is inscribed on stones near the monument that it was here when the King Rana Ratan Singh showed the beauty of his wife to Alauddin Khilji through a mirror which later on led to the battle and subsequently the act of Jauhar.

Meera Mandir

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Build by Maharana Kumbha in 1449, it is the only temple dedicated to Meera Bai, a Rajput princess who gave up her royal life and devoted herself to Lord Krishna. It is believed that she asked her Father in Law, Rana Sanga, to build a temple for her placing centering Lord Krishna.

Time taken to visit: People typically spend 30 min here

Kalika Mata Temple

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It is believed that this mother goddess temple was built originally in the 8th century while the upper parts of the structure are more recent. It is dedicated to the Goddess ‘Kali’ who is the deity of the Panwar Clan.

Time taken to visit: People typically spend 30 min here

Fateh Prakash Palace Museum

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Build by Maharana Fateh Singh, the property carries his name. It was turned into a museum in the year 1968. This palace, exhibits various kinds of weapons, a rich collection of sculptures from temples and buildings in the Fort.

Timings: 10:00 am to 04:30 pm

Seven Gates of the Fort

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To enter into the Fort of Chittorgarh, the person has to go through seven huge gates or Pol. Each gate is different in its name, design and its size. Below is the list of these gates:

  • Padan Pol
  • Bhairon Pol
  • Hanuman Pol
  • Jorla Pol
  • Ganesh Pol
  • Laxman Pol
  • Ram Pol

Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary

Your trip to Chittorgarh isn’t complete if you haven’t been to the Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 50 Sq km and has panthers, wild boars, antelopes, mongoose and migratory birds. The Sanctuary is situated at a distance of 5 km from the Fort of Chittorgarh. Orai Dam and Bassi Dam located within the sanctuary are also prominent attractions of the place.

Places to Visit

Historical Architecture: Palaces & Forts in and around Udaipur

City Palace

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City Palace was built by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559. It is situated at the eastern bank of Lake Pichhola and has many other palaces built within the City Palace. It is a must visiting place whosoever wishes to travel Udaipur and has a keen interest in the history of Rajasthan.

Impressive Gateways or Poles pave access to the City Palace complex. The different poles of the City Palace include Bara Pole, Tripolia Pole, Toran Pole etc.

The other complexes which are made within the premise of the City Palace are Amar Vilas, Badi Mahal, Chinni Chitrashala, Choti Chitrashali, Dilkhusha Mahal, Darbar Hall, Fateh Prakash, Jagdish Mandir, Krishna Vilas, Laxmi Vilas Chowk, Manak Mahal, Mor Chowk, Rang Bhawan, Sheesh Mahal etc.

The famous Jagdish Temple is only 150 meters away from the Palace. From the Palace, you can have a beautiful view of Lake Palace and Jag Mandir, which are both located in the midst of Pichhola Lake. The City Palace’s major part has been converted into a museum, displaying a diverse range of preserved monuments and armour. The museum exhibits a wide collection of weapons, gears, clothes, furniture etc.

Fateh Prakash Palace

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This palace was constructed during the time of Maharana Fateh Singh, who ruled from 1885 to 1935. The purpose of the venue was to serve the esteemed guests during the royal functions. Fateh Prakash Palace has also been converted into a luxury hotel which is now run & managed by the HRH group.

In 1909 the Viceroy of India, Lord Minto, laid down the Darbar Hall’s foundation stone. Henceforth the name was originally called Minto Hall to respect the honour to the Viceroy. The interiors are decorated with royal artefacts, miniature painting, armour etc. which would take you to the legendary historical time of the Mewar dynasty.

The Darbar Hall, Crystal Gallery, Suites and Rooms are decorated with original paintings, furniture of the historical era and would take you on the journey of the authentic heritage of that time. The scenic beauty of Lake Pichhola through the decorative valued windows would soak you in real ecstasy. The Palace offers 21 Decorative Rooms and 45 Decorative Premier Suits. It is equipped with period furniture, portraits and original miniature paintings, private sitting areas and facilities like air-conditioning, international direct dial telephone, satellite TV and a mini-bar.

Taj Lake Palace

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Lake Palace, the name is enough to draw a picture of Udaipur and Pichhola Lake. It is another epithet of the Udaipur after the City Palace. To most of us, if asked anything about Lake Palace, the first answer comes out – it is a luxury hotel. Obviously, it is a luxury hotel, but earlier than a luxury hotel, it was a place to relax for the kings and had many different interiors.

Lake Palace was formerly known as Jag Niwas. Lake Palace is built on a natural island of around 4 acres, which was earlier called Jag Niwas Island and surrounded by Lake Pichhola. It was built in the year 1743 to 1746 by the Maharana Jagat Singh II of Udaipur. The Palace was built as a palace to spend summers. It was named after its founder Maharana Jagat Singh and hence was called Jag Niwas.

In 1971 the Taj group took over Lake Palace’s management, and the new name came out to be the Taj Lake Palace. Taj added another 75 rooms to it. Jamshyd D.F. Lam became the first General Manager of the Taj Lake Palace. Later in 2000, another restoration of the hotel was undertaken. Now Taj Lake Palace is certainly a luxury hotel surrounded by Lake Pichhola. The Lake Palace offers Luxury Rooms, Palace Rooms, Royal Suites, Grand Royal Suites and Grand Presidential Suites with all facilities like Spa, Bar, Fine Dinning etc.

Monsoon Palace aka Sajjangarh Fort

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An actual jewel in our city, Sajjangarh Fort has been one of the most favourite tourist’s spots, especially in the rainy season when the fort is enveloped by clouds and the mountains are lush green. The Monsoon Palace, formerly known as the Sajjangarh Palace, is a hilltop residence with a scenic view of palaces, lakes, and the surrounding countryside. This palace was designed to keep an eye on the monsoon clouds, as the name implies. The palace, which is located in the Aravalli Hills, glows a golden orange colour in the evening and is a great place to see the sunset. Don’t forget to visit this enchanting palace when in Udaipur!

Jag Mandir Island Palace

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This palace, also known as the ‘Lake Garden Palace,’ is undeniably one of Pichola Lake’s most beautiful views. Built on an island, this palace served as a summer retreat and a pleasure palace for holding parties for royal families. Within the palace, the Gul Mahal, Garden Courtyard, Bara Patharon ka Mahal, Zenana Mahal, and Kunwar Pada ka Mahal are must-see attractions. Don’t forget to dine at the Darikhana Restaurant for an exclusive dining experience!

Bagore ki Haveli (Gangaur Ghat)

Bagore ki haveli
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Head to Bagore ki Haveli to experience the true Rajasthani Folk art and reminisce the beauty and splendour and rich heritage of the city of lakes. In just one hour, you will enjoy a blissful cultural evening of musical dance performances, magic shows, and puppet dances influenced by Rajasthani tradition, all without burning a hole in your pocket! Festivals, weddings, childbirth, and the change of seasons are all included in the show. It’s the ideal location for learning about the Rajput royal lifestyle.

Kumbhalgarh Fort

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Kumbhalgarh is 82 kilometres away from Udaipur and lies in Rajsamand District, and it is the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the great warrior of the Mewar. It was built in the 15th century by Maharana Kumbha. In the late 19th century, the fort was opened for tourists. It is the important fort of Mewar after Chittorgarh.

The fort is accessed through seven different gateways named Aret Pole, Hanuman Pole, Ram Pole, Vijay Pole, Nimboo Pole and Bhairon Pole. All gates lead to the palace complex, and some are built with additional structures at a later stage.

The different palaces built in the fort consist of Kumbha Mahal and Badal Mahal. Various religious temples include Hindu and Jain temples of different periods ranging from the 13th century to later. Various temples built and covered in the fort area consist of Ganesh Temple, Vedi Temple, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Parshvanath Temple, Bawan Devi Temple, and Golerao Group Temples, Mamadeo Temple, Pitalia Dev Temple, Kumbha Palace.

Kumbhalgarh fort also has several memorials like Badva Bund, Lagan Baori, Gardens, Stores, Pleasure Pavilions, and a Dam.

Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort
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Chittorgarh is situated in the southern part of Rajasthan and is 120 kilometres away from Udaipur. It is midway between Delhi and Mumbai on National Highway No 8. At Chittorgarh National Highways 76 and 79 intersect.

Chittorgarh Fort is the largest fort in India. Earlier it was the capital of Mewar. The fort is spread in an area of 690 acres and situated at the height of 590 feet over a hill that lies on the bank of Berach River.

The Mewar Emperors lost the fort thrice to the Mughals in the battles fought in different periods. In 1303 Allauddin Khilji defeated Rana Ratan Singh. Bahadur Shah defeated Bikramjeet Singh in 1535, and Mughal Emperor Akbar defeated Maharana Udai Singh II in 1567, who left and founded Udaipur as his next capital of Mewar. Approximately 13,000 Rajput Ladies committed Jauhar after the successive defeats of Mewar Emperors.

A zigzag hill road of more than 1 kilometres in length from the new town of Chittor leads to the west end main gate of the fort, known as Ram Pol. Within the fort, a circular road provides access to all other gates and monuments. The fort has seven gates or Poles, and they are Padan Pole, Bhairon Pole, Hanuman Pole, Ganesh Pole, Jodla Pole, Laxman Pole and the main gate is known as the Ram Pole. A road within the fort provides access to the numerous monuments, ruined structures, and temples. Once, the fort had 84 water bodies and only 22 are left as of now. It was in the form of ponds, wells, and step wells. These water bodies were filled during the rainfall. The various other historical monuments of interest at the fort include Vijay Stambh, Kirti Stambh.

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