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.

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Kanore – The Mewari Land of Paan, Knives and Lotus

History of Kanore

Kanore was established by Rawat Ajja Singh Ji who was the first Thakur of Kanore. Rawat Ajja Singh Ji was the son of Maharana Lakha Singh Ji (1382 – 1421).

There are many theories behind the name of town ‘Kanore’. The first one is that there was a lady monk known as ‘Kani Meeni’, who used to pray there to achieve salvation. During this phase of hers, she achieved divine powers. The town was named as ‘Kanore’ after this holy lady. The second theory is that the town had a large number of devotees of Krishna. Thus, after the name of Krishna, the town was named as Kanore.

Rawat Yogendra Singh Ji | Current Rawat Saheb of Kanore

But according to Rawat Yogeshwar Singh Ji, who is the 20th Rawat Saheb of Kanore since 2011, ‘When Maharana Ajja Singh Ji came to Kanore, there was a Bheel lady who owned a hut at the place. To establish the town, Maharana told her to remove her hut. The lady agreed but only on one condition. The condition was that the town would be named after her and from then on, the town became famous from the name Kanore.’


What is Kanore famous for?

Kanore is located at a distance of about 75 km from Udaipur in the southern region of Rajasthan. Since it is at the border of tribal caste majority area, in the earlier times, it was a very less educated region. Then a saint known as Acharya Shri Jawaharcharya inspired Mewad Malviya Pt Udai Jain to build a university here and he did exactly so with the name ‘Jawahar Vidhyapeeth’ and this evolved the education in the entire South Rajasthan. Jawahar Vidyapeeth became the educational center for Southern Rajasthan. This entire episode gave rise to a new name of Kanore which is ‘Shiksha Nagari’.

Few Lines have been written in the appraisal of Kanore by ancient poets during the monarchical era:

Pan Parkha wala Nipje,

Chaku he Bejod,

Kamal Khile, Khokha Vane,

Ya Sursat ri Kanore

The above poem about Kanore boasts about the agriculture of betel leaves (Paan) in Kanore. It is said that no one was able to farm betel leaves even around 1 km near Kanore and it was only cultivated in Kanore in ancient times. The Paan of Kanore was so famous that people from America came all the way to the town just to taste the paan here. Yogeshwar Singh Ji says that Mohanlal Sukhadiya, Former Chief Minister of Rajasthan, used to come here regularly especially to have the paan of Kanore.

Kanore is also famous for its knives and the lotus ponds which can be spotted at every 2 km there.


Tourist attractions at Kanore

Kanore Palace

Source: Kanore Palace Blogspot

Kanore Palace, situated in the middle of Kanore, belongs to the royal family of the Kanore. The construction of the Palace was begun by Maharawat Sarangdev II in 1711 AD. It is said that the artisans who made the City Palace of Udaipur were the same who made the Kanore palace of Kanore. This is the reason why Kanore Palace is a replica of the City Palace. Although, the size of the City Palace is a bit larger. Just like the City Palace of Udaipur, parts of Kanore Palace were also made by different rulers during their respective reign.

The architecture of the Palace reflects the Rajputana style. It has three major portions which are –

Sarang Villas which was built 700 years ago by the forefathers of the Kanore Royal family.

Nahar Niwas built 300 years ago

Kesar Niwas built 150 years ago

Bhabhuka Mahadev

A prominent picnic spot near Kanore which homes an idol of Lord Shiv amidst natural and peaceful environment. The main highlight of the temple is the festival of Mahashivratri when a large number of people are gathered here to worship Lord Shiva.

Adeshwar Ji temple

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Adeshwar Ji is an ancient Jain Temple, about 800 years old at a distance of 3 km from Kanore towards Dhariyawad. The temple is devoted to first Tirthankar of Jain Rishabh Dev Ji. It is situated in a village named Rajpura, which was known as Rajgad previously. Many religious processions take place in the temple such as Tirth Khetra like Akshay Tritiya Parna Mahotsav and a fair taking place once a year known as Janam kalyanak of Bhagwan Adinath.

Keleshwar Mahadev

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Keleshwar Mahadev is a set of temples built on the bank of Gomti River and a prominent picnic place which attracts a large number of tourists. A pristine waterfall can be witnessed at the place which looks stunning during monsoon season. An ancient idol of Lord Shiva is worshipped at Keleshwar Mahadev.

Kundia Dam

Kundia Dam is the major source of water for the people in Kanore. During monsoon, the dam becomes an exceptional sight to witness.

Kamal Wala Talab

As mentioned above, there are multiple lotus ponds near and in Kanore. These pond homes a variety of beautiful Lotus flowers which can be seen on the surface of the water.

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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.

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Udaipur: Bird Lover’s Paradise!

Who doesn’t love birds with their multi-hued feathers and different forms of the body flying high in the azure sky, perched on branches of trees, swimming effortlessly on the still water of the lakes or driving into the water in search of their prey? The sight of these beautiful avians, one of God’s most attractive gifts to man, always gladdens one’s mind and soul.

Well-known all over the world is the glorious cultural and historic past of Mewar. The intricate sculpture and fascinating folk traditions of the region are unique. In addition to all this, 24 important bird areas in the states, there are six in Udaipur viz Jaisamand lake and sanctuary Phulwari Ki Naal and Sajjangarh sanctuary Sei Dam, Udaipur lakes and Baghdara crocodile park. There are four more such regions in the neighboring districts namely Kumbhalgarh sanctuary, Sita Mata sanctuary, Mount Abu sanctuary and Serari Dam. Thus, South Rajasthan can boast of ten important bird areas. To all these, two more Todgarh-Raoli and Bassi can be added that is home to a huge variety of water and other kinds of bird. No less than 242 bird species have been sighted in Udaipur region.

Udaipur: Bird Lover's Paradise!
flamingos near menar

Out of them, about 102 species are water birds and the remaining ones belong to the categories that live on earth and trees. About 150 species of migratory birds visit the lakes of Udaipur and neighboring area during the winter season. The district has its own identity as the sight of a large number birds of different species and wild animals can be seen easily. When in the months of October November as winter sets in, the number suddenly goes up.

Udaipurites who are lucky enough to be able to watch a good number of migratory birds in the winter season are often curious to know why the birds leave their country and come all the way to distant India. From the European countries and North Asian that become extremely cold during winter, they fly thousands of km away. At home, on the surface of winter bodies, there is snow, as also on the ground. The result is that the insects and the fishes that the birds feed on, either die or hibernate till the end of the winter season. In the absence of easy availability of food the birds fly long distance and migrate to countries that are warm, where lakes do not freeze and there is ample supply of food. In countries like India at that time summer season is just over and monsoon sets in. The lakes are almost full and there is greenery all around. So, food is available in plenty. Migratory birds live and lay eggs in Europe and Russia during summer, experts tell us. As the days are long they get enough time to hatch their eggs. Food is also available in good quantity, so the chicks grow faster.

Udaipur: Bird Lover's Paradise!
Source: Udaipur Kiran

How these migratory birds passing through narrow passages make their way without being hindered by obstacles?

In the case of animals, when they move forward, they feel that objects that are near them seem to come close to them faster than those which are far. Similarly, birds ensure that the pictures of objects on their both sides are in keeping with their speed and then they feel secure.

To save energy for long flights, migratory birds start accumulating fats in their body months in advance in the summer season. Another interesting thing about such birds is that they fly only during the night and rest in the day as to avoid human disturbances and for safety. They fly continuously without any break. During long journeys, they fly in a V-formation or line. When one feels tired it takes a position at the back and is replaced by one who is fresh. Bar-headed goose is a migratory bird that can fly at the highest level that is 10-12 km from the ground. Flying at such a height where there is little oxygen and temperature is minus fifty degree Celsius it reaches Udaipur and other places in Mewar region and Rajasthan. The amazing thing is that they sleep in the air while flying overseas and oceans. Their brain sleeps while their muscles keep functioning covering a distance about 5000 km at the rate of 500-600 km per day, they reach Udaipur to add to the beauty of the water bodies. The longest journey of 11,000 km from North pole to South pole from the Arctic to Antarctica is undertaken by the bird named Arctic Turn. Out of the about 150 species migrating birds that come to Udaipur every year 170 were spotted in the Bird Fair held in December last year.

Udaipur: Bird Lover's Paradise!
Source: Udaipur Kiran • Bird Watchers gathered to see birds

One can easily sight some common residents birds of Udaipur region like Common Coot (Tikadi), Little Grebe (Chhoti Dubdubi), Painted Stork (Jhanghil), Black-necked Stork (Luharjang, Asian Openbrill (Ghonghil), Woolly-necked Stork (Haji Laglag), Great White Pelican (Safed Hawasil), Black-headed Ibis (Kala Bujja)., Black Ibis (Kala Bujja), Greater Flamingo (Bada Hansawar), Red –wattled Lapwing (Titcahri), Little Cormant (Choota Pawan Kauva), Common Hoopoe (Hudhudid), Short-eared Owl (Chhot Kanna Ullu), Egyptian Vulture (Safed Giddh) and White-browed Fantail (Safed Nachni) in summer can be seen Indian Pitta (Desi Naurang), Rosy Starling (Gulab Mainn) etc. Winter visitors include Bar- headed Gouse (Seenkhpar), Pintail (Neessar), Red-chested Pochard (Chhoti Murgbi) etc.

Udaipur: Bird Lover's Paradise!
Source: Udaipur Kiran

It is perhaps worthwhile for bird lovers to know where bird watching can be done. Built by Picchu Banjara, Pichola the biggest and the most famous lake of the town is one of the places where a large number of birds of various species can be sighted. Babool and other bushes are suitable for resident birds to build nests for breeding after monsoon season. It is fascinating to watch nests of Open Bill Stork during the breeding season. Nest colonies of Egret and Heron species in areas close to the lakes are also a sight worth watching. Fatehsagar built by Maharana Jaisingh and renovated by Maharana Fatehsingh is another huge lake good for bird watching, especially near Rani Road where winter is not very deep and there are trees where birds can build nests. However, the noise of motor boats that disturbs the peace is a negative factor. Connected with Picchola lake is Rangsagar lake built by the erstwhile Maharanas and Swarup Sagar built by Maharana Swami Singh are other spots suitable for watching birds of various species. So also Jal Burz and Kalka Mota Nursery near Doodh Talai. This year early in November about 600 birds of different species such as Schoveller, Common Pochard, Pintail Common Teal Ibis, Common Coot, and Spotted Dove were spotted in Roop Sagar and Badi Lake near Udaipur. Rajsamand that overflowed this time after 8 years also had a good number of birds.

In lakes near Udaipur such as Ghasa, Mavli, Kadla Losing, Nandeshwar, Bhatewar can also be seen birds in large numbers. The lakes near Menar also attract a huge number of birds of several species. Dhand Talab has been a home to over 600 Grey-leg geese that have come from a distance of 6000 km. The special feature of lakes near Menar is that the villagers do not use the lake water for irrigation and do not allow people to pollute it. Groups of young men not only guide the tourists but also provide horses to them. They have put up tents for the tourists to stay in very intelligently they have found a new way of caring morning and at the same time promoting tourism.

Udaipur: Bird Lover's Paradise!
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Udaipurities can now drive some 25 to 50 km away from the city, have an exciting close view of beautiful birds and spend an enjoyable day.