You have seen enough of Udaipur’s palaces and lakes. There are many great places nearby Udaipur that you can visit, whether you have the time or not. These are our top picks.
Chittorgarh was the capital of the Mewar dynasty for over 800 years. In 1568, Mughal Emperor Akbar seized it. Maharana Udai Singh I fled to found Udaipur. He established his kingdom at Udaipur. It was built by local Mauryan rulers in the 7th Century. It is easily accessible by car and is quite large. You will find many ancient palaces, temples, and towers within. There is also a reservoir where you can take care of your fish. The Tower of Victory offers stunning views of the surrounding fort and town. The Tower of Victory has stunning views of the town. It also hosts an evening sound-and-light show. This usually takes place in Hindi. This Chittorgarh travel guide will help plan your trip.
Rana Kumbha (the Mewar ruler) built the isolated Kumbhalgarh Fort in the Aravalli Ranges during the 15th century. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its 36-kilometer (22-mile) wall crosses 13 hills and is called the “Great Wall of India”. It is believed to be the longest continuous wall in the world, second only to the Great Wall of China. It can accommodate more than five horses in each section. Are you feeling fit? Walking along the main section of the wall is a great way for you to stay fit. The fort was home to Maharana Pratap (the legendary Mewar warrior), in 1540. It is still home to people. There are many attractions to be seen, including stepwells, cannon burners, step wells, and hundreds of ancient temples. It can be explored within three to four hours. The fort is not accessible by vehicles, unlike Chittorgarh. Expect strenuous walking. Sunset is the best time of day to visit the fort. If time is not an issue, you may want to continue to the evening light and audio show in Hindi. The Kumbhalgarh travel guide will help you plan your trip.
Jain temples rank among the most complex in India. Ranakpur’s temple complex stands out. It is the most important and largest Jain temple complex in India. It is also dedicated to the first Tirthankar (savior) who founded Jainism. Chaumukha Mandir, the main temple, was built of white marble in the 15th century. It has 29 halls, 80 domes, and 1444 engraved columns. The temple complex can be visited in about an hour. Both men and ladies must dress conservatively (legs and shoulders covered). Leather items such as belts, shoes, and cigarettes are not permitted inside. It is against the law to enter the home or apartment of a woman who is currently having her period. Ranakpur can be used to access the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. It is possible to trek from Ranakpur to Kumbhalgarh. It takes about four hours to hike and you will need a permit along with a guide. Hotels can make all arrangements.
If you’re spiritually inclined, it’s worth visiting Shri Eklingji Prabhu Temple (8th century). Marble is the only material used to build the temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva. Large, brightly colored statues of Lord Shiva’s Nandi Bull are also housed in the temple complex. The original shrine was built by Bapa Rawal (the founder of the Mewar Dynasty). The temple is visited by the head of Mewar’s royal families every Monday. It is forbidden to take photographs inside the temple. The temple’s back section offers a spectacular view of the lake. Near Nagda are the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. They were built in 10th-century India. These temples feature intricate sculptures.
About 10 minutes from Shri Eklingji Prabhu Temple is Delwara. The only thing that makes this town stand out is Raas Devigarh, a luxury boutique. There are also thousands of temples to visit, including many ancient Jain temples. This village is an excellent example of a rural village that has seen profound social changes over the past few years. The 2-hour Delwara heritage walk and community walk is worth the effort. The organizer of the walk is Seva Mandir. It is led by young adults from the town. They’ve spent hundreds of hours researching Delwara history and have been trained as guides. It’s very inspiring! You can also combine community walks with the Delwara handicraft adventure. You can also participate in block printing and sewing workshops. Sadhna’s Production Centre will allow you to meet local women artisans.
Continue north on National Highway 8 for approximately 30 minutes, and you’ll arrive at Nathdwara. This is a small holy town. A shrine dedicated to Shreenathji, a 17-century Krishna temple, houses the idol. Many pilgrims flock to it. Particularly interesting are the traditional Pichwai paintings, which depict scenes from Lord Krishna’s life. You can find them in many buildings around the town. They can be found in many buildings in the town.
To reach Molela, follow the National Highway 162 about 20 minutes west of Nathdwara. It is well-known for its artisans, who create terracotta plaques that feature sculptures of gods and deities. The artisans believe that they were chosen by God to create these sculptures and that their skills have been passed from generation to generation. The women usually prepare the clay and often take it from the nearby Banas River. The clay is then sculpted by the men. Business is best in the Hindu month of Magh (January to February). Tribal priests and temple priests travel all across the country to buy the plaques for their worship.
This route via National Highway 162 can also be used to reach Kumbhalgarh. From Molela, it takes about an hour to reach Kumbhalgarh.
This lake is not well-known in Udaipur. About 30 minutes from Udaipur is Lake Badi. It borders the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary, where the Monsoon Palace can be found perched on a hill. It was built by Maharana Raj Singh I in the 17th century to combat devastating droughts and famine. The best time to visit the lake is before sunset or early in the morning. You can hike to the tops of the Bahubali hills for a spectacular view. The climb to the top takes approximately 15-20 minutes. The lake is surrounded by wild cactus trees that make it appear exotic. You can reach the lake by bike or car. You can rent a car if you don’t own a vehicle or have more than 3-4 people.
There are many ways to take in the stunning scenery and breathe fresh air around Udaipur. Horse riding in rural areas can be a popular activity. Marwari-owned horses make it even more fun. These brave, respected horses were once owned and used in battle by Rajput rulers. Princess Trails Farm offers horseback riding safaris. If you don’t want to ride, you can walk. Half-day hikes are offered by Virasat Experiences, a community tourism initiative. Udaipur Outback Tours are offered to the Village for information about the organic farming techniques of these tribes. Ranakpur also offers an Organic Farm Stay. To reach these places, you can choose Udaipur Taxi Service for a quick excursion.