Rajasthan Travel Guide

Excursion From Udaipur

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Ghanerao Castle - Ghanerao Castle is a marble and red sandstone royal castle which is beautiful, magnificent and displays the lavish lifestyle of the erstwhile royalty. Located at 140 km from Udaipur city, Ghanerao Castle is in small town of Ghanerao.

Chittorgarh Fort - Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan is the largest fort in India. Chittorgarh Fort is a monument made up in the Rajputana style of architecture.

HaldighatiHaldighati is famous historical site known for the gallantary of Maharana Pratap. Located at a distance of 40 km from Udaipur city, Haldighati is a mountain pass in the Aravalli range joining two districts – Rajsamand and Pali of rajasthan.

Nathwada

Nathwada is about 52 km from Udaipur and is known for its age old temples.

Dwarkadheesh TempleDwarkadhish Temple is one of the prominent tourist attractions of Nathdwara located in the Kankroli Village. The shrine is dedicated to the Hindu deity Krishna, and the red stone idol of the deity is believed to have been brought from Mathura. This temple belongs to Vaishnavas and the Vallabhacharya sects.

Srinathji TempleSrinathji Temple, an ancient shrine was constructed in the 17th century and dedicated to the Hindu deity, Lord Krishna. The idol of the deity was beautifully carved out of black marble. The Srinathji Temple is considered as the second richest Indian temple after the Tirupati Temple of Andhra Pradesh. Devoted hearts among tourists who flock this place always make it compulsory to visit this temple.

CharbhujaCharbhuja, a small town in Nathdwara famous for the Charbhuja Ji Temple. This shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and famous for its exquisite architectural style. This place is also famous for the fort of Bor Rajputs (‘Garhbor’).

Rajsamand – Rajsamand, a small town of Nathwada is located at a distance of 15 km from the city and lies on the banks of the Rajsamand Lake. It is famous for beautiful marble and handloom products. Kankroli Dam, Kumbhalgarh Fort and Haldighati are some of the notable tourist attractions of this place.

Ranakpur

Ranakpur is about 93 kms away from Udaipur and is popular for its ancient temples.

Ranakpur Jain Temple-The Ranakpur Jain Temple is counted among the five important pilgrimage sites of the Jains. The Temple, made of light coloured marble is located on the western side of the Aravalli Range and is dedicated to Lord Adinathji. According to legends, a Jain businessman named Seth Dharna Sah and Mewar Ruler Rana Khumba constructed this temple. The architectural excellence of the artisans of that era is depicted in its 80 domes, 29 halls and 1,444 pillars.The temples of Parasvanath and Neminath face the main temple. Visitors can see the beautiful carvings on these temples which would remind them of the sculptures of Khajuraho.

DesuriDesuri is a small village of the Pali District, located at a distance of 16 km from the town of Ranakpur. Temples of Hindu deities like Lord Shiva, Navi Mata, and Lord Hanuman are the highlights of this place. The temple of Parsuram Mahadeo is also located in the hills nearby Desuri.

Muchhal Mahavir TempleMuchhal Mahavir Temple is located in the Pali District of the Rajasthan and is dedicated to Lord Mahavir. The temple is located in the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary, about 5 km away from the Ghanerao. This temple is known for the statue of the Hindu Lord Shiva with moustache. At the entrance of the temple two statues of the elephants can be seen that stand in the guarding position. Garasia tribal villages are the nearby attractions to this place. Tourists can buy beautiful traditional costumes from this place.

NarlaiNarlai is a small village, which rests in the foothill, 6 km away from the renowned town of Ranakpur. Travellers can find several Jain Temples and Hindu Temples in the region. Among the tourists, the murals and the architecture of the temple of the Lord Adinath, the irst Jain Tirthankara is very popular.

SadriSadri is counted among the important pilgrimage centres of the Pali District of Rajasthan. Earlier, this city was also known as the ‘Gate of Mewar to Marwar’. The place holds immense religious significance for the Jain community. For the visitors going to visit the Ranakpur Temple and Shri Parshuram Mahadev Mandir, this place serves as the base. In addition to the Varahavtar Temple and the Chintamani Parsvanath Temple, the old Dargah of Khudabaksh Baba is also a popular attraction of the place.

Sun TempleSun Temple of Ranakpur is a famous Sun or Surya temple well known as the Surya Narayan Temple. This 13th centry temple was rebuilt in 15th century after destruction. Sun temple is bilt with white lime stone in Nagara style with a delicate ornamented work.

Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh is only 102 kms away from Udaipur and is one of the major tourists attraction of Rajasthan.

Kumbhalgarh FortKumbhalgarh Fort was built in the 15th century by King Rana Kumbha and is located on the banks of the River Banas. Tourists in large numbers flock the fort as it is the second most important fortress of the state of Rajasthan. This huge fort is surrounded by 13 peaks, watchtowers, and bastions. Kumbhalgarh Fort is spread over 36 km of the Aravallis. It houses a domed palace built by Maharana Fateh Singh. The long winding wall was built to guard against the attacks of enemies, and this wall is supposedly the second to the Great Wall of China for its length.

Neelkanth Mahadeo TempleNeelkanth Mahadeo Temple is a famous Shivji temple located near the Kumbhalgarh Fort. It has a six feet high Shivling which is made of stone and dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shivji is the only diety in that area. Legends says that King Rana Kumbha used to worship this deity. King was also beheaded by his own son when he was offering prayers at the shrine.

Badal MahalBadal Mahal is the highest point in the Kumbhal Fort. Famously known as the ‘Palace of Clouds’. It is located at the top of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. Badal Mahal is a two storey palace. Whole building of the palace is parted into two interconnected mahal called the Mardana Mahal and the Zanana Mahal.

Parshuram TempleParshuram Temple, also famously known as Parshuram Mahadev Temple or Cave, is an ancient cave where sage Parshuram meditated to seek the blessings of Lord Ram. There are 500 stairs to reach down to the ancient cave.

Vedi TempleVedi Temple is a Jain temple constructed by Rana Kumbha. Renovated by Maharana Fateh Singh, it is located near the Hanuman Pol of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. Constructed to honour the sacrifice of the pilgrims, it is the only leftover among all sacrificial places in the country.

Dungarpur

Dungarpur is just 103 km the Lake City, Udaipur.

Deo Somnath TempleDeo somanth Temple is located at Deo Gaon which is 24 km away from Dungarpur.This temple is situated on the banks of the River Som and was constructed during the rule of Vikram Samwat in the 12th century. The temple is made of white stone, which giving an attractive aura to the whole structure is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

NagfanjiNagfanji is famous for its Jain shrines but its natural beauty also attracts many tourists.Located in the mountainous terrain, the combine statue of Devi Padmawati, Nagfanji Parshwanatha and Dharnendra is the centre of attraction.

Surpur TempleSurpur Temple is just 3 km from Dungarpur and located on the banks of the Gangdi River. Along with temple there are other attractions including Bhulbhulaiya, Madhavrai Temple, several inscriptions, and Hathiyon Ki Agad near the temple.

Badal MahalBadal Mahal is is located on the banks of the Gaib Sagar Lake and is known for its amzing and artistic designs, a perfect combination of Mughal and Rajput architectural style. The palace was constructed by using Dawra Stones.

Ek Thambiya Mahal- The Ek Thambiya Mahal, also known as Krishna Prakash is located in the middle of a pond in a square shaped courtyard. This beautiful courtyard is made of white and pink stones, adding to the the enthralling view.

Juna MahalJuna Mahal, seven storied building with an architectural design of a fort was constructed during 13th century. The walls are adorned with mirror and glass works. Tourists can also see several picturesque miniature paintings and frescoes on the interiors of the palace. The place has turrets, corridors and a narrow entrance.

Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort by Amit Rawat

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