What are the must-do activities in Udaipur?

There is a difference between visiting a city and exploring it. Being one of the best tourist destinations in India, there are so many wonderful things to do in Udaipur.

Udaipur is one of the most beautiful and unique cities in India. A place where you can literally walk amongst the ruins of its 400 years old history. Also called as the Venice of the East and City of Lakes, the city proudly boasts its natural beauty and historical richness.

So, for those who want to explore the real natural beauty and rich culture, read on to know about the must-do things in Udaipur!

Best things to do in Udaipur

Explore the rich culture, natural beauty and amazing history with these must-do activities in Udaipur.

Witness morning beauty from Neemuch Mata Temple
Udaipur Sunrise
Sunrise from Neemuch Mata Temple
Neemuch Mata Sunrise
Neemuch Mata Sunrise

Situated on a hill near Fatehsagar Lake, Neemuch Mata temple gives a beautiful panoramic view of the city from the top of the hill. Visit this place early in the morning for a beautiful start of your day with a gorgeous view.

Take the old city walk to explore the heritage
Old City Udaipur
Old City Udaipur

Visit the streets of the old city that are overflowing with colours and life. Take a walk through the lanes of Gangore Ghat, Majhi Ka Mandir, Clock Tower, Ambrai Road, Jagdish Mandir and Hathipol.

Shop traditional stuff from the local market
Shopping in Old City
Shopping in Old City
Udaipur Shopping
Udaipur Shopping
Old City Shopping Udaipur
Old City Shopping Udaipur

The vibrant bazaars offer amazing local stuff to shop. Places like Hathi Pol Bazaar, Jagdish Chowk is scattered with ethnic clothing, footwear, handicrafts, traditional paintings and other artisanal things. Even if you don’t intend to purchase anything, you can certainly spend a good day in window-shopping.

Visit City Palace to learn about the rich history
City Palace Interior
City Palace Interior Udaipur
Udaipur City Palace Architecture

The City Palace of Udaipur is one such place that will leave you spell-bounded whenever you visit it. The magnificent palace boasts a beautiful combination of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. Take a guided tour to learn about the rich history of Mewar rulers.

Witness the classic beauties at Vintage Car Museum
Vintage Car Museum Udaipur
Vintage Car Museum Udaipur

A visual treat for vintage car lovers, Vintage Car Museum in Udaipur is a true delight to watch. The classic collection includes Rolls-Royce, Cadillacs, MG-TC Convertible and many more.

Explore the local life at Shipgram
Shilpgram Udaipur
Shilpgram Market

The art and craft hub of Udaipur, Shilpgram showcases the lifestyle of the tribal people of Rajasthan. A living museum of traditional art and craft, the place holds special workshops to spread the culture of Rajasthan. If you are an art lover, Shilpgram is a must-visit place in Udaipur for you.

Meet nature at Monsoon Palace
Monsoon Palace
Monsoon Palace aka Sajjangarh Fort

True to its name, Monsoon Palace is a place where clouds meet the age-old fort sitting atop a hill. Visit this place, which is also named as Sajjangarh Fort, during the rainy season and you have all the chances to get the hazy and cloudy view of the city drenched in monsoon beauty.

Take the Ropeway Ride at Karni Mata Temple
Udaipur Ropeway
View from Karnimata Ropeway

Bird’s eye view of this city is one of the most beautiful experience you can have in Udaipur. And the city offers many such points to give you this delight. Udaipur being

Attend Dharohar Folk Dance Show
Dharohar Dance Show Udaipur
Dharohar Performance

The amazing Bagore Ki Haveli is a must-visit place of Udaipur especially in the evening when it hosts the beautiful folk dance show, Dharohar. Dharohar showcases the folk dances of Rajasthan with colourful night shows of energetic regional dances.

Take a sunset boat ride at Lake Pichola
Sunset Boat Ride Lake Pichola
Lake Pichola Sunset

The breathtaking boat ride during the sunset time is an experience you can never get over with. The picturesque views from the placid water of Lake Pichola during sunset while floating along as the sun comes to rest on the horizon making the lake shimmer are truly mesmerizing.

Relax at Fatehsagar Pal
Fatehsagar Lake
Fatehsagar Night

After a tiring day of Udaipur sightseeing and collecting experiences in the city, the best way to unwind at the end of the day is taking a relaxing stroll in the fresh air at Fatehsagar Lake.

Also, after dusk, you may encounter groups of youngsters carrying their guitars and other musical instruments and melodize the environment.

Sit beside the lake and enjoy the music with a breath of fresh air.

If you know of any more rocking things to do in Udaipur, let us know and share this with your friends.

10 stunning pictures that prove why City Palace is Udaipur’s favourite tourist spot

The City Palace of Udaipur boasts of the splendour that Mewar has been witnessing since centuries. The majestic palace speaks of the grandeur and royalty of the past Mewar rulers. Located beautifully on the banks of Lake Pichola, the palace is a fusion of Rajasthani, Mughal, European and Chinese architecture.

The most captivating fact of this palace lies in its making which includes marble-work, mirror-work, silver-work, murals, wall paintings and inlay-work. The magnificent palace is built completely of marble and granite.

The City Palace is the most-visited tourist attraction of Udaipur. Built by Maharaja Udai Singh Mewar, the palace is distinguished as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.

The pictures below tell us, why City Palace is Udaipur’s favourite tourist spot:

City Palace
A heritage that takes you back to the bygone era.
City Palace
A place that narrates the tale for bravery and valour.
City Palace 4
The architectural excellence is a treat to the eyes.
City Palace 5
A lifestyle that keeps you spellbound.
City Palace of Udaipur
Simplicity that speaks grandeur.
Tourist place of Udaipur
The most loved tourist place of Udaipur.
Royal place of Udaipur
A place that gives you the feel of a royal.
City Palace image
Sunshine has its own glow here.
City Palace 1
A heritage that makes you keep staring at it.

The palace has a lot of beautiful stories and anecdotes to narrate. From architecture to location, history, interiors, and purpose, City Palace Udaipur is a true visual delight.

Photos by Dimpy Chundawat

उदयपुर का ‘कोणार्क’ : 9वी शताब्दी पुराने सूर्य मंदिर की कहानी

उदयसागर झील से निकलती नदी, बेड़च। इसके किनारे एक बेहद पुराना मंदिर बना है। यह मंदिर आपको तब भी नज़र आता है, जब आपका प्लेन महाराणा प्रताप इंटरनेशनल एअरपोर्ट पर उतरने ही वाला होता है, उस क्षण से कुछ ही पहले, यह मंदिर आपको अपनी और खींच लें तो कोई बड़ी बात नहीं होगी और तब मुमकिन है, आपका मन इसके बारे में जानने को उत्सुक हो जाए।

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9वी शताब्दी में बना यह सूर्य मंदिर ‘उदयपुर का कोणार्क’ भी कहलाता है। मंदेसर गाँव में बने इस मंदिर की कहानी, शहर के इतिहासकार- अध्यापक डॉ श्रीकृष्ण ‘जुगनू’ की ज़ुबानी है। उनकी लिखी किताब ‘मेवाड़ का इतिहास – श्रीकृष्ण जुगनू’ के चौथे अध्याय में इस मंदिर का ज़िक्र मिलता है।

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“मंदेसर का सूर्य मंदिर उसकी स्‍थापत्‍य रचना के आधार पर 10वीं सदी का माना गया है, किंतु यह 9वीं सदी का होना चाहिए। क्‍योंकि इसमें दिक्‍पाल(दिशाओं का पालन करने वाले देवता) दो भुजाओं वाले हैं, और उनका विधान(निर्माण) प्राचीन शिल्‍प की परंपरा को लेकर हुआ है। उनके आभरण-अलंकरण भी उसी काल के दिखाई देते हैं। निश्चित ताल-मान के आधार पर ही यहां की मूर्तियां बनी हैं, जिनमें सभा-मंडप की सुर-सुंदरियों पर तस्‍करों की बराबर नज़र रही है। मूल प्रतिमा तो सालों पहले ही नदारद हो गई, उसकी जगह गांववालों ने बंसी वाले श्‍याम की प्रतिमा विराजित कर रखी है। हवाई अड्डे पर हवाई जहाज से उतरते समय इस मंदिर की एक झलक दिखाई देती है।

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पूर्वमुखी का यह मंदिर प्रवेश मंडप, सभा मंडप और गर्भगृह- इन तीन स्‍तरों पर नागर शैली में बना है। मूलशिखर अब नहीं रहा लेकिन, मंडप से लेकर, गर्भगृह की बाहरी भित्तियों पर मूर्तियां खंडित ही सही, मगर मौजूद है। इनमें ‘सूर्य के स्‍थानक’ और ‘सप्‍ताश्‍वों पर सवार’ मूर्तियां अपने सुंदर सौष्‍ठव-सुघड़ता और भव्‍य भास्‍कर्य के लिए पहचानी जाती हैं। निर्माण काल के करीब एक हज़ार साल बाद भी इनका भास्‍कर्य और दीप्ति वही जान पड़ती है जो कभी रही होगी क्‍योंकि जिस श्‍वेत पाषाण का इसमें प्रयोग हुआ है, वह बहुत विचार और परीक्षण के साथ काम में लिया गया है। जिन शिल्पियों ने इस मंदिर का निर्माण किया, वे विश्‍वकर्मीय विद्या को प्रतिस्‍पर्द्धा की तरह प्रयोग लाने के प्रबल पक्षधर थे। इसी कारण दिक्‍पालों और उनके आजू-बाजू सुर-सुंदरियों का तक्षण किया गया। उनके अंग-प्रत्‍यंग को पूरी तरह ताैल कर उभारने का प्रयास हुआ है। दिशानुसार दिक्‍पालों के उनकी दोनों भुजाओं में आयुध बनाए थे और नीचे तालानुसार उनके वाहन को भी उकेरा गया है।

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सुर-सुंदरियों के निर्माण कुछ इस तरह हुआ है कि वे गतिमयता के साथ प्रदर्शित होती हैं। पद, कटि, अंगुलियों, कलाइयों, भुजाओं, गलाें, कान, नाक से लेकर सिर तक आभूषणों को धारण करवाया गया है। केश विन्‍यास बड़ा ही रोचक है। कहीं अलस-कन्‍या सी अंग रचना तो कहीं त्रिभंगी रूप में स्‍थानक रूप। आंखों की बनावट भी अनुपम लगती है। उनके इर्द-गिर्द सिंह-शार्दूलों को उछलकर कायिक वेग को साकार करने का जो प्रयास यहां हुआ, वह बहुत ही राेमांचकारी लगता है। मंदिर के पीछे प्रधान ताक में सूर्य की अरुण सारथी सहित सप्‍ताश्‍व रथ पर सवार प्रतिमा है जबकि उत्‍तर-दक्षिणी ताकों में स्‍थानक सूर्य की प्रतिमाएं हैं। इन पर आकाशीय देवताओं, नक्षत्रों का मानवीकरण करते हुए मूर्त्‍यांकन किया गया है। शिल्‍प और स्‍थापत्‍य की कई विशेषताएं और भी गिनाई जा सकती हैं।

sun temple udaipur
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यह सूर्यमंदिर सालों पहले सूर्य आदि ग्रहों व नक्षत्रों के आधार पर आने वाले समय के सुकाल-अकाल होने की उद्घोषणा का केंद्र रहा है। यह मान्‍यता मेवाड़ के लगभग सभी सूर्य मंदिरों के साथ जुड़ी है, मगर अब ऐसी उद्घोषणाएं लोकदेवताओं के देवरों में होने लगी है। न यहां मगविप्र रहे न ही ज्‍योतिषीय अध्‍ययन होता है। वर्तमान में यह मंदिर राजस्‍थान पुरातत्‍व विभाग के अधिकार में है। विभाग के अधीक्षक मुबारक हुसैनजी का आभार कि उन्‍होंने इस संबंध में देर तक चर्चा की और चित्र उपलब्‍ध करवाए तो लिखने का मन बन गया। कभी फुर्सत मिले तो इस सूर्यायतन को भी देखियेगा और फिर स्‍वयं कहियेगा कि इसे शिल्‍पकारों ने बनाया या शिल्पकारों को इसने बनाया।”
– डॉ. श्रीकृष्‍ण ‘जुगनू’
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यदि आप इस मंदिर को देखने का मन बना रहे हैं तो यह डबोक एअरपोर्ट से कुछ आगे मंदेसर गाँव में मिलेगा। जाना आसान है। लोकल ट्रांसपोर्ट की मदद से आप गाँव तक पहुँच सकते हैं और यदि ख़ुद की गाड़ी से जा रहे हैं तब सिर्फ गूगल मैप्स की ज़रूरत पड़ेगी। मंदिर बहुत पुराना है, यदि देखने का मन बना रहे हैं तो जल्दी जाइएगा। क्या पता कल हो न हो!
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Bagheri ka Naka- A Perfect Place for Monsoon Getaway

It is rightly said that “ Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…rather it’s more about learning to dance in the rain”. Usually, monsoons are considered dark and gloomy, which is absolutely a fallacy. And particularly if you are in Udaipur it cannot be monotonous, knowing that it is one of the best monsoon destinations in India.

People in Udaipur are always ready to fasten their seatbelts to hop on to the nearby areas during monsoon instead of merely sitting inside homes and sipping tea with pakoras. Monsoons are extremely pleasurable and one cannot make an omelette without breaking an egg, so get ready to get wet. 

bageri k naka

One such ideal place to visit during monsoon is Bagheri ka Naka which is a picnic spot for locals. Bagheri ka Naka is a small dam, nearly 50 km away from Udaipur in the Rajsamand district which is named after the village Bagheri. 

The place is a feast to the photographers’ eye, having lush green Aravali hills offering a perfect backdrop for the frame. The place usually gets flooded with people during rains when the water from the dam overflows. Moreover, it falls on the Udaipur-Kumbhalgarh lane which itself is a picturesque site where you can witness clouds kissing the mountains and thus a perfect place for a family getaway.

Do’s and Dont’s 

  • The place is in the interior of the village and you cannot find shops or good restaurants on the way or nearby area, hence it will be good to take food and some refreshment along.
  • The place is an excellent destination for photography enthusiasts, thus make sure that you do not forget to carry your camera or smartphones.
  • There is a pathway leading to the top of the dam, which offers a complete 360-degree view of the dam and the lake. It is suggested to wear comfortable trekking footwear so that you can easily climb the rocky track that leads to the dam.
  • Most people visit during monsoon to enjoy the overflow of water from the dam. Be cautious while you step in the water, since running water may cause a casualty.
  • Be very cautious while you step in the water, the base may be slippery which might cause you to fall. 
  • Special precautions must be taken if you are taking kids along, at the same time adults should be watchful during the time the dam overflows.Bageri ka Naka

Best Time to Visit

Monsoon is probably the best time to visit Bageri ka Naka because the dam overflows and that just doubles the beauty of this place. Locals usually prefer to visit during weekends but for a traveller, any day can be the best day.

How to reach

The place is nearly 50 km and a more than an hour ride from Udaipur since the roads are narrow and not very well developed. This place can also be reached from Nathadwara and is merely 31 km from there. Private cars or taxis are the best options, however, if you are a true adventurer you can travel through a bike as well.

Bageri ka Naka

location : 

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From Foodies to the social media fanatics, This Bistro has won everyone’s heart!

There is a reason why travelers from far-far land go crazy over the roadside food vendors, dhabas within the city premises, uptown restaurants, and eccentric Cafes & Bistros of this graceful Lake city. Catching up with the city’s pace, the food served in the city has also evolved embracing the recent food trends, while on the other hand preserving the old ones. Cafes and restaurants of the city serve cuisines from the distinct corners of the country.

Its food only which makes Udaipurites exclaim ‘Udaipur to Jaan hai apni!’.

Once you’ve had a taste of the life and food of this city, we bet you wouldn’t wish to leave!

So talking about the great places which serve delectable food, this newly opened Bistro in Udaipur is something one doesn’t want to miss out on!

“The Patio”

 As the name suggests ‘The Patio’ is a comfortable & soothing Bistro which is set on lines of a retro European country house theme. The vicinity is age-old trees and greenery on every side you roll your eyes on. For any Tourist it’s a perfect crashing place to chill out once you are done with your expedition to the Majestic City Palace and on your way to the famous boat ride at Pichola Lake or ropeway at Karni Mata.

The Patio, Udaipur

 Things that set ‘The Patio’ distinct from the others:

  •  Team at The Patio likes to stick to the basics. While keeping it simple, they thrive to make simple things taste better maintaining the taste and consistency. From Shakes to Mocktails, Dimsums to Pasta n Pizzas, every dish will strike right chords with your palates and you’ll come back wanting for more.

Sitting at The Patio, Udaipur

  • The architects Divya & Shantanu Sharma have designed the café’s interior in a simple yet attractive style. The color theme & the artistic windows remind you of ancient Greek architecture. The Green & subtle elevation of the Bistro resembles an old roadside European eatery. Furniture & majority of the seating is designed from the old antic reclaimed wood. From Swings on the terrace to wooden Benches in the backyard and Sofas to Comfy Chairs inside the covered area, each seating arrangement promises a unique feasting experience every time one visits. The music genre is majorly soft country blending perfectly with the aura of the place. There is ample parking space right across the property along with extended government parking right behind the property.

 

The Patio, Udaipur

Sitting arrangements at The Patio, Udaipur

  • The price range at The Patio makes sure that it doesn’t dive deep into the customer’s pocket. A cappuccino priced at Rs100 & shakes as thick as the ice cream is priced in the range of Rs150. A 325 ml thick shake served here is a complete meal in itself. The most expensive dish being Mezze Platter at Rs300 which also justifies the price, once you experience the spread. The motive is to make people try, explore and enjoy every dish on the menu.
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  • For the calorie-conscious and health-freak citizens, Cold Press Juices & Health menu to be started soon. Even in the current servings, dim sums are made without using flour as a base. Thin crispy corn tortilla can be an option for the base of Pizzas. Fresh Fruit & Yogurt based Smoothies can be your alternative to the regular shakes. A Healthy Breakfast menu will also be started soon.

A place like The Patio should be bookmarked for your next outing for sure!!

 

Have you been to the Best Hangout Place in Udaipur trending right now?

Udaipurites always roam around the city in search of new and fashionable places to spend a good time and click some amazing pictures. But to choose from so many places, it turns into a mental dilemma every weekend to find a good place. A place which offers an unforgettable view, delectable food and n number of points where you can click good selfies and so-called candid pictures

Voila!! Here’s where the Enigma Restaurant and Lounge pop up in the head. This restaurant has exactly got everything that one is looking for.

Here are the top 5 reasons why Enigma Restaurant and Lounge is the serenest place to hang out!

  • An unmatched feasting experience:

No matter what the place has to offer, until and unless you aren’t served with an unforgettable dining experience, you won’t visit the place again most probably. Food served at Enigma Restaurant and Lounge will not just satiate your taste buds with amazing food but also take care of all your cravings. A special and the most romantic seating arrangement for 2 on the rooftop is the paradise for the lovebirds. A Private Silver Dining Room that can accommodate10 people and Personal Butler Service. What more can anyone ask for?

Dining arrangement at Enigma.
Dining arrangement at Enigma.
Silver Dining arrangement at Enigma.
Silver Dining arrangement at Enigma.

 

  • Private Terrace lounge:

A breath of fresh air while you are enjoying the different taste of your favorite dish served. Ever fantasize to have a meal like this? If yes, you surely can fulfill it at the terrace lounge of Enigma Restaurant and Lounge. This also brings us to our next point.

Terrace Lounge at Enigma.
Terrace Lounge at Enigma.

 

  • Eye-Soothing view, in front of you:

A breathtaking view of Lake Pichola and the magnificent City Palace while you savor every taste with your loved ones? Who wouldn’t love it?  And if you are wondering where you can get such a view. I guess, you already know the answer, The rooftop setting, and the Terrace lounge will give you a panoramic view that will allure you for sure.

View from Enigma.
View from Enigma.

 

  • Photo-Friendly Interior:

The restaurant is designed with exclusive interior artifacts that will surely lit up your Instagram handle. From special Hand-Carved Winged Couple chairs to Hand shaped ones at the rooftop, from beautiful chandeliers to astonishing wall arts, you won’t be able to resist yourself from clicking pictures.

Interior at Enigma
Interior at Enigma

  • Lavish services:

At Enigma restaurant and lounge, one thing you’ll experience for sure is a great butler service. The credits go to the services available at the restaurant. These services include A La Carte Service, Valet Parking Service, Personal Butler Service, and much more.

So, it’s time to go easy on your phone screens looking for a perfect weekend spot. Enigma restaurant and lounge promise an unforgettable meal experience.

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Chunda Palace Café: The Hunger Savior at Sajjangarh

Overlooking the city and also famous for its beautiful picturesque atmosphere, Sajjangarh Fort has always topped the traveler’s bucket list. The expedition to the lakecity is incomplete if one hasn’t explored this fort. The magnificent view from the best and the highest point around the city is unforgettable.

The only thing that was being missed by the tourists, as well as the local public, was a proper food junction.

The Chunda Palace Café:

We are glad to share the good news with you that this magnificent place now also has a café reloaded with new cold beverages. The cafeteria is managed by the grand Chunda Palace so the legacy of the hotel follows the café too. It caters to the needs of local public and tourists which makes sure that there is an increase in the graph of positive reviews.

This café is the new addition to everyone’s go-to list as one can enjoy peaceful evenings with delicious food at a single place. The café is loaded with many irresistible delicacies which can be enjoyed amidst the breathtaking view of the city.

Customer satisfaction has always been the motivation for the café owners. Keeping in mind the upcoming summer season, the café has introduced many delicious smoothies, mocktails, Ice teas and shakes as well making this café a perfect place to hang out with your friends, family and loved ones. The new menu makes the place more happening than ever.

So what are you waiting for?

Go out and capture the essence of this city with your DSLR’s in one hand a cold refreshing drink in the other only at the CHUNDA PALACE CAFÉ.

For any queries, Call at : 0294-2430252

This Fort in Jhalawar is India’s only Fort Built without Foundation | Read to Know More

In the entire world, if there is a which has a humungous number of forts and palaces, then it would be Rajasthan. Go to any part of the state and you’ll find a fort or fortress waiting for you. Today’s article is dedicated to the one such amazing fort named as ‘Gagron fort’.

Located in the Jhalawar district of Rajasthan, this fort is surrounded by water from all sides. Not just this, but the fort is unique in its own way as it is the only fort which doesn’t have any foundation. Gagron Fort’s popularity has been spread far and wide for its glorious history and awe-inspiring architecture.

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Gagron Fort and its outstanding architecture

Gagron fort was constructed by the Dod king Bijaldev in the 12th century and the fort was ruled by the Khinchi kingdom for 300 years. Although the exact time of the construction is not known. Historians say that the fort was built from the seventh century to the fourteenth century.

It has witnessed a total of 14 wars and 2 Jauhars (Hindu custom of mass self-immolation). The magnificence of the fort can be estimated by the fact that it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Source: Indian heritage site

It is the only Fort of northern India which is enveloped by water; hence it is also called ‘Jaladurga’. Generally, all forts have two ramparts but Gagron Fort has three. Along with that, its towers are blended with Mukundara Hills of the Vindhyan mountain ranges where the hill itself is acting as the foundation of the fort.

The fort has two main entrances. One gate leads towards the river and the other leads towards the hilly road. Earlier this fort was used to give the death penalty to the guilty. Inside the fort Ganesh Pol, Nakkarkhana, Bhairavi Pol, Kishan Pole, Selekhana are the important gates. Apart from this, there are other important historical sites in the fort such as Dewan-i-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Janaana Mahal, Madhusudan Mandir, Rang Mahal etc.

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The significance of Gagron in the Medieval period is known by the fact that both the famous emperor Sher Shah and Akbar the Great conquered it and merged it into their empire. Akbar also made it his headquarters, but in the end, gave it to Prakashraj of Bikaner as a part of his estate.

 

The Unfortunate Saga of Jauhar at Gagron Fort

Achaldas Khinchi was the last Khinchi-Chauhan ruler of the historically renowned Gagron Fort. In 1423 AD, Sultan Hoshangshah of Mandu surrounded the fort with 30 thousand horsemen, 84 elephants and numerous infantry with many other rich kings. When Achaldas realized the tremendous army and advanced weapons of the enemy, he clearly estimated his defeat. At that point in time, instead of surrendering in front of them, he sacrificed his life while fighting with valor. Following that thousands of women embraced death to protect their self-respect from the enemy.

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Some Interesting facts related to Gagron fort

  • After the victory of Hoshangshah, he was so impressed by the bravery of Achaldas that he did not meddle with the king’s personal residence and his other souvenirs. For hundreds of years, the fort remained with the Muslims, but out of fear or respect, no one dared to remove or destroy Achaldas’ bed from the bedroom. Till 1950, the bed remained in the same place.
  • According to the folk tales, the spirit of the king Achaldas Khinchi would come and sleep on this bed every night. At night, many people claim to have heard the noise of someone smoking sheesha from this room.
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  • The maintenance and cleanliness of the king’s bedroom were managed by a hairdresser on the behalf of the state. It is said that every day he used to find 5 Rupees on the bedside. The hairdresser once told someone about this incident and from then on he stopped receiving it.
  • Once, an ADC attempted to steal the sword of the king but he had to leave it midway as it was extremely heavy. Currently, the sword is guarded in the Jhalawar Police Station.
  • The fort also houses a number of peacocks and unique parrots. These parrots are known as Hiraman parrots and are considered to be twice the size of the normal parrots. They are usually dark in color and have black stripes on their neck. They are experts in mimicking human speech very well.

The picturesque and the most dramatic fort never disappoint any of its visitors. Everyone leaves with a tinge of history and lots of memories to cherish.

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5 Must Visit Places in Bhilwara | Getaway from Udaipur

According to the traditions, the city of Bhilwara acquired its name by the fact that it was mostly inhabited by the Bhils in the earlier days. Eventually, the Bhils were driven away by the ancestors of the peasant settlers towards the interior places of less importance and hilly tracts. It is also believed that the city had a mint where coined known as ‘Bhiladi’ were minted and this denomination derived the name Bhilwara. Over the years, the city emerged as the textile city of Rajasthan.

Apart from being the textile city of the world, Bhilwara houses multiple tourist attraction which allures a large number of both national and international tourists. Out of umpteen numbers of places to visit in Bhilwara, we have handpicked five of them which you shouldn’t miss at any cost.

Meja Dam

Source: Rajasthan Tourism

Built across the Kothari River, Meja Dam is one of the biggest dams in the city of Bhilwara. It houses a beautiful park within known as green mount park which is the ideal choice of all the citizens for a picnic. Meja Dam provides a tranquil environment that is most preferable by the people to spend quality time with their friends and family. Best time to visit Meja Dam is monsoon when one can witness full fledged flow of the dam.

 

Pur Udan Chatri

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Pur Udan Chatri is an umbrella-shaped structure sitting atop a rock. The magnificent height and location of the place offer a stunning view of the entire city. Most of the wonder of the place lies in the gorgeous architecture and heritage along with the natural beauty of the place. On closer inspection, you’ll find that the name of the place literally translates to the flying umbrella.

 

Kyara Ke Balaji

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Kyara Ke Balaji is one of the most renowned temples in the city. Situated at a distance of 10 km from the city, the temple is greatly admired for its unique feature. The image of Lord Hanuman on the rock inside the temple is said to be a natural image of the lord which appeared miraculously. Devotees from all over the world travel a large distance to seek the blessings of the lord. Apart from that, images of Ghata Rani and Patola Mahadev can also be witnessed on the rock inside.

 

Harni Mahadev

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Harni Mahadev temple is a renowned pilgrim center in Bhilwara. Situated at a distance of 6 km from the Bhilwara city, the temple is visited by people from far and wide. The name of the temple has been originated by the village named as ‘Harni’ which lies nearby. This temple is a home of a ‘shivling’ which has great religious importance. It is a stunning example of the Rajasthani style of architecture. As a result of its location on the hill, one can witness a beautiful and panoramic view of the entire city. A three day fair is also conducted at the place during the festival of Shivratri.

 

Badnore Fort

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The fort is a striking example of traditional Rajputana style of architecture. Situated on the top of a hill, this seven stories building provides a mind bobbling panoramic view of the city. The fort is located at a distance of 84 km from Bhilwara and is a visual treat for all the history lovers out there. To know more about Badnore fort, click here.

It is now time to pack your bags and make a plan to visit Bhilwara soon with your buddies.

Have you visited any of these places? Share your experience with us in the comment section below or if you have anything to share with us, drop a mail to me at

juhee@udaipurblog.com

5 Reasons why Enigma Restaurant and Lounge is the Best Hangout Place in Udaipur Right Now!

All the Udaipurites are always in search of new and trendy places to spend a good time with their friends, family or their loved ones. But it often becomes a mental dilemma almost every weekend to find a good place which offers a fine view, scrumptious food and an umpteen number of points where you can click a bunch of good selfies and groupfies.

And that is where the all-new Enigma Restaurant and Lounge falls into place. This restaurant has literally got everything you’re looking for. And we’ll give you 5 reasons why Enigma Restaurant and Lounge is the coolest place to hang out in Udaipur Right Now!

 

#1 An unbeatable dining experience

No matter what role other things are playing, until you don’t get an unforgettable dining experience, you are likely to get unsatisfied with the experience. So first things first, this multicuisine restaurant will not just treat your taste buds with the most amazing food of your life but will also take care of all your requirements. And having said that let me mention the special and the most romantic seating arrangement for 2 on the rooftop. There is also a Private Silver Dining Room with a sitting capacity for 10 people along with Personal Butler Service. What else would anybody want?

 

#2 Terrace lounge

A breath of fresh air while you savor every flavor of your favorite dish presented right in front of you. Is it your dream meal too? Then you can definitely fulfill it at the terrace lounge of Enigma Restaurant and Lounge. This also brings us to our next point.

 

#3 Mind bobbling view

Who won’t like a breathtaking view of Lake Pichola and the magnificent City Palace while creating memories with your friends and family? Wondering where to get it? You already know the answer, don’t you? The rooftop setting and the Terrace lounge will give you a panoramic view that will allure you for sure.

#4 Picturesque interior

The restaurant is full of exclusive interior elements that will literally up your Instagram game. From Carved Winged Couple chairs at Indoor Dining to Hand shaped ones at the rooftop, from intricate chandeliers to stupefying wall arts, you won’t be able to help but click a stunning picture or two.

#5 Plentiful services

While you are at Enigma restaurant and lounge, one thing is for sure that you won’t leave the place disappointed. All the credits go to the plentiful services available at the restaurant. These services include A La Carte Service, Valet Parking Service, Personal Butler Service, and many more.

Bid goodbye to the days when you would search for another place to hang out with your buddies or spend quality time with your beloved ones. Enigma restaurant and lounge assures you an unforgettable meal experience that will invite you repeatedly to the place.

Have you visited Enigma Restaurant and lounge? Share your experience with us in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you.