Offbeat getaways from Udaipur

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Nathdwara is famous for the popular temple of Lord Krishna or Shrinathji. Nathdwara 48km from Udaipur is a very popular pilgrimage centre for Gujaratis. It is said Krishna himself appeared in a dream to say that whatever he needed would be provided would be provided by the Gujaratis, and so it is to date!

dwarkadheesh temple
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Another belief is that the main idol was in Mathura till the late 16th century. When the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb began destroying Hindu temples, the idol was moved to Nathdwara in 1672 to save it. Maharana Raj Singh of Mewar not only dared to resurrect the idol but also built a temple for it here. Try the Udaipur car rental when interested in driving or a Udaipur to Nathdwara taxi.

Photography at the temple is prohibited. Footwear has to be left in rentable lockers outside the temple and there are many shops that provide the service. One is not supposed to enter the 2-story temple premises with any leather item or mobile phone.

Rajsamand is mostly preferred by travellers and is home to many star attractions in the district. The best season to visit places here is after summer and before winter. There are 16 tourist places in Rajsamand which are explored by tourists. Very popular among them is the Pichola Lake the largest and oldest artificial freshwater lake of Udaipur built in the 15th century. It has a length of 4 km, a width of 3 km and gets deepest after the monsoons.

Other worth visiting places are the Rameshwar Mahadev temple, Sanwaria Seth Temple, Chetak Tomb, Rajsamand Lake and the locale of the historical Haldi Ghati war of 1576 between Akbar and Maharana Pratap. An interesting point to note is that the soil is yellow and hence the place was named Haldi Ghati or Yellow Valley.

Ranakpur, 65km from Udaipur, is a pilgrimage site and among the five most sacred spots for the Jain community. Rather than a single temple, it is a complex of temples nestling in the Aravalli range of the Western Ghats. A must-visit for Jain pilgrims and tourists alike!

Ranakpur

These 15th-century temples were constructed over a period of 65 years. The area of the complex is 48,000 sq ft with four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillars in the main hall, and the domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are uniquely and intricately carved.

Other places worth visiting are the Kumbhalgarh Fort a historical site, the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Sadri famous for its beautiful temples, and a dargah of Khudabaksh Baba. The Varahavtar temple and the Chintamani Parsvanath temple are the oldest temples here. October to March is the best time to visit as temperatures are moderate and the weather pleasant.

These places are accessible by road. However, recommended is to hire a taxi. Technology and the presence of big players like Savaari have made booking a cab as simple as booking a flight! The Udaipur to Nathdwara taxi fare offers a variety of cars from Sedan to Innova.

Enjoy your trip and forget the hassles of travel!

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