Udaipur’s magnificent lakes and palaces have contributed so much to its elegance and splendour. This ‘Venice of the East’ has enthralled tourists from all over the world with its old-world charm and exquisite architecture. Lake Pichola, City Palace, Jal Mandir, Bohr Ganesh and Amba Devi temples, Lake Fateh Sagar, and Bagore ki Haveli are some of the prime tourist attractions of the city.
In fact, the city has enough tourist spots to keep you busy throughout your stay. Local guides, cab services, and hotel concierges are available to help you customize your tour by suggesting places to visit in Udaipur.
Not quite as well-known as the other Udaipur tourist places are the Ahar Cenotaphs. Quaint, serene, and slightly outside the main city limits, a trip to this place is especially interesting for those who appreciate history and architecture.
Situated about 3 km from Lake Pichola, you may need a vehicle and some directions to get there. The place is open on all days between 7 am and 4 pm except Sundays.
What are the Ahar Cenotaphs?
The Ahar Cenotaphs are memorial monuments built by the royal Maharanas of Mewar to commemorate their ancestors and their families. It is a burial ground for members of the royal family or the erstwhile Maharana rulers dating back to the 17th century.
Around 250 cenotaphs were sculpted over 350 years, of which 19 are for the Maharajas. The name of each king is inscribed at the entrance of each cenotaph.
The cenotaphs are open-air dome structures with supporting pillars, built on a flight of steps to provide the perfect elevation. Beautiful carvings adorn these structures. Made from marble, the cenotaphs are called ‘chatris’ in the local language. They are of various shapes and sizes, which vary depending on the status of the person buried in them.
The signature style of the dynasty is imprinted in the form of a four-headed Shiva carving in each of these dome structures.
There are several entry points to the Ahar Cenotaphs. At one point, several cenotaphs surround a well. The mastery in craftsmanship to sculpt such a large cluster of domes with immense precision and dedication commemorating the departed souls is nothing short of spectacular – so much so that one might wonder why this scenic spot is so underrated.