Today we made a plan to explore the areas adjacent to Udaipur ..
After breakfast we started from our hotel at 9:30 am ..
First we went to visit the famous shiv temple - Eklingji Temple...
Every Monday evening, Rajasthan current royal king offers prayers to Lord shiva. .
Camera isn't allowed and I guess it's true for the most beautiful places in the world also ..
Some places you can only capture with your eyes and save it as a memory to tell the tale . Four faced idol of Eklingji ( Lord Shiva) that is made out of black marble. That reminds me, Udaipur is famous for its marble quality.
The temple is a Lovely peaceful place with great architecture to admire which dates back to 734 A.D built by Bappa Rawal. Since then it has been the ruling deity of Mewar rulers.
The temple is located 22 km in the north of udaipur. The temple has timings, so check before u plan for a visit here.
From here we left for Nathdwara temple 30 km ahead on the same route from Eklingji Temple.
Nathdwara is famous for its 17th century lord shrinathji (Lord krishna) temple. It's a prominent pilgrimage of the Hindus. This idol was shifted from vrindavan to protect it from destructive rage of Aurangzeb.
We were lucky enough to have our driver who is a resident of Udaipur and provided us with all the related history . .that's why they say you learn more about a place by interactiong with the locals 🤔☺☺👍
the way to the temple itself offers you ample of pictures to shoot.
After doing darshan you can enjoy the local shopping and yummy jalebies and rabri to go with.
U can also purchase beautiful hand crafted painting of Lord krishna and handloom sarees. .
After spending an hour or so we left for more adventure to Haldighati. .
Remember I talked about the museum at Moti Magri. . This museum actually gives you an insight that how you should plan ur trip. And discuss about the famous battles that were fought against the mughals invaders by the Rajputs to protect the pride and culture of our country ...
Which the locals are still protecting well.
The road journey to Haldighati is itself admirable ..you can appreciate the aravali hills and the marble mining going on the hills. .
We stopped at Chetak Samadhi to pay homage to Rana pratap's famed steed Chetak who died of battle wounds after helping the Rana effect a miraculous escape from the battle of Haldighati. No wonder why every pet is so adorable. Such stories reflect the selfless love of animals.
Right opposite to the chetak smarak you will see a small hut... please don't forget to taste the sugarcane fresh juice from here.. you will love it and do watch the video as well ... will leave you with happiness of the knowledge that still many part in our country hasnt got modernized despite the rapid modern influx.
U can also enjoy the view of rose agriculture and buy natural medicinal products on local sale. The taste of rose water is pure and tasty plus you can also watch live steaming of roses in the large pots.
We kept stopping on our way to get glimpse of Haldi colored/ bright turmeric mountains on the highway. "It hardly takes times to cover these places - if you are travelling with the good knowledge of the roads".
This way hiring a driver for a day trip is always helpful.
Finally we reached our second last stop to Haldighati museum. The battle of Haldighati was fought between the forces of Maharana Pratap and emperor akbar for the honor of the motherland and Rajputs.
This museum is a tribute to Maharana Pratap by a local teacher Mohan Shrimali after state and central authorities failed to do so. Mohan Shrimali spent every penny in his pocket to built this. The museum has a gallery of paintings and models depicting the life and times of Maharana Pratap. This museum will leave u admiring how they have used the light and sound effect to help us understand the history in simplest manner.
Don't miss this museum..rajasthan is not about the architecture alone it's the history and the sacrifices made my great warriors as well the Queens in the form of Johar, which makes rajasthan to stand out from the rest of our country. .
Once you visit and learn about the history you will understand why local went bizzare when the great directorSanjay Leela bhansali tried to manipulate the history. .
Sometimes it's not about the entertainment a fiction can bring but it's also about standing for the great warriors who selflessly gave up their life protection the pride of our mother land.....
A big salute ☺👍
Last but not to be missed .... we reached sajjangarh palace famously known as monsoon palace. . This one was built by Maharana sajjangarh Singh in 1884 ..that's more than 100 yrs old....
This one offers with a panoramic view of city's lakes, palaces and surrounding countryside. It was basically built to watch the monsoon clouds and also provides a beautiful view of sunset. Hence we arrived on time .. you can enjoy the jeep ride upto the palace. . And just loose urself to the beautiful view which awaits you.
Trip to Rajasthan is a royal treat....
I guess every place in rajasthan need a good amount of time to admire and learn from .. I'm looking forward in my next trip to cover chittorgarh, kumbalgarh as well. These places are not much talked about unless you take a dip into the history ..
Udaipur is a foodie delight, so doesn't matter where you are staying .. food is delicious in every corner.. just enjoy this peaceful place full of hospitality and culture. 😍😍😍👍