Eklingji (22 km) :
Built in 734 A.D. is the beautifully sculpted temple complex with 108 temples within its
The temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of Mewar
The walled complex encloses an elaborately pillared hall or ‘mandap’
under a large pyramidal roof and has four-faced image of Lord Shiva in
Nagda (23 km) : The ancient site dating back to the 6th century A.D.
is renowned for the Sas-Bahu temples (9th-10th century A.D.) with
interesting architecture and carvings. The splendid Jain temples of Adbudji are also worth
Haldighati (40 km) : A historical site, witness to the great
battle fought between Maharana Pratap and the Mughal Emperor Akbar in
1576 A.D. The ‘chhatri’ of Maharana’s horse-Chetak is noteworthy.
Nathdwara (48 km) : The most reverred 17th century shrine, dedicated
to Shrinathji or Lord Krishna, attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the country,
especially during Diwali, Holi and Janmashtami when their number exceeds a lakh. Foreign
tourists are not permitted inside and photography is prohibited.
Kankroli (65 km) : An important vaishnava temple popularly called Dwarikadhish.
It is the most important temple of the Vallabhacharya sect, built to resemble the famous
Rajsamand Lake (66 km) : Close to Kankroli is the dam built by Maharana Raj
Singh in 1660 A.D. Many ornamental arches and chhatris adorn the embankment.
Kumbhalgarh Fort (84 km) : The second principal fortress in Rajasthan after
Chittaurgarh, it is perched atop the Aravallis.
Built in the 15th century by Maharana Kumbha, it extends over 12 km and
encloses many temples, palaces and gardens. The fort was renovated in the 19th
century. The Badal Mahal or Cloud Palace offers a spectacular bird’s-eye
view of the surrounding countryside. Closeby is the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife
Sanctuary with a rich variety of wildlife.
The Fort is accessible only by jeep from Kelwara through the seven gates.
Jagat (58 km) : The splendid and well preserved 10th century temple
of Ambika Mata is known for its intricate carvings in the outer walls. Popularly known as
the Khajuraho of Rajasthan.
Jaisamand lake (48 km) : A stunningly situated artificial lake, built in the 17th
century A.D. by Maharana Jai Singh is the second largest in Asia. Graceful marble chhatris
flank the embankment and beautiful summer palaces of the Udaipur queens are built on
either side of the lake. Jaisamand Island Resort is also worth visiting.
A trip to Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary allows a close encounter with
the rich wildlife in their natural habitat. The fauna includes panther,
wild boar, deer, four – horned antelope, mongoose and various species of
Ranakpur (90 km) : The beautifully sculptured Jain temples lie in a tranquil
valley of the Aravalis.
The main ‘Chaumukha Temple’ is dedicated to the tirthankara Adinath
and has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, all distinctly carved.
Two Jain temples dedicated to Neminath and Parsvanath and a Sun Temple a little
distance away, are also noteworthy.