The place of the beautifully sculptured temple of the royal family. Built in 734, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The Sas-Bahu (Mother-in-law & daughter-in-law) temple dates back to the 9 th century. Due to its exquisite carving this temple is also called Little Khajurao.
Haldi Ghati (40km):
The site of the famous battle of Haldi Ghati, which was fought in 1546 between Maharana Pratap and the Mogul emperor Akbar. Here the Chetak Chattri is situated. A recently erected museum tells the story of Maharana Pratap and Chetak. The surrounding landscape is very attractive.
Jaisamand Lake (48km):
The second largest man-made lake in Asia is stunningly situated amid green hills. Constructed already in the 17 th century by Maharana Jai Singh, it provides the city of Udaipur with drinking water. Situated in the chief tribal region of Rajasthan, it is a wildlife sanctuary and protection area. On top of the hills surrounding the lake are the two former summer palaces of the queens of Udaipur.
The second-most important fort of the former state of Mewar is perched high up in the Aravalli Mountains. It was the place of retreat for the kings in times of danger. Built in the 15 th century by Maharana Kumbha, it was captured only once in its history, and even then it needed the combined force of Moghul emperor Akbar, Amber (Jaipur) and Marwar (Jodhpur).
A 36km long wall on which 5 horses can gallop next to each other surrounds it. Today the mountain around Kumbhalgarh are declared a wildlife sanctuary, famous for its wolfs.
The former capital of Mewar and its most important fortress is a historically most significant and interesting place. Chittorgarh is a symbol of the valour and the chivalry of the Rajputs. It was captured three times in its history and every time the men rather died in the battlefield than surrender to the enemy. They donned yellow robes and rode out in order to die by the sword. The women inside committed jauhar , collective suicide, by burning themselves on a pyre. Today the fort lies in ruins, but still its long lost splendour and majesty can be perceived.
Ranakpur (60 km):
The biggest and most famous Jain temple of Rajasthan is situated in this small village in the middle of the Aravalli Mountains. The main temple was built in 1439 and was dedicated to the tirthankara Adinath. It has 29 halls, supported by 1444 pillars, each carved out of marble with a distinctive design.