Udaipur Tours - visiting Cenotaphs, Temples and Gardens in or near Udaipur India.
Going to look round Ahar Cenotaphs which are just outside Udaipur City, India. At Ahar there are a collection of 19 cenotaphs of the Maharanis of Mewar - the site is located around 4kms outside of Udaipur
and so just a few rupees tuk-tuk ride away from Udaipur city centre. It is not clear whether there really is an entrance fee however the policeman guarding the gate did sort of indicate a donation into his pocket would be appreciated so 50 rupees "camera" fee was
offered and accepted.
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Visiting the Hindu Nagda Temples and Eklingji Temples which are a half day trip from Udaipur in India. Nagda is located around 22 kilometres north east of Udaipur and certainly worth visiting if you are taking a
drive or day trip out to it's more famous cousin at Eklingji. The site is where Saas-Bahu Temples (meaning Mother and Daughter-in-Law Temples) are located. The temples were originally entered via the Torana and are dated from the 11th Century and dedicated to Vishnu.
Whilst out and about in the countryside near Nagda we came across this lovely little stepwell - certainly nothing like the grand affairs to be seen at
Abhaneri Step Well
or Adalaj Step Well
of course. This step well was just for practical use by a people living in a few small houses next to the road (nh8) - we could not even find out the name of this tiny village.
Sahelion (Garden of the Maids of Honour) on the outskirts of Udaipur City.
These excellent gardens are located on the northern edge of Udaipur and are really worth going to visit especially in the late afternoon, perhaps after a hectic day's sightseeing, as you can just sit in peace and quiet amongst the trees and flowers
and relax. There is a minimal entrance fee of just a few Rupees each - and its the same price for Indians and non-Indians which makes a nice change in India. Sahelion was built between 1710 and 1734 by Sangram Singh as a cool and peaceful summer retreat for the ladies of the Royal Household - however the ornamental fountains were a much later addition and were put in by Fateh Singh.
Going to see Sajjangarh (Monsoon Palace) on outside edge of Udaipur in India. Overlooking Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur's Monsoon Palace as it's generally known was commenced in 1883 by Maharana Sajjan Singh to provide an observatory and summer palace - the idea was
that the royal family could watch the monsoon clouds racing along the countryside below. The observatory was not completed due to the Maharana's untimely death - however the palace was completed by Fateh Singh but soon found to be impractical to use as water could not be pumped up to it.
Sajjangarh is around 5kms from Udaipur's centre and an auto rickshaw will take you up there, wait for you and dump you back somewhere in the city for around 250 Rupees. However the road to
Sajjangarh Palace is very steep and the poor little auto-rickshaws may well need a rest halfway up to stop them blowing up. When we went to Sajjangarh there was quite a lot of work going on at the Palace including restoration so in truth apart from the great views there was not a lot to be seen anyway but it all should look really good when it's all completed. Anyway Monsoon Palace is sat up there overlooking Udaipur City and clearly visible so of
course it's neccessary to go and take a look - at the time of our visit there were no entrance fees but one imagines this will change in the future.
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