Uadipur Eklingji Nathdwara Tour
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Last updated: 09/24/2007
This unique tour of Udaipur, the capital of Mewar & the city of lakes, forts & palaces takes you through its revered temples,lakes, palaces, gardens & the pilgrimage sites of Eklingji & Nathdwara...
Day 01 : Arrival Udaipur : Transfer from the airport / railway station to your downtown resort. Check -in amidst traditional arti,garlanding & tika ceremony.Udaipur, the capital of the erstwhile Rajput kingdom of Mewar stands out in stark contrast to other Rajasthani cities mainly because it is set on the banks of freshwater lakes, the Pichola, Fatehsagar, Doodh Talai and Swaroopsagar.
Post breakfst commence your guided city tour with The City Palace, on the banks of the Lake Pichola. The magnificent and awe inspiring citadel is, in fact, a complex of several buildings that were added at different times by different rulers spanning nearly three hundred years. A ticketed 'Mewar Light & Sound Show' is hosted every evening within the Palace premises. They harmonise beautifully with each other and maintain an overall homogeneity of design. There are terraces, courtyards, pavilions, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens, with lavish Mughal-inspired decorative art on their walls, floors and ceilings. The main part of the Palace is now a museum. You should see the Mor Chowk for the gorgeous peacock mosaics, Chini Chitrashala for the striking blue and white ceramics and Dutch inlaid tile work, Manak Mahal for glass and porcelain figures and Krishna Vilas for miniature painting. The Jagdish Temple, built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, is located within easy walking distance from the Palace gate. It is an impressive, beautifully proportioned structure, covered with carved friezes and heavily decorated inside.
Post lunch visit The Sahelion Ki Bari, (Garden of the Maids of Honour), a small ornamental garden with fountains, once the site for royal picnics, or the impressive Gulab Bagh (Rose garden).
Evening at lesiure to explore the colourful bazaars for souvenir shopping.There are lots and lots of little shops in Udaipur where you can buy all sorts of things : colourful clothes, tie-dye fabrics, folk toys, silver jewellery and wall hangings. The most popular local crafts that you could take home are miniature paintings and pretty images of gods and goddesses.
Dinner & Overnight at Udaipur.
Day 02 : Udaipur : Post breakfast visit the Fateh Sagar Lake. A memorial to Maharana Pratap (Pratap Smarak) is located on top of Moti Magri (Pearl Hill), which overlooks the Fateh Sagar Lake. And from the bottom of Moti Magri you can take a boat ride to Nehru Park, a pleasant spot on an island in the lake where you can relax and enjoy the splendid view.
Also visit the Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum which houses a very interesting collection of Rajasthani folk art : costumes, paintings, folk deities, musical instruments, masks, dolls and weapons. The puppet collection is particularly fascinating.Later visit the Shilpgram or the artisan's village.
Post lunch is at leisure. Evening enjoy a boat cruise on The Lake Pichola.Lake Pichola is the largest and the most beautiful of Udaipur's lakes - it is overlooked by hills while palaces, mansions, bathing ghats, gardens and temples dot its banks. Jag Mahal and Jag Niwas are the two island palaces that add to the lake's romantic ambience.
Dinner & overnight at Udaipur.
Day 03 : Full day excursion to Eklingji & Nathdwara :Post breakfast drive 22 kms off Udaipur to the reverd site of Eklingji. The complex of 108 beautifully sculpted temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, built in 734 AD. At Nagda, which lies, just 2 km away are the 10th century richly carved Sas-Bahu temples, and the splendid Jain temple of Adbudji.
Later drive to Nathdwara (48 kms north), with its temple of Shrinathji (Lord Krishna) ,a renowned pilgrim centre. It is said that in 1691, while the statue of Shrinath (Krishna) was being moved from Mathura to escape an attack by the fanatical Aurangzeb, the wheels of the carriage carrying the statue got stuck in the mud. Taking this as a divine message that Lord Krishna wanted to make that his abode, a temple was built there and the town grew around it. In the colourful bazaar outside the temple you can find some of Nathdwara's famed Pichhawai cloth paintings.
Dinner & overnight at Udaipur.
Day 04 : Departure post breakfast for onward destination.
- Inclusions -
- Accommodation with breakfast & all taxes at a premium resort & all excursions as per itinerary with local guide, entrances to monuments, by a private vehicle.
- Exclusions -
- Any other items not specified as above
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