DAY 1 : UDAIPUR
Udaipur Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills, Udaipur grew in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest of Rajasthan. As capital of the old Mewar State it was the only Rajput stronghold to uphold its Hindu allegiance in the face of Muslim invasion. From the late 16th century, peace brought about an era of renaissance in the arts and encouraged the building of beautiful palaces around the lake, culminating in the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in the world. The lake itself is a romantic setting surrounding the gleaming white Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir, a refuge of the rebel Mughal prince, Shah Jahan, soon to be the creator of the incomparable Taj Mahal.
In the afternoon you would be taken for the sightseeing tour of Udaipur City, also known as the City of Sunrise
First on your sightseeing tour you will proceed for a tour of the City Palace, which overlooks the Lake Pichola. The City Palace was built in 1725 of granite and marble with filigreed balconies, ornate windows and craftsmanship in glass. The royal palace walls stretch over a mile on the eastern side of the lake. Within the palace is a maze of courtyards, apartments and decorated halls. The rooms are covered with frescoes, displays of royal processions, stone and glass mosaics and ornamental doors and painted windows. The marble throne in the coronation rooms was last used during the time Maharana Sangram Singh II (1710-30) and nearby is the Sun Window installed by Maharaja Bhim Singh (1778-1828). This is the divine symbol of the house of Mewar, which traces its lineage to the Surya Vansha, descendants of the Sun. Each palace within is an outstanding creation of art. Visit the museums and the hall of public audiences, the private chambers of the royal ladies at the palace and Sahelion-ki-Badi.
In the Morning, experience the hustle bustle of the old market at Udaipur. Walk past the spice shops, jewellery shops, utensil shops, jaggery shops, silver market, local meat and food shop.
In the evening you can also enjoy boat ride (Boat ride is subject to enough water in Lake Pichola) in and around Lake Pichola.
Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2 : UDAIPUR
After breakfast, you would be taken for the excursion tour to A RELIGIOUS COMPLEX Northern region of Mewar (22 Kms from Udaipur)
It houses 108 temples chiseled out of sandstone and marble, this temple of Eklingji was built in 734 AD. Enclosed by high walls, it is devoted to Eklingji (A form of Shiv Deity adored under the epithet of EKLINGA). One of the prominent deity of the Maharanas of Mewar, worshiped as Mahadeva Chaumukhi,the quadriform divinity, represented by a bust with four faces., it has an ornate Man dap [ A pillared hall ] and the huge pyramidal roof composed of hundreds of knots very vividly carved and finely decorated with the coloured stones. Before the entrance in the main temple there is a beautifully sculpted huge Nandi [ the sacred brazen bull who is the loyal steed of Lord Shiva and has his altar attached to all his shrines. Nagda : Is the former capital of the ancient Mewar. Though initially known as Naga-hrada, present day Nagda was found in the 6th century by the Nagaditya. Tourists mainly come to this part to see the ruins of the Vishnu, Shiva, Jain temples that reflect the great architecture of the past days. Of the local architectures that characterize this place the ‘Sas-bahu temple’ and the temple of ‘Adbudji’ are the most renowned. The ‘Sas-bahu temple’ of Nagda is one of the most famous for the exotic range of carvings that mostly remind one of the relics of the great Indian epic of Ramayana. Divided in two parts the ‘Sas’ temple is lager compared to the ‘bahu’ part. Built in the 10th century this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Enjoy the exquisite octagonal ceilings of the ‘Bahu’ temple that houses eight female figurines that reflect the rich artistic skills of the ancient architecture. If you visit this pace you can find a total of 10 smaller shrines surrounding the ‘Sas temple’ while the ‘bahu temple’ has 4 temples around it. The other most important attraction of Nagda is the Jain temple of ‘Adbudji’. Built during the reign of Rana Kumbha the temple houses a nine foot image of the Jain saint Shanti Nath. The temple is so called because of this odd idol that is housed in this temple. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 03 : UDAIPUR – MOUNT ABU
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be drive for half day sight seeing tour & driven from Udaipur to Mt Abu (200 KMS / 4-5 Hrs )
Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel.
Dilwara Temples, Mount Abu : Dilwara Temples are a group of five temples that were constructed during 11th century and 13th century. These are mainly Jain temples that were built using white marbles and are devoted to Jain Tirthankaras.
Nakki Lake: Nakki Lake is famous for its cool and calm atmosphere due to its ideal location in the backdrop of the Aravalli Mountains. It is the sole artificial lake in India, which is situated at a height of more than 1,200 m. Legend states that it has been carved out of rocks by God.
SunSet Point: Sunset Point lies to the southwest of the Nakki Lake behind the dense forest of the Aravalli Range. This point is known for offering a beautiful view of the entire mountain valley along with the Nakki Lake. Due to its location, the temperature at this point is very low
Guru Shikhar : Guru Shikhar is the highest mountain peak in the region, at around 1,722 m above sea level. Tourists can enjoy trekking at this mountain peak and can get an aerial view of the Mount Abu region. There is an ancient Guru Dattatreya Temple at this peak.
DAY 04 : MOUNT ABU – UDAIPUR
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven from Mt Abu to Udaipur Airport / Station to Connect your further Journey
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