Udaipur with Nathdwara 3 Days - 2 Nights
Udaipur is referred to as the "Venice of the East," the "Most Romantic City of India" and the "Kashmir of Rajasthan". Tourists flock to this enchanting city in the heart of the Aravalli Hills, which has three interconnected lakes: Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichhola and the Swaroop Sagar Lake. With its forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lined with stalls in the medieval historic center, Udaipur is a living memory of a heroic past with valor and chivalry.
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).
Sri Eklingji is the family deity of Maharana / King of Mewar. Maharana Bappa Rawal built the temple in 734 A.D. and later was extended and maintained by the succeeding Maharana. Bappa Rawal was an ardent deity of the Lord and attributed all his success to Sri Eklingnath hence; the Maharana’s family considers Eklingji to be their family deity till date and also considers the lord as the king and the Maharana himself as the dewan (minister) of the state.
The beautiful four faced idol of Eklingji is chiseled out of black marble. The western, northern, eastern, southern faces represent Lord Brahma, Vishnu, Surya and Rudra respectively. The Shivling is placed among these four faces. There are four gates in front of these four faces. Towards eastern gate, idols of Goddess Parvati, nearby Ganeshji, on southern gate Gangaji, nearby Kartikeyji have been placed. Thus, we get to see the whole family of Lord Shiva in this temple.
Nathdwara lies 48 kms from Udaipur and literally means the gateway to the Lord. This great Vaishnavite shrine was built in the 17th century on spot exactly defined by the Lord himself. The legends have it that the image of the Lord Krishna was being transferred to safer place from Vrindaban to protect it from the destructive wrath of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
The image when it reached the spot, its vehicle the bullock carts wheel sank axel deep in mud and refused to move further. The accompanying priest realized that this was lord's chose spot and the image did not want to travel any further. Accordingly a Temple was built here.
The main attractions are the Arties and the Shringar. The formal prayer offered with diya, insentsticks, flowers, fruit and other offerings with local instruments and devotional songs of the Lord according to the demand of the time and occasion.
Nathdwara has a small but throbbing township around the temple. It's famous for its 'pichwani' paintings, with Shri Krishna in the centre and is recognized for profuse use of gold colour.
The historic Battle of Haldighati, took place in the year 1576 AD between Rana Pratap , the great Hindu Rajput ruler of Mewar in Rajasthan and Raja Man Singh of Amber, the great general of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. This battle is considered as one of the most significant events in the history of the Rajputs, and this battle was also one of the shortest battles in Indian history, which lasted for only 4 hours. Today, the Haldighati pass, in which the battle took place, stands as a tourist spot, with great memoirs of Raja Rana Pratap and his brave horse Chetak.
Day 01: Arrival in Udaipur
Arrival to Udaipur Airport/ Railway Station/Bus Stand. Meet and greet with our tour director/driver and transfer to your respected hotel. After breakfast, proceed for a Udaipur local sightseeing, covering - City Palace Museum, Crystal Gallery, Jagdish temple, Bagore-ki-Haveli , Sajjangarh fort , Shilpgram and enjoy your evening boat ride on Lake Pichola ,/Dudh talai
DAY 02: Eklingji, Nathdwara,Haldighati
After breakfast visit to Eklingji temple, Nathdwara temple andHaldighati and enjoy your evening in Udaipur.
Day 3: Morning tour of Udaipur and Departure
After breakfast, you will check-out of the hotel and morning tour, lok kala mandal , Sahelion ki bari, Moti magari. Later drive to Udaipur Airport / Railway Station/ Bus Stand or further destination. Tour is complete.
Professional Hindi, English speaking tour driver throughout the tour, transportation with luxury AC Car or Tempo Traveler /minivan, toll fees and taxes, parking (All currently applicable taxes , accommodation in Standard AC hotels in a double / twin sharing basis , breakfast daily as per Hotel plan.
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