Road trip to Rajasthan: Chittorgarh-Mount Abu-Haldighati-Udaipur (Part 2)

We all had a very sound sleep and woke up refreshed on the early morning of 26th March 2014. After a quick breakfast on day 2, we headed for Mount Abu. The drive to Mount Abu was great, roads were top notch and through small mountains. To the delight of kids there were few tunnels as well.

No one in sight on the way to Mount Abu

No one in sight on the way to Mount Abu

We reached Mount Abu around 12:30 pm and it appeared like a ghost town. We knew this was off season and will get discounted hotel rooms even up to 50%-60%. We selected a decent hotel with lot of open space. Again there were around 10-12 points to be covered but we decided to cover a few of them and spend quality time there. Another quick lunch and off we were to the first point. Guru Shikhar is the highest point in Mount Abu and Rajasthan and is about 18 km from Mount Abu town. Mount Abu is on the border of Rajasthan and Gujarat and from Guru Shikhar one can view both Rajasthan and Gujarat. After the 18 km drive, there are steps to the top (something like Vaishno Devi) with shops on both the sides. There was a 360 degree view from the top and a small temple.

Guru Shikar – highest point of Rajasthan

Guru Shikar – highest point of Rajasthan

The next point was Dilwara temple. Having read so many times about these temples in history books I never realized their importance until I saw it with my own eyes! These carvings typically done on huge blocks of lime stones over 1300 years back by investing crores of rupees! Each carving was exquisitely done and we gasped in admiration of this great spectacle. There are no words to describe these carvings. There are 4 temples built on the same lines in the compound and built for Jain Thirtankara’s (Gurus).

The next point was Nakki Lake. It was very crowded here. Kids insisted on boating so we went for 2 paddle boats and they made us race like anything. We were exhausted after half an hour of rigorous paddling and chilled out with some ice-cream!

Boating at Nakki Lake, Mount Abu

Boating at Nakki Lake, Mount Abu

The next and last point was to view the sun set; unfortunately due to cloudy skies the view was not that great. Kids entertained themselves with a ride on tall white horses at a reasonable speed. By this time it was getting dark and we headed back to the main city. This city has a Gujarati touch and we could find many Gujarati food joints.

View of Sunset from Sunset point

View of Sunset from Sunset point

Day 3: Mount Abu – Haldighati – Udaipur, 27th March 2014

We woke up to a bright and sunny morning and after a light breakfast started on way to Udaipur. The drive was short rather one of the shortest so far and we had to drive back on the same highway. On previous day on the way to Mount Abu I saw directions to Haldighati and having read so much about the war had a yearning to visit that place. So once I started to see the directions to Haldighati I mentioned my interest to Teena and together we decided to take the detour. The drive was on a single road fit enough to drive a single car across sleepy towns.

Haldighati is a small village and there is nothing much there besides a museum dedicated to Maharana Pratap. A private trust has build up this museum. The museum among other things has a model of battle of Haldighati, as to where the war was fought and how Chetak helped Rana Pratap escape and finally died in doing that.

Rana Prataph Museum, Haldighati

Rana Prataph Museum, Haldighati

There are various model scenarios depicting the life of Rana inside the museum (something similar as in the Akshardham temple in Delhi).

Maharan on Chetak fighting Raja Jai Singh (Battle of Haldighati)

Maharan on Chetak fighting Raja Jai Singh (Battle of Haldighati)

Model of Chittorgarh fort

Model of Chittorgarh fort

Model depicting story of Panna dai (sacrificing her son to save Udai Singh)

Model depicting story of Panna dai (sacrificing her son to save Udai Singh)

Near to the museum there is Chetak Smarak as the name signifies is the smarak for Maharana Pratap’s beloved horse Chetak. Chetak died at this spot while saving the Rana and was buried here. After clicking few pictures here we headed towards Udaipur.

Chetak Smarak, Chetak is buried here!

Chetak Smarak, Chetak is buried here!

While doing my research before the trip I realized that the best places to stay in Udaipur were on the banks of Pichola lake, which provides lake and sun set view. I called up few good hotels earlier and they were not available so deferred the hotel selection for later. I decided to just walk in few hotels in that area and decide at run time. Direction from Google maps were good until we entered city and then it started to mess up and there we were lost. Asked few people for directions and as it is a person on a two wheeler asked us to follow him, which we did and after many turns and narrow roads we were behind the city palace gates. We parked the car with some difficulty and looked at few hotels, the area was very congested and we did not like it. We got back into the car and headed for outskirts – an area named gulab bagh, where we could find many good hotels. After checking a few of them we checked into Vatika Inn. After a quick lunch we headed to city palace. After the highs of Chittorgarh and Haldighati, City Palace did not appeal that much to us. So thereafter, we headed towards the ropeway – Dudh Talai. Dudh Talai is a place on a small hill, where there is a temple and it provided a 360 degree view of Udaipur. We stayed until sunset and clicked many photographs. This was one of the highlights of Udaipur.  We headed back to hotel for some rest, followed by dinner and thereafter called it a day.

View of Udaipur from Dudh Talai

View of Udaipur from Dudh Talai

View of Pichola lake with Lake Palace, Udai vilas

View of Pichola lake with Lake Palace, Udai vilas

Sight seeing in Udaipur is divided in two parts – there are points of interest around Pichola lake and around Fateh Sagar lake. We decided to focus next day on the point around Fateh Sagar lake.

12 Comments

  • MUNESH MISHRA says:

    Hi Nitin,

    Thank for sharing another great post of the Royal State Rajasthans magical places like Mount Abu, Haldighati and Udaipur. Detailed description on Haldighati is like a homage to the real hero of the Indian history Maharana Pratap and his beloved horse Chetak.

    best regards.

    • Nitin says:

      Thanks Munesh. Haldighati was one of the highlights of the trip and anyone visiting Udaipur/Mount Abu should not miss that.

  • Nandan Jha says:

    In my opinion, Rajasthan always had the best roads, at least in the upper half of India. It is a delight to be driving in this state.

    I have never been to Dilwara but everyone who goes there, is simply blown-away by the carvings and stone-work. Some people compare it with Taj and other such monuments and as per them, Dilwara is not getting its due. I fail to understand the reason. No pics of Dilwara ? Is it not allowed and if that is the reason for the obscurity ?

    The area (kind of old city) where you initially went is a fantastic place to stay but finding a hygienic and clean hotel can be a bit difficult but there are some. I say this because during New Year (2014) we were in Udaipur (my 3rd visit) and this time we happened to be staying in old city and really wondered on why we didn’t do this before.

    Look fwd to next part Nitin.

  • Nitin says:

    People tell me that major cities in Rajasthan are connected with good roads but elsewhere there are single roads! What is surprising is that Rajasthan has more than one national highway connecting two cities (not a norm in India) and I have mentioned more about that in my next post.

    You should visit Dilwara temple next time you are around that place. I think its not fair to compare it with Taj Mahal. True, pics are not allowed in Dilwara temple… but one can goggle has everything these days :)

    About the old city I agree with your opinion since the reviews said the same but after checking few hotels (congested) we decided to move out.

  • ajay tripathi says:

    dear friend,
    we like to visit rajasthan than want to stay near beach.
    can you email me beach ….how is in Gujarat……
    thanks lot,
    tripathi
    tripathi.india@yahoo.com

  • Nitin says:

    Hi Ajay,

    I did not get your question clearly.. I wish I could email you a beach ;) My guess is you are looking for hotels in Udaipur near Pichola lake.. if yes, then lookup on tripadvisor.in
    I did not visit Gujarat yet.. maybe for later…

  • Nirdesh Singh says:

    Hi Nitin,

    Enjoying the trip with you!

    Dilwara Temples are truly incredible especially the chandelier type decorations carved out of stone. I wish they would allow photography in there.

  • swadesh says:

    hi, Nitin, Nice Pictures and Travelogue ! enjoyed reading it. I’m planning for a trip from Vadodara to Mount Abu & Udaipur. Can you let me know, which hotels did you stayed in Abu & Udaipur ?

  • Uma ng Jain says:

    Hi Nitin,

    I had planned for a trip to see the beauty of Rajasthan, but was unable to plan anything until I saw your blog. I am really thankful to you, for helping me plan my last minute holidays plan and making it a complete fun filled family experience. The Highways are awesome and the food is really great.

    My plan was much shorter but I could see the fort of Chittorgarh, now destroyed but as soon as you enter the fort, it gives you an immense pleasure just to see what real India was and how rich our culture is. The Nakki lake in Mt Abu is an awesome place to visit and your trip is never complete without it. Further, the city palace of Udaipur is one great place with one room connecting to another with passages lower in height and big steps..

    All in all it was a great experience and the credit surely goes to you for providing people with so detailed explanations and routes to take and what places to see, which really made my trip much easier to go and travel.

    Hope to hear from you about other places as well and would also share my experiences of other trips as it really helps you plan a fun filled trip without much tensions and hassles of visiting places..

  • Nirmal says:

    Is their any wheelchair friendly place to visit?

  • Nirmal says:

    Is their any wheelchair friendly place to visit in Udaipur and mount Abu?
    What will be temperature like in late june?

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