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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Ahar nice pair of domed Cenotaphs, Ahar India. Ahar Cenotaphs, near Udaipur, India. India - Ahar Cenotaphs A group of Mewar Cenotaphs at Ahar, India.
The area is not very large but is well worth a visit as these cenotaphs are impressive and nicely laid out - the structres have lots of different shapes and sizes. Also it's unclear about the existance or otherwise of the small museum which is meant to be there - nobody around seemed to know much about that. What is there is a small step well or tank situated within the grounds - Indian step wells are always worth a look of course.
India - Ahar Cenotaphs A large Cenotaph at Ahar, India. Ahar Cenotaphs Ahar Cenotaphs in India
Ahar Cenotaphs Ahar step well, outside Jaipur, India. Carved figure at Ahar Cenotaphs, India. Cenotaphs at Ahar village, Uttar Pradesh, India.

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.
Nagda Vishnu Temple and Mandapa, Nagda, India. Nagda Temples, India. Beautifully carved inner dome at Nagda Temples, India Carved columns at Nagda Temples, India
More beautifull carvings at Nagda Temples, India Nagda Temples - this designed like a Mandapa. Situated in pleasant grounds - Nagda Temples - India. Nagda Temples
Nagda Temples - caved entrance pillars. Nagda Temples Temple at Nagda - India. Nagda Temple amongst the rubble - Nagda, India.
Close to Nagda Temples is the huge temple site at Eklingji which is a series of 108 Hindu Temples and Shrines built around the 16th century and constructed of marble and granite - they are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The entrance to the temples is through a door in a busy road and you cannot see anything of the temple buildings as it's all surrounded by a high wall.
The entrance to Eklinji-Temple, India. Cluttered entrance near to Eklingji Temples, India. A small step well at Eklingji, India. An outside temple at Eklingji in India.
There is no entrance fee but one drawback is that once inside you cannot take anything with you let along use cameras or video, also the temples are very close together and some are even fenced off. They open daily from 10:30 to 13:30 and 17:15 to 19:45 and tend to be hugely crowded to the extent that actually seeing anything much is also very difficult. What you can see just down the road from the temple entrance at Eklingji is a small but very nice step well and also an old ruin of a temple.

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.
A very small local village step well - outside Udaipur, India. The step well buckets - India. Small step well pulley system - India. The top part of this small Indian step well.

Sahelion Garden of the Maids of Honour - Udaipur, India Beautiful gardens to relax in at Sahelion, Udaipur, India.

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.
Garden of the Maids of Honour (Sahelion) Garden of the Maids of Honour (Sahelion) Garden of the Maids of Honour (Sahelion) Garden of the Maids of Honour (Sahelion ki Bari)

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 Monsoon Palace - once used as an Observatory Plesant surrounds at Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace, Udaipur. Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace at Udaipur is being re-furbished. Sajjangarh (Monsoon Palace) - overlooking  Udaipur, India.
Sajjangarh (Monsoon Palace) at Udaipur, India. An auto struggling up to Sajjangarh Palace - Udaipur India. 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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