According to Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma, the Creator of the Universe, chose Pushkar as the site for performing a Yajna (sacrificial rites).
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma, the Creator of the Universe, chose Pushkar as the site for performing a Yajna (sacrificial rites). Countless devotees visit Pushkar, which is considered as one of the most holy lands in India. The devotees wash away their sins by bathing in the holy waters at Pushkar. The town has fifty-two bathing ghats for the purpose.
Unlike the devotees, what attracts the foreign tourists to this land is the famous Pushkar Fair. This is basically a cattle fair but camels and horses are also traded in the fair along with the cattle. Cattle and camel races add to the excitement. Competitions and cultural programmes are organized and it is unmistakably the time for merrymaking.
The famous Poddar merchants left the village of Churu after a disagreement with the "Takur" (landlord). The Poddar family of merchants then founded Ramgarh in the late 18th century.
The places of interest include Ramgopal Poddar Chhatri
Pushkar Fair & Ramgarh Lake
(the marvelous cenotaph with exquisitely painted scenes from the Epic, Ramayana), Poddar Havelis (the grand mansions built by the founders), Shaniji Temple (with intricately made artistic frescoes), Ganga temple and some attractive "havelis" (mansions).
Situated 65kms from Udaipur, is the famous dam that was built by Maharana Raj Singh in the latter half of the 17th century. Beautiful arches and splendid chhatris were built on the embankment.
The Rajsamand Lake is definitely worth a visit. Serene and scenic, the Rajsamand lake is the royal lake and affords a panoramis view of the sun rising and setting. There are some well-manicured gardens and carved chhatris surrounding the lake.
Ranakpur is a pilgrimage destination and is one of the five prime holy places for the Jains. Situated approximately a hundred kilometers from Udaipur, this town is famous for the marvelously carved Jain Temples. These temples are made with exqusite amber stone and were built during the 15th century.
The 'Chaumukha' or the four-faced temple is open on all four sides. It is dedicated to Tirthankara Rishabhji and has a four-faced image of Adinath inside. The temple is astonishing, with twenty-nine halls and over a thousand pillars, which are finely and uniquely carved. There are two more temples that are dedicated to the Jain saints, Parsvanath and Neminath. These, too, have attractive carvings. The Sun Temple is an 8th century temple dedicated to the Sun god.