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Rajsamand Lake

Introduction of Rajsamand

Carved out from erstwhile Udaipur district, Rajsamand district was constituted on 10th April, 1991, and named after the famous lake "Rajsamand" built by Maharana Raj Singh. Rajsamand is situated 67 Km north of Udaipur and 352 kms south of state capital - Jaipur on National Highway 8. Rajsamand district is surrounded by Ajmer in North, Pali in West, Udaipur in South and Bhilwara in East. Administratively Rajsamand is divided in to 7 Sub-divisions, 7 Tehsils and 7 blocks. There are 205 Gram Panchayats and 236 Patwar Circles.

Rajsamand is much rich district regarding history, religion, culture and mining industries. Among famous places of tourist interest Kumbhalgarh - the birth place of Maharana Pratap, Haldighati the famous battle field, Shrinathji the chief deity of Vaishnav religion, Dwarikadheesh, Charbhuja and many Shiv temples. Rajsamand is very well known for its marble production as the largest producing district as well as the largest single unit in the whole country. Rajsamand also saw the vicissitudes of the freedom struggle between Tantya Tope and the British troops at 'Rakamgarh ka Chhapar' in 1857.

Tourist Attraction in Rajsamand

Kumbalgarh is about 64 kms to the north west of Udaipur and birthplace of Maharana Pratap, Kumbhalgarh is the second most important citadel of Mewar after Chittorgarh. The Aravali ranges protect this impregnable fortress. Thirteen mountain peaks surround it. It is built on the top most ridges, 914 meters above sea level. Seven huge and imposing gates stand like sentinels at the approaches and seven ramparts, one being folded within another with crenellated walls strengthened by rounded bastions and immense watch towers, make this an impregnable mountain fortress. It was built by Rana Kumbha (1419-63). It's serpentine 36 kms long wall is thick and broad enough for eight horses to ride abreast. This wall is second only to the 'Great Wall of China'. There are 360 temples within the fortress, out of which a Shiva temple placed with huge 'Shivalinga' makes it worth visiting.

Haldi Ghati (The Yellow Vale)
A narrow pass runs South to North-East and ends in a plain where the famous battle of Haldi Ghati was fought in 1576 between Maharana Pratap and the forces of Emperor Akbar.
The colour of the soil here is yellow like turmeric (Haldi). Hence the valley is also known as Haldi Ghati.
Badshahibaug situated near the Haldigati is famous for 'Chaitri-Gulab'. The rose water and 'Gulkand' (Rose Petal Jam) which has tremendous medicinal value and sweet taste as well.
British author Col. James Todd described Haldigati as "Thermopile of Mewar" in his famous book 'Anals and Antiquities of Rajputana'.

Chetak Tomb
Only 2 km. West of Haldi Ghati, lies the tomb of Chetak. After being seriously wounded and loosing a leg in the fierce battle of Haldi Ghati, Chetak dutifully carried his master, Maharana Pratap, safely to this place and at last after crossing a stream, fell dead. Here stands a monument constructed and dedicated to the memory of this royal steed.
Adjacent to the tomb, there is a temple of Lord Shiva. It appears that the Great Animal "Chetak" lies here in eternal sleep at the feet of his lord 'Pashupatinath'.

Maharana Raj Singh an able administrator of the fifth generation of Maharana Pratap constructed Rajsamand lake in 1662 AD, which is a beautiful example of sculpture and public utility works. The banks known as "Nouchoki" consist of 25 carved stone -"Raj Prashashti" the longest stone inscription in Sanskrit in the world.
The stairs, footrest, artistic gates and "Mandaps" are made of beautiful carved marble and the sculpture imparts a new look every time. The whole construction is based on the number 9 which is considered to be the absolute number in Hindu philosophy & mythology.
It took 14 years for completion and cost more than 12.5 million rupees at that time.

Machind, situated in the Aravali range, parallel to the Jarga range of mountain is historically important.
Maharana Pratap and his son Amar Singh stayed here for a short duration. The remnants of the construction of Pratap's age and a "Baori" (old well) are still visible.
Guru Matsyendra Nath of Nath community prayed here in a cave, after whom the place is known as Machind.
Machind is also known as the birthplace of Maharana Amar Singh.

At the Northern edge of Mewar, Dewair is situated between the mountain ranges spread in close proximity of Kumbhalgarh and Madaria. In the olden times it had been under the domination of different tribes from Mer to Deora Rajputs.
Maharana Pratap made the adventurous military campaigns of the Mughal ruler ineffective by resorting to gorilla warfare. On the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashmi, in 1852, he was crowned with historic victory, which led to the automatic liquidation of all 36 Moghul military outposts in Mewar. After this humiliating defeat Akbar stopped his military campaigns against Mewar.
The victory of Dewair was a crowning glory for Maharana Pratap. Col. James Tod described Dewair as "Marathon of Mewar". In his famous book "Anals and Antiquities of Rajputana".
A very beautiful victory Memorial on Marana Pratap was inaugurated by H.E. President of India, Smt. Pratibh Devi Singh Patil on 10.01.2012.

Rakam Garh
About 10 kms South-East of Rajsamand is the famous fort of Rakamgarh, a small fortress built upon a small hillock, is said to be the silent evidence of the fight for freedom fought between Tantya Tope and the British troops in 1857, in the fields of Rakamgarh. It is also said that Tantya Tope stayed here in the Rakamgarh Fort for a short duration and was given all type of the help by the than ruler of Kotharia and the Tilkayat of Shrinathji.

Rajsamand Lake

Rajsamand Lake

Rajsamand Lake

Rajsamand Lake

Rajsamand Lake

Rajsamand Lake

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort

How to Reach Rajsamand

By Rail:
The nearest railway station from Rajsamand is Kankroli. Direct Train is available from Marwar Junction and Mavli Junction.

By Air:
From Rajsamand the nearest airport is Udaipur which is 67 Kms far away.

By Road:
Direct Buses are available from Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Kota, Bhilwara, Ajmer, Beawer, Ahmedabad, Indore and New Delhi.

You will visit “Rajsamand” during the below Tour of Rajasthan

31 Days Rajasthan Tour (Including Rajsamand)
31 Days / 30 Nights

Delhi - Alwar - Deeg - Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Dholpur - Ranthambore - Tonk - Bundi - Jhalawar - Kota - Bijolia - Chittorgarh - Dungarpur - Banswara - Udaipur - Rajsamand - Nathdwara - Kumbhalgarh - Ranakpur - Mount Abu - Rohetgarh - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner -  Nagaur - Mandawa - Sikar - Jhunjhunu -Jaipur - Delhi


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