Highlights of Ranakpur
Journey to Ranakpur on a unique day trip, which can be enjoyed en route. The highlight of this town is the Jain Temple, which dates back to the 15th century and is intricately crafted – and entirely out of white marble. The temple complex is extraordinarily well-preserved, despite its age, and covers a vast area. Take on the role of explorer as you venture through the complex, with its 29 halls, 80 domes and pavilions, and 1,444 imposing pillars, of which no two are alike in design or sculpture. Rankapur is the single most important pilgrimage site for followers of the Jain religion, so expect to find devotees engaged in prayer in this tranquil place. Kindly note that guides are not permitted to accompany you inside the temple complex.
Set Sail at Lake Pichola
Experience the beauty of royal Rajasthan on a boat ride along Lake Pichola, overlooking the magnificent Lake, City Palace, and other historic sites and ghats of Udaipur. Your tour boat will cast off from the ghat or lakeside, which is barely a few minutes from your hotel. Enjoy a spectacular view of this magnificent medieval city on a romantic evening ride along the lake. Get to know the enthralling stories of the Maharanas of Mewar, including heroic tales of Udaipur’s brave kings and queens, on your leisurely ride. (Duration: 1 hr, Time of Day: Evening; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Easy; Maximum group of 10 for each boat. )
Highlights of Udaipur
Journey into the City of Lakes and soak up historic culture. Tour the 16th century City Palace, a flamboyant and towering structure sitting on a hilltop and one of the largest palaces in the state, boasting spectacular views and an intriguing museum. Explore 17th century Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Hindu God Krishna. Discover Saheliyon ki Bari, the ‘Garden of Maids’, which boasts lush lawns, stunning lotus pools, marble pavilions and even elephant-shaped fountains! Head to the crystal gallery to witness the world’s largest private collection of crystal. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)
Understanding Trails and Tribes Around Udaipur
After an early breakfast, arrive at Ambamata – a revered temple on the fringes of Udaipur. Accompanied by your guide, begin your hike through the majestic Aravalli Range, and breathe in the fresh morning air. Navigating the plains and hilly terrain, witness the scenic Rajasthani countryside. Visit nearby hamlets and observe cattle grazing on grassy fields and farmers working on their farmlands. Stop by one of the villages and meet with the indigenous Bhil tribe, who are considered to be among the oldest and the largest tribal communities in Asia. Admire their vibrant attire that complements the dramatic landscape. Get a glimpse into their lifestyle, especially their music and dance traditions. Next up, head to another village to interact with the Rajput warrior clans, and learn about their fantastic history. Continuing further, reach a hilltop religious site featuring a cluster of temples. Enjoy photo ops and panoramic vistas of Udaipur and its surroundings. Drive back to Ambamata before dispersing. (Half Day; Time: 0730 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please wear comfortable walking shoes for plain and uphill trails).