Gay Udaipur, the City of Lakes
One of the most romantic cities in Rajasthan is Udaipur the "City of Lakes." The marble palaces, beautifully laid out gardens and the city's lakes make Udaipur seem almost unreal. Surrounded by the ancient Aravali Mountains and set on the edge of three lakes, is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples.
Day One: Lakes & Palaces
Morning transportation to the airport for your flight from either Delhi or Jaipur to Udaipur, the City of Lakes. Our staff meet you on arrival and see you to your hotel. In the afternoon, a tour of the City Palace. Completely white and majestic, The City Palace stands on a hill surrounded by intricately scalloped walls.
Day Two: 1,444 Carved Pillars of Ranakpur
Start with a morning excursion to Ranakpur. Renowned for some marvelous carving in Amber stone, Ranakpur is one of the five holy places of the Jain Community. The temples were built around the 15th century A.D. during the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall. Open on all four sides, it enshrines the four faces (images) of Adinath. Sprawling over 48,000 square feet, the temple is an astounding creation with twenty-nine halls and 1,444 intricately carved pillars.
The really, really rich and powerful who built and ruled this corner or Rajasthan literally had it all. You can see opulent palaces and ornate temples in the morning, then shop and take a lazy boat ride in the afternoon. Purple Dragon pioneered LGBTQ travel to India, but everyone is welcome to enjoy our journeys of a lifetime.
The gentle breeze wafting through the corridors move the bells creating celestial music all around the complex. Rising in three stories, the temple has four small shrines, with eighty spires supported by four hundred twenty columns.
Two temples, dedicated to saints Parasvanath and Neminath, face the main temple. The temples have beautiful carvings similar to that of Khajuraho. Another temple worth visiting is the nearby Sun Temple, an eighth century A.D. temple dedicated to the Sun God. The temple has polygonal walls richly embellished with carvings of warriors, horses and other deities riding chariots.
Day Three: Eklingji & Nagda
In the morning, enjoy an excursion to Eklingji, with its multiple temples within one complex and Nagda, famous for its Sas Bahu, or Sahastra Baahu Temple ruins. Later, we deliver you to the airport for your flight to Delhi or Jaipur unless you want to spend an extra night. If you arranging a custom Rajasthan tour with Purple Dragon you my continue by road to Jaisalmer or Mount Abu. If you begin your in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur you would continue to Udaipur by road with stop in Ranakpur.