New Delhi, May 7, 2017: Maharana Pratap (1568-1597 C.E.) was a Hindu Rajput King of Mewar in Rajasthan, India. Maharana Pratap belonged to the Sisodia clan of Rajputs to Maharani Jaiwanta Bai and Udai Singh II in Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan. Many royal families in Rajasthan regard and worship him for his valour and courage. He sacrificed his life to recapture Chittor from the Mughals. He was an extraordinary strategist and a fearless warrior.
As per historical records, Maharana Pratap was born on May 9th, 1540 according to Julian calendar. Julian calendar is redundant and it has been superseded by the Gregorian calendar. According to Proleptic Gregorian calendar, Maharana Pratap was born on May 19th, 1540.
However, the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap is celebrated as per Hindu calendar. Either one follows Julian calendar or Gregorian calendar, the Hindu date of the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap falls on the same day. According to Hindu calendar, it was Tritiya, Jyeshtha, Shukla Paksha, 1597 Vikram Samvat when Maharana Pratap was born. In 2017, the 477th year of the birth anniversary will be marked. Maharana Pratap Jayanti will be observed on May 28.
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Maharana Pratap is well-known for the famous battle of Haldighati against Mughal Emperor Akbar. The battle, which was fought on June 18, 1576, is still commemorated by the people of Mewar. Maharana Pratap’s army was highly outnumbered but the warrior fought with bravery and by the end, he made an escape with his horse, Chetak. He successfully fought the Mughals to protect his people. Even when almost all of his fellow Rajput chiefs embarked on serving the Mughal Emperor Akbar, he refused to enter into the Mughal vassalage. He is hailed as an epitome of heroism, the spirit of freedom, pride and valour. Although he was unable to redeem Chittor from the clutches of Mughals, he fought the Mughals until his demise. Maharana Pratap died of injuries sustained during a hunting event on January 29, 1597, at the age of 57.
Last year, to commemorate the 476th birth anniversary of one the greatest warriors of Indian history Maharana Pratap, the Union Government released a Maharana Pratap commemorative and circulation coin of Rs 100 and Rs 10 respectively.
On Maharana Pratap Jayanti, special processions and pujas are held. Several cultural events are also organised all over the country. Havan-Poojan is initiated at Maharana Pratap memorial located atop Moti Magri or Pearl Hill in Udaipur. A grand colourful procession is also organised with bedecked horses and Maharana’s portraits. People from all castes and creeds take part in this procession to showcase their reverence and love for the great king. Last year, Telangana’s Veer Kshatriya Rajput Samiti (VKRS) organised a procession on June 7, to celebrate the 476th Jayanti of Maharana Pratap. It began from Aghapura and go up to Begium Bazar in Hyderabad.
Udaipur, October 3, 2017 : With baraatis and band baaja in tow, the modern-day groom wears aviators and crosses lakes to get to his bride.
The bride these days no more sits coyly in rooms. Instead, she walks down royal stairways lined with exotic flowers to welcome the groom and his entourage.
A royal backdrop, stunning photos, bright colors, and lovely weather. Destination weddings are enticing, aren’t they?
An entire week of celebrations in an oh-so-gorgeous locale, away from the madness of your city life.
Not only do destination weddings ensure everyone stays at the same place, having all the more fun, and saving you all the last-moment panic attacks about absent guests, but you get to live one of the most important days of your life with everybody who is special.
Now unless you have been living under a rock all your life, destination weddings would ring ‘Udaipur’ in your head at the loudest decibel possible. It is hard to have a wedding in Udaipur that is NOT stunning. From entirely Rajwada style comfort settings with cushions in a blast of fuchsia to metallic gold boho bulbs’ lighting to the breezy blue and silver décor and marigold-filled pathways around the fort in tune with the wedding, venues in Udaipur offer a surprising blend of traditional and modern wedding razzmatazz perfect for dreamy destination weddings.
The city has an abundance of gorgeous and scenic locations that should all probably be at the top of your list; we tell you why!
List of Best Destination Wedding Locations In Udaipur:
1. Jagmandir Island Palace
When history, art and weddings collide, it’s pure inspiration! Beautifully snuggled on an island in the middle of lake Pichola, Jag Mandir has an encompassing view of the City Palace, Lake Palace, the lake and the Aravali hills.
Imagine getting ferried to and fro the venue in decorated boats in the form of a procession; isn’t it already sounding dreamy? Beautifully illuminated with lights, the entire island as one nears Jag Mandir.
The 17th century island palace is believed to have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to build the Taj Mahal and rightly so! Once inside, the place transcends you to another era. It is well equipped with a fine dining restaurant, a bar and seven tastefully adorned suites and can accommodate upto 5,000 people- enough space for pre-wedding, wedding and post wedding functions.
The picturesque Jagmandir Island Palace today plays host to an elite clientele and makes the perfect host for destination weddings and for couples who dream of regal nuptials.
2. Fort Fatehgarh
Looking for a serene wedding location in the hills? Perched on a hilltop 20 minutes outside the city, the Fategarh palace spells an old world charm and a true feel of a heritage hotel. Adorned with poised white pillars, domes and intricately done jali screens, the place has been tastefully crafted with its graceful proportions and airy reception areas, courtyards and verandas.
With about 50 rooms and suites and 3 outdoor wedding lawns, the hotel is perfect for families who would want an entire palace to themselves with all its regal grandeur.
3. Oberoi Udai Vilas
With sprawling courtyards, rippling fountains, reflection pools and lush gardens, Oberoi Vilas mesmerizes every on-looker. But as they say beauty lies within, it is what is inside that is a complete delight. Interiors embroidered with decorative domes, hand-painted frescoes, intricate mirror work and beautifully crafted artifacts; the place is what is defined as love at first sight!
The site with its green lawns graciously spread all across the property, the promenade and the Chandra Mahal offer perfect venues for intricate weddings.
4. Udai Kothi
Splendid exteriors in sparkling white, it is like you have been magically transcended to Greece! Located at the heart of the city, this hotel has a lot of character with each room and each corner having its own style, perfect for an intimate wedding affair. With carefully selected furniture, soft accents and décor and artistically done jharokhas overlooking a delightful view, the hotel has all the right vibes for destination weddings.
5. Raas Leela
Tucked at the edge of Lake Pichola with a spectacular view, Raas Leela is a dream location for a sun-downer wedding! The property opens to a marvelous, specific view of the royal lake and would be a pretty location for lakeside wedding destinations. Adorned with luxury cottages that echo the rich taste of Mughal travelling cottages overlooking the royal palaces, the venue is a fusion of modern comfort and traditional style.
The venue by itself is so interesting and appealing, the décor really stands out, pictures turn out prettier and of course everything looks better with the shimmering, pearly water in the background.
6. Chunda Palace
Wonderfully tranquil and peaceful, this might be the gorgeous destination weddings’ venue you’d not want to miss!
With a heritage and traditional appearance, Chunda Palace screams sophistication the moment you enter it. Exteriors embellished with royal carvings and the interiors decorated with Rajasthani architecture, this hotel offers a spectacular view of the City Palace and lake Pichola.
The venue perfectly fits the criteria for small but strikingly royal destination weddings for a group of 200 people.
7. Ramada resort
Parched in the backdrop of the mighty Aravalis, the Ramada resort offers breathtaking views of Sajjan Palace, panoramic views of lake Pichola and the City Palace with all its many forts and palaces. Varying in height, the resort creates a spectacular view with its array of gardens and pool side spaces in tranquil settings.
The venue can be tailored according to requirements, from an intimate gathering of your closest friends and family to a formal setting for hundreds of guests.
Your guests will remember what the bride wore, how the groom entered the venue, and who danced to what Bollywood number. But apart from this, what makes a wedding out of the world? Undoubtedly the venue and the entire setup! Udaipur venues for destination weddings make your shaadi unapologetically quirky, complete with fun Rajasthani colors, funky décor, tasteful pool parties and finally, a traditional and glam wedding.
Check out the best of our list on venues of destination weddings and let all your sherwani and saree clad guests enjoy your five-day affair with zeal matching your own! Happy wedding!
Oct 3, 2017: An astounding floating palace, Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, is the ultimate romantic destination for you and your better half, in the coming season.
This floating palace amidst Lake Pichola was constructed by Maharana Jagat Singh II in 1746, and today it’s a lavish five-star hotel and in addition, an ideal shooting location.
The floating palace is situated opposite the bigger City Palace in Udaipur and owns 360 degrees of the lake and city view from its spot in the quiet waters. Reestablished in the 1960s, the hotel incorporates 66 rooms and 17 suites with all day and all night facilities.
Also, in case you’re tingling to get your feet on dry land, getting to and from the hotel is only a fast excursion by water taxi from the city pier.
The hotel also offers a full-sized swimming pool, yoga centres, a housetop bar, restaurant, and a spa on a pontoon.
Rooms cost between $590 (38,000 INR) and over $7,700 (500,000 INR) every night, depending on the size and sort of room you choose to book.
Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94
July 07, 2017: Chetak, the hero of Haldighati battle cannot be left forgotten when it comes to reminiscing the glory of Maharana Pratap. Chetak and Maharana Pratap were the best companions and mention of one brings the memory of the other instantly.
A fare will be organised on each death anniversary of Maharana Pratap to extol the devotion of Chetak towards his master. For the grand occasion, a new 13 feet huge metallic idol of Chetak is ready. The first fare is likely to be held on 19th January 2018 at Chetak Memorial near Khamnor, Udaipur. The idol was constructed by four artists from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal that took three months.
Narendra Singh, the founder of Pratap Country, used to organise a similar fare 10 years back at Khamnor however it stopped after his demise. It was until a few months back, Collector Archana Singh displayed interest in this fare.
Every year more than five lakh tourists visit Haldighati informed Dr Mohan Shrimali, founder of the museum, as reported by Udaipur times. The tourists visit the valley where the battle of Haldighati took place.
Previously, very few people used to visit Haldighati, but the number of visitors increased from 20,000 to 5 Lakh in 2003 after the commencement of the museum. The place holds historical importance, however, it is being neglected from a tourist point of view. The fare will be a three-day affair, except the primitive one which will be one day fare.
The Chetak fare is expected to hike the graph of tourism and a boon for Rajsamand district. The fare will also have horses of numerous breeds.
– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94