Just 23 kms from Udaipur, is the ancient capital of Mewar, Nagda. It was ruled by the Mewar rulers for 7 generations. As of today, the place is in ruins and visited bya few. The Saas-Bahu Temple at Nagda is the main attraction of this place. The Temple though called Saas Bahu (the literal transalation of which is Mother-in-law and Daughter-in-law) is actually a temple dedicated to a form of Lord Vishnu, known as Sahastra-Bahu (One with thousand Arms).
The temple complex built in the 10th century houses Vishnu, Shiva and Jain Temples with wonderful architectural details. Stories from mahabharat and ramayana are depicted on the temple walls. The complex is divided in 2 parts, the Saas temples which is comparatively little larger than the “Bahu” temples. Most of these temples are in ruins but anybody interested in history and architecture , this place will surely interest you. Its an opportunity to experience the artistic beauty of those times.
The place is now maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. And finds it place in the list of Heritage monuments. With interesting Architecture and carvings, the Saas-Bahu Temple is a not to be missed trip when in Udaipur.
Another place which is well worth a visit from Udaipur is Haldighati, a historic site where the great battle between Maharana Pratap and Mughal Emperor Akbar took place.The place is called Haldighati because the soil is yellow (Haldi-turmeric) in color. Enroute you can also visit the Chhatri of Maharana Pratap’s beloved horse “Chetak”.