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Haldighati, a famous battlefield and a pass in Aravali Mountains, was made popular by the heroic deeds of Maharana Pratap Singh, a historic warrior from Mewar and his devoted warhorse, Chetak. Haldighati is believed to have received its name due to its yellow sand that resembles turmeric, or haldi in Hindi. A recently constructed memorial of Maharana Pratap is the major attraction at Haldighati.

 

In 1576, the historic battle of Haldighati took place. Maharana Pratap Singh, the King of Mewar and son of Rana Udai Singh of Udaipur, had turned down several proposals of alliance with the mighty adversary, Akbar. Resultantly, Akbar’s army led by his general, King Man Singh of Amber attacked Mewar. Maharana Pratap Singh’s army of nearly ten thousand took on a four times larger Mughal Armey. However the Guerrilla tactics of Pratap Singh’s army and their ferocity drove away the Mughal army up to a long distance. Finally, the Mughal army gathered itself and faced the army of Mewar at a place which is today known as Rakta Talai, the lake of blood at Haldighati.

 

As the intensity of the battle grew, Pratap Singh attacked General Man Singh. While Pratap Singh rode his beloved horse Chetak, Man Singh was seated on an elephant. Pratap Singh bounded on Chetak and drove his spear through the man with the leash of the elephant. However, the sword tied at the elephant’s trunk, gravely wounded a hind leg of Chetak. As the situation grew delicate, Pratap Singh’s general who was also named Man Singh, convinced Pratap Singh to leave the battlefield, as there would still be hope for Mewar while he was alive. Man Singh, who also happened to be a look alike of Pratap Singh, wore his crown and helped Pratap Singh escape Haldighati.

 

The wounded Chetak carried Pratap Singh many a mile from the battlefield of Haldighati, while being chased by enemy horses. Chetak leaped over a river crossing a distance the enemy’s horses would not dare to take on and took Pratap Singh to safety. However, that proved to be the final leap of his life. At the bank of the river Chetak took his last breath and died with his head in his master’s lap. It was said that before Pratap Singh left for the battle, his wife had carried the religious rite of Puja for him as well as for Chetak. She had said to Chetak that he made sure her husband came back home safely. Chetak, who kept that promise at the cost of his life, became immortal in Indian history.

 

After the battle of Haldighati, Maharana Pratap Singh swore an oath that he would denounce all the earthly pleasures such as a bed to sleep, gold and silverware to eat from and a palace to live in till he freed his motherland from the enemies. For the rest of his life thereafter, he lived in the forest, slept on the grass beds and ate from the leaves giving an example of the honor and pride for which he lived.

 

The memorial of Maharana Pratap at Haldighati displays large bronze statues of Maharana Pratap as well as Chetak. Here, there is an exhibition as well as a series of chambers visualizing the incidents from Maharana Pratap’s life brought alive through animated statues, impressive sound effects and voice overs.

You can take out a couple of hours to visit the Haldighati memorial which is on the way to Kumbhalgarh from Udaipur at a distance of 40 kilometers. Understanding Maharana Pratap can give a great insight into the people and history of Mewar.

 

 


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Haldighati is a popular battlefield and a pass in Aravali Mountains near Udaipur. It was during the historic battle of Haldighati, that the famous horse of Maharana Pratap Singh, ‘Chetak’ sacrificed his life for his master. The main attraction of Haldighati is a museum that demonstrates incidents from the life of Maharana Pratap Singh.

 

Destination Grade: C (What is this?)
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Airport: Maharana Pratap Airport, Udaipur
Railway Station: Udaipur
Nearest Major City(s): Udaipur (40 Km)
How to Reach: Regular bus from Udaipur
Major Tourist Attraction: Haldighati Battle Field, Ahar Cenotaph, Memorial of Maharana Pratap
Speciality(Famous for): Historic Battle field.
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Haldighati, a marvellous place - by  Mansingh Rajput Dated : 2011-11-14
One of the attractions of Haldighati is its rose farms. The climate and soil of Haldighati are suitable for rose farming. These days, the rose farms here are a treat to watch.

The nearest airport to Haldighati is in Dabok, Udaipur which connects the rest of the country to Haldighati. Udaipur and Nathdwara are connected by road to Haldighati. Thirty seven kilometres is the distance between Haldighati and Nathdwara.

The tale of Maharana Pratap’s loyal horse, Chetak, is told by Haldighati. An admirer of his master was this horse. The wounded Maharna was taken away from the battlefield of Haldighati by Chetak, on his back. With his wounded master on his back, Chetak jumped over a 30 feet long canal, when the time came. Chetak lost his life after jumping over the canal. Chetak’s loyalty to Maharana Pratap is shown by this. A momemto of Chetak is present in Haldighati and as I watched it, I got goose bumps.

Maharana Pratap and his soldiers bravely fought a war in Haldighati and therefore it is a major tourist attraction. The Maharna’s soldiers stayed loyal to their king and fought a bloody battle in Haldighati. Haldighati also tells their story.

A visit to beautiful Haldighati should not be missed.
Haldighati, a good experience - by  Neha Bharadiya Dated : 2011-11-11
Haldighati is famous for its Chaitri rose. The rose is called so because of it is farmed in the month of March. In the Hindu calendar, the month of March is called Chaitra. Therefore this rose is called Chaitri rose.

The name Haldighati is derived from the word ghati, where the battle was fought between Maharana Pratap and Emperor Akbar in 1576 AD. Haldighati also gets its name from the turmeric colour of its soil. The site Haldighati is an awe-inspiring site for all tourists visiting Rajasthan.

Haldighati is situated at a distance of around 40 Kms from Udaipur. It is situated in the Aravalli hills, at a height of 1839 m above sea level. Haldighati is actually a pass. It is 1 km in length, running south to northeast. This pass ends in a broad plain. The pass of Haldighati connects the 2 districts of Rajsamand and Pali. Haldighati is 17 Kms away from Nathdwara.

Whether you are an Indian or a foreigner, Haldighati will leave you awe-struck when you hear about its past. You will be drawn to this land over and over again.

After visiting Haldighati once, I felt like going back to it again because of its beautiful history.
Awe-inspiring Haldighati - by  Nandita Das Dated : 2011-11-10
Haldighati is known for Maharana Partap’s famous horse Chetak. The horse was very loyal to his master, Maharana Pratap. Chetak took the wounded Maharana Pratap away from the battlefield of Haldighati.

Udaipur is located at a distance of 44 Kms from Haldighati. At a height of 1839 m above sea level, Haldighati is situated in the Aravalli hills. Actually a pass, Haldighati is 1 km in length. The pass runs south to northeast and ends in a broad plain. The 2 districts of Rajsamand and Pali are connected by the pass of Haldighati. Nathdwara is 17 Kms from Haldighati.

The battle of Haldighati was fought between Maharana Pratap and Emperor Akbar in 1576 AD. The word ghati is the term from which the name Haldighati is derived. The turmeric colour of the soil is the other thing from which the name Haldighati is derived. For all tourists visiting Rajasthan, Haldighati is an awe-inspiring site.

When you hear about its past, Haldighati will leave you awe-struck. This is irrespective of the fact whether you are an Indian or a foreigner. Over and over again, you will be drawn to this land.

You should not miss a visit to the marvellous land of Haldighati.
Haldighati, a beautiful place - by  Yogesh Thakur Dated : 2011-11-04
Haldighati is a tourist hub as around 5 lakh tourists visited the place all through the year, 2010. The place has such a long history behind it that tourists are automatically attracted to the place. Visitors from India as well as international tourists visit Haldighati.

Haldighati is such a major tourist spot because it speaks volumes about Maharaja Maharana Pratap and his soldiers who bravely fought a war there. It tells the story of how the Maharana’s soldiers stayed loyal to their king and fought a bloody battle there.

Haldighati is well connected to the rest of the country because the nearest airport is in Dabok, Udaipur. Haldighati is connected by road to Udaipur and Nathdwara. Haldighati is located at a distance of 37 Kms from Nathdwara.

Haldighati also tells the tale of Maharana Pratap’s loyal horse Chetak. The horse was a great admirer of his master. Chetak took the wounded Maharana on his back, away from the battlefield of Haldighati. When the time came, Chetak jumped over a 30 feet long canal, with his wounded master on his back. After jumping over the canal, Chetak lost his life. This speaks volumes about Chetak’s loyalty to Maharana Pratap.

Do not miss a visit to this beautiful place, which has a long tale behind it.
Haldighati, the place I admire - by  Aditya Nair Dated : 2011-11-04
Haldighati was a battleground in the past. Even after 4 centuries of war, the colour of the soil of Haldighati is the colour of haldi. There is a place in Haldighati called Rakht talai where a bloody battle was fought between the armies of Emperor Akbar and Maharaja Maharana Pratap.
This battle was so bloody that even the gods cried on the day of the battle. By this, I mean that there was a huge rain on t heady of the battle. It was because of this huge rain that the haldi colour was mixed with the soil of this battlefield.
The battle of Haldighati was fought on 18th June, 1579. At the end of this battle, there was blood all over the battlefield. Now, Haldighati is being taken care of by the local government. I acquired all this information during my visit to Haldighati. There is a museum here, where the antiques of the battle of Haldighati have been kept. The tale of this war is also told with great art work. The museum embodies the great disaster of the battle of Haldighati.
A visit to beautiful Haldighati should not be missed at any cost. It’s truly a place worth a visit for all Indian as well as international travellers.
Haldighati - by Kirit Gupta  Dated : 2011-05-02
We were in Udaipur for a business conference for five days and after watching some of the local sites decided to see the nearby places one afternoon. The plan was to go to Kumbhalgarh but due to a delayed start we had to restrict it to either Haldighati or Rajsamand Lake. We decided to visit Haldighati Museum as we had had an interesting conversation about Maharana Pratap and his stories yesterday.

This museum looks like a fort from outside, but upon entering you realize that it's just a fortified wall from the outside. The museum in itself is very nice. Particularly the scenes depicted from Maharana Pratap's life in form of animatronics are very attractive. Our guide passionately told us the story of Maharana Pratap and explained about his life with help of a specially constructed large map of Haldighati with the landmarks visible. Among all the other museums in Rajasthan, this one is definitely different and sheds more light on the royalty than the others. The story of Chetak has been told through several ways here and is very moving. The statue of Chetak and Maharana Pratap outside the museum is very nice.

Outside the museum you get food, which may not be the best tasting but the simplicity of it was appreciated by our group after spending last three days in the hotel. The ambiance around is not bad. The only thing that I thought could be better here is the service and the menu.

All in all, it is not a bad idea to visit Haldighati if you are interested in history and like to hear stories of war and passion.
Haldighati - The City of the Brave - by Ritesh  Dated : 2011-03-07
The town of Haldighati has become famous because of the brave and heroic deeds of Maha Rana Pratap. It is one of the most battlefields of Rajasthan; it was where the historic battle between Maha Rana Pratap and Emperor Akbar was faught in 1576.
I had heard a lot about the museum of Haldighati. It has illustrations of the life of Maha Rana Pratap with the help of statues and voice overs. The weapons that were used by the soldiers of Maha Rana Pratap, the armor of the Chetak horse are also displayed here.

The Chetak horse was known to be very devout to his master and he saved his master’s life at the cost of his own. The name of this town has been kept because of the yellowish color of the soil found here. I had good time looking around the museum but I felt really bad for the horse. I took photographs of the statues. The statues are made up of bronze and are beautifully carved.

As a tourist I was happy to visit this place but there is nothing much in Haldighati to visit except the memorial. However if you are to visit Kumbhalgarh or Udaipur then Haldighati is quite near to both of them and you may enjoy a stop here.
My Quick Visit To Haldighati - by Apurva Pathak Dated : 2011-01-24
Haldighati is a land of the braves. Deriving its name from the yellow coloured sand resembling haldi or turmeric, Haldighati is a famous battlefield and a pass in the Aravali mountains. It is Haldighati where the great warrior of Mewar Maharana Pratap Singh and his devoted horse Chetak became immortal in the pages of history.

The story of the bravado of Maharana Pratap Singh’s horse Chetak is very interesting. The war of Haldighati took place in 1576. Maharana Pratap Singh, the king of Mewar faught against the huge Mughal army to defend his empire. During the fierce war, Maharana’s beloved horse Chetak’s hind leg got seriously injured. As the war progressed, Maharana’s general Man Singh, who was also his look alike forced him to leave the battlefield. In the general’s view Maharana’s life was far more important for Mewar. The injured horse Chetak ferried his master miles away from the battlefield while being followed by enemy horses. He took a giant leap over a river to transport his master to a safe region which the enemy horses dared not. But the leap had caused severe damage, the horse took breathed his last on Maharana’s lap, saving his life. Such was the devotion of the animal to his master.

The memorial of Maharana Pratap at Haldighati displays huge bronze statues of Maharana and Chetak. An exhibition depicting significant incident of Maharana Pratap’s life with impressive statues, voice overs and sound effects is entertaining. A quick trip to Haldighati will be refreshing while you are on your way to Kumbhalgarh.