Udaipur Forest and Wild Life : Natural Heritage
FOREST AND WILD LIFE
Pichola covers the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary is covered by Sajjangarh hills, Fateh Sagar and a part of it. The Machla Magra and Eklinggarh forest surrounding the Pichola and the open green banks of Fateh Sagar are still safe places for birds. The migratory birds come; stay and they depart after enjoying the transition period picnic. The banks of Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Badi lakes are always the places of attraction of bird lovers. These presences prove the ecological balance of Lake System. In Sajjangarh Game Sanctuary the forest department is revitalizing wildlife.
Around Shikarbadi and Goverdhan Vilas reservoir, the wildlife is still protected. The Aravalli hills are a large deposit of herbal and medicinal plants. The Eco-Tourism is emerging as a new concept and attraction of tourists.
There are more than one Dozen old havelis in city, each with a history back to between 16th and 18th century. They represent a vast treasure of decorative and the construction crafts of buildings. One of them is Bagor Ki Haveli converted into office of West Zone Culture Centre, conserved & renovated. The Jharokhas & balconies of havelis show the architect of Riyasat time. The glass inlay work & painting is marvelous.
In Udaipur the old city wall has 10 Gates (called Pole in local dilect) of City Wall are still conserved and are maintained. These inter link us with the near past to present. Like Delhi Gate,
Surajpole, Kishanpole, Delhi Gate, Hathipole, Tripolia, Chadpole, Brahmpote, Gadia Devra are the main gates still exist.
City wall in no longer in its original shape but there are few evidences showing the huge shape of city wall. On the bank of Lake Pichola and on Machla Magra City wall is still present.
WHALE HILL (Machala Magra)
The ‘Whale-Hill’, so named for its close resemblance with the Whale as if enjoying sun-bath on the shore having come out of the lake, is 2469 fret above sea-level on the shore of the Pichola lake. It gives a pleasant sight to see it while boating. The panoramic view of the city and the lake is also enjoyable from its head. It is called ‘Machhalya Magra’ in local dialect.
HARIDASSJI Kl MAGARI
It is a small hillock enclosed by masonary boundary wall on the western shore of Pichola lake approachable by boat as well as motorable land route. It has also wild setting of trees and grass with freely roaming animals like deers, boars, pigs etc., enjoyable as if one is in a hunting forest.
Wild play of pigs at the time of feeding them with maize every evening at 5.0 P.M. is a rare scene for a tourist to enjoy. There is a palace of modest size containing beautiful paintings. A peep from its top over the lake and the palaces should not be missed by a tourist.
EXCAVATION AT DHULKOT
On the way from the Railway Station to the city (through Ahar village) are the old rnins of an old town called Tambawati Nagri, now called Dhulkot, recently excavated. Excavations have aroused a great historical interest and further excavations are likely to reveal missing links of our civilization. The famous cenotaphs of Maharanas of Mewar in Ahar, just near the excavation site, present an architectural grande.
ART and CRAFTS
The richness of the Udaipur is Arts; particularly the Miniature Paintings and the Wall Paintings of udaipur are unmatchable. The local artisans paint in the Mughal, Mewari, Kangda, and Kishangarh (shally) tradition.
Craftsmanship of the region is evident in almost all walks of life, whether it is palace decoration or a small Jharokha in an obscure street of the city.
It is also evident in metal work. The woodwork and the ornamentation printed textiles, pottery, decorative crafts like marble and stone inlay work is very famous and has a good demand all ever the world. There are thousands of artists, artisans & craftsman indulged in creation. The Handicraft market is rich and wide range of collection is there.
Large numbers of emporia and handicrafts co-operative shops are there for better choice & shopping. Today Udaipur has become one of the main exporters in handicraft items also.
BHARTIYA LOK KALA MANDAL
Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal is a cultural institution of Udaipur which conducts research in and revives folk art (dance and music) of Rajasthan and publishes literature on them. There is a small museum established for the preservation of folk arts has an interesting collection including dresses, dolls, masks, musical instruments, paintings and the high point of the exhibits, puppets. There are regular puppet shows in the museum.
It organises folk dances and folk music on all India level and conducts extensive tours in the country to propagate folk art. The institution is rendering a unique service to the fainting folk arts like Kath putli (wooden idol).
SHILP GRAM, UDAIPUR
Shilpgram is situated in Havala village, 3 km from Udaipur. Shilp Gram is the rural rrts and crafts complex established by West Zone Cultural Centre (WZCC). The huts of the indegenious and ethnic communities are constructed in traditional architectural features, in 70 acres area and are surrounded by the hills. It is conceived as a living enthnographic museum to depict the lifestyles of the folk and tribal people. The campus of the village complex is created in such a manner that it resembled like a conglomerate of the ethnic groups of rural India. The unity in diversity reflects a picture of democrativc state India.