As far as wildlife is concerned, the Indian peninsula is a continent in itself where the sheer diversity of the wildlife astounds you with more than 350 species of mammals and 1200 avifauna species in the country.
The people want to do only one thing in the cities during the summers – they want to get away from it. They want a cool getaway in India itself where they can have some respite from the scorching heat of the plains.
Eklingji Temple, Udaipur
Said to be built by Bappa Rawal, the founder of the Mewar dynastys, Eklingji Temple, Udaipur is dedicated to Ekling Ji or Lord Shiva. It lies 24 km from Udaipur and has 108 temples within its complex. The tallest temple is the temple devoted to Ekling Ji and it houses a black stone idol, representing the linga with the four faces of Vishnu, Rudra, Brahma, and Surya.
Other idols and carvings at the Eklingji Temple, Udaipur, include those of Ganesh, Kalika, and Ambamata amongst others.
Govind Devji Temple, Jaipur
The Govind Devji Temple, Jaipur is an erstwhile royal temple that belonged to the kachchwaha family of Jaipur. The Govind Devji Temple, Jaipur is dedicated to lord Krishna and legend says that the idols of the temple were brought all the way here from Vrindavan and had been carved by the grandson of Lord Krishna, Vrajnath, who was also a great sculptor.
As can be imagined, the idol of Lord Krishna is spectacular in its beauty and has enthralled all visitors to this temple. The Govind Devji Temple, Jaipur is now a part of the City Palace complex and is a must see sight. The architecture of the temple is very simple with an open pavilion surrounded by columns. A silver throne forms the resting place for the idols, which are decorated with gold jewellery.
Shrinathji Temple, Nathdwara
This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is located 48 km from Udaipur at Nathdwara. Carved out of a single block of black marble this idol was supposedly carried to this spot by Goswami Dev who was fleeing Mathura to escape the purging of Aruangzeb.
The glimpses of the idol in its different moods are permitted five times a day, only for short intervals. It is thought that the custom of hanging hand painted curtain cloth behind the idol was the concept behind the famous Pichwai paintings of Rajasthan.