I am sure that anyone with slightest knowledge of Indian history would be familiar with the battle of Haldi Ghati . This battle was fought in 1576 between Mughals and Maharana Pratap. The legend says there was so much bloodshed that a large pool of blood was formed. That place is now called as Rakt Talai (literally meaning pond of blood)
There is a private museum which is a single handed effort and dedication of Shri Mohan Lal Shrimali. The museum exhibits details of the epic battle and the life of Maharana Pratap.
We had planned to visit Haldi Ghati on return journey and since we had a good margin of time to reach the airport, we took the detour to visit the museum.
The museum is around 40-45km from Udaipur. The entry fee is nominal at Rs 20. The timings are from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.
In the museum there is a small movie theatre where a movie (5-10 minute duration) is played about the battle of Haldi Ghati and life of Maharana Pratap. The same is depicted through various maps, drawings and artifacts.
We also went to the Chetak memorial. He was the favorite horse of Maharana Pratap. It was because of Chetak that Maharana Pratap was saved in the battle of Haldi Ghati. Chetak carried away Maharana Paratap from battle despite being grievously injured. It died few kilometers away from the battle ground. At the same spot a memorial has been created to honor the horse.
Haldi Ghati is also famous for rose farming. You can buy Gulkand, Rose water etc. at good price.
If you are a history buff or wish to pay respect to the brave sons of soil then it's a must visit else you can skip this place as it has more of sentimental value.
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