The pride of Rajsamand District, “Haldighati” is known across the globe for the chivalrous deeds of the great Maharana Pratap. 44 kilometers from Udaipur and 17 kilometers from Nathdwara it is nestled in the middle of the Aravali range. This narrow turmeric coloured mountainous region which played a stellar role in defending the honour of Mewar dynasty, is known as Haldighati.
When Mughal commander attacked this region but had to beat retreat having been licked by the forces led by Maharana Pratap. Employing the guerilla warfare technique, the Rajput forces pushed the Mughals from the royal camp at Badshah Baag to open plains of Rakt Talai (Village Khamnor ). Accustomed to warfare in open plains, the mughal forces fought with Pratap but the outcome was indecisive. Maharana Pratap, astride his favourite stead “CHETAK” attacked Man singh with his spear killed the mahout while Man Singh managed to escape. During the encounter, one of Chetak’s hind legs was wounded from sword held in the elephant’s trunk creating an emergency.
Jhala Maan of Bari Sadri took away the royal insignia from Maharana Pratap who, though wounded himself, was fighting valiantly, and made him leave the battlefield. Jhala Maan died fighting but not before he had forced the Mughal army to back off to the east. Even today, the “Maana Talab” reminds us of this martyr. The injured stead “Chetak” ran through the mountains carrying Pratap finally across the stream near village Balicha by jumping over it .There, finding Pratap safe, and the loyal stead breathed his last. It would be difficult to find another such example of a Horse’s devotion and loyalty to its master. The memorial stone and tomb of Chetak still exist adding glory to this place.
The Government of India has commissioned the construction of Maharana Pratap National Memorial in the year 1997 and work almost completed in the year 2008.After long delay Department of Tourism inaugurated the Pratap statue,On 21st June 2009 in presence of cabinet minister Dr. C.P.Joshi and State Tourism Minister Smt. Bina Kak, Sports Minister Mangilal Garasia etc. from this day name of Haldighati would appear in golden letters on the map of World Tourism.
Haldighati is also world famous for its chaitry rose product and the( mud art) Terracota of Molela but Department of Tourism is promoting a private cottage industry by adding his information in Government publication instead of battle ground Rakt Talai and Main Haldighati Pass. The fact is in the protection of administration, this Cottage Industry is creating a new history in Balicha village as the part of Haldighati and doing trespass near National Monument.
Khamnore Bus Stand | Haldighati, Nathdwara 313322, India
This place has history of Maharana Pratap’s unforgettable Haldighati war. If you love history, then you must visit this place. There is 15-20 min light and sound show which tell us about this war and loyalty of Chetak towards his master Pratap. Here, you can buy gulkand, rose sharbat which is produced locally. You can have sugar-cane juice which is extracted with the help of bull instead of electrical machine, which tell us how people lived without electricity in past. There is small lake where you can enjoy paddle boating.
Visiting museum is must. They have video show light and sound show depicts the whole history of rana pratap once u see this museum all other like in city palace and in many other places history will be a repetition.