The 108-temple complex located 14 miles (22 kilometers) north of Udaipur is famous throughout Rajasthan for its beautifully sculpted granite and marble structures. The earliest temples date back to 971, built in honor of Eklingji, a form of Shiva and the favored deity of the local Mewar rulers. In the centuries that followed, other rulers continued to add on to the complex. The largest temple, built from the ruins of previously destroyed structures, was completed in the fifteenth century.
To make the most of your visit to this working temple, come on a Monday when the complex is crowded with pilgrims paying their respects to Shiva. The Maharana of Udaipur has been known to visit on Monday evenings, making for some great people watching. If you'd prefer to enjoy the intricate architecture in peace, plan your visit on another weekday. The temple opens sporadically throughout the day, so ask for the day's hours at your hotel before heading out.