Udaipur : Taking a unique initiative to connect the common man with nature and a site of historical importance, the forest department is organizing an eco-tour to Deewair, situated in the midst of Todgarh-Raoli wild life sanctuary, some 120 kilometers from Udaipur.
The trip will be held on October 26 and comes free for all. The sanctuary established in 1983 sprawling in Rajsamand, Ajmer and Pali districts is held as one of the most unexplored pristine wildlife sanctuary in the heartland of Rajasthan.
“The sanctuary occupies about 495 sq.km of tropical deciduous forests and grassland. Situated in the middle of the sanctuary is Deewair, a historical place associated with Maharana Pratap. It is the victory site where Pratap defeated the Mughal army of Akbar in 1582” said Rahul Bhatnagar, Chief Conservator of Forest, Wild Life. The efforts are being taken not only to popularize the sanctuary but to project the site as an amazing tourist destination in the region.
The trip– The forest department is organizing an eco tour to the sanctuary on October 26. Visitors may amuse themselves with the variety of flora fauna found here. The sanctuary is home to animals like chinkara, leopard, wild boar, sloth bears, wolves and langurs and hundreds of avian species.
There is an ancient Shiva temple surrounded by tall trees of Karanj, Banyan and Tamarind that attract visitors. There is a perennial source of spring in the temple which is a suitable place for meditation and stress relieving. Another attraction is the Bheel-Beri waterfall which falls from a height of 55 mts. The forest department would provide food to the trip participants.
Marathon of Mewar
In his book “Annals and antiquities of Rajasthan”, the famous historian Col James Todd had named Deewair as “Marathon of Mewar”. It was the auspicious day of Vijay Dashmi in 1582 when Rana’s warriors defeated the royal mughal army. Situated among the tall Aravali ranges, Diwer known for the scenic beauty has been witness to the event that turned out to be a turning point in the fight for freedom. The site has been developed as a war memorial by Rajasthan government under the Mewar Complex project, however due to lack of propagation, the site gets only few visitors.