Just 28 kilometres from Udaipur, Delwara is a small and beautiful gem full of northern Indian Jain style temples. At one time, there were over one thousand of them. Today, there is at least one temple on each and every narrow street. The former dukedom has seen a lot of positive social change over recent years resulting in improved quality of life for the people in the village, and there is a strong focus on religion and community. This is a great place to visit if you want to witness Rajasthan village life in beautiful surroundings.
Delwara is home to the magnificent Devi Garh Fort Palace, an 18th century monument constructed with local marble and semi-precious stonework. Today, the palace itself is used as a 39-suite luxury hotel. Jain temples in Delwara include the white marble Rishabhdev Jain Temple and the Parshwanath Jain Temple with its artisan sculptures and underground chamber.
At Delwara’s entrance, Palera Talab is a large and tranquil lake constructed in 1875, with lovely domed pavilions. This is the town’s primary source of water. Delwara’s social development is largely due to the work by a non-profit organisation, Seva Mandir, and today you can visit the Sadhna Workshop to support women’s empowerment by purchasing quality women’s clothing made locally. This is a great place to find out about the caste system, women’s rights, sanitation, and many other aspects of ancient and modern village life in India.