The history of Haldighati is world-famous for the war between Maharana Pratap and Akbar’s army. It is situated on the border of Udaipur and Rajsamand in the state of Rajasthan. Haldighati is located 30 kilometers from Rajsamand and 50 kilometers from Udaipur.
Haldighati is a pass between Khamanor and Balicha villages in the Aravalli mountain range. Which connects Rajsamand and Pali districts. Haldighati got its name ‘Haldighati’ because the soil here is yellow like turmeric. Haldighati is also known as Rati Valley.
The famous Battle of Haldighati became a major cause of bloodshed and destruction. The place served as a battleground for Maharana Pratap and it was here that his famous horse Chetak breathed his last.
Battle of Haldighati
The battle of Haldighati was started for a few hours on 18 June 1576 AD, starting from the tight mountain pass between Khamnore and Balicha villages, along the Banas river on the banks of Khamnore village. No one could get a decisive victory in the war. In this war, Maharana Pratap’s ally Rana Poonja was supported. In this war, many soldiers of the country, including Jhala Mann, Hakim Khan, Gwalior Naresh Ram Shah Tanwar, allies of Maharana Pratap made national sacrifices. His famous horse Chetak was also killed.
It is said that after the Battle of Haldighat, Rana Pratap continued to attack the Mughals with guerrilla warfare techniques. He stayed in the hills and from there harassed the large Mughal forces in the camps. He ensured that Mughal soldiers would never live peacefully in Mewar.
Three expeditions were carried out by Akbar’s army to drive Pratap out of his hideout in the mountains, but they all failed. At the same time, Rana Pratap received financial support from Senapati Bhamashah. And Bhil tribals assisted Pratap to live in the forests. His innovative strategy for war using scorched earth, evacuation of people in enemy areas, poisoning of wells, use of hill forts and caves in Aravali, continuous looting, looting and demolishing enemy camps Received He freed many areas of Rajasthan from Mughal rule. But time passed and Pratap died in 1597. He succeeded his son Amar Singh as his successor.
Haldighati Places to see
Maharana Pratap Memorial
The battlefield remains in the memory of the martyrs in blood frying. All sites protected by the Archaeological Department of India are worth visiting. Balicha Village is located very close to this place. This is famous for its terracotta craft.
How to reach Haldighati
Near Railway Station Udaipur 50KM
Near Airport Udaipur 60KM
Taxi Facility available from Udaipur or Rajsamand to Haldighati