Geological Facts Of The Aravalli Range
The Aravalli Range forms part of the Fold Mountains. It is the oldest range of the mountains, estimated to have formed around three hundred and fifty million years ago.
Joining the Aravalli Craton to the Bunkelkand Craton, two ancient earth crust segments, the range was once extremely high. It stopped growing as the tectonic plates beneath stopped moving, and over time has been weathered down to their current height.
The Aravalli Range is estimated to stretch nearly seven hundred kilometres, from Delhi to Gujarat, across the north-western part of India.
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The Aravalli Hills In Udaipur
For the City of Lakes, the Aravalli Hills create a lush and picturesque backdrop to the glittering waters of the lakes. However, the hills also create a barrier between the Thar Desert and Udaipur, influencing the climate of the city.
Udaipur lies on the southern slope of the Aravalli Hills, with Lake Fateh Sagar – one of the famous lakes in Udaipur – surrounded by the hills, many cannot imagine the lakes without the hills.
Though today, the Aravalli Hills are mostly appreciated for their beauty, in the past they provided safety for the Mewar Kingdom.
When the Mughal emperor Akbar attacked Chittor, Maharaja Udai Singh Ji led his people to Udaipur, shifting the capital of the Mewar Kingdom.
Udaipur provided a safe haven, as the Aravalli Hills were a natural fortification that could not be crossed by the heavily armoured Mughal horses. Today many palaces remind us of the Mewar rulers who remained in Udaipur.
The photograph above is a scenic image of the lush Aravalli Hills during monsoon. Taken by MB Steyn.
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