Location: Desuri tehsil, Pali district, Western Rajasthan
Climate of Ranakpur: 42.0° C (max) to 22.0° C (min). monsoon season does not receive much rainfall annual total rainfall of around 55 cm only
Best time to visit September to March
Language spoken Rajasthani, Hindi, English and Urdu
Attraction Temples, Lakes and Wild Life Santuary
Religions Hinduism, Jainism and Islam
Ranakpur is a village located in Desuri tehsil near Sadri town in the Pali district of Rajasthan in western India. It is located between Jodhpur and Udaipur is a must visit place in the great Aravalies, the valley provides a picturesque view. People from all around the world come here to see the Ranakpur Jain Temple. Ranakpur is named after Rana Kumbha whom Dharna Sah, a Jain businessman, approached when he had the vision of his great temple to ask for the land for its construction. Renowned for some marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stone, Ranakpur is one of the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. Situated at a distance of around 60 km from Udaipur, these temples were constructed in 1439 AD.
How to reach Ranakpur
Air:The nearest airport is Dabok Airport, Udaipur (110 Kms)
Rail:The nearest major railway station is Udaipur. There are trains for Delhi, Chittaurgarh, Ajmer, and Jaipur from this station. The nearest railway station from Ranakpur is Phalna but most of the tourists prefer going to Udaipur to catch a train as it offers more choice.
Road: There are frequent express buses from Udaipur that take around three hours to reach Ranakpur. State transport corporation buses as well as private buses connect Udaipur to other cities in the region. Major destinations that are connected to Udaipur are Jaipur, Ajmer, Kota/Bundi, Jodhpur, Chittaurgarh, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Mumbai, Delhi, Indore, and Mt Abu. Hiring a cab from Udaipur is a very common and preferred means.
Places to Visit
Ranakpur Jain Temple
The world renowned state of the art temple was built in 15th century and is just 90 kms away from Udaipur. The temple is located in the gorgeous Aravali ranges. It is one of the most important pilgrims among the five pilgrims of the Jainism. It is perhaps the most Byzantine and massive of Jain temples in India, the area of the temples is about 40,000 square feet. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved with no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an interesting sight.
In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kg whose sound echo in the entire complex. The main temple is a Chaumukh or a four-faced temple dedicated to Lord Adinath. The three other Jain temples in the same complex, including a temple of the Sun God, are all well worth a visit.
One kilometer away from the temple complex is the temple of Amba Mata. The most dazzling highlight of this temple is the countless, forty feet high pillars. Each one of those pillars are individually carved with its own design, and effect is spectacular. Standing in this huge marble structure, complete with a centuries-old tree growing right inside, The complex contains several other smaller temples, fantastically carved. All of these temples are in daily operation as religious buildings, so one needs to be respectful. Shoes and leather objects are forbidden inside.
Muchhal Mahavir temple
The Muchhal Mahavir temple is situated about five km from Ghanerao in the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary. Its distinctive feature is the statue of Lord Mahavira with a mustache. The two statues of elephants guarding the gateways are splendid examples of temple decoration.
In the vicinity are the Garasia tribal villages famous for their colorful costumes
Visiting this sanctuary is the best way to witness the beauty of the great Aravali ranges. There you can encounter with panthers, jackals, rare birds, wild-pigs, deer etc.
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