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Ranakpur, Rajasthan

Located in Pali district in the Mewar region of Rajasthan, Ranakpur is a quiet retreat tucked away in a picturesque valley in the western Aravali range. A visit to this tranquil pilgrim town can be conveniently clubbed in between your journey from Udaipur to Jodhpur. The lush green landscape of the town with its perennial Magairiverhas made it an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan.

One of the five holy places for the Jain community, Ranakpur is known for its beautifully sculptured Jain temples. The Ranakpur Jain Temple was built at the foot of the Madri hills during the reign of the liberal Rajput monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The grand temple is three-storied, 102 feet. high and is spread over an area of 48000 square feet. Artisans and sculptors toiled for 50 years to give shape to this marvelous epitome of craftsmanship.

The central Chamukha (four - faced) temple is the main shrine within the complex. There are over 80 neatly chiseled idols in the complex which also includes four subsidiary shrines, 29 halls and 80 domes. The temples are made of white limestone and their most outstanding features are the 1444 intricately carved exquisite pillars, each different from the other. The pillars are ingeniously structured so that none of them obstructs the view of the other. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kgs each. Their sound echoes in the entire complex.

For tourism buffs, Ranakpur has a lot more to offer. The horses of this area are famous for their agility and form. Visitors can have a first-hand experience of the rearing of horses in the stud farms and also experience the thrill of horse riding in the plains.

In sheer scale, size and beauty, the imposing Kumbalgarh Fort, 50 kms away, is considered second only to Chittorgarh in the region. Ranakpur Dam is another popular tourist site. The Maharaja and Maharani of Jodhpur used to frequent this location on a regular basis. The Jawai Dam, located 50 Km from Ranakpur and built by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur in 1957, is a visual spectacle and a paradise for migratory birds. A rustic village tour along with a bullock ride can give tourists a feel of rural India.

Ranakpur is blessed with pleasant climate. The nearest airport is 90 kms away in Udaipur.