Places to See in Ranakpur
Ranakpur, popularly known as the 'temple town of Rajasthan ' is endowed with lush foliage and picturesque scenes. Located in the Pali district, this quaint town is located 23 km from Phalna, the nearest railway station and 96 km from Udaipur the nearest major city. The winding Maghai River and the majestic Aravali hills provide a glowing setting to the gem among tourist destinations, Ranakpur.
Rana Kumbha, the benevolent king granted Dharna Sha a businessman land to build the famed Jain temples in the city. Thus Ranakpur is named after this beloved king. The city is considered a holy land for the Jains and the temples are believed to have been built in 1439 AD.
The Jain temple
The Jain temple at Ranakpur is the city's major tourist attraction. Built over 40000sq feet of land, the sprawling temple is known for its intricate carvings and architectural beauty. The main deity here is Adinath. The temple rests on 1444 pillars and the realistic sculptures of celestial nymphs are the major draw of this temple. The two huge bells weighing 108 kgs each add to the temple's allure. There are three lesser temples in the precincts.
Maharani Bagh Orchard
Maharani Bagh Orchard Retreat and such heritage hotels in the city offer the best possible luxuries to the visitors and tourists. Other hotels in Ranakpur include Shivika Lake Hotel, Ranakpur Hill Resort and Fateh Bagh. Excellent restaurants such as Roopam cater to the visitors' palate with an array of delicious dishes.
The mighty range of the Aravalis adds to the tourist attractions in Ranakpur. Against the lush green backdrop, the huge three-storeyed white edifice is a magnificent spectacle. The temple is perched on a lofty plinth. The pristine solitude of the forest hems the majestic structure, which seems to have bathed in celestial bliss.
Last Updated on : September 26, 2013