Ranakpur travel unveils the cultural heritage of the 'city of the temples' which is situated about 60 kilometers north of Udaipur. The Ranakpur temples are an excellent manifestation of Jainism. Ghanerao, Sadri, Falna, Narlai, Desuri and Ranakpur Jain Temples are some of the famous sites in Ranakpur that must be visited by the tourists.
Apart from the temples, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the popular tourist attractions of Ranakpur that catches the attention of the tourists. Covering an area of 586 square kilometers, the wildlife sanctuary possesses different species including four horned antelope, wild boar, sloth bear, panther and many more.
Ranakpur lies just 98kms away from the city if Udaipur. The place owes its name to Rana Kunbha who ruled the area in 15th century. Today a lot of tourists travel to Ranakapur to visit the magnificent temples.
A travel to Ranakpur would take you to one of the five holiest pilgrimage sites of the Jains. Rana Kumbha also built the temples during his reign. A sprawling cluster of temples built of dazzling white marble on the lush green backdrop of the Aravalis greets you as you travel to Ranakpur.
An enchanting story goes into the making of the temples. As per an inscription in the temple, Dharnaka, an affluent and reputed Jain merchant was inspired by his dream. Pleased by this tale, Rana Kunbha donated a large tract of land in the Aravalli foothills for the purpose of building the temple.
How to Reach Ranakpur
Lying close to Udaipur in Rajasthan, Ranakpur is the site of magnificent Jain Temples. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for the Jains. But the architectural splendor on the backdrop of the Aravalis, is a major attraction for many who travel to Ranakpur.
Most of the tourists prefer to visit Ranakpur while driving from Jodhpur to Udaipur. You may also choose to take a separate excursion to Ranakpur from Udaipur.
The nearest airport to Ranakpur is Udaipur. The domestic airport is served by nearly all private and public airlines. Regular flights connect Udaipur to cities like Delhi, Mumbai.
The most convenient Railway Station is also Udaipur, which is connected to other major cities with a well-laid Rail network. By Road
Ranakpur lies only 90kms away from Udaipur. An excellent road network links Udaipur to other major cities in Rajasthan.
Shopping in Ranakpur
The Jain pilgrimage of Ranakpur is a major draw for the tourists all over the world. The Jain temples display a fantastic union of Hindu and Jain architectural style.
Miniature paintings are the most popular item for shopping in Udaipur. The skilled artisans of the region have perfected over the years this very different form of painting featuring long necks, large almond-shaped eyes, long fingers and the use of subdued colours.
You may look for silver jewelry, gems and potteries, which are the famous handicrafts of Udaipur. Apart from that also check out stone carved items and puppets while shopping in Udaipur.
With a large number of shopping joints, Udaipur substitute for lack of opportunity for good shopping in Ranakpur. Government Emporia and private shops are galore all over the city. You may also choose to shop from the showrooms at the hotels. Most premier hotels house such shops but of course price would be on the higher side.
Places to see in Ranakpur
- Rana Kumbha
- The Jain temple
- Maharani Bagh Orchard
Last Updated on : 24/09/2013