Travelling is about venturing into new places, viewing the world through another’s perspective, experiencing new ideas and concepts, meeting new people and participating in their culture. In India, enthusiastic travellers have much to explore and quite often, their search for all of the above ends with Rajasthan.
This colourful and vibrant culture stands out and demands a great deal of attention. Be it the folk songs and dances that have attained international recognition, or the handicrafts and furniture that have a huge demand the world over; the colourful native attire that embodies elegance or the architectural marvels in the shape of the forts, Havelis, palaces and temples that showcase the region’s regal past or the delicious and decadent cuisine that is fit for kings, every element of Rajasthan is enticing.
Exploring Rajasthan with Ranakpur as your base is a good choice. Ranakpur is a village located between Jodhpur and Udaipur in the Pali district of Rajasthan. It is reached after passing lush green valleys and streams and the heart capturing views that drive away any fatigue of the journey. Nestled in a picturesque valley on the western side of the Aravalli Hills, Ranakpur has carved a unique niche for itself among the tourists.
Visit Ranakpur’s spectacular Jain temple, while exploring Udaipur, one of the most romantic cities in the world as well as gorgeous and mystical forts like Kumbalgarh and Chittorgarh. Tucked away in Southern Rajasthan’s Mewari region, Ranakpur is a quiet getaway for those who are looking for a peaceful retreat. Yet, a jeep safari through Ranakpur valley and a Horseback safari through the Aravalli mountains and Kumbalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary can add the right amount of adventure to your holiday.
The village of Sadri sits 9 kilometres from the Ranakpur Jain Temple and offers a great insight into the simple yet vibrant village life of Rajasthan. The blue houses with the green doors, the colourful attire of locals in their traditional gear and ancient temples throw up a perfect picturesque photo-ops at you.
Kumbalgarh fort, a beautiful 15th century grand fortress is just 18 km away from Ranakpur. Recognised as the World Heritage Site, the walls of the fortress extend over 36 kilometres making it the second largest continuous wall after the Great wall of China.
Chittorgarh Fort, the pinnacle of Rajput chivalry, is the largest and best known fort in India. It is mere 60 kms to the south-east of Ranakpur. It has a beautiful ancient temple devoted to goddess kali, Kalika Mata Temple.
The famous Parshuram Mahadev Temple is also only 14 km from Sadri Village enroute Ranakpur to Kumbhalgarh. It is said that Parshuram, Lord Vishnu’s sixth manifestation, made the cave himself with his axe to worship lord Shiva in the serene foothills of the Aravalis. The cave has naturally formed figures of Lord Ganesh and Lord Shiva and also has nine kunds or ponds which never go dry.
With much to offer, a trip to Rajasthan with Ranakpur as a base is a unique experience that gives you plenty of rest and relaxation as well as adventure and excitement.