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About the Destination - Ranakpur
General Information

Ranakpur, a town named after Rana Kumbha is renowned for some marvellously carved Jain temples in marble stone. Ranakpur is amongst the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. These temples were constructed in 1439. The main Chaumukha temple (Four-Faced Temple) is dedicated to Adinath, the first tirthankar. The total number of columns in one of the Ranakpur temples is 1,444 each intricately carved and no two columns are alike.
Ranakpur is situated at a distance of 90 kms from Udaipur, 190 kms from Jodhpur and 50 kms from Kumbhalgarh
(Read more in the Eternal Mewar encyclopedia)

    Climate :

  • Summers: 30 - 40° C
  • Mild winters: 10-28° C

    Clothing required :

  • Light tropical in summer, carry hats and sun-screen lotions
  • Woollens in winter

Location & Directions

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At the City Palace, Udaipur: 90 km

  • Aashka: This souvenir and lifestyle boutique at Manek Chowk, has been conceptualised by Ms. Bhargavi Kumari Mewar of Udaipur and offers a unique collection of arts and crafts of the Udaipur and Mewar region: mementoes in metal, wood, glass and fabric.
  • Anokhi: Drop in for contemporary crafted textiles, furnishings and accessories with the distinct hand-block printing of Rajasthan
  • Udaya: The City Palace Museum Shop offers books, CDs and mementoes

Shopping within the city of Udaipur: 90 km

    Udaipur has a proud heritage as a centre for crafts and performing arts.
  • Miniature paintings: Udaipur is famous for its school of miniature paintings in the Rajput-Mughal style. These paintings, meticulous in detailing and delicate in brushwork, are done on cloth, marble, wood, paper and even leaves.
  • Beautifully crafted enamel work called Meenakari is also a good buy in Udaipur. Filigree animals and birds richly coloured in ruby reds, blues, greens and whites form a dominant theme.
  • Tie and dye fabrics: Bandhini and Lehariya, age-old techniques of tying and dyeing fabrics are another specialty of the region.
  • Marble inlay products: Stone crafts with exquisite marble inlay such as table tops, lampshade and other artefacts are exclusive to Udaipur region
  • Silver jewellery and artefacts, old gold jewellery
  • Terracotta handicrafts from nearby village of Molela are available at West Zone Cultural Centre and Shilp Gram

Languages spoken:

  • English, Hindi, Mewari. Accredited guides who speak French, German, Spanish, Italian

City Sights

    Temple towns:
  • Ranakpur – the Jain temple town:
    (Read more in the Eternal Mewar encyclopedia)
  • Ranakpur – the Jain temple town:
    (Read more in the Eternal Mewar encyclopedia)
  • Kailashpuri (120 km; also known as Eklingji):
    En route to Nathdwara , it houses the shrine of Mewar's supreme Lord, Shri Eklingji (Shiva), patron deity of the ruling family of Mewar. It is a much-frequented place of pilgrimage.
    (Read more in the Eternal Mewar encyclopedia)
  • Nagda - Sahastra Bahu (120 km):
    It is one of the most ancient places in northern India. Capital of the Guhilots before they took Chittoe (734 AD), Nagda along with Chittor and Ahar, eventually became the heart of the region called Medpat (later renamed Mewar).
    (Read more in the Eternal Mewar encyclopedia)
  • Nathdwara - Shrinath ji Temple (90 km):
    This temple town houses the famous statue of Lord Krishna that made the shift from Mathura in the 17th century as per a well-known legend. Unfortunately, temple rules do not allow non-Hindus to enter the temple that houses the famous statue.
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  • Sadri (8 km):
    This pilgriomage is known for the Varahavtar temple and the Chintamani Parasvanath temple. There is also an old dargah, Dargah of Khudabaksh Baba, here.
  • Desuri (16 km):
    Desuri for the most remarkable temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman and Navi Mata. There is also an old mosque here that is worth a visit. Nearby, situated in the hills, is a temple dedicated to Parsuram Mahadeo.
  • Ghanerao:
    The Gajanand temple houses a life-size statue of the goddesses Ridhi and Siddhi. On the either of the statue are the images of Lord Hanuman and Bhairon Baba. Then there is a temple of Lord Mahavira, dating back to the 10th century. The town also has a castle, now converted into a hotel.
  • Narlai (6 km):
    Walk in the serene beauty of Narlai to see some ancient temples with beautiful frescoes on the ceilings. Narlai also houses a good baori (step-well).

Historic forts and sites:

  • Kumbhalgarh Fort (50 km): An imposing fort built in 1458 set amid massive ramparts and surrounded by hundreds of temples, the creation of one of Mewar's legendary heroes Rana Kumbha and the birthplace of the legendary warrior Rana Pratap.
  • Kumbalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary (10 km): Surrounds the fort and is spread over an area of 586 km2. The wildlife population includes panthers, wolves, sloth bears, four-horned antelopes and scientifically bred crocodiles, besides migratory birds during winters.
  • Mucchal Mahavir Temple, a temple situated in the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary houses the statue of Lord Mahavira with a moustache. Two elephant statues, superb examples of architecture, stand as guards on the gateways of the temple. The nearby Garasia Tribal Villages also attract tourist attention.
  • Haldighatti (85 km): This is the field for the famous Battle of Haldighati in 1576 between Rana Pratap Singh and the Mughal armies of Emperor Akbar. A geographical feature of the pass ('ghati') is its soft yellow soil.- Haldighatti (85 km): This is the field for the famous Battle of Haldighati in 1576 between Rana Pratap Singh and the Mughal armies of Emperor Akbar. A geographical feature of the pass ('ghati') is its soft yellow soil. (Read more in the Eternal Mewar encyclopedia)
  • Chittorgarh (200 km): Being the most important bastion of Rajput power, its occupation was the primary objective of any would-be ruler. From this grand fort, the Rajputs offered a prolonged and determined resistance against mainly Muslim invaders from Afghanistan, and the Delhi Sultanates and Mughal Empire of North India. It was already the capital of the Mewar kingdom when Bapa Rawal of the Guhilot family captured it and was crowned Rawal of Mewar in 734 AD.
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    Rajsamand Lake: 45 km
  • The dam and its consequent lake were created to provide employment for victims of a widespread drought and famine (1661), and to provide canal irrigation to local farmers. The digging of its foundations began on January 1, 1662. Ranchod Rai, the elder son of Purohit Garibdas, the Royal Priest, laid the foundation stone on April 17 1665.


  • Visit the temples of Ranakpur
  • Rejuvenate yourself at the Panghat Sp
  • Learn about the creation of Fateh Bagh