Ranakpur is an ideal place to visit if you want to explore the Rajasthan that was. Tucked away in a valley of the Aravalli range, halfway between Udaipur and Jodhpur, this place has a lot more to offer than you would think.
This city is known for one of the most famous Jain temples in India, which is also one of the most significant sites of architecture in Rajasthan. The Chaumukha (with four faces) Temple is huge and word has it that each of the 1500 pillars is different in design. It is one of the most phenomenal establishments of Jain culture in the country!
Two other Jain temples stand in equally beautiful fabrication in the same compound. A magnificent Sun Temple adds to the essence of spiritualism and the beauty of the compound. The Muchhal Mahavir Temple nearby is famous for housing a statue of Mahavira with a moustache. One can also stop at the neighbouring Garasia tribal village, renowned for their vivid and colourful clothes. Do take a ride on horseback through the forests to soak in the serenity and beauty.