Ranakpur Tourism
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Ranakpur Tourism

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  • State: Rajasthan
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Pali
Ranakpur is a small village located in the Aravalli range, between Udaipur and Jodhpur in Rajasthan. It lies in the Pali district of Rajasthan, which lies 60 km from the city of Udaipur. The village is renowned for a large Jain Temple, which is also one of the most important Jain temples in the country.

Ranakpur derives its name from Rana Khumba. It is said that Rana Khumba gave the land for the construction of the Jain temples in the region, when a businessman named Dharna Shah approached him and told him about his vision of a great temple.

Another Jain temple in the village apart from the main Jain Temple is the Sun Temple, which is located right opposite the main one. The presence of these two Jain temples makes Ranakpur one of the most important pilgrimage centres for the Jain community in India.

The main Jain temple complex covers a total area of 48,000 square km and has 1444 different columns. The temple also has two large bells which weigh 108 kg each and whose sounds echo through the whole complex. 

There are other temples too in the village which are dedicated to different Gods of the Hindu community.  Being situated in Rajasthan, it experiences very hot summers with the temperature ranging from 38 to 42 Celsius. The winter months of December to February experience temperatures between 11 to 20 Celsius.

The best time to visit Ranakpur is in the months of September to March, when the temperature remains comfortable and there is not much rainfall. Ranakpur is well connected by means of roads, although it does not have a railway station.

The closest railway station to the place is at Falna, which is 30 km away. There are taxis as well as buses from Falna to Ranakpur. Buses are available from Udaipur as well to the Ranakpur temple and the journey takes about 3 hours.

Although the village lacks the grandeur of the palaces of Udaipur and Jaipur, the temples present in the region make up for it and make it an important pilgrimage centre.  

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Suhani Sogani

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  • Suhani Sogani
  • Lives in Jaipur
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  • 16 Reviews
  •  55 helpful votes
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"Essence of Spritiuality"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 19, 2016
Ranakpur Jain temple is one of the most spectacular of the Jain Temples situated in the Pali district of Rajasthan. The temple is dedicated to the founder of Jain religion ie the 1st Thirthankara - Bhagwan Adinath. The name of the temple and the town, Ranakpur is dedicated to the provincial ruler Rana Kumbha. The temple is built with the help of around 1444 pillars and no two pillars are same and from each pillar you can see the statue of God. You cannot count the pillars, it is said that if two people are counting simultaneously there will surely be difference in their counting. There is one beautiful carving made out of a single marble rock with 108 heads of snakes and numerous tails. There is no end to the tails. There are various other marvellous piece of architecture which you will get to know once you visit there.

You may sit in any part of the temple and you will not feel hot. It has two other small temples also. There is a mess and small guest house where you can book your stay. Also, guides are available both in hindi and english. You can reach the destination either from Udaipur or Jodhpur and there are various luxurious resorts near by for weekend getaways.

So plan your trip to Ranakpur to feel the divine aura
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Rajan Shah

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  • Rajan Shah
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Spectacular Architectural Wonder"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 12, 2016
I visited Ranakpur with express objective of visiting only the Jain Temple there. This Jain temple in Ranakpur is one of the best that I've seen from an architecture and art point of view. It is exquisite!!

The temple is a three story complex built in white marble and is dedicated to the 1st Thirthankara - Shree Adinath dada. It is supported by 1444 exquisitely carved pillars. The pillars are arranged in such a manner that it does not obstruct the view of pilgrims seeking Darshan of God. It was build in 15th century!! It gives an insight into the mastery in architecture and art of the people of that era. The temple is also called as Chaturmukhi temple and is holds perfect symmetry. One can get glimpse of idols from any corner of the temple!!

The artiste sculptures which lie scattered like precious jewels, the myriad ornate toranas - minutely and delicately carved, the innumerable exquisite and lofty pillars and all the Shikharas, - all of these works of spiritual art, as one approaches them, become alive and make the beholder oblivious of all else but a feeling of ecstasy, divine bliss.

There are many temples / monuments / palaces etc which are architectural masterpieces in India, especially in Rajasthan, however, this temple stands out from all of them and is unique. Something - never seen before.

The temple is surrounded by beautiful hills of Aravali mountains. Temple comples has quite a few amenities like lockers, bhojan shala, canteen, wash rooms, dharam shala etc.

Overall this was a unique experience for me and will remain etched forever in my memory. It is impossible to explain it in words or even express!!
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Konark Patel

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  • Konark Patel
  • Lives in Surat
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"Great place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 8, 2016
Situated deep in Aravali valley, away from noises of city - Ranakpur is around two and a half hrs away from Udaipur. The leading road from Udaipur to Ranakpur is one of its kind, snaky roads with exhilarating mountains and valleys. The temple is also one of its kind with artful and delicate sculptures. It's an excellent example of ancient art and architecture. It indeed reveals the rich cultural heritage of India. Mobile phones are strictly not allowed inside the temple. One needs to pay the fees for carrying cameras inside the temple. Any day time is good for visit. It's all about religion and artful sculptures. Avoid visiting if not interested in art.
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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  • Rizwanuddin Rafiq
  • Lives in Bhopal
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"Unique Example of Art and Architecture!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 3, 2016
Ranakpur is situated in a beautiful valley on the western side of the Aravalli Mountain Range on the bank of Maghai River. It is a small township may be considered a village of Desuri Tehsil, Sadri Town of Pali District of Rajsthan, about 90 Km away from Udaipur and 160 Km from Jodhpur. Falna is the nearest Railway Staion just 35 Km away from Ranakpur, which is also famous for its Jain Golden Temple and Roads are very good. This is the most visited destination of Pali due to its Famous Adinath Jain Temple which is quite spectacular, and a Sun Temple managed by the Royal Custodian Of Udaipur and one may find the monkeys in a quite large numbers.

It is assumed that this four faces temple construction was initiated by a Jain Businessman/ Minister Sanghvi Dharamashah Porwal with a divine vision in 15 century 1437 and Rana Kumbha Supported in its completion. This temple is dedicated to Tirthankar Adinath, the first Thirthankar and founder of Jain Religion. The magnificent Marble temple whose architectural style is Maru-Gurjara a great understanding of Rajasthani craftsmanship, made Ranakpur a great attraction for Jain Pilgrim and foreign visitors. Architecture and carving is almost similar to the ancient Mirpur Jain temple of Mirpur Rajasthan. Ranakpur Temples are acclaimed world-wide for their intricate and superb architectural style. These temples form one of the five major pilgrimages of the Jains.

As Rankpur is populated in a valley so climate is not that hot as other parts of Rajasthan have. Average annual temperature remains 33 degree centigrade and average winter temperature 05 degree. The most suitable time is Oct-Mar, for visit.

It has many comfortable Hotels and Resorts like King's Abode, Shivika Lake Palace, Kumbhalgarh Forest Retreat, Fateh Bagh etc. The Temple Trust has provided almost all the facilities for visitors and many donors they have provided furnished accommodation called Dharam Shalas, lockers, food etc.

Visit to this destination will is Enough to satisfy the one's soul and Stunning, unique examples of art and Architecture.
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Basab Ray chaudhuri

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  • Basab Ray chaudhuri
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Ranakpur Jain Temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 5, 2015
Ranakpur is famous for its Jain Temple. Situated 91 km from Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan. Located in a valley on the western side of Aravalli Range. A 2 hours 30 minutes drive from Udaipur will take you to Ranakpur. Constructed in the 15 th Century. The temple, made of marble, is an architectural marvel. It is designed as 'Chau mukha ' - with four faces. The stone carving work of Ranakpur, in my opinion, is more attractive than that of Dilwara. The temple authority run Dharmasala and excellent Canteen where we enjoyed marvelous veg. Lunch. While returning from Ranakpur you may also visit Kumbhalgarh, review of which follows.
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S.p. Padmaprasad

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  • S.p. Padmaprasad
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Wonderful tenple of Ranakpur"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 11, 2015
Jain Temple at Ranakpur, A village 90 Kilometers from Udaipur in Rajasthan (India), is the best temple from Art and architecture point of view, in India. This temple is of White marble, built on a high platform, full of minute artwork everywhere. It took more than 50 years to complete its construction. Built in 15th century, by Dharana Shah, a minister under the king of the province. The temple visit makes us to feel our eyes have got their satisfaction. It is so much full of art. Architecture is also wonderful.
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Shanu Dungarwal

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  • Shanu Dungarwal
  • Lives in Neemuch
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"Worlds few best temple in ranakpur famous for its architecture"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 28, 2015
Speciality is that the temple built 600 year ago is still well-maintained and surrounded by beautiful mountains and forest, greenery and even you can see wildlife sanctuary but it is closed in rainy season. It gives a pure hill station view. A must night stay place just because of its beauty and even inside temple canteens and stay is available at very economic range and outside temple many resorts are there.
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Sharad Mittal

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  • Sharad Mittal
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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Visit for relaxation and a trip into histrory"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Mar 9, 2015
Though situated on the Udaipur - Jodhpur highway, its a small place with lots of history around it. The famous Ranakpur Jain temple and the Surya temple. Kumbalgarh is not far away. There are other locations too with many forts, palaces, etc. The resorts, specially the Mana hotel is a great place to stay. It gets cool in the night for a light sweater, though the days are hot.
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Ayush Pathak

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  • Ayush Pathak
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Peace of mind"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 13, 2014
I stayed in ranakpur for two days, I went there by car. I found what I was looking for. A beautiful place to visit and relax. There isn't much to explore except kumbhalgarh fort, nearby places and some beautiful temples. That's the place you would go to relax and enjoy a hassle free time.
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Kashyap Patel

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"Nothing special to visit apart from the Temples"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Nov 13, 2014
So Ranakpur village does not exists !!! or at-least you wont find it anywhere. Its famous for its Jain Temple, which is located right on the main road and there is this Sun Temple. Except these temples there is nothing else in Ranakpur. Only few hotels and much fewer road side shops. Dint came across the village, may be its hidden somewhere in the hills or valleys. So the Jain Temple and the Sun Temple are the only things to visit in Ranakpur. The temple is magnificent, we could not find any guide, but they have this audio tour during the noon time and it is the preferred time to visit it. You can read the details about the temple on various websites, we had to make do with that. Other than these temples, there is nothing else. Yeah there is this small dam and with a little hike you could visit it and spend a peaceful evening overlooking the Lake Rakanpur. Mind it, The things you will get in the shops will be charged above the printed MRP - be it mineral water bottles or cold drinks or milk or even pan-masalas.
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