Ranakpur: Nestled in the secluded valley of Aravalli mountains, Ranakpur is a serene town showcasing rich cultural heritage and beautiful natural spots. With its gushing streams and lush greenery, it presents a unique spectacle in the desert state of Rajasthan.
Ranakpur is also a famous pilgrim center. It houses one of the most prominent Jain Temple in India making it an important place for the Jain community. The town derives its name from past ruler RanaKhumba who donated the land for establishing the Jain temple. Located between Jodhpur and Udaipur, Ranakpur is a place with amazing beauty that will leave you awe inspired. Ranakpur Jain Temple is one among the five most important Jain pilgrimage site in India. It is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara, Lord Adinath. Udaipur is a major city near Ranakpur, Udaipur to Ranakpur distance can be covered within 2 hours by road.
At a distance of 6 km from Ranakpur. you can visit Narlai which is a small village situated at the foot of a hill. Narlai is a place known for its popular Hindu and Jain Temples. Another village that is full of beautiful temples is Desuri. It is situated approximately 16 km from Ranakpur town and houses three famous temples each dedicated to three different Hindu deities namely Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva and Navi Mata.
Chittorgarh: It is home to the largest fort in India and carries great importance in the history of Rajasthan. Chittorgarh was the capital of erstwhile Mewar and power centre during the Rajput’s rule. Populated on the banks of Gambhiri and Berach rives, Chittorgarh is perfect place to get transported to the glorious era of Rajputs. Chittorgarh was founded by Maurya Dynasty in the 7th century AD and famous for it’s beautiful forts and temples. The grand Chittorgarh Fort houses 4 palace complexes, 4 memorials, 19 temples, and 20 water bodies. It reverberates with tales of valour and sacrifice.
Other important monument in Chittorgarh is the Vijay Stambh, also known as the victory tower. It marks the victory of Chittorgarh over Mahmud Khilji in the year 1440. You must also roam around in the local markets like RanaSanga market, Fort Road and Sadar Bazaar to buy exquisite Rajasthani handicrafts and textiles. Udaipur to Chittorgarh distance is only 120 km and the road connecting the two cities is in good condition.
Mount Abu: Located at an elevation of more than 1200 meters, it is the only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan. Mount Abu is a place of great interest for archaeologists as it is home to numerous ancient and medieval sites.
The lovely ambiance, pleasant weather and the diverse flora attract a large number of tourists to this beautiful hill station. Historical monuments and temples in Mount Abu showcase the rich tradition and culture of the state of Rajasthan. Mount Abu is one of the most important Jain pilgrimages in the India with the Dilwara Jain temple as the main attraction. Many tourists make Udaipur as their base and travel from Udaipur to Mount Abu for a couple of days.