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Ranakpur Jain Temple- a striking destination of wonderful architecture

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Ranakpur Jain Temple- a striking destination of wonderful architecture

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It’s Mahaveer Jayanti today, and we are reminded of the most beautiful Jain temple in Rajasthan i.e Ranakpur Jain Temple!
Ranakpur Jain temple is a beautiful destination to experience the marvels of architecture in Rajasthan. The famous Jain temple is located near Sadri town in Pali district of Rajasthan.

The main attraction of the Ranakpur Jain temple is its architectural excellence and fine carvings on the walls. The major attraction of this temple is the Chaumukha marble temple.

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The temple comprises of 1444 pillars, each unique in architecture and design. These pillars in the temple are completely carved in a different manner without any similarities. Carvings of pillars are the peak level of architectural skills in this temple. Other than the pillars, the mesmerizing multi-curved ceilings catch the visitors’ attention. Ceilings of this temple are beautifully carved and designed with miniature designs, geometric designs. Not just the pillars and ceilings of the temple, some other beautiful carvings like Marble elephant are also the attractions of Ranakpur temple.

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So many sculptures and different fine carvings are the symbol of architectural style and preaches of Jainism. This temple is the best and unique place to experience the legends Jainism. The deities that are worshipped here are the Adinath, Neminath, Parshvanath, Surya, and Amba Matha. Among them, the Adinath temple means Chaumukha is visited by a maximum number of devouts.

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14 Monsoon Destinations Of Rajasthan You Must Visit

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No other province awaits rains like the desert state of Rajasthan. The first shower of monsoon is like a breath of relief and a full stop to the constant endurance of blazing heat. After a long scorching summer, a monsoon vacation is a must and to make it even more relaxing and refreshing, exploring the beauty of Rajasthan should be on the top of your bucket list. And to know why, take a look at some of the amazing and some hidden destinations of this state which become way more attractive with every shower.

  1. Udaipur

Known as the Venice of East, the rains can bring the romance alive in this city of lakes. The view of clouds, the smell of rain, the greenery and royalty of Taj Lake Palace, City Palace, Sajjangarh Fort aka Monsoon Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir and their surroundings will make you fall in love all over again.

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  1. Bhainsrorgarh

Who doesn’t love the view of lush green forests and river in monsoon? The heritage boutique hotel of Bhainsrorgarh situated on a cliff on the banks of Chambal River will give you the time of your life. Sightseeing during rains, visit to the Badoli Temple, capturing the beauty of the river and enjoy the moments of relaxation while dining on a cliff is monsoon bliss 😉

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  1. Mount Abu

Visiting a hill station during monsoon can be your first best decision and choosing Mount Abu for the same would be your second best. It is a lethal combination of rains, amazing weather for trek, mountains, waterfalls, flora and fauna, and getting breath taking views from Dilwara Jain Temple and Nakki Lake.

Boat race competition being held at the Nakki Lake in the Summer Festival in Mount Abu.

  1. Keoladeo

Monsoon is the best time of the year to come and enjoy the natural beauty of Keoladeo National Park aka Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary since more than 350 avian species are available for bird watching. The Bharatpur Forest Lodge can be your stop to sit, feel the rain and enjoy the melodious chirping all around.

Keoladeo Sanctuary

  1. Narlai

Midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur, Narlai can be your next destination. Old havelis, jeep safari for spotting deer, panthers, chital, leopards, and trekking are some of the major attractions for this time of the year.

  1. Bundi

Special for receiving greatest amount of rainfall, Bundi is also famous for the Hadoti Palace, the step wells, Nawal Sagar Lake, and beautifully carved havelis; this less explored travel destination has its own story to tell via the rains.

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  1. Kumbhalgarh

The rains and cool breeze would be welcoming and soothing for you to visit Kumbhalgarh fort or go out in the wild on a jeep safari in Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary. This is the right weather for you to watch the real beauty of the flora and fauna that comes out with the rain.

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  1. Mahansar

If you are into mythology, Mahansar is the right destination for you where the sone-chandi ki dukan portray gold leaf paintings of Ramayan and life of Krishna, and to enjoy the best of it you need to take a break from burning summers and visit the place during monsoon. The greenery accompanied with cool temperature will leave you amazed.

Sone Chandi Ki dukan

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  1. Pushkar

The lakes, the wildlife, the scenic beauty and desert camping are only a few of the major attractions in Pushkar. The city comes to life during monsoons as completely different shades of Pushkar are visible in the midst of monsoon showers.

Pushkar Lake

  1. Kuchaman

One of the hidden destinations of Rajasthan, Kuchaman has a lot in store for you especially during monsoons. The cool and refreshing weather is perfect to visit and praise the beauty of Kuchaman Fort, the cliffs, Sheesh Mahal, Meera Mahal, and Jal Mahal.

Kuchaman Fort and otel India November 2009

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  1. Mandawa

Another unexplored place of Rajasthan is Mandawa. The rains are a perfect time to enjoy the old havelis, paintings and open air art gallery in the Mandawa Palace.

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  1. Ranakpur

Known for its spectacular marble Jain temple and few other temples like the sun temple, Ranakpur is ideal when admired in monsoon season. The fall in temperature makes it easier to wander and enjoy the incredible architecture.

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  1. Jaipur

Last yet not the least – capital city, the Pink City. Witness the Teej festival which marks the advent of monsoon along with the awe inspiring sites of Jal Mahal, Albert Hall museum, step wells, Hawa Mahal and the temples in Jaipur especially during the rains because it’s the best time of the year to enjoy the marvelous beauty of the city.

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And you cannot skip the delicious cuisine of Rajasthan while going around the state and enjoying the major attractions, can you?

 

 

Experience Real Rajasthan At Narlai

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If you are planning for a weekend getaway or a trip to royal Rajasthan – Narlai is the right place of which you might not be aware of.
Narlai is a small village surrounded by the oldest Aravalli range in Pali district, Rajasthan. It lies in between Udaipur and Jodhpur. Narlai is a perfect holiday destination to enjoy and experience a Rajasthani village life with the best equestrian Marwari horses and its splendid folk tales. This 17th century village gives a perception of the rural Rajasthan and the visit to this small hamlet would surely leave you spellbound.

Although Narlai is a small village, there are many places one could visit. Narlai is well known for its old temples, step wells and marble archways. The most famous of all Jain temples is Adinath Jain Temple which is situated at the main entrance of the village.  There are other Jain temples which have historical importance and are also known for their archaeological structures and ancient scripts. A 15 day festival on Holi every year is a significant feature at the Ai Mata Ka Mandir, which is a popular temple among the Hindus.

Narlai has other significant places like Ghoradara Dam, which is situated at a distance of approximately 3 km. As Narlai lies between Jodhpur and Udaipur, the district of Pali has a small town of Ranakpur, which has the Surya Narayan Temple as its main tourist attraction.IMG_1647 copy

So if you are ready to experience the real rural Rajasthan and want to bask in its beauty, Narlai is the right place to taste the true flavor of Rajasthan and relish its hospitality.

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Witness the colorful culture of Rajasthan with Ranakpur Festival

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Dance, music, lights, colors, tempting food and vibrant costumes, there is something eccentric about the festivals of Rajasthan that makes them irresistible! With the onset of festival season, there are celebrations, gatherings, events and fairs galore to look forward to. Right after the globally acclaimed Marwar Festival, Rajasthan brings another splendid for the tourists to once again gain an insight into the life of people of Rajasthan with Ranakpur Festival scheduled for October 09 – 10, 2014. Here’s the Schedule..

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Just like folk festivals in Jodhpur and Jaipur, the holy town of Ranakpur near Pali witnesses a mélange of Rajasthani folk performances and Bharatnatyam festooned with renditions by renowned vocal artists and dance performers during the Ranakpur Festival.

With the setting sun, the ambiance becomes calmer but no less enchanting. Fireworks dazzle the sky in the evening and kick-start the cultural programmes at ‘muktakash’ (open air auditorium at Surya Mandir aka Sun Temple) . Mesmerizing folk music and dance performances at the open air theatre transform the place to a vibrant platform

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It is a cultural event where a large number of tourists from not only Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer but across the borders come to have two days of unparalleled fun in authentic Rajasthani style with the right mix of culture, history, fun and pleasant weather.Undoubtedly, the whole experience becomes more enthusiastic only because of the venues at Ranakpur, which reflects marvelous architectural skills of the artisans of that era.

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5 Long Weekend Destinations in Rajasthan

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The monsoon showers have deluged entire south, west and northern regions of India and this rejoicing weather is urging you to go out and enjoy the monsoon showers with family and loved ones or may be with yourself 🙂 But the work is not allowing you to take days off. Right? Oh well well !! Here’s your chance to steal some fun moments from the calendar. This year, Independence Day is falling on Friday, which means you will be getting a three day weekend to enjoy a desirably satisfying small holiday and your share of Monsoon!!

In this post we would suggest you some quick getaways to Rajasthan!! Here’s a list of some stunning and awesome destinations to spoil you with compelling choices.  Go ahead and plan your extended weekend!

  1. Udaipur and Mount Abu

Plan a trip to Udaipur endearingly called “Venice of East” for its mighty forts and palaces surrounded by shimmering lakes. The rustic hues of monsoon offer a marvelous experience of the royal city. Get awed by the beauty of Monsoon Palace, Lake Palace, Bagore Mansion, take a royal ride on horseback or indulge in city street shopping. If the city get a little too much urban, take a road trip to Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan complete with gushing waterfalls, melting sunset points and awe inspiring natural sceneries.

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Possible Itinerary: Delhi – Udaipur -Mount Abu – Delhi:

14th August (Thursday night) Delhi to  Udaipur ( Friday Morning) by Chetak Express / Mewar Express or by bus.

15th August: (Friday) Spend the day in Udaipur

16th August (Saturday): Enjoy the morning in Udaipur, leave for Mount Abu in the afternoon by a bus, reach Mount Abu by late evening

17th August (Sunday): Sightseeing in Mount Abu

17th August (Sunday night): Mount Abu to New Delhi (Monday morning) by Swarna J Raj Express or Ashram Express or by bus via Jodhpur or a direct taxi to Delhi

From Mumbai also you can travel the beautiful city Udaipur along with Mount Abu.

15th August, Friday: Reach Udaipur by Flight in the morning or by UDZ Superfast Express Train in the Afternoon.

15th August: Spend the evening in Udaipur.

16th August Saturday: Enjoy the morning in Udaipur leave for Mount Abu in the afternoon by a bus, reach Mount Abu by late evening.

17th August (Sunday): Sightseeing in Mount Abu

17th August (Sunday night): Mount Abu to Udaipur and then flight back to Mumbai.

  1. Jodhpur Jaisalmer from Delhi

The rambling desert land of Jaisalmer covers itself up in shades of green during the monsoons while Jodhpur, the blue city of Rajasthan accentuates its colors in the rains. These rain washed cities look picturesque dotted with ancient forts like Mehrangarh Fort or Jaisalmer Fort; Palaces like Patwon ki Haveli and Umaid Bhavan Palace are just some of the many culturally and historically significant sites to see.

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Jaisalmer Fort

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Possible Itinerary: Delhi – Jaisalmer – Jaipur – Delhi:

14th August Thursday Board a delhi Jaisalmer express train on Thursday to reach Jaisalmer on Friday Morning or take a taxi/bus.

15th August: (Friday) Enjoy the day in Jaisalmer, Explore Sand dunes nearby and the Golden Fort

16th August (Saturday): Enjoy the day in Jaisalmer, leave for Jodhpur in the evening by a bus or by a cab or by Jaisalmer Delhi express, reach Jodhpur by late evening

17th August (Sunday): Sightseeing + Food tour +Shopping in Jodhpur

17th August (Sunday night): Jodhpur to New Delhi (Monday morning) by Mandor Express by bus/taxi

  1. Ranakpur Kumbhalgarh

Ranakpur is a marvelous epitome of nature’s beauty and fabulous marble architecture. Mainly a Jain pilgrimage, Ranakpur would offer you a delighting monsoon experience amid the lush Aravalli ranges. Followed by the sculptured temple sighting tour you can head to a trip to the mesmerizing Kumbhalgarh fort by road. With seven fortified gateways, Kumbhalgarh Fort is famous for its longest wall in after the Great Wall of China.

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Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Possible Itinerary Delhi-Ranakpur-Udaipur-Delhi

14th August Thursday: Take HW ADI Mail and reach Falna station on 15th August Friday Morning. Take Taxi/Bus to Ranakpur.

15th August Friday: Sightseeing, Shopping and Photography in Ranakpur.

16th August Saturday: Afternoon 45 minutes drive to Kumbhalgarh Fort and then reach Udaipur.

17th Sunday Udaipur sightseeing and Journey back to Delhi by Train/Bus.

 

  1. Ajmer Pushkar

The holy cities of Pushkar and Ajmer together house two of the most revered holy sites in India. The 14 century Temple dedicated to Brahma is surrounded by numerous ghats and the Pushkar Lake which owes its existence to a legend. Ajmer on the other hand is known for the Shrine of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chistri, Ajmer’s Dargah Shariff is an important pilgrimage site. Akbar Fort Museum in Ajmer is another place to visit or you can also go shopping in the small colorful markets of Pushkar for handicrafts.

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Possible Itinerary: Delhi – Ajmer – Pushkar – Delhi:

15th August (morning) Delhi to  Ajmer ( Friday afternoon) by Ajmer Shatabdi or by a taxi/bus, spend the day in Ajmer

16th August (Saturday): Visit Pushkar by a cab/bus and enjoy the day in Pushkar

17th August (Sunday): Relax in Pushkar in the lake side cafes; go back to Ajmer by evening

17th August (Sunday night): Ajmer to New Delhi (Monday morning) by Chetak Express by bus/taxi

  1. Mandawa Nawalgarh Shekhawati

Walk through the painted frescoes of Mandawa and Nawalgarh – the story book town of Shekhawati.  Famous for its magnificently painted havelis and frescoed walls, mandawa is a small town and Nawalgarh is an absolute retreat for those who admire art. The land of great business families of India depicts stupendous history through it intricate paintings and ancient havelis. The famous ones are Poddar Haveli, Morarka Haveli and Aath Haveli in Nawalgarh and Mandawa haveli.  Also don’t miss to check out the colorful bazaars of the town.

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Possible Itinerary  Jaipur- Mandawa- Nawalgarh

15th August Friday: Take a bus/taxi from Jaipur and Reach Nawalgarh in 3- 4 hours.

15th August : visit Havelis like Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Bansidhar Nevatia Haveli till evening Dinner at Hotel and retire for Night.

16th August Saturday: Breakfast in the hotel, check out from Hotel and drive to Nawalgarh. Enjoy the fresco trail route of painted walls on the streets of Nawalgarh followed by a Rajasthani style dinner and entertainment at the hotel.

17th Route back to Jaipur with splendid views of lush green Aravalli ranges and roads washed with monsoon showers.

Trip to Incredible Rajasthan, the Best Weekend Getaway Option

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The month February is ending on a good note. How? Didn’t you take a note of long weekend ? On Thursday 27th Feb, the Mahashivratri is falling, followed by a weekend on 1st and 2nd March. We know you can manage a leave on 28th February. Hereby comes four consecutive days of no work and complete fun in your kitty. 

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Weekends are precious and you deserve to make the most of them. Aren’t you? Since a long weekend is on the cards, don’t let it fizzle out. Make this upcoming weekend awesome by heading for a short and sweet trip. Now the question is where to go. You may plan your journey to India’s most visited tourist destination, none other than culturally rich and vibrant Rajasthan. Weather is also in favor.

Start your journey from the lake city Udaipur. Located at the base of Aravalli Hills, the city is full of royal surprises. Boat ride on the Lake Pichola and admiring the pleasing view of sunrise while sipping a hot cup of tea from the city’s multitude rooftop café are strictly NOT TO MISS. We also recommend a quick jaunt to its colorful bazaars.

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Serene Lake Pichola of Udaipur

Next day, after breakfast proceed for you next destination i.e. Kumbalgarh. Located at 101 kms, it is easily accessible via road within less than 2 hrs from Udaipur. The Kumbalgarh Fort, the birth place of the legendary warrior Rana Pratap is the main attraction of the place. The 36 km long Wall of the fort that claims to be the 2nd longest wall after the Great Wall of China will mesmerize you. Other attractions include- Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Vedi temple, Haldi Ghati and the Badal Mahal.

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Wall of Kumbalgarh Fort

If you enjoy architecture and heritage, you would love visiting Ranakpur. Distanced 50 kms from Kumbhalgarh, this pilgrimage town is famous for its beautiful sculptured Jain temples. The nearby ‘Sun Temple’ dedicated to the Sun God is another worth visiting site in the town.

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Ranakpur Jain temple

Last destination of the journey would be picturesque Mount Abu. The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mt. Abu is home to several tourist attractions from natural beauty to architectural and historical places. Intricately carved with superb marble artwork, Dilwara temples of Mount Abu have their own uniqueness to speak of.

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Dilwara Jain Temple

In Mt. Abu, you would enjoy sitting by the banks of its beautiful Nakki Lake and taking boat rides on it. Sit atop of toad looking like rock for a while and enjoy splendorous view of the enchanting Nakki lake and the city. Go for a romantic walk up to Honeymoon Point and enjoy amazing view of stunning sunset. If you’re an adventure lover, exploring Mount Abu on bike would be a superb idea.

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   Nakki Lake of Mount Abu (Image via Google)

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Toad Rock, Mount Abu (Image via Google)

With this, fabulous journey ends and so the weekend. Hope you have great time. Happy long weekend !

Ranakpur Festival 2013

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It’s a splendid opportunity for the tourists to once again gain an insight into the life of people of Rajasthan with the onset of cultural and religious festivals one after another.  Rajasthan stands out as a tourist destination for its colourful fairs and festivals.

Just like folk festivals in Jodhpur and Jaipur, the holy town of Ranakpur near Pali will also witness the Ranakpur Festival (October 18-21, 2013) a melange of Rajasthani folk performances and Bharatnatyam as well as renditions by renowned vocal artists and dance performers.

A large number of tourists from not only Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer but across the borders would visit the fair .On all the four days the ‘muktakash’ (open air auditorium at Surya Mandir aka Sun Temple) would become the venue for the fascinating cultural programmes. Other attractions during the Ranakpur festival will be craft-cum-food courts and jungle jeep safaris.

Mark your calendar for Ranakpur Festival and enjoy mesmerizing events during the Festival.