The instant imagery that came to mind when it was suggested that I visit Ranakpur, Rajasthan, in the month of May was that of a desert, scorching heat, dry weather and parched landscape. But the real thing was something completely different.
Located in the heart of the Aravallis, Ranakpur lies about 70 km from Udaipur. A local person later told us that it derives its name from a Jain temple, which remains the main attraction in the area. We were also informed that the state government has paid a lot of attention to develop the area as a tourist destination in the last five years.
A good weekend getaway, there is quite a bit on offer if you are making the trip.
It is a lodge run by the forest department of Rajasthan and you need their permission to enter the area. Located at a high altitude, it is ideal for trekking. You can walk to the Kumbhalgarh Fort, which is about 12 km away. The place is characterised by solitude, freshness and the slight drizzle while we were there added to its charm. Wildlife enthusiasts can spot leopards, black buck deer, crocodiles and migratory birds here.
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