Mana Hotels is 45 km from the birth place of the great king of Mewar, Maharana Pratap - Kumbhalgarh Fort. The perimeter walls of this fortress are second in length only to the Great Wall of China. The magnificent fort which also separates the Mewar region of Rajasthan from the Marwar region was built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th Century. Apart from its historical significance, the Kumbhalgarh ? Ranakpur forest reserve is home to a diverse variety of flora & fauna.
Second largest Man Made wall in the world - 36km in length.
Built at 1100 meters above sea level.
Area covered - 82 sq Kilometers.
Over 360 temples present within the fort.
4:00 pm: Leave Mana Ranakpur by car.
5:30 pm: Arrive at the fort and take in the views and sights.
6:30 pm: Enjoy the sound and light show at the fort.
7:15 pm: Head back to Mana Ranakpur by car.
Located about 2 hours from Mana Hotels in Ranakpur, is a wonderful hidden train journey. Originating from Phulad station and terminating at Khambli Ghat station, this 1.5 hour journey gives the passengers a peak into the history of this area aside from offering great views of the Aravallis. If you are lucky, you may even spot some wildlife such as Langoors, Peacocks and Deer's. This is a meter gauge line and also one of the highest tracks in the western railway system of India. The landscape is dramatic and does not stay constant. There is a good mix of steep hills, flowing water and plains. All in all a picturesque journey through a relatively unexplored part of Rajasthan.
12:30 p.m. Leave Mana Ranakpur by car.
2:30 p.m. Arrive at Phulad station and enjoy sites of the old equipment and construction.
3:00 p.m. Watch the train arrive. Upon arrival, the engine attaches from the opposite end to commence the journey.
3:15 p.m. Board the train for Khambli Ghat. Enjoy the slow pace of the journey while enjoying spectacular views of the Aravallis and more.
4:30 p.m. Reach Khambli Ghat station where your vehicle can pick you up for the onward journey.
The area around Ranakpur is home to some incredible sites reminiscent of the bygone era’s. Old Rawla’s, Step wells & temples dote the area in a radius of 35 km.
The white walled structure with red stone carvings of the Rawla will transport you into a charming world of lost royalty and decaying traditions of the noble Rajasthani families. On the surface, the white of the walls is blackened in most places, the structure breaking away in parts but it continues to be home to the lineage of the royal family, once the thakurs of 48 villages around the fort and called the Raja of the Godwar region. Their lifestyle is still reminiscent of the olden days of glory, only sans the hustle and bustle of stately affairs.
This castle is located just 15 km from Mana Ranakpur
Step Wells of Nadhol:
Step wells or ‘Baori’s’ are scattered throughout Rajasthan given the seasonal nature of rains. However, the step wells of Nadhol have escaped the limelight till now. This small town located 30 km from Mana Ranakpur is home to about half a dozen step wells of different depths.
Temple town of Narlai:
Located about 35 km from Mana Ranakpur, Narlai lies at a base of a hillock crowned by a colossal statue of an elephant. With temples of almost all Hindu God’s, it is believed that Narlai is the birth place of Narad Muni.