Over the last few years, there has been a definite boom in the travel industry in Ranakpur. The number of decent hotel rooms available in this small, sleepy town in Rajasthan has gone up pretty quickly. The reasons for this paint an interesting picture of how the travel industry spreads its wings. They are as follows:
a) Location, Location, Location – Ranakpur is situated on the highway that connects two of Rajasthan’s biggest cities and tourist centres; Jodhpur and Udaipur. Considering the distance between the two cities is fairly large and the fact that Ranakpur is almost midway along the route, it becomes the ideal pit stop.
b) The Pull of Faith – The Ranakpur Jain Temple is one of the biggest pilgrimage sites for the Jain community. The Jain temple, dedicated to the first Tirthankar, considered to be the father of human civilisation as we know it, attracts Jains from all across the country.
c) Proximity to Udaipur – Ranakpur is a mere 90 kilometres away from Udaipur, the second most popular tourist destination in India for both domestic and international travellers. As a result, the beautiful City of Lakes tends to be crowded and expensive during the peak seasons of tourist activity. Ranakpur Rajasthan therefore is becoming the easy alternative for cheaper accommodation for travellers who want to enjoy Udaipur without emptying their pockets!
d) Proximity to Gujarat – It’s a visible trend that Gujarati families tend to take advantage of every opportunity to take a vacation together and road trips to Rajasthan are a favourite with them. Ranakpur’s proximity to Gujarat and the fascinating architecture of the temple is rapidly making it one of the destinations that they flock to!
e) Natural Paradise – Ranakpur has undoubtedly been blessed with natural beauty. It is a peaceful valley on the western side of the Aravalis with moderate weather for most of the year. Even in the summer, you’re comfortable as long as you stay out of direct sunlight. The landscape at Ranakpur Rajasthan is such that it changes with every season and wildlife experiences are interesting too.
All in all, with steady investments from many hoteliers, Ranakpur Rajasthan is slowly and steadily developing as an ideal vacation destination for people looking to escape the chaos of urban life.
In the course of our initial surveys, Mana Hotels realized that most tourist infrastructure in Rajasthan is aimed at appeasing the foreign tourist rather than the domestic; a fact we kept in mind and did not emulate, when building our resort at Ranakpur Rajasthan. Mana @ Ranakpur is scheduled to open in September 2011.