The Ranakpur Jain temple can be considered the heart of the small temple town of Ranakpur. However, for those visiting this globally renowned Jain spiritual destination for a honeymoon, there is much to do. It’s a great idea to have Rajasthan be part of a bigger honeymoon trip, instead of just Ranakpur. The village in Rajasthan’s Pali district is close to many tourist attractions. In just a 50 km radius, you’ll get so much to do between morning and sundown.
The Journey to Udaipur – Stopping at Ranakpur
The journey away from the city of Jaipur will lead you into the more remote destinations of Udaipur. The road south of Jodhpur gives you beautiful drive towards the lush Aravallis. On the way is the temple town of Ranakpur, home to Jain temple famed across the world for its importance to the Jain community, and as home to India’s finest sculptures.
The authentic and glorious monument is a dedication to Jain legacy, and these are immortalised in the magnificent pillars and ornate artwork with a precision that has never been replicated. The “chaumukha” temple (with four faces and entrances) symbolises Tirthankara’s victory over four directions, is dedicated to Adinatha, the founder of Jainism.
Rajasthan’s highest fort is Kumbhalgarh, and it once upon a time guarded the ‘Cloud Palace’. The 2000-year-old fort is the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the great Mewar king. Your trip will include a 15 km walking trip, taking you through medieval temples, bordered by forested hills. En-route is hamlets and quiet settlements
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
A 4-kilometer walk from the Palace will take you into the thick forest and shrub of the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. The route then opens into lakes and streams. To add a touch of romance, you have nearby lakes like Pichola Lake, Udai Sagar, Fateh Sagar and Swaroop Sagar in Udaipur, making for a romantic getaway that involves serene boating trips with your lover, as your guide regales you with tales of an era gone by. This can be part of the jungle safari, a guided adventure trip through the Aravallis, Ranakpur Valley, and the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Ranakpur Festival
Considering the winter is an auspicious time for many Hindu weddings, the November Ranakpur festival is an important visit for your Rajasthan honeymoon. You’ll experience chanting of sacred mantras by sadhus , cultural programmes, Kathak performances with music, dance, and contemporary spirituality. It a fusion of tech and culture, with great lighting effects, local cuisine, costumes combining the folk and the beautiful! Ranakpur is thronged by dancers and performers from across the night sky is lit with fireworks. Classic Rajasthani activities you’ll witness include Mustache, Turban tying, and tug of war.
A local unpaved road leads to a lesser known forest lodge ‘Thandi Beri’, once a former forest official vantage point for monitoring wildlife movement. Today, it is the best place for observing the region’s natural beauty. Travelers consider it a popular picnic spot, famed for its serenity.
Not just a dam, this is a local water body that was once only visited by the Jodhpur royalty for peace and tranquility. Today, it is thronged by picnickers, early morning yoga students, and local and migratory birds!