The Jain temple at Ranakpur, located 60 miles north of Udaipur in rural Rajasthan, is one of the most spectacular sights in India. Constructed in 1439, the temple consists of 29 halls and 1444 unique, ornate pillars carved from white marble. Throughout the temple are exquisitely carved idols and statues. The precision and detail of the carvings is mind blowing, as every single square inch of the complex is nothing short of art.
Travel Tip: although it is possible to visit the temple using public transport from Udaipur, I’d highly recommend a taxi as the road is winding and in poor condition.
We paid 3200 rupees for a taxi to the temple, a visit to nearby Kumbhalgarh Fort and then onward travel to Jodhpur. The total trip took about eight hours. Most travel agents in Udaipur can arrange the trip.