July 29, 2009
Situated in south central Rajasthan between the towns of Jodhpur and Udaipur, Ranakpur is a great stop on the “typical Rajasthani loop” which includes Bikaner, Jaiselmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Ajmer, Jaipur, Delhi, etc, etc. Going in the clockwise direction, Ranakpur provides a great respite to the heat and humidity in the deserts of Rajasthan.
Located in the Aravalli mountain range, the cool mountain air and lush greenery is a welcome attraction, believe me. Most tourists just pass right through, which creates a very welcome “lack of tourists” also. Abundant wildlife, including panther and bear, plenty of hiking and trails and the Jain temples of Adinatha nearby combine to create a really good rest stop on the loop. …still all Indian though, lest you forget where your at. You’ll still find guys like the one pictured here, a little bit more “rustic”, but still extremely nice. So, if you have time, definitely take a look and a rest. Just keep your belongings indoors …the monkeys can be quite “inquisitive” here.