Ranakpur is located at 80 km from Udaipur on the way to Mount Abu. In a quite and picturesque valley which runs into the western slopes of the Aravelli hills is a remarkable complex of Jain temples at Ranakpur, one of the five main holy places of the Jain sect. In the 15th century, Rana Kumbha of Mewar gave a large stretch of land in a quiet and picturesque valley, deep in the Aravellis, to the Jains. This area came to be known as Ranakpur. Though, over 500 years old the temples here are superbly preserved in a near perfect condition. In the centre is the main temple dedicated to Tirthankara Rishabdeoji with a Chaumukha or four faced shrine dedicated to Adinath.
The most distinctive features are the 29 halls of the temple which contain 1444 pillars of which not even two are alike everyone being in a different style. Every conceivable surface of the wall pillars and ceilings is carved and every corner and angle is engraved with Jain images. The quadruple image stands in the main sanctuary, which is open on all four sides. Rising in three storeys, it has four subsidiary shrines with a total of 80 spires supported by 420 columns. There are also 24 mandapas and spires.
There are two more Jain temples and temple dedicated to the Sun god.
How to reach Ranakpur
Air: Nearest aiport is Dabok, which is 68 km away from Ranakpur. Cab or taxi is easily available to reach Ranakpur from the airport. Regular flights are available from major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, to connect Udaipur.
Road: All the nearest xcities are well connected to ranakpur by road. Sanderao Bus Stand is the nearest route to reach Ranakpur by road. it is approx. 46 Km far away.
Train: Falna Railway Station is the nearest railhead, which is just 27 km away from Ranakpur. Ranakpur is well connected by trains from all the major cities of India.