Between the intricate carvings, jungle views and visiting monkeys, Chaumukha Mandir, the Jain Temple at Ranakpur, will transport you to another world.
Built in the 15th century, this enormous complex has 1,400 pillars, each one hand-carved with its own unique patterns, icons and elements from nature – no two pillars are alike.
Wander around the different chambers and marvel at the craftsmanship that took around 65 years to complete. Don’t forget to stop for a photo of the lush jungle through the temple windows, or to get a glimpse of the families of monkeys that leap between the columns and domes.
Guides aren’t allowed in the temple, so make sure to grab an audio guide before you head in so that you can make the most of your experience and learn a bit more about the Jain religion if you’re not families with its traditions and beliefs.
Practical Tips for Ranakpur Temple
- Cover up your arms and legs.
- Leave your shoes and any leather goods you have outside.
- You will need on photo ID to leave as a deposit for the audioguide.
- Be aware that anyone offering to say a prayer on your behalf will probably be expecting money in return.
- Women are asked not to enter if they are menstruating.
- The earlier you can visit, the better – tourists are allowed to enter from midday.
- Stay away from the monkeys! They look cute but they can be aggressive when provoked. The last thing you want on your Indian vacation is to have to get a rabies vaccination.
Perfectly placed on the road between Jodhpur and Udaipur, this amazing site is not to be missed – and provides a nice way of breaking up the drive. Be warned that the road is windy and bumpy through the countryside, so if you get car sick, think about taking a couple of tablets before you leave…..
If you’d like to visit on of the most beautiful temples in India, you are in luck! It is one of the many amazing sites on our 14 day Rajasthan tour or you can customize your own holiday using our trip planning service!