Ranakpur, this small town boasts of one of the largest and most important Jain temples in the country. Ranakpur has an exceptionally beautiful temple complex in the Aravali ranges. The Jain temples were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted Rajput monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls and domes, supported by over four hundred coloumns. The total number of coloumns is 1,444 and all of them are intricately cared with none of them being alike. The artistic sculptures lie like scattered jewels.
The Bishnoi Village:
Near 40 kms from the town of Jodhpur is the Bishnoi Village, famous for the Bishnoi community. Bishnoi is a tribe in the desert region of Rajasthan and call themselves as the guards of the jungles and the animals of the jungles. A small community spread over the northwestern states of India, the Bishnois have contributed more to nature and wildlife protection than the entire country put together. They have learnt, with time and hardships, how to nurture nature and grow with it instead of exploiting it.
The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
During the British Empire, Bharatpur was known as he best duck shooting resort. The Government declared it as a national reserve for birds in 1956. In 1981 this 29.89 sq. kms of land was upgraded to a national park. Being a unique bird dwelling place, the UNESCO has recognized it as a world heritage site. It is India’s best water – bird sanctuary. A paradise of feathered life, this park is a treat for birdwatchers, nature lovers, artists, biologists and photographers.
The park comes alive with the first showers of monsoon, when thousands of birds like the egrets, storks, darters, ibises, herons, spoonbills, jacanas and other birds get busy courting, mating and nesting.
Apart from the Saras cranes, migratory bareheaded water fowls and the grey lag geese, there are many types of ducks too in this park. Pintail, widgeon, common shel duck, ruddy shel duck. Shoveller, garganey, teal, green winged teal, mallard and pochards are the ones to name a few. Attracted by the heavy influx of the water – fowl, the predatory birds like the tawny eagle, spotted eagle, short toed eagle, imperial eagle and the fishing eagles frequent this place.
All together they form an apex of the biological pyramid of the sanctuary and complete the food chain of the eco-system. Other than birds, one can also see herds of Nilgai, chital, wild boar, feral cows and sambhar.
Neemrana Fort palace
One of the many forts / palaces turned into hotels, Neemrana probably is the best with its beautifully decorated rooms. The ruins of the fort, which was built in 1464 A.D. by Raja Rajdeo, were renovated and converted in to one of the first heritage hotels of India way back in 1987. The earlier Mughal architecture was retained on the outside with intricate carvings, splendid domes, windowpanes and gardens, while the interior has been changed completely. Each room is a story in itself with names to match instead of numbers like in any other Hotels worldwide.
The Surya Mahal, the Chand Mahal, the Krishna Mahal and so on reflect the personality of the name given to it while the suites with the names of particular place are decorated with the art and architecture of the particular place.