The 15th cent Jain Temples of captivating Ranakpur village – a product of spectacular history – famous for exquisitely carved temples in amber stone, is located between Jodhpur and Udaipur. These temples are one of five major Jain pilgrimage sites, and comprise of 29 halls and 1,444 pillars – no two of which are identical. The Sun temples were built during the reign of Rana Kumbha – all in beautiful white limestone – elaborately adorned with complex sculptures and sophisticatedly engraved nymphs playing flutes in different dance forms at an elevation of 45ft – a truly engaging sight. The images of 24 ‘Tirthankras’ or Prophets, are carved on the porticoes in a corridor engulfing the shrine.
Newly opened in October, 2012, the Mountbatten Lodge is a welcome 'blast from the past' amidst the jungles' nature environs! Sitting on the edge of the Kumbalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, it lies near the world famous Ranakpur Jain Temples with its 1,444 marble pillars and Kumbalgarh Fort - the 2nd longest wall after the Great Wall of China! Relive the days of the Raj in this colonial style 4-Suite-only property - 2 with private plunge pools and 2 with Interconnecting Suites sharing a pool - located between Udaipur and Jodhpur.
This en route day trip take you the lovely white marbled Jain Temple complex in Ranakpur. Covering an area nearly 4500 square yards, having 29 halls, 80 domes and pavillions with 1,444 imposing pillars, Ranakpur is 1 of 5 most important pilgrimage sites for Jainism. The uniqueness about these pillars is that no two pillars are alike in design and sculptures. These temples are over 500 yrs old, yet well preserved.
Mountbatten Lodge-Picnic Lunch or Champagne Sunset Safari by Horse
Today, you can opt to enjoy a picnic lunch amid splendid environs of the Aravalli Range and its countryside; OR alternatively, you can enjoy an end to the day with a Champagne Sunset Horse Safari to either the magnificent Ranakpur Temples or the imposing Kumbalgarh fort. Return to dine and stay at the lodge overnight.
Mountbatten Lodge-Jeep Excursion to Ranakpur Temples
Post breakfast, look forward to a day of adventure heading out about 9kms to the famed Ranakpur Jain Temples on a jeep safari; drive to Bera Village for lunch with the Chieftain of Bera at the Castle. Return to dine at and stay overnight at the Lodge.
Mountbatten Lodge-Jeep Excursion to Kumbalgarh Fort
Post breakfast, leave the lodge to enjoy a Jeep Safari into the Kumbalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kumbalgarh Fort. Return to dine at and stay overnight at the Lodge.
Mountbatten Lodge-Horse Safari
Enjoy a short half day horse safari (about 45 minutes) through the countryside around the Lodge
Mountbatten Lodge-Horse Safari
Post breakfast, set out to enjoy a full day horse safari through the countryside around the Lodge; see splendid views of the Aravalli Range; visit the nearby tribal village of Kambha; witness local life first hand. Return to dine at and stay overnight at the Lodge.
1.5 hr Mountbatten Lodge-Village Jeep Safari
Enjoy a Jeep safari to the Village Bera, about 1.5 hours from the lodge. Observe the village life as it really is and interact with the local people. Notice the splendid scenery of the Aravalli Ranges and the countrysides along the way. Return to the lodge.