Ranakpur in Photos: The Most Beautiful Temple in India

Ranakpur is a must stop for any architecture lover in Rajasthan, India.

On our way from Jodhpur to Udaipur, we made a short stop in Ranakpur to see the famous Jain Temple. It has some of the most amazing architecture out of any temple we’ve seen in the Rajasthan region.

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The base of this temple is 48,000 square feet and the entire structure is made from marble!

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Before you make it inside the temple, you’ll probably see these guys outside monkeying around.

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Some of the most amazing detailed work to be seen inside and out.

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Intricate details were carved into over 1400 pillars all unique from each other.

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There are always interesting sorts of people visiting these temples, like these guys!

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Not much else to say about this visually-stunning place. Other than, most pictures just won’t do it justice! A must stop visit if you’re in Rajasthan.

What’s the most memorable temple you’ve ever visited (other than Angkor Wat)?

 

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  • Sal

    I leave for India in 30 days…and I am very happy you started to post some more articles on India again! Rajasthan is my first stop after a week in Delhi, I am going to take note of this Jain temple, I am very excited to check out the Jain temples at Mt. Abu.

    Hope all is well in South America!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Hey Sal! Yea, we’re a tad behind but we’re working on it. Another post coming your way next week with our recap post including how much we spent! Super excited you’re heading to India.. it’s a trip!

      • Sal

        Yes! Perfect post to look forward to. I am currently trying to figure out what clothes to pack, as a female. Any tips, or will the recap cover some of that?

        BTW – I do love your blog, it is actually one of my favorites out there. Don’t stop!

        • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

          Aww. Thanks Sal! In short, you don’t need to pack much since you can buy clothes there (and you’ll fit in much better too). Check this post: http://gqtrippin.com/asia/india/how-to-bargain/

  • Sal

    I leave for India in 30 days…and I am very happy you started to post some more articles on India again! Rajasthan is my first stop after a week in Delhi, I am going to take note of this Jain temple, I am very excited to check out the Jain temples at Mt. Abu.

    Hope all is well in South America!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Hey Sal! Yea, we’re a tad behind but we’re working on it. Another post coming your way next week with our recap post including how much we spent! Super excited you’re heading to India.. it’s a trip!

      • Sal

        Yes! Perfect post to look forward to. I am currently trying to figure out what clothes to pack, as a female. Any tips, or will the recap cover some of that?

        BTW – I do love your blog, it is actually one of my favorites out there. Don’t stop!

        • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

          Aww. Thanks Sal! In short, you don’t need to pack much since you can buy clothes there (and you’ll fit in much better too). Check this post: http://gqtrippin.com/asia/india/how-to-bargain/

  • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)

    Just when I think that I never need to see another temple, you go and post this! 😉 I’ve been wavering on whether we should try to hit India during this trip (we found China was more challenging than we expected, and compared to India, I know it’s child’s play!), but when I see posts like this, I feel like we have to face our fears and just dive in!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Lol, I totally understand your hesitation. I was sacred shitless of the unknown. Having visited both countries now, I think India is far less abrasive and dare I say, polite, when it comes to tourists. Definitely give India another thought. Truly a beautiful country and culture. :)

  • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)

    Just when I think that I never need to see another temple, you go and post this! 😉 I’ve been wavering on whether we should try to hit India during this trip (we found China was more challenging than we expected, and compared to India, I know it’s child’s play!), but when I see posts like this, I feel like we have to face our fears and just dive in!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Lol, I totally understand your hesitation. I was sacred shitless of the unknown. Having visited both countries now, I think India is far less abrasive and dare I say, polite, when it comes to tourists. Definitely give India another thought. Truly a beautiful country and culture. :)

  • dewtraveller

    Wow this is stunning! The most memorable temple on top of my head was the Kek Lok Si in Penang, was really great. Gotta visit this one though, looks gorge!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Wow. We were in Penang and missed Kek Lok Si. Maybe should come back. =P

  • dewtraveller

    Wow this is stunning! The most memorable temple on top of my head was the Kek Lok Si in Penang, was really great. Gotta visit this one though, looks gorge!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Wow. We were in Penang and missed Kek Lok Si. Maybe should come back. =P

  • jenny_atasteoftravel

    I was blown away by this temple when we visited. The marble carvings are so spectacular as your photos show. Everyone should go!! thanks for the trip back there.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Anytime! Thanks for making me hungry for NYC again!

  • jenny_atasteoftravel

    I was blown away by this temple when we visited. The marble carvings are so spectacular as your photos show. Everyone should go!! thanks for the trip back there.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Anytime! Thanks for making me hungry for NYC again!

  • http://twitter.com/Agnesstramp Agness

    Never been there, but the temple looks beautiful. Are they are other temples nearby? I’ll be exploring India soon. The architecture is amazing.

  • Agness

    Never been there, but the temple looks beautiful. Are they are other temples nearby? I’ll be exploring India soon. The architecture is amazing.

  • http://twitter.com/Feb_Febb Mrs Feb

    a beautiful white jain temple instead..i was there too last February:)

  • Guest

    a beautiful white jain temple instead..i was there too last February:)

  • Lisa

    Hello! I was searching for articles on Rajashtan and I stumbled on your blog. Amazing pictures and great articles! I know it has been a few years already, but I was wondering if you could tell me how much you paid for a taxi between Udaipur and Jodhpur with a stop in Ranakpur? Did you have to pay roundtrip even though you weren’t coming back to Udaipur?

    • Lisa

      Never mind! I saw your other post where you wrote the price between jodhpur and Udaipur. :)

      • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

        Hi Lisa! The price will definitely vary in India. Truthfully, we may have overpaid but did not want to go through the hassle of bargain hunting for another service — we just went with what the hotel offered. If you have more time, try bargaining around and see if you can get a better deal. :) Enjoy Rajasthan, it’s a beaut!

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