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V Resorts Aranyawas Ranakpur

Two hours away from Udaipur and a 30-minute drive from the famous Kumbhalgarh Fort is V Resorts Aranyawas, part of our exclusive V Resorts Black range. It's tucked away in the woods, in a valley between the green Aravallis, on the bank of a tributary of river Magai. You'll find no TV here, and mobile phone coverage is limited to the resort's main area — to switch off completely from urban life. Spot birds from your room while you take in the green hill and river views, walk around the pretty orchards, get enchanted by the cultural show in the evening, and enjoy a candle-light dinner outdoors near the pool. The resort is a self-contained, serene world. Writers come here. Painters come here (21 artists from across the world came here for an International Art Symposia a few years ago). So relax and get inspired anew. 

Local Tour

Rajasthan is renowned worldwide for its rich art, culture, heritage. Its forts and temples boast of architecture which is unique and point to its importance in shaping the history and culture of the region. Ranakpur is synonymous with the Jain temple, which is one of the five most important Jain shrines in the country. Dedicated to the first Tirthankara of Jains, the temple is 10km away from V Resorts Aranyawas. Nestled in the Aravalli hills beside the forest and river Magha, the white marble (which changes colour according to the light) temple complex stands tall and imposing. The temple, apart from being an important religious destination, is known worldwide for its architecture – its intricate carvings and majestic design (it has eighty domes and four hundred pillars) -- and scenic views. The main temples to see in the complex are Chaumukha temple, Parsvanath temple, Neminath temple, Amba temple and Surya temple.

Ten km away from the resort is the Kumbhalgarh Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Built in the mid-15th century by the Mewar king Maharana Kumbha, Kumbhalgarh fort stood unvanquished for years, the enemy unable to breach its imposing wall and rugged structure. You have to cross at least seven large wooden gates till you wind your way up to the fort, a daunting task for any enemy. Your guide will unfailingly tell you that the wall is the second longest in the world after the Great Wall of China. While marveling at the sweeping views from the fort as you pause to catch your breath, you might be confronted with a sudden vision of fighting medieval armies. For it was here, towards the end of the 16th century, that Maharana Pratap tried to ward off an assault on the fort by Mughal emperor Akbar, who had joined hands with Raja Man Singh. Learn about the history of the fort, a UNESCO world heritage site, at the entertaining light and sound show held every evening. In January, the district administration organises a fort heritage walk (check for details).

Located 6 km from the resort, Sayra village is a must-visit destination not only to catch a glimpse of the way of life in a village in Rajasthan, but also to see the local communities at work on various handicrafts. Take a tour, meet and talk to the locals, have a bite there (or take a packed meal from the resort) or just have chai the way they do. The women are seen working to grind wheat while the men are busy with pottery. Try your hand at both, and relax on the charpoi under a tree.

Stay

Rooms

Each of the 25 rooms (with attached dressing room, private sit-out and bath) has a view of the forest, hills and river. Done up tastefully, they have mini fridge, tea coffee maker, and have in-room service. You will spot dashes of colour in the rooms as daris, locally weaved in the nearby Sayra village.

Swimming Pool

Encircled by a stone amphitheatre, the pool is surrounded by a green belt and overlooks the valleys around.

V Unwind

The resort has a badminton court and a room with treadmills for the fitness conscious. It also has a small collection of books on the bird and wildlife around.

V Indulge

Near the pool is a spa; get a massage, relax and then take a nice cool dip in the pool, all the while with only the sound of the chirping birds for company.

Features

  • Coffee MakerCoffee Maker
  • Doctor on CallDoctor on Call
  • Power BackupPower Backup
  • ToiletriesToiletries
  • LaundryLaundry
  • RestaurantRestaurant
  • Air conditionerAir conditioner
  • Children's PlaygroundChildren's Playground
  • Travel DeskTravel Desk

Eat

The restaurant, which has an outdoor stone deck and overlooks the valley, serves Continental as well as pan-Indian dishes along with delectable Rajasthani cuisine. The food and fruits are either locally grown (in the resort farms and orchards) or procured locally. There's a spice garden too and, not surprisingly, the milk, cheese and buttermilk come from the resort dairy.

Community

Located in a forested area, V Resorts Aranyawas Ranakpur is quite mindful about the importance of protecting the environment. We avoid plastics and procure locally grown food. We use solar energy to heat water in our room. We boost the local economy – and thus help the communities living there – by providing employment and upgrading skills of the villagers, including women who work in housekeeping or resorts farms. Further, the tourist inflow gives an impetus to the local handicrafts

About

Ranakpur, popularly known as the 'temple town of Rajasthan', is one of the five most important pilgrim sites of Jainism. Endowed with lush green foliage, it is named after Rana Kumbha, who granted land to a merchant, Dharna Sha, to build the famed Jain temples in the 15th century. Vist the most famous of these temples, one of the five most important Jain pilgrim sites worldwide, known for both its religious and architectural heritage. Watch the light and sound show at the Kumbhalgarh Fort (a World UNESCO site), go for a safari at the Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary, visit the local village, or have tea on top of the Ranakpur Dam. 

Directions

  • By Road: From Delhi: 615km From Udaipur: 80km Jodhpur: 200km
  • By Rail: Falna Railway Station: 27km
  • By Air: The closest airport is in Udaipur, 68km away.
  • Address: Maga Village, Sayra Tehsil, Ranakpur, Rajasthan-306702
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Ranakpur: The Go-to Place For The Jains
  • March 11, 2016
  • V SriRanjani
Reviving Art and Crafts
  • May 20, 2016
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