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.
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One of the entry gates to the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is 8km from the resort
Spot 80 varieties of birds within the resort premises, including the small blue kingfisher and grey wagtail
At Sayra village, check out the white metal, silver and semi-precious tribal jewellery range
Camel Farm Visit
The resort arranges special trips to camel farms in the nearby Rewadi village.
See potters at work and Rajasthani mojris being made. Visit the dari weaving centre.
Enjoy The Outdoors
The resort is an idyllic place to enjoy all that nature has to offer. No matter where you are, the views are great.
Camel & Horse Rides
Go horse riding into the forest, visit the nearby stud farm or enjoy camel rides (inform resort in advance).
Early risers can see a spectacular dawn-break from the sunrise point, some 2.5 km from the resort
Go to Ranakpur Dam in the resort's open jeep (optional), see how the dam works, get a bird's eye view
Watch a song and dance performance by the tribals (their way of relaxing after a hard day's work).
You can take a walk around the resort's farms, and see the resort hands at work in the fields
Take classes, do yoga outdoors (yoga mats are provided). A yoga coach is available for six months.
One of the entry gates to the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is 8km from the resort. Marked by green and brown valleys, dense forest paths, stony Aravalli hills, and a fort, the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a perfect blend of wildlife and heritage. It is one of the more intriguing, yet not-so-talked about (at least outside Rajasthan) sanctuaries in the country. Named after the grand and austere Kumbhalgarh Fort that sits grand in the centre of the sanctuary (you can easily see the fort while taking a safari; try and catch it all lit up in the evening), the reserve is home to a number of endangered animals – leopards, nilgai, the four-horned antelope, panther and sloth bears. Reports also suggest that wolf breeding has been a success here, and there are 40 wolves that inhabit the sanctuary. The sanctuary is green and has mango, jamun and bamboo tress, and supports a rich bird life. You can easily spot a number of them – peafowl, grey jungle fowl, spotted dove and many more - wandering around, wary yet not intimidated by the tourist. Hop onto a jeep, which is the best way to navigate the stony and dense terrain (not a road), and get ready to listen to the many tales the guide will regale you with. You can tour the sanctuary on a horse or trek into the forest with trained guides.
The birding enthusiast can spot a bird even from the balcony of the resort room. You can find about 80 varieties of birds within the resort premises -- from the small blue kingfisher, grey wagtail and jungle babbler to the black kite, bank myna and many more (the resort has a good collection of books on the area's wildlife and birds).
Nearby Udaipur is a shopper's delight; you can take your pick from silver, carpets, handicrafts and fabrics. But while in Ranakpur, do visit Sayra village, and check out the white metal, silver as well as semi-precious tribal-inspired jewellery. Choose from cotton daris or mojris -- all get made here
On request, the resort arranges trips to camel farms in the nearby Rewadi village. The residents of the village are traditional camel herders, known for their colourful attire. There, meet the friendly animals, take a camel ride, buy paper made from camel dung, and try out cheese made from camel milk!
Sayra village (10km from the resort) is a great place to see hand-crafted items. Watch the potters at work, see Rajasthani mojris being made. Visit the dari weaving centre, sit on the locally-made charpois, as the owner explains how the cotton dari is woven in the traditional hand-operated looms and then dyed in natural colours.
Remote and green, the resort is an idyllic place to enjoy all that nature has to offer. No matter where you are, you will get a view, and will have only the sound of the birds' chirping for company.
Forest walks, lazing around just about anywhere, a visit to the Maga river tributary (which is a stone's throw away), taking in the views of the adjacent valleys and hills - are just some of the ways to enjoy the great outdoors.
Have a bonfire, barbeque in the night, gaze at the night sky and take in the quiet place and fresh air. The tributary of the Magha river runs right by the edge of the resort. Try your luck at fishing (on request).
What's Rajasthan without both. Make sure to inform the resort in advance, and they will arrange camel rides within the 40-acre premises. You can go riding into the forest (resort needs to take permission), or get down to the real thing and go riding at the stud farm nearby.
Early risers can catch a spectacular dawn-break from the sunrise point, some 2.5 km from the resort. An early morning walk to the hill to see the sunrise is a great way to start the day on a fit note.
Besides catching the first rays of light, have some tea and refreshments as you take in the absolutely fresh morning air. You can also drive and then walk 500 metres uphill.
Of course, you can have a picnic anywhere within the resort, near the Magha river or by the seasonal streams flowing through the resort. Apart from this, go to the Ranakpur Dam in the resort's open jeep (optional), see how the dam works while getting a bird's eye view, have your packed meal and if lucky, spot crocodiles.
Birding enthusiasts can also plan a picnic beside Lake Shipra (10km from the resort), spot migratory birds and enjoy the green stretch.
While enjoying a barbecue and bonfire at the open stone deck, overlooking the hills, river and forest, under a star-studded sky, you can also soak in the local folk culture.
Watch a song and dance performance by the local tribals (a way for them to relax after a hard day's work).
The resort has farms, orchards as well as spice gardens within the premises. You can walk around, see the resort hands at work in the fields, the produce of which will be used in the resort kitchen.
There is a yoga teacher at the resort from October to March. Take classes, do yoga outdoors (yoga mats are provided). If you're visiting in any other season, inform the resort in advance if you want to do yoga.
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.
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.
Encircled by a stone amphitheatre, the pool is surrounded by a green belt and overlooks the valleys around.
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.
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.
- Coffee Maker
- Doctor on Call
- Power Backup
- Air conditioner
- Children's Playground
- Travel Desk
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.
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
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.
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The rooms here is very nice and is built in a modern yet Indian design. You can really relax here in the forest and even if it is a bit close to the road, you don't hear any of that . They have a restaurant with both outside and inside seating. The food we had at this place was superb and all of the staff was very friendly and service minded. From this place you can go on Jeep safari, hiking and trekking, the perfect spot for people that likes the nature and animals. So for them who wants some peace and quiet!
This hotel is half way up a mountain. It's peaceful, surrounded by forests and a river and is perfect for a night or two. There isnt much round it (the Jain temples for one), but worth staying. The pool is a good size, the rooms really big, with terraces and traditional furniture. The whole place has a really nice feel about it. Food and service were pretty good too.
Hidden in a mountain valley, covered with vegetation at the bottom of which flows a river. The hotel consists of cottages scattered among the trees featuring an outdoor swimming pool and private parking. The rooms are spacious and furnished in elegant Rajput style with private balconies that offers a scenic view of lush greenery.Each room contains an en-suite bathroom and