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Last updated: 09/24/2007
This unique off beat tour takes one through the fascinating Fort & the wildlife sanctuary of Kumbalgarh,the world renowed architectural wonder of the temples of Ranakpur a famous Jain pilgrimage site!
Day 01 : Arrive Kumbalgarh & check in at your mountain retreat.Post breakfast is at leisure.
Post lunch board your jeeps for an excursion to the massive Kumbalgarh Fort.Though little known, Kumbhalgarh has one of the finest examples of defensive fortifications in entire Rajasthan. Total length of the wall of this fort is 32 kilometers and there are excellent views from the top of the walls. Kumbhalgarh stands on the site of an ancient citadel dating back to the second century A.D., belonging to a Jain descendant of India's Mauryan emperors. Its steel gray ramparts encircle the fertile Shero Mallah Valley, with ancient monuments cenotaphs, ponds, and flourishing farms. In addition, a stroll along the walls of the fort gives great panoramic views.
Evening is at lesiure to relax by the poolside or go for small strolls by the scenic countryside.
Dinner & overnight at Kumbalgarh.
Day 02 : Kumbalgarh: Post breakfast a hazardous, barely jeep able track takes you to the 586 square kilometer Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. The main attraction here would be panther, sloth bear, wild boar, four-horned antelope, or crocodiles. Crocodiles are "Scientifically Bred" in a lake in the Crocodile Farm. The Crocodile Farm has a guesthouse belonging to the Forest Department, and overnight stays are possible. Good forest cove, jungle berries, fruits and nuts, water grasses, algae sands of flamingoes, sarus cranes, spoonbills, painted storks, cormorants, purple heron, egrets, duck, and rosy pelican in winter. One also finds plenty of chakor partridge, crow pheasants, jungle warblers, golden orioles, gray jungle fowl, and the usual peacocks, parrots, pigeons, and doves.
Post lunch an excursion to The Ranakpur Jain Temples.The famous Ranakpur Temples are just 50 kilometers from Kumbhalgarh by the scenic route through Vanpura and Saira. Begun in 1438 by Rana Kumbha, Ranakpur became a strangely tranquil meditation center in frequently war-ravaged land. It also becomes a magnificent sculpture museum to which wealthy Jain merchants and ministers kept adding shrines and statues. The central Chaumukha Temple is dedicated to the venerated Tirthankar Adinath. With its 29 halls and 1,444 distinctly carved pillars, this is an astounding monument. The superb marble friezes and carvings should be enjoyed at leisure, and the legends treated with suspended disbelief.Two of the temples dedicated to the Jain saints Parasnath and Neminath have beautiful erotic carvings very similar to those, which have made Khajuraho famous. And truly worth visiting is the much earlier probably 6th century Sun Temple close by, which has polygonal walls richly embellished with warriors, horses, and booted solar deities driving splendid chariots.
Dinner & overnight at Kumbalgarh.
Day 03 : Departure Kumbalgarh for your onward destination.
- Inclusions -
- Accommodation with breakfast & all taxes & all excursions by a private vehicle as described in the itinerary
- Exclusions -
- Any other items not listed above
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