Photographer's Note

On the way from the lovely city of Jodhpur to Udaipur,the scenery of Rajasthan starts changing drastically. From an arid dry land of the North, a luxuriant vegetation starts filling up the scenery.

A lovely short stop between those two cities is Ranakpur. Not quite a place you need to explore for a full day, but a quick stop is highly recommended.

Ranakpur is home of a beautiful Jain temple carved in white marble. The temple has a open concept of 29 halls and the ceiling is supported by 1444 pillars all carved differently. It is a fabulous display of the finest Indian marble carving skills.

On this picture is a view of the ceiling to show an example of how no details were left unconsidered!

I especially like the tricolor aspect found in this view.

MeAT :)

PS This temple at dusk gets infested with monkeys. Although monkeys are admittedly cute, they can prove to be very aggressive to steal away food from people. One girl got bitten by one after feeding it because the monkey got annoyed that she did not have anything left in her hand as she was feeding them.

From my travelogue: India Revealed

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