I was on my way from Udaipur to Jodhpur in a hired taxi that included some pit stops at Kumbhalgarh Fort and the Jain Temple in Ranakpur. Little did I know what I was about to witness, having done absolutely no research on what lies ahead.
I watched the beautiful Aravalli Hills and countryside of India from the car window. It truly looked like Switzerland in the summer, and I couldn’t resist but to have the driver make several pit stops along the way. He was more than happy to show me around, and didn’t mind at all, so that was great!
The journey to Kumbhalgarh Fort alone was breathtaking, but the fort itself was a stunning spectacle with its never-ending city walls, marking its territory as the 2nd longest wall in the world, following the Great Wall of China. It then dawned on me, I was walking the Great Wall of India. I ended up trekking through majority that remained of wall in the extreme heat. The views were stunning, so I didn’t mind the sun beating down on me; except that there were so many monkeys along the way, I got nervous!
This place was not crowded, like the rest of the attractions I had seen in Rajasthan. I guess it has to do with the fact that it’s so inaccessible by public transportation, and deep into the hilly mountain village areas. It’s a long drive through winding roads to get here.
I had my fair share of fun while climbing up the old ruins to get some nice views, so I can’t complain. You get the most deserving view after a long trek uphill… although it didn’t help that I was in flip flops! If you do plan on visiting, I just comfortable walking shoes!
After another 45 minutes along the steep winding mountainous curves, I arrived at the Jain Temple; known to be the most spectacular of the existing Jain Temples. The cooling marbles, intricate carvings, and the hundreds of white pillars will have you mesmerized. This entire journey took 10 hours, and I until I arrived at my final destination for the night, Jodhpur.
The marbles were so cooling from the heat outdoors, that I decided to take a break in the temple. A priest came up to me and asked if he could pray for my health and good fortune. It was a nice gesture, but from my three days of experience in India, I knew he would be asking me for some money at the end of it. Nonetheless, I was more than happy to be prayed for, considering I’m not religious, and never really pray.
We finished off the afternoon with a late lunch in a small town along our journey, and that was our pit stop until arriving in Jodhpur after sun down.