The Insiders Guide
Built across a tributary of the river Luni, Jawai dam was constructed by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur. It is believed to be the biggest dam in western Rajasthan. Besides being a primary source of water for nearby villages and Jodhpur city, Jawai dam is also famously a winter paradise for migratory birds and leopards and houses crocodiles.
RANAKPUR JAIN TEMPLES
Built in the 15th century after a Jain businessman was believed to have had a divine vision, the Ranakpur Jain Temple is dedicated to Adinath, a very important figure in Jain cosmology. Named after the provincial monarch Rana Kumbha who supported and encouraged the construction of these temples, the Ranakpur Jain Temples stand in a valley of the Aravalli mountains. It’s a temple complex – not just one temple.
NIMBO KA NATH TEMPLE
The Nimbo ka Nath Temple is situated on the Falna-Sanderav route and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Legend has it that Kunti, the mother of the Pandavas worshipped Lord Shiva and spent most of her time during their exile worshipping Mahadev here. It is also said that Pandavas had built a Navdurga in this area. Hence, this serene temple attracts many tourists all-round the year. The temple is also known to organize various fairs that witness large footfall of devotees.
Jodhpur, 150km from Sumerpur, is at the edge of the Thar desert and is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. The city is dominated by a massive fort, topping a sheer rocky ridge right in the middle of the town. Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rajput clan known as the Rathores. His descendants ruled not only Jodhpur, but also other Rajput princely states. The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by 10 kms long wall, built about a century after the city was founded.
Mount Abu, 120km from Sumerpur is sprawling along a 1200 m high plateau in the south of the state, close to the Gujarat border. Rajasthan’s only hill station and a major pilgrim centre, Mount Abu is located in the south-western corner of Rajasthan. Although a part of the Aravalli range, it is detached completely from it by a narrow valley and the highest point, Guru Shikhar, is situated at its northern end. Interestingly, this is the highest point between the Nilgiris in the south and the Himalayan range up north.
One of the most romantic cities in all of Rajasthan, Udaipur is better known as the city of lakes. The marble palaces, the beautiful gardens and the placid blue lakes enhance the beauty of this city. It was founded in 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh II. The Lake Palace is certainly the best late example of this unique cultural explosion, but Udaipur is full of palaces, temples and havelis ranging from the modest to the extravagant. It’s also proud of its heritage as a centre for the performing arts, painting and crafts.
Shvetambar Jain Golden Temple of Falna
The Dharamshala is very well maintain. The Dharamshala is well connected to road. Transportation and bus services are easily available here. This is best place to stay if even if you are traveling to historical Ranakpur Temple. Distance by road between Ranakpur temple and Falna Golden temple is just 35 Kms. and an hour drive.