Kevin Standage


Ghanerao is just 19km north of Ranakpur, and makes for a useful place to stop if you end up arriving at the Ranakpur Jain Temple before it opens at noon. Just keep heading north and Ghanerao is the next place you come to.

I had 90 minutes to spare, so asked the driver to take me to Ghanerao. Originally this was to see an old ruined castle which has now been renovated and turned into a hotel, but I never got that far. As is so often the case when you drive around India, there’s unexpected things around almost every corner; from unsettled fruit bats up in the trees above, to a donkey that clearly doesn’t mind if it’s next in line for that days roll call of roadkill…







The driver dropped me off by the main road through the town and I did what I always do, just head off down…

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