As part of my 'Have you head of' series I'm not sharing a small place I discovered without any intention. Ranakpur wasn't on any of the itineraries I'd worked up with numerous people but when it was suggested by my ever faithful driver, Sudarshan, I knew I should take a look. He'd never steered me wrong and I came to figure out this wasn't going to be the first time either.
The sun was setting and in typical Indian fashion I could only catch a glimpse of the bright bulb through the haze. It didn't do anything to blunt the moment for me though. More people started to appear and my guide began to notice too. He started to ask me something and after a few moments I realised he wanted to know if I wanted him to show me a different place to watch the sun set. We set off again and this time I realised pretty quickly we weren't on a track that was visited by people often. At times we had to plough through dense bushes and I lost track of the scrapes and scratches I got before we finally got to the top. I was instantly grateful to my guide as I looked out all alone at this wonderful scenery.
I was treated to one final glorious site before we reached the hotel with another view of the lake. This time a pier and a brick building ran from the shore so I took some final photos and stood back again just to take it in. This was an amazing detour.