About Palitana

Country: India | State: Gujarat

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Palitana: Bhavnagar (53 Kms), Ahmedabad (214 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Palitana: October to March

Peak Season: November to February

At a distance of 53 km from Bhavnagar, 99 km from Amreli, 171 km from Rajkot, 175 km from Junagadh, 214 km from Ahmedabad, 215 km from Somnath, 245 km from Vadodara, 266 km from Jamnagar, 388 km from Dwarka, 390 km from Bhuj, 397 km from Surat and 685 km from Mumbai, Palitana is a sacred city located in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. Earlier known as Padliptapur, it is one of the holiest places of pilgrimage in India for the followers of Jainism, and among the must visit places as part of Gujarat Tour Packages.

Palitana is a famous destination in Gujarat for being the base to the holy Shatrunjaya hill which is home to 863 exquisitely carved Jain temples built by devotees during a period spanning 900 years from the 11th century onwards. Along with Mount Abu, Girnar, and Chandragiri, Shatrunjaya hill is one of the most sacred places for the Jains, and among the most significant places to visit as part of Palitana tour packages. And the Jain community believes that every member must visit this city at least once in their lifetime as this is the place where Lord Adinath, the 1st Jain Tirthankara, achieved enlightenment.

Founded in 1194, Palitana was a princely state and was one of the major states in Saurashtra. In 1656, Shah Jahan's son Murad Baksh, the then Governor of Gujarat, granted the village of Palitana to the prominent Jain merchant Shantidas Jhaveri. During the British Raj, Palitana was a princely state in the Kathiawar Agency of the Bombay Presidency. The capital of the state was the Palitana town and was ruled by a Gohil Rajput, with the title of Thakore Sahib till India's independence.

Meticulously carved in marble, the temples in Palitana are famous for their architectural beauty. Out of all the temples here, the temple dedicated to the first Tirthankara, Sri Adishwar, is the most famous one. The architectural motifs of this temple are notable. Kumarpal temple, Chaumukh temple, Vimalshah temple, and Sampriti Raja temple are the other places to visit in Palitana. The ascent to the temples is by a flight of 3490 steps and generally takes about 2 hours. The panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, as well as religious activities, will provide you peace of mind. Besides being a pilgrimage center, Palitana is also known for the horse-breeding.

Mahavir Jayanti, the birthday of Mahavira, is a notable festival celebrated at Palitana. A procession carrying images of the Tirthankara is made in huge decorated chariots, concurrently accompanied by religious ceremonies in the temples of Shatrunjaya hill.

Bhavnagar Airport is the nearest airport which is about 58 km from Palitana. It has well-connected direct flights from Mumbai. Palitana Railway Station has well rail connectivity with Mumbai and Bhavnagar. However, Bhavnagar Railway Station is the nearest major railhead. One can take a bus or hire a cab to reach the Palitana from Bhavnagar. Palitana is well connected by bus with Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Bhuj, Junagadh, Vadodara, and Surat.

There are a plethora of Dharamsalas and hotels in Palitana. Most of the Dharamsalas are opened to entertain the needs and requirements of the Jain devotees. But there are some Dharamsalas and hotels that are open to everyone irrespective of caste and creed. Only vegetarian food is available here.

The best time to visit Palitana is in winter between October and March when the climate is pleasant. Summer months are too hot in Palitana while the monsoons months have good temperature and weather but the hills at Palitana are closed for climbing.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 02848
Languages Spoken: Gujarati, Hindi & English
Major Festivals: Mahavir Jayanti

How to Reach Palitana

By Air

Nearest Airport: Bhavnagar - Bhavnagar Airport (58 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Palitana Railway Station (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Palitana Bus Stand (1 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Palitana

#1 of 8 Places to Visit in Palitana

At a distance of 9 km from the Palitana Railway Station, Shatrunjaya Hill is a sacred hill situated at Palitana town in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. It is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for the Jains and among the must-visit places as part of Palitana holiday packages.

Shatrunjaya means a 'place of victory against inner enemies' or 'which conquers inner enemies'. This site on Shatrunjaya hill is considered sacred by Swetambara Jains. According to the Shatrunjaya Mahatmya, the first Tirthankara Rishabha sanctified the hill where he delivered his first sermon. It was his grandson Pundarika who attained Nirvana at Shatrunjaya, hence the hill was originally known as 'Pundarikgiri'. Bharata Chakravartin, the father of Pundarik, also credited with building a temple here in honor of his father Rishabha. Legendarily it is also associated with many other Tirthankaras. Jains believe that a visit to this group of temples is essential .....

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#2 of 8 Places to Visit in Palitana

At a distance of 4 km from Palitana Bus Station, Shri Vishal Jain Museum is a museum situated in Taleti area of Palitana. Situated at the foot of the Shantrujaya Hills, it is one of its kind museum in India and among the best places to visit in Palitana.

Named after a great Jain Acharya Vishalsen Suriji, the museum is dedicated to Jain heritage and culture. The stories and legends about this enigmatic religion are pictorially depicted here. It is one of the very few rare museums in the world dedicated entirely to the history of Jainism.

The museum houses an excellent collection of artifacts, excavated idols from earlier temples, coins and ancient manuscripts written on palm leaves. For those interested in the history of Jainism, there is an exhibit on the life of Lord Mahavira. This museum also exhibits some remarkable exhibits of Jain artwork and artifacts up to 500 years old and beautiful ivory carvings. In addition, one can also see is a circular temple with mirror walls .....

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#3 of 8 Places to Visit in Palitana

At a distance of 25 km from Palitana, Hastagiri Jain Tirth is a famous Jain temple located near Palitana in Gujarat. Situated on a hill on the bank of the Shetrunjaya River, it is one of the popular Jain pilgrimage places in Gujarat and among the must-visit places in Palitana.

Hastagiri Jain Tirth is dedicated to Bhagwan Rishabhdev or Shri Adishwar Bhagwan. This hilly land is also known as Hastisengiri. According to the history of the temple, the place is regarded as a sacred place of the times of Bhagawan Adishwar. The sacred place was established by Bharat Chakravartin, the eldest son of Bhagawan Adishwar. Even today one can see the foot images of Bhagawan in a small temple on the very ancient hill. Bharat Chakravartin had attained salvation here. He had observed fast unto death and attained moksha here. The elephant of the King also followed him, thus the teerth is called as Shri Hastagiri Tirth.

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#4 of 8 Places to Visit in Palitana

At a distance of 35 km from Palitana and 55 km from Bhavnagar, Talaja is a historical town situated near Palitana in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. Located on the banks of Shatrunjaya River, it is one of the popular places to visit in Gujarat and among the must include places in Palitana Tour Packages.

Talaja is better known as the birthplace of the famous poet Narsinh Mehta. Also, it is home to some important sites for Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. The main attraction here is the ancient Buddhist Rockcut Caves on Talaja hill. The rock-cut cave group includes 30 caves among which 15 are water tanks. The Ebhala Mandapa, a large hall with four octagonal pillars is the most impressive structure of all. These caves are adorned with fine carving of Boddhisatva. The caves are around 2000 years old and require about a 15-20 minutes walk up the hill to reach them. They are of the 4th stage of Buddhist cave architecture, noticeably earlier than the famous Buddhist caves of Maharashtra. .....

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#5 of 8 Places to Visit in Palitana

At a distance of 57 km from Palitana and 74 km from Bhavnagar, Gopinath Beach is a beautiful beach situated near Gadhula village in Gujarat. Along the coast of the Gulf of Khambat, it is one of the popular beaches in Gujarat, and among the most scenic places to visit during Palitana trip.

Gopnath was the summer home of Maharaja Krishna Kumar Singhji of Bhavnagar. The beach offers awe-inspiring scenes with its stunning limestone cliffs and great views. The gentle breeze of the sea refreshes the spirit and soothes the soul. The beach has exquisite, firm sands for walking and shallow shore waters for wading. However, it is not an ideal place for swimming as it has a high tidal disparity of the coast which turns the water murky.

One can also visit 700 years old Gopnath Mahadev Temple situated near the beach, among the major Palitana tourist places. Set .....

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#6 of 8 Places to Visit in Palitana

At a distance of 29 km from Gandhinagar, 109 km from Vadodara, 175 km from Bhavnagar, 220 km from Rajkot, 230 km from Mount Abu, 250 km from Udaipur, 257 km from Surat, 310 km from Jamnagar, 534 km from Mumbai, 585 km from Bhopal, 681 km from Jaipur and 905 km from Delhi, Ahmedabad is the largest city and also the former capital of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the River Sabarmati, it is one of the popular places of heritage in India, and among the must-include places in Gujarat tour packages.

Ahmedabad is India's first UNESCO World Heritage City and is also regarded as one of the fastest-growing cities in India. Also known as Amdavad, the city of Ahmedabad is the commercial hub and also the living symbol of the rich cultural heritage of Gujarat state. Popularly called the Land of Gandhi, Ahmedabad is closely associated with Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of the nation. It .....

Distance (From Palitana): 214 Kms
Trip Duration (From Palitana - Including Travel): Full Day

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#7 of 8 Places to Visit in Palitana

At a distance of 90 km from Jamnagar, 101 km from Junagadh, 105 km from Amreli, 172 km from Porbandar, 173 km from Bhavnagar, 184 km from Somnath, 214 km from Dwarka, 218 km from Ahmedabad, 231 km from Bhuj, 275 km from Vadodara, 401 km from Surat and 718 km from Mumbai, Rajkot is a bustling city in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the Aji and Nyari rivers, it is the fourth largest city in Gujarat and among the top Gujarat holiday packages.

Rajkot, literally the City of Princes, is the former princely capital of the Saurashtra region and now an emerging tourism destination and business hub of Gujarat. Built by Thakur Saheb Vibhaji Ajoji Jadeja in 1620 AD, the city has been a seat for the Jadeja rulers. It was named after its co-founder Raju Sandhi. In 1720 AD, Rajkot was seized by Masum Khan, an official ruler of the Junagadh region. After 12 years, Rajkot was conquered by the Jadeja clan. In the year 1807, .....

Distance (From Palitana): 171 Kms
Trip Duration (From Palitana - Including Travel): Full Day

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#8 of 8 Places to Visit in Palitana

At a distance of 6 km from Veraval, 83 km from Diu, 94 km from Junagadh, 131 km from Porbandar, 197 km from Rajkot, 221 km from Jamnagar, 233 km from Dwarka, 408 km from Ahmedabad, 428 km from Bhuj, 447 km from Vadodara, 601 km from Mount Abu, 636 km from Surat, 669 km from Udaipur, 787 km from Indore and 912 km from Mumbai, Somnath is a temple town situated in the Gir Somnath district of Gujarat. Also known as Prabhas Patan, it is one of the most important places of pilgrimage in India, and among the must include places in Gujarat tour packages.

The town of Somnath is famous for the Somnath Temple, considered to be one of the most revered and holy shrines in India. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is one among the twelve prominent Jyotirlinga shrines and also one of the oldest places of pilgrimage in Gujarat. The meaning of the .....

Distance (From Palitana): 215 Kms
Trip Duration (From Palitana - Including Travel): Full Day

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