Located at a distance of 14 km from Palanpur, the Balaram Palace was built by HH Nawab Saheb Sir Taley Muhammad Khan. It was originally built as a hunting lodge, holiday palace and riverside retreat. Legend has it that the ruler’s Australian queen inspired him to build the majestic palace. The Nawab Saheb used this place to entertain important guests like the Maharajah of Kashmir and British dignitaries. You would love the palace built in neo-Classical Baroque style, with arcades and classical columns.
Palanpur is famous for its association to Jainism. The great Jain saint Jagadguru Shri Hirsurishwarji was born in this city. His house is located just opposite to Mota Dehrasar. Even the famous Jain saint Acharya Shri Somsundarsurishwarji was born in this city, which was the main inspiration behind world famous Jain Temple of Ranakpur, which is known for its artistry. There are many other Jain temples here. Among these are The Pallaviya Parshwanath Temple (Mota Dehrasar) was built by King Prahaladan (Founder of Palanpur city). This place comes under 108 Parshwanth Temples, which gets special attention from the devotees of Jainism. This temple recently witnessed the recovery of some idols, which added to its fame.
Palanpur also has two famous dargahs dedicated to poets called Anwar Kazi and Saint Mursheed respectively. These monuments bear testimony to the era of Muslim rule in Palnpur.
This is an ancient and well-preserved step well in Palnapur with seven galleries on the walls on either side. It is an architectural marvel and is unique to this town.
This temple is located at a distance of 20kms from Palanpur in the Banaskantha district. It has a huge number of Hindu devotees coming here everyday to offer their reverence to Lord Shiva, the principle deity.
Here, there is a famous temple namely to the Goddess Bahucharaji and also there is a collection of three temples termed as Adyasthan [original site] and Madyasthan. During the full moon day devotees swan in to perform tonsorial ceremonies. The important fair is hosted by the Bahucharaji temple during the month March-April in order to perform rituals at night. Kadi:
This place is famous for the Jain temple around. The nearby attractions are Kunadal, Adundara villages and Shri Bhoyani Teeth.
Kalol Swaminarayan Temple is the main attraction for the tourist. Moreover, the large Indian handigraft emporium namely Shri Vishwa Karma handicraft is located here, and nearby 7kms you have Indian Farmers Fertiliser Co-operative Limited as the tourist visiting spot. The Shri Vamaj Tirth, a serene Jain Temple at Vamaj is also near to this place.
The other name of this place is Mundera, it is a big pilgrim center with numerous temples around and brings in a huge number of devotees from places around every year. This spot is renowned to be very ancient even from the dates of Puranic age. It is believed that in this township, where Lord Ram performed a Yajna [sacrifice]of sanctification for the sins of having killed Ravana, the king of Lanka.this city of temple is located on the banks of the Pushpavathi River,in Mehsana district and the people worship Lord Surya as this main deity. The main attraction here is the Sun temple which built in the pattern of solanki architecture and it dates to the 11th century during the rule of king Bhimdev 1 of Patan. Here, there is a pond namely Surya Kund, often used by the devotees, the amazing site is that, over 100 small temples are seen on the step-terraces around this high pond.
The hill region is thronged three peaks around and Taranga is near to the Jain Temple of Idol which is said to be the Jain Siddha Kshetra. These hills have 5 Digambar and 5 Shwetambar temples and it is said that several saints have obtained final emancipation after powerful austerities from here. The beautiful temple of Lord Ajitnath is located here, this was constructed during the 12th century by the Shwetambar Solanki king, Kumarapal of Patan.
Thol wildlife sanctuary:
The circumference of this jungle is 7sq. km and it is a home of nature and beauty filled in with variety of wildfowl, flamingos, gray pelicans, black ibis and wetland birds. The best seasons are the month of October to March.
This town is another antique location of the district. Here, you have the temple of Umia Mata, dedicated by the family of Kadva Patels. It serves as a base for those who visit Modhera temple. Apart, from this, the village is famous for Ayurvedic pharmacy and Medicine Manufacturing. The main trade transaction from this village is Jeera, Oilseeds, Cumin, Variyali and Isabgul. The main ritual to this village is the marriage custom of Kadvakanbis who still inherits here, Great Bonanja of fair is held oft a Maha Sud and Vaishak Sud.
The town is very ancient and has great important historical values. The six 12th century gates with great work of historic ambience welcome you to this town, which really takes us back to the past. This town is enriched with numerous temples, narrow lanes, small houses, plinths and pillars talks about the values of ancient architecture. The town is still at its old charm un faded. Among the six 12th century Gates, Amarthol is the oldest one that still exists in this town. The major attractions are the Kirti Mandir, which is significant for its 12th century Torana Gates is here and the famous Lord Shiva temple known as the 17th century Hatkeshwar temple is a prime pilgrimage center.. Other places of tourist interest are Kasivishvesvara Shiva temple, Swaminarayan Temple, Sitla Mata Temple and two other Jain Temple.
Sahastralinga Talav, or the tank with a thousand Shiva shrines is another of Patan’s treasures, built by Jayasimha Siddharaja of the Chalukya dynasty who ruled between 1093 and 1143 AD. The 5 sq. km area of the tank was filled by the lost Saraswati river, which later dried to leave behind silt.When the tank was excavated in 1936, it revealed a large mound in the centre called the ‘bakasthana’ on which a platform was raised, its subterranean channels, steps, a bridge and the side elevation. A channel about a kilometer long and 5 metres wide brought water from the Saraswati to the tank.
Rated as one of the most intricately carved of the ancient 120 step wells built by the rulers of Gujarat, it also finds a place in the UNESCO World Heritage site list. It was built in the 11th century in memory of King Bhimdev I, the second ruler of the Solanki dynasty by his widow Queen Udaymati. The step well remained buried under the sands for 800 years till it was discovered by the Archaeological Society of India in the 1980s.It is believed that a larger treasure lies around the Rani-ki-Vav, assuming that the step well was used by the royal family living in the vicinity.
This spot consist of two picnic location of attraction 1) The 14th century Jain temple 2) The Shri Chanasma Teerth. Apart from this you have Shri Agam Mandir Teerth at Hariji and Patan town as the nearby interesting tourist spots.
Shri Agam Mandir Teerth of Mahavir is the main spot of visit added to it you have Shankeshwar Padmavati teerth as the other tourist location.
The main tourist spot of Munjpur is the Shri Jotingada Parshwanath teerth. Apart from this you have Shankeshwar Parshwanath teerth at Shankeshwar, Shri Panchasar jain temple at Panchasar and Shri Modhera teerth at Modhera, all these Jain associated temples are situated close to Munjpur. The 11th century Sun temple at Modhera is also a worth visiting spot.
This spot is known to be a spiritual destiny, the Shri Shankeshwar Parshwanath teerth, dedicated to Shri Shankeshwar Parshwanath Bhagvan is known pilgrim center here. Nearby the Jain pilgrim spots are Shri Jotingada Parshwanath at Munjpur , Shri Panchasar Jain temple at Panchasar and Shri Chintamani Parshwanath at Modhera are close serene locations in Shankeshwar.
It is another ancient town of Gujarat dates back even to the ages of Purana. Siddhpur is located on the banks of River Saraswati , its landscape prevails holistic with numerous temples, Ashrams, Kunds and Sacred buildings . Previously, the Bohra Muslims where the dominants over here, the well , the paved streets , service lane, mosques, and beautiful mansions that still exist set as an example. Siddhpur named after the famous ruler of Gujarat namely Siddhraj Jaisinh, he has set a mark by constructing an exuberant Rudra Mahalaya temple during the year of 12th century is a mark of reformation. This place is referred as “Sristhala” in Skanda Purana . the major input on Hinduism prevailed here because of the unique geographical features of the River saraswati. Wherein, it turns eastward flow in the town helped add air of sanctification to siddhpur, therefore, Hindus gather here to perform ritual ceremony for maternal spirits on the shores, namely ‘ Matru Shraddha’. This entire town is today being dominant of Hindu religious activities. The other places of interest are Thali building, Rudra Mahalaya and Mansions of Bohra Muslims. Vadnagar at the distances of 42 kms , Sharmishta Talav and Kirti Toran constitute are the nearby tourist attractions.
Located on the routes between Patan to Deesa, the spot is famous for its Siddhpur camel fair celebrated on trhe Karthika Poornima day, which is the special event that pulls in multitude of people every year. Nearby, you are easily accessible to the 14th century Shri Chanasma Teerth.