Palitana, a religious city, located at an average elevation of 67 metres, is situated in the district of Bhavnagar in the state of Gujarat. One of the major pilgrimage centres for Jains, this destination is located at a distance of 50 km to the south-west of Bhavnagar city.
The history of Palitana dates back to as early as the year 1194. It was established as a 'Second Class' princely state sprawling over an area of 777 sq km. It was one of the major states of Saurashtra. The main languages spoken in this city are Gujarati and Hindi.
In addition to Palitana's hand weaved bamboo products, the destination is also known for its beautiful temples. The city has around 1300 temples, which are known for their intricate carvings and architecture. The unique trivia about these temples is that these have been constructed over a period of over 900 years by various generations of Jains. The construction of these temples began in the 11th century.
Kumarpal Temple, Sampriti Raja Temple, Shri Adishwar Temple and the Vimalshah Temple are some of the most prominent temples, which are flocked by large influx of pilgrims every year. Tourists can also make a visit to the Kala Bhandar which is a museum, located in proximity to Shatrunjaya Hill.
Flights, trains and buses are available to reach the destination. The nearest airport to Palitana is located at a distance of approximately 61.1 km, which is Bhavnagar Airport. Tourists travelling from international destinations can arrive at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, in Ahmedabad, which is located at a distance of 229 km.
Palitana is connected by the Palitana Railway Station which connects the city of Bhavnagar. This railway station is located at a distance of 1.8 km from the destination. However, a better alternative is to board trains to Sihor Gujarat Railway Station, which is located at a distance of 33.5 km from the destination. This station is connected with some of the major places in India like Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.
Travellers can also reach Palitana via a frequent service of buses from Bhavnagar, which are operated by the State Government. In addition, buses also operate from Ahmedabad, Diu, Una and Talaja to Palitana. The best time to explore Palitana is during the winter season, which extends from the month of October and lasts till the month of February.