Gujarat is a complete package for travellers with an equal dose of scenic landscapes, vivacious culture and heritage, long stretches of coastlines, historic capitals and architectural marvels all merged together into one. The 'welcoming culture' and 'hospitality' is what makes a trip to Gujarat a memorable experience.
Tucked away in the lowlands between the Kathiawar Peninsula and Aravalli Range is the Palanpur city in Gujarat. The city is surrounded by hills that provides an incredibly beautiful ambience to the region. With its magnificent history and heritage, glorious temples, interesting legends, and tantalizing historical monuments, Palanpur is absolutely fascinating.
It offers numerous cultural and historic attractions with splendid palaces and temples that dot the city. It is an exciting destination for those who want to experience the charm of the bygone era.
Palanpur's celebrated historical legacy is visible even today through princely monuments and other structures. King Prahlada founded the city of Palanpur in the 14th century after whom the city is named. The prominent rulers of this region were Rajputs and Mughals, but several other dynasties like the Jalars, the Kshatraps and the Maurya's have also ruled Palanpur. It was one of the leading princely states that got merged with the Indian Union in 1948.
Palanpur is close by to several historical and scenic places that beckon tourists from not only India but also from over the world. Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur, Kutch, Mt. Abu, Vadodara, Chittorgarh, Gandhinagar, Ranakpur and Torna are some of the destinations that you can explore. These places are within a radius of 200 km from Palanpur and are ideal weekend getaways.
Best Time To Visit Palanpur
The heritage and culture of Palanpur is best experienced in the winter season when the temperature is comfortable to visit the sightseeing seeing places in Palanpur. October to March would be apt months to visit the place. The temperature ranges from 5°C to 22°C during this period.
How To Reach Palanpur
By air: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad is the nearest airport. It takes about 21/2 hours drive to reach Palanpur. The airport is well-connected and has flights from all major cities in the country.
By train: Palanpur Railway Junction in Palanpur has trains from major cities in Gujarat as well as from Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Jaipur and other cities in the country.
By road: There are several states and private travel services that have buses from several cities of Gujarat as well as from other cities in the country.
Places Of Attraction In Palanpur
1. Balram Palace Resort
Balram Palace is one of the coveted heritage hotels in the state. This was the hunting lodge of the Nawab of Palanpur. This heritage hotel is an amalgamation of superb interiors, age-old charm, a noble feel and modern conveniences. If you seek a Nawabi stay with immaculate hospitality then Balaram Palace Resort gives you an opportunity to relive the regal days.
2. Jain temples
Pallaviya Parshwanath Temple is one of the main Jain temples in Palanpur. The temple displays magnificent carvings and architecture that further enriches the cultural heritage of the city.
3. Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary
The sanctuary is about 45 km from Palanpur and is in the Banaskantha district. It is stretched over an area of 55 sq km. The sanctuary is famous for sloth bear, an endangered species. Based on the behavioural pattern of the sloth bear, the preservation and conservation techniques are chalked out at the sanctuary. The forest is also a suitable habitat for several faunal species like Nilgai, Leopard, Porcupine, Striped Hyena, Four-horned antelope, a variety of birds and reptiles. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from October to May.
4. Sun temple in Modhera
Sun temple or Surya Mandir is located in Modhera on the banks of the river Pushpawati. It is about 90 km from Palanpur. The temple was built in 1026 by the Solanki King Bhimdev. It is built in the Chaulukya style. The temple is a reminiscence of Konark Sun temple in Orissa. The brilliant architecture and intricately carved pillars and exteriors are the highlights of the temple. It is a protected monument that is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. Modhera dance festival is a popular festival that is held at the temple every year.