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The Desert Land of Pali

by Madhav Srinivasan 1807 days ago

The Desert State of Rajasthan certainly has quite a few number of interesting travel destinations. Pali is one such place. You can see a lot of temples, dams, step wells, and even enjoy the fairs and festivals at Pali.


Pali is a district in the state of Rajasthan, and Pali town is the district headquarters. Pali is an industrial town that is located 72 km to the south east of Jodhpur on the banks of the Bandi river and is good place to holiday in Rajasthan.


Traditionally, Pali was a trade center. This region was a stronghold of various clans of Rajputs and resisted Mughal expansion for a long time.

 

Things to See and Do

Pali region has many Hindu and Jain temples and other monuments. It is also famous for the many temple fairs held regularly.


Jawai Dam: The Jawai Bandh built across the Jawai River is one of the biggest dams in Rajasthan, and it is also a good spot for a picnic.


Jain Temples: There are numerous Jain Temples in this part of Rajasthan. Some of the more famous of them are the temples of Shri Nadol Jain Tirth, Shri RataMahaveer Jain Tirth, Shri Varkana Parswanath Jain Tirth, Ghanerao, Shri Narlai Jain Tirth, Shri Shantinath Jain Temple Sumer, Muchhal Mahavir Temple, Shri Takhatgarh Jain Tirth, Shri Astapadh Jain Tirth Rani, Shri Korthaji Tirth at Bamnera Navlakha Mandir and Shri Manmohan Parshvanath Jinalaya Banta.


Hindu Temples: The Somnath Mandir located in the middle of the city was built by Kumarpal Solanki, a King of Gujarat. Parshuram Mahadev Temple, a Shiva Temple, is located on top of one of the hills of the Aravalli Range.


Nimbo Ka Nath Mahadev Temple is located on the Sanderao to Falna road in the district of Pali. There is a traditional belief that the Pandavas stayed here during their exile. Other temples here include the Naulakha Jain temple, Bangur Mandir, Bajrang Bag, Karni Mata Temple and Sai Baba temple.

 

Other Places

Step Wells: Pali is famous for its numerous step wells, called Baori. Each is of these has its own unique design, and they are architectural marvels that attract a lot of tourists.


Bangur Museum: Located near the Old Bust stand in Pali, this Museum houses historical items related to Rajasthani culture and history, such as coins, arms and dresses.


Lakhotia Garden: Lakhotia Garden is situated in the heart of Pali city. The Somnath Mandir is located in the middle of this garden. When in Pali, tourists should also plan a trip to Jodhpur, which is just 78 km from Pali.

 

Fairs

Most traditional fairs in India are associated with temples. In Pali, the Shri Sonana Khetlaji's at Aana Fair, Nimbo ka Nath’s (Nimbeshwar Mahadev’s) fair and, Parshurama Mahadevji's Fair are some of the famous fairs. 

 

Pali is definitely a must-visit for those who are interested in learning more about the culture and rich heritage of Rajasthan.
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