Himatnagar, Gujarat

Himatnagar, or simply Himmatnagar, is a town in Gujarat's Sabarkantha district. The city is located on the Hathmati River's bank.

Places to visit

  • Dowlat Villas Palace : Dowlat Villas Palace is a private residence and the heritage homestay of Maharaj Shri BhagirathSinghjiIdar and his son RajkumarSahebSuryavirSinghjiIdar. It is a 100-year-old heritage property (the eldest son of Late Maharaj Shri UmegSinghji). The property was erected in the 1920s by Maharaj Shri Man Singhji, the second son of H.H. Maharaja DowlatSinghji, and was named Dowlat Villas Palace after his father. His son, RajkumarSahebSuryavirSinghjiIdar, manages a portion of the property as a heritage homestay. Dowlat Villas Palace boasts a one-of-a-kind castle building that features a scorpion-shaped head, body, claws, and sting. Furniture, relics, paintings, and other antiques adorn the interiors. The exteriors feature galleries, massive gigantic pillars, groomed gardens, and parking and sports grounds. The apartments are tastefully decorated with antiques and modern comforts.
  • Distance: Dowlat Villas Palace is 1.3 kilometres away from Himatnagar

  • Polo city : The old Polo city was built around the river Harnav, which was mentioned in the Puranas. It is believed that the Parihar monarchs of Idar founded it in the 10th century, and that the RathodRajputs of Marwar seized it in the 15th century. The name is derived from pol, the Marwari word for "gate," referring to its location as a crossing point between Gujarat and Rajasthan. It was constructed between Kalaliyo, the highest hill in the area, and Mamrehchi, both of which are regarded sacred by the indigenous adivasis. They block sunlight for the majority of the day, which may explain the otherwise enigmatic abandonment of the old city. The 400 square km of dry mixed deciduous forest is most lush between September and December after the monsoon rains when the rivers are full, but at any time of the year it provides a rich wildlife experience. There are more than 450 species of medicinal plants, around 275 of birds, 30 of mammals, and 32 of reptiles. There are bears, panthers, leopards, hyenas, waterfowl, raptors, passerines, and flying squirrels (mostly heard, rarely seen), all living under a canopy of diverse plants and trees. During the winter, many types of migratory birds occupy the forest; during the rainy season, there are wetland birds.
  • Distance: Polo city is64kilometres away from Himatnagar

  • Idar fort : The Aravali mountain range surrounds this erstwhile princely kingdom, shielding it from several attacks throughout its history. In addition to some of the larger temples, look for traces of worship at lesser idols spread along the hills. Take a walk up the hill, meandering between the rocks, to share the sacred space in our life. Idar is also a suitable starting point for seeing other monuments such as Himatnagar, Khedbrahma, Shamlaji, and Dev ni Mori, an ancient site with an uncovered Buddhist seminary, stupas, and viharas.
  • Distance: Idar fort is30kilometres away from Himatnagar

How to Reach

  • By Air- Himatnagar is not well connected by regular flights to the rest of the country's major towns. The nearest airport is 65 kilometers away in Ahmedabad.
  • By Train- There are no frequent trains to Himatnagar from other major cities in the country. Gandhinagar, 53 kilometers away, has the nearest railway station.

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