Palanpur, Gujarat

Palanpur is a city in the Banaskantha district of Gujarat, India. Palanpur is the ancient home of the Indian diamond merchant industry.

Places to visit

  • Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary : The Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary was established in May 1978 primarily to protect sloth bears, which are one of the most vulnerable species according to the IUCN Red List. The fact that sloth bears hang upside down from tree branches is fascinating. The 180 sq km sanctuary is 36 kilometers from Palanpur and an hour's journey away.
  • Distance: Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary is 34 kilometers away from Palanpur

  • Keerti Stambh Victory Tower : The Keerti Stambh is a tall pillar built in 1918 by Nawab Shri Taley Mohammed Khan to honor Shri Sher Mohammed Khan's bravery. The pillar, with the names of monarchs, etched on it, represents the evolution of Palanpur through numerous dynasties. General Sir Ganga Singh, Maharaja of Bikaner, dedicated the Stambh.
  • Distance: Keerti Stambh Victory Tower is 1 kilometer away from Palanpur

  • Motu Derasar : King Prahaladan, the claimed creator of Palanpur, built the Motu Derasar, also known as Pallaviya Parshwanath Temple. The temple has been dedicated to Lord Parshwanath, the twenty-third lord of Jainism, by a pious Jain. The temple is wonderfully sculpted and represents an excellent example of medieval architecture. That is also the sole location where King Prahladan's idol is instilled. According to mythology, the monarch built this shrine as a penance for his terrible crimes. He is said to have utilized the temple's holy water to cure himself of his disease when it was finished.
  • Distance: Motu Derasar is 600 metres away from Palanpur

  • Balaram Palace : The Balaram Palace, which is now a tourist attraction, is mentioned in historical records as being built between 1922 and 1936 by the twenty-ninth monarch of Palanpur. It is thought to have been the Lohani Nawab's favorite resting place. The palace features spectacular neoclassical and baroque architecture. The palace encompasses 542 km2 and is surrounded by a magnificent green lawn and trees.
  • Distance: Balaram Palace is 16 kilometers away from Palanpur

  • Pataleshwar Mahadev Temple : The Pataleshwar Mahadev Temple, located near the Keerti Stambh, is an ancient Shiva shrine dedicated to King Siddharaj Jaisinh, the previous monarch of Gujarat from Patan.
  • Distance: Pataleshwar Mahadev Temple is 27 kilometers away from Palanpur

How to Reach

  • By Air- Regular flights connect Palanpur to the rest of the country's major cities. The nearest airport is 123 kilometers away in Ahmedabad.
  • By Train- There are no frequent trains to Palanpur from other major cities in the country. The nearest railway station is 46 kilometers away, at Abu Road.

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