Palitana

In the Peninsular Saurashtra region of the Gujarat State, there exists a colossus of 863 Jain shrines atop 1,977 ft. Shentrunjaya hills. A Jain aspires to visit these hills at least once in his life-time. Shentrunjaya is said to be a veritable city of temples of exquisite beauty of architectural wonder of the world near to the Taj Mahal in grandeur. Glistening in the sun-light, these temples look like a carefully arranged group of ivory miniatures. Spanning 900 years, some of theses marble and stone shrines belong to the 11th century. Palitana, is 56 kmsd from Bhavnagar. The river Shetrunji flowing to the south of the hill, adds to the scenic charm of the place. The river looks like a silver ribbon when seen from the top of hill. The approach to these temples is by means of a flight of steps which takes about an hour and a half to climb and about an hour to descend.

Modhera

The Sun temple of Modhera is one of the finest examples of Indian temple architecture of its period. Built in 1026 AD, the temple is dedicated to the Sun God, Surya and stands high on a plinth overlooking a deep stone-steped tank. Every inch of the edifice, both inside and outside, is magnificently carved with gods and goddesses, birds, beasts and flowers. The inner sanctum which housed the presiding deity faces east and was so designed that at the solar equinoxes the first rays of the rising sun lit up the images of Surya.

Lothal

The excavated Harappan site of Lothal datin as far back as the 2nd millennium BC. In 1954, archaeologists discovered a well-planned city here, 1.75 km long and 400 metres wide, sub-divided into blocks with rows of houses. Each house had its own bathroom and the water outlet from the baths was connected to city’s channel of underground drainage system. A unique discovery in Lothal is a dockyard – 216 metres long and 35 metres wide, with a 5-metre high wall.

Junagadh

In the lap of the Girnar mountain, which is believed to be older than Himalayas, a beautiful town is set called Junagadh. The literal translation of the name Junagadh means “Old Fort”. It is also famous as “Sorath”, named after the earlier princely condition of Junagadh.

The town has a rich history as different dynasties ruled it during though time. The place bore witness to the Mauray dynasty, the Chalukya dynasty, and the Mughals, to name a few. A remarkable fort, Uperkot, situated on a highland in the center of the town, was initially built during Chandragupta reign. The castle remained in exercise until 6th century, while it was covered for more than 300 years. The castle was overwhelmed 16 times more in a period of 800 years. One fruitless blockade lasted twelve years.

Bhuj

Legendary heroism and romance lend enchantment to Kachchh, the land of great antiquity forming the northwestern part of Gujarat. The most important place in the area is the walled town of Bhuj, picturesquely placed between two streams. Kachchh is famous the world over for its sturdy horses and cows as also for wide variety of its handicrafts. Bandhini (tie-and-dyes) and hand-printed saris, embroidery and needle work, exquisite gold and silver ornaments known as Kachchhi work, gilding and enamelling are some of its traditional crafts. Nutcrackers, scissors and penknives are metalware specialities of Kachchh.

Bhavnagar

Now a flourishing port in the Gulf of Cambay, Bhavnagar, the once capital of a princely state, was founded in 1743 .The Takhteswar temple dedicated to Shiva is built on the highest hillock in Bhavnagar. It is from Bhavnagar that a visit to the Jain group of Temples at Palitana is undertaken.

Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad was founded in the 15th century by Ahmed Shah, the independent Sultan of Gujarat. It is now the capital of the State of Gujarat and a graceful blend of old and new.

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