Dhorimanna is a village is Rajasthan that forms part of the Gudha Malani tehsil in Barmer district. The name for this village was derived from the word ‘Dhora’ as it is landlocked by the Aravali Mountains and the sand dunes of the Thar Desert (Dhora.) The main market centre in this village is known as ‘Aalam Nagri’. Despite a massive drought in 1974, Dhorimanna has grown to become the largest panchayat in the district.
Places to Stay
There are no hotels in Dhorimanna. However, local homestays are available. Some hotels in Barmer (70 km from Dhorimanna) include Hotel Kailash International (Tariff – Rs. 2,770), Kalinga Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Circuit House and Hotel Marudhara Palace.
The official language of Dhorimanna is Hindi.
An annual ten-day fair draws people to Dhorimanna for animal trading. Also ,the Barmer Thar Festival takes place in Barmer (70 km from Dhorimanna) in March each year.
Places of Interest
There are a few places that can be visited by tourists near Dhorimanna. Some of these are the Thar Desert (330 km from Barmer), the Aravalli Mountain Range (280 km from Dhorimanna), the Devta Alamji Temple and the annual animal trading fair.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Jodhpur Airport. It is located about 250 km away from the village.
The closest major railway station to the village is at Barmer (70 km from Dhorimanna.)
There are bus services to Baggar, Chirawa, Didwana, Jhunjunu, Losal, Nagaur and Pilani. Jakhar Travels is a reliable bus operator in this region. Booking bus tickets online from several bus booking websites like Ticketgoose.com is very convenient.
Palanpur is a city and a municipality of Banaskantha district in the state of Gujarat. It is 126 kms from state capital Gandhinagar towards south. The city is one of the largest cities in North Gujarat after Mehsana. Palanpur is known as "flower city" because of perfumes (Itar) available here. It is also known for its textile retail market and diamonds. A number of primary industries including dairy & marbles are situated in or around the city.
Places to Stay
Some of the budget hotels in Palanpur Cappal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400), Way Wait Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1300), Hotel Bilipatra (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Green Woods Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Palanpur is Gujarati. People also speak Hindi.
Navratri (October), Diwali (October or November), Holi (March), Vasant Panchmi (January / February), Rakshbandhan (August) and Uttarayan (January) are the important festivals celebrated in Palanpur.
Places to Visit
Some of the places to visit are Balaram Palace (31 kms), The Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary (15 kms), Sun Temple (96 kms), Gayatri Temple (5.2 kms), Jain temples (1.2 kms), Ambaji temple located in Ambaji (55 kms) Kedarnath Mahadev Temple (32 kms) and Balaram Mahadev temple (14 kms).
How to Get There
The nearest international airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad (142kms)
Abu Road Railway Station is nearest major railway station (53 kms) to Palanpur.
Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC), Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) and some private travel services have regular buses to Palanpur. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Sifat Tours & Travels, Soni Tours & Travels, Shreenath Travelers and Neeta Tours and Travels. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.