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.
Sanchore, once known as Satyapur, is a small town situated 137 km away from Jalore city in the state of Rajasthan. Sanchore has witnessed growth in the past few years that speaks out in the restaurants, hotels, private hospitals, private schools and nationalised and cooperative banks. Sanchore has also witnessed industrialisation thanks to the tyre and automobile spare parts market. There are a total of 9 Jain temples in Sanchore that attract tourists all year round.
Places to Stay
There are many local homestays available at Sanchore.
The official language of Sanchore is Hindi.
Sanchore hosts a cattle fair in the months of April and May every year. Some of the festivals celebrated with great fervour in Sanchore are Mewar Festival (March), Ganesh Chaturthi (August or September) and Deepavali (November).
Places of Interest
Mahavirswami Mandir and Godiji Temple are temples that are a must visit.
How to Get There
Jodhpur Airport is the nearest airport situated 237 km away.
The nearest railway stations to Sanchore are Dhanera (42 km away), Raniwara (47 km away) and Bhinmal (65 km away) railway stations.
Sanchore is well-connected to cities such as Barmer, Jodhpur, Dharampur, Mehsana and Ahmedabad. Bus operators such as M. R. Travels, Soni Bus and Jain Travels connect many major towns and cities to Sanchore at affordable prices. Numerous bus booking websites provide bus ticket booking offers, especially during the festive season.