Home to more than 900 temples, the city of Palitana is located 50 km from Bhavnagar in Gujarat. Founded in 1194, Palitana was formerly a princely state of the Bombay presidency. It is considered to be an important pilgrim destination (tirtha) by the Jain community. Renowned for its sanctity, every Jain aspires to climb the mountain in Palitana at least once in their lifetime.
Places to Stay
There are limited hotels in Palitana, the Vijay Vilace Palace (Tariff – Rs. 3000) and Hotel Sumeru are among the few hotels here.
Gujarati, English and Hindi are among the common languages spoken in Palitana.
Navratri which falls in October is celebrated with great fervour here.
Places of Interest
The Shatrunjay Hill (a climb of 4 km), the Bhagwan Adishvar Jain Teerth (6 km from Palitana), the Digamber Jain temple, the Kumar Pal Temple and the Sampriti Raj Temple are the most frequently visited tourist spots in Palitana.
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Palitana is at Bhavnagar which lies at a distance of 51 km frpm it.
Palitana has a small railway station of its own from where trains to Songadh and Bhavanagar are available. A larger junction however, is at the town of Sihor which has trains to other cities such as Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad.
The nearest bus stand from Palitana is situated 800 meters away from the Palitana railway station. From here, buses to Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Ankleshwar, Bharuch, Surat and Vadodara arrive and leave every hour. A popular bus service operator here is the Jay Khodiyar Bus Service. Travelling by bus has become easier these days as you can easily book a bus ticket online
Indore, the largest city of Madhya Pradesh serves as the headquarters of both Indore District and Indore Division. It is the central power city. It has been described as the commercial capital of the state. Numerous colleges and universities are located in Indore, including IIM Indore and IIT Indore.
Budget Hotels in Indore
There are excellent hotels within 1-3 Km distance from Indore Sarwate Bus stand which include the Amaltas International Hotel (Tariff of Rupees 645 per day onwards), Central Apartment and Hotel (Tariff of Rupees 650 per day onwards), Crown Palace Hotel (Tariff of Rupees 3162 onwards) and Kanchan Tilak Hotel (Tariff of Rupees 1330 per day onwards).
Events in Indore
Some of the major events that happen every year include Anant Chaudas (September), Navratri fair (September/October), Ahilya Utsav (August) and Rangapanchami (March).
Marathi is the local language spoken in Indore. Some people also converse in Hindi and English here.
Places to See in Indore
There are various tourist places to visit in Indore. Some of them are located quite near to Indore Sarwate Bus Stand including Central Museum (1.9 km), Chhatris (1 km), Chokhi Dhani (1.5 km), Kanch Mandir (3.3 Km) and Lal Baag Palace (5.1 km).
How to Get There
Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport, is the central airport of Indore, located about 8 km from the city. It is the busiest airport in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and also serves as a hub for international cargo.
Indore Junction BG is the main railway station of Indore, located on Broad Gauge line. Its route is connected with Ujjain Junction to the North West, Indore Mhow to the south, Dewas Junction to the north and Khandwa Junction to the south east. It is well connected to major ports within the state and also with some of the major cities of India.
Indore has a well-developed transport system. Atal Indore City Transport Services Ltd, a PPP scheme operates buses and radio taxis in the city. Also, Indore City Bus is a road transport system run by Indore City Transport Services Limited or ICTSL. This transport system runs through 277 kilometres of road network in the Indore city and surrounding areas. Book your tickets to anywhere in India through Ticketgoose.com’s online bus reservation service.