This is one of the most beautiful mosques in Gujarat and in entire India as well. This mosque is very popular particularly for its architectural works craftily done on the ten windows that are quite expansive. This mosque, commonly known by the local name Sidi Saiyyid ni Jali, was set up by Sidi Saiyad, a captive of Sultan Ahmed Shah, and subsequently, it was named after him.
This building is situated close to the grand stature of Lal Darwaza in Ahmedabad and was built a long time prior in the year 1573. The landmark is acclaimed worldwide for its awe-inspiring engineering and interior structuring. The front divider is cut with truly little geometric themes and furthermore, has numerous botanical themes on the divider. Since it was a landmark during the Mughal rule, hence, it clearly depicts the conventional patterns of design during those times. The two sections sticking out from the middle have stone chunks with lovely carvings of creeping trees and furthermore, a selective palm tree. This grid work is the informal image of the lifestyle of Ahmedabad.
The focal window of the curve isn't as wonderful as alternate parts and is by all accounts finished in a rush. It demonstrates the downfall of the Mughal Kingdom and the intrusion of different groups into this district. There are about eight angled windows, which are enhanced with these stone cut mind-boggling ‘jalis’. People believe that an aggregate of 45 skilled workers continued to work at this throughout the day to complete on time. It is indeed a marvelous piece of architecture in Indian history.
In 1850, Seth Hathisingh, a rich Jain dealer, set up the Jain Temple of Hati Singh, also known as Hutheesing Jain Temple. This structure was devoted to Dharamnath, the fifteenth 'Jain Tirthankara'. The temple was built utilizing white marble, which is enhanced with superbly structured carvings. It is a twofold storied building.
There are fifty-two hallowed places in the temple, every one of which embellishes a picture of a 'Tirthankara'. One of the hallowed places has the marble replication of Dharamnath, the fifteenth Tirthankara. The Hathisingh Jain Temple is encompassed by yards in porches from three different directions. The yard that is in the front of the temple is decorated by a vault formed structure. Decorated with staggering stone carvings, Hutheesing Temple is a perfect work of art made of white marble. With an exceptional format, this respected site has a yard encased with a gallery.
Significant festivals that are celebrated at this place are the Mahavir Jayanti and Paryushan. Paryushan is the yearly celebration that is held for eight to ten days when the Jains perform fasting, praying, and meditation. It is considered as a timeframe of filtration in their life and the most recent day is seen as a day to forgive.
The birth occasion of the twenty-fourth Tirthankara, Mahavir Jayanti is likewise celebrated in this auspicious temple. A parade of Master Mahavira is likewise composed by the explorers. The festival of Diwali is an imperative celebration for Jains celebrated to recognize Lord Mahavira’s nirvana. Other festivals include Paush Dashami, Maun-agiyara, and Gyan Panchami.
Sabarmati Ashram is without a doubt the greatest vacation destination that lies in the suburb of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Situated on the peaceful and tranquil stretch of River Sabarmati, it was likewise alluded to as the Ashram of Gandhi and above all, 'Satyagraha Ashram' as Gandhi started the renowned march of Dandi from here. In appreciation of the generous effect that Dandi walk had on the fight for India’s freedom, the Indian government has perceived the Ashram as a national landmark.
The Mahatma Gandhi Ashram has various different foundations inside its limits. The most popular among them is the historical center 'Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya'. It has some of Gandhi's own letters and photos for visitors on display. The Museum was at first situated in Hridaya Kunj, which was Gandhi's own cottage in the ashram, however, was formally moved here when the gallery was established in 1963. There are different structures and destinations inside the Gandhi Ashram known as Upasana Mandir, Nandini, Kutir, Vinoba, and Magan Niwas. These structures are named after individuals, who were close to Mahatma Gandhi.
Alongside welcoming its guests, the Ashram is additionally in charge of gathering and filing essential chronicled reports, microfilming, overlay and protection of negatives, distribution of 'Mahadevbhani Journal' which is a record of India's struggle for freedom, study and research in Gandhian school of thought, and is being directly in touch with the young people of the nation. Strolling visits through the Mahatma Gandhi Ashram are a regular phenomenon here.
The Gaushala of the Sabarmati Ashram is the nation's principle area occupied with advanced congenital development and upgrading the quality of reproduction of cattle.
The Aina Mahal royal residence, or the "Lobby of Mirrors" was built during the reign of Lakhpatji Dynasty in the eighteenth century. Ace expert Ramsinh Malam, who worked as a craftsman for a long time in Europe, felt neglected by lesser rulers in the region, so he went to the regal court at Bhuj and requested the lord for work, who assigned him with the work of this royal residence.
Malam planned it in a blended Indo-European style and began making the materials for the royal residence locally. He set up a glass processing plant at Mandvi, fashioned guns in an iron foundry, and produced China tiles in a plant in Bhuj. It appears that Gandhiji's ideal of swadeshi had an early advocate in Ramsinh Malam. He by and by made the wellsprings, mirrors, and glasswork, just as numerous different marvels of artisanship — a pendulum check in a state of harmony with the Hindu date-book, entryways trimmed with gold and ivory... come visit to discover the rest.
This building is located at the upper east corner of Lake Hamirsar, at a walking distance from almost all places in Bhuj. Anybody en route will direct you. Make sure to investigate whatever is left of the compound outside the royal residence, with its delightful cut entryways, expanded window boxes and overhangs. The majority of the compound is in vestiges. Jab around and investigate sudden spots; this museum is additionally found inside the Aina Mahal. Some of the crafts and artworks in this museum incorporate artistic creations, photos, regal belongings, and the best examples of the Kutch weaving. Aina Mahal is, without doubt, a huge legacy of the Kutch district.
Gir National Park or Sasan Gir is a natural habitat to the Asiatic Lions. During the British reign, the area of this national park was used for hunting and other poaching activities. But, owing to the decrease in the population of lions, hunting was banned in the year 1960 and in 1965, Gir National Park was formed. It encompasses an area of 1412 sq km.
Other than the Asiatic lions, this national park also has the largest population of leopards in India. Here, you can also spot the three smaller wildcat species, which are the Jungle Cat, the Desert Cat, and the Rusty Spotted Cat. Gir National Park mainly comprises of dry deciduous forests, mixed deciduous forests, and marshlands. The vegetation type includes Acacia, teak, banyan trees, scrubs, and grasslands.
Because of the declining number of animal species, several initiatives and efforts have been undertaken by the Indian Government and several NGOs to give a boost to the Asiatic Lions and other wildlife population.
Jeep safaris are very popular when you visit Gir National Park. While on the safari, you can spot the lions in their natural habitats. You can request the guide to take you on the safari at the time of dusk or dawn so that while clicking the pictures of these feline creatures, you can get a beautiful backdrop. Other than the lions, you can also catch glimpses of some other elusive animal species and hard to find bird species.
Keeping up the harmony between the fine brilliant dark-colored sands of Gujarat's most extravagant desert on one hand, and the lavish green of the Gir Woods on the other - Girnar - a range of mountains in the Junagadh area of Gujarat is a dream destination for adrenaline junkies and religious aficionados alike because of its capacity to be both - a center for religious movements and furthermore, a retreat for trekkers, on account of the slopes that pave the way to wonderful sites.
An essential site for pilgrims, hills of Girnar are visited every day by numerous travelers. While the summit of the Datar Pinnacle is held sacrosanct by the Hindus and Muslims, temples like the Neminath Temple and the temple of Meravasi are hallowed to the Jain people group. Numerous little masterpieces that are of great significance in ancient history can be found here, for example, Ashoka's Significant Rock Declarations and the engravings of the rocks of Junagarh and inscriptions of Rudradaman, which are several hundreds of years old. Being the most noteworthy site of Gujarat - Mount Girnar stands 3,383 feet or 1,031 meters in height and is a representative of the rich history and legacy of the land. It is additionally of real significance as is its base, which is known as the Girnar Taleti, is located 4 km east of the Junagadh center.
Another significant feature of this spot is the festival of Girnar Parikrama and the fair of Bhavnath held between January and February months every year. The Jain and Hindu devotees accumulate here in tremendous numbers during this time.
The Great Rann of Kutch is a salt marsh located in the Thar Desert of Gujarat. It is considered as one of the largest salt deserts in the world and has an area of 7500 sq. km. It is one of the most popular places for the photographers as here one can witness the merger of the white sand with the azure blue sky. Beautifully decorated camel and horse rides are the main attractions of this place.
If you visit this desert during the monsoon season, you will find that the entire salt desert goes under water. Take a tour of the desert only during the early morning or evening for enjoying the cool weather of the place. Let your mind soak in the serenity of the white desert, extended till the horizon.
There are a number of activities conducted during the festival of Rann Utsav, of which you can be a part. Apart from witnessing the performance of the folk dancers, singers, and visiting the food and handicraft stalls, other attractions for the visitors include camel cart excursions, paramotoring, golf cart excursions, and yoga and meditation sessions.
A carnival of music and dance taking place in the white desert of Rann of Kutch is the ‘Rann Utsav’, which is held in between the months of November to February.
Rani Ki Vav is the most famous stepwell in Gujarat and India that is visited by numerous tourists throughout the year. It is famous mostly for its intricate designs and awe-inspiring structure. It is placed on the Saraswati River’s embankments in the town of Patan. Just like the great Taj Mahal, this stepwell was built in the loving memory of a spouse. During the reign of the Solanki Dynasty, Rani Udayamati constructed this magnificent stepwell to eternalize the memories of her husband, King Bhimdev I in 1063.
The architectural style that was followed to build this structure was Maru-Gurjara style. This majestic 11th-century stepwell is 64 m long, 20 m wide, and 27 m deep. There are seven levels of stairs or galleries and an inverted temple in the stepwell, and the entire complex is embellished with over 800 sculptures. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is declared to be the cleanest iconic tourist place.
The stepwell was submerged by the Saraswati River and was later excavated by the Archeological Survey of India. This structure looks more like a temple due to its complex designs, intricate carvings, and sculptures of gods and goddesses. These sculptures include the images of Dasavataras (ten avatars of Lord Vishnu) as the main theme and sculptures of Lord Buddha as well. This stepwell and all the other ‘vavs’ hold much prominence and religious significance in the tradition and culture of Gujarat and are considered as very well-known tourist sites.
Rani Ka Vav Festival is celebrated in December – January..
The Statue of Unity is the other name of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s statue, who is known as the ‘Iron Man of India’. He was the very first Deputy Prime Minister of India and the statue is the finest tribute to his greatness and immense contributions. It is the tallest statue in the world with an imposing height of 182 m, which is around 597 feet. The statue, placed on a river island, faces the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River and the entire landscape is mesmeric to witness.
This statue is the epitome of impeccable grandeur and touches the height of structural and architectural brilliance ever achieved by mankind. It is designed by Ram V. Sutar and constructed by the Larsen & Toubro Company. On 31st October 2018, on the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated this grand statue.
This statue celebrates Sardar Patel’s contribution and relentless efforts to unify the Indian princely states into the Republic of India. And these efforts earned him the title ‘Unifier of India’.
As of now, the visitors are allowed to explore only the three zones out of the five zones of the statue. There are a museum and a memorial garden on the first level, and the third level offers a panoramic view of the astounding surrounding of the Narmada valley. The fourth and fifth levels comprise the maintenance area.
This sanctuary of sloth bears, which lies on the Ratanmahal slopes is situated in Panchmahal District. This haven is occupied by the sloth bears, which are a part of the insectivorous bear species found in the sub-continent of India. It is one of the best vacation spots in Gujarat, where the visitors can get to know about the nature of sloth bears. There were around 66 sloth bears in the sanctuary back in the year 2006.
This park is home to a few unique kinds of leopards. If you are a plant lover, you will like some species, for example, Dudhlo, Timaru, Dhavdo, Sadad, Amla, Kakadiyo, Khaki, Muhudacharoli, and Tanach. It houses various 'Jamun trees', which is a wellspring of nourishment for the sloth bears particularly amid the season of rainfalls.
The sanctuary of Ratan Mahal comprises intriguing assortments of creatures, like Civet Feline, Four-Horned Eland Wilderness Feline, Jackal, Porcupine, Mongoose, Amla, Fox, Shyena, and Panther. It is a rearing ground for one hundred and forty-seven wide assortments of earthly species of birds like Junglefowl, Partridge, Babbler Quail, Peaked Snake Hawk, Alexandrine Parakeet, Green Pigeon, Hoopoe, Racket-Tailed Drongo, Woodpecker, Dark-Headed Oriole, Golden-Beaked Woodpecker, Yellow-Cheeked Tit, Tailor Bird, Purple Sunbird, and many more.
A few reptiles that can be found here include Russell's Viper, Python, Cobra, Basic Indian Screen, Rodent Snake, Krait, Fold Shell Turtle, etc. Termite, Slope Gecko, Star Tortoise, Chameleon, and Flap-Shell Turtle are also seen here.
A major attraction nearby is the Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park that was created following the architecture of the Hindus.
Somnath Temple houses the 12 jyotirlingas, which are the symbolic representation of Lord Shiva. This temple has found a lot of reference in epics and the Puranas. Legends tell the story that the temple was built in gold by the Moon God Soma, in silver by the Sun God Ravi, in wood by Lord Krishna, and in stone by the Solanki Rajputs. It is believed that from this place, Lord Krishna took his last journey to his ‘Neejdham’.
The present-day temple, which stands today was constructed in the year 1951 in Chalukyan style. This is considered as the seventh reconstruction of the temple. The temple has been looted many a times but the devotees have seen to it that the coffers remain full all the time so that the temple is able to retain its original glory. Inside the temple, you can find intricate carvings and imposing silver doors. The central Shivlinga is the principal deity of the temple and it also has a Nandi idol. While walking on the courtyard, you will come across a ‘mandapa’, and the sanctum. The sanctum has many priceless gemstones fixed, which maintain the luster of the temple. The holy tank of the temple is known to cure all illnesses.
In the ancient period, for the worship of the idols, sandalwood scented water was brought from Haridwar and flowers were brought from Kashmir, every day.
Make plans in such a way that when you are visiting the Somnath Temple, you can attend the 4-day Kartik Purnima Fair, which is one of the main attractions.
This Memorial is situated in Karamsad. The site has a garden and a library. Several cultural functions are organized in the Bhavan of the Sardar Patel and Vithalbhal Patel Memorial. This building traverses a region of seven acres of land at Karamsad. One can witness different trees, plants, and other forms of vegetation here at this spot. This memorial additionally includes a main hall with the sitting arrangement of 100 people. The principle lobby provides an open space for public gatherings. There is also a photograph exhibition including artistic creations, photos of the lives of Sardar Patel and Veer Vithalbhai.
Though it is a recently developed building yet, it is very memorable because the building brings back Sardar Patel’s times. Their possessions and bunches of pictures make a memorable emanation. The values set by Sardar Patel and Veer Vithalbhai are the core that rules the origination of this building. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Veer Vithalbhai Patel had been honored with the Bharat Ratna, which is the most regarded and grand respect awarded by the Indian Government. This place additionally has different valuables and individual things of the first Prime Minister of India and also, the Deputy PM. The dividers of the complex are embellished with numerous photographs, pictures, and pennants of Sardar Patel and Vithalbhai Patel portraying their lives and lifestyles. This place is a must visit if you are touring Gujarat for the first time, especially if you are in Anand.
The Champaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple of Kalikamata over the hills of Pavagadh is viewed as a holy place. Till date, it pulls in a tremendous number of travelers every year.
The Pavagadh Archeological Park holds a great deal of history in itself. The Park hosts numerous amounts of stunning compositional marvels comprising of both Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. Another fascinating bit of incidental data with respect to this spot is that the hills of Pavagadh are accepted to be a significant part of the Himalayas that was conveyed by Hanuman to Lanka in the epic of Ramayana. With such rich history to its name, this makes up for an extremely interesting spot to visit.
This Park is brimming with landmarks and structures going back to the eighth to the fourteenth century. The walls of the monuments in this historic site depict the reminiscence of the ancient past that was once the reality of this place. The landmarks worth exploring in Champaner include a Helical ventured well, Dargah of Sakar Khan, City Entryway close to Kasbin Talao, Walls of Citadel, City dividers at south-east corner of the fortress going up the hill, East and South Bhadra Doors, Jami Masjid, Sahar ki Masjid (Bohrani), Lila Gumbaz ki Masjid, Mandvi or Custom House, Khajuri Masjid, Kevda Masjid and Cenotaph, the Kabutarkhana, Nagina Masjid, Kamani Masjid, Bawaman Mosque, and so on.
In the hills of Pavagadh, the leftovers of Atak Door, Budhiya entryway, Buland Darwaza, Sadanshah-Door, Makai Kothar, Makai Entryway, Gulan Bulan Door, Castle of Patai Rawal with tanks, Navlakha Kothar, the Pavagadh Fort, etc. are the places to visit.
Swaminarayan Akshardham in Gandhinagar is a place of worship for the Hindus. It is a place where God dwells and immortal reverential messages and lively Hindu conventions are resounded in its artworks and engineering. The temple is a modest gratitude to Bhagwan Swaminarayan and the symbols, sages, and devas of Hinduism. This conventionally made temple complex was made open to the public on 30th October 1992 with HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s blessings and through the astounding works of gifted craftsmen and volunteers.
Every component of Akshardham echoes with otherworldliness – the temple, the displays, and even the greenhouses. The Akshardham Mandir has more than two hundred murtis (idols), speaking to profound stalwarts from over numerous centuries. The philosophical motive for Akshardham is that every spirit is conceivably divine. Regardless of whether we are serving the family, our neighbors, the nation, or individuals all around the globe, each demonstration of thoughtfulness can help one move towards heavenliness.
A visit to Akshardham is an advancing encounter. Regardless of whether it is in understanding the intensity of supplication, in feeling the quality of peacefulness, in getting to be mindful of the widespread idea of Hinduism's antiquated standards, or just in appreciating the excellence of God's homestead Earth – every component has a resonating noteworthiness.
Creatively hypnotizing, experimentally staggering, socially moving, and profoundly lifting, the displays make astounding situations fit for transporting watchers to the ancient India. A sound animatronics show enlivens the environment, characters and occasions from more than 200 years prior to uncover the way to endless satisfaction.
Ninai Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state of Gujarat. The cascading water of this waterfall comes down from a height of over 30 feet. This waterfall is situated amidst lush greenery and the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is located close by. It is also known as Ninaighat Waterfalls. When you are touring to Bharuch, visiting this waterfall becomes a must. Travelers, who love camping and trekking, would certainly fall in love with this spot, such is its natural beauty.
It is considered a perfect destination for weekend short trips as you can spend some quality time in the serene ambiance of the falls and its surroundings. Many tourists camp near the waterfall to enjoy the wonderful view for long hours. It is best to visit this waterfall during the monsoon season because the rainwater from the surrounding hills gets accumulated here and increases the water flow, which enhances the beauty of this fall to a great extent. The beauty of nature and the thrill of adventure both can be experienced by visiting this site.
Other tourist attractions in Bharuch located close to Ninai Waterfall are – Sardar Sarovar Dam, Zarwani Falls, Narmada Park, Gayatri Mata Temple, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, etc.
The Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is a heaven for birdwatchers. It was authoritatively proclaimed as a sanctuary in May 1981. The sanctuary plays host to different birds that look for freshwater, marine or the two sorts of territories as here is a freshwater domain at one side of the bund and presence of marine on the other end.
Being situated at the east coast front of Jamnagar region, the springs spilling out of the opposite side of the bund make a marine setting, where marine vegetation, similar to swamps, salt pans, and mangroves, grow. The viewing experience of birds is quite incredible with the accessibility of paddleboats, three watchtowers, and travel routes.
The area of the sanctuary on the extreme western side of India expedites it the conventional way of transient birds. The presence of unique marshlands pulls in countless animals to settle in the winter period of the year. The kinds of birds’ nests can be segregated based on their area – trees nests, ground nests, and water-based nests (nests that float).
In excess of 300 types of residant and transitory birds can be found here; probably the most significant birds among them include - Brahminy Kite, Dim Francolin, Dark-headed Ibis, Dark-necked Stork, Dalmatian Pelican, Indian Skimmer, Painted Stork, Indian Spotted Hawk, Bog Harrier, Eurasian Pigeon, Imperial Eagle, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Garganey, Common Greenshank, Comb Duck, Common Teal, Demoiselle Crane, Indian Lake Heron, etc.
Wolves, Mongoose, jackals, Nilgais, rabbits, wilderness felines and snakes can also be found here at Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary. The nearest attraction from this place is the Narara Marine National Park.
The Thol Lake, constructed in 1912 as an irrigation tank, is an artificial shallow freshwater body encompassed by swamps on the edges and backwoods adjacent to the sides. This region was proclaimed formally in 1988 and is likewise known by the name of Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary.
The reservoir of shallow water can be spotted with reed beds that depict a scenic beauty while being a perfect abode to different types of insects and birds. One gets overpowered by witnessing herds of several birds flying together and drawing graphical examples on the sky while the legged long-necked cranes continue stalking for fishes and little creepy crawlies. The tranquil and still atmosphere of the area gets musically symphonized with the sound of thousands of flying creatures and outlined by the fluctuated developments of these lively animals.
A visual treat for any traveler and a treasurable affair for a winged animal watcher or ornithologists, this spot is home to about 150 types of birds. Flamingos, Geese, Cranes, Egrets, Pelicans, Spoonbills, Herons, Whistling Teals, Redhead, Ducks, and numerous other transitory Fowls home and breed in the lap of this nature’s richness.
The most generally seen Indian Sarus Crane with its long uncovered legs and prolonged head effortlessly pecks creepy crawlies while strolling around the lake with dancing moves. This winged animal, which displays the status of being the tallest flying bird on earth is regularly found in groups and has for over hundreds of years inspired writers and craftsmen with its style and excellence. The spot worth spending a whole day catching the distinctive developments and conduct of the feathered creatures in coalition with nature.
Settled in the middle of Dwarka and Veraval, the beach of Porbandar, also known as Chowpati Beach, lies towards the southwest bank of the territory of Gujarat. It is generally known for its stunning scenic beauty and considered a popular vacation destination. It has an antiquated port that upgrades its magnificence with the passage of time.
Porbandar is where Mahatma Gandhi was born. Other than this, this spot is additionally accepted to be the origin of Sudama, who was a dear companion of Lord Krishna. Prior to the rule of the British in India, this spot was one of the lavish states. The remaining parts of old seawalls and ports along the Porbandar creek confirm that the city was formerly a focal point of marine activities.
• Other than Porbandar Shoreline in Gujarat, Porbandar is known for its few vacation spots like the Kirti Mandir.
• You ought to likewise visit Bharat Mandir and Planetarium. Evening sessions are organized in Planetarium in Gujarat, and Bharat Mandir is located only inverse to the Planetarium.
• Bileshwar is one more fascination of the Porbandar city, which is located at a distance of 15 km. The temple was created amid the seventh century and is devoted to Lord Shiva.
• The Barda Wildlife Sanctuary, known for its populace of lions, is additionally worth referencing. You can likewise visit this spot, which is 14 km far from the city.
• Shopping can be an incredible amusement, while on a movement to Porbandar shoreline of Gujarat. You can pick local relics alongside various silver and gold gems.
• There is a wide scope of eateries and cafeteria too, where you can appreciate the local titbits and cuisines of Gujarat, for example, dhokla and khandvi.
Rotary Dolls Museum is the pride of Gujarat, as it has earned a place in the Limca Book of World Records for its unique collection of dolls. The museum was set up in the year 2001 by Rajkot Nagarik Sahakari Bank Ltd. and Shri Arvindbhai Maniar Jankalyan Trust.
Once you enter the museum, you will be mesmerized by the view. There are dolls dressed in different attires, representing the culture and tradition of the different countries they have been brought in from.
Some of the highlights of the museum are the blue-eyed Barbie, black-eyed Laila, Santa Claus doll, Einstein doll, African dolls, dolls depicting Indian folk dances like Dandiya and Bhangra, and many other interesting string puppets and designer dolls. Most of the dolls present in the museum have been donated by the famous rotary clubs all over the world.
There is also a souvenir shop and a library, which the tourists can visit. There are various kiosks with computer screens from where one can obtain relevant information about the dolls and the museum.
The Rotary Dolls Museum has not only a huge collection of around 1400 national and international dolls but also, maintains permanent archives related to the dolls. Inside the museum, several creative activities are being conducted, where knowledge about the languages, cultures, and business prospects of other countries are being discussed, which is a great way for children to learn new things. The special features of the museum include a rocking zebra, a mobile toy van, and a cinematheque.
The Shatrunjaya Jain Temple complex, comprising about 863 white marble temples, is considered one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for the Jain Hindus. Placed on the hilltop of Shatrunjaya, which is itself a very sacred site to the Jains, a journey to this cluster of temples is truly a spiritually stimulating experience. The ideals of non-violence and complete devotion that are followed by the Jain religion are very well represented by these temples.
Though climbing up approximately 3750 stairs to reach the temple complex on the top of the hill is not an easy task, still the architectural beauty of the temples and the stunning views that one gets from the hilltop worth all the hard work. At the foot of Shatrunjaya, lies the small ancient town of Palitana.
It took around 900 years to complete the construction of the temple complex and the work was done in two phases – one from the 11th C to 12th C AD and the second phase from 16th C onwards. The credit for the construction of these magnificent temples cannot be given to a single person as these were created by the wealthy Jain merchants. For many centuries, parts of the temple complex were destroyed by the Muslim invaders, non-Jains, and burglars.
It is best to visit these temples very early in the morning to avoid the high temperature that remains during the day. No leather items are allowed in the hill or the temple complex. The visitors should wear appropriate attire. As it is considered the holy abode of the gods, not even the priests are allowed to stay here at night. There is no entry fee required.
As per the Jain scriptures, the 1st Jain Tirthankara, Lord Rishabhdev or Rishabhanatha gained enlightenment here. It is believed that the chief disciple of Adinatha, Pundarika achieved nirvana at this site. If you want to gain spiritual enlightenment, pay a visit to Shatrunjaya.