Rajasthan Travel Guide

Excursions From Pali

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Bullet Baba, Pali - Om Banna Temple or Bullet Baba temple confirms Rajasthan as the land of faith as well as land of wonders too. Here a Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle is worshipped.

Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh is 113 km from Pali and famous for its wildlife and heritage sites.

Kumbhalgarh FortKumbhalgarh Fort was built in the 15th century by King Rana Kumbha and is located on the banks of the River Banas. Tourists in large numbers flock the fort as it is the second most important fortress of the state of Rajasthan. This huge fort is surrounded by 13 peaks, watchtowers, and bastions. Kumbhalgarh Fort is spread over 36 km of the Aravallis. It houses a domed palace built by Maharana Fateh Singh. The long winding wall was built to guard against the attacks of enemies, and this wall is supposedly the second to the Great Wall of China for its length.

Neelkanth Mahadeo TempleNeelkanth Mahadeo Temple, situated near the Kumbhalgarh Fort has a six feet Shivling made of stone and dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is considered to be the only deity of the area. According to history, King Rana Kumbha used to worship this deity, and in an unpleasant incident, he was beheaded by his own son at a time when he was offering prayers at the shrine.

Badal MahalBadal Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace of Clouds’ is located at the top of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. This palace has two storeys, and the whole building is divided into two interconnected segments called the Mardana Mahal and the Zanana Mahal.

Parshuram Temple -The Parshuram Temple is located inside an ancient cave and is dedicated to the famous sage Parshuram. It is abelief that the Sage Parshuram meditated here, seeking the blessings of the Hindu deity Rama. Tourists need to step down 500 stairs to reach the cave.

Vedi TempleVedi Temple was constructed by Rana Kumbha to honour the sacrifice of the pilgrims and is located very close to the Hanuman Pol of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. The structure of this jain temple was renovated by Maharana Fateh Singh, later and is considered to be the only remnant among all sacrificial places in the country.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife SanctuaryKumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary situated in the Rajsamand District of Rajasthan and surrounds the Kumbhalgarh fortress. The Kumbhalgarh wildlife includes wolf, leopards, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, sambhar, nilgai, chausingha or the four horned antelope, chinkara and hare. The bird life at Kumbhalgarh is also enjoyable.

Ranakpur

Ranakpur is just 57 km from Pali and has temples and pilgrimage sites.

Ranakpur Jain Temple- The Ranakpur Jain Temple is counted among the five important pilgrimage sites of the Jains. The Temple, made of light coloured marble is located on the western side of the Aravalli Range and is dedicated to Lord Adinathji. According to legends, a Jain businessman named Seth Dharna Sah and Mewar Ruler Rana Khumba constructed this temple.

DesuriDesuri is a small village of the Pali District, located at a distance of 16 km from the town of Ranakpur. Temples of Hindu deities like Lord Shiva, Navi Mata, and Lord Hanuman are the highlights of this place. The temple of Parsuram Mahadeo is also located in the hills nearby Desuri.

Muchhal Mahavir TempleMuchhal Mahavir Temple is located in the Pali District of the Rajasthan and is dedicated to Lord Mahavir. The temple is located in the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary, about 5 km away from the Ghanerao. This temple is known for the statue of the Hindu Lord Shiva with moustache. At the entrance of the temple two statues of the elephants can be seen that stand in the guarding position. Garasia tribal villages are the nearby attractions to this place. Tourists can buy beautiful traditional costumes from this place.

NarlaiNarlai is a small village, which rests in the foothill, 6 km away from the renowned town of Ranakpur. Travellers can find several Jain Temples and Hindu Temples in the region. Among the tourists, the murals and the architecture of the temple of the Lord Adinath, the irst Jain Tirthankara is very popular.

SadriSadri is counted among the important pilgrimage centres of the Pali District of Rajasthan. Earlier, this city was also known as the ‘Gate of Mewar to Marwar’. The place holds immense religious significance for the Jain community. For the visitors going to visit the Ranakpur Temple and Shri Parshuram Mahadev Mandir, this place serves as the base. In addition to the Varahavtar Temple and the Chintamani Parsvanath Temple, the old Dargah of Khudabaksh Baba is also a popular attraction of the place.

Sun Temple– The Sun Temple, also known as the Surya Narayan Temple, is situated in proximity to the Ranakpur Jain Temple. The Lord Sun is shown riding his chariot in this temple. The warriors, horses, and celestial bodies carved on the polygonal wall of the temple represent the artistic excellence of the people of the bygone era. Devotees in large numbers from all around the country visit this temple to seek the blessings of Lord Sun. Devotees can also visit the temple of Amba Mata, situated close to the temple of the Sun God.

Ajmer

Ajmer is 163 km away from Pali and known as a holy city of Rajasthan.

Nasiyan (Red) Temple
Its a Jain forehead with a double storied area which displays several silver coated wooden figures. The area of the forehead is beautifully ornamented with glass mosaic, silver and silver coins work and precious stones.

Ana Sagar Lake It is a wonderful synthetic pond which got its name from Anaji Chauhan (grandfather of Prithvi Raj Chauhan).There is a stone pavilion besides the river which was designed by Emperor Shahjahan. Also there is a charming yard known as Daulat Bagh which was set by Emperor Jehangir.

Ajmer-e-Sharief Dargah One of the India’s most important pilgrimage is Ajmer-e-Sharief . It is center for people from all faiths. It is the splendid tomb of the Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti more popularly known as Khawaja Saheb or Khawaja Sharif. The shrine is next only to Mecca or Median for the Muslims of South Asia.

Adhai-Din-Ka Jhonpara- Ajmer has an interesting building known as Adhai Din ka Jhopra, which is said to have been built in just 2 ½ days. Previously a Sanskrit college in 12th century, which Mohammad Ghori later plundered and got rebuilt into a mosque.

Govt. Museum The Royal palace of Akbar was converted into a museum and Ajmer Government Museum Housed in the beautiful fort and palace built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1570, and situated in the heart of the old city and close to the railway station is this museum.

Taragarh Fort Built in the 7th century by Ajaipal Chauhan, the fort gives a bird’s eye view of the city. Taragarh Fort or the ‘Star fort’ is situated on a hill and to reach there, one has to take winding bridle path.

Nathdwara

Nathdwara is 150 km away from Pali and known for prominent tourists spots.

Dwarkadheesh TempleDwarkadhees Temple is one of the prominent tourist attractions of Nathdwara located in the Kankroli Village. The shrine is dedicated to the Hindu deity Krishna, and the red stone idol of the deity is believed to have been brought from Mathura. This temple belongs to Vaishnavas and the Vallabhacharya sects.

Srinathji TempleSrinathji Temple, an ancient shrine was constructed in the 12th century and dedicated to the Hindu deity, Lord Krishna. The idol of the deity was beautifully carved out of black marble. The Srinathji Temple is considered as the second richest Indian temple after the Tirupati Temple of Andhra Pradesh. Devoted hearts among tourists who flock this place always make it compulsory to visit this temple.

Charbhuja– Charbhuja, a small town in Nathdwara famous for the Charbhuja Ji Temple. This shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and famous for its exquisite architectural style. This place is also famous for the fort of Bor Rajputs (‘Garhbor’).

Rajsamand– Rajsamand, a small town of Nathdwara is located at a distance of 15 km from the city and lies on the banks of the Rajsamand Lake. It is famous for beautiful marble and handloom products. Kankroli Dam, Kumbhalgarh Fort and Haldighati are some of the notable tourist attractions of this place.

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Bullet Baba, Pali

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