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palitana jain temples

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Garden of carved temples...

Kshetrunjay or Shetrunjay is a hill located at a height of 591 metres. The Shatrunjaya Temple is the most sacred temple of the Jains and one of the largest of its kind in India. One has to climb up the hill for about 4 kms (600 meters-4000steps) on a stepped path to Shetrunjaya (victory over the area). You can reach this place either in Doli or lift chairs or by walking. There are about 863 Jain temples, built over 900 years on the hilltop. The construction of temples of Palitana spanned over a period of 900 years. These temples were built in two phases. The first one being from the 11th to12th centuries AD as a part of the resurgence of temple building all over India. The second phase was from the 16th century AD onwards. Muslim invaders destroyed some of the earliest temples built in the 11th century AD during the 14th and 15th centuries AD. The existing temples date back to 16th century AD onwards. It is 230km away from Ahmadabad and 60km from Bhavnagar.

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Program

  • Duration: 2 days
  • This duration is of climbing the hill and return down after visiting it. You need an extra day to reach there. Next day you start early in the morning and finish it by afternoon and later on you can proceed further


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Diu 2 days

From Palitana  we can go to Diu. Diu was a Portuguese  territory. A tiny nice place with Fort,  Portuguese style church, caves, museum and beaches.  

Near Diu, there is a village,  which is a Harbor. Also known as fishing village as all are fishermen, go for fishing and come back. 


Very interesting.