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Palitana Temples in Patiala

·  Summer: March-mid June(22°C - 40°C)
·  Winter: October-February (12°C -33°C)
·  Monsoon: Mid June-September

Best time to visit:  October-March

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Counted among the holiest Jain pilgrimage destinations, Palitana Temples sit atop the twin summits of Shatrunjaya Hills. More than 860 temples divided into 9 tunks (clusters) are not only drenched in intense mysticism, but also flaunt superlative architecture in marble. Ornate motifs, intricate carvings, enticing geometrical designs and grand architectural elements leave the visitors spellbound.

Marking the visit of Jain Tirthankaras, the avid followers of the religion built these temples over the course of many years. Adinath Temple is the main shrine, while other popular ones include Sahasrakuta, Kumarpal, Ashtapada and Chaumukh. The temples can be accessed by climbing more than 3,700 stone steps which account for about 3.5 km. One can have breathtaking views of the Gulf of Cambay and other topographic features from the top.

The temples witness huge numbers of pilgrims and visitors during Chha Gau Teerth Yatra, usually organized in October. It is worth mentioning that nobody, including the priests, is allowed to stay at the temples after evening.  

Road: Palitana is connected to the top destinations like Bhavnagar and Ahmedabad by excellent road networks. It is possible to board state transport buses and well as taxis from these cities to access the temple city. The temples located on the hills are accessible only on foot.

Railway: The city has its own railway station with limited rail connectivity. You can also reach Bhavnagar Terminus Railway Station (about 55 km. away) and then reach the city by road.

Airway: The closest airport is at Bhavnagar which is about 62 km. away. Board a bus from Bhavnagar to Palitana or hire a taxi from the airport to reach the base of temple hills.