Pali is known among tourists as a significant ancient industrial trading centre, set against immense natural beauty and serenity of temples. This beautiful district has been carved out of the princely state of Jodhpur. Pali is visited by tourists from all over the country for its ancient temples and historical sites.
Best Time to Visit Pali
Winter season from November to March and the months after the monsoon are great to visit the district. The weather during is time is pleasant and apt to wander and explore the place to the fullest. Summertime can be harsh and uncomfortable for you as the temperature in Pali district may rise up to 45-degree Celcius which is not apt for sight-seeing or exploring.
History of Pali District
The history of pali can be traced back to the 10th century AD when it was ruled by the Chauhan Dynasty. They extended their rule to many parts of Mewar and Gujarat. There is no written account of events and facts between the 13th and 14th century and whatever is known through unofficial sources via local people or folklore is full of contradictions. One thing that is known for a fact is that during this time period the Rathores and the Muslim invaders were at war against each other.
After the 14th century, came the rule of one of the celebrated rulers of the region Maldeo who ruled from 1532 to 1562 and extended his territory and developed the region. Later the region again came under the rule of Mughals who ruled the region till 1707 till the time of Aurangzeb. The incursions started in Rajasthan which stopped with a treaty between British and Chhatar Singh of Jodhpur in 1818 A.D. In 1949, the district of Plai came into existence with 4 sub-divisions namely Bali, Pali, Sojat and Jaitaran.
Major Attractions in and Around Pali Rajasthan
1. Ranakpur Temple
The temple is a significant Jain temple that is visited by Jain followers from across the country. Ranakpur Temple features a mesmerizing and magnificent architecture that will make you fall in love with it at a glance. This 15th century built temple has 1400 pillars, 24 halls, 80 domes and 400 columns that support this giant construction.
2. Golden Temple
Located in Falna town this Jain Golden Temple is another prominent destination for Jain religion followers. The temple is dedicated to Shri Shankeshwar Parshwanath Bhagwan. One intriguing fact about the main mandir is that its walls are covered with small mirrors owing to which it is also referred to as kanch ka Mandir (Mirror Temple).
3. Surya Temple
The temple is dedicated to the sun god and is located at the banks of Mavi river. Situated at a height one can enjoy the scenic view of Aravalli range from the temple. The intricately carved walls of the temple are worth witnessing and capturing in the camera.
4. Ashapura Mata
Situated in Nadol village in Pali, this temple is visited by devotees from all over the country. Locals believe that the deity fulfills all the wishes of its devotees.
How to Reach Pali District in Rajasthan
Pali holds a rich history of its own and a great number of tourist and religious destinations that attract numerous devotees and tourists every year. The ancient temples, historic sites with magnificent architecture and festivals are worth experiencing once in a lifetime. The district is well connected with various transportation modes such as railways, airways, and roadways.
One option is to travel by state-run or private inter-state tourist buses. The bus fare from Delhi to Pali starts from Rs.500/person which may go up to Rs.2000 in case of luxury buses. If you are a biking enthusiast or a passionate driver then you may also reach the district by the highways and the byways of the country. Arriving from Delhi you are required to cover an approximate distance of 570km via NH 48, 950km via NH 48 from Mumbai, 1800km via NH 19 from Kolkata, and 1900km via NH 48 from Bengaluru. The district is 72km away from Jodhpur, 163 km from Ajmer, and 294km from Jaipur.
Pali Marwar Railway Station is a prominent station located in the Pali district. Tourists arriving from Delhi may consider travelling by Ranikhet Express, Suryanagri Express or Ranakpur express from Mumbai and Jodhpur Express from Bengaluru. From the station, one can take a cab, or a bus to reach the desired destination in the district.
Jodhpur Airport (JDH) which is nearly 74 km from Pali is the nearest to reach the district. Direct and connecting flights from all parts of the country arrive here hence one may consider travelling by airways. Vistara, AirIndia, SpiceJet, and IndiGo runs non-stop flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Jodhpur flight ticket price. From Kolkata, Air India, Vistara and IndiGo run flights with a single stoppage. Indigo runs a non-stop flight from Bengaluru to Pali.
Here is a list of Indian cities from where flights are available to Pali