Pali - Quick Facts

Area: 12,330.79 km2

Population: 230,000

Altitude: 760 meters

Climate: Dry with scorching heat

Clothing: Summer - Light Tropical’s,Winter - Woolens

Season: Winter - Oct to March & Summer - April to June

Language: Rajasthani, Hindi & English

Places Of Interests:  Claim one of the best temples,museums

Best Time To Visit: Oct to Feb



Geologists trace the existence of Pali to pre-historic age and maintain that it has emerged from the vast western sea spread over a large part of the present day Rajasthan. In the Vedic age Maharsi Javali stayed in this area for meditation and interpretation of Vedas. The Pandavas in the Mahabharata age also have made this area (near Bali) their resting place during the exile. As a part of ancient Arbuda Province, this area was known as Balla-Desh.
Historical relics depict the existence of this area during the Kushana Age, when King Kannishka had conquered Rohat and Jaitaran area, parts of today's Pali district, in 120 AD. Till the end of seventh century A. D. this area was reigned by the Chalukya King Harshavardhana who also conquered Bhinmal and most of the present area of Rajasthan.
After the Arab invasions of India this area was concentrated by Rajput rulers from all over India. During the period from 10th to 15th century, boundaries of Pali extended to adjoining Mewar, Godwad and Marwar. All Rajput rulers resisted the foreign invaders but individually fought for each other's land and leadership.
After the defeat of Prithvi Raj Chouhan, the great warrior against Mohd. Gauri, the Rajput power of the area was disintegrated and Mewar and Godwad area of Pali become the subjects of then ruler of Mewar, Maharana Kumbha. But Pali city which was ruled by Brahmin rulers with the patronage of neighboring Rajput rulers, remained peaceful and progressive.
16th and 17th century saw a number of battles in the surrounding areas of Pali. Shershah suri was defeated by Rajput rulers in the battle of Gini, Mughal emperor Akbar's army had constant battles with Maharana Pratap in Godwad area. Again after the Mughals had conquered almost all of Rajputana, Veer Durga Das Rathore of Marwar made organized efforts to redeem the Marwar area from Aurangzeb, the last Mughal emperor. By then Pali had become subservient to Rathores of Marwar state. Pali was rehabilitated by Maharaja Vijay Singh and soon it became an important commercial center.
Role in struggle for freedom: Under British rule Pali played an important role by pioneering the freedom struggle in Marwar. Various Thakurs of Pali under the stewardship of Thakur of Auwa, who was the most powerful of all, confronted with the British rule. Auwa fort was surrounded by the British army and then conflicts lasted by 05 days, when at last the fort was possessed by the British army. But this heroic action of Auwa paved the way for continued and organized struggle for freedom.

By Air
Nearest airport is Jodhpur 78 kms.

By Rail
Jodhpur Station, Marwar Junction 30 kms.

By Road
Connected to Jodhpur by National Highway no.1.

There are many tourist places in Pali district which attract local peoples as well as foreigners. People from different cities of India come to Pali to visit Ranakpur, Jawai Dam, Parshuram Mahadev Temple, Jadan Aashram etc. Some of the famous tourist places are as follows:

Rohetgarh Fort
Rohetgarh located 30 kms from Pali, this 16th century Champawat fort has been renovated & converted into a premium heritage hotel.
It houses some of the finest Persian carpets as well as some dazzling chandeliers dangling from ceilings, with the interiors having an impeccable collection of local arms, paintings & other hunting trophies.

Jawai Dam
One of the biggest dams of western Rajasthan. It is situated in sumerpur tehsil of Pali district. It has a capacity of 6000 million cubic feet. It is the main water supply source of Jodhpur and Pali districts. Besides this, many villages of Jalore and Pali are irrigated through this Dam.

Bangar Museum
It is situated in the Pali city at old bus stand. Many old historical and artistic items like dresses, coins, arms etc. are kept here.

Lakhaotia Garden
It is situated in the heart of Pali city and surrounded by a pond, lakhotia (Also known as city tank). One beautiful temple of Lord Shiva is also situated in the middle of garden.

Jadan Ashram
It is situated in Marwar Junction tehsil of Pali district and hardly 20 km from Pali.

Ranakpur Jain Temple
It is famous for its magnificent Jain temple built during the reign of Rana Kumbha of Mewar in 15th Century. Ranakpur temple complex is known for its Architectural and natural beauty. It has 24 halls containing 1440 pillars, each one is different from other and each covered with intricate, yet delicate, carvings. The Central temple dedicated to the Jain Thirthankara Adinath Ji, is called Chaumukha (four-faced).

Nimbo Ka Nath
It is situated between Falna - Sanderav rout. Myth goes that pandavas stayed here with mother kunti during the exile. Kunti used to worship shiva at this place. Pandavas also established Navdurga at this place.

Parshuram Mahadev Temple
It is in Desuri tehsil, on the top of one of the hill of aravali. There is a natural cavern on the hill where a natural Shivling is the attraction of the devotee of lord Shiva. The Myth goes that the great ascetic, Parshuram of Ramayana era practiced penarce in this cavern. Fairs are also organized here twice a year. It is hardly 14 kms from Sadari Town.

Somnath Mandir
It is famous for its historical background and ShilpArt. It is situated in the middle of Pali city. It was constructed by then King of Gujarat Kumarpal Solanki in the Vikram samvat 1209. It is the temple of Lord Shiva. In the premises of temple there are many small temple of other Devi Devta.


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