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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

India : Gujarat : Attractions & Excursions and Important Information - 5

Guys, here is the last chapter on Gujarat. I just elaborated some good and important information about Gujarat which help you to sort out your problems if raised during your visit at Gujarat.

Angar Pir:

Near the Adishwar temple is the Muslim shrine of Angar Pir. Childless couples make offerings of miniature cradles at this shrine in the hope of being blessed with children.

Jain Museum:

Palitana has 2 trust run Jain museums. the Shri Vishal Jain Kala Sansthan and the Stapitya Kala graha, with cloth paintings, manuscripts, palm leaf books, book covers, ivory sculpture and paintings on ivory and figurines.

Bhavnagar:

It is a rich princely city around 62 kms away from Palitana. The place is also a base for the tourists visiting Palitana.

Lothal:

A famous site of the Indus Valley Civilization, it is around 143 kms away from here on the way of Ahmedabad.

Valbhipur:

It is located at North of Palitana and was once the capital of this region. Extensive ruins have been located and archaeological finds are exhibited in a museum nearby.

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS:

Four special fairs are organised at the Palitana pilgrimage every year - Kartik Purnima, Falgun Shukla Trayodashi, Chaitra Poornima and Baishakhi Shukla Tritiya. Another fair is held on Baishakh Krishna six. In fact, this day is the day of consecration of Lord Aadinath in the main Toonk by Mantri (minister) Karma Saha. On Falgun Trayodashi more than one lakh people walk in procession for over 10 kilometers.

SHOPPING:

Palitana is a good place to shop for textiles related handicrafts and has a Jain Kala Sanstha. Visitors with special interest in temple ornaments an contact the Hill Inspector or The Manager, Anandji Kalyanji Trust, for viewing the jewellery that adorn the dieties on ceremonial occasions.

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTERS:

TCGL (Gujarat Tourism),: 079 - 26589683

Tourist Information Center, Palitana,: 252327

MONEY CHANGERS:
State Bank of Sauharashtra : 252118

Indian Overseas Bank : 252262

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS:

Police Station : 243301/03

Railway Enquiry :252708

Government Hospital :252175

Indian Airline Office, Bhavnagar, :0278-2439168

Guys have a memorable visit at Gujarat!!
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