|Pali has witnessed the rise and fall of many dynasties from the Baalla Desh, a democratic state of the Mahabharata, to the Kushanas, Harshavardhana, the Marwar state and the Mughals. It is known for the sagas of its brave warriors and rich traditions. It got its name from the Paliwal Brahmins who used to inhabit the area.
Places To See
Bangur Museum: Perfect place to learn Rajasthani culture through the items on display such as historical dresses, coins, arms etc. It is located at an old bus stand.
Lakhotia Garden: It is right at the heart of the city. Though it is still worth a visit, however, it is less striking due to the ever-dry lake that surrounds it. The Somnath Mandir at the centre of the garden is worth giving your time. The temple is steeped in history apart from its architectural magnificence. It was built by Gujarat king Kumarpal Solanki sometime around 1209-1152.
There are also plenty of other smaller temples within its premises.
Baoris: Like most Rajasthan towns, Pali too has an interesting network of waterways. There are many baoris (stepwells) but each of them is unique in their designs. In fact, they are likened to an art gallery because of their splendid designs and architecture.
Pali Fort: Located in nearby Sojat, the Fort encloses the ruins of a temple and a mosque. It was constructed in 1460.
Hatundi Rata Mahabir Swami Temple: Shaped like a pyramid in multiple hues, it is a famous tourist spot. It is also widely known for its imposing statue of Lord Mahavira placed in a grand temple exquisitely done in pink and white.
Surya Narayana Temple: Striking in beauty and architectural magnificence, it was built in the 15th century. It has been carefully planned with numerous projections arising from the base circular structure. The highly embellished temple of the Sun God with carvings of Lord Surya in his chariot drawn by seven horses and his idol is awe-inspiring.
Other places of interest are the Ranakpur Jain Temple, Naulakha Jain temple, Radha Krishna Astrological House, Bajrang Bag, Karni Mata Temple, Hemavas Dam, Geeta Bhavan, Bangur Mandir, Sai Baba Temple, Keshav Bhawan (sangh karyalay), Illogi Temple and the Jawai Dam Crocodile Sanctuary.