Places to Visit in Patan
Patan is the former capital of Gujarat. In 745 A.D., King Vanraj Chavda built the ancient fortified town. Attacked by Mohamud Ghazni in 1024 AD, the city sprung from its ruins just to become the Suba headquarters of Delhi Sultanate, before it was known as the capital city of the Gujarat.
Patan is a hub of the finest produced textiles globally and famous for its exquisitely woven Patola sarees. Located around 130km from the capital of Gujarat, roads, and railways well connect the city to other regions. Due to its extreme climatic conditions, the best time to visit Patan is during winter when the temperature drops down. Do take a look at the attractions of Patan for your travel log.
Rani Ki Vav
The most famous tourist location is Rani Ki Vav. Built by Rani Udyamati of the Solanki Dynasty, this step-well is an ideal example of subterranean architecture. This step-well is one of the finest structures adorned with sculptures of Lords, including Lord Ganesha on the lower levels, preceded by Vishnu, Laxmi-Narayan, Uma-Mahesh, etc. Rani Ki Vav is probably the only well that has such intricate patterns and religious ornamentations in a significant amount. Surprisingly, many of its stairs and walls are still in the primary condition.
Built by Siddhraj Jaisingh, discovered in the north-western part of Patan, Sahastralinga Talav is an artificial tank constructed on the banks of the Saraswati river. Probably dry now, this water reservoir is said to have been cursed by Jasma Oden, a woman who refused to marry Siddhraj Jaisingh. Earlier, the Talav contained about 4,206,500 cubic meters of water. There are few remaining ruins of the thousands of shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. Its Pentagonal shape and expansion of 1km broad within the spans area of about 17 hectares represent it well.
The city of Patan contains more than a 100 Jain temples built in the Solanki era. One of the largest temples with refined stone carvings and white marble floors is the Panchasara Parshvanath Jain Derasar, a depiction of the massive Jain architecture. Previously, all Jain temples were carved in wood, but the builder Uda Mehta declared all of them to to be built in stone, for one small mishap might destroy the entire temple.
Located in the southern part of the city Patan, Khan Sarovar is a water reservoir built by Khan Mirza Aziz Kokah using stones from ruined structures. The large water tank is square in shape and measures 1228 by 1273 feet; the place is created somewhere around 1886 to 1890. Only pillars of Hindu artistry separate it. And, the Sarovar contains stone steps and masonry on all four sides with the outflow of waste-weir.
Hemachandracharya Gyan Mandir
Popular because of a great scholar and grammarian of Gujarati Language, Hemachandracharya; the Gyan Mandir contains around 25000 ancient manuscripts of Sanskrit and Prakrit, due to which, Patan became a seat of Sanskrit and Prakrit learning. One can call it as the richest collection of its kind in India and bears testimony to the fact that Patan was once a place where good scholarship flourished. Previously known as the North Gujarat University in 1986, Hemchandracharya Gyan Mandir has its roots in the ancient indigenous tradition of learning.