Tourist Places in Pali
The first thing that comes to our mind when we talk about the tourist locations is nothing but the numerous Jain and Hindu temples in and around the city. Besides these famous pilgrim locations, there are many other tourist spots in Pali like waterfalls, dams, lakes and parks etc. Many tourists visit these places to spend their leisure time with their family and to enjoy the natural beauty of the city. Let us have a brief look on some of the major tourist places in Pali.
Jawai Bandh is a village situated near to the dam and a railway station on Ajmer - Ahmedabad route. Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur built a dam with the same name across the Jawai river, a tributary of Luni river. This dam comes under Sumerpur Tehsil of Pali district in Rajasthan. Even though the construction of Jawai Bandh dam was started in 1946 May 12th, it got completed in 1957. Jawai Bandh dam, with the height about 61.25 feet, is the biggest dam in the western Rajasthan. It has two feeder dams named Sei dam and Kalibor dam.
Besides being the main water supply source for Jodhpur city and parts of Pali district, it also provides water for irrigation to some villages of Jalore district and Pali district, when there is sufficient water in the dam. Jawai Bandh dam is also a winter paradise for migratory birds and many tourists visit this place to see them. As jawai Bandh is one of the important railway station between New Delhi and Ahmedabad, most of the trains have stoppage here. So reaching at Jawai Bandh dam is not difficult.
Pali National Park
Pali National Park, which is also known as ‘The Devil’s Lava Flow’ covers some 5,000 hectares. This park was created in 1970 and it is located 196 km north west of Punta Arenas. Protecting an area of pampa with its population of nandues, guanacos and armadillos, who set in what looks like a lunar landscape is the main purpose of Pali national Park. The low hills and craters that form natural overhangs and caves are the attractions here. Pali Aike, which is declared as a national monument is the most famous among them. There are rock paintings which date back 9,000 years in the Fell cave.
Rajsamand Lake, which is situated near the town of Rajsamand, is also known as Rajsamudra Lake. This lake is built in 17th century across the Gomati, Kelwa and Tali rivers. It is nearly 1.75 miles wide, 4 miles long and 60 feet deep. The lake has an immense white stone embankment with the terraces of large marble and stone ghats at southern end. This 183 m long and 12 m high embankment leads down to the water’s edge.
Princess Charumati commissioned ornamental arches and pavilions along the embankment, in gratitude to Maharana Raj Singh, when he married here to prevent her marriage to Aurangazeb, the Mughal Emperor. We can see the five toranas (weighing arches) where Raj Singh and his successors performed the event called Tuladan. They were weighed in jewels and gold and they distributed the cash value of it among brahmins and for the construction of tanks or temples. We can see the depictions of the sun, chariots, dancing girls, gods, birds and exquisite carvings on the pavilions. A long Sanskrit inscription on twenty-seven white marble blocks is the special attraction of Rajsamnd.
There are numerous step wells in Pali and they are locally known as Baoris. Each Baoris has its own unique design and architectural excellence. The decorative design and architecture of these step wells show the refined taste of the people of the time.
Lakhotia Garden is one of the famous and busiest tourist locations in not only in Pali city, but also Rajasthan state. Lakhotia Garden got this name, as it is surrounded by the Lakhotia pond. You can see a city tank near the garden. A beautiful Shiv temple located in the middle of Lakhotia Garden is also a tourist attraction here.
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