If the thought of journeying to Rajasthan conjures up images of color and royalty in your mind, Pali will certainly provide a validation for your imagination. Known to be a trade center even before the 11th century, Pali is now a hub of industrial activity, therefore earning the name ‘The Industrial City’ of Rajasthan
In the past it was also known as Pallika and Palli, with these names probably deriving from the Paliwal Brahmins, who lives here centuries ago.From the Mewars and Chauhans to the Rathores and the Marwars, many kingdoms reigned over Pali. Geologists can even trace the formation of the landscape that once lay beneath the sea, only to emerge during pre-historic times. This small town has also been mentioned the Hindu mythological texts. The area in and around Pali has also seen many wars and battles that were waged during the 16th and 17th centuries.Today, Pali is home to numerous charming old temples, gardens, and of course, the industrial areas, which primarily include textiles.The Navalakha Temple, also known as the Naulakha Jain Temple, is not only an important religious shrine in Pali, but is also well known for its beautiful architecture. A number of other temples in the region make it a popular stopover for many Hindu and Jain pilgrims. Some of these include the Somnath Temple, the Chamunda Temple, the Parshuram Mahadev Temple, and the Hatundi Rata Mahabir Swami Temple, among many others.The town is also known for its forts, step wells, gardens and museums that are spread far and wide. The Lakhotia Garden is a great place to unwind, and it also has a beautiful Shiv Tempe, within the premises that attracts a large number of devotees every day.History buffs should head straight to the Bangur Museum to marvel at the vast collection of artifacts, historic royal jewelry, coins, costumes, and numerous other archaeological finds.The step wells that dot the town are called Baoris and offer a truly spectacular sight. The huge fields of henna are also a major tourist attraction.Auto-rickshaws and buses are available throughout Pali. Auto-rickshaws do not follow the meter, so be sure to negotiate your fare in advance. The best way to enjoy the town would be travelling a rented car or taxi, so that you can really soak in the history at your convenience, and in comfort.Be wary of false roadblocks, set up by locals, especially in between small towns, including Pali.Be careful of the guides and drivers trying to fleece you.
Pali is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Jodhpur at a distance of 58kms.
Airports: Jodhpur Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Pali from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Pali Marwar