Known to be the seat of many historical dynasties including the famous Rajputs, the city’s origins date back to the prehistoric ages, emerging from the Western Sea which covered much of present-day Rajasthan. Shaped like a triangle and bordered by the districts of Nagaur, Jodhpur, Barmer, Rajmasand, Udaipur, Ajmer, Sirohi and Jalore, Pali is undoubtedly the hub of trade and commerce in Rajasthan.
The city was reigned by different rulers across the ages, including the Guhilas of Mewar and the Chauhans, right down to Maharana Pratap, Harshavardhana, Prithviraj Chouhaan and subsequently Sher Shah Suri. Despite the city being mainly known for its trade and commerce, Pali has various forts, temples and dams to show for its rich cultural heritage. The city is also representative of Rajasthan’s rich religious history, predominantly Jain.
The city being under different rulers, has forts and temples of varying architectural styles and artistic designs. The most famous places of attraction in the city include the Ranakpur Jain Temples, the Jawai Dam, the Ranakpur Dam, the Parshuram Mahadev Temple, the Nimbo Ka Nath Temple, the Sun Temple and the Samand Lake. Pali is also famous for its Baoris and ornate step wells.
It is best to avoid visiting Pali during the summer, as like most cities in Rajasthan temperatures during the day can shoot up to 45 degrees. The weather remains fairly moderate during October to March with pleasant nights and days.