Sihor’s Gohil Rajput Darbargadh was the site for battles and sieges. Some of the intricate woodcarvings can still be seen on the façade. The first floor has halls adorned with frescoes depicting the battle of Chittal. The terrace has views over the town to the granite hills of Sihor.
Visit the Brahma kund, a 12th century stepped tank, surrounded by 108 sculptures of various Gods and Goddesses of Hinduism. Near the kund are a number of holy temples. Artisans work in cottage industries on metal ware-brass, bronze, copper utensils are made at Sihor.
Palitana is renowned for the stupendous Jain complex atop Shetrunjaya hill outside the town. The Shetrunjaya temple complex is especially sacred to Jains as lord Adinatha visited the hill several times, and his son is said to have built the first temple on the pinnacle. There are more than 860 temples on the hill, most of them built between the 16th and the 19th centuries. You can see fine architecture, intricate marble carvings, jewelled statues and massed domes of the temples. The temple complex is one of the most revered of Jain pilgrim places and the atmosphere of devotion is awe-inspiring. Priests, pilgrims and visitors cannot stay on the summit, leaving it clean and deserted after dusk.
The princely town of Palitana, bisected by the river, has a few colonial period buildings still standing as reminders of the former rulers. There are Jain museums and art galleries in town, as well as a good market for embroideries and handicrafts. Weighing scales and utensils are made in Palitana town.
The sea coast of Gopnath offers scenic rocky views. The medieval temple of Gopnath is where the mystic poet Narsingh Mehta achieved enlightenment. He is said to have seen lord Shiva and the Raslila of lord Krishna at this point. Nilambag Palace Hotel can arrange for you to stay at the Gopnath Bungalow.
Alang is one of the world’s largest ship breaking zones. There is a large market here selling furniture, appliances, crockery and other products salvaged from the ships.
The grasslands of Velavadar National Park are the abode of one of India’s largest populations of blackbuck antelope. Indian wolf, striped hyena, jungle cat and blue bull are other inhabitants of the national park. Among the interesting birds are three species of harrier that roost here in winter.