Rani Ka Vav, the latest Indian entrant to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site is situated here, making Patan one of the newest tourist hubs in India.
As the royal entrance gates open into a city comfortably residing within the huge walls that surround it, you will be welcomed by the ancient yet young and warm city of Patan. Having been the capital of the state for as many as 650 years in the medieval period, Patan and its people have a very positive approach towards learning and growth. This is where a lot of crucial political decisions were taken in the past, a number of furious battles were fought. This city has seen it all, the beauty it is, it smiles at its visitors and welcomes them so warmly that it feels like home. Patan has a lot of historical value and has been a part of the research of archaeologists in the past. Just as it has temples, it also has Dargah and Jain temples. Patan is a spiritual city and believes in the power of the almighty, it strongly believes that it is their Kuldevi and her presence that has kept the town intact and its people happy and growing.
Patan provides its visitors a whole range of options to choose from. From luxury star hotels to economic accommodation with facilities apt for a comfort stay to guest houses with just basic facilities. Please discuss your needs and requirements and negotiate the charges before finally reserving your accommodation.
It is a beautiful place and can be visited any time of the year. It has one of the most beautiful step-well of India and vibrant Patola saris that will leave you mesmerised.
Offbeat, no proper road access.
Patan is a great place to visit for people who love ancient Indian history, both for Indians as well as foreigners. It is an amazing place to shop for indigenous Patola saris. Patan is said to be the home of Patola artists.
Apart from local Gujarati snacks like Thepla, Dhokla, Bhajiyo, Khandvi, Pani puri, there are a lot of dishes which serve as the staple diet of the state. Gujarati menu has a huge list of options in extreme variety.
Shared autos, jeeps, cabs and buses are available to the tourists to travel within the city. If you have fixed number of days in hand and don't want to miss out on anything, book a cab that'd stay with you for the entire day and follow an itinerary to show you around.
Patan is known for two things, Rani ki Vav (Queen's step well) and Patola sarees. Go, visit the Patola saree making unit and see how it is made. Don't miss out on these two during your visit to Patan. If time permits, visit temples, as they also have marvellous and inspiring architecture apart from their religious values.
Rani ka Vav translates into "the Queen's stepwell". The Rani Ki Vav festival is proposed to be held in the month of December or January every year. The major attractions of the festival are- 1. Exhibition of local arts and craft. 2. Cultural programmes comprising of music and dance. 3. Setting up of the street market. 4. An exquisite food festival
India is known for its rich and ancient heritage in textiles all around the globe. Patola (double Ikat) from Patan glorifies this heritage. It has its origin in a very intricate and difficult technique of tie dyeing and knot dyeing known as "Bandhani". The sari has no reverse side; both the sides have equal intensity and design. It has gorgeous colours, designs and durability and is one of a kind. It mostly starts from 20,000 and goes up to several lakhs depending on the work done and thread used.
Make sure you have enough information beforehand of wherever you go sightseeing or have a guide with you. If planning to buy a Patola Saree, make it a point to compare prices and check the geniuses of the fabric.