Pilani has numerous attractions which beckon tourists to this humble destination throughout the year. Some of the major must-visit destinations here include:-1. Panchvati:
Begin your day with a holy visit to Panchvati, which is believed to be the place where Lord Ram spent his days during his banishment to the forest. This destination is managed by the Birla Trust and has figures of Lord Ram, Lord Laxman, Goddess Sita and Lord Hanuman placed in the midst of a beautiful green garden which is adorned with a number of shrubs and trees. 2. Birla Science Museum:
The Birla Science Museum is a delightful place to learn the nuances of science by the means of experimental apparatus, working models and illustrative diagrams. This attraction was built in the year 1954 and tracks the country's progress in the field of science. This is the only privately sponsored technological museum in India. Visitor information is as follows:-
Timings: 9:15 AM - 12:45 PM and 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Closed on Mondays and other gazetted holidays
Entry Fees: INR 10 per person, 50% concession to school groups 3. Clock Tower:
Pilani's Clock Tower is one of the most notable attractions in the city. The tower is situated in the midst of the BITS campus and is about 50 years old. The Clock Tower has an array of 10 bells which chime together to generate the most endearing tunes. Needless to say, a number of stories and legends associated with the BITS community are closely related to this mighty edifice. 4. Shiv Ganga and Saraswati Temple:
Shiv Ganga is a
tranquil destination which houses a picturesque canal encircling a commanding statue of Lord Shiva. Seated in the midst of a lush green garden, this destination is frequented by all looking for a close rendezvous with spirituality and nature. A magnificent Saraswati Temple is also situated close to Shiv Ganga and is the perfect destination to sit back and introspect. The shrine is also situated in the BITS campus.5. Khetri Fort Pahari:
Built around 18th century by the Shekhawati ruler, Bhopal Singh, Khetri fort is largest in the region. It was later turned into a museum and displays artifacts and possessions of the rulers from 18th and 19th century.
Panchwati Udyan: It is believed that Lord Ram along with Sita and his brother Lakshman spent their years in exile here. Panchwati Udyan is devoted to Lord Ram’s life and his years as an outcast. Maintained by Birla Trust of Pilani, it covers huge swaths of lush green gardens and flora.
6. Surajgarh Fort: This 18th century Shekhawati palace is named after its founder, Thakur Surajmal. Popular for its frescos and the history associated with it, Surajgarh fort now operates as a luxury hotel with 22 grand suites spread over a 4 acre land.
Birla Haveli: The ancestral haveli of the business conglomerate, the Birlas is popular for its European-Shekhawati design and frescos. The haveli turned museum displays pictures and possessions of Birla household and provides a peek into earlier lives of the family that continues to dominate the Indian economy.
7. Saraogi Haveli: One of the prized possessions of Fatehpur is Saraogi Haveli built in the 1800s. Fatehpur town was established by Fateh Khan in the early 15th century and is home to several stunning havelis famous for their frescos and Shekhawati architecture.