Palitana is a city located in Bhavnagar district in Gujarat. It is known as a major pilgrimage center for the followers of Jainism. It was founded in the mid-eleventh century and had served as an erstwhile princely state of India. The hundreds of Jain pilgrims flock to Palitana to pay homage to the Jain pantheons.
Palitana is elevated 217 feet above the sea level and sprawls over vast acres of land. The climate of the place is classified as subtropical. With such climate, Palitana encounters pleasant temperatures throughout the year. It experiences pleasant summers where the median mercury level rests at 33°C. During the winters, the average mercury level drops down at 8°C and it receives a sufficient amount of rainfall. The annual precipitation received is 2700 mm.
Palitana, majorly, is a pilgrimage site for the Buddhists but hundreds of Non-Buddhists also swarm to this beguiling place. The temples that were erected in the 11th & 12th centuries still exist there. More than 800 intricately carved Jain temples are thronged by the pilgrims on a large scale.