The ancient city of Anahilvada Patan was founded by Vanraj Chavda, the first ruler of the Chavda dynasty. The city was the capital of Gujarat for 650 years, from 746-1411 and was ruled by a series of dynasties: the Chavda, Solanki, and finally Vaghela. Under the Solanki rule, 942-1244, the city shone as a center of trade, learning and architectural achievements. It was also a thriving center for Jainism, and the Solanki rulers commissioned a large number of Hindu and Jain temples, as well as other civic and religious constructions. The city encloses the 1000-year old Kali Temple. The 'Kuldevi' (family goddess) Kali of the Solanki dynasty is believed to be the protector of town and its people. The ruins of this ancient city, with the famous Rani Ki Vav, and Sahasralinga Talav, stand about 2 km northwest of the present-day Patan, which is known for its patola saris and mashru weavers.
The charismatic town is hugged by fort walls and gates still largely intact. It is a treasure house of the unique 'Patola' and 'Mashru' weavers, the snow-white Jain temples, the Hemachandracharya Jain Gnan library of ancient Hindu and Jain texts. Patan's golden history, noble cultural heritage, architecture and folk art are the unique attractions for tourists
The nearest airport from Patan is Ahmedabad, situated at a distance of 125 km from the city. A number of flights fly to and from here, connecting the city with the various parts of Gujarat as well as the country. Patan lies on the Western Railway network of the Indian railways.
Patan railway station is located
Patan is well connected by road network across India
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