Entrance to the Old Palace, Palitana
Photographer: Sykes, D.H.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the old palace at Palitana in Gujarat, taken by D.H. Sykes in 1869, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (volume 7: Western India). This view shows the carved wooden gate arch, with a camel in foreground.
The Vijay Vilas Palace was built in 1906 AD by Yuvraj Vijay Sinhji of Palitana, a member of the same Gohil Rajput clan as the Maharajahs of Bhavnagar. The palace was once the country retreat of the Gohil Rajputs. It offers a splendid view of the Shatrunjaya hill, a Jain place of pilgrimage crowned with innumerable multi-spired temples, which rises 600 metres above the plain around Palitana.