Patan is a historic town situated on the
river Saraswati,130 km from Ahmedabad. It was founded in 1796 AD. Patan
was originally known as Anhil-Vad-Patan and flourished during the Solanki
dynasty. It was the capital of Gujarat from the 8th century till Ahmed
Shah moved the capital to Ahmedabad. There are many special features as
regards Patan. It has architectural marvels in the form of monuments,
step well, temples etc. One of Gujarat's oldest step well Rani-ki-wav
is located here. It is the oldest and most well preserved 'baoli' in Gujarat
and boasts of some of the finest carvings. The streets of Patan provide
the visitor interesting views - there are carved balconies, lintels of
Muslim havelis, marble domes and canopies of Jain temples (there are about
100 of them in Patan). Another charm of Patan are its famous Patola saris.
Textiles like Patola silk and Mushroo weaving originated here from the
time of royalty. The Sahastraling lake, a large lake surrounded by beautiful
temples is also an interesting place to visit in Patan.