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North of Gandhinagar, the district of Mehsana was the Solankis’ seat of government between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. Some remains of their old capital – including the extraordinary Rani-ki-Vav step-well – still stand at Anhilawada Patan, just outside the modern city of Patan, home to Gujarat’s last remaining patola weavers. From the city of Mehsana, at the province’s centre, it’s easy to get to the ancient sun temple at Modhera. A Jain temple in the hills at Taranga can be reached from Mehsana or Ahmedabad.

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