Gujarat Tourism – Exploring all there is

Gujarat Tourism

Gujarat is the western most state of India that has the longest coastline. This vibrant state is famous for its ancient temples, natural beauty, architectural assets, wild life sanctuaries, fascinating handicrafts, colourful festivals and delicious cuisines.

Gujarat will amaze you with its wonderfully connected and perfectly maintained road network. Taxi service in Ahmedabad is available for tourists who would like to get on a road trip and explore this diverse land that has an eventful history.The best time to visit the state is between October and February to enjoy the optimal weather.

History:

Start from Sabarmati, the Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi to learn about the Father of the Nation. Book cabs in Rajkot to go around the city and visit the Buddhist caves of Khambadila and Wankenar Palace, the Watson Museum, that narrate tales of ‘Rangilu Rajkot’s rich cultural past.

Archaeology lovers can dig into the past by visiting the world heritage sites of Lothal and Dholavira dating back to the Harappa and MohenjoDaro civilization.

The ancient fortifications of Surat Castle and Bhujia Fort of Bhuj have witnessed major historical battles. TheBhadra Fort of Ahmadabad and Lakhota Fort of Jamnagar will enthrall all tourists with their architecture. The major monuments of Patan including Rani Ki Vav step wells and Sahashtralinga Tank are top attractions are representations of the prosperous past of Gujarat.

Religious Sites:

Devotees flock to pray at the most significant temples of Gujarat.

The legendary Somnath Temple is a beautiful seven-story structure that reflects the Chalukya style of architecture.

The Dwarkadhish Temple of Dwarka is a magnificent sandstone structure which is highly referred as a part of Chardham Yatra in Hinduism.

Open-6.30am-9.30 pm.

While in Dwarka, do not miss the Rukmini Devi Temple to see its splendid carvings.

Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple of Gandhinagar is one of the largest temples which command attention as a centre of research, education and religion. Children would love playing in its picturesque surrounding replete with waterfalls, lakes and herbal gardens.

The Sun Temple of Modhera is set atop a hill where the Suryachakra shines from sunrise to sunset.

Apart from these, the Hutheesing Jain temple, Kirti Stambh, the Palitana Jain temple Complex, the Girnar Jain temple of Pavagadh have a history that is as amazing as the breathtaking beauty of their architecture.

Wildlife Sanctuaries:

This vivacious state is one of the wealthiest wildlife destinations that is a paradise for nature lovers and a Mecca for ornithologists, Gujarat is the perfect wildlife getaway with an abundance of flora and fauna. Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is one of the best sanctuary of India.

Meet the King of the Jungle at the Gir National Reserve forest and the last home of the true Asiatic Lions. Take on the adventure trip in a jeep safari on this distinctive landscape and start looking for the Black Bucks and hyenas.

There are facilities for tourists to do camping at the cottages of Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary located in Central Gujarat. If you want to catch a glimpse of the Sloth Bear,then you must Jessore Sanctuary is the place to be. The Kedarnath Mahadev Temple is also located within this reserve forest.

If you want to spread awareness about wildlife conservation among your children, then take them to Hingolgadh Sanctuary in Rajkot.

Nature:

Meet these elusive Flamingos birds while riding the Camel Safari on this vast stretch of the white desert of Rann of Kutch that lay between the Thar and the Arabian Sea.

Relax in this beautiful Saputara hill station by indulging in some leisurely activities like boating, visiting the tribal museum, artisan village to rejuvenate your senses.

Festivals:

A multitude of festivals are celebrated in Gujarat demonstrates the mix of different religions, cultures, language and ethnic groups of people living here. Dance to the rhythmic beats of Garba during Navratri or fly colourful kites during Makar Sankranti at the International Kite Festival.Watch classical dance festivals at the annual Modhera Dance festival highlighting talents of dancers.The sights and sounds of the Kutch Mahotsava appeal to all visitors who come here to see the display of native arts and crafts of the artisans of Gujarat. The Kankaria carnival, Tarnetar Fair or the BhavnathMahadev Fair of Junagadh are also worth visiting.

Shopping and Food:

Taste the rich flavours of Gujarati cuisine by ordering a thali meal or try the snack items like Khammam Dhokla, Gathiya, Khichdi Kadhi, Thepla, Khandvi and Bhakri Shak. Dessert items like Shrikhand and Handvoare a must-try and will certainly melt in your mouth.

The specialties of Gujarat are the Patola sarees, traditional GhagraCholi, applique quilts, tie and dye Bandhni works of Kutch. Do shop for the zari work of Surat and the shawls of Jamnagar. Ahmedabad’s Law Garden Market, Sindhi Market, Laal Darwaza are the best places to visit. Diamond lovers must visit Surat’s diamond industry. Bhuj is known for its enamel work bangles, lacquered wood and seashell items.The narrow lanes of Bangadi Bazaar of old Rajkot are similarly popular among tourists. Handcrafted handicraft and furniture items are best available at Vadodara.

Pick some exquisite gold and silver articles of Chaandi Bazaar in Jamnagar as souvenirs from Gujarat for folks back home.

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