Gujarat, India’s westernmost state, has varied terrain and numerous sacred sites. In its urban centre of Ahmedabad is the Calico Museum of Textiles, displaying antique and modern Indian fabrics. World’s largest white desert, India’s longest coastline, shore temples, the habitat of Asiatic lions, countries first marine national park, ancient Buddhist caves, Harappan citadels more than 4,000 years old and handicrafts and handlooms trail.. sounding like a tourist paradise? Gujarat has all the reasons on this earth to be on every traveller bucket list. Spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi’s base from 1917–1930 was Sabarmati Ashram, where his living quarters remain on view. The Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), built in the 15th century, has a huge courtyard and a columned design. Culture, heritage and nature blend together to form the western Indian, Gujarat, home of nature and history. The cultural abode of tourists, the strength of Gujarat lies in its diversity and fascinating way of life.
Gujarat borders Pakistan to the north-west, the Arabian Sea to the south-west, Rajasthan to the north, Maharashtra to the south, Madhya Pradesh to the east; Gujarat is the seventh largest state of India by area.
The state is an electric mixture of different cultures and traditions, showcasing the traditions of the real India. From heritage tourism in the form of the forts, step wells, mansions to the eco-tourism places like waterfalls, deserts, jungles, Gujarat is an enchanting centre of India. Gujarat is as rich in attractions as it is in stirring symbolism. Gujarat is heaven for vegetarians. Approximately 80% of Gujaratis eat vegetarian foods only. Hundreds of varieties of lacto-vegetarian foods are offered across Gujarat. Rotli (Chapati/Puri), Shaak (Subzi/Vegetables/Curries), Mithai (Sweets), Rice and Dal are parts of a Standard Gujarati Thali (Meal) in restaurants. In fact, it might be a little difficult to find non-vegetarian restaurants in Gujarat. Chicken and mutton are the most common kinds of meat, but only occasionally eaten. International travelers can find multi-cuisine restaurants serving global varieties. Add to it the celebrations and cultural potpourri brought by various festivals, one could not ask more from tours to Gujarat during this time. Gujarat conjures up so many vivid images and reality lives up to that.
Place to Visit in Gujarat:
Ahmedabad, Amreli, Anand, Aravalli, Banaskantha, Bharuch, Bhavnagar, Botad, Chhota Udaipur, Dahod,Dang, Dwarka, Gandhinagar, Gir, Somnath, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Kutch, Kheda, Mahisagar, Mehsana, Morbi, Narmada,Navsari, Patan, Panchmahal, Porbandar, Rajkot, Sabarkantha, Somnath Gir, Surendranagar, Surat, Tapi, Vadodara, Valsad.
From heritage to waterfalls to Ayurveda to adventure, Gujarat’s vibrant outlook and cultural diversity attract millions of visitors throughout the year. With a beautiful blend of tradition and modern approach, Gujarat is a great escape for the holiday season.