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    Laxmi Vilas Palace in Gujarat

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    Gujarat is a state that flaunts its vibrant heritage each passing second. The state is bestowed with inspiring culture, and overwhelming history, coupled with architecture that will move you from within. The historical places in Gujarat invites pilgrims and historians from around the world. While some places like Laxmi Vilas Palace define sheer grandiose, landmarks like Dwarkadhish Temple and Dholavira narrate tales of a legendary past.

    This list of best historical monuments in Gujarat will acquaint you with important tourist information, including timing, entry fee and major highlights.

    17 Best Historical Places In Gujarat

    Gujarat is home to numerous historical sites that will surely make you explore the deepest root of this place. The following are the most-visited historical places in Gujarat:

    • Laxmi Vilas Palace: Residence Of Vadodara’s Royal Family
    • Dwarkadhish Temple: Hindu Pilgrimage
    • Dholavira: Heritage Site
    • Vijay Vilas Palace: The Royal Family Of Kutch
    • Sun Temple: Marvel Of Chalukya Dynasty
    • Somnath Temple: The Prominent Jyotirlinga
    • Rani Ki Vav: Massive Stepwell
    • Nani Daman Fort: Beautiful Citadel
    • Sidi Saiyyed Mosque: Stunning Sultanate Structure
    • Old Fort Of Surat: Back To Tughlaq Dynasty
    • Diu Fort: A Seven Wonder Of Portugal
    • Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park: Stunning Architecture
    • Prag Mahal Bhuj: An Architectural Wonder
    • Aaina Mahal Palace: The Palace Of Dreams
    • Champaner Jain Temple: Religious Center
    • Bhadra Fort And Teen Darwaza: Intricate Carvings And Frescos
    • Uperkot Fort: Historical Gem

    1. Laxmi Vilas Palace: Residence Of Vadodara’s Royal Family

    Laxmi Vilas Palace in Gujarat

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    One of the most famous historical places in Gujarat, Laxmi Vilas Palace serves as the residence for Vadodara’s royal family, Gaekwad. The property has its history dating back to 1890 when it was built by Maharaja Sayaji Rao III. Spanning across an area of 500 acres, the facade itself is intricately designed using the Indo-Saracenic Revival style architecture, let alone the interior that spell grandeur in every inch.

    A lot many movies have been and are shot in the Darbar Hall of the Laxmi Vilas Palace, as it is available for shoots. The palace is indeed four times bigger than the famed Buckingham Palace, and thus it also is known to be among largest private dwellings in the world.

    Highlights: Zoo, private railway, museum, and golf course

    Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Open all days, except mondays)

    Entry fee:

    • Palace – INR 225 per person (Indians) & INR 400 per person (Foreign travelers)
    • Museum – INR 80 per person (Indians) & INR 150 per person (Foreign travelers)

    2. Dwarkadhish Temple: Hindu Pilgrimage

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    An important Hindu Pilgrimage spot dedicated to Lord Krishna, Dwarkadhish Temple is also known as Jagat Mandir. This is one of the four Char Dhams, and thus it had to be featured in this list of 10 historical places of Gujarat. Supported by 72 pillars, this five-storeyed archeological marvel is said to be as old as 2200 years, as per the findings.

    The temple is located in Gomti creek, and is always flocked by crowd of pilgrims, especially during the grand celebration of Janmashtami. During this time of the year, the temple and idols are decorated colorfully with garlands, ornaments and different elements. The vibe is full of zest in the locale, making it a must visit!

    Highlights: Significant location, religious importance

    Timings: 6:30 am 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm

    Entry fee: Free

    Must Read: 10 Incomparable Places To Visit In Gujarat

    3. Dholavira: Heritage Site

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    Dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization era, AKA Harappan culture, Dholavira is a 4500 year old excavation site. This is one of the most famous heritage sites in Gujarat, which was discovered by Mr. J.P. Joshi in 1967. The site is located in Bhachau Taluka, Kutch. So, this is an unmissable tourist attraction if you are attending the Rann Utsav , held during the winter season.

    Highlights: Some of world’s earliest sign boards, planned water conservation system, important relics, and terracotta ornaments

    Timings: Sunrises to Sunsets

    Entry fee: Free

    4. Vijay Vilas Palace: The Royal Family Of Kutch

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    Located in Mandvi Beach, Vijay Vilas Palace was built by Rao Vijayraj Ji in 1929. Back in the time, it primarily served as a summer house for the Jadeja rulers of Kutch province. This is among the most important historical places in Gujarat, as the royal family of Kutch still call this majestic palace home. Right here is where you will witness a rhythmic blend of mainly three architectural styles, namely – Rajput, Mughal and Victorian.

    The palace covers a massive area of 450 acres, which is adorned with manicured garden and a private beach spread across two kilometers. Some part of the palace has been converted into a luxury heritage resort, which indeed is one of the best luxury properties in India!

    Highlights: Manicured garden, private beach, and heritage resort

    Timings: 9:00AM – 6:00PM

    Entry fee: INR 50 per person (Additional charges of INR 10 is applicable if you’re entering with private vehicle) | INR 20 per camera

    5. Sun Temple: Marvel Of Chalukya Dynasty

    Sun Temple in Modhera

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    The Sun Temple in Modhera is among the most sought-after historical places in Gujarat, or rather India. This Hindu temple is dedicated to the Sun God, and is located in the embankment of River Pushpavati. In 1026 AD is when Sun Temple was built, back in this time Bhima I of Chalukya Dynasty had the throne. However today, there are no offerings and prayers taking place here, it is primarily a historic site of tourist interest, as maintained by the Archeological Survey of India.

    The temple is a marvel to behold, flaunting the best of Maru-Gurjara style of architecture. Oftentimes, the Sun Temple of Modhera is counted among the Seven Wonders of India.

    Highlights: Marvellous architecture

    Timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Entree fee: Free

    6. Somnath Temple: The Prominent Jyotirlinga

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    One of most important monuments of Gujarat, Somnath Temple is said to be the first of Lord Shiva’s twelve Jyotirlinga shrines. As per the findings, the temple has been reconstructed many times, and the most recent change was done in 1951 by adopting Chalukya’s style of architecture.

    Your tour through the heritage sites of Gujarat would be incomplete if you don’t step foot on this pious landmark. If must be kept in mind that items such as mobile, camera and other electronic gadgets are not allowed inside the temple. You can either leave these items behind in your hotel room or store them in the locker room outside the temple.

    Highlights: Heritage site

    Timings: 6:00 am to 9:00 pm (Darshan – 7:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 7:00 pm | Light & Sound show – 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm)

    Entree fee: Free

    Suggested Read: 10 Famous Festivals In Gujarat Celebrated With Joyous Fervor

    7. Rani Ki Vav: Massive Stepwell

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    Rani Ki Vav was built by Udayamati, in the memory of her husband King Bhimdev 1, in 1063 AD. This massive stepwell was used to take out water from River Saraswati, which has dried today. This is one of the most iconic archeological sites of Gujarat, located in Patan. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which displays the rich history and artistry of the state through different sculptures and of course the smart architecture.

    Talking of the architecture, the style used for its creation is Maru-Gurjara, which was based on several complex techniques. Surely you will admire the intricacy!

    Highlights: Rich history and artistry

    Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Entree fee: INR 5 per head (Indians) INR 128 (Foreign travellers)

    8. Nani Daman Fort: Beautiful Citadel

    Church in Nani Daman Fort in Gujarat

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    A famous landmark in Daman, Nani Daman Fort or Fort of St. Jerome is a rather small citadel. The exterior features three bastions and 2 doorways, and the massive statue of St. Jerome on the embankment. The ancient monument was built in 1672 AD, by the twelfth Portuguese Viceroy of India, Dom Jeronimo. Today, the Nani Daman Fort serves as an educational institute, with a view to savor!

    Highlights: The Church of Our Lady of the Sea, and nearby attractions like Nani Daman Jetty and Gandhi Park

    Timings: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Entree fee: INR 15 per person

    9. Sidi Saiyyed Mosque: Stunning Sultanate Structure

    SiddI Sayyed Mosque in Gujarat

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    This list of heritage places in Gujarat would look empty without the mention of Sidi Saiyyed Mosque. The structure dates back to 1573. Interestingly, it was established by a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah, Sidi Saiyyed, after whom the mosque is named as well.

    This was among the last Sultanate structures in Gujarat. The interiors of the mosque is worth an applause! Built in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, Sidi Saiyyed Mosque is adorned with intricate jaalis windows and chiseled marble.

    Highlights: Indo-Saracenic style of architecture

    Timings: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Entree fee: Free

    10. Old Fort Of Surat: Back To Tughlaq Dynasty

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    Built by Muhammad Tughlaq back in 14th century, Old Fort of Surat was primarily used as a guard against the Bhils. This is among must-visit historical places in Gujarat as there’s inspiring legends awaiting you. However, currently the fort is under maintenance, it is suggested you confirm its opening with Gujarat tourism before planning a visit. Tapi River flowing by the monument makes the landscape more stunning, don’t forget to carry your cameras!

    Highlights: Mesmerizing beauty

    Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Entree fee: Free

    11. Diu Fort: A Seven Wonder Of Portugal

    diu fort

    Diu Fort is another astounding historical place in Gujarat that is located on the Western Coast and was built by Portuguese during their colonial period. The fort was named in Portuguese by the rules as ‘Praça de Diu’ and this fort-cum-castle nestled on the southern tip of Gujarat is a must-visit site for those who love to sneak peek the bygone days! The colossal structure of this magnificent fort overlooking the enormous sea with a jetty constructed on the northwestern coast is stunning and makes visitor fall in love with the surrounding ambiance. 

    The fort was constructed in 1535 and was reigned by Portuguese for 424 years. It was also listed as one of the seven wonders of Portugal which makes it a global tourist attraction. Three beautiful churches and a Shiva temple enhances the beauty of this entire area, offering a perfect 1-day trip. 

    Highlights: Unique architecture, surrounding beauty 

    Timings: Sunrise to Sunset

    Entry fee: Free

    12. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park: Stunning Architecture

    Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

    Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is a marvellous place that has been entitled as the UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world. Located in the heart of Champaner, this stunning park is surrounded by Pavagadh hills, making it one of the most beautiful places to visit in Gujarat. The site holds historical and mythological prominence as it comprises numerous architectural wonders. You will also come across numerous mythological tales on interacting with locals. 

    Highlights: Archaeological structure, Hindu and Islamic styles of designs

    Timings: 8:30AM- 5:00PM

    Entry Fee: INR 30  

    13. Prag Mahal Bhuj: An Architectural Wonder

    Prag Mahal Bhuj

    Prag Mahal, located on the outskirts of Bhuj is among the most prominent architectural wonders of India. It was established in the 19th century and showcases Gothic style windows and Corinthian pillars. The palace played a significant role for Britishers to spread their influence in the entire area of Bhuj. This beautiful palace was commissioned during the reign of Pragmali II and designed by Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins. 

    Prag Mahal is also home to the second tallest clock tower that offers panoramic views from the top. There is also a museum inside the palace, exhibiting the royal family and archives holding historical significance. The beauty of this palace can be witnessed in numerous Bollywood films including Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Lagaan, and many more! 

    Highlights: Historical architecture, Clock tower

    Timings: 9:00AM – 10:00PM and 3:00PM – 6:00PM 

    Entry Fee: INR 20

    14. Aaina Mahal Palace: The Palace Of Dreams

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    Aaina Mahal Palace was built in the 18th century during the rule of Lakhpatji who asked Ram Singh Malam, the prominent architect then, to build the ‘palace of dreams’ for him. However, the marvellous design of Aaina Mahal having dazzling glasses, exclusive cloaks, and exotic tiles was destructed during the 2001 earth quake. The site was later recovered and renovated for tourists. 

    The palace is located on the northeast side of Hamirsar Lake offering mesmerising views of the surrounding area. The site now offers a vide collection of art and artefacts, whereas, the Hall of Mirrors is the prime attraction here. Don’t forget to explore the outer compound of the palace, offering vibrant collection of floras.    

    Highlights: Historical architecture, the hall of mirrors

    Timings: 9:00AM – 10:00PM and 3:00PM – 6:00PM 

    Entry Fee: INR 10

    15. Champaner Jain Temple: Religious Center

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    Champaner Jain Temple is one of the most significant historical places in Gujarat and dates back to the 14th-15th century. It is one of the most prominent centre for Jains in the state of Gujarat and exhibits beautiful stone carvings of Tirthankaras. However, the temple has been refurbished overtime but remains to be one of the most interesting places to visit in Gujarat. 

    Highlights: Historical architecture

    Timings: 9:00AM – 6:00PM

    Entry Fee: Free

    16. Bhadra Fort And Teen Darwaza: Intricate Carvings And Frescos

    The stunning facade of Bhadra Fort - one of the best heritage tourist places in Ahmedabad

    Bhadra Fort is known for offering the most scenic views in Ahmedabad and its magnificent architecture is spread over 44 acres of lush green landscape. The fort got its name from the popular Bhadrakali Temple that resides within its premises. It showcases intricate carvings, frescos, and lattice work, and the peaceful ambiance enhances the beauty of this site. 

    Bhadra Fort is also home to Siddi Syed Mosque and its proximity to Teen Darwaza makes it one of the most visited places in Ahmedabad. If you love capturing nature in your camera lens then you must surely plan a visit to this interesting palace while staying in Ahmedabad.  

    Highlights: Mesmerising views, beautiful architecture

    Timings: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

    Entry Fee: Free

    17. Uperkot Fort: Historical Gem

    Uperkot Fort

    Uperkot Fort is believed to be over 2300 years old and comprises of elaborated 20 metres high walls in some places. It used to have a 300 feet deep moat within the walls of Uperkot Fort which used to be inhabited by crocodiles. There are step wells and caves at this historic place and the iconic attractions here are the Neelam and Manek, brought by the Turks. 

    Highlights: Historical site

    Timings: 8:00AM – 6:00PM

    Entry Fee: Free

    Further Read: International Kite Festival In Gujarat: Join The Uttarayan Celebrations This January

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