Are you a travel buff? Are you in constant search of exploring new places? Or are you just an ordinary person looking for a vacation with family and friends? No matter which of the following categories you belong to, Gujarat satisfies all of those requirements. However, have you ever been treated badly by an otherwise benevolent person, later on, you come to know how he or she was just going through a rough patch in life and the time was simply not right for him or her? Exactly. The point of that slight digression is that it’s all about the time. Gujarat no matter how much it has to offer to you will never match up to the expectation if you visit in the summers which are simply not the right time for it as the weather there sometimes tends to become Unbearable for travelling let alone exploring. The rainy season, however, brings a gush of freshness to the state and the month of July might just be your time. So start jotting down mental notes as we take you through this list of places to visit Gujarat in July.
7 Places To Visit In Gujarat In July
Here are some of the best places to visit in Gujarat in July which one must visit and enjoy a great time exploring different sides of the wildlife and many more things.
1. Rann of Kutch
Rann of Kutch, is a salt marsh spread over thousands of square kilometers, in the Thar desert, in Kutch district of Gujarat; and if you are a person in search of a little peace with a hint of melancholy that will give you time to stop and wonder at the wonder that life is, then the month of July in the Rann is just your combo. The Rann located near the India-Pakistan border comprises of the Great Rann of Kutch and the Little Rann of Kutch. And gets filled with water in certain places, giving you a bonus. It is also a place for wildlife photographers to capture species of flamingos and wild ass. For transport one can avail of hired cars or public buses from Bhuj. A full moon night will surely add up to the scenic beauty of the place.
Are you a history buff? Then this is one of those many places rich in historical significance that you came to Gujarat for. About 120 km ride from Bhuj, this is an archaeological site in the Kutch district of Gujarat. This is associated with the excavation of one of the cities of one of the oldest civilizations of the world – the Indus Valley Civilisation. The intense atmosphere that the surrounding Rann of Kutch provides to it only complements the experience of indulging into the systems and structures of the brilliant Harappan pioneering minds.
Entry fee: none
Timings: 6 am – 8 pm
3. Thol Bird Sanctuary
Excellent for bird watching and photography this is good for the eyes of your camera as well your own. This is an artificial lake, where species of flamingos and Sarus cranes are found. About 30 km away from Ahmedabad, this artificial reservoir, surrounded by marshes and food for birds, is inhabited by more than 150 bird species. Visiting this place in July won’t be a bad idea if you don’t mind the occasional showers.
Entry fee: Rs. 40 (highly dependent on the tourism department)
Timings: 6 am – 6 pm (all the days of the week)
If you are in search of greenery in this ever-increasing jungle of concrete, then the Saputara hills in July in all its vibrancy with newly awakened leaves is just your destination. About a thousand meters above sea level, this little hilly village, located in the Western Ghats, is known for its ritual objects, artifacts and such, that trace back their heritage and sense of belonging to the Dang tribe of the Saputara hills. The place is dotted with green and beautiful picnic spots as well such as Step garden, lake garden and so on, while the Governor’s Hill Trail offers magnificent views of nearby rivers and the surrounding valleys. Right from the road that takes you to it to the place itself breathes of serenity and tranquillity, where peace triumphs in all its glory.
5. Gira Waterfalls
Wandering far from the mess of life that the city lights have created around you, you end up here, in this lush greenery with the background music of gurgling water, and the fragrance of a drizzle just moments ago haunting your mind. The Gira waterfalls situated in Waghai, Gujarat is 150 feet high and a destination not far from Saputara, which attains its full vibrancy in the monsoon months with an increasing amount of water in the falls and the Gira river. However, comfortable shoes are a must like a place no matter how picturesque it has its cons as well. And also water ponds should be avoided after heavy showers of rain and the place can be reached by hired cars or taxis. Although there are no fixed visiting Hours here, the recommended time to explore the area would be from around 10 in the morning until about 4 in the evening.
A former Portuguese colony, Diu is a place suitable to visit any time of the year. Diu is a small island, facing the Arabian Sea, connected to Gujarat via a bridge. Now being a coastal town, some might rethink their decision to visit it during the monsoon. However, occasional drizzles just make the place more intriguing. Diu being another place in Gujarat of rich historical significance, having a tinge of adventure to it, is home to the light of the lighthouse that so many ships at sea would have frantically looked out for, cannons that were used in battles we were fortunate and misfortunate enough to have not witnessed and a centuries-old St. Paul’s Church built in elaborate Baroque methods.
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A well known Hindu pilgrimage site, Dwarka is an ancient city in the northwestern state of Gujarat. The temple consists of an elaborately structured main shrine, an arched entrance and finally an idol of Lord Krishna made of black marble. The Dwarka lighthouse and beach offer views over the Arabian sea. This place counted amongst the Chardhams (the four pilgrimage sites in India) as well as the Sapta Puri the seven holy pilgrimage sites in India) is often considered to be the kingdom of Lord Krishna and believed to be the capital of Gujarat.
Entry fee: none
Timings: 6 am – 1 pm and 5 pm – 9:30 pm (all the days of the week )
So there you go with a complete guide to enjoy the year’s first drizzles in the land of Gujarat, varied in its topography ranging from its dense green woods to white salty stretches of land with one of the longest coastlines in India. Now pack your bags and plan your vacation in Gujarat to enjoy the rich culture, history, and heritage of Gujarat as it awaits you in all its vibrancy.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Places to visit in Gujarat in July
A. If Earlier you have been skeptical about planning a tour of Gujarat, Here is your chance to redeem that mistake. Be it with friends or family, for travellers or tourists Gujarat won’t disappoint you in any way.
A. All travel buffs have Gujarat in their bucket list. With that much of a competition in the market, it’s suggested that you confirm your bookings around 8 months before your trip.
A. Gujarat can be visited at any time of the year. However, if you are a bit of a nature lover or want to explore the state, then the monsoons might be the better option as it brings a tinge of freshness to surroundings along with a temperature soothing and comfortable enough for explorations.
A. Documents are always a necessity for whenever you leave your state or even otherwise. While visiting Gujarat, it’s advised that you keep your passport (and visa in case of foreigners) and or any other form of identity proof handy in case it is required.
A. The winter months are the times when the Utsav takes place. However, the month of January is usually the coldest of the months and can surely give you a hard time.
A. It completely depends on what you want – as to if you want to wrap it up quickly or you want slowly taste the versatility that Gujarat is. To provide you with a measure, around 8 -10 days trip will be just about enough to complete your stay, depending of course on your temperament.
A. Well, there is a load of items you can buy from this place. However, Patola silk sarees, Bandhni and traditional Ghagra Choli, or quilted jackets could be some of your choices.
A. Any place is more easily accessible via aerial routes. The major airports located in Gujarat are Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara, and Surat.
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