Gujarat Tourism Guide
Spend a few days exploring vibrant Gujarat
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About Gujarat Tourism
Gujarat, located in the westernmost part of India, is blessed with distinct terrains and various sacred sites. In terms of area, Gujarat is the fifth largest state in India and the ninth largest state in terms of population. On its northeast, Gujarat is bordered by Rajasthan, on the south by Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Maharashtra on the southeast and the Arabian Sea and Sindh( Pakistan) on the west, contributing largely to Gujarat tourism. Gandhinagar is the capital of Gujarat while Ahmedabad is the largest city in Ahmedabad. The people of Gujarat speak the Gujarati language and Gujaratis are native to the state. Saputara and Kutch are two other important tourist places in Gujarat which are famous for several things. These two places are also an integral part of Gujarat tourism. The staple diet of Gujaratis is mostly vegetarian. Gujarati snacks is quite popular among all the gastronomers who come here to grab a bite. Some of the famous food items are dhokla, thepla, bhakri and more. Bhawai and Raas-garba are the main folk dance in Gujarat. During the festival of Navratri, many tourists come here to take part in the folk dance performances. Tourism in Gujarat has seen a sharp rise ever since people have come to know about the culture and geographical marvels of the state.
Offering breathtaking views from Great Rann of Kutch and chance to observe wildlife with a visit to Gir National Park, here are bounty of places to cherish an excursion. It is advised to book a package in between the months of November and February which is the peak duration to visit here. Opting for a package during main festivals like Rann Utsav and Rath yatra can even be more fulfilling.
With Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport being located just at a distance of 26 km from Gandhinagar, which is well connected to major cities, like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and more. One can reach here from Delhi by boarding a plane and covering the distance of around 580 miles in 1 hour.
Capital of Gujarat
Located on the banks of the Sabarmati River, the largest city of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is a treasure trove of historical and cultural attractions. Travelers should pay a visit to Sabarmati Ashram, Kankaria Lake, Akshardham Temple, Law Garden, and Jama Mosque.
With endless cultural and historical traditions embellishing the state, visiting Gujarat attractions is a must for a true traveler. Don’t wait anymore, just book your Gujarat tour package and get going on one of the truest adventures of your life.
People from far and wide come over to Gujarat to get a taste of the vibrant culture of the place, and be a part of the much-acclaimed festivals and fairs. Tourism in Gujarat gives people the chance to witness the amalgamation of the ancient and the modern, and that too in a very harmonious manner. Make sure to jot down what you need to know about the state from this Gujarat tourist guide, to really experience the beauty of this place. Gujarat is also home to the famed Ninai Waterfall, which falls from a height of 30 feet. Surrounded by verdant forests, the waterfall is a favorite place for tourists and local alike. If you are looking for natural beauty when thinking about Gujarat sightseeing places and planning your itinerary, you will have a lot to see.
History of Gujarat
With an interesting and eventful history to recite, Gujarat still encompasses some of the sites, such as Rangpur, Lothal, Amri, Rozdi, and Lakhabaval where the ruins of Harappa culture can be found. The original inhabitants of Gujarat are the Dravidian tribes. The most remarkable period in its history is when the Solankis ruled here till 1143 and also the period of British Raj. The interesting thing to know about the state is that it was only in May 1, 1960 that the state came into existence.
Culture of Gujarat
A treasure trove of vibrant art and culture, here people can grab a chance to dig into the many intricate art forms of the state through an array of handicraft products. On an excursion to Gujarat, one can choose to buy products like: embroidered garments, jewellery, mirror work, and metal work. Besides that, one can also get to purchase some creative furnishing items, such as cushion covers, quilts, table mats and more. Famed for its folk music and dance forms, and authentic cuisines, here is a gala time awaiting for everyone.
Main Festivals of Gujarat
To cherish the diverse culture of Gujarat, one can choose to observe its many fair and festivals that show a true colours of its vibrancy. As thousands of tourists come here to witness the grand celebration of festivals like: Navratri, Kite Festival, Diwali, Rann Utsav, and Rathyatra along with popular fairs like: Shamlaji Melo, Mahadev Fair and many more; the importance of these festivals and fairs grows even more.
Attractions In Gujarat
Packed with fascinating sights, tourism in Gujarat is all about exploring natural wonders and heritage monuments. This Gujarat travel guide, full of information about all Gujarat destinations as well as Kutch, Saputara, Dwarka tourism, will attempt to familiarize you with the amazing and vibrant traditions and culture of the state.
In fact, the tourist places in Gujarat are probably some of the most famous in the country, and the Gujarat tourism development corporation try to ensure that tourists face no issues while traveling in the state.
Rann of Kutch
As long as we are talking about what’s magical about tourism in Gujarat, how can Rann of Kutch be left unmentioned? It is one of the most beautiful salt pans of the world, located in the Thar Desert. Imagine the silver moonlight reflecting off of pristine white sands? Now imagine spending the night there, under a canopy of stars with nothing but the breeze to keep you company. What could be better? Held in the winter season, Rann Utsav is one of the most popular festivals of Gujarat.
Saputara, a hill station in Gujarat, is a favorite haunt for those looking to get away from the sticky heat of the summer months. Saputara enjoys salubrious climate all through the year, and even offers chances of enjoying adventure sports such as paragliding.
Somnath Mahadev Temple
An important pilgrimage and tourist destination of Gujarat, the Somnath Mahadev Temple located in Prabhas Patan in Saurashtra region on the western coast. One of the 12 jyotirlingas in India, the ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has been gone through several renovations. With plenty of celebrations organised here, including the prominent one- Gangaji Fair, here one can always witness huge flock of devotees.
Gir National Park
Gujarat has the only wildlife sanctuary dedicated to lions in all of Asia, and that alone should make it a place worth visiting for wildlife enthusiasts. The Jeep Safari at Gir National Park is sure to get you face to face with lions and lionesses out for their daily walk or out for the kill. It is one of the best places to visit in Gujarat for nature lovers.
This small town in Kutch District of Gujarat used to be a summer retreat for Maharao of the Cutch State. Major attractions at Mandvi include Vijay Vilas Palace, 72 Jinalaya, Mandvi Port, Mandvi Beach, and Rukmavati bridge.
This holy city in Gujarat is considered one of the four sacred cities in Hinduism. Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka Beach, Lighthouse, Rukmani Temple, and Bet Dwarka are main points of interests in the city.
Shopping In Gujarat
Shopping in Gujarat is one of the most interesting and fun things to do during a tour. Gujarat offers some of the best items for purchase which are not found anywhere else. Items such as fabrics, snacks contribute a lot to the tourism in Gujarat. Check out all the important aspects of shopping here :
While Gujarat is famous for a lot of things, it is most famous for the following list of items:
Patola Silk Sarees Embroidered, Appliquéd Quilts Bandhnis and Ghagra-Cholis Khadi fabric Bangles Jewelry Handlooms and Handicrafts
You can shop for these items at the following list of places :
Law Yard Market - in Ahmedabad is one of the best places to shop for Gujarati traditional wear. Spot the choicest mirror work clothing and fabrics that is very famous in Gujarat.
Lal Darwaza - it is one of the busiest places in Ahmedabad. Shop for a variety of items - from clothing to electronics - at this most popular shopping centre in the city.
Rander Road - it is a famous shopping hub in Surat especially for clothing. Get your hands on the best ghagra-cholis and other traditional wear sold here.
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Places To Visit In Gujarat
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Mandvi Beach In Kutch
A little sea side town in Kutch, Gujarat, Mandavi has several claims to fame. Among others is the Vijay Vilas palace, now made famous by Bollywood movies, and the second is the Wind Mills which dot the Mandvi Beach in Kutch.
History made by the ship makers of Mandavi
This port town was set up by the Maharao of the prince...
- Family fun time
- Beach activities
Prag Mahal In Kutch
Bhuj is set in a desert, a land so arid that there is no respite from the sun. Yet the colour of the people and their culture shines forth in many ways. The history of the land is also rife with stories of people wanting to add to the rich heritage. One such mark on the history of Bhuj is the Prag Mahal.
Legacies of a Raj...
- Historic sightseeing
- City Tour
Dwarka Beach in Dwarka
Along the Arabian Sea shore of Gujarat in Jamnagar lies the sprawling expanse of Dwarka Sea Beach. Second to none in terms of beauty, Dwarka Beach brings together elements of a fun day in the sun and the pilgrimage of a lifetime. Featuring the Dwarka Lighthouse, this stretch of sand is among the most popular beaches of Gu...
- Ideal For Family
Dwarkadhish Temple in Dwarka
Dwarkadhish temple is situated in Dwarka in Jamnagar District in the State of Gujarat. The history of Dwarkadhish temple will certainly grapple one’s attention since it is in a way related to Lord Krishna. The temple has been dedicated to the king of Dwarka, which once belonged to Lord Krishna. It also means Jagat Mandir or...
- Religious sites
Dholavira in Kutch
The Indus Valley civilization is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, as told by our history books. The civilisation was formed around the area fertilised by the Indus River and its tributaries. Archaeologist and historian have had an ongoing love affair with this period in history and periodical finds of sites of ...
- Historical Sites
- UNESCO World Heritage Site
Things To Do In Gujarat
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Shopping at Local Markets in Dwarka
Dwarka, renowned as the kingdom of Lord Krishna, is one of the most beloved places for tourists in India and for the followers of Lord Krishna who comes from other countries. Apart from having a religious connection to it, a lot of travelers love this place for its amazing local markets. Shopping in Dwarka Gujarat will brin...
- Ideal for families
Janmashtami in Dwarka
The Dwarka city or Dwarkadhish was established by Lord Krishna himself with help of his elder brother Balram. The city also is known by the name of Golden city. The Dwarakadhish temple is the point of attraction in the place as its Lord Krishna's temple. A celebration of Janmashtami is worth watching in the city due to the ...
- Ideal for families
- Religious Tour
Rann Of Kutch In Kutch
Rann of Kutch is a vast salt marshy area in the Kutch district in the Indian state of Gujarat, parts of the Rann of Katch region lies in the Sindh region of Pakistan. The region is divided into two parts, one is called the Great Rann of Kutch and the other one is called the Little Rann of Kutch. The region supports both the...
- Cultural shows
- Desert Safari
- Traditional music
Koteshwar Temple in Kutch
Koteshwar is tiny village set in the west Kutch. In the village on the banks of the Kori Creek is the famous Koteshwar Mahadev temple. When the high tide comes in the temple, it gets cut off from the mainland. But with the roads being developed in the region, the temple is now accessible all through the year.
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- Religious Tour
- Ideal for families
How To Reach Gujarat
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If you are planning to fly in to the state, read on to find out how to reach Gujarat by air. Aviation connectivity is not a problem in Gujarat since the state boasts of the highest number of domestic airports in the entire country. There are 17 airports here in total, of which the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport offers international flights. The others offer connectivity to all major cities of the country. The main domestic airports of the state include the Vadodara airport, Surat airport, Keshod airport, Porbandar airport, Rajkot airport, Bhavnagar airport, Deesa airport and Kandla airport.
If you are wondering how to reach Gujarat by train, then you would be glad to know that there are several options. All of the state is well connected to the rest of the country, and there are internal rail connections also available even when going to the most interior parts of Gujarat such as Kutch or Saurasthra. Coming under the Western Railway Zone, Gujarat is home to many railways stations, the most important and frequently used ones including the Ahmedabad Railway Station, the Vadodara Railway Station, the Rajkot Railway Station and the Surat Railway Station. There are super-fast trains available from places such as Delhi and Mumbai. Make sure that you have your reservations made in advance, since these trains are generally always full.
If you love road trips then you must be wondering how to reach Gujarat by road, and there are several ways for you to choose from. Thanks to some of the best maintained roads of the country, Gujarat is well connected to several locations across the country. Indeed, some of these roads are major 2 lane or 4 lane highways, which are an absolute delight to drive on. Depending on where you are coming from, you can hire a taxi to take you to Gujarat or buy a bus ticket. From the air conditioned super luxury private buses with a bathroom on board to the simply functional state run buses, the choice is yours to make based on your requirements and budget. You could also opt to drive your own car. Whatever way you choose, you are sure to enjoy a comfortable ride.
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FAQ's of Gujarat
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Can I drink alcohol in Gujarat?
Gujarat is renowned for being a dry state, meaning alcohol is banned in the state. It is not advised for travellers to purchase liquor illegally in Gujarat. However, there are some designated high-end hotels that sell alcohol to permit holders. A permit can be acquired from the officials by showing a valid identity proof. Non-Indians can also purchase a 30-day permit to buy alcohol in Gujarat.
What are the famous fairs and festivals in Gujarat?
Navaratri, Rann Utsav, and Uttarayan (kite festival) are famous festivals in Gujarat. The Bhavnath Fair in Junagadh, Vautha Fair in Vautha, Shamlaji Mela near Himmatnagar, and Dang Darbar in Ahwa are popular fairs to visit in Gujarat.
Can I find non-vegetarian food in Gujarat?
While Gujaratis are known for their vegetarianism, non-veg food is not all that hard to find in major cities in Gujarat. There are plenty of restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine in Gujarat.
Is Gujarat safe to visit for solo travellers?
Ahmedabad is considered one of the safest city in India, especially for solo travellers. The Gujaratis are very warm and welcoming people. However, it is best to take care of yourself like in any other place during travel and keep your luggage safe at all times.
What are the emergency contact numbers for travellers in Gujarat?
Police Control Room: 100
Women's Helpline: 181
Medical Helpline: 108
Ambulance helpline: 102
Fire Service: 101
Gujarat Tourism Helpline: 1800 233 7951
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