Gujarat is one of the most beautiful states of India, famed as the land of legends and the land of surreal landscapes. On one side you have the amazing lunar surface like beauty of the Rann of Kutch, whereas on the other hand the lush greenery of the Gir National Park is a treat to the senses. On one hand the long stretches of beaches at Mandvi and Dwarka await, whereas on the other hand the majestic forts of Vadodara await. Islands such as Narala Island and Pirotan Island are also a major favorite among people from all walks of life, and all over the world. What is really famous and popular among tourists when visiting the beach destinations of the state are the resorts that line the area, offering soothing views and empty stretches of private beach for a completely relaxing time.
The varied landscape of Gujarat will never cease to amaze you, what with four major mountain ranges rising out of the earth and standing sentinel over the state, including the Sahyadri, Aravalli, Satpura and Vindhya Ranges. The state is also a major pilgrimage center, with religiously important and much acclaimed temples here such as the Somnath Temple, which has been destroyed at least six times by assailants and intruders such as Genghis Khan. There is also plenty of wildlife in Gujarat, and befittingly there is also a plethora of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries dedicated to keeping them protected from all harm. Places such as the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary offer visitors the rare chance of seeing the Asiatic Lion, in the endangered list a few years ago, in its natural habitat.
Apart from the abundance of natural beauty in Gujarat, there are of course a few man-made wonders that are a must visit, such as the Sardar Sarovar Dam, which is located in the Narmada district and is one of the largest dams of India. It is indeed a sight to behold, with the tremendous amount of water gushing down, rising up in frothy waves. Sabarmati Ashram is also one of the best and most popular places to visit in Gujarat. Located in Ahmedabad, the ashram was the official residence of Mahatma Gandhi, and still has the remnants of his daily life. The Watson Museum in Rajkot is also a very popular attraction for tourists, offering people a chance to witness the history of the state. There are several other similar museums and heritage monuments across the state for a thoroughly enjoyable trip. The shopping in Gujarat is also something you cannot overlook, because you get the best apparels and junk jewelry here, so make sure to give those local markets a look.
People also love to visit during their trip to Gujarat are the nearby areas. There are several great options nearby such as Diu, a Union Territory legally, but almost a part of Gujarat if you consider the proximity. Diu is the land of sunny beaches and rocky fortresses, and is a must visit if you time to spare from your vacation.