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Located on the west coast of India between Maharashtra and Rajasthan, Gujarat was not on the tourist map until a few years ago. However, a very successful series of advertising campaigns with Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has changed that and tourist interest in the state is growing. There are actually some amazing places to visit in Gujarat, with diverse attractions such as handicrafts, architecture, temples and wildlife. It's always worth being on the go, away from the big cities, and exploring.
Ahmedabad Old City
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Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat for many centuries, was declared its India's first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017, beating both Delhi and Mumbai. Its walled old town was founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah in the 15th century and is home to various Hindu, Islamic and Jain communities. The old town is in numerous pole (historical residential area with winding streets and carved wooden houses). It also has some of the best examples of Indo-Islamic architecture and Hindu Muslim art in India. Explore the local area on this fascinating Ahmedabad Heritage Walk.
Temple of the Sun, Modhera
The peaceful village of Modhera is home to one of the most significant sun temples in India. Built in the 11th century by Solanki dynasty rulers, it is dedicated to the sun god Surya. The temple is an essential structure consisting of a carved tiered tank, assembly hall, and the main shrine. It is covered in intricate stone sculptures. The Holy of Holies is positioned to receive the first rays of the morning sun on the equinox.
- Where: Northern Gujarat, 2 km west of the city towards the Pushpavati River, 25 kilometers from Mehsana and 100 kilometers from Ahmedabad.
Rani ki Vav (Queen's Stepwell), Patan
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rani ki Vav is an old abandoned stepwell from the 11th century. It was also constructed by his widowed wife during the Solanki dynasty, apparently in memory of rulers Bhimdev I. The stepwell has a flight of stairs down seven steps and panels containing more than 500 main sculptures and more than 1,000 minor stakes. Only discovered relatively recently, the stepwell was flooded by the nearby Saraswati River and silted over until the late 1980s. When it was excavated by the Archaeological Survey of India, its carvings were found in their original state.
- Where: North Gujarat. Patan is around 130 kilometers from Ahmedabad and 35 kilometers from Modhera.
The Kutch region of Gujarat is sometimes described as India's "Wild West". This immense stretch of largely barren and harsh desert landscape apparently covers more than 40,000 square kilometers and is one of the largest districts in the country. Its name, Kutch (or Kachchh), refers to the fact that it alternates between wet (during the submerged monsoon season) and dry. Much of Kutch consists of seasonal wetlands known as the Great Rann of Kutch (famous for its salt flats) and Little Little Rann of Kutch (famous for its Wild Ass Sanctuary). Among the sights of the Kutch region are historic Bhuj, villages and traditional handicrafts, the ship building in the port city of Mandvi, and the Dholavira ruins of an ancient Indus culture / Harappan town. For more information, see this Kutch travel guide.
- Where: Northwest Gujarat. Bhuj is 340 kilometers west of Ahmedabad.
One of the four most sacred char dham Hindu pilgrimage sites and seven oldest sapta puri Religious cities in India, Dwarka is considered to be the ancient kingdom of Lord Krishna and the first capital of Gujarat. The Janmashtami Festival is an important event there. Of particular importance are Dwarkadhish temples, built around 200 BC, and Jagat Mandir. Head down to Gomti Ghat, on the edge of Holy Water, for a spectacle of decorated camels, tea stalls, and shell jewelry sellers.
- Where: West Gujarat, at the mouth of the Gomti on the Arabian Sea, 130 kilometers west of Jamnagar and 300 kilometers west of Ahmedabad.
Marine National Park
Isolated and off-the-beaten-path, Marine National Park is on the coast on the way to Dwarka. It was established as a national park in 1982 and is the first of its kind in India. Yet not many people know about it. The national park is made up of 42 islands, 33 of which are surrounded by coral reefs, and is home to diverse marine and bird life. Tourists are only allowed to visit some of the islands. The main one, Narara Island, is by car and a long walk at low tide. Visit during the winter, and be ready to wade through ankle-deep water on the ocean floor. Local guides are available. Pirotan Island can be reached by charter boat, but it is difficult and permission must be obtained in advance from numerous government agencies.
- Where: West Gujarat in the Gulf of Kutch, near Jamnagar.
An important pilgrimage destination is Somnath one of the 12 Jyotirlinga (Shrines of Lord Shiva where he has been worshiped as Linga of light) in India. Its oceanfront location is mighty, the intricate carvings on its sandstone architecture are superb, and its history is fascinating. The temple was sacked by Islamic invaders and rebuilt several times, with the final reconstruction taking place after India achieved independence. Mahashivratri is celebrated in a grand way. A colorful religious fair is also held every year on Kartik Purnima (full moon night, usually in November), complete with young children dressed up as Lord Shiva and lots bhaang .
Gir National Park
Gir National Park, one of the top wildlife viewing parks in India, is the only place in the world where the Asiatic Lions can now be found. Thanks to conservation efforts, their number has increased. Gir is considered to be the largest dry deciduous forest in western India. There is plenty of other wildlife out there, including around 300 species of birds. You will have the best chance of spotting a Lion if you go in March through May, although the most convenient time to visit the park is December through March. Safaris run daily.
- Where: Southwest Gujarat, 360 kilometers from Ahmedabad, 65 kilometers from Junagadh, and 40 kilometers from Veraval. It is inland from the beaches at Diu.
If you are interested in Indo-Islamic architecture, you will marvel at the intricate construction of the blown 19 century Mahabat Maqbara Mausoleum complex by local rulers in Junagadh. This historic city, whose name means Old Fort, is located at the bottom of the sacred and temple-covered Girnar hill. You can also visit the ruins of Uparkot Fort, which has some interesting structures like step wells and Buddhist rock-cut caves.
- Where: Southwest Gujarat, 315 kilometers from Ahmedabad, 90 kilometers north of Somnath and 50 kilometers northwest of Gir National Park.
Velavadar Antelope National Park
The largest population of antelope, the unusual spiral Indian horned antelope, lives at Velavadar. This wild area is the only tropical grassland in India to be given national park status. It is also home to many species of meadow birds. Antilope Lodge, one of India 's top jungle lodges, is an excellent place to stay.
- Where: 140 kilometers southwest of Ahmedabad, near the west coast of the Gulf of Cambay.
A little-known UNESCO World Heritage Site, Champaner and Pavagadh are laden with historical, architectural and archaeological treasures from Muslim and Hindu traditions, dating back to between the 8th and 14th centuries. These include a mountain fortress, palaces, churches (Jama Masjid is one of the most spectacular mosques in Gujarat), residential areas, reservoirs and step fountains.
- Where: 145 kilometers southeast of Ahmedabad and 50 kilometers northeast of Vadodara.
Shatrunjaya Hill Temple, Palitana
Palitana, a major pilegrimsgård for Jainists, has accumulated nearly 900 temples and more to be built. Climb over 3,000 steps to the top of the hill and you will find an amazing Jain temple complex with sensational views. They notice that the hill is considered sacred. They cannot wear or carry items made of leather and must dress conservatively.
- Where: South Gujarat, 55 kilometers south of Bhavnagar and around 200 kilometers south of Ahmedabad, near the Gulf of Khambhat.
Saputara "Abode of Serpents", that is, located on a densely wooded plateau in the Sahyadri area. This hill station was developed as a tourist destination with hotels around a large lake, boat club, tribal museum, cable car, artist village and other attractions. It's a popular weekend, especially during the rainy season when it is foggy.
- Where: South Gujarat, 400 kilometers south of Ahmedabad, near the Maharashtra border.
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