Gujarat, goes back by 4500 years and has experienced various eras from Ashoka , to Indus valley civilisation , to the last one , the British. Now presently, Gujarat is one of India’s upcoming state in tours and has plenty to offer from provincial architecture, superb temples, beautiful landscapes , scenic and exciting places, a few good beaches, delicious cuisines, primarily vegetarian and one of the healthiest cuisines in India, the fort and beach at Diu (an island off Gujarat) , the amazing Jain pilgrimage site at Palitana and the famous Gir wild life, the only place where the Asiatic lion can be seen in the wild.
Being birthplace of iconic figure Gandhi, popularly known as the Mahatma and Bapu, was born in Gujarat and set up his ashram at Sabarmati from where he started the Salt March, a significant action as part of the struggle for independence.
Ahmedabad is Gujarat’s main commercial and cultural city. Founded in 1411 by Sultan Ahmed Shah, Ahmedabad has been an important Gujarati city ever since. Today, it has a booming textile industry and is becoming important in the fields of education, IT and scientific industries. Amongst the modern offices and shopping malls, you can still find a maze of narrow alleys lined with wooden houses. Besides , Ahmedabad , the other places to tour are the Bhavnagar and Palitana, a destination famous to visit old attractive Havelis and good place to buy tie – dye textiles. The magnificent temple complex spread across Shatrunjaya Hill is just 3 km from Palitana town. There are over a 1000 Jain temples here and it is the main Jain pilgrimage site in India.
Velavadar Blackbuck National Park , a park about 35 square kilometre area of grasslands, shrub lands, saline plains and mud flats. It is ideal place for wildlife lovers and birdwatchers.
Gir Forest National Park (also known as Sasan Gir) was established in 1965 and covers an area of 1412 sq km. It is the last remaining habitat of the Asiatic lion, whose distribution used to extend through Persia to Arabia. This park is one of the most important protected places in Asia. Sasan Gir also has the highest population of leopards of any park in India – making it one of the best places to see big cats.
Rann of Kutch a destination, having beautiful landscape that was once a part of the Arabian Sea. As the land separated from the sea by geological forces it left a vast featureless plain that is encrusted with salt and water bodies during the rainy season. Famous for its festival and unique handicrafts , the Government of Gujarat hosts an annual 3 month long festival called the Rann Utsav, where tourists can see the various sights of the Rann, as well as get a taste of the local culture, cuisine and hospitality. Expeditions are organised , to areas, where a variety of wildlife can be seen including the ‘Gudkhur’ (Asiatic wild ass), which are found nowhere else in the world. Other wildlife includes blackbuck, blue bull, the rare Indian wolf and desert fox. The unique handicrafts of Kutch are world famous. A lot of women and young girls make their living by selling different types of embroidered cloths.
Daman and Diu is an island, off the coast of Gujarat. It is small and one can tour to palm fringed beaches, fort and a town with a couple of churches. The island was a Portuguese colony from the 16th century and was only ceded to India in 1961. The island does not have any prohibited liquor laws, as in rest of Gujarat and attracts lot of tourists to the famous beaches of Daman , the Devka beach and Jampore beach.
Gujarat , an upcoming vibrant state for tourists !
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