Gujarat True Representative of Diverse Yet United India dazzles with vibrant diversities reflected in its culture, people, rich heritage and many tourism attractions. Vast stretches of Coastal wetlands and extended blue sea on one hand and fertile plains and mountain ranges on the other, Gujarat never fails to surprise its visitors. Summers can be scorching and winters are extremely cold, while the region adjoining the neighboring desert state of Rajasthan remains dry throughout.
There is no dearth of attractions in the form of holy temples, tempting beaches, wildlife reserves and cultural heritage.
Ahmedabad: Known as Manchester of the East, the city is home to Calico Museum and Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram. Highlights also include Jama Masjid (mosque), JhultaMinara (shaking minarets) and Hathi Singh Jain Temple.
Dwarka: Counted among the seven holy Hindu places in India, the city was inhabited by Lord Krishna and is home to popular temples like Dwarakadheesh Temple and Rukmini Temple.
Gandhinagar: Capital to Gujarat, Gandhinagar is one of the most planned and greenest capitals in the country and offers attractions like Akshardham Temple and Deer Park.
Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach: Picturesque beauty and swimming opportunities make AhmedpurMandvi beach a popular tourist destination. Dumas Beach with its black sand and Gopnath Beach are also worth visiting.
Sun Temple, Modhera: The temple dedicated to Sun God showcases spectacular architecture and is admired for its step wells and step water tank, erotic sculptures and ornately carved pillars.
Somnath Temple : Invaded as many as 16 times by the Muslim invaders, the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva still stands in full glory and is one of the must-visit places in the Gujarat.
Gir Forest National Park: The only home to Asiatic Lions, can explore the Gir Wildlife reserve by taking jeep safari tours. The national park also accommodates Indian leopards, Nilgai, golden jackals, sloth bears and many other species.
Blackbuck National Park: The park accommodates huge population of blackbucks and other antelope species. One can also find it as home to less-known lesser florican
Marine National Park: Collection of 42 coral reef islands, it offers the opportunities to explore fauna like soft coral, sponges, finless porpoise and more.
Many other wildlife areas in the state include Vansda National Park, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary and Barda Wildlife Sanctuary.
Dandiya Raas and Garba: While DandiyaRaas is an energetic dance form in the honor of Lord Krishna, Garba dance performances are meant to pay reverence to Goddess Amba. Each involves colorful clothes. Gujarat comes alive during the time of Navratre – a 9 days festival in the month of October, Garbha and Dandia dances are performed at every nook and corner, special programs and competitions are organized which are worth to participate in it.
Handicrafts: Artists all over the state are expert in a number of handcrafting arts that include tie and dye, pottery, patola andzari (for making mesmerizing fabrics), beadwork and needlework.
Festivals: Popular festivals of the state include Kite Festival, Modhera Dance Festival, RannFestival, Navratri Festival, Janmashthmi and Somnath Fair among others.
The wintermonths from October to March are the best to visit Gujarat for pleasant sightseeing, though the state is accessible round the year.
There are well connected international and domestic airlines connecting Gujarat with Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and many other destinations.
There is proper road network connecting Gujarat towns with other parts of India. State transport buses and private luxury coaches ply between various centers of Gujarat. Major distances are Mumbai - 555 kms, Delhi - 1076 kms via Udaipur and Jaipur.
Ahmedabad is well connected by rail to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur, Calcutta, Chennai and other parts of India.
Tourist Information Offices in Gujarat
Gujarat Tourism Office: located in Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Surat
Gujarat Tourism, off Ashram Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd., Airlines House, Lal Darwaja.
Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited, Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai- 400 039
Toran Tourist Dormitory, Near Govt. Guest House, Dwarka, Gujarat.
Office of the Administrator, Dwarka Devasthan Samiti, Dwarkadhish Temple Trust, Gujarat.