Gujarat Tourism

Gujarat Tourism

About Gujarat

Gujarat

Gujarat is the westernmost state of India, a part of it projecting out into the Arabian Sea. It shares an international border with Pakistan in the northwest and common borders with the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, and the Union Territories of Diu, Daman and Dadra & Nagar Haveli.

 

Gujarat can be divided into three geographical regions: the eastern region that has the major cities of Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodra; the Saurashtra region between the Gulf of Cambay and the Gulf of Kutch; the northern region of Kutch which is a salty desert.

 

This is the most industrialised state in the country and contributes about one-fifth of the total industrial output of India. It does particularly well in textiles and electronics, and has the largest petrochemical complex in India. Though Gandhinagar is the capital of the state, Ahmedabad, its former capital, is commercially and historically the most important city, containing Gujarat's only international airport. It's famous for its architectural heritage mosques and mausoleums in a fusion of Hindu and Islamic traditions and ornate step-wells called baolis in the local language. Surat is a centre of diamond polishing and trade and Vadodara is an erstwhile princely estate.

 

On the coast of Gujarat are some beaches including the old port-town of Mandvi, but the famous coastal spots are the temples of Somnath and Dwarka. The ancient temple at Somnath was repeatedly plundered and the present structure dates to 1950s, but it carries ancient sanctity for Hindu devotees. The popular 16th-century temple at Dwarka is devoted to Lord Krishna and associated with Meerabai. The town of Palitana is famous for its more than 800 Jain temples, some of them as old as the 11th century. At Lothal are the ruins of an ancient port of the Indus Valley civilization dating from 2400BC. The Sasan Gir National Park in Gujarat is the only place where the Asiatic Lion still survives. The Wild Ass sanctuary in the Little Rann of Kutch is a World Heritage site.

 

Navaratri the festival of nine nights devoted to Goddess Durga is Gujarat's most important festival and social event. It is celebrated in September-October with mass all-night song-and-dance programmes.

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Manisha Ruchandani
  • Manisha Ruchandani
  • 1 Review

"A place for shopping" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Visiting Gujarat especially during Navrarti is the best time. Summer and rainy season not recommended. Many historical places to visit. Shopping for ghagras and jewellery is the best here, especially bandini material. Hotels come at reasonable rates so staying at the hotel where you get good service and good reviews is recommended. The visit to Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Somnath, Dwaraka, Porbandar and Diu is recommended.
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Hirnank Mazumdar
  • Hirnank Mazumdar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"Had a good time!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is an excellent state for tourism. You can relax in peace without any disturbances or noise. This is a tourist friendly place with polite and sober people around. Things are very cheap here compared to cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.
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Gopinath
  • Gopinath
  • 2 Reviews

"With joy and spiritual satisfaction"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2014
We had a long time ambition to visit and have the darshan of Dwaraka (Lord Krishna) and the two jyothir lingas (Nageshwar & Somnath). During December 2013, planned our trip perfectly from Chennai to Ahmadabad by air. First day on reaching Ahmadabad stayed overnight and took rest. As senior citizens, we wanted our pilgrimage to be covered at a leisurely pace. Hired a taxi and left the next morning. It was a five days and 4 nights trip. We travelled through Gujarat passing through various destinations and arrangement are perfectly designed by our travel agent. Our main destinations were Dwaraka, Pet Dwaraka, Nageshwar, Somnath, Porbhandar etc., In addition to all these places, we also visited a lot of other temples in and around the place. Our visit to Dwaraka is memorable and really we had no mind to get back home. We have to than Lord Almighty for giving an opportunity to visit and fulfill our life's ambition.

Hotel arrangements were good and we really enjoyed Gujarati food all through. Very good. We took our flight back to Chennai by carrying with us full of joy and spiritual satisfaction. Jai Dwaraknathji ! Jai Nageshwarji ! Jai Somnathji !
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Ramakrishnan Subramaian
  • Ramakrishnan Subramaian
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 8 Reviews

"Hamara Amdabadi"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 23, 2013
After 2 year we could success to visit Gujarat (of course only some part). The visit was good and visited Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Somnath, Dwaraka, Porbandar and as a special Diu..A six days tour we could cover these places. Should purchase " Bhandini sarees " from Jamnagar. And do nice shopping at Ahmedabad
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N v Deshpande
  • N v Deshpande
  • Lives in Pune
  • 4 Reviews

"Incredible Gujarat"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 12, 2013
Sabarmati Ashram, Akshardham, Science City, Dwarka, Bet dwarka, Somnath Jyotirlinga temple and the breathtaking Junagard Jain temples at a height of 4000 ft.
Very big city, excellent roads, well maintained facilities in Ashram. Akshardham temple is simply beautiful.
Dwarka and Somnath temples have their own importance from mythological days. One is famous for Sri Krishna's presence other for Lord Mahadev's.
We have visited the Gir Lion Safari. After lot of search we could locate 2 lioness and several other animals in the jungle.
Junagard Jain temples are located at a height of 4000 ft. There are 9999 stairs to e climbed to reach the Jain Datta mandir. After climbing 4000 stairs once can see plenty of Jain temples. After climbing 4800 stairs beautiful temple of Amba mata is present.
A person has to carry food and shall have stamina to climb these stairs. It takes almost 7-8 hours to climb and get down.
A good exercise and calories burner.
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Suhas Rama krishna reddy
  • Suhas Rama krishna reddy
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Splendor of Gujarat"

  • Posted Jul 5, 2013
Right after finishing my UG course a couple of my friends and I decided to spend 15 days in Gujarat but it wasn't enough.The state has so much to offer !!!

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Some of the Must see places

1. Somnath - One of the best temples laden with history. This temple of lord Shiva is located right next to the vast ocean. The ringing bells and the hymns of the temple combined with sound of the waves crashing makes it a unique experience.

2. The Gir Forest - Actually closed during monsoons. Not to be disappointed the Sasan Gir houses a 16sq Km sanctuary which can offer glimpses of the Asiatic lions which is open throughout the year.

3. Places of heritage near Junagad.

4. Dwarka - One of the most ancient architectural temples in India. Located next to the shore, the structure is light pink in color and a treat to watch from every corner.

5.Ancient Cities of Harappan Civilization (Dholavira and Lothal). A glimpse of what life was 5000 years ago is hair raising for it precision engineering.

6. The Salt Desert of Kutch. Pristine and white salt stretching miles.

7. Mandvi Beach and Vijay Villas Palace, is just beautiful, the sand, the sun, the ship building yard, the camels, and the smell of the salt. The beautiful palace and its gardens gives a sense of royalty.

8. Vadodra - Probably THE outstanding palace and museum in India. An outstanding showcase of artillery, art and architecture. A showcase of priceless possessions.

9.Champaneer - 40Km from Vadodra, a UNESCO world heritage site.A visit to Kalika Devi temple by cable car is mesmerizing. The sheer beauty of the landscape and the view of the valley and the ancient Buddhist grain depository behind the temple needs a special mention.

10. Ahemadabad - Bustling as the modern Indian city, has a lot to offer. The Gandhi museum, Adalaj - a well, one of a kind for its architectural magnificence, Akshardam and Syed siddique mosque. The view of the Sabarmati river in the night on the bridge is just calming.

Activities & things to do: My tour was just more than a visual treat, it is best if you can just observe and absorb.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: The people are friendly and nice. Doesn't matter if u don't book hotels unless it is Rann Utsav. By bus and train it is very economical unless time is not a constraint.
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"Sari Caravan Jambughoda"

  • Posted Oct 31, 2012
Jambughoda is finest place who love nature

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: It is best for sight-seeing but no shopping

Activities & things to do: lots of

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: u may reach thru halol and pavagadh
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Kalpesh Kanakhara
  • Kalpesh Kanakhara
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  • Lives in Jamnagar
  • 3 Reviews

"NADIAD TOUR"

  • Posted Aug 22, 2012
Very nice and memorable days of janmastami we are enjoying climate and hotels all facility

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Excellent food and also beautiful temple of lord Shiva
and huge statue of lord Shiva.

Activities & things to do: Spa. swimming.gym. games. and also play pooltable table tennis foot ball

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: We went in our innova car and 318 km away from Jamnagar.
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Dhananjay Beke
  • Dhananjay Beke
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"pleasant gujrath"

  • Posted Jun 21, 2011
In gujrath there is a BIG dairy at ANAND which is famous for milk products named Amul dairy.
the places like baroda,ahmedabad, gandhinagar are very pleasant,
one must taste gujrathi sweets & fafda & dhokla.
father of nation mahatma gandhi was born in porbandar,
Sourashtra shiva temple is from 12 jyotirlinga is there in gujrath.
most things are cheap here than other part of country

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: One must tast Gujarathi sweets & fafda & dhokla.father of nation Mahatma Gandhi was born in porbandar,
Sourashtra shiva temple is from 12 jyotirlinga is there in Gujarath.
most things are cheap here than other part of country.Surat is famous for sarees

Activities & things to do: Visit places as Baroda,Anand,Dhuvaran,Porbandar,Gandhinagar etc

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Pune one can go to Vadodra & from there one can go to each & every place mentioned above in Gujarat
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Raj Singh
  • Raj Singh
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 3 Reviews

"SAPUTARA - A JOURNEY IN PEACE!"

  • Posted May 2, 2006
I basically wanted to go to a less commercial & crowded place on a vacation with my family. Then I came across Saputara. We stayed for 3 nights there & let me tell you it was peace & happiness in our lives! Itís a non alcoholic place, very less crowded & best of all: no mobile signals! God, it was terrific to miss Mumbai!

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: To see around Saputara you require max 1 day! Itís so small. But you will love the long quiet walks with your wife (or your girlfriend!). The world is so small there. You can shop for wood & bamboo work here.

Activities & things to do: Saputara has very little activity of its own, but it does not matter if you like to be at peace with your self. You can do boating, ride the ropeway, watch sunrise or sunset or just wander peacefully!

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Mumbai the best way to reach Saputara is via Nasik. Itís 75km from Nasik & 265km from Mumbai. The roads are good.
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