Gujarat Tourism

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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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Srivastav Sriram

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  • Srivastav Sriram
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1587 readers

"Superb holiday destination for friends & family"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 24, 2016
Superb holiday destination for friends & family. Fully enjoyed with load of fun, good experiences. Good food & highly developed cities like Surat, Ahmadabad etc. Holiday destination wanna love Gir national park with Asiatic lions in the world. Hot days & cool weather in the nights.
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Deepshikha Gupta

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  • Deepshikha Gupta
  • Lives in Mathura
  • 1 Review
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"Nice place to go!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 23, 2016
I and my family visited Gujarat recently and it was awesome experience. We had a lot fun. It was the time when we enjoyed the most. We wish we had such a beautiful experience again and again. We wanna go there again & again. Thank you for such a awesome experience.
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Jadeja Harpalsinh

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  • Jadeja Harpalsinh
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1850 readers

"Gujarat a beautiful state!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 28, 2016
Last month I have visited Gujarat is the beautiful state of India. I love it. The mahatma gandhi born place porbandar, Heritage Rankivav at patan, Sidi saiyad ni jali and other cities of Gujarat like rajkot, junagadh, Ahmedabad. I like the food of Gujarat, I tested Gujarati thali that was a superb.
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Deepak Agarwal

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  • Deepak Agarwal
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review
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"Had a nice jungle visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
It was a great fun and adventures to visit Gujarat. As we landed to Gujarat that is Ahmedabad at morning 8'O clock we had a local Gujarati dish that is papra and jalabi and enjoyed a lot. Then we moved to Gir forest and reached fern resort in Gir forest. The resort was amazing with lot of greenery etc. We went to forest next day morning where we seen lion live in front of us which was very trilling and exiting. We all enjoyed a lot.
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Pritom Sarma

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  • Pritom Sarma
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 1 Review
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  1705 readers

"Amazing place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 23, 2016
Wow, really nice place, very beautiful, very clean. Actually this place is very popular because of its infrastructure. Ahmedabad is very popular state. Just go and enjoy. Many places are there to visit like Sabarmati ashram, Kankaria lake, Akshardham temple, Gir forest park, Hathi singh jain temple and many more.
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Tushar Mehta

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  • Tushar Mehta
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  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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  • 110 Reviews
  •  100 helpful votes
  •  63853 readers

"Gujarat, A modern tourist destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 21, 2015
Gujarat has everything, which attract all kind of visitors. Historical cities like Junagardh, Jamnagar, Vadodara, Champaner, Patan, Vankaner, Morbi, Gondal, Bhuj. Modern cities like Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Vadodara, Surat, Bhavnagar, Rajkot. Religious cities like Siddhpur, Bharuch, Vadnagar. Well known Temples like Somnath, Dwarka, Ambaji, Bechraji, Shamlaji, Pavagarh, Akshardham, Mahudi, Ashapura madh, Harsidhh mata, Virpur etc. Splendid Hill station like Saputara. Marvellous mountains like Girnar, Shetrunjay, Parnera, Arvallis, Kalo dungar. Wonderful rivers like Narmada, Sabarmati, tapi. White desert like Kutch. World famous Gir national park, Velavadar abhyaran, Nal sarovar. Gujarat has other attractions like Historical mosques & Steps, Palaces, Museums, Lake front. Festival like Navratri Dandia, Kite festival, Tarnetar, Rann utsav. Food like Undhiyu, Gathiya, Jalebi, Khaman, Dhokla.
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Aviral Mangal

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  • Aviral Mangal
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 1 Review
  •  2660 readers

"Vibrant Gujrat, Indeed!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 30, 2015
There are so many places to visit in Gujarat. I had heard that Gujarat is the place where festivals never end. The list of must visit places is topped by Great Rann of Kutch (try visiting during rann utsav), Somnath Mahadev Temple, Sabarmati Ashram, Akshardham Temple, Gir National Park( don't miss this), ISKCON Temple, Sardar Sarovar Dam and Laxmi vilas palace.

Gujrati food as is famous, lived to my expectations, though you can easily find the kind of food you want to eat. Shopping can be done from local markets and very good quality of silk sarees from Gujarat. Activities that I did included safari ride, sightseeing and trying Gujarat food (Believe me you don't want to miss this).

My advice to fellow travellers would be to try going during the rann utsav. You can reach easily as Gujrat is one of the most well connected states of India. The hotel which I stayed was very good and I liked it very much. Food and hospitality was also better than expected. Transportation facility was pretty good. I stayed in Ahmedabad, thus had access to many shopping malls and the other gender in our group bought many dresses. As, I stated above, Silk is the specialty here and the price is also in range in which the material was too good. Overall, the experience was amazing.
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Manjunath Udyavar

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  • Manjunath Udyavar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  2876 readers

"Make My Trip did not live up to expectations"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Nov 22, 2015
MMT did not plan our itinerary as expected. Only once I completed the holiday, did I realize that the MMT took us for a ride and was not even bothered to get a feedback on our experience. I had to write to them myself about the experience and an automated 'we are sorry' was the only response I got. So be careful while choosing a holiday with them and never go by their promises. The hotels were awful though they call it as 3 & 4 star category (sic)

Diu is not a great destination to visit- After landing at Ahmedabad airport, we headed towards Diu (400+ kms). The road was good but it eats up 7 hours to reach. Diu is not a great beach destination unlike vibrant Goa. So you are going to repent that too after travelling the distance!

Gir, a must visit but be careful- Though we could not sight any lions, the safari experience was good. Only thing you need to be careful is that the safaris need to be booked in advance otherwise you will end up negotiating with the touts for an entry pass and will have to spend additional 2k as bribe. The online booking on government's website is very easy. My tour operator MMT (make my trip) didn't bother to tell us this fact and I ended up paying bribe since I could not have missed after coming from so far.

Somnath temple, A 60 kms stretch from Gir, is again a must visit temple. Though this was just 60 odd kms. From Gir, our tour operator did not include this in our itinerary. We realized this fact after reaching Gir. Our cab driver was courteous enough to add it in our itinerary though for a price. I wonder how can a holiday planner like MMT give it a miss.

Ahmedabad, keep atleast 2 days else you are going to miss. Here again, MMT promised to show complete Ahmedabad in 3 hours which is a blatant lie. You need at-least 2 days to cover what they promise in half day. Be careful while nodding to their planning. Akshardham temple alone need half a day then you have some must visits like sabarmati river side (a must walk during late evenings), street food, Gandhi ashram, shopping, rotating restaurants, etc.
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Jimit Mistry

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  • Jimit Mistry
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  2864 readers

"Gujarat-It was amazing"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 6, 2015
Best place to visit is Gujarat in Gujrat Somnath is place where Lord Shiva is there. There we get peace of silence and there environment are best. Must visit Gujarat and other place. Diu is a best place for beach lover there church is awesome.
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Sourabh Raikwar

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  • Sourabh Raikwar
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 1 Review
  •  2361 readers

"Gujarat, an awesome city to go"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 23, 2015
If Gujarat isn't on your travel itinerary, it will be after reading this Gujarat guide. Possibility the best travel resource for Gujarat on the market, its colourful pictures will lure you in and enchant you, while the comprehensive information offers everything necessary to plan your trip. The guide reveals hidden treasures and meaningful journeys that will delight those who love to take the road less travelled.
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