Friday, 19 July 2013

Top 10 Gujarat Tourist Destination

The state of Gujarat welcomes its tourists and allures them with its age-old palaces, famous temples, ports, beaches, hills, spectacular animals and birds in lush green forests as well as its vibrant colorful festivities. With the abundant tourist attractions in Gujarat, the state offers something to everyone.

Ahmedabad, Amreli, Bharuch, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Kutch, Kheda, Mahesana, Narmada, Rajkot and Vadodara are among the major cities of Gujarat. Anand, Banaskantha, Dahod, Dang and Navsari are other popular cities of this state.

Bhavnagar, Porbandar and Salaya are famous for their ports. Ahmedpur Mandvi, Beyt Dwarka, Chorwad, Gopnath and Veraval are some of the beaches worth visiting in Gujarat.

Tourist Places in Gujarat

Following are some of the places to visit in Gujarat as they are popular among the tourists and also have various sightseeing options. 

Ahmedabad: The 'Manchester of the East' was once ruled by Ahmed Shah, who the city is named after. The city has some 15th century monuments displaying a fine blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. The historical glimpses and rich culture of this city marks its as one of the main attractions of Gujarat. 

Ahmed Shah's Mosque, Jumma Masjid, Kankaria Lake, Rauza of Shah Alam, Rani Roopmati Mosque and Teen Darwaza are main tourist spots of the city. Biggest attraction in Ahmedabad is the Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi on the bank of the river Sabarmati, from where he started the famoyus 'Dandi March'. It now houses the memorabilia of him in a museum.

Bhuj: The very old town of Bhuj traces its past in the times of Indus Valley Civilization and now serves as the gateway to Kutch. It is famous for its wildlife sanctuaries, namely, Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary and Kutch Bustard Sanctuary.

Bhavnagar: It is located at a distance of 228 km from Gandhinagar in Gujarat and is also the fifth largest city in the state. It is famous as a tourist attractions due to its historical significance and the splendid architecture from the past. Takhteshwar Temple, Gangajalia, Nilambag Palace and Town Hall are a few tourist spots to mention.

Champaner: The ancient capital of Sultan Mahmud Beghara lies at the foothills of the Pavagadh. Jama Masjid in Champaner is a must visit. The ruins of Khapra Zaveri Palace is also popular for its location near the Vishwamitri river. The view of the river from the roof of the palace is breathtaking. 

Dwarka: The holy town of Dwarka at the confluence of the river Gomti and the Arabian Sea is associated with the legend of Lord Krishna.

Gandhinagar: Also the capital city of Gujarat, Gandhinagar was named after the legendary Mahatma Gandhi and is the largest city in Gujarat. It is famous for Indroda Nature park, Punit Van, Akshardham temple, Adalaj Ni Vav and Gujarat Science City and other tourist places.

Jamnagar: Also known as the 'Jewel of Kathiawar', visit this beautiful place for its scenic charm, beaches, hills and wildlife. Marine National Park, Darbargadh Palace, Pratap Vilas Palace and Willingdon Crescent are a must visit.

Junagadh: At the foothills of Girnar Hills, excavations led to the findings of rock edict of Emperor Ashoka dating back to 250 BC. It is also famous for its architectural splendor. The major places to see are Adi-Kadi Vav, Buddhist caves, Baba Pyara caves, Navghan Kuvo and Jami Masjid. 

Mandvi: The city boasts of some architectural wonders that worth a visit. Vijay Vilas Palace being the best example. Swami Narayan Temple, Vaishnav Temple at Sundarvan, Raneshwar Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple are some famous temples in the city.

Patan: It is popular for housing at least 100 Jain temples each of which is exquisitely carved. One must visit Mahavir Swami Derasar in Dhandherwad and Hemachandracharya Gyan Mandir.

Pavagarh: It is among the pilgrimage places in Gujarat famous for the Mahakali temple which attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. Machi Haveli, Raval Palace and Dudhia Tala are also well known.

Porbandar: This prosperous city invites tourist to experience its beautiful temples and marvelous public buildings.

Rajkot: It is one of the best shopping destinations of Gujarat famous for its silk sarees, various types of embroidery and traditional attires embellished with mirror and patch work. 

Sasangir: It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Gujarat. Gir Forest earns it fame as the only place outside Africa to harbour Asiatic lions. Besides the lions, you can also spot Indian deer, sambar, chital, nilgai, chinkara and a variety of birds.

Sarnath: Sarnath is also a pilgrimage site in Gujarat. Ashoka pillar, Chaukhandi Stupa, Tibetan Temple, Thai Temple and Archaeological Museum are the popular places to see.

Somnath Temple: The best-known temple of Gujarat is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas (Shiva Shrines). The temple was ransacked and destroyed seven times by Muslim invaders but rebuilt at the same spot each time.

Surat: Bulsar in Surat is famous for its national park. Textile market, beaches of Ubharat, Udvada and Vansada national park are famous in the city.

Wankaner: To experience royalty and grandeur of Gujarat, a stay in the majestic heritage hotels and resorts, namely The Royal Residency and the Royal Oasis is a must. 

Apart from the tourist destinations, the state can boast of almost 3,500 fairs and festivals being celebrated in different parts of the state every year. For many, these are very important tourist attractions in Gujarat. Navaratri, Janmashtami, International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad, Kutch Utsav in Bhuj, Chitra Vichitra Fair at Poshina, Tarnetar No Mela in Surendranagar are only a few festivities in Gujarat, when state turns out to be a spectacular kaleidoscope of vibrant colours.

Tourist Places near Gujarat

Gujarat is surrounded by Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, which are among the most famous travel destinations in India. This is because they offer both, variety and number of places to the tourist to choose from. Beaches, hills, desert, culture, nightlife, shopping or wildlife, they have all. Daman and Diu lie towards the south of Gujarat where you will find various beaches and sightseeing options to explore and enjoy. Devika Beach, Jampore Beach, Jampore Village, Gangeshwar Temple and Nagao Beach are few places to mention.

Silvassa, the capital of Dadra & Nagar Haveli is a small town located near Gujarat. It is  famous for its waterfalls, lawns, temples and architectural remains.