21 Top Attractions and Places to Visit in Gujarat

Gujarat Has Some Little-Known Gems!

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Located on the western coast of India between Maharashtra and Rajasthan, Gujarat didn't really feature on the tourist map until recent years. A successful ad campaign with Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and the addition of the Statue of Unity changed this, though. Tourist interest in the state has grown substantially, and there are many beautiful places to visit in Gujarat.

Gujarat's extensive history can be traced all the way back to the Harappan civilization and its establishment of coastal trading ports from 2400 to 1900 BCE. Much later, warrior communities came and set up kingdoms in the state, followed by the Delhi and Gujarat sultanates, the Mughals, and the British. Gujarat is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi.

The legacy of Gujarat's heritage includes remarkable architecture, temples, palaces, heritage mansions (many of which have been converted into hotels), and handicrafts. The state also has some rare wildlife and many bird-watching sites. If you're serious about birding and wildlife viewing, archeology, or textiles, Soar Excursions are highly recommended for guided trips.

Vegetarians will do well in Gujarat, where plant-based cuisine predominates . Note that Gujarat is a dry state, so alcohol is not widely or freely available. Visitors from outside the state may obtain liquor permits from upmarket hotels in Gujarat.

This is really is one of the most underrated destinations in India. Read on for the most interesting places to visit in Gujarat.

Ahmedabad Old City

Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat for many centuries, was declared to be India's first UNESCO World Heritage City in 2017, beating both Delhi and Mumbai. Its walled Old City was founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah in the 15th century and is home to diverse Hindu, Islamic, and Jain communities. The Old City is divided into numerous pols (historic residential neighborhoods with winding lanes and carved wooden homes). It has some of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture and Hindu Muslim art in India. Explore the area on this fascinating Ahmedabad Heritage Walk. You can even stay in a heritage mansion such as French Haveli.

Gandhi's Ashram is one of the most visited places in Gujarat. It was the starting point for his movement for India's freedom through non-violence.

Baroda (Vadodara)

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Baroda (renamed Vadodara) stands out for its regal heritage. The Gaekwad royal family formed their kingdom there in the 18th century and their expansive Laxmi Vilas Palace features imposing Indo-Saracenic architecture. It's set on 500 acres of parkland and is reputed to be the largest private residence in India—and four times the size of England's Buckingham Palace. Part of the palace is open to the public daily; this includes the Coronation Room, Gaddi Hall (containing the throne of past kings), Darbar Hall, and the Royal Armoury. Tickets cost 200 rupees and include an audio guide. Madhav Baug Palace homestay offers an authentic heritage experience.

Baroda is also known for its art scene and vibrant Navratri festival garba dances .

  • Where: 115km southeast of Ahmedabad via the Ahmedabad Vadodara Expressway.

Statue of Unity, Kevadia

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The world's tallest statue, dedicated to Indian independence activist Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875–1950), was completed in 2018. At 182 meters tall, it's twice the size of the Statue of Liberty. Patel was the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of independent India, and is highly regarded for his leadership in bringing the 562 princely states of India together. The area around the statue has been developed as a comprehensive tourist destination for the whole family to enjoy, with enough activities and attractions to fill at least three days. Apart from the statue, these include a sound and laser show, butterfly garden, cactus garden, Ayurvedic wellness center, eco-friendly and medicinal plant nursery, handicraft stores, valley of flowers, forest with native trees, children's park with train and mirror maze, safari park and zoo, zip-lining, white water rafting, cycling, and boating on the lake. There's also been a focus on the empowerment of local women, through training and employment. Accommodations are provided in luxury tents, hotels, and local homestays.

  • Where: About two hours (90km) southeast of Vadodara.

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

The little-known UNESCO World Heritage Site of Champaner and Pavagadh is laden with historical, architectural, and archeological treasures from both Muslim and Hindu traditions, dating back to the 8th to 14th centuries. These include a hill fortress, palaces, places of worship (Jama Masjid is one of the most spectacular mosques in Gujarat), residential areas, reservoirs, and step wells. Stay at Champaner Heritage Resort or Jambughoda Palace hotel if you want to spend time in nature as well.

  • Where: An hour (48km) northeast of Vadodara.

Chhota Udepur District

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Part of Gujarat's tribal belt, Chhota Udepur is ideally visited during the Holi festival when tribal fairs erupt into life throughout the district. Tribal markets also take place there on Saturdays and Mondays. If you're interested in India's tribal heritage, don't miss Bhasha Research and Publication Center's Adivasi Academy in Tejgadh village of Chhota Udepur. Its incredible Vaacha: Museum of Voice documents tribes from across the country. It has a comprehensive collection including musical instruments, paintings, sculptures, textiles, images of worship, and agricultural equipment. Another highlight is the museum's Bhasha Van forest of languages. Stay at Kali Niketan palace hotel .

  • Where: Eastern Gujarat. About two and a half hours (110km) east of Vadodara.

Sun Temple, Modhera

One of the most significant sun temples in India is located in peaceful Modhera village. Built in the 11th century by Solanki dynasty rulers, the temple is dedicated to Surya the Sun God. It's a substantial structure, consisting of a carved stepped tank, assembly hall, and main shrine. It's covered in intricate stone sculptures. The sanctum is positioned in a way that it receives the first rays of the morning sun at the equinox.

  • Where: Northern Gujarat. About two hours (99km) north of Ahmedabad.

Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen's Stepwell), Patan

Rani-ki-Vav is an ancient abandoned stepwell dating back to the 11th century and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was also constructed during the Solanki dynasty, apparently in memory of ruler Bhimdev I, by his widowed wife. The stepwell has stairs going down seven levels, and panels containing more than 500 main sculptures and over 1,000 minor ones. The stepwell was flooded by the nearby Saraswati River and silted over until the late 1980s. When it was excavated by the Archeological Survey of India, its carvings were found in pristine condition.

  • Where: Northern Gujarat. About three hours north of Ahmedabad (128km) and 50 minutes north of Modhera (35km).

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A town trapped in time, Sidhpur will delight architecture aficionados with its colorful century-old mansions belonging to the affluent Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community. Many of the houses are empty as their owners have moved abroad. Sidhpur sits alongside the holy Saraswati River and is also a Hindu pilgrim destination. It's dotted with temples and water bodies. The ruins of 10th century Rudra Mahalaya Temple, with its towering carved pillars and torans, is a major attraction.

  • Where: Under two hours (76km) east of Patan. It can be visited as part of a Patan and Modhera circuit.

Idar Hill Fort, Sabarkantha District

Giant boulders have guarded the town of Idar, at the southern end of the Aravali mountain range, for centuries. A scenic but strenuous climb to the top of the hill (Idariyo Gadh) through the rocks will take you past the remains of various palaces and temples. The town is known for its handmade wooden toys as well. They can be purchased at the market near the clock tower.

  • Where: Northern Gujarat. About two hours east of Patan (98km), near the Rajasthan border. It's on the way to Mount Abu in Rajasthan .

Polo Forest, Sabarkantha District

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Trekkers should head to one of Gujarat's best-kept secrets, Polo Forest, to discover old Hindu and Jain temples tucked away deep within the jungle. It was once a city called Abhapuri, believed to have been established in the 10th century by Idar kings and conquered by Rathod Rajputs of Marwar in the 15th century. Visit after the monsoon, between September and December, for the most spectacular greenery.

  • Where: Northern Gujarat. About an hour northeast of Idar (45km), near Vijaynagar. It can be reached in three and a half hours from Ahmedabad (156km).

Kutch Region

The immense stretch of largely barren and harsh desert landscape that is the Kutch region of Gujarat is sometimes described as India's "Wild West". Its name, Kutch (or Kachchh), refers to the fact that it alternates between wet (submerged during the monsoon season ) and dry. Much of Kutch consists of seasonal wetlands known as the Great Rann of Kutch (famous for its salt desert) and smaller Little Rann of Kutch (famous for its Wild Ass Sanctuary ). Other attractions in the Kutch region include historic Bhuj, villages and traditional handicrafts, the shipbuilding in the port town of Mandvi, and the Dholavira ruins of an ancient Indus Valley Civilization/Harappan city. Find out more in this Kutch Travel Guide.

  • Where: Northwest Gujarat. Bhuj is about seven hours west of Ahmedabad (400km). It has an airport.

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One of the four most sacred C har Dham Hindu pilgrimage sites and seven most ancient S apta Puri religious cities in India, Dwarka is considered to be the ancient kingdom of Lord Krishna and the first capital of Gujarat. The Krishna Janmashtami festival is a major event there. Of special importance is Dwarkadhish Temple , built approximately 200 BCE and often referred to as Jagat Mandir. Head down to Gomti Ghat, at the holy water's edge, for a spectacle of decorated camels, tea stalls, and seashell jewelry sellers. Just north of Dwarka, is Shivrajpur beach, which was awarded an international Blue Flag certification for safety and cleanliness.

  • Where: Western Gujarat, at the mouth of the Gomti River on the Arabian Sea. It's about three hours west of Jamnagar (132km).

Narara Marine National Park

Isolated and off-the-beaten-track, Narara Marine National Park lies along the coast on the way to Dwarka. It was established as a national park in 1982 and is the first of its kind in India, yet not many people know about it. The national park is made up of 42 islands, 33 of which are surrounded by coral reefs, and is home to diverse marine and bird life. Tourists are only permitted to visit a couple of the islands. The main one, Narara Island, is accessible by car and a long walk during low tide. Visit during the winter, and be prepared to wade through ankle-deep water on the seabed. Local guides are available. Pirotan Island can be accessed by charter boat but it's difficult and permission needs to be obtained from numerous government departments in advance.

  • Where: Western Gujarat in the Gulf of Kutch, about an hour west of Jamnagar (54km).

An important pilgrimage destination, Somnath Temple is one of the 12 jyotirlingas (shrines of Lord Shiva, where he's worshiped as a linga of light) in India. Its seaside location is powerful, the intricate carvings on its sandstone architecture are superb, and its history is fascinating. The temple was ransacked by Islamic invaders and rebuilt numerous times, with the final reconstruction taking place after India achieved independence from the British. Maha Shivratri is celebrated in a big way in February or March . A colorful religious fair is also held every year on Kartik Purnima (full moon night, usually in November ), complete with small children dressed up as Lord Shiva and plenty of bhaang .

  • Where: Southwest Gujarat. The closest airport is in Diu. Ahmedabad is about seven hours away. You can take a train from Ahmedabad to Veraval.
  • Don't miss the evocative evening Sound and Light Show at Somnath .

Gir National Park

Gir National Park, one of the top parks to see wildlife in India , is the only place in the world where the Asiatic lion can now be found. For safari enthusiasts, this is the place to visit in Gujarat. Thanks to conservation efforts, their numbers have been increasing. Gir is the largest dry deciduous forest in western India. There's plenty of other wildlife there, including about 300 types of birds. You'll have the best chance of spotting a lion if you go during December through May although April and May can be very hot. Safaris run daily. Plan your trip with this Gir travel guide .

  • Where: Southwest Gujarat, under three hours northeast of Somnath (68km). It's inland from the beaches of Diu. The closest airport is in Diu.

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If you're interested in Indo-Islamic architecture, you'll marvel over the splendid design of the striking 19th-century Mahabat Maqbara mausoleum complex of local rulers at Junagadh. This historical city, whose name means Old Fort, is situated at the bottom of the sacred and temple-covered Girnar Hills. On the way to the hills is a building housing 14 rock-carved edicts of Emperor Ashoka , dating back to 250 BCE. You can also visit the ruins of Uparkot Fort, built in 319 BCE by Chandragupta Maurya, which has some interesting structures such as step wells and Buddhist rock-cut caves.

  • Where: Southwest Gujarat, about three hours south of Jamnagar (140km) and two hours north of Somnath (96km).

Shatrunjaya Hill Temples, Palitana

Palitana, a principal pilgrim center for Jains, has accumulated nearly 900 temples and more are being constructed. Climb more than 3,000 steps to the top of the hill and you'll find an astonishing Jain temple complex with sensational views. Do note that the hill is considered to be sacred. You cannot wear or carry any leather items and must dress conservatively.

  • Where: Southern Gujarat, about five hours south of Ahmedabad (210km). The nearest airport is in Bhavnagar, about an hour and a half away.

Velavadar Blackbuck National Park

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The largest population of Blackbuck, the unusual spiral-horned Indian antelope, lives at Velavadar. This untamed area is the only tropical grassland in India to be given the status of a national park. It's home to wolves and many species of grassland birds too. The Blackbuck Lodge , one of India's top jungle lodges , is an outstanding place to stay there.

  • Where: About three hours south of Ahmedabad (145km) and an hour north of Bhavnagar (47km).

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary

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Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary is one of the best places to go bird watching in India . It's made up of Nalsarovar Lake, and surrounding marsh wetlands and islands. More than 250 types of migratory birds can be seen but you'll have to go further into the lake than the standard trip to Dhrabla Island. Unfortunately, it's not set up properly for tourists. Facilities are poor and boat operators are not well regulated, resulting in them charging really high rates.

  • Where: Just under two hours southwest of Ahmedabad (63km).

Lothal Ancient Harappan Site

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Lothal is the most extensively excavated Indus Valley (or Harappan) Civilization site in Gujarat. Situated on the Gulf of Combay, it's believed to have been a flourishing seaport and trade center. Although the site is in ruins now, it has some significant remains including parts of a dockyard that's thought to have been the first of its kind in the world. Many items from the Indus Valley Civilization are also on display at the small archeological museum at the site. It's open daily except Fridays. The Indian government is in the process of founding a maritime heritage museum at Lothal too.

  • Where: About two hours southwest of Ahmedabad (78km) via Ahmedabad-Bhavnagar National Highway 47.

Saputara, The Dangs

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Saputara, meaning "Abode of Serpents", is situated on a densely forested plateau on top of the  Sahyadri mountain range . This hill station has been developed as a tourist destination with hotels around a large lake, a boat club, a tribal museum, a cable car, an artist village, and other attractions. It's a popular weekend getaway, especially during the monsoon season when it's misty there. The district, known as The Dangs, is home to a large tribal population and is an ideal place to experience rural India. Community-based tourism is being pioneered by Rural Pleasure at Subir village.

  • Where: Southern Gujarat, close to the Maharashtra border.

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Gujarat is about one of the world’s largest white deserts; India’s longest coastline; country’s largest habitat of Asiatic lions and first marine national park; one of the Chardham Temples, Shaktipeethas, and Jyotirlinga; and now world’s tallest statue. There are just so many places to see in Gujarat that even a month holiday won’t be enough!

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If you’re planning a trip to Gujarat and are confused as anyone can be when spoilt for choice like this, we have the perfect list to help. Find the top attractions in Gujarat that you can include in your travel itinerary to get the best of this state.

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Rani Ki Vav: A Stunning Stepwell Recognized by UNESCO

Rani Ki Vav Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: October to March

Visiting Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entry Fee: Rs 15 for Indians and Rs 200 for foreigners

A stepwell in Patan, Rani Ki Vav was built by Queen (Rani) of Bhimdeva, Udayamanti. Constructed in the 11th century to preserve ground water, Rani ki Vav today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The major highlights of the stepwell are its walls that are decorated with figurative motifs and showcases images of various gods and goddesses from the Hindu pantheon.

The central part of each storey contains the primary sculpture. Winter is the best season to visit Rani Ki Vav as you can enjoy the light shows, cultural events and exhibitions during the Rani Ki Vav Festival.

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Gir National Park: Largest Home for the Asiatic Lions

Gir National Park Asiatic lion

Best Time to Visit: October to May

Summers Visiting Time: 6:00 am to 9:00 am and 4: 00 pm to 7: 00 pm

Winters Visiting Time: 6:45 am to 9:45 am and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Boasting being the only place in India with the largest population of Asiatic lions, Gir National Park in Junagadh , Gujarat is the best destination for wildlife lovers.

Along with lions, this national park is home to more than 300 bird species like greathorned owl, crested serpent eagle. It is also inhabite by other members of the cat family like leopards.

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Dwarkadhish Temple: A Sacred Place for Hindu Pilgrimage

Dwarkadhish Temple Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: November to February and during Janmashtami

Visiting Time: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Sudama Setu Timings: 7:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm

One of the Chardham destinations and Sapata Turis (seven sacred cities), Dwarkadhish Jagat Mandir in Dwarka, Gujarat is an important religious site.  The word ‘Dwarka’ is made of two words – ‘dwara’ meaning road, and ‘ka’ implying eternal significance. Going by the mythological records, Dwarka was the kingdom of Lord Krishna, and he stayed there for quite some time.

This five-storey temple stands on 72 pillars, which according to the science of archeo-astronomy, is of immense significance. The sandstone plinth and walls of the temples are embellished with panels depicting dancers, elephants, musicians and celestial beings. A bridge called Sudama Setu at the base of the temple takes one across the Gomti creek towards the beach.

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White Desert – Great Rann of Kutch: A Spectacular Site of Sprawling Salt Desert

Great Rann of Kutch Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: November to March

Entry Fee: Rs 100 for adults and Rs 50 for children

A must-visit on a trip to Gujarat, Great Rann of Kutch is reputed to be one of the world’s largest white salt deserts. Spanning over an area of 7500 sq km, the salt desert is best to be visited during the Rann Utsav, which happens between November and March. A tent city is set up amidst the desert for tourists during the Rann Utsav and cultural festivals are organised.

During the festival, one can enjoy camel safaris and can witness traditional handicraft of Gujarat. One can also experience the village life in the nearby rural areas like Hodka and Dhordo.

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Somnath Temple: The Jyotirlinga that Withstood the Test of Time

Somnath Temple Gujarat

Visiting Time 

Morning – 7:30 am to 11:30 am

Afternoon – 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Evening – 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

A primary shrine amongst the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, Somnath Temple is located in the small town of Junagadh district and is an important spiritual site in Gujarat. The Hindu temple is known for one of the most expensive aartis.

Locals call this temple as ‘shrine eternal’ because it has withstood the test of time. It was destroyed six times and every time it was rebuilt. The current structure of the temple is built in the Chalukya style of architecture by the master masons of Gujarat, known as Sompuras. The shivling at the temple is believed to be ‘swayambhu’ or self-manifested in the temple.

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Polo Monument and Vijaynagar Forest: A Perfect Destination for Camping and Hiking 

Polo Monument Vijaynagar Gujarat

The temples of Polo located near Vijaynagar were built between 10th and 15th centuries under the Gurjara – Pratiharas. Later the Rathores extended the construction and used it as a hiding place from enemies, citizens, and even from the scorching sun.

The Polo Forest region has now become a great weekend destination near Ahmedabad where people can enjoy camping and trekking. The major attractions of Polo Forest are Sarneshwar Temple (still in use), Lakha Dera Jain temple and Shiv Shakti Mandir. It is a perfect destination for nature lovers, adventurers, and photographers.

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Champaner – Pavagadh Archaeological Park: A Spectacular Site for History Lovers

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park Gujarat

Visiting Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Entry Fee: Rs 30 for Indians and Rs 500 for foreigners

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Champaner is located in the foothills of Pavagadh and is the best place for history lovers in Gujarat. The Champaner – Pavagadh Archaeological Park extends on a rocky hilltop and has forts, mosques, temples and palaces that reflect the historic and living cultural heritage of Gujarat. The site is a short distance away from Vadodara and makes for a great weekend destination.

Even though a major part of Champaner lies in ruins today, there are many old mosques and palaces that reflect a blend of Islamic and Jain architecture styles. Here one can find 11 different types of heritage monuments belonging to the 16th century like tombs, gateways, mosques, temples, fortresses and walls, palaces, and pavilions, helical wells, custom houses. Kevda Masjid and Cenotaph, Jami Masjid, Lila Gumbaj Ki Masjid, Pavagadh fort, Lakulisa temple, and Helica Step-well, are some of the top attractions to see in Champaner – Pavagadh Archaeological Park.

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Sabarmati Ashram: A Comprehensive Collection Throwing Light on the Life of Mahatma Gandhi

Sabarmati Ashram Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the Year

Visiting Time: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm

Entry Fee: Free

Originally called Satyagraha Ashram, Sabarmati Ashram is Mahatma Gandhi’s second ashram (first being the Kochrab Ashram) where he planned a significant number of freedom movements between 1917 and 1930. This place is perfect for history lovers and those wanting to have a look inside Mahatma Gandhi’s humble life and his immense political power. Sabarmati Ashram is also the top attraction in Ahmedabad.

One can find a special mention of Sabarmati Ashram in the archives of India as Mahatma Gandhi trained activists to join his movements like Swadeshi movements, non-violent and civil disobedience here. Gandhi’s living quarter along with that of his many allies are also situated in Sabarmati Ashram, and there’s an open-air museum that presents an informative record of his life and teachings.

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Marine National Park: India’s First Marine National Park 

Marine National Park Gujarat

Visiting Time: Entry is allowed between the two high tides, which means every day, the timings change

An archipelago of 42 islands along the northern coast of Jamnagar and the southern coast of Kutch, Marine National Park is India’s first marine national park and wildlife sanctuary. The park is the only place in India where one can see the coral reefs of different shapes and sizes without diving in the water.

Marine National Park makes for one of the best wildlife destinations in Gujarat. The major attractions here are Pirotan, Narala, Ajad, and Positara. To reach the marine national park, you will have to hire a boat from the Bedi Port or Sikka Port.

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Saputara: An Ideal Getaway to Find Respite for Summer Heat

Saputara Hill Sation Gujarat

If you thought Gujarat is all about forts, palaces, temples and jungles, then you should know that it also has a hill station, Saputara . The only hill station in Gujarat, Saputara is nestled in the Sahyadri hills amidst the dang forest and offers people a great summer holiday option in the state.

The main attractions of Saputara are Honey bees Center, Rose Garden, Lake Garden, Step Garden, Gira Waterfalls, Mahal Forest, Gandhi Shikhar and Sunrise Point.

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Dholavira: The Second-Largest Harappan Site in India

Dholavira Gujarat

Visiting Time: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

About 250 km from the Bhuj lies an archaeological site of Dholavira in Kutch district that throws light on the Harappan civilization. Sprawling across 100 hectares area, Dholavira is the second-largest Harappan site in India and fifth largest in the Indian sub-continent and dates back to 2900 BC- 1500 BC. Dholavira is a must-visit for every history lover visiting Gujarat.

On a trip to Dholavira, you can walk through the ancient reservoirs and a 5,000-year-old stepwell that reflects the world’s earliest and best planned water conservation systems. One can also see what might be the world’s first signboards, written in ancient Indus script in Dholavira.

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Lothal: An Ancient Harappan Port Town Ideal for History Lovers

Lothal Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: July to March

Visiting Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Fridays closed

Entry Fee: Rs 5

Like Dholavira, Lothal is also a significant site of the Harappan civilization. At a distance of some odd 75 km from Ahmedabad in Saragwala Village, Lothal is an archaeological site that dates back to 4500 years. Once an important port town, it is one of the best places to visit in Gujarat for history lovers.

To know the place better you can also visit the museum, located at a close proximity to the site and showcases 5089 products unearthed from the excavation like terracotta ornaments, shell and ivory objects, replicas of seal and sealings, tools and potteries yielded from excavations, copper and bronze objects animal and human figurines, weights, etc. The museum also plays a documentary about Lothal and its excavation giving you insights into the place.

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Palitana Jain Temple: Home to 3000 Spectacular Temples

Palitana Jain Temple Gujarat

Located atop the Shetrunjay Hill in Bhavnagar District, Palitana Temple is one of the most sacred Jain temples in India. It is known for its 3000 brilliantly carved temples. It is believed that the first Jain Tirthankara, Adinath, visited this hill while his chief disciple Pundarika attained enlightenment here.

This must-see place in Gujarat has approximately 108 large temples and 872 small shrines with about 7000 images that have been built over 900 years from the 11th century by the Jain community. To reach the temple, one has to climb 3800 steps. From the top of the temple, you can see the panoramic view of the Gulf of Cambay and the countryside.

Note: Devotees usually start their climb early in the morning and make their descent by evening as staying at night is not permitted.

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Sun Temple: An Architectural Marvel to Not Miss Out

Sun Temple in Modhera Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: October to March and during Modhera Dance Festival

Built in 1027 AD, the Sun Temple in Modhera in Mehsana District is one of the surviving Indian shrines dedicated to God Sun. It stands as an epitome of the Hindu temple of the Solanki dynasty. Boasting of exquisite architecture, the Sun Temple is an ideal place to visit not only for Hindu pilgrims but history and architecture enthusiasts.

The temple is divided into three parts, which are perfectly aligned from east to west, in accordance with the diety of the sun. Inside the temple complex, you can see a suryakund or a stepwell, prayer hall (also known as Sabhamandapa) supported on 52 pillars and another room (Gudhamandara) that leads to an inner sanctum called Garbhagriha. The temple is a sight to behold during the Modhera Dance Festival.

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Akshardham Temple: A Modern-Day Architectural Marvel 

Akshardham Temple Gujarat

Visiting Time: 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, Mondays are closed

Exhibition: Adults (Age 11+): Rs 60 and Children (Age 3 – 11): Rs 40

Water Show Tickets: Adults (Age 11+): ₹ 100 and Children (Age 3 – 11): ₹ 70

Established in 1992 in Gandhinagar, Akshardham Temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, who belongs to Vaishnav tradition. The temple is considered to be one of the top sites to see in Gujarat because of its history as well as architecture.

Set up in an area of over 23 acres, the temple complex serves as a place for education and entertainment. The major highlight of Akshardham Temple is its architecture. It is built of 6000 tons of pink sandstone and no cement or steel has been used in its construction. The main hall of the temple enshrines 7 feet tall idol of Lord Swaminarayan, which is yet another attraction of Akshardham Temple.

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Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Temple: A Sacred Shaktipeetha for Hindu Pilgrimage

Arasuri Ambaji Mata Temple Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the Year and Bhadrapad Purnima and Navratri

Visiting Time: 7:30 am to 11:45 am, 12:15 pm to 4:15 pm, 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

One of the Shaktipeethas and a prominent religious site in Ambaji, the Ambaji Temple is located on the border of Gujarat and Rajasthan. The legend has it that when Lord Shiva was carrying the burnt body of goddess Sati, her heart fell at the same place where this must-see temple currently stands.

At the Ambaji temple, Visayantra is worshipped and there is no idol of the Goddess. The temple looks its best during Bhadrapad Purnima and Navratri festival.

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Pols of Ahmedabad: A Look inside Harmoniums Community Living 

Pols of Ahmedabad Gujarat

A major tourist attraction in Gujarat, the Pols of Ahmedabad are a reflection of community living. Pols are distinct residential areas that are unique only to Gujarat, and one can find them in significant numbers in Ahmedabad.

There are nearly 174 pols in Ahmedabad, each featuring lovely wooden windows, brackets, balconies, chabutras (raised platforms), and chowks (squares). These are the photographer’s delight and make for one of the best places to visit in Ahmedabad.

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Wild Ass Sanctuary: A One of its Kind Wildlife Sanctuary

Wild Ass Sanctuary Gujarat

Visiting Time: 7:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Talking about the wildlife tourism places, the Wild Ass Sanctuary in Little Rann of Kutch is one of its kind destinations in Gujarat.  Sprawling across an area of 5000 square kilometers, the Wild Ass Sanctuary in Kutch is the only home to the species of wild ass in India. There are around 3000 wild asses in the sanctuary that can be best sighted in and around October and November.

Other than the wild ass, the sanctuary is home to 32 other types of mammals including chinkara (Indian gazelle), jackals, caracals, nilgais (the largest antelope of Asia), Indian wolves, blackbucks, striped hyenas, etc.

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Velavadar Blackbuck National Park: Amongst the Fewer Sights to Sight Blackbucks in India

Velavadar Blackbuck National Park Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: November to May

Visiting Time: 6:30 am to 12:00 pm and from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

For wildlife enthusiasts who’d love a safari in African savannah but are somehow not able to manage the trip, Velavadar Blackbuck National Park in Gujarat is a blessing in all senses. The national park is situated in Bhal region (approximately 150 km from Ahmedabad) and as the name suggests has one of the largest home of blackbucks.

Along with the blackbucks, here you can spot a plethora of birds. Walking is the only way to explore the national park and it is indeed rewarding.

Laxmi Vilas Palace: A Reflection of Gujarat’s Plush History

Laxmi Vilas Palace Gujarat

Visiting Time: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Entry Fee: Rs 150

Museum Fee: Rs 60

Built in 1890 as the private residence of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, Laxmi Vilas Palace is indeed one of the grandest structures in India and the top place to visit in Gujarat. Sprawling over an area of 700 acres, the palace is believed to be nearly four times the size of Buckingham Palace and features many buildings like Moti Baug Palace, Makarpura Palace, Pratap Vilas Palace and Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum building.

You can easily figure out the magnificence of this palace by the fact that Robert Fellows Chisholm, the head architect, took twelve years to build this grand building. The property also has a Navlakhi stepwell, Maharaja Fatehgarh museum, and a small zoo, which is a resting ground for crocodiles.

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Vijay Vilas Palace: A Favourite Film Shooting Location

Vijay Vilas Palace Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the Day

Visiting Time : 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Entry Fee: Rs 10

Camera Fee: Rs 50

When it comes to film shooting, Vijay Vilas Palace in Mandvi is a favorite haunt of the directors in Gujarat. This 20th-century summer palace of Yuvraj Shri Vijayaraji is an impressive Indo-Edwardian and is located quite close to the beach. The palace is made of red sandstones by Mistri and Suthar of Kutch, it features every element of Rajput architecture and bears a striking resemblance to palaces of Orchha and Datia.

A portion of the palace is now converted into a resort that offers luxury accommodation options. Inlaid tile work, distinctive stone carving, manicured garden, intricate jail work, great water streams, and murals are the highlights of Vijay Vilas Palace.

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Uparkot Fort: A Place Taking Back in Time 

Uparkot Fort Gujarat

Located in the heart of Junagadh city, Uparkot Fort was built way back in 319 BC by Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of Maurya empire. In the course of 2300 years, this fort has faced many sieges, seen bloodshed, witnessed chivalry of many kings.

Like its exteriors, the interiors of the fort are equally impressive. Inside the fort, there is a Jumma Masjid, Buddhist caves, 300-feet deep moats, and step wells. For architecture lovers, Uparkot Fort is a must-visit in Gujarat.

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Junagadh Buddhist Cave Groups: A Fascinating Place for History Buffs

Junagadh Buddhist Caves Gujarat

Visiting Time: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Carved out of Monolithic Rock, this 2000-year-old three-tiered monument is not a cave but three separate rooms namely Khapra Kodiya Caves, Baba Pyare Caves, and Uparkot Caves that were used as the monks’ quarters.

This place in Junagadh District is believed to have been created during the reign of Emperor Ashoka.

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Adalaj Vav / Adalaj Stepwell: An Example of Exquisite Architecture 

Adalaj Step well Gujarat

Entry Fee: Rs 25

Originally built as a stepwell in 1555 AD in the outskirts of Ahmedabad, Adalaj Vav is the finest example of Indo-Islamic architecture as here one can see a fusion of Hindu craftsmanship and the geometric pattern of Islamic architecture.

What makes this top attraction near Ahmedabad more striking is its series of platforms and galleries built on the side of the stepwell. The circular tank, entrance pavilion at the ground level and the well at the lowest level are the three major attractions of Adalaj stepwell.

Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary : Home to One of the Heaviest Flying Birds in the World

Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: August to March

Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary (Lala–Parjan Sanctuary) is reckoned to be one of the best places in India for spotting the great Indian bustard, one of the heaviest flying birds. The sanctuary is spread over an area of 2 sq km and is the second-largest home ground for the critically endangered species of Indian Bustard.

Other than the Great Indian Bustard, birds that can be spotted in the sanctuary are McQueen’s Bustard, Lesser Florican, Stoliczkas, Bushchats, Merlins.

Statue of Unity: World’s Tallest Statue

Statue of Unity Gujarat

Visiting Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Mondays closed

Entry Fee: Rs 120 + Rs 30 (Bus Charges) for adults and Rs 60 + Rs 30 (Bus Charges) for children

Observation Deck: Rs 350 + Rs 30 (Bus Charges) for adults and Rs 200 + Rs 30 (Bus Charges)

The world’s tallest statue, Statue of Unity is twice the size of the Statue of Liberty and is currently, the most popular tourist attraction in Gujarat. Dedicated to Indian independence activist Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the 182 meter tall statue erected in Narmada Valley Kevadiya colony was completed in 2018.

Apart from the statue, the area around it has also been developed as a tourist destination where a number of activities and attractions can be enjoyed. The sound and laser show, butterfly garden, cactus garden, Ayurvedic wellness center, eco-friendly and medicinal plant nursery, handicraft stores, valley of flowers, forest with native trees, children’s park with train and mirror maze, safari park and zoo are the major highlights of the place. One can also enjoy zip-lining, white water rafting, cycling, and boating on the lake.

Chhota Udepur District: An Ideal Place for Tribal Tourism

Chhota Udepur Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: January to March and the Holi Festival

Part of Gujarat’s tribal belt, Chhota Udepur is the best place to see cultural heritage and enjoy tribal tourism. It is ideal to visit Chhota Udepur during the Holi festival when tribal fairs are organized throughout the district. Tribal markets also take place there on Saturdays and Mondays.

Bhasha Research and Publication Center’s Adivasi Academy in Tejgadh village is amongst the top attractions in Chhota Udepur. Its incredible Vaacha Museum of Voice documents tribes from across India.

Sidhpur: A Destination for Architecture Aficionados

Sidhpur Gujarat

A town frozen in time, Sidhpurl delights architecture aficionados with its colourful century-old mansions belonging to the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community. This tourist destination in Gujarat sits alongside the holy Saraswati River and is also a Hindu pilgrim destination that is dotted with many temples and water bodies.

The major attraction of Sidhpur are the ruins of 10th century Rudra Mahalaya Temple, with its towering carved pillars and torans.

Idar Hill Fort: An Offbeat Yet Spectacular Site to See

Idar Hill Fort Gujarat

Perched on a hill, Idar Hill Fort is one of the must-see attractions in Gujarat. A scenic but strenuous climb to the top of the hill (Idariyo Gadh) takes one past the remains of various palaces and temples.

The town of Idar is known for its handmade wooden toys which can be purchased at the market near the clock tower.

Udvada: A Parsi Village that is Home to the Oldest Zoroastrian Fire Temple in India

Udvada Gujarat

A tiny Parsi Village that seem to have remain trapped in time, Udvada is definitely a place you don’t want to miss in Gujarat. Home to Udvada Atash Behram, the oldest Zoroastrian fire temple in India, Udvada is a rustic village that sits by the sea. One can savour delicious Parsi food and enjoy the quietude of this village in Gujarat.

On your trip to Gujarat make a point to include all these places in your travel itinerary to get one of the best travel experiences of your life.

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Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach

Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach Gujarat

Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach is one of the offbeat places to visit in India. It is located adjacent to the stunning island of Diu. Pristine waters of Arabian Sea, soothing views of the coastline, dolphin sightings, scenic fishing villages and the thrill of water adventure activities will quench your thirst for a relaxing beach holiday. This place is ideal for adventure enthusiasts, beach lovers and honeymoon couples. Emerged as a great picnic spot, it is one of the best weekend getaways in Gujarat to spend some quality time with family and friends.

Best Time to Visit – September to May

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Balasinor Dinosaur Museum

Balasinor Dinosaur Museum

In the village of Rayioli in Balasinor, fossil remains of more than 13 species of dinosaurs who lived approx. 65 million years ago by Paleontologist in 1980. Since then the place has become popular and today it is India’s largest dinosaur museum. Visiting here would be a delightful experience as you will come across various fossil remains of various species of Dinosaurs and a great insight on the history of dinosaurs in Gujarat. There are around 40 sculptures of dinosaurs and through the medium of 3D film, digital, print and static form, the museum enlightens you about the history of this giant creature.

Timings – 8 :00 am to 6:00pm. It is closed every Monday.

Ticket – 50 INR Per Person and 500 INR extra for Camera, 20 INR for children aged 5-12 years.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. what is gujarat famous for.

Gujarat is popular for its temple, Statue of Unity, Asiatic Lions, the white desert of Rann of Kutch, colorful handicrafts, festivals, food, and unique culture

Q. What are the popular destinations in Gujarat?

The popular places in Gujarat are:

  • Vadodara (Baroda)
  • Gandhinagar
  • Rann Of Kutch
  • Marine National Park.
  • Gir National Park

Q. Is Gujarat safe for solo women travelling?

Yes, Gujarat is quite safe for solo women travelling. However, it is recommended to practise caution like one would at any place in the world.

Q. What is the best way to reach Gujarat?

Several cities like Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Jamnagar and more have airports and most of the cities and towns of Gujarat are connected via railways and roadways making it easy to visit the state.

Published: 26 Nov, 2020 | Last Updated:  14 Dec, 2021

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Somnath is a temple town situated in the Gir Somnath district of Gujarat. Also known as Prabhas Patan, it is one of the most important places of pilgrimage in India, and among the prominent places to visit in Gujarat . It is about 197 km from Rajkot, and 408 km from Ahmedabad. The town of Somnath is famous for the Somnath Temple, among the must include places in Somnath packages . Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is one among the twelve prominent Jyotirlinga shrines and also one of the oldest pilgrimage sites in Gujarat. Somnath Beach, Gita Mandir, Bhalka Tirtha, Rudreshwara Temple, Triveni Sangam Temple, Suraj Mandir, Parshuram Temple, Kamnath Mahadev Temple, Junagadh Gate, Somnath Museum, Panch Pandav Gufa are some other tourist places in Somnath . Somnath Mahadev Fair which is held on Kartik Purnima and Maha Shivaratri are the two major festivals celebrated in Somnath with great pomp and fervor. The temple town witnesses a huge number of tourists from various parts of the country during these festivals.

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2. Ahmedabad

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Ahmedabad is the largest city and also the former capital of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the River Sabarmati, it is one of the popular places of places to visit in Gujarat . It is about 29 km from Gandhinagar, and 534 km from Mumbai. Ahmedabad is India's first UNESCO World Heritage City and is also regarded as one of the fastest-growing cities in India. Also known as Amdavad, the city of Ahmedabad is the commercial hub and also the living symbol of the rich cultural heritage of Gujarat state. Splendid monuments, wonderful museums, and gorgeous lakes are the prime attractions of Ahmedabad holiday packages . Popularly called the Land of Gandhi, Ahmedabad is closely associated with Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of the nation. Sabarmati Ashram, Kankarai Lake, Jama Masjid, Akshardham Temple, Adalaj Stepwell, Huthee Singh Jain Temple, ISKCON Temple, Vintage Car Museum, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Swaminarayan Mandir, and Sardar Patel National Memorial are some of the well-known tourist places in Ahmedabad .

Dwarka is one of the most significant pilgrimage sites near Rajkot , and among the best places to visit in Gujarat . It is about 224 km from Rajkot, and 442 km from Ahmedabad. Located on the western tip of the Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat, Dwarka is popularly known as the 'home of Lord Krishna' and is believed to have been the first capital of Gujarat. Also, Dwarka is one of the foremost Char Dhams for Hindus and among the seven most ancient religious cities (sapta puris) in India. For this reason, the town attracts thousands of pilgrims throughout the year as part of Dwarka packages . The present-day Dwarka is a prominent pilgrimage site that boasts of several shrines. Among the temples, the 2000-year-old Dwarkadhish temple is the most notable one. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Gomti Ghat, Rukmani Devi Temple, Beyt Dwarka, Gopi Talav, Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, Swaminarayan Temple, Dwarka Beach, Shivrajpur Beach, and Okhamadhi Beach are some of the important tourist places in Dwarka . If you specifically want to participate in the grand festivities of the Janmashtami festival, visiting the town during August and September will be eventful.

4. Rann Of Kutch

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With the Thar Desert on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other side, Rann of Kutch is a spellbinding marvel of sand and salt. About 80 km from Bhuj, and 413 km from Ahmedabad, it is one of the top places to visit in India , and among the must include places in Gujarat packages . It lies between the Gulf of Kutch and the Indus River in Pakistan and comprises flatlands of salty clay located about 15 meters above sea level. A large part of the Kutch, commonly known as the Great Rann of Kutch, submerges in water during the rainy season and becomes dry during the winter season. Spread over an area of 7500 sq. km, the Great Rann of Kutch, formed of salt marshes, is considered one of the largest salt deserts in the world and among the most popular tourist places in Kutch . Besides, one can also visit Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Narayan Sarovar & Sanctuary, Kalo Dungar, Siyot Caves, Chhari Dandh Bird Sanctuary, Kutch Bustard Sanctuary, etc. as part of Kutch tour packages . It can be visited along with Bhuj tour packages .

5. Gir National Park

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Gir National Park, also known as Sasan Gir, is one of the renowned national parks in India, and among the best places of among the best places to visit in Gujarat . It is situated about 156 km from Rajkot, and 372 km from Ahmedabad. Established as a sanctuary in 1965, Gir National Park is the most popular national parks in Gujarat as it is the royal kingdom of Asiatic lions and essentially the only place besides Africa on earth where these majestic beasts roam freely. Besides Asiatic lions, one can see Asiatic lion, Indian leopard, jungle cat, striped hyena, Golden jackal, Indian and Ruddy mongoose, honey badger, chital, nilgai, sambar, four-horned antelope, chinkara, and wild boar here as part of Gir tour packages . The entrance gate to the park is located at Sasan Gir village beside Sinh Sadan. Jungle Safari is one of the best things to do in Gir National Park . Besides, there is also a Gir Interpretation Zone, also known as Devalia Safari Park at Devalia, and was established to reduce the excess of tourists at the Gir National Park. The park remains open every year from mid-October to mid-June and closed during the monsoon season from July to September. While Devalia Safari Park is open throughout the year.

6. Vadodara

Located on the banks of Vishwamitri River, Vadodara is a beautiful city in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Situated at a distance of 109 km from Ahmedabad, it is one of the popular places to visit in gujarat , and can be visited along with Ahmedabad tour packages . Formerly called Baroda, Vadodara is the third-largest city in Gujarat, after Ahmedabad and Surat. The architectural brilliance of the city is the major highlight of Vadodara holiday packages . The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Baroda Museum, Kirti Mandir, and Sayajirao Gaekwad hospital are some of the notable architectural monuments in Vadodara. Besides, Sayaji Baug, Sursagar Lake, Nyay Mandir, EME Temple, Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, etc. are some of the prominent tourist places in Vadodara . Often called the Cultural Capital of Gujarat, the city of Baroda comes alive during the Navratri celebrations. No city in India celebrates the festival of Navratri with as much zeal and energy as Vadodara does.

7. Junagadh

Located in the foothills of Mount Girnar, Junagadh is the seventh-largest city in Gujarat, and among the best tourist places in Gujarat . It is about 91 km from Somnath, 103 km from Rajkot, and 319 km from Ahmedabad. The literal meaning of the term 'Junagadh' is an 'old fort' which derives from Uparkot, an ancient fort built in the 4th century CE on a plateau in the middle of the town, and is the major attraction of Junagadh holiday packages . Besides, Mahabat Maqbara, Durbar Hall Museum, Mount Girnar, Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden, Ashoka's Rock Edicts, and Buddhist Caves are some of the best Junagadh tourist places . Influenced by four major religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam, the city is home to many festivals that are celebrated throughout the year. The major festival celebrated in Junagadh is Bhavnath Fair held on Mahashivratri and is celebrated with much fanfare all over the city. Besides, Parikrama in October / November and Navratri are the other festivals celebrated in Junagadh with great enthusiasm.

8. Saputara

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Positioned on the Maharashtra- Gujarat border, Saputara is the only hill stations in Gujarat, and among the well-planned hill stations in India . It is situated about 77 km from Nashik, and 398 km from Ahmedabad. Nestled in the Sahyadri range of Western Ghats at an altitude of about 1000 m, Saputara is one of the most popular places to visit near Pune . The lush green forests, undulating mountains, dazzling waterfalls, dreamy winding roads, stunning landscape, and salubrious climate make the picturesque hill station of Saputara a perfect escape into the lap of Mother Nature as part of Saputara packages . Saputara Lake, Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Saputara Tribal Museum, Gira Waterfalls, Nageshwar Mahadev Temple, Artist Village, etc. are some of the prominent tourist places in Saputara .

Patan is an ancient fortified city located on the banks of Saraswati River in Gujarat, India. It is one of the popular heritage destinations in India . Situated about 129 km from Ahmedabad, it can be visited along with Ahmedabad tour packages . The city is shielded by the fort walls and gates, which prevents the ancestral aura and old-world charm from escaping. From medieval forts to an ancient Kali temple built in the Solanki dynasty, Patan has many attractions that lure tourists as part of Patan packages . Rani ki Vav or the Queen's stepwell has the unique most architectural attributes and is the must-visit place in Patan. Sahasralinga Sarovar, Panchasara Parshwanath Jain Derasar, Khan Sarovar, Shankeshwar Jain Thirth, etc. are the other popular tourist places in Patan . Besides, Patan is also famous for Patola sarees, one of the finest hand-made textiles in the world. It has its origin in a very intricate and difficult technique of tie-dyeing and knot dyeing known as 'Bandhani'. It has gorgeous colors, designs, and durability and is one of a kind. Costs start from Rs. 20,000 which may go up to Rs. 20,00,000 depending on work done and thread used. Only two families are making Patola Sarees nowadays.

Often called the Jaisalmer of Gujarat, Bhuj is one of the places to visit in Gujarat , and can be visited along with Kutch tour packages . It is situated about 78 km from Kutch, 232 km from Rajkot, and 334 km from Ahmedabad. Located in the western part of India, Bhuj is the most important city in the Kutch region of Gujarat and also the capital of the former princely state of Kutch. Bhuj is a treat to the eyes of visitors as it offers everything from white desert to beautiful temples and from wildlife sanctuaries to the cultural landscape as part of Bhuj packages . Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Bhujia Hill Fort, Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal Palace, Hiralakshmi Memorial Craft Park, Kutch Fossil Park, Tapkeshwari Temple, and Rudramata Dam are some of the top tourist places in Bhuj . It also has the oldest museum in the state of Gujarat. Apart from the tourist places, Bhuj is also very famous for its traditional handicrafts and embroidery.

Rajkot, literally the City of Princes, is the former princely capital of the Saurashtra region and now an emerging tourism destination and business hub of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the Aji and Nyari rivers, it is one of the stunning places to visit in Gujarat . It is situated about 90 km from Jamnagar, and 218 km from Ahmedabad. Rajkot tour packages are a fusion of architectural and historical sites of great importance. Watson Museum, Kaba Gandhi No Delo, Aji Dam, Rotary Dolls Museum, Jagat Mandir, Nyari Dam, Prem Mandir, Khambhalida Caves, and Lal Pari Lake are some of the top tourist places in Rajkot . Aside from this, Rajkot holds a position in the top 10 cleanest cities of India while also being the 22nd fastest growing city in the world. This place is renowned across the globe for its bandhani textiles, cotton textiles, woolen, jewelry, silk embroidery, handicrafts, and automobile industry. Often referred to as 'Rangilu Rajkot', Rajkot is famous for hosting several cultural events and festivals. The International Kite Festival and Navratri are the most popular festivals celebrated with great pomp and fervor.

12. Palitana

Earlier known as Padliptapur, Palitana is one of the holiest places of pilgrimage in Gujarat , and among the best places to visit near Ahmedabad . It is about 171 km from Rajkot, and 214 km from Ahmedabad. Palitana is a famous destination in Gujarat for being the base to the holy Shatrunjaya hill which is home to 863 exquisitely carved Jain temples built by devotees during a period spanning 900 years from the 11th century onwards. Along with Mount Abu, Girnar, and Chandragiri, Shatrunjaya hill is one of the most sacred places for the Jains, and among the most significant places to visit as part of Palitana packages . Meticulously carved in marble, the temples in Palitana are famous for their architectural beauty. Out of all the temples here, the temple dedicated to the first Tirthankara, Sri Adishwar, is the most famous one. The architectural motifs of this temple are notable. Kumarpal temple, Chaumukh temple, Vimalshah temple, and Sampriti Raja temple are the other Palitana places to visit .

13. Kevadiya

Kevadiya is a census town in the Narmada district of Gujarat. It is one of the top places to visit in Gujarat as the Statue of Unity is located here. It is about 85 km from Vadodara, and 189 km from Ahmedabad. Nestled between the Satpura and Vindhyachal mountain ranges, the tribal village of Kevadia is home to a 182 m tall statue of the Ironman of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. This is the 'Tallest Statue in the World' and is the must-include place in Kevadiya packages . Besides the Statue of Unity, Valley of Flowers, Jungle Safari, Cactus Garden, Butterfly Garden, Khalwani Eco-tourism, Zarwani Waterfall, the Narmada Dam, etc are some of the popular places to visit in Kevadiya . It can be visited along with Vadodara tour packages .

14. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

At a distance of 15 km from Dwarka, Nageshwar Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located at Nageshwar village in Gujarat. Also known as Nagnath Temple, it is one of the popular pilgrimage sites near Ahmedabad , and among the prominent places to visit as part of Dwarka sightseeing packages . Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Nageshwar Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva, and among the oldest temples mentioned in the Shiva Purana. The Jyotirlinga has a special significance in Nageshwar as this is believed to be the first of all 12 Jyotirlingas. The swayambhu lingam enshrined in the underground chamber at Nageshwar Temple is known as Nageshwar Mahadev and attracts thousands of pilgrims all-round the year. This powerful Jyotirlinga symbolizes protection from all poisons and is believed that one who prays here obtains freedom from all kinds of poison including snake poison. Nageshwar is referred to as 'Daarukaavane Naagesham' in the ancient slokas of Rudra Samhita. According to the legend, there once lived a demon called Daruka, who was extremely cruel and tortured the people. One day he captured a Shiva devotee called Supriya along with many others. The prisoners were held in an underwater city that swarmed with sea snakes. Supriya advised all prisoners to recite the Shiva mantra 'Aum Namaha Shivayay' to protect them. When Daruka came to know ...

15. Beyt Dwarka

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At a distance of 33 km from Dwarka Railway Station, Beyt Dwarka is an inhabited island located off the coast of Dwarka on Gulf of Kutch. Also known as Beyt Shankhodhar, it was one of the main ports of the town before the development of Okha and is among the popular places to visit in Dwarka. Bet Dwarka or Beyt Dwarka is an extremely sacred pilgrimage destination as it is believed to be the original home of Lord Krishna during his ruling years at Dwarka. It is said that lord Krishna resided with his family at Bet Dwarka. The place derived its name from the word 'beyt' which means meeting and this is the place where Sudhama came to meet his friend Lord Krishna. Beyt Dwarka is also mentioned in the ancient epic, 'Mahabharata' as 'Antardvipa' to which people of the Yadava clan needed to travel by boat. The island is also known as Shankhodhar as the island is source of conch shells. The ASI explorations revealed that the presence of certain settlements whose age can be traced back to the era of the Harappan civilization and that of the Mauryan rule. Dwarka is mentioned in the copper inscription dated 574 AD of Simhaditya, the minister of Vallabhi under Maitraka. The region was previously under the administration of the Gaekwad clan of the state of Baroda. During the revolt of 1857, Vaghers attacked the region and captured it. After independence of India in 1947, the region became part of the Saurashtra state which later merged with the state of Bombay. When the state ...

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At a distance of 42 km from Nalsarovar and 79 km from Ahmedabad, Lothal is an excavated site situated Bhal region in Dholka of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Lothal is one of the prominent cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization and among the best historical sites in Gujarat. Literally called 'Mound of the Dead', this ancient and desolate ruined city of Lothal provides a fascinating insight into the life of the Harappan culture and the Indus Valley Civilization. The origin and history of Lothal can be dated back to 2400 BC. Discovered in the year 1954, Lothal is one of the primary sites of Archaeological Survey of India. The excavation work here began in 1955 and was continued till 1960. Like other cities of the Indus Valley Civilization, Lothal too had an excellent architecture and town planning. Excavations have revealed that the town was divided into two parts. The upper part or the acropolis was where the ruler and other important people of the city lived while the lower part was meant for the common people. The entire city had a scientific drainage system, well laid-out, paved roads and a bath for every house, some of which were double storied and built on mud platforms. The most architecturally sophisticated part of Lothal was its dockyard, which provided berthing facilities for the ships. Constructed from kiln-fired bricks, the dock comprised a basin 214 m long, 36 m wide, and 13 m deep. A 13 m wide channel on the northern side was included to facilitate ...

17. Dholavira

At a distance of 92 km from Rapar, 222 km from Bhuj, and 300 km from Great Rann of Kutch, Dholavira is an archaeological site at Khadir Bet in the Kutch district of Gujarat. Managed by ASI, it is the most prominent archaeological site in India belonging to the Indus Valley Civilization and among the must-include places in Kutch packages . Dholavira represents the ruins of an ancient city of the Harappan civilization that was inhabited over 1,200 years from 3000 BCE through 1800 BCE. It is the larger of the two most remarkable excavations of the Indus Valley Civilization or Harappan culture in India, the other being Lothal. Locally called Kotada, the 250-acre area of Dholavira sprawls across the Khadir Island of the Great Rann of Kutch and is part of the protected Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, among the top tourist places in Kutch . The site was unearthed by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) in 1967 but has been systematically excavated only since 1990. The excavated site of Dholavira demonstrates the ingenuity of Harappan people to evolve a highly organized system of town planning with perfected proportions, interrelation of functional areas, street-pattern, and an efficient water conservation system that supported life for more than 1200 years against harsh hot arid climate. Lies between two seasonal streams, ...

18. Champaner - Pavagadh Archaeological Park

At a distance of 49 km from Vadodara, Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the ancient city of Champaner. It is one of the popular places of heritage in Gujarat , and among the prime places to visit as part of Vadodara tour packages . Covering over an area of 1,329 hectares, Champaner - Pavagadh Archeological Park is located around the historical city of Champaner, founded by the Rajput King Vanraj Chavda in the 8th century. Due to its strategic point on the trade routes, it lured many invaders including Khalji Dynasty, Chauhan Gurjars, Solanki kings, Khichi Chauhans. Later Mahmud Begada captured the city in 1484 and rebuilt Champaner into a splendid new capital. The region faced major devastation in 1535 CE when looted by Mughal Emperor, Humayun who made Ahmedabad the capital city again to control Gujarat. This marked the start of the decline of Champaner, which slowly fell into ruins. Later, ASI had rediscovered the city with 39 standing monuments that are a beautiful confluence of Hindu, Jain, and Islamic architectural styles. Among the prominent heritage sites near Ahmedabad , it was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2004. The heritage site is studded with prehistoric (chalcolithic) sites, a hill fortress of the early Hindu capital, ...

19. Modhera Sun Temple

At a distance of 28 km from Mehsana, 35 km from Patan and 100 km from Ahmedabad, Modhera Sun Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located at Modhera village near Patan in Gujarat. Situated on the banks of River Pushpavati, it is one of the popular places of heritage in India , and among the must include places in Patan packages . Dedicated to the Sun God, the Sun Temple in Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty in 1026 AD, and is one of the prominent heritage sites near Ahmedabad . This temple not only reflects the architectural abilities of the Solanki rulers but also, speaks highly of the devotional zeal of the ruling dynasty at that time. As in the Sun Temple at Konark, this temple was also designed that the first rays of the Sun fall on the image of Lord Surya at the time equinoxes. The temple was plundered by Mahmud Ghazni but still the architectural grandeur does not vanish. At present, no worship is offered here and the temple is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India. It was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2014. Built-in Maha-Gurjara style, the temple complex is divided into three parts - the main temple with a Garbha Griha and Guda Mandap, a detached Sabha Mandap, and Surya Kunda. Also known as Rama Kund, Surya Kund is a rectangular ...

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It usually takes minimum 5 - 6 days to visit top destinations in different circuits of Gujarat. It is difficult to cover all top places in Gujarat in a single trip, as the state is quote big. One can start from Ahmedabad and visit Dwarka, Somnath, Gir & Diu. Starting from Ahmedabad, Patan, Rann of Kutch, Bhuj & Mandvi can be visited. Another popular circuit includes Vadodara, Statue Of Unity, Saputara and near by places.

Gujarat can be vistited throughout the year, however, winter from October to March is the perfect season to visit Gujarat. It is also the busiest season and hotels are usually very expensive in this time. Popular places like Dwarka, Somnath, Gir attracts huge number of travellers in this season.

Budget of Gujarat trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Gujarat tour packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 11750 per person for a 4D/3N trip and from INR 16000 per person for 6D/5N vacation.

Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Gujarat like Ahmedabad, Dwarka, Somnath, Gir, Junagadh, Patan, Rajkot, Bhuj, Rann of Kutch etc. Dwarka, Somnath, Gir and Rann of Kutch are most visited destinations in Gujarat.

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What comes to your mind when somebody mentions Gujarat? Statue of Unity, Dandiya, all India Chardham portals of Dwarkadheesh, colourful traditional clothes, Delectable authentic Gujarati cuisines, great ran of Kutch and many more but there is so much more to this historic and the westernmost state of India that one visit will not be enough. With a plethora of tourist attractions and a thriving biodiversity this fascinating land holds a lot of charm which has always attracted tourists and traders from far and wide ever since the early ages. The mosaic of cultures, traditions and beliefs is clearly represented through their ethnic beauty and general way of life. From beaches and national parks to temples and historical sites Gujarat is dotted with so many unique and interesting places that you will get tired of visiting but you will never run out of places to visit.

If you are planning a visit to Gujarat but don’t know where to visit then here are a few famous tourist attractions in Gujarat which you should not miss out on exploring:

Gujarat Historical Places:

Great rann of kutch.

Great Rann of Kutch

Champaner – Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Lalgarh Palace And Museum

Lalgarh Palace And Museum

Rani Ki Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell)

Modhera Sun Temple

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Dholavira / Lothal

Dholavira Lothal

Gujarat Temples:

Dwarkadhish mandir.

Dwarkadhish Temple

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Somnath Mandir

Somnath Temple

Modhera Sun Temple

Akshardham mandir (gandhinagar).

Akshardham Temple, Gandhinagar

Rukmini Devi Temple

Rukmini Devi Temple

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Diu

Narala And Pirotan Island

Narala And Pirotan Island

Girmal Waterfall

Girmal Waterfall

Dunny Point

Dunny Point

Gujarat National Parks And Wildlife Sanctuaries:

Marine national park.

Marine National Park

Gir National Park

Gir National Park

Blackbuck National Park

Blackbuck National Park

Vansda National Park

Vansda National Park

Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary

Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary

Gujarat Beaches:

Nagoa beach.

Nagoa Beach

Nargol Beach

Nargol Beach

Dwarka Beach

Dwarka Beach

Sarkeshwar Beach

Sarkeshwar Beach

Sivrajpur Beach

Sivrajpur Beach

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Top 9 Most Famous Iconic Stepwells in Gujarat

Gujarat is dotted all over with over 100 stepwells. They represent the bygone era in the form of intricate designs, skillful finish, and artistic architecture. Being the land of color, vibrancy and an eclectic lifestyle these stepwells are a major part of the wonderfully colorful Gujarati culture. In the olden times, these stepwells not only provided water for the locals to carry on with their ...

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Gujarat is a dry state with harsh summers and chilly winters. If you happen to be on a trip to explore Gujarat tourism during summer, chances are that you will be disappointed. The high temperatures will ruin all sightseeing plans, especially if you are travelling to Kutch and Gir. On the other hand, the winter season is ideal to plan your tour of Gujarat tourism. The days are pleasant and the nights are chilly which gives you the best of both experiences. The busiest months to explore Gujarat tourism then are between October and February. We highly recommend not to visit Gujarat between March and June. 

Monsoon in the state is mild and you can also plan a trip during this time, especially if you are on a budget. Most cities receive less or no rainfall and you can expect pleasant evenings. Some places such as Saputara are picturesque during monsoon. If you plan your trip to Gujarat tourism in advance, you can also expect some great discounts on hotels, especially five-star resorts.

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Steeped in mythology and legends, the majestic city of Dwarka is the only city that is both a Char Dham and a Sapta Puri . Any trip to the state will be incomplete if you don’t experience this historical gem of Gujarat tourism. The name of the city literally translates to ‘door’ and ‘ moksha ’, which means door to salvation or door to enlightenment. 

Visited by thousands of tourists every year, it is an unmissable part of Gujarat tourism. The most visited tourist attractions in the city are the grand Dwarkadhish and Nageshwar Jyotirlinga temples. The Nageshwar Temple is also one of the twelve jyotirlingas. However, for those interested in natural beauty, the scenic Dwarka Beach is not too far away. Watching the sunset on Dwarka Beach is the top few highlights on any Dwarka trip.

The Dwarkadhish Temple is the centre of all activity in the city. The five-storied shrine is a mesmerising sight that will surely take your breath away. The temple is believed to have been built by Vajranabha. The main highlight of the temple is the captivating idol of Lord Krishna. Melodic chants greet you as you enter the temple and you can almost feel the energy. We recommend keeping aside at least two to three hours if you want to explore the temple and also spend time here. 

If this is your first trip to the city, it’s best to opt for a guided tour which you can book at the Gujarat tourism office. The five-hour tour will take you to the most significant sites of Gujarat tourism as well as offer you a glimpse into everyday life in the city. The Dwarka Lighthouse, the Rukmani Temple and Gomti Ghat are some of the popular attractions in the city. The tour also includes a visit to the busy markets where you can pick up a few souvenirs. 

You need only two to three days to explore Dwarka so ensure that you plan your itinerary accordingly. There aren’t too many luxury hotels or restaurants in Dwarka but the local food and warm hospitality more than makeup for it. 

Travellers have often said that Kutch is the star of Gujarat tourism. The white salt desert doesn’t seem to be part of this world and you almost feel transported to another land. The best time to visit Kutch is during Rann Utsav which is held annually. An integral part of Gujarat tourism, the festival transforms the desert and you can see a kaleidoscope of colours everywhere you look. There are numerous music and dance performances which are a must-watch. If you want to plan your trip around the festival, we recommend booking in advance since it’s the busiest time to explore Gujarat tourism. 

Kutch is also a crowd puller for shopaholics and art enthusiasts. You can not only take back art and craft but can also interact with artists. There are many artist workshops in Bhuj, which is also an ideal place to start your tour of Gujarat tourism if you are exploring this part of the state. 

The Kutch Desert Sanctuary should also be part of your itinerary. Located only 100 kilometres from Bhuj, it’s a once in a lifetime experience for nature lovers. For history buffs, a visit to Kutch Museum is a must. Among the oldest museums in Gujarat, the museum displays a unique collection of tribal artefacts, Kutchi scripts, paintings, apparel and musical instruments. Two to three days is ideal to explore Kutch unless you want to spend time exploring nearby areas. 

Gujarat tourism gives you a chance to explore several historical gems and places of religious importance. One of which is Somnath. Home to the splendid Somnath Temple, which is one of the twelve jyotirlingas, the city is mentioned in several Indian mythological texts.

Pilgrims often combine two to three holy cities when they are exploring Gujarat tourism and Somnath is the top destination in most itineraries. Similar to Dwarka, Somnath is also known for its picturesque beach. If you aren’t keen to explore the temples and historical sites, you can always enjoy a peaceful day at the beach complete with local eating joints and splendid views of the setting sun. 

The Somnath Temple, the first of the twelve jyotirlingas, is a crowd puller for Gujarat tourism and sees thousands of visitors every year. Counted among the oldest temples in the city, it is situated at the confluence of Kapila, Hiran and Saraswati rivers. The temple has stood the test of time and is often referred to as the ‘Eternal Shrine’. The temple was the main site of attack for many emperors including Aurangzeb and Alauddin Khilji. The reconstructed temple follows the Chalukya style of architecture and is a fine example of brilliant skills. The highlight of the Somnath Temple is the arrow pillar that indicates that if a straight line is drawn from the Somnath Temple towards the south, it touches Antarctica without any other landmass in between. The temple that we see today was reconstructed in 1951 and has since captured the attention of pilgrims. 

The erstwhile capital city of Ahmedabad is the soul of Gujarat. A commercial hub, it’s a growing urban city that is at the core of Gujarat tourism. Offering you the perfect combination of history and modern comfort, Ahmedabad is an enthralling holiday destination. The old part of the city is said to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a must-visit for all history lovers and photography enthusiasts. Dada Hari Stepwell, World Vintage Car Museum, Jhulta Minar and Law Garden Night Market are a few places that should feature in your itinerary when you are exploring Gujarat tourism. 

Ahmedabad is the perfect example of a metropolis in the making. The city offers a unique contrast of the old and new and the experience is quite refreshing. Ahmedabad holds a special place in Gujarat tourism owing to the variety of options it offers shopping enthusiasts. Ahmedabad is the hub of textiles and you can bring home bandhani sarees , local handicrafts, tie-dye handloom and home decor from the artists themselves. The absence of middlemen ensures that you get the best price for your shopping and also have an opportunity to meet the people behind India’s art and craft.

While there are many places to see in Ahmedabad and you can expect a tightly packed itinerary, the most popular places are Sabarmati Ashram, Swaminarayan Temple and Hathisingh Jain Temple. However, to explore the entire city, one needs between three and four days so ensure you schedule your tour of Gujarat tourism accordingly. Another thing that attracts travellers to Ahmedabad is the variety of local food.

Champaner-Pavagadh

Gujarat tourism’s popularity also stems from the fact that the state is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One such beauty is Champaner. Situated in the midst of dense Pavagadh forests and hills, this historic city is a delight for history lovers. 

Champaner was once the centre of all activities and the capital of the erstwhile kingdom. Over time, the city lost its glory and importance until it was rediscovered owing to the treasure of architectural structures. Champaner also attracts travellers owing to its mythological relevance. It’s said that the hills of Pavagadh are actually part of the Himalayan range and were carried by Lord Hanuman to Lanka. 

Champaner is located around 150 kilometres from Ahmedabad and can easily be included in your Gujarat tourism itinerary. Depending on your schedule, you can either choose to stay in the city or plan a day trip. There are a few hotels around the area which may not be too grand but certainly promise a comfortable holiday experience. 

Champaner is home to numerous forts, temples and old markets that stand tall as a testament to the city’s glorious past. You must include a visit to the Jain temples, Fort of Pavagadh, Kalika Mata Temple and Kevada Mosque. Pavagadh Fort is also home to smaller temples which give architectural buffs insight into design styles. You must keep aside a couple of hours to explore Lakulish Temple that is situated in the Mauliya plateau.

Since the architectural marvels are spread throughout the city, we suggest hiring a local guide to take you through the important sites. This will not only make it easier to explore the beautiful sites but will also ensure that you don’t miss out on anything.

Activities And Things To Do In Gujarat

Explore the wildlife at Gir National Park

A mention of Gujarat tourism is incomplete without mentioning Gir National Park. Recognised as the only home for gorgeous Asiatic lions, the park is one of the primary reasons for the popularity of Gujarat tourism. The sanctuary is closed from June to October every year and you shouldn’t plan your trip during this time. The best time to visit the park is between December and March.

Besides the majestic tigers, Gir is home to more than 200 species of birds, over 600 species of plants and 40 species of reptiles and amphibians. Often compared to African national parks, Gir is among the few places in the world where you can spot a tiger in its natural habitat. Leopards, jungle cats, rusty-spotted cats are a few other animals that you can spot here. 

Gir National Park is a huge contributor to the popularity of Gujarat tourism and has also put the state on the world map. The park sees wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and nature lovers from across the world and every year the number increases tremendously. There are numerous guided tours of Gir National Park but we highly recommend the Gujarat-tourism-approved tour offered by the park. You can either book your tour beforehand or opt for on-the-spot bookings. Many resorts and hotels also offer safari bookings as well as guided tours of the surrounding area. 

Your tour of Gir National Park will also depend on the duration of your trip. If you are short on time, you can visit Devaliya Safari Park which is an enclosed area of the park. A visit here allows you to explore the sanctuary in a short duration. The tour is conducted in a minibus and offers you a glimpse into the natural habitat of the animals. The tour is typically for a period of 30 to 40 minutes which is ideal for those who have time constraints. 

On the other hand, the jeep safari of the main park is the highlight of Gujarat tourism. There are two slots for the jeep safari, one that takes place in the morning and one in the evening. Owing to the popularity of the jeep safaris, they are mostly booked. If you are planning a trip to explore Gujarat tourism, this is one of the first activities that you should book. The cost of the jeep safari for a group ranges from Rs.5500 to Rs.13,500 depending on your nationality. As most wildlife enthusiasts will suggest, the best time to book a jeep safari is either early morning or late evening. As is the case with most national parks, there are strict rules and guidelines which need to be followed. While most travellers are chased by tour operators for night safaris or special on-foot safaris, this is not allowed and is prohibited by law. We strongly recommend booking safaris only through the tourist office at the park.

Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Rani Ki Vav in Patan

A recent addition to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Rani Ki Vav has gradually become a highlight of Gujarat tourism. Attracting history lovers and architectural buffs, Rani Ki Vav is a stepwell with a unique water storage system. The marvel is located in Patan, which is the hub of patola art. An example of Maru-Gurjara or Solanki architectural style, the stepwell is a thing of beauty worth exploring. 

The stepwell was constructed between 1063 and 1068 as a memorial of Bhimdev Solanki by his widow Queen Udaymati. It’s said that the stepwell has medicinal properties that had helped in keeping away viral diseases. Besides the unique water storage system, the stepwell is recognised as a majestic artistic masterpiece owing to the brilliant design and art adorning the walls. The stepwell consists of seven levels of stairs that have more than five hundred principle sculptures and uncountable mythological figures. 

One can also spot stone structures of Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu and artistic sculptures of yoginis and apsaras depicted in the 16 different styles of ornamentation. We highly recommend a guided tour of the stepwell to learn more about the architecture and history. If you are interested in exploring the small town of Patan, you can opt for a guided tour which takes you across several temples and a bustling local market. 

Spend a day at Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary

Recognised as the largest seasonal saline wetland area, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary is a gem of Gujarat tourism. Situated 100 kilometres from Bhuj, a visit to the sanctuary is a must if you are interested in wildlife or are a photographer. The variety of fauna in this part of the state is unique and unlike any other. You can spot the greater flamingos, Indian porcupines, wild ass, Indian cormorants and spiny-tailed lizards.

Like most places in Gujarat tourism, the best time to visit the sanctuary is during the winter months when sightseeing is more convenient. Owing to its proximity to the Indo-Pak border, some parts of the sanctuary are not open to the general public. We recommend booking a guided tour since it’ll not only add to your experience of exploring this white desert but will make the tour easier and convenient. 

The sanctuary is located close to Dholavira, an ancient town that is well known for its archaeological treasures. The small town has exhibits dating back to the Harappan civilization. Dholavira is visited for its historical treasures and most travellers prefer combining a visit to these two places in their Gujarat tourism itinerary.

Where To Stay In Gujarat

The right kind of accommodation can make a holiday memorable and Gujarat tourism takes into consideration the needs of all kinds of travellers. Whether you are looking for a small budget accommodation or a luxurious experience, all you need to do is choose your city and budget. 

Luxury hotels in Gujarat

Luxury hotels in Gujarat combine world-class service and warm hospitality to give you an unforgettable experience of Gujarat tourism. Here are some of the best luxury hotels that are a part of Gujarat tourism. 

  • Renaissance Ahmedabad Hotel
  • Neemrana Hotel (Divans Bungalow)
  • The Kutch Safari Lodge
  • The Fern Gir Forest Resort
  • The House of MG
  • The Beach at Mandvi Palace

Mid-budget hotels in Gujarat

If you are looking for a mid-budget hotel while exploring Gujarat tourism, you won’t be disappointed. Offering comfortable rooms, local cuisine and efficient service, here are a few mid-budget hotels which are part of Gujarat tourism. 

  • French Haveli
  • Patang Residency
  • Resort Rann Rajwadi
  • Desert Homestay
  • Aranaya EcoFarm Stays

Budget hotels in Gujarat

Owing to Gujarat’s enthralling historical past, architectural marvels and warm culture, it has become a hotspot for backpackers and budget travellers. There aren’t too many budget properties in Gujarat but this is slowly changing with homestays and hostels. Here are some of the best budget hotels which are part of Gujarat tourism. 

  • Hotel White Feather Toran Resort
  • Savshanti Hill Resort
  • Hotel Silver Cloud
  • Gir Jungle Resort

Cuisine And Best Places To Eat

One can’t deny the relationship between food and culture. The local cuisine of Gujarat is not only influenced by the climate of the state but by its cultural practices as well. From the special preparation process to the different varieties, the cuisine of the state is an essential contributor to Gujarat tourism. 

Mild spices, vegetables and a unique preparation process have taken Gujarati cuisine across the world. Khakhra , khandvi , undhiyu , Gujarati thali , khaman , dhokla , muthiya and kadhi are some of the specialities. While there are several high-end restaurants in Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad, we highly recommend street food in the cities. Local eating joints prepare dishes in the traditional way and you will be surprised by the quality. It’s also important to remember that despite being situated along the coast, non-vegetarian food is not easily available in the state. You will have to try high-end restaurants or request your hotel if you are looking for local non-vegetarian food.

If you are exploring Gujarat tourism with a local, you are in luck since you will be privy to the best eating joints in the state. Vishala in Ahmedabad is ideal if you are looking for a casual evening out with delicious food, Das Kaka’s khaman outlets, Dakshinayan, Toran Dining Hall, Agashiye, Gopi Dining Hall and Rajwadu are some of the other popular places to eat in the state. Another great thing for budget travellers exploring Gujarat tourism is that the food in the state is not very expensive. You can expect to enjoy a grand meal in under Rs.500.

Typical Costs in Gujarat

Budget is one of the first things that all travellers take into consideration. If you are planning to explore Gujarat tourism, you can rest assured since the state offers all kinds of travellers a fulfilling experience. 

For luxurious travellers, exploring Gujarat tourism can cost anywhere between Rs.5000 and Rs.7000 per day. This amount can vary depending on the type of accommodation you choose and the type of activities. 

Mid-budget and budget travellers, on the other hand, can expect to spend between Rs.2000 and Rs.3500 per day. However, this amount can vary and can drastically reduce if you choose budget accommodation and travel during the offseason.

How To Travel In Gujarat?

Exploring Gujarat tourism is fairly easy considering that the entire state has a well-connected rail and road network. All major cities are connected and you can plan your sightseeing trips without worrying about transport. The best places to visit in Gujarat are easy to reachand you can either take a bus or choose a train.

If you are travelling in major cities such as Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, you can hire autos and cabs. In smaller cities, you can hire autos for the entire duration of your trip. Most auto owners double up as tour guides and offer enthralling tours of the city. You can also choose to travel by Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation buses. Not only is the bus fare reasonable but the buses promise a comfortable journey.

Written by Kirat Sodhi. She is a proud mom of three cats and lives for lemon tea, a good book and spontaneous travel plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

The best places which are part of Gujarat tourism are Saputara, Patan, Gir National Park, Dwarka, Kutch and Polo Monument and Vijaynagar Forests.

Gujarat tourism offers shopping buffs a plethora of options. You can choose to shop at local markets or high-end malls, depending on your budget and interests. Dhalgarwad in Ahmedabad offers a wide variety of traditional dresses and antique jewellery, Lal Darwaja Market, also in Ahmedabad, offers handmade jewellery, diaries and shoes. Rander Road in Surat is perfect if you are looking for typical mirrored dresses or handcrafted jewellery. The markets in Patan offer  patola  apparel while the ones in Kutch take you right to the hub of Gujarat’s art and craft. 

The best resorts which are part of Gujarat tourism are Gulmohar Greens Golf and Country Club Ltd. The Fern Gir Forest Resort, Woods at Sasan, Madhubhan Resorts And Spa, Rann Riders and Balaram Palace Resort.

The most attractive activities that are part of Gujarat tourism are a jeep safari at Gir National Park, a tour of Champaner archaeological park, a visit to Rani Ki Vav (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the annual Rann of Kutch festival, the ruins of Lothal and a tour of Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary.

Exploring Gujarat tourism is incomplete until you visit some of the historical sites that the state is known for. Some of the most prominent historical sites of gujarat tourism are Sidi Saiyad Mosque in Ahmedabad, Laxmi Vilas Palace, Dholavira, Rani Ki Vav, Mahabat Maqbara, Prag Mahal and Uperkot Fort. 

The best restaurants which are part of Gujarat tourism are Unlocked and Atithi in Ahmedabad, Chappan Bhog Restaurant in Dwarka, Green Rock in Bhuj, Mandap and Peshawari in Vadodara.

Gujarat is a dry state which implies that the sale, manufacture and consumption of alcohol are prohibited. Most hotels and restaurants also don’t serve alcohol.

The best time to explore Gujarat tourism is between October and February. The days are pleasant and the nights are quite cold, especially if you are in Saputara, Gir National Park and Kutch. If you are a budget traveller, you can also explore Gujarat tourism during monsoon. 

The best places to visit near Gujarat are Udaipur, Daman, Diu, Mount Abu, Lonavala, Matheran and Mahabaleshwar.

Gujarat tourism is full of surprises and if you are under the impression that the state is not home to any hill stations, you’ll be mistaken. There are a few hill stations in the state which greatly contribute to the popularity of Gujarat tourism.

Some of the popular hill stations are Wilson Hills in Dharampur, Saputara and Don Hills. The state is also located at a short distance from Mount Abu in Rajasthan and Matheran, Lonavala and Toranmal in Maharashtra.

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25 Best Places to Visit in Gujarat

There is a huge list of famous tourist places in Gujarat as it is the westernmost state of India and dotted with varied terrains and sacred sites.

The vibrant and culturally-rich state of Gujarat has an exquisite charm, which makes it one of the best tourist destinations in India.

The list of places to visit in Gujarat has a myriad of options for the visitors. It has temple towns, beaches, exotic wildlife, splendid structures, colorful markets, rich art and crafts and more.

Due to its various allures, it is fairly termed as the ‘Jewel of Western India’. Gujarat tourism provides a lot of opportunities and facilities to explore the majestic beauty of the state.

Here is the list of Top 25 Places to Visit in Gujarat:

1. dwarka – one of the revered char dham destinations.

Dwarkadhish Temple in Gujarat: places to visit in Gujarat

One of the highly revered Char Dham destinations of India, Dwarka is known to be the ancient kingdom of Lord Krishna. It is also one of the seven most ancient Sapta Puri religious cities in India. This sacred city needs no introduction and is visited by a huge number of devotees. Peaceful environment and the divine air sweeps you off your feet.

Dwarakadhish Temple and Bet Dwarka are the two most important attractions here. Go down towards the Gomti Ghat to enjoy a hot cup of tea, observe decorated camels and get your hands on seashell knick-knacks. Some other things that you can visit here are Jagat Mandir, Rukmini Devi temple , Okha and Shank Narayan temple.

Popular Attractions – Dwarakadhish Temple and Bet Dwarka

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2. Gir National Park – Home of the Mighty Asiatic Lions in India

Gir National Park in Gujarat: places to visit in gujarat

One of the most popular attractions in Gujarat , the Gir National Park is the only place in India where the mighty Asiatic Lion resides. Other wildlife species that can be spotted here include chinkara, spotted deer, sambar, wild boar, striped hyena, jackal, black knapped Indian, rusty-spotted car and porcupine, etc. Wildlife safaris are offered twice a day. With 250 species of birds, bird watching is a popular activity here.

The latest statistics state that the park has 300 leopards and 523 lions. This jungle is the former hunting grounds of the Nawabs of Junagadh. The national park is close to Somnath and Junagarh. Its wealth comprises of 200 insect species, 38 species of mammals, and 37 reptiles’ species.

  • Best time to visit Gir – December to March
  • Popular Activities – Wildlife Safari, Bird Watching, Temple visit to Somnath temple and Kamleshwar Dham, Visit to Girnar Mountain and Nalsarovar Lake.

3. Great Rann of Kutch – India’s Largest white Salt Desert

Rann of Kutch: places to visit in gujarat

Superb art and craft and the expansive white salt desert are two prime features of the Great Rann of Kutch . Visiting this place is truly once in a lifetime experience. The nearby villages of Hodka and Dhordo offer eco-friendly accommodation. One of the best experiences here is camel safari under a moonlit sky at the time of Rann Utsav , organized from December to March. Do not miss savoring lip-smacking local savory and sugary delights.

A visit to this place is calming and relaxing. Get your hands on some wonderful handicrafts made by Kutchhi people. This seasonal salt marshy land gets filled with water during the monsoon. Measuring about 10,000 square kilometers, it covers regions of India as well as Pakistan.

Popular Attractions- Rann Utsav festival, Camel Safari, art and craft items, Wildlife safari and Bird watching in Little Rann of Kutch, Visits Bhuj and Dholavira, Viewing sunset at Kala Dungar, Leisure walk on Mandvi beach

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4. Laxmi Vilas Palace – The Magnificent Palace Museum

Laxmi Vilas Palace in Gujarat

One of the most popular attractions of Vadodara, Laxmi Vilas Palace is a palace-cum-museum . Four times larger than the Buckingham Palace of England, it is still is the official residence of the Maharaja of Baroda and his family members. A part of it has been turned into a museum. The palace has an Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture, spreads in 700 acres and also has a golf course as well as a zoo.

It was commissioned by Maharaja Sayaji Rao III between 1878 and 1890. The interiors of the palace are splendid with ornate fountains, Mosaic flooring, mosaic decorations, and stained-glass windows. The other artifacts are stunning too.

  • Timings – 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM (closed on Mondays and public holidays)
  • Entry Fees : Museum (INR 60 per person) and the Palace (INR 170 per person)
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5. Somnath – A Holy City with Lord Shiva’s Jyotirlinga

Somnath Temple in Gujarat: best places to visit in gujarat

One of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva , the beautiful holy city of Somnath enjoys a wonderful location of being near the seaside. Visited by devotees and tourists alike in huge numbers, this place has the magnificent Somnath temple . The temple with Chalukya style of architecture is known for its intricate carvings and the use of gemstones and gold. It also faced ransacking from Islamic invaders and has been reconstructed a number of times. However, its glory is absolutely intact.

The serene and peaceful scenery is another highlight of Somnath. This temple is the pride of Gujarat and is an important part of its tour and travel industry. It is believed that Soma or the Moon Lord had originally built the temple to appease Lord Shiva.

Popular Attractions – Somnath temple, Kamnath temple, Panch Pandav Gufa and Junagadh Gate, Suraj Mandir on Triveni Ghat

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6. Sun Temple, Modhera – An Architectural Masterpiece

Sun Temple Modhera

Dedicated to the Sun God, the splendid Sun temple is one of the best attractions of Modhera village. The temple was constructed by the rulers of the Solanki Dynasty during the 11 th century. Located on the banks of Pushpavati River, this magnificent piece of architecture comprises of the main shrine, an assembly hall and a beautifully carved flagged tank. Its architecture is known to be quite similar to the Sun temple of Konark.

One of the highlights of this temple is that the sanctum has built on such a position that the first rays of the sun fall at the equinox. The Modhera Sun Temple was commissioned by King Bhimdev way back in 1026. Modhera also finds its mention in holy books like Brahma Purana and Skanda Purana. It is believed to be blessed by Lord Rama and is also named as Dharmaranya, the forest of righteousness.

  • Timings – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Entry Fee- Citizens of India and SAARC and BIMSTEC countries- INR 15 per head
  • Others- INR 200 per head
  • Entry for children up to 15 years is free

7. Patan – An Ancient Fortified Town

Located at a distance of 110 km from Gandhinagar, Patan is one of the top 15 places to visit in Gujarat. The traces of this ancient fortified town can be found from 746 AD when King Vanraj Chavda of Chavda kingdom founded it. Rani ki Vav , a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-visit here. It is dotted with several other wonderful structures including lakes, step wells, and temples, which make it a special destination for history aficionados.

The local markets here sell some wonderful Patola saris. Take a walk through the busy bazaar and notice the locals busy in their daily work. Do not miss visiting the Hemachandracharya Jain Gnan library, housing ancient Hindu and Jain scripts.

Popular Attractions – Rani ki Vav (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Anand Sarovar or Gungadi Talav Sahastralinga Tank, Hingaraj Mandir, Panchasar Derasar, special Patola silk saris etc.

8. Gandhi’s Ashram, Ahmedabad – First Ashram by Mahatama Gandhi

Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad: best places to visit in gujarat

Gandhi Ashram , also known as Kochrab Ashram in Ahmedabad was the first ashram that was founded by Mahatama Gandhi in the year 1915. This ashram is a chance for the visitors who want to experience the way of life of Gandhi. The ashram was open to visitors on 2 nd October, 2013. The ashram is managed by Gujarat Vidyapeeth University. It is visited by a number of students who wish to study Gandhian philosophies and principles.

This ashram is a part of the Gandhi Tourism Circuit, and is named as “Live like Gandhi for a Few Days”. If you wish to visit this place then Ahmedabad takes you to Plaid where the ashram is located.

  • Founded in – May 1915

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9. Saputara – The Only Hill Station in Gujarat

Saputara Hill Station in Gujarat

Probably the only hill station of Gujarat, the beautiful Saputara lies amid the Sahyadri hills, offering riddance from a humid and hot climate. The lush hills, cool air, and wonderful scenery are simply alluring.

The hill town is dotted with a number of attractions, which must be visited. It is located at a distance of 170 km from Surat. The monsoon rains make the place even more beautiful. If you are an adventurous soul, trek up to the Gandhi Shikhar for bird watching and enjoying stunning views.

Saputara is placed on the border of Maharashtra and Gujarat and is also quite popular amid the locals as a weekend getaway.

This place can be visited all around the year. Not even a single moment is boring here. This place is also known to have a mythological connection as it is said that Lord Rama had spent 11 years of his exile here.

Popular attractions – Vansda National Park, Artist Village, Sunrise and Sunset point, Botanical Garden, Gira falls, Purna Sanctuary, Hatgad Fort, Saputara Tribal Museum, the Ropeway, and Boating in Saputara Lake.

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10. Bhavnagar – Cultural Hub of Gujarat

Bhavnagar in Gujarat

Known to be the cultural hub of Gujarat, the city of Bhavnagar offers its visitors a chance to get a peek inside the state’s rich history and culture. It is quite popular in the art circles because of its wonderful pottery and silversmiths. It is located at a distance of around 198 km from Gandhinagar . The place has historical monuments, temples, palaces, and exotic wildlife. The city has something for the people of all age-groups.

Take a walk at the Gopinath beach and spend some free time here with your loved ones. Or, head towards Gaurishankar Lake for enjoying a picnic with friends and family. A day’s trip to Mahuva can also be planned. Due to its immensely beautiful scenery, this place is also known as ‘Kashmir of Saurashtra’.

Popular attractions – Nilambagh Palace, Velavadar Blackbuck National Park, Palitana Jain Temples, Takhteshwar Temple, Victoria Park, Gopinath Mahadev Temple, Mangalsinhji Mahal Palace and more.

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11. Bhuj – A Place of Several Wonders

Aina Mahal Bhuj Gujarat

Bhuj is that place where the rich heritage of the Gujarat state can be seen, imbibed with architecture and history. The capital of Kutch is a wonderful city, which strongly revived itself after it was destroyed during an earthquake in 2001.

The local bazaars here sell some wonderful Kutchhi handicraft items. The uncanny beauty of Aina Mahal and Prag Mahal must be observed. Visit Swaminarayan Temple and admire its architecture.

If you love wildlife, you can head towards Khavda Natural Park. Bhuj was made the capital of the Kutch region, 29 years after the Jadeja Rajputs took over the control of this place. Since then, it has been a significant town in this region. Do not miss visiting the surrounding villages. Bhuj is quite popular for its textile tourism too.

Popular Attractions – Aina Mahal, Swaminarayan Temple, Baug Palace, Prag Mahal, Kutch Museum, Khavda Natural Park, Ecotourism and bird watching at Chhari Dhandh.

12. Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary – For Bird Watchers and Nature Lovers

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat

Located 60 km south-westwards of Ahmedabad, Nalsarovar bird sanctuary is one of the best bird sanctuaries in Gujarat. Nalsarovar is a shallow lake that is enveloped by marshy lands.

It is home to as many as 250 species of birds including black-tailed godwit, brown and white water, and Merops Orientalis.

It also attracts migratory birds such as flamingoes, herons, white storks, rosy pelicans, etc. from Europe, Central Asia, and Siberia. During winter months, the place is a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Endangered wild ass and the blackbuck are also spotted here occasionally. Nalsarovar is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in India and the largest one in the state.

In April month of 1969, this lake was declared a bird sanctuary. Rent a boat during sunrise to enjoy bird watching here. It is the only lake in the country, which has been declared as a Ramsar site in India.

  • Timings – 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM
  • Best time to visit the Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary – November to February

13. Palitana – Shatrunjaya – Splendid Jain Temples on Hills

Palitana, Gujarat

A sacred city of the Jains, Palitana is located at a distance of just 51 km from Bhavnagar. One of the most important Jain pilgrimage sites in India , Palitana was originally capital of a small princely state, founded by Shahji, a Gohel Rajput. The place is also known for the horse-breeding. The temple site is around 3 km from the main city.

Shatrunjaya Hills here have one of Gujarat’s grandest structures. There is around 863 Jain temple made from white marble, which was built in a span of 900 years in two phases. In order to reach this temple, you need to climb up for around 600 m on a steep path of 3000 stars.

Lift chairs and doli are also available if you are not in a condition to walk. The temple is known for its architectural beauty with the Adishwar Temple, being the most popular. The views from the top are majestic.

Popular Attraction – Jain temples on Shatrunjaya Hills

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14. Mandvi – Offering an Unforgettable Beach Vacation

Mandvi in Gujarat

An hour’s drive away from Bhuj, Mandvi is one of the top places to visit in Gujarat. Once the summer retreat of the rulers of Kutch, Mandvi lets you enjoy a beach holiday . Earlier, it was also known to be a significant shipbuilding centre. However, you can still see locals making wooden ships with their hands on the banks of River Rukmavati. Enjoy a leisure walk at the clean Mandi beach, and admire the tranquil surroundings.

The beach town of Mandvi also offers activities like jet-skiing and boating. Visitors can catch a glimpse of Kutch culture here. Enjoy camel rides at the Kashivishvanath beach. You can also visit the Maharao’s private beach, which is behind Vijay Vilas Palace, just by paying a small fee.

Popular Attractions – Mandvi beach, Vijay Vilas Palace

15. Porbandar – A Coastal City with a Mix of Old and New Worlds

Porbandar, Gujarat

Porbandar is a serene coastal city, which offers its visitors an amalgamation of an ancient and new world, making it an interesting option. It is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. Visit Kirti Mandir, his birthplace that has now been turned into a museum. The city has a number of temples and stone buildings. River Asmavati merged into the Arabian Sea at Porbandar.

The city also finds its mention in the great Hindu epic of Mahabharata as the birthplace of Sudama, the friend of Lord Krishna. Touches of late Harappa civilization can also be seen here. Enjoy bird watching at the Porbandar Bird Sanctuary.

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16. Pavagadh Mata Temple

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Pavagadh Mata Temple at the peak of Pavagadh hill, 762 m above sea level, is one of the must-visit places in Gujarat. Dedicated to Mother Kali, the temple dates to the 10th-11th century. The temple enshrines the idol of Kalika Mata, only the head, the mukhwato, painted in red in the inner sanctum. Full idols of Mahakali and the yantras of Bahuchara are also worshipped here.

A 5 km walk along a jungle footpath otherwise a cable car ride is the only option to get to the temple. The temple is open for long hours to accommodate pilgrims for a visit. Resthouse is available for pilgrims in the Machi Haveli. Visit the ancient temple said to grant divine blessings.

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17. Champaner

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A page from the interesting history of Gujarat, Champaner is a treat for travelers in Gujarat. Founded by Vanraj Chavda of the Chavda dynasty in the 8th century, Champaner is settled on the foothill of the Pavagah peak. It was the capital of the Gujarat province till the 16th century. The famous Champaner-Pavagadh archeological park , also a UNESCO world heritage site in India is worthy of your attention.

The pre-Mughal city presents an impressive wealth of architecture, culture, and history in an interesting mix of Hindu and Muslim styles. The historic park comprises 11 different types of buildings including mosques, temples, terraces, walls, wells and more. In fact, Champaner-Pavagadh is the only place in India which has preserved Islamic designs before the era of Mughals. Walk amid the remains of the golden days of the past.

18. Jhulta Minar

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The classic example of superb craftsmanship, the swaying minarets, known as Jhulta Minar is one of the must-visit attractions in Gujarat. The Jhulta Minar is actually a part of the mosque Siddi Bashir . The construction is such, that, if even a little force is applied on its upper arc, the Minar tends to sway.

What leads to the vibration of the minarets has been the wonder for many travelers. But, the mystery behind is the mechanism of swaying has not been unrevealed. The fascinating thing about Jhulta Minar is that it stands quite close to the railway tracks and is quite swayed by the pressure of fast-moving trains’ quite frequently but has not yet suffered damage or wear or tear. Do check out the mysterious Minar on your visit to Ahmedabad .

19. Kirti Toran Vadnagar

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Another one of the incredible attractions in Gujarat, we come to the Kirti Toran Vadnagar. Also known as the ‘Kirti Stambha’ (Temple Arch), it is said to have been built during the Solanki rule in Gujarat. At one time, the torans may have been connected with a temple, but now not even a trace of remains.

The Kirti Stambha rises over 40 feet. Supported by two massive and intricate columns over a wide cornice, is has an upper story or attic with a decorative cusped arch and engraving, which makes the effect of an archway apparent. The ‘toran’ has a design similar to the typical temple designs. Marvel at the impressive artwork and think of the olden times.

20. Ambaji Temple

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Moving on to another impressive tourist attraction in Gujarat , the Ambaji Temple is definitely to be visited. Worshiped since the pre-Vedic period, the temple has no deity but worships an old-plated marble inscription of the Viso Yantra, a Vedic text on sacred geometry. It is decorated in a way that it looks like an idol of a goddess from a distance.

Settled in the Arasur hills, near the source of the Saraswati River, it is one of the most visited religious sites in Gujarat . Originally built by Nagar Brahmins, the temple is made of white marble with gold cones.

Navratri is celebrated extravagantly all over Gujarat in reverence of Ambaji. The temple gets the most attention as people dancing the Garba around the Holy Mother. Also, on these nine nights the Nayak and Bhojok communities also perform Bhavai Theater in the temple complex.

21. Ahmedabad City

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On the banks of River Sabarmati, Ahmedabad City is one of the incredible attractions of Gujarat. It is the only city in India that has been granted the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site . The merge of the old and the new is the reason why you must not miss a visit to the city.

A holiday in Gujarat remains incomplete if you have not visited Ahmedabad. The city was founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah in the 15th century. Explore the rich architectural heritage from the sultanate period. The noteworthy sights are the Bhadra citadel, densely-packed traditional houses (pols), bird feeders, public wells, walls, gates, numerous mosques, tombs, and Hindu and Jain temples.

But that is not all, there is so much to delight in. The sacred Gandhi ashram on the banks of Sabarmati River, tombs of Ahmed Shah, Sidi Syed Mosque , Adalaj Stepwell, Hathee Singh Temple , Calico Museum of Textiles, Auto World Vintage Museum, Kankaria, and Vastrupur Lake are other well know attractions to check out. Not just sightseeing the pleasures of Ahmedabad also include shopping, delicious gastronomy, and entertainment.

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Gujarat is blessed with the treasure of prehistoric sites dating to the Indus Valley Civilization and Lothal is one of the must-visit sites. Lothal has revealed many ruins and remnants of the Indus Valley Civilization. It is named among the most well-preserved ones, therefore, attracting visitors from all over the world and not just India.

The Lothal museum is home to displays of cooking utensils, jewelry, apparel, gemstones, and scrolls, dating back to the civilization that flourished on the banks of the nourishing Indus River. Explore the ancient site for an in-depth insight into the lives of our ancestors. Take a look at the well-planned city, dockyard, and market area. It is not just a historic site but a place where you can relive history.

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Counted among the incredible attractions of Gujarat, we have Muli. The erstwhile princely state in Kathiawar is unique. It is home to a story that truly makes you wonder. It is the land where a bloody battle was fought between the Parmars and the Chabad for a wounded partridge.

According to stories, the Parmar clan provides shelter to the wounded partridge whereas the Chabhhads clan demanded possession of it. In a bloody conquest, 500 Chabhads of Sayla lost their lives to 140 Parmars. Since then, the killing of partridge was banned and Muli became famous for its hospitality and generosity in providing shelter to anybody seeking it. Pay a visit to the town or stay at the royal places which have not been converted into heritage hotels where you can re-live the olden days.

24. Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch

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Gujarat does not lack behind in wildlife and for that pursue we take you to one of the must-visit tourist attractions, the Wild Ass Sanctuary. Located in the harsh condition of the Little Run of Kutch , spread over an area of 5000 square kilometers, it is the only home to wild ass in India. Embark on safari and be in awe of nature’s bounty even in the harshest conditions of the desert landscape.

Apart from the wild ass in abundance, it is home to 32 other types of mammals including Chinkara (Indian gazelle), Nilgais (the largest antelope of Asia), Indian Wolves, Blackbucks, Striped Hyenas, etc. Pay a visit anytime between October to March.

25. Dholavira in Kutch

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Dating back to 4500 years ago, Dholavira located in Bhachau Taluka of Kutch is a remarkable excavation site of the Indus Valley Civilization or Harappan culture. One of the must-visit places in Gujarat , the historic site lets you relive the days of the first civilization of India.

Discovered in 1967 by archeologist Mr. J.P. Joshi, Dholavira offers traces of one of the greatest civilizations of the world. Learn about the ancient era, sophisticated urban planning, the world’s earliest water conservation systems, architecture, and innovative technology. Spot the world’s first signboards written in ancient Indus script, antiquities, terracotta ornaments, and other relics. The excavation also hints that the Harappan people lead simple lives even with resources and technology of an ostentatious lifestyle.

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With so many things to do and places to visit in Gujarat, the easternmost state of India is a popular tourist destination among travellers worldwide. Gujarat boasts historical monuments , remnants of ancient civilizations, enchanting scenic beauty, and long stretches of beaches that cast a spell on anyone who visits the place. Gujarat is the only place you can glimpse Asiatic lions in their natural habitat. There are many other things that travellers can enjoy being a part of Gujarat, like folk dances and scrumptious local dishes that are famed all over the globe.  

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Steeped in a certain charm and history, Gujarat has numerous tourist places. All these places hold a deep significance and are backed by arresting historical aspects. Keep reading to know more!

  • Statue of Unity- The Towering Landmark
  • Kankaria Lake - A Sacred Site
  • Jhulta Minar - The Enchanting Spot
  • Lothal- A Prehistoric Wonderland
  • Gir National Park- A Rousing Adventure Hub
  • Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple - A Mythological Pilgrimage Site
  • Tarnetar - An Adventurous Setting
  • Gandhi Nagar- A Captivating Destination
  • Dumas Beach - A pristine Seashore
  • Mandvi Beach - A Hypnotising Coastline
  • Rann of Kutch - A Prominent Marvel of Gujarat
  • Ahmedabad - The Splendid City of Gujarat
  • Saputara - A Majestic Hill Station
  • Laxmi Vilas Palace - A Striking Architectural Masterpiece
  • Dwarka - The Spellbinding Destination
  • Sun Temple - The Revered Shrine of Gujarat
  • Dwarkadhish Temple - An Imposing Sanctum
  • Junagadh - The Chandragupta Maurya’s Treasure
  • Vadodara - The Land Of Ancient Wonders
  • Champaner- The Historically Blessed Land

1. Statue of Unity

The Statue of Unity is one of the best places to visit in Gujarat and heralded monument in India. It is touted as the tallest statue in the world. The statue depicts the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. The statue is approximately 597 feet high, almost double the Statue of Liberty in the USA. Visitors can admire amazing views from a gallery perched at 135 m height, accommodating 200 visitors at a time. Check out the mesmerising views of the Vindhyachal and Satpura mountain ranges and the expansive view of the dam. The statue took 46 months to complete and build; iron was collected from across the country. The statue attracts thousands of visitors.

  • Things to Do . Sardar Patel Zoological Park and Jungle Safari, Boating, Helicopter ride, Riverfront Cycling, Valley of Flowers, Pet Zoo
  • Best Time To Visit . October to February

How To Reach the Statue of Unity

  • The Vadodara Airport I Distance. 91.7 Km
  • Vadodara Railway Station I Distance. 89.9 Km

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2. Kankaria Lake

Ahmedabad is a beautiful city known for its stunning Kankaria Lake in its southeastern area. It is the second-largest lake in the city, with exciting and scenic spots like hot-air balloon rides, toy trains, zoos, water-based rides, lakefront promenades, and a kids' city. The Mughals constructed this lake, which is evident in its unique architectural style. Recently, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation undertook a lot of rework and reconstruction work. Today, this lake has become one of the major attractions in the city. People of all ages love visiting this lake, spending quality time with family and friends, and having fun. Various cultural and social programs are organised here from time to time.

  • Things to Do . Explore Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Kalupur, Swapna Srushti Water Park, Shree Camp Hanuman Mandir, Jaldhara Water World, Kids City

How To Reach Kankaria Lake.

  • Ahmedabad Airport I Distance. 11.5 Km
  • Maninagar Railway station I Distance. 2 Km 

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3. Jhulta Minar

It is another one of Ahmedabad's many intriguing and exciting architectural wonders. It is famous for its unique architectural style, along with unsolved mysteries associated with it. Its soaring high minarets can be seen from a far distance. What makes it unique is that if one minaret is lightly shaken, the other minarets vibrate. While the minarets are shaking, not even a single tremor or vibration is experienced on the passageways. Located in Sakar Bazaar, it is a 500-year-old structure. People come from far distances to understand the logic and physics behind the shaking minarets and admire their architectural splendour. It is truly magnificent and one of the best sightseeing places in Gujarat.

  • Things to Do . Visit Ahmed Shah’s Mosque, Sidi Saiyyed’s Mosque, AutoWorld Museum, Jama Masjid, Dada Hari Ni Vav, Sabarmati Ashram, Swami Narayan Mandir
  • Best Time To Visit . October to March
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport I Distance. 9.2 Km
  • Ahmedabad Junction I Distance. 8.5 Km

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the Harappan times. The city layout on scientific lines made it one of the most talked-about civilizations. It was an important seaport and had a massive dockyard in ancient times. The snow-fed, sparkling Pushpawati Ganga runs through the valley background across six miles. A visit during mid-July and August will bring you to a visual extravaganza of blooming beauties playing host to colourful butterflies. It is situated in the western area of Gujarat. 85 km from Ahmedabad, it was supposed to be situated at the banks of River Saraswati, the mythical river that has since dried up.

  • Things to Do . Ganpatpura Mandir, Mata Boot Bhavani Temple, Jewellery and pottery shopping
  • Best Time To Visit . July to March
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport I Distance. 90.8 Km
  • Bhurkhi Station I Distance. 5.1 Km

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5. Gir National Park

Gir is a famous Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park. It is the royal residence of the majestic Asiatic Lions. One of the most talked-about National Parks in the country, this place is a perfect spot to enjoy nature, wildlife, and unique floral and faunal varieties. Many perennial rivers cross the area and make this area richer and more attractive. It is the perfect place to experience a diverse array of unusual wildlife animals. Nature lovers love visiting the park and enjoying exploring unique and rich flora. Enjoy a jeep safari and explore the area at leisure. Photographers and wildlife enthusiasts love capturing lovely images with the camera.

  • Things to Do . Discover the wonderful fauna, Devalia Safari Park, Kankai Mata Temple, Jamjir Waterfall, Jungle Safari
  • Best Time To Visit . September to February
  • Keshod Airport I Distance. 104 Km
  • Veraval Railway Station I Distance. 61.1 Km

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6. Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple

Located in Prabhas Patan in Saurashtra, Somnath is a leading destination in Gujarat Famous place and an important pilgrimage spot in Gujarat. This temple is famous for its architectural beauty and significance. It is constructed in Chalukya architectural style. One of the famous Jyotirlingas of Shiva , the Somnath temple, attracts a lot of ardent devotees. This temple was invaded a lot of times by Muslim invaders and had to be reconstructed several times. Located at the confluence of the Hiran, Kapila, and Saraswati rivers. It is well connected with different parts of the country, making it easy to visit the temple.

  • Things to Do. Panch Pandav Gufa, Gita Mandir, Somnath Mahadev Temple, Dehotsarg Teerth, Bhalka Tirth, Chorwad Beach Prabhas Patan Museum
  • Best Time To Visit . September to March

How to Reach Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple .

  • Rajkot Airport I Distance. 199.5 Km
  • Veraval Railway Station I Distance. 7 Km

7. Tarnetar

Gujarat is also famous for the Tarnetar Fair. You are pushed into a whirlwind of romance, colours, and music when visiting the fair. This fair celebrates rich culture, folk music, dances, arts, and costumes. This fair is rooted in Draupadi’s Swayamvara; young tribal men and women choose this fair to look for suitable partners. The music, romance, and excitement keep everyone captivated. When visiting this fair, do make it a point to watch Rabari women performing the Rahado dance. Huge stalls are put up; magical shows are organised; photographer stalls, merry-go-round rides, etc., attract visitors from faraway places.

  • Things to Do . Visit Tarnetar Mela, Trimandir, Shri Trinetreshwar Temple, Dholidaja Dam, Chamundi Mata Temple
  • Best Time To Visit . November to February
  • Rajkot Airport I Distance. 90 Km
  • Than Junction I Distance. 11.7 Km

8. Gandhinagar

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Located in India’s westernmost region, Gujarat is home to many architectural wonders. It is renowned for its vibrant culture and rich heritage, aside from beautiful landscapes and mouthwatering cuisine. Offering a wide variety of the most impressive attractions, Gujarat provides a great blend of art, history, music, and culture , also known as ‘The Land of Legends’.

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20 Most Popular Tourist Places In Gujarat, India You Must Visit

Being the sole habitat of pure Asian Lions, Gujarat also provides spectacular views of the Great Rann of Kutch’s scenic beauty to the Satpura hills. In addition to the picturesque scenery and the 1,600-kilometer-long coastline, Gujarat also offers its visitors some spectacular ancient cave paintings, historic murals, holy temples, historical cities, wildlife sanctuaries , beaches , hill resorts, and fascinating handicrafts. Gujarat is a dry state, but the Gujarati cultural exuberance rejuvenates you. Here are the top 20 places to visit in Gujarat.

1. Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad Sabarmati Riverfront

A fast-growing metropolis, a manufacturing hub, an educational hotspot, and a town with a glorious history – Ahmedabad is one of Gujarat’s most significant cities. Situated on the Sabarmati River banks, Ahmedabad is Gujarat’s former capital, and its delicious food and colorful culture make it a fast-growing tourist destination. Ahmedabad’s ancient center, or the old part of town, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ahmedabad is renowned for its textiles and the technique of tie-dye bandhani handloom, which makes it a great place to shop. From bandhani sarees, and dupattas to typically broken dress fabrics, and other local craftsmanship. Read More: Famous Things to Do in Ahmedabad

Kutch, Gujarat

Virtually an island resembling the form of a tortoise, Kutch is an ancient princely state of India that retains the past grandeur character. Kutch is perhaps one of India’s most stunning locations, with the white salt desert’s vast expanses.

During the winters, the place comes to life when the Rann Festival occurs everywhere from December to February. There are large camp settlements with cultural activities, functions, and adventure events such as hot-air ballooning. Read More: Kutch Rann Utsav Festival Gujarat: Dates, Attractions, and Visitor Guide

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Somnath, meaning literally ‘king of the moon’, is a pilgrimage place and is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas . It is a town that derives much of its identity from local folklore, religion, and legends.

Somnath is primarily a temple town. A powerful fragrance of religion and legends lingers around tourism and even everyday life. The vast number of temples in the city adorned its spiritual setting. Still, Somnath also offers beaches, museums, and other attractions. However, the first places to visit here are the Somnath temple and Somnath beach, Gita Mandir, Balukha Tirtha, Kamnath Mahadev Temple, and Somnath. Museums are some of the other places one can visit. Read More: Most Interesting Facts About Somnath Temple You Should Know

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Dwarka, Gujarat

Dwarka is an ancient city of India, situated on the western tip of the Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat. This place is known as Devbhoomi Dwarka. Dwarka boasts that it is the only town that is part of Char Dham (four major holy sites). It is listed in the Hindu religion. Dwarka was a part of Krishna’s ancient kingdom, and Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, is also in Dwarka. It holds particular religious importance for these purposes and draws thousands of pilgrims during the year. A tourist destination adds to the beachside and the seashores.

Legend has it that the town was once swallowed up by the sea, and recent excavations reveal that a city had existed here. The name is Dwarka translates the meaning of ‘door’ to Dawar and the meaning of ‘moksha’ to ‘path to salvation’. Read Also: List of Historical Places in Gujarat

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5. Vadodara

Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara

Vadodara or Baroda, in Gujarat, is a cosmopolitan city. Home to some of the most outstanding architectural displays. Vadodara is a fitting memorial to Maratha leader Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III, who had dreamed of transforming this Big City into an educational, industrial, and commercial hub.

Known for India’s most sumptuous palaces – the Lakshmi Vilas Palace and many other famous monuments, Vadodara is Gujarat’s cultural capital. With a prominent portion of it occupied by the Gujarati, this position is the most sought-after during the nine days of the Navratri festival. No city in India is celebrating the Navratri festival with just as much enthusiasm and exuberance as Vadodara. It houses one of India’s leading universities- the University of Maharaja Sayajirao. Read Also: Famous Destinations to See Near Vadodara within 100 km

6. Junagadh

Junagadh

As once the capital of Junagadh Princely State, with many historical monuments to see, the town shines with historical significance.

Junagadh is very similar to Girnar Hills and the world-famous Gir National Park, too. Catch a glimpse of the wild in Sakkabaug Zoo and the Museum of Wildlife. Visit the Girnar Hills as well, and get a sense of the serene yet religious atmosphere. A further tourist attraction is a fort at Uperkot.

7. Gandhinagar

Akshardham Temple, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Gandhinagar offers all its visitors a rich cultural heritage, beautiful temples, and a serene ambiance. Among other attractions is an enchanting Children’s Park and a unique stepwell installed.

Also, worth visiting for an enriching experience is the holy places in Gandhinagar, such as the Hanuman Temple and the Brahmani Temple, which are not famous.

8. Gir National Park

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The only remaining refuge for Asiatic Lions is Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in Gujarat’s Talala Gir, the Sanctuary is part of an ecoregion of Kathiawar-Gir dry deciduous forests.

Every year Gir National Park is closed from 16 June to 15 October, and April and May are the best times to see wildlife.

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9. Saputara

Lake Saputara, Gujarat

It is situated at a distance of four kilometers from the Maharashtra border and two hundred and fifty kilometers from Mumbai in the Dang district.

Saputara means snake habitat, and this region’s tribals worship snakes, especially during Holi . It is a stunning hilly area surrounded by massive greenery offering magnificent panorama, a special kind of tribal culture, and great trekking opportunities. Read Also: 5 Famous Things to Do in Saputara Hill Station, Gujarat

10. Porbandar

Porbandar, Birth Place, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Junagadh

Porbandar , best known as Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace, is a beautiful beach town with temples and dams and is now also a popular hub for trade.

With an important event in its history, the ancient port city is a tourist destination that offers a variety of attractions modestly. Read Also: 10 Popular Beaches in Gujarat

Surat, Gujarat

Surat is a port city in Gujarat, which has its name synonymous with Saurashtra (the good land). This city known as the state’s second-most populated city is a global diamond-cutting center and a textile trading center.

Known as the ‘flyovers area’, it attracts tourists interested in the region’s colonial past and exotic wildlife. Having a reputation for being light-hearted, easy-going, and fun-loving, Surat is a perfect place to spend a family holiday with a passion for food. Read More: 6 Famous Places to See Near Surat .

Diu Fort, Gujarat

Located near Veraval’s port, Diu is a small island that used to be a Portuguese colony and is now guarded by beaches all around. Diu takes on the most popular due to many beaches, along with the southern coast of Gujarat like the Nagoa resort, but also has much more to offer. In Diu, alcohol is legal.

Another fascinating location is the Vanakbara, a small fishing village whose beauty has colorful tints of fishing boats and day-to-day life humming. A great add-on to a Gujarat tour will complement your experience with fascinating museums such as the Sea Shell Museum, temples, and churches.

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Bhuj, Gujarat

It’s called a desert city, with a history dating back to the kingdoms and empires, Naga ruling palaces, the Jadeja Rajputs, the Gujarat Sultans, and the British Raj.

Bhuj is one of India’s unique historical sites, with numerous temples, narrow streets, and traditional handicrafts. It is a municipality within Gujarat’s Kutch district. Following the 2001 earthquake, the city was left in a state of destruction and is still in the recovery process. Read Also: Gujarat Tourism Reopening of Sabarmati Ashram after 10 months .

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Girnar, Gujarat

Holding the delicate balance between the fine golden-brown sand of Gujarat’s most luxurious desert on the one side and the lush green of Gir Forest on the other.  Girnar, a group of mountains in Gujarat’s Junagadh district, is a refuge for both thrill-seekers and religious devotees because of their ability to be both.  It is a center for religious activity and a sanctuary for hikers because of the hill.

Here you will find several small wonders of historical significance, for example, Ashoka’s Main Rock Edicts and Rudradaman’s Junagarh rock inscription, from many centuries ago. You are Gujarat’s highest point-Mt. Girnar stands at 1,031 meters (or 3,383 ft) and represents the country’s rich history and heritage.

Swaminarayan Temple, Rajkot, Gujarat

Situated in the country’s western area, Rajkot is Gujarat’s fourth-largest city in the Indian state. An industrial town with few sightseeing options, it is worth visiting Rajkot for its sweets, traditional snacks, Navratri festivities, handicrafts (silverwork, patola weaving, bandhani), and its labyrinth of narrow streets with distinct cultural character. Located halfway between Ahmedabad and Porbandar, Rajkot is ideal for an excursion of one day. Read Also: Top 8 Destinations to Visit in Rajkot, Gujarat .

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Vadla, Gujarat

Vadla is a refuge for migratory birds coming up and going on their way to Gujarat’s marshy wetlands, just a short drive from Ahmedabad. Similar to the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Vadla remains mostly unknown and undiscovered and is a secret gem known only to locals.

The scanty tourist population and limited intrusion in the birds’ natural habitat give way to easy unfiltered access and excellent opportunities for bird watching. Vadla is a perfect opportunity for you to closely observe the birds’ natural behavioral aspects without violating their inhabited environment. Read Also: Top 5 Historical Destinations in Ahmedabad .

17. Modhera

Surya Mandhir, Modhera, Gujarat

Modhera is an ancient village in Gujarat, famous for housing the remains of the Chalukya dynasty Sun Temple is a real historical treasure. The town covers itself with a mystical aura provided by the Sun Temple. It is a center for spirituality and culture as well.

Modhera gives you an insight into the glory days of Chalukya’s royal family and is one of the most beautiful testaments to past architectural excellence. If history entices you, then this place is ideal for you. The village is deep in relics, structures, and legends of history.

18. Statue of Unity

Statue of Unity, Gujarat

The Statue of Unity is a statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, The Iron Man of India. The figure is to spread India’s dream of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and inspire the Indian people through his struggle for patriotism and independence.

The bronze statue of the Republic of India’s founding father stands 182 meters tall, catching the world’s attention as the ‘tallest statue in the country’. The Unity statue is situated in Gujarat, on Sadhu Bet River Island, on River Narmada banks overlooking the Narmada Dam (Sardar Sarovar Dam) 3.2 km downstream. Read Also: PM Modi flagged off 8 Trains to connect Statue of Unity across India .

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19. Wilson Hills

Wilson Hills, Gujarat

One of those places that would make you say ‘wow’ when you experience the area’s natural and panoramic beauty is the Wilson Hills in the Dharmapuri district of Gujarat. Clouds are floating above the horizon, lush green woods, a relaxed atmosphere, and a fascinating sea view from the top of the hill. Wilson Hills is a perfect location for those who enjoy nature photography.

Located 123 Km from Surat and about 54 Km from Valsad, Wilson Hills elevates about 2500 feet from the sea level. Despite being a bit warm during May and June, the fresh sea breeze blowing in from the Arabian Sea compensates for that.

20. Zanzari Falls

Zanzari Falls, Gujarat

The Dehgam Vatrak River, Gujarat, boasts the Zanzari Waterfalls. The largest waterfall is 25-foot-high, and a picturesque collection of cliffs, boulders, and craters falls on it.

The flow reduces gradually, becoming a great picnic spot during summertime. Sunrise and sunset periods are excellent times to travel, avoiding the scorching heat of summer. If you plan to visit, wear sturdy sports shoes and bring snacks.

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Gujarat is one of the most beautiful states of India, famed as the land of legends and the land of surreal landscapes. On one side you have the amazing lunar surface like beauty of the Rann of Kutch , whereas on the other hand the lush greenery of the Gir National Park is a treat to the senses. On one hand the long stretches of beaches at Mandvi and Dwarka await, whereas on the other hand the majestic forts of Vadodara await. Islands such as Narala Island and Pirotan Island are also a major favorite among people from all walks of life, and all over the world. What is really famous and popular among tourists when visiting the beach destinations of the state are the resorts that line the area, offering soothing views and empty stretches of private beach for a completely relaxing time.

The varied landscape of Gujarat will never cease to amaze you, what with four major mountain ranges rising out of the earth and standing sentinel over the state, including the Sahyadri, Aravalli, Satpura and Vindhya Ranges. The state is also a major pilgrimage center, with religiously important and much acclaimed temples here such as the Somnath Temple, which has been destroyed at least six times by assailants and intruders such as Genghis Khan. There is also plenty of wildlife in Gujarat, and befittingly there is also a plethora of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries dedicated to keeping them protected from all harm. Places such as the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary offer visitors the rare chance of seeing the Asiatic Lion, in the endangered list a few years ago, in its natural habitat.

Apart from the abundance of natural beauty in Gujarat, there are of course a few man-made wonders that are a must visit, such as the Sardar Sarovar Dam, which is located in the Narmada district and is one of the largest dams of India. It is indeed a sight to behold, with the tremendous amount of water gushing down, rising up in frothy waves. Sabarmati Ashram is also one of the best and most popular places to visit in Gujarat . Located in Ahmedabad, the ashram was the official residence of Mahatma Gandhi, and still has the remnants of his daily life. The Watson Museum in Rajkot is also a very popular attraction for tourists, offering people a chance to witness the history of the state. There are several other similar museums and heritage monuments across the state for a thoroughly enjoyable trip. The shopping in Gujarat is also something you cannot overlook, because you get the best apparels and junk jewelry here, so make sure to give those local markets a look.

People also love to visit during their trip to Gujarat are the nearby areas. There are several great options nearby such as Diu, a Union Territory legally, but almost a part of Gujarat if you consider the proximity. Diu is the land of sunny beaches and rocky fortresses, and is a must visit if you time to spare from your vacation.

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Aina Mahal in Kutch

Literally meaning the Hall of Mirrors’ , the Aina Mahal was built in 1761 by the flamboyant Lakhpatiji or Rao Lakhpatji, the ruler of the Princely State of Cutch between 1741 to 1752. It is said that the Maharao had a dream of palace made of marble and glass. However, there was no person who could make this dream a reality.

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A little sea side town in Kutch, Gujarat , Mandavi has several claims to fame. Among others is the Vijay Vilas palace, now made famous by Bollywood movies, and the second is the Wind Mills which dot the Mandvi Beach in Kutch .

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Along the Arabian Sea shore of Gujarat in Jamnagar lies the sprawling expanse of Dwarka Sea Beach. Second to none in terms of beauty, Dwarka Beach brings together elements of a fun day in the sun and the pilgrimage of a lifetime. Featuring the Dwarka Lighthouse , this stretch of sand is among the most popular beaches of Gu...

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“Gujarat: Embrace the Warmth of Hospitality and the Majesty of Landscapes.”

Gujarat, a magical landscape steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty, attracts wanderers from all over the world. Visiting Gujarat means you must have time to explore the soul that lies in its diverse landscapes, warm hospitality, and a treasure trove of experiences. Gujarat is indeed one of the best tourist destinations for travelers in India.

Decked along the western coast of India, Gujarat offers limitless activities for tourists to enjoy their vacation. Exploration of ancient ruins, architectural marvels, colorful festivals, delicious cuisines, and fun-filled adventure activities will make your holidays here memorable for a lifetime.

Let us discover the captivating destinations of Gujarat to embrace its timeless heritage and culture.

A Quick Glance at the Popular Tourism Highlights of Gujarat:

Popular tourist destinations of gujarat.

  • Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad
  • Rann of Kutch, Bhuj
  • Gir National Park, Junagadh
  • Somnath Temple, Veraval
  • Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka
  • Champaner – Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Champaner
  • Statue of Unity, Kevadia
  • Patan Step Well, Patan
  • Bhuj Old Town, Bhuj
  • Modhera Sun Temple, Modhera
  • Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara
  • Mandvi Beach, Mandvi
  • Saputara Hill Station, Saputara
  • Jama Masjid, Champaner
  • Lothal Archaeological Site, Lothal

Gujarat’s Delicious Cuisines

  • Gujarati Kadhi
  • Gujarati Dal
  • Sev Tamatar Nu Shaak
  • Surti Locho
  • Gujarati Khichdi

Gujarat’s Fun Places for Kids

  • Kankaria Lake, Ahmedabad
  • Balvatika and Children’s Park, Ahmedabad
  • Science City, Ahmedabad
  • Gujarat Science City, Ahmedabad
  • Parimal Garden, Ahmedabad
  • Indroda Nature Park, Gandhinagar
  • Swapna Srushti Water Park, Gandhinagar
  • Ajwa Water Park, Vadodara
  • Sayaji Gardens, Vadodara
  • ISKCON Temple, Ahmedabad
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Museum, Ahmedabad
  • Dinosaur Park, Gandhinagar
  • Vardhman Fantasy Amusement Park, Surat
  • Fun World, Rajkot
  • Polo Forest, Idar

Popular Shopping Places in Gujarat

  • Law Garden Market, Ahmedabad
  • Rani No Hajiro, Ahmedabad
  • Sindhi Market, Ahmedabad
  • Manek Chowk, Ahmedabad
  • CG Road, Ahmedabad
  • Dhalgarwad Market, Ahmedabad
  • Lal Darwaja Market, Ahmedabad
  • Teen Darwaza, Ahmedabad
  • Kankaria Lake Market, Ahmedabad
  • Patan Patola Heritage, Patan
  • Bhujodi Village, Bhuj
  • Anjar Market, Bhuj
  • Mandvi Beach Bazaar, Mandvi
  • Kutch Craft Village, Bhuj
  • Law Garden Night Market, Ahmedabad
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Ahmedabad – Where Every Street Tells a Story of Resilience and Diversity

Bhadra Fort Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, one of the iconic travel attractions of Gujarat, is where every street tells a story. If you want to know the soul of Gujarat, there is no other place like Ahmedabad. It is a mind-boggling blend of rich history, vibrant culture, and progressive modernity.

With its bustling streets, mesmerizing architectural wonders, and renowned educational institutions, the blissful city of Ahmedabad has been captivating travelers for decades. This place is full of fascinating stories and history. It is India’s first UNESCO World Heritage city. Centuries-old mosques, temples, and stepwells, the charming aura of the old city, colorful bazaars, delicious cuisines, soul-pleasing multiplexes, and historical landmarks will make your day fantastic here. The list of top visiting places never ends. You will always find amazing things to make your holidays wonderful in Ahmedabad. Beyond its historical allure, Ahmedabad pulsates with vibrant culture and traditions.

The magnificence of the city can be seen through its colorful festivals, most notably Uttarayan, the delightful International Kite Festival. During this time, the skies are decked with a lot of colors as people engage in friendly kite-flying battles. You will also get to taste amazing, delicious street food of Gujarat during the festival. Indeed, Ahmedabad is a wonderful cultural capital and one of the top tourist destinations to visit in Gujarat.

Beautiful Places to Explore in Ahmedabad

  • Sabarmati Riverfront: “Where Serenity Meets the River’s Flow.”
  • Sidi Saiyyed Mosque: “An Architectural Marvel Carved in Stone.”
  • Kankaria Lake: “Tranquility Amidst Urban Delights.”
  • Adalaj Stepwell : “A Sublime Oasis of Architectural Splendor.”
  • Jama Masjid: “Where Faith Finds Peace and Grandeur.”
  • Sarkhej Roza : “A Melody of Islamic Architecture and Serenity.”
  • Science City: “Igniting Curiosity, Inspiring Wonder.”
  • Law Garden: “A Vibrant Tapestry of Art, Culture, and Shopping.”
  • Bhadra Fort: “Guardian of History, Gateway to Ahmedabad.”
  • Calico Museum of Textiles: “Weaving Stories of Heritage and Craftsmanship.”

These beautiful places in Ahmedabad offer unique experiences, showcasing the city’s rich history, architectural marvels, serene landscapes, and vibrant cultural attractions.

Rann of Kutch – Nature’s Mesmerizing Canvas

Rann of Kutch Gujarat

The Rann of Kutch is a bewitching land that transports visitors to a world of surreal beauty and endless horizons. It is one of the must-visit places in Gujarat if you are planning a Gujarat sightseeing tour.

The landscape of the Rann of Kutch is a magical white salt marsh that allures the senses with dramatic sunsets. If you love photography, the Rann of Kutch’s mesmerizing canvas will give you goosebumps.

One of the highlights of a visit to the Rann of Kutch is the annual Rann Utsav, a vibrant festival that celebrates the beauty and culture of this enchanting desert. If you visit the Rann of Kutch during this time, you will see the most beautiful side of this white desert. Colorful tents, fun-filled cultural performances, delightful folk music, and soul-pleasing dance performances will blow your heart away. Don’t forget the delicious local cuisines and the mind-boggling views of the starlit sky of Kutch.

The white desert of the Rann of Kutch blossoms with bliss and glows with vibrant colors. If you indulge in the Sunset Safari, you will witness the most beautiful spectacle on earth. Glistening salt flats, adventurous camel safari rides, staying at luxurious tents, and tranquil vibes make this place a fantastic tourist hub for travelers from all around the world. It’s a place to make a deep connection with nature, seek solace, and taste the thrill of adventures.

Beautiful Places to Explore in Rann of Kutch

  • White Rann of Kutch: “Where Boundaries Blur and Dreams Take Flight.”
  • Kala Dungar (Black Hill) : “Where the Sky and Earth Converge in Harmony.”
  • Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary: “Discover the Wildlife Oasis in the Desert.”
  • Mandvi Beach: “A Coastal Gem Where Sun, Sand, and Serenity Meet.”
  • Dholavira Archaeological Site: “Unveiling the Ancient Ruins of a Lost Civilization.”
  • Narayan Sarovar: “Where Spirituality Meets Tranquility in the Sacred Lake.”
  • Bhujodi Village: “A Tapestry of Art, Craft, and Rural Charm.”
  • Great Rann of Kutch: “Endless Horizons of Salt and Solitude.”
  • Aina Mahal: “A Palace of Mirrors Reflecting Majestic Splendor.”
  • Vijay Vilas Palace: “A Royal Retreat Amidst Lush Gardens and Opulence.”

Gir National Park – Royal Abode of Asiatic Lions

Gir National Park

The iconic Gir National Park is one of the best landmark destinations in Gujarat. If you are in Gujarat, you must plan a trip to the mesmerizing Gir National Park, which has kept intact the legacy of the majestic Asiatic lions. With its enchanting dense forests, rolling hills, and sprawling grasslands, Gir is a delightful abode of endangered species that have been saved from the brink of extinction.

Gir National Park is the only place on Earth where the Asiatic lions roam freely in their natural habitat. Witnessing these rare endangered creatures, such as sambar deer, Chowsingha (the world’s only four-horned antelope), jackal, Indian fox, hyena, and Asiatic white lions, makes this an awesome destination for wildlife lovers.

As the king of the jungle, the Asiatic lion takes center stage, attracting travelers from all over the world to witness their graceful movements. Embarking on a safari through Gir National Park is an exhilarating experience as one ventures deep into the wilderness, guided by expert naturalists.

Apart from the wild creatures, the park also boasts amazing floral species, alluring riverbeds, and a variety of delightful bird species. There are around 200 species of avifauna, including white-backed and long-billed vultures, which are endangered bird species in the park.

To become one with nature, Gir offers the opportunity to participate in community-based ecotourism initiatives. You can enjoy village walks and interact with the villagers to learn a lot about their heritage and culture. If you want to make your Gujarat sightseeing tour interesting and thrilling, then you must plan a wildlife safari at Gir National Park.

Beautiful Places of Gir National Park

  • Sasan Gir National Park : “Where the Wild Roams Free in Pristine Forests.”
  • Gir Interpretation Zone: “A Window into the Kingdom of the Asiatic Lions.”
  • Kamleshwar Dam: “Where Nature’s Serenity Meets Majestic Wildlife.”
  • Devalia Safari Park : “An Up-Close Encounter with Gir’s Exotic Fauna.”
  • Tulsi Shyam Temple: “A Sacred Haven Amidst the Wilderness of Gir.”
  • Kankai Mata Temple: “Seek Blessings in the Lap of Nature’s Majesty.”
  • Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary : “Exploring Biodiversity at the Foothills of Girnar.”
  • Crocodile Rearing Centre: “Witnessing the Ancient Reptiles of Gir.”
  • Jamjir Waterfall: “Nature’s Cascade of Beauty and Refreshment.”
  • Sinh Sadan: “A Restful Abode in the Heart of Gir’s Wild Splendor.”

Somnath Temple – Faith’s Eternal Destination

Somnath Temple Gujarat

Standing as a beacon of spirituality and devotion, the magnificent Somnath Temple is indeed one of the most popular religious destinations in Gujarat.

Steeped in history and mythology, this revered shrine of Somnath is a delightful abode of Lord Shiva. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites to visit in Gujarat. Devotees from all over India visit the Somnath Temple to seek solace and divine blessings from Lord Shiva.

The history of the Somnath Temple is as fascinating as it is ancient. The temple has been rebuilt several times, with many invaders attempting to destroy it, but nobody could succeed. Today, the Somnath temple still stands with pride, showcasing its magnificence to the devotees. The temple has been rebuilt several times throughout its existence. The Somnath Temple is a symbol of resilience and faith of the devotees. The temple’s architecture is mind-boggling, with intricate carvings, ornate domes, and magnificent spires, making Somnath Temple one of the most beautiful temples in India. Try capturing a picture of Somnath in sunlight; it looks amazing against the beautiful backdrop of the Arabian Sea.

The temple is also renowned for its evening aarti, a truly mesmerizing spectacle that fills the air with a divine aura. The spiritual vibes and panoramic views of the sunrise and sunset over the Arabian Sea leave a lasting impression on the hearts of devotees.

  • Darshan Timings: 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Aarti Timings: Morning – 7:00 AM, 12:00 Noon, 7:00 PM.
  • Light and Sound Show Timing: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Dwarka – A Journey to the Divine

Dwarkadeesh Temple Gujarat

The enchanting coastline of Gujarat has the sacred city of Dwarka, which seeks to rekindle spirituality and embrace divine blessings. Revered as the ancient kingdom of Lord Krishna, Dwarka holds a special place in the hearts of devotees and pilgrims from around the world.

It is said that Dwarka is the place where Lord Krishna established his kingdom and is also known as Dwarkadheesh. The city is rich in spiritual heritage. The blissful lanes, bustling markets, and temples showcase age-old rituals of devotion and reverence.

The main highlight of Dwarka is the magnificent Dwarkadheesh Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna. Devotees from all across India flock to this sacred abode to seek divine blessings from Lord Krishna.

Beyond its spiritual significance, Dwarka offers glimpses into ancient history and mythology. The city is believed to have been submerged underwater multiple times, with remnants of its ancient glory still visible today, providing a fascinating insight into the city’s past. Submerged structures and artifacts reveal a civilization lost in time.

Dwarka’s charm extends beyond its temples and historical sites. The Dwarka Underwater Archaeological Excavations showcase amazing and mysterious submerged structures and artifacts of the lost civilization of Dwarka.

Dwarka is a paradise for shopping lovers. Beautiful intricate handicrafts, traditional textiles, and colorful trinkets on display will definitely captivate your mind. Shopping in the markets will reveal the soul of Dwarka. You can interact with shopkeepers, explore the local culture, and enjoy delicious cuisines. Dwarka’s picturesque coastline offers serene beaches that must not be missed. The gentle sea breeze, the rhythmic sound of crashing waves, and the panoramic vistas will make your holidays in Gujarat relaxing and refreshing. The city’s warm hospitality makes it a top destination to visit in Gujarat.

Beautiful Places to Visit in Dwarka

  • Dwarkadhish Temple: “Where Divinity Shines in Sacred Splendor.”
  • Dwarka Beach: “Where Golden Sands Meet the Azure Waters.”
  • Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple : “A Spiritual Journey to Seek Lord Shiva’s Blessings.”
  • Rukmini Devi Temple: “A Shrine of Love and Eternal Devotion.”
  • Gomti Ghat: “Where Pilgrimage Meets Serenity by the Holy River.”
  • Bet Dwarka: “Exploring the Mythical Kingdom of Lord Krishna.”
  • Sudama Setu : “A Bridge of Friendship Spanning Time and Faith.”
  • Dwarka Lighthouse: “Guiding Ships and Hearts with Majestic Views.”
  • Gopi Talav : “A Serene Lake Immersed in Tales of Divine Romance.”
  • Dwaraka Archaeological Museum: “Preserving the Ancient Treasures of Dwarka’s History.”

Sabarmati Ashram- Cradle of India’s Freedom Movement

Sabarmati Ashram Gujarat

Sabarmati Ashram holds, with love, the profound legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian nation. This serene paradise is the cradle of India’s freedom struggle, taking us back in time to witness the golden bygone days of the Indian freedom struggle. Sabarmati Ashram symbolizes peace, simplicity, and the ideals of nonviolence.

Also known as the Gandhi Ashram, Sabarmati Ashram is a must-visit place in Gujarat for history lovers. It is the place where Gandhi Ji developed and implemented his principles of truth, compassion, and nonviolent resistance.

The ashram’s soul-seducing ambiance, with its rustic charm and peaceful surroundings, makes it a fascinating place to explore in Gujarat. It showcases simple mud-brick huts where Gandhi and his followers lived. Hriday Kunj, which still holds all his personal belongings and the essence of his life, serves as a testament to his legacy.

Sabarmati Ashram is a place where Gandhian principles and social change are still promoted. It offers workshops, seminars, and lectures on nonviolence, rural development, and sustainable living. With pride, Sabarmati Ashram carries the enduring spirit of Mahatma Gandhi.

Beautiful Places to Visit in Sabarmati Ashram

  • Sabarmati Ashram: “Where Mahatma Gandhi’s Legacy of Peace Ignites the Soul.”
  • Hriday Kunj: “The Home of Gandhi’s Ideals and Revolutionary Spirit.”
  • Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya: “Preserving the Life and Lessons of the Father of the Nation.”
  • Upasana Mandir: “A Sacred Space for Reflection and Spiritual Harmony.”
  • Magan Niwas: “Where Simplicity and Self-Sufficiency Define Gandhian Living.”
  • Nandini : “Discovering the Art and Craft of Khadi at the Ashram.”
  • Vinoba-Mira Kutir : “Honoring the Legacy of Vinoba Bhave and Mira Behn.”
  • Swachhagraha : “Inspiring a Clean and Green Revolution through Gandhian Values.”
  • Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hall: “Celebrating the Contributions of Women in the Freedom Movement.”
  • Saptarishi Cottages : “Retreat in Tranquility Amidst the Ashram’s Natural Surroundings.”

Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park will blow your heart away with its ancient ruins and fascinating architectural marvels. It is a wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are interested in knowing about the rich history and cultural heritage of Gujarat, then Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park will fulfill your expectations.

Decked in the awe-inspiring foothills of Pavagadh Hill, the park showcases amazing fortifications, palaces, religious buildings, water-retaining installations, and the ancient village of Champaner from the 8th to the 14th centuries. One of the most important highlights is the mesmerizing Kalika Mata Temple on the top of Pavagadh Hill. Devotees from all across India come here to seek blessings from Kalika Mata.

Exploring Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park is like stepping into a living museum. The air is filled with a sense of mystery and grandeur as visitors uncover the layers of history and marvel at the intricate details of the structures.

Apart from its historical significance, the park is a beautiful nature paradise. The lush greenery, rolling hills, and vibrant flora and fauna create tranquil vibes and a soul-seducing atmosphere for travelers. It is definitely the best place to explore in Gujarat.

Beautiful Places of Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park

  • Champaner Archaeological Park: “Where History Unveils Its Ancient Secrets.”
  • Jama Masjid: “A Majestic Symbol of Islamic Architecture in Champaner.”
  • Pavagadh Hill : “Ascending to Spiritual Heights in the Heart of History.”
  • Kalika Mata Temple: “Where Devotion Meets Majestic Mountain Views.”
  • Kevada Masjid: “A Serene Sanctuary of Architectural Grandeur.”
  • Sahar ki Masjid: “An Oasis of Tranquility Amidst Champaner’s Ruins.”
  • Helical StepWell: “Descending into the Mysteries of Ancient Engineering.”
  • Nagina Masjid: “A Jewel of Tranquility amidst Champaner’s Splendor.”
  • J ami Masjid: “A Timeless Tribute to Champaner’s Islamic Heritage.”
  • Fort of Pavagadh : “Guardian of History, Witness to Changing Times.”

Statue of Unity- Inspiring Pride, Unity and National Identity

Statue of Unity Gujarat

Amidst the picturesque landscapes of Gujarat, the Statue of Unity definitely commands attention and awe. This colossal tribute is a symbol of unity, pride, and inspiration. It honors the visionary leader, Vallabhbhai Patel, who played an important role in India’s independence and the unification of the nation. It is one of the top tourist attractions to visit in Gujarat.

The structures and ambiance of this place leave a lasting impression on the hearts of the travelers. The artistry and craftsmanship of skilled artisans make the sculpture of Vallabhbhai Patel a great visual spectacle. The statue’s bronze exterior glistens in the sunlight, exuding an aura of strength and resilience.

The statue and its sprawling complex are a wonderful spot for cultural activities, exhibitions, and educational programs for tourists. The tranquil setting, mesmerizing botanical garden, and the beautiful valley of flowers make it one of the most captivating places to visit on your Gujarat tour. The Statue of Unity is a great symbol of the power of unity, the strength of a nation, and the resilience of its people.

Beautiful Places to Explore around Statue of Unity

  • Statue of Unity: “Rising in Majesty, Inspiring Unity and Pride.”
  • Valley of Flowers : “Nature’s Canvas Blooms in the Shadow of Unity.”
  • Sardar Sarovar Dam : “Harnessing the Power of Unity, Nurturing Life.”
  • Jungle Safari: “Exploring the Wilderness at the Footsteps of Unity.”
  • Museum of Unity: “Unveiling the Legacy of a Visionary Leader.”
  • Ekta Mall : “Celebrating Diversity, Embracing Unity in a Shopping Haven.”
  • River Rafting: “Conquering Rapids, Bonding in Unity’s Waters.”
  • Cactus Garden: “ A Desert Oasis of Unity’s Thorny Beauty.”
  • Light and Sound Show : “Chronicles of Unity Illuminated in Spectacular Splendor.”
  • Unity Glow Garden: “A Glittering Wonderland of Unity’s Brilliance.”

Modhera Sun Temple – A Testament to the Sun’s Sacred Power

Modhera Sun Temple

Travelers who love timeless beauty and ancient spiritual grandeur must visit the Modhera Sun Temple in Gujarat. It is one of the most popular religious attractions in Gujarat, built in 1026-27 CE during the reign of Bhima I of the Chalukya dynasty. As one approaches the Sun Temple, a sense of awe washes over them. The temple’s intricate carvings, delicate sculptures, and ornate pillars delight the senses of tourists.

The temple is dedicated to the sun god, Surya, and its architecture reflects the cultural synthesis that prevailed during that period. The magnificent rectangular-shaped Rama Kund has 108 shrines of various gods and demi-gods. In the Sabha Mandap, you will see beautifully sculpted renderings of the 12 Adityas (Sun Gods). The sculpted renderings on the pillars showcase the sun according to the 12 months of the year.

Every nook and corner of the temple tells a story, inviting visitors to unravel the mysteries of ancient mythology and immerse themselves in the divine aura of the surroundings.

At the Modhera Sun Temple, travelers can bask in tranquility and connect with their inner selves.

Modhera Sun Temple Timings : 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Junagarh – A Mosaic of Architectural Splendor and Rich Heritage

Uparkot Fort Junagarh Gujarat

A tapestry of historical wonders, spiritual sanctuaries, and cultural extravaganzas, Junagarh is an amazing tourist destination to explore in Gujarat. It is a city that holds within its confines the stories of courage and strength. The warm hospitality and brilliant architectural wonders of Junagarh attract tourists from all over India.

Stroll through the bustling bazaars, savor the flavors of delicious Gujarati cuisine, and embrace the rich art, cultures, and heritage. You will be compelled to live here forever. The city’s amazing festivals and fairs showcase the rich cultural traditions of Gujarat. One of the most prominent festivals of Junagarh is the mesmerizing Bhavnath Fair. It is a vibrant celebration of music, dance, and religious fervor. Pilgrims, musicians, and artists from all across the globe participate to create a joyful ambiance. For the spiritually inclined, Junagarh offers a spiritual sanctuary in the form of temples. The breathtakingly beautiful Jain temples, such as the Neminath Temple and the Parsvanath Temple, are great places to seek solace and spiritual grace. Junagarh will tell you the story of its rich history, architectural wonders, and vibrant culture. It shows you the grandeur of bygone eras and offers a glimpse into the rich heritage of Gujarat.

Beautiful Places of Junagarh

  • Uparkot Fort: “Unveiling Junagarh’s Majestic Past, One Fortress at a Time.”
  • Mahabat Maqbara: “A Testament to Junagarh’s Architectural Splendor.”
  • Darbar Hall Museum : “Journeying Through Junagarh’s Regal Heritage.”
  • Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden: “Where Wildlife Thrives in Junagarh’s Green Oasis.”
  • Ashokan Rock Edicts: “Tracing Ancient Inscriptions in Junagarh’s Historical Landscape.”
  • Damodar Kund: “A Serene Oasis of Tranquility Amidst Junagarh’s Bustling Streets.”
  • Girnar Hill: “Ascending to Spiritual Heights in Junagarh’s Sacred Mountain.”
  • Mahakali Temple: “Seeking Blessings at the Divine Abode of Junagarh.”
  • Durbar Hall Palace Museum : “Immersing in Junagarh’s Regal Opulence.”
  • Adi-Kadi Vav: “Exploring the Architectural Marvels of Junagarh’s Stepwell.”

Patan – A Cultural Haven

Rani ki Vav - Patan Gujarat

Patan is a city that captures the essence of Gujarat’s rich cultural tapestry. It is one of the best destinations to visit in Gujarat for budget-friendly travelers. The city is very famous for its beautiful architectural marvels, colorful festivals, and artistic traditions. Patan invites you to lose yourself in its heritage, discover hidden treasures, and create lasting memories that will forever be etched in your heart.

Exploring Patan is like a journey back in time where history, art, and spirituality merge harmoniously to delight the hearts of tourists. The city’s narrow lanes, warm hospitality, and amazing ancient marvels make this place an amazing spot for travelers who want to explore the heritage tourism of Gujarat. Patan definitely offers a truly unique and enriching experience to travelers of all kinds.

Beautiful Places of Patan

  • Rani ki Vav: “Descending into the Timeless Beauty of Patan’s Queen’s Stepwell.”
  • Patola Heritage House : “Weaving Threads of Tradition in Patan’s Textile Paradise.”
  • Sahastralinga Talav: “A Serene Reservoir Reflecting Patan’s Ancient Grandeur.”
  • Khan Sarovar : “Tranquility Amidst Patan’s Scenic Lakeside Retreat.”
  • Patan Patola Heritage Museum: “Unraveling the Rich Tapestry of Patan’s Artistic Legacy.”
  • Panchasar Jain Temple : “Where Devotion Resides in Patan’s Sacred Sanctuary.”
  • Shankheshwar Parshwanath Temple: “Seeking Enlightenment in Patan’s Jain Pilgrimage Site.”
  • Hemchandracharya Jain Gnan Mandir: “Illuminating Minds with Knowledge in Patan’s Jain Temple.”
  • Rani-ki-Vav Garden: “A Blossoming Oasis Embracing the Elegance of Patan’s Stepwell.”
  • Hatkeshwar Temple: “Bowing to Divinity in the Serene Ambience of Patan’s Temple.”

Bhuj – A Gateway to Kutch’s Splendors

Prag Mahal Bhuj

The city of Kutch, Bhuj, is also known for its vibrant markets, where artisans and craftsmen display their exquisite creations. It is famous for its majestic palaces that display the architectural brilliance of bygone days. Bhuj is a visual delight for travelers in Kutch of all types.

Some of the most favorite spots in Bhuj that you must not miss are the Bhujodi village, which showcases the age-old art of creating vibrant textiles, and the bustling and colorful Bhuj Haat, which is a wonderful handicrafts market. Here, you will find amazing colorful textiles, beautiful metalworks, embroideries, and wood carvings. It’s also the perfect place to shop for unique souvenirs. The majestic palaces, bustling markets, natural beauty, and rich art and craftsmanship of Bhuj make it a truly unforgettable destination. If you are planning your itinerary for the Gujarat Tour, you must include Bhuj for delightful experiences and memories.

Beautiful Places of Bhuj

  • Aina Mahal: “Where Bhuj’s Rich Heritage Reflects in Shimmering Splendor.”
  • Prag Mahal: “A Majestic Marvel of Bhuj’s Architectural Grandeur.”
  • Kutch Museum : “Unveiling the Treasures of Bhuj’s Cultural Tapestry.”
  • Bhujia Hill : “Ascending to Panoramic Views of Bhuj’s Enchanting Landscape.”
  • Bhujodi Village : “Immersing in Bhuj’s Artistic Traditions and Handicrafts.”
  • Hamirsar Lake: “Tranquility and Serenity Meet at Bhuj’s Luminous Lake.”
  • Swaminarayan Temple: “Seeking Spiritual Harmony in Bhuj’s Sacred Abode.”
  • Sharad Baug Palace: “Stepping into the Royalty of Bhuj’s Historic Palace.”
  • Chhatardi Tombs: “Honoring Bhuj’s Glorious Past in the Serenity of Tombs.”
  • Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary: “Encountering Nature’s Wonders in Bhuj’s Untamed Wilderness.”

Vadodara- The Royal Heritage City

Laxmi Vilas Palace Vadodara

Vadodara, a city of beauty and delight, creates an unforgettable experience for visitors. It is a place where regal palaces, art galleries, and sacred sites coexist harmoniously, offering a glimpse into Gujarat’s rich heritage. It is also one of the top heritage destinations to visit in Gujarat.

Vadodara will show you its enchanting gardens, magnificent palaces, beautiful art galleries, and culinary delights, leaving a long-lasting impression on your mind.

You will see mesmerizing palaces and grand structures adorned with intricate artwork and craftsmanship scattered throughout the city. Vadodara exudes a regal charm. It is a destination that invites you to immerse yourself in its culture and architectural wonders. It has something for every traveler, whether they are a history buff, an art enthusiast, a food lover, or someone seeking a memorable travel experience.

Beautiful Places of Vadodara

  • Laxmi Vilas Palace : “Where Royalty Resides, Unveiling Vadodara’s Regal Grandeur.”
  • Sayaji Gardens: “Nature’s Oasis in the Heart of Vadodara’s Serene Landscape.”
  • Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum : “Immersing in Vadodara’s Artistic Legacy and Heritage.”
  • Kirti Mandir: “Paying Tribute to Vadodara’s Illustrious Past and Inspiring Figures.”
  • Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park : “Exploring Vadodara’s Ancient Secrets Amidst Serene Hills.”
  • EME Temple: “Where Faith Meets Architectural Brilliance in Vadodara.”
  • Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery : “Unraveling Vadodara’s Cultural Tapestry in Art and Artifacts.”
  • Kala Ghoda Art Distric t: “A Vibrant Canvas of Creativity and Expression in Vadodara.”
  • Ajwa Water Park: “Splash into Fun and Adventure in Vadodara’s Refreshing Retreat.”
  • Sardar Patel Planetarium: “Stargazing and Discovering the Cosmos in Vadodara’s Celestial Dome.”

Mandvi – A Coastal Paradise

Mandvi Beach Gujarat

Mandvi is one of the top tourist destinations to visit in Gujarat. If you are a beach lover, then without any doubt, you should visit Mandvi once in a lifetime. It is a place where the waves gently caress the shore, a haven of tranquility and natural beauty. Soul-soothing leisurely walks along the shore would be one of the most pleasing moments of your vacation in Mandvi. It’s a great place for recreation and rejuvenation of the soul with your loved ones in Gujarat. It is also very popular for its colorful markets and historical sites. Mandvi invites you to fall in love with its tranquil allure and create long-lasting memories with your family and friends.

You can also enjoy fascinating and thrilling water sports activities, such as jet skiing, parasailing, and banana boat rides. Mandvi indeed offers a delightful retreat for those seeking a blend of relaxation and cultural exploration.

Beautiful Places of Mandvi

  • Mandvi Beach : “Where Tranquility Meets the Sparkle of Mandvi’s Shimmering Sands.”
  • Vijay Vilas Palace: “Unveiling Mandvi’s Royal Splendor in a Palatial Retreat.”
  • Rukmavati Bridge: “Connecting Mandvi’s Past and Present in Architectural Grace.”
  • Shyamji Krishna Verma Memorial: “Honoring Mandvi’s Patriotism and Legacy of Freedom.”
  • Mandvi Shipbuilding Yard: “Witnessing the Artistry of Mandvi’s Maritime Heritage.”
  • Topansar Lake: “A Serene Haven Reflecting Mandvi’s Natural Beauty.”
  • Swaminarayan Temple : “Finding Spiritual Solace in Mandvi’s Sacred Abode.”
  • Wind Farms Beach: “Embracing the Tranquil Breeze at Mandvi’s Windmill-Dotted Shore.”
  • Mandvi Fort: “Guarding Mandvi’s Rich History Amidst Scenic Coastal Views.”
  • 72 Jinalaya : “Seeking Inner Peace at Mandvi’s Jain Temple Complex.”

Saputara- Nature’s Picturesque Paradise

Saputara Hill Station Gujarat

For those seeking a bit of adventure, solace, and a nature retreat, Saputara offers exciting experiences to make your Gujarat holidays one of a kind. Away from the chaos of the modern world, its magical landscapes offer a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Saputara is a haven of natural beauty and tranquility that offers a perfect retreat for nature lovers.

Stunning viewpoints, thrilling trekking trails, delightful weather, and alluring sunrises and sunsets make Saputara one of the best places for relaxation in Gujarat, such as Sunset Point and Sunrise Point. Breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and hills paint the eye’s canvas with bliss. The hearts of adventurers must be ready for paragliding, zip-lining, or rappelling, etc. The lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and meandering rivers create a serene ambiance that is perfect for rejuvenation and relaxation. The Saputara Lake, a paradise for nature lovers, is a great place to enjoy boating and nature photography. Saputara is also surrounded by well-maintained gardens, such as the Lake Garden and Step Garden, offering tranquil spaces to unwind, enjoy the beauty of nature, and listen to the soothing silence of nature.

Beautiful Places of Saputara

  • Saputara Lake: “Where Serenity Reflects in the Azure Waters of Saputara.”
  • Sunset Point: “Embracing Nature’s Canvas of Colors at Saputara’s Sunset Vista.”
  • Saputara Tribal Museum: “Unraveling the Cultural Tapestry of Saputara’s Indigenous Tribes.”
  • Step Garden : “Cascading Beauty and Tranquility in Saputara’s Terraced Garden.”
  • Artist Village: “Exploring Saputara’s Artistic Spirit in a Village of Creativity.”
  • Table Top Point: “Admiring Panoramic Views from Saputara’s Scenic Vantage Point.”
  • Gira Waterfalls : “Immersing in Nature’s Grace at Saputara’s Majestic Waterfalls.”
  • Ropeway Ride: “Suspended in Awe, Soaring Above Saputara’s Picturesque Landscape.”
  • Pandava Caves: “Unveiling Ancient Mysteries in Saputara’s Enigmatic Caves.”
  • Rose Garden: “A Fragrant Retreat Amidst Saputara’s Blossoming Flowers.”

Jamnagar- Crown of Gujarat

Lakhota Lake Palace Jamnagar Gujarat

Jamnagar offers a delightful blend of heritage and natural beauty to tourists. From breathtaking beaches to delightful historical marvels, Jamnagar creates magic in the minds of wanderers. It has many serene retreats for nature and bird lovers, providing a peaceful haven for bird enthusiasts and nature lovers. The Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is one of the major bird-watching destinations in Jamnagar, home to a variety of migratory and resident bird species, offering a delightful opportunity to observe them in their natural habitat.

Jamnagar is also famous for its vibrant bazaars and bustling markets where you will get a chance to find an amazing range of traditional handicrafts, Bandhani sarees, textiles, and jewelry.

Moreover, Jamnagar offers a wonderful retreat on the beaches along its coastline. There are many tranquil beaches such as Balachadi Beach and Dwarka Beach where the soul comes alive. Leisurely walks along the shore, mesmerizing sunset views, and pleasant weather make this place an amazing choice in Gujarat for beach lovers in India.

Beautiful Places of Jamnagar

  • Lakhota Lake: “Tranquility and Serenity Meet at Jamnagar’s Lakhota Lake.”
  • Lakhota Palace and Museum: “Immersing in Jamnagar’s Rich History and Royal Heritage.”
  • Marine National Park: “ Discovering Marine Marvels in Jamnagar’s Pristine Waters.”
  • Bala Hanuman Temple : “Seeking Divine Blessings at Jamnagar’s Spiritual Abode.”
  • Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary: “A Haven for Avian Delights in Jamnagar’s Natural Sanctuary.”
  • Darbargadh Palace: “Stepping into the Grandeur of Jamnagar’s Historic Palace.”
  • Dwarkadhish Temple: “Embracing Devotion in Jamnagar’s Sacred Dwarkadhish Temple.”
  • Narara Marine Sanctuary: “Exploring Jamnagar’s Underwater Wonderland of Marine Life.”
  • Ranmal Lake: “Glimpses of Nature’s Beauty in Jamnagar’s Scenic Lake.”
  • Bhujio Kotho: “Witnessing Jamnagar’s Towering Architectural Splendor.”

Gandhinagar – A Melting Pot of Cultures and Ideas

Adalaj Stepwell Gandhinagar Gujarat

Gandhinagar beautifully captures the essence of modernity, serenity, and cultural heritage. It is one of the top tourist destinations to visit in Gujarat. For visitors seeking a blend of urban comfort and natural beauty, Gandhinagar is the place to be.

The tranquil ambiance, cultural treasures, and the warmth and hospitality of Gujarat’s capital city, Gandhinagar, create a piece of heaven for creating beautiful memories with your loved ones. The city is a beautiful combination of tradition and modernity. Beautiful gardens and amazing infrastructure make the city of Gandhinagar soul-pleasing. It is also one of the top heritage and cultural destinations in Gujarat. Its cultural heritage is evident in its numerous museums and art galleries.

Gandhinagar’s museums showcase the rich history and cultural traditions of Gujarat through a diverse collection of artifacts, textiles, and folk art. For shopaholics, Gandhinagar offers a range of shopping options. One of the best shopping places, the vibrant Sector 21 Market, is a beautiful hub where visitors can explore a variety of shops selling traditional handicrafts, textiles, and spices. Also, explore the amazing bustling night markets, which offer unique shopping experiences to travelers.

Beautiful Places of Gandhi Nagar

  • Akshardham Temple: “Gandhinagar’s Spiritual Haven of Tranquility and Devotion.”
  • Indroda Nature Park : “Exploring the Wonders of Nature in Gandhinagar’s Serene Oasis.”
  • Adalaj Stepwell : “An Architectural Marvel Unveiling Gandhinagar’s Historic Splendor.”
  • Sarita Udyan : “Where Nature’s Beauty Blooms in the Heart of Gandhinagar.”
  • Children’s Park : “A Wonderland of Fun and Joy for All in Gandhinagar.”
  • Sardar Patel Memorial: “Honoring the Visionary Leader in Gandhinagar’s Iconic Tribute.”
  • Mahatma Mandir: “A Symbol of Gandhinagar’s Respect for Mahatma Gandhi’s Legacy.”
  • Punit Van : “Embracing Nature’s Bliss in Gandhinagar’s Verdant Forest.”
  • Hanumanji Temple : “Finding Solace and Serenity in Gandhinagar’s Sacred Temple.”
  • Trimandir : “A Spiritual Retreat for Mind, Body, and Soul in Gandhinagar.”

Palitana – Divine Serenity

Shatrunjaya Hill Gujarat

Palitana is a great spiritual place to explore in Gujarat. Spiritually inclined tourists who embark on a journey of devotion and self-discovery must visit Palitana once in a lifetime. With captivating magnificent temples, breathtaking natural beauty, and a serene ambiance, Palitana is a great delight for nature lovers, spiritual people, and solace seekers. A visit to this sacred pilgrimage site is not only a chance to explore Jain heritage but also an opportunity to reconnect with oneself amidst the serene hills of Gujarat.

Palitana boasts of an astounding collection of beautiful and intricately carved temples. The Shatrunjaya Temple Complex is the crowning jewel of Palitana, with its stunning architecture, awe-inspiring sculptures, and serene surroundings. Palitana stands as a revered pilgrimage site and a haven for spiritual seekers. Famous for its mesmerizing Jain temples, Palitana attracts devotees and tourists from all over the world, giving them a glimpse into the rich Jain heritage of Gujarat.

Beautiful Places of Palitana

  • Shatrunjaya Hill: “Ascending to Spiritual Heights at Palitana’s Sacred Shatrunjaya.”
  • Adishwar Temple : “Where Devotion and Architecture Converge in Palitana’s Majestic Temple.”
  • Rishabhdeo Temple : “A Serene Abode of Peace and Devotion in Palitana’s Sacred Grounds.”
  • Kumar Pal Jain Museum : “Exploring Palitana’s Artistic Treasures and Jain Heritage.”
  • Palitana Wildlife Sanctuary : “Embracing Nature’s Splendor in Palitana’s Pristine Sanctuary.”
  • Taranga Hill: “ Basking in the Panoramic Beauty of Palitana’s Taranga Hill.”
  • Angar Pir: “ A Tranquil Oasis of Spirituality in Palitana’s Mystical Surroundings.”
  • Dharmanath Bhagwan Jain Temple : “Discovering Palitana’s Spiritual Serenity and Jain Teachings.”
  • Motisar Lake: “Reflections of Tranquility at Palitana’s Scenic Motisar Lake.”
  • Hathicha Devalaya : “Witnessing Palitana’s Elephants in Stone at Hathicha Devalaya.”

Lothal – Unearthing a Lost Civilization

Lothal Archaeological Site

Lothal offers a captivating journey back in time, allowing visitors to discover the mysteries of an advanced urban civilization that once flourished on the banks of the mighty Saraswati River.

Dating back over 4,500 years, Lothal was a major port and trading hub of the Indus Valley Civilization. It is one of the most captivating heritage places to visit in Gujarat for those who love to delve deep into history.

Numerous artifacts have been discovered from this ancient civilization. The bead factory and the intricate pottery found in the excavations shed light on the craftsmanship and industrial prowess of the civilization.

The surrounding landscape adds fascinating charm to the beauty of Lothal. The vast expanses of the breathtaking Rann of Kutch and the gentle flow of the blissful Sabarmati River create a solace-inducing backdrop for this historical site. Watching the sunset over the archaeological ruins adds a touch of magic and reverence, reminding visitors of the enduring legacy of the Indus Valley Civilization.

A visit to Lothal will reveal many secrets of the ancient past. Let us embark on an unforgettable voyage of discovery.

Beautiful Places of Lothal

  • Lothal Archaeological Site: “Journeying Back in Time at Lothal’s Ancient Port City.”
  • Lothal Museum: “Unveiling the Rich History of Lothal’s Maritime Civilization.”
  • Dockyard at Lothal: “Exploring the Maritime Excellence of Lothal’s Shipbuilding Hub.”
  • Acropolis at Lothal: “Where Lothal’s Past Glory Reaches New Heights.”
  • Warehouse Complex at Lothal: “Tracing the Trade Routes of Lothal’s Prosperous Era.”
  • Great Bath at Lothal: “Immersing in the Mystique of Lothal’s Ancient Rituals.”
  • Streets of Lothal : “Walking the Path of Ancient Civilization in Lothal’s Alleyways.”
  • Workshops at Lothal: “Witnessing the Artistry and Innovation of Lothal’s Craftsmen.”
  • Citadel at Lothal: “Guarding Lothal’s Strategic Importance in Ancient Times.”
  • Living Quarters at Lothal: “Peeking into the Lives of Lothal’s Inhabitants from the Past.”

Dholavira – Fascinating Tales of the Indus Valley Civilization

Dholavira Gujarat

Dholavira is a captivating destination for history enthusiasts, archaeology lovers, and those seeking a deeper understanding of ancient civilizations. It is a must-visit place in Gujarat if you are curious and love to explore heritage sites.

Dholavira’s ancient civilization was ahead of its time. It is difficult to believe that it has well-preserved ruins, an intricate drainage system, public wells, and underground reservoirs that are features of modern world infrastructure. As you explore the remains of this lost city, you’ll be transported to a bygone era, where the echoes of the past whisper their secrets and ignite the imagination. Dholavira invites you to embark on a journey of discovery, unlocking the mysteries of an ancient civilization that continues to fascinate and inspire.

Within the citadel of Dholavira, you’ll discover the beautiful remnants of grand structures, including the royal palace, ceremonial halls, and granaries, which tell a lot about the grandeur of the ancient world. The labyrinth of narrow streets, residential quarters, and fascinating structures will amaze your curious mind. The vast, barren beauty of the Great Rann of Kutch stretches as far as the eye can see, creating a beautiful background for Dholavira.

Beautiful Places of Dholavira

  • Dholavira Archaeological Site : “Unearthing the Secrets of Dholavira’s Lost Civilization.”
  • Great Rann of Kutch: “Witnessing the Vastness and Beauty of Dholavira’s Surroundings.”
  • Dholavira Fossil Park : “Exploring Dholavira’s Prehistoric Wonders in Stone.”
  • Dholavira Museum: “A Glimpse into Dholavira’s Ancient Legacy and Artifacts.”
  • Citadel of Dholavira: “Standing Tall in the Echoes of Dholavira’s Historic Fortification.”
  • Water Reservoirs of Dholavira : “Engineering Marvels that Sustained Dholavira’s Civilization.”
  • Street Patterns of Dholavira : “Navigating the Urban Layout of Dholavira’s Ancient City.”
  • Signboard of Dholavira: “Decoding the Indus Script at Dholavira’s Enigmatic Signboard.”
  • Sun Temple of Dholavira : “Basking in the Radiance of Dholavira’s Sacred Solar Worship.”
  • Excavated Houses of Dholavira: “Stepping into the Homes of Dholavira’s Long-Gone Inhabitants.”

From ancient archaeological marvels to the rhythmic beats of folk dances, from wildlife encounters to soul-stirring spiritual journeys, Gujarat offers an immersive experience that leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of travelers. Indeed, you will be spellbound to see its rich culture and heritage and its breathtaking beauty.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time to visit gujarat.

Here are the highlights of the Seasons in Gujarat. Choose your best season and plan a wonderful Gujarat Trip-

Winter Season (November to February):

  • “Embrace the Tranquil Charms of Gujarat’s Winter Wonderland”
  • “Experience Gujarat’s Cultural Splendors Amidst Cool Winter Breezes”
  • “Discover Gujarat’s Hidden Gems in the Enchanting Winter Season”

Summer Season (March to June):

  • “Unleash Your Adventurous Spirit in Gujarat’s Summer Thrills”
  • “Sun, Sand, and Safari: Explore Gujarat’s Summer Escapades”
  • “Immerse Yourself in the Vibrant Summer Festivities of Gujarat”

Monsoon Season (July to September):

  • “Witness Gujarat’s Nature Come Alive in the Monsoon Magic”
  • “Explore the Refreshing Beauty of Gujarat Amidst Rainy Delights”
  • “Indulge in the Serenity and Greenery of Monsoon in Gujarat”

How to Travel Gujarat?

  • By Air – You can easily reach Gujarat via Sardar Vallabhbhai Airport. It is one of the major airports to reach Gujarat.
  • By Train- Surat railway station, Ahmedabad Railway Station, Rajkot Railway Station and Vadodara Railway Station are some of the major railway lines of Gujarat which are connected to other major Indian cities.
  • By Road- If you are traveling Gujarat by road then buses are the most convenient options to reach here. You will get buses from all the major Indian states. Volvos and Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) offer bus services from major Indian states.

What are the must-visit tourist attractions in Gujarat?

Some of the must visit Tourist attractions in Gujarat are –

  • Rann of Kutch, Kutch
  • Somnath Temple, Somnath
  • Dwarkadheesh Temple, Dwarka
  • Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Champaner
  • Patan Step Well (Rani Ki Vav), Patan
  • Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Ahmedabad
  • Sarkhej Roza, Ahmedabad
  • Dholavira, Kutch
  • Sabarmati Riverfront, Ahmedabad
  • Gandhi Ashram, Porbandar

Is Gujarat safe for tourists?

Yes, Gujarat is absolutely a safe travel destination for tourists. If you take appropriate measures for your personal belongings and stay aware of your surroundings, especially the crowded places then the chances of mis happenings will be less.

What are the famous festivals celebrated in Gujarat?

Here is a list of the most popular festivals of Gujarat-

  • Uttarayan (Kite Festival)
  • Janmashtami
  • Makar Sankranti
  • Tarnetar Fair
  • Bhavnath Mahadev Fair
  • Bhadra Purnima Fair

What are popular wildlife sanctuaries in Gujarat?

Some of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Gujarat are –

  • Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar
  • Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch
  • Marine National Park, Gulf of Kutch
  • Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary
  • Barda Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary
  • Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Gir Forest National Park
  • Purna Wildlife Sanctuary

What are the best places to see birds in Gujarat?

These are the best places to enjoy birdwatching in Gujarat –

  • Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary
  • Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
  • Velavadar Blackbuck National Park
  • Thol Bird Sanctuary
  • Wild Ass Sanctuary
  • Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Hingolgadh Nature Education Sanctuary

What are the popular handicrafts of Gujarat?

Some of the most popular handicraft items available in Gujarat are –

  • Bandhani: Vibrant tie-dye textile art characterized by intricate patterns and vibrant colors.
  • Patola: Exquisite silk sarees known for their double ikat technique, showcasing rich colors and geometric patterns.
  • Kutch Embroidery: Intricate and colorful hand embroidery using mirror work, thread work, and appliqué techniques.
  • Rogan Art: Traditional art form involving the use of castor oil to create intricate and colorful patterns on fabric.
  • Wood Carving: Skillful carving of wood to create intricate designs on furniture, home decor, and religious artifacts.
  • Block Printing: Traditional printing technique using hand-carved wooden blocks to create beautiful designs on fabric.
  • Terracotta: Pottery made from clay, featuring intricate designs and traditional forms like vases, figurines, and lamps.
  • Patang Making: Colorful kite making, a popular craft during the kite festival in Gujarat.

What are the must visit famous beaches in Gujarat?

Some of the must visit famous beaches of Gujarat are –

  • Mandvi Beach: “Unwind and Relax at Gujarat’s Tranquil Paradise, Mandvi Beach.”
  • Dwarka Beach: “A Serene Coastal Retreat to Discover Amidst the Spirituality of Dwarka.”
  • Diu Beach: “Sun, Sand, and Serenity Await at Gujarat’s Charming Coastal Haven, Diu Beach.”
  • Tithal Beach: “Bask in the Golden Sands and Sparkling Waters of Tithal Beach, Gujarat.”
  • Gopnath Beach: “Escape to Gujarat’s Secluded Gem, Gopnath Beach, for a Tranquil Coastal Experience.”
  • Nargol Beach: “Discover Gujarat’s Hidden Beach Gem, Nargol, where Serenity Meets Natural Beauty.”
  • Porbandar Beach: “Where Waves Meet History, Porbandar Beach Invites You to Explore Gujarat’s Coastal Charm.”
  • Madhavpur Beach: “Embrace the Scenic Beauty and Mythological Significance of Madhavpur Beach in Gujarat.”
  • Chorwad Beach: “A Coastal Delight on Gujarat’s Shores, Chorwad Beach Offers Relaxation and Tranquility.”
  • Umargam Beach: “Unwind and Rejuvenate at Umargam Beach, a Pristine Coastal Escape in Gujarat.”

What are the must visit heritage sites in Gujarat?

Some of the must visit heritage attractions in Gujarat –

  • Champaner – Pavagadh Archaeological Park: A UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing the rich architectural and cultural heritage of Gujarat.
  • Rani ki Vav: An intricately carved stepwell in Patan, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Modhera Sun Temple: A magnificent 11th-century temple dedicated to the Sun God, renowned for its intricate carvings and architectural brilliance.
  • Sarkhej Roza: A complex of tombs, mosques, and palaces in Ahmedabad, showcasing a fusion of Islamic and Hindu architectural styles.
  • Dwarka: An ancient city associated with Lord Krishna, featuring historic temples like the Dwarkadhish Temple and Bet Dwarka.
  • Lothal: An archaeological site dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization, offering insights into India’s ancient maritime trade.
  • Patan’s Stepwells: Notable stepwells like the Rani ki Vav, Sahastralinga Talav, and Khan Sarovar are architectural marvels in Patan.
  • Vadnagar: A historic town with sites like the Hatkeshwar Temple and Sharmishtha Lake, known for their architectural and cultural significance.
  • Pavagadh Hill: Home to the Kalika Mata Temple and the historic Champaner city, known for its archaeological ruins.
  • Junagadh’s Heritage Sites: The Uparkot Fort, Mahabat Maqbara, and Adi-Kadi Vav are some of the prominent heritage sites in Junagadh.

What are the best places to explore the tribal culture of Gujarat?

Some of the best places to explore the tribal cultural heritage of Gujarat –

  • Kutch District: Immerse Yourself in the Vibrant Tribal Traditions of Gujarat’s Kutch Region.
  • Dang District: Discover the Rich Cultural Heritage of Gujarat’s Dang Tribal Communities.
  • Chhota Udaipur: Experience the Authentic Tribal Life and Customs of Gujarat’s Chhota Udaipur Region.
  • Bhil Village Tour: Step into the Fascinating World of Gujarat’s Bhil Tribes and their Ancient Customs.
  • Poshina: Delve into the Enchanting Tribal Culture of Gujarat’s Poshina and Witness their Intricate Artwork.
  • Mandvi Village: Engage with the Tribal Communities of Gujarat’s Mandvi Village and Discover their Unique Traditions.
  • Bardoli: Uncover the Historical Significance and Tribal Heritage of Gujarat’s Bardoli Region.
  • Saputara: Immerse Yourself in the Tribal Way of Life in Gujarat’s Saputara and Enjoy their Folk Dances and Music.
  • Danta: Explore the Indigenous Tribes and Ancient Customs of Gujarat’s Danta Region.
  • Dahod: Witness the Colorful Festivals and Traditional Practices of Gujarat’s Dahod Tribal Communities.

What are the popular adventure activities available in Gujarat?

Here is a list of some of the most amazing adventure activities available in Gujarat-

  • Paragliding in Saputara: “Soar Above the Clouds and Embrace Freedom in Gujarat’s Paragliding Paradise.”
  • Rappelling at Pavagadh: “Conquer New Heights and Descend into Adventure at Gujarat’s Thrilling Rappelling Spot.”
  • White Water Rafting in Dandeli: “Ride the Rapids and Feel the Rush of Adrenaline in Gujarat’s Rafting Wonderland.”
  • Zip-lining in Girnar: “Zip through the Canopy and Experience Gujarat’s Thrilling Zip-lining Adventure.”
  • Hot Air Ballooning in Rann of Kutch: “Float Amidst the Magical Landscape and Discover Gujarat’s Hot Air Ballooning Bliss.”
  • Wildlife Safari in Gir Forest: “Embark on a Wild Expedition and Witness Gujarat’s Majestic Wildlife up Close.”
  • Trekking in Wilson Hills: “Traverse Scenic Trails and Unveil the Beauty of Gujarat’s Trekking Paradise.”
  • Scuba Diving in Tarkarli: “Dive into the Depths and Explore Gujarat’s Underwater Wonderland of Tarkarli.”
  • Desert Safari in Little Rann of Kutch: “Roam the Vast Expanse and Embrace the Spirit of Adventure in Gujarat’s Desert Safari.”
  • Rock Climbing in Pavagadh: “Conquer the Vertical World and Scale New Heights in Gujarat’s Rock-Climbing Haven.”

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Places to visit in Gujarat

Gujarat is a beautiful and vibrant state of India, which is widely popular as a travel destination. With visitors coming to explore the unique and brilliant culture, architecture and breath-taking natural sites of the region, Gujarat  has become one of the top places to discover in the country. Blessed with scintillating natural beauty and an astounding array of wildlife and plant species, there are many wonderful places to visit in Gujarat that attract nature enthusiasts. In addition to this, the many magnificent palaces and ancient temples like Swaminarayan temple , Somnath temple add to the overall charm of the place that doesn’t leave anyone who sees it even once, unimpressed. 

Since Gujarat has a long coastline, it also has many great and important ports, which have made their remarkable presence felt since centuries. Hence, though we know the state to be an important trade hub today, it had always been so since ages which led to the development of great cities of our skilful ancestors. Those with a penchant for reading the faded stories of the past, thus find it most fascinating to stand among the ruins of some of the most intelligently planned and built cities of Indus Valley Civilization, here in Gujarat.

But that is not all. Gujarat has a lot to its name than simple offerings of a satisfying sightseeing experience. From its most appetizing food to brilliant handicrafts, you will find a plethora of things to do in Gujarat that will leave you pleased and happy. Gujarat is the home of one of the best food scenes in the country. Right from a high end restaurant to a small roadside eatery, you will get many options for a satisfying treat of its famous dhokla, patra, khandvi, undhiyo and what not. Moreover, the many great places to buy one or the other gem from its myriad options of beautiful handicrafts items such as embroidered ensemble, colourful kites, lovely wall decoration pieces and more, will leave you spoilt for choice. The nightlife of Gujarat is envious too. You will find multiple options for a great night in this state.

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Gir National Park

The Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary are one of the most significant national parks in India that provides shelter to the Asiatic Lions. Apart from the lions, it also possesses innumerable species of various plants and animals. Due to the presence of favourable perennial rivers that flow through this place and several factors that contribute to its richness; this park has become one of the best places to visit in Gujarat. Every year, this national park attracts tourists in a large number from various places around the world to experience its charismatic bliss.

The prestigious Gir National Park is located in the state of Gujarat

Address: Gir National Park, Talala Gir, Gujarat, 362135

Hours: It is open from 6 am to 5 pm every day.

Telephone: +91-88266678881 +91-9971231439

The Gir Jungle Trail operates from 6 am to 12 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm from Monday to Sunday. Whereas, the Devalia Safari Park operates from 8 am to 11 am and 3 pm to 5 pm from Monday to Sunday. 

The Gir National Park is open from Mid-October to Mid June, and the Devaliya Safari Park is open throughout the year. However, it is closed on Wednesdays.

  • The charming Asiatic Lions are the best part of this park
  • Various kinds of other unusual wild animals
  • Rich flora that attracts nature lovers from across the country
  • Jeep Safari is one of the major highlights of this park

The price includes Permit Charges, One Camera Charges, Guide Charges, Jeep and Driver Charges, Online Payment Gateway Charges and any other service charges.

The Jeep Safari would cost around INR 5300-5500 approximately for Indians and INR 12,800-13,000 for foreigners. Each such jeep would accommodate up to 6 persons plus a child.

Recommended for

This jungle safari is recommended especially for all the wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. Apart from them, anyone can visit this park to enjoy the rare species in their natural habitats.

How to get to Gir National Park

By Air: The Keshod airport is the nearest to Gir, which is about 70 km away from the place. Other than that, there are two more airports at Rajkot and Mumbai. The best way to reach Sasan Gir is to take a flight from Mumbai to Diu from where you can reach Sasan by 2 hours on the road.

By Rail: There are regular train services from some famous places in the state to the Sasan Gir. The towns of Veraval, Delwada, and Junagadh have regular trains to the place from where the national park is just a kilometre away. 

By Road: The roads in Gujarat are in a fair condition, which makes it much enjoyable to travel by road. The Gir National Park is connected to some major cities in Gujarat which possess frequent buses that connect the town to the park. 

However, the best way to travel to Gir National Park is from Mumbai to Diu via air and taking two-hour road travel from there. It would save a lot of time for the people who reside closer to Mumbai. Else, you can always reach Gujarat and take a train or bus to reach the national park during the prescribed time. On another note, Junagadh and Keshod are approximately 60 km away from Sasan, whereas Veraval is 45 km away from it.

About Gir National Park

Home to the ever-charming Asiatic Lions, the Gir National Park is the only national park in India that nurtures these royal animals. It covers a total area of 258 square kilometres specially regarded as the protected area for these lions. One of the oldest national parks in India, the Gir National Park is continuously supported by the government and various NGOs to protect the species of flora and fauna. 

Apart from the Asiatic Lions, this national park also features reptiles, birds, insects and mammals. Some of the major species among them being the Leopards, Hyenas, Mongoose, Ratels, Desert Cats, Jungle Cats, Jackals, and Civet Cats. Other than these, you can also spot some interesting species like the Nilgai, Indian Star Tortoise, Four-horned Antelope, Rusty-spotted cats, Pythons, Marsh Crocodile, Wild Boars, Chital, Sambar, Blackbucks, and others in their natural habitats. The national park is also home to some rare species of birds like the Brown Fish Owl, Indian Pitta, Crested Treeswift, Great Horned Owl and others; that attract viewers from across the country. 

Nevertheless, Gir is also blessed with some fantastic flora that is rich and diverse amidst the wildlife. Dominated primarily by the mixed deciduous forests along with the evergreen and semi-evergreen trees, Gir possesses great vegetation that is a treat to the sore eyes. The common trees here include the Flame of the Forest, Teak, Acacia, Zizyphas, Tendu, Jamun, Banyan, and DHak. However, Teak covers about half of the total vegetation within the park. Among the various plant species, most of them are broad-leaved trees which help in retaining the moisture content of the park. Gir National Park is also one of the most important biological research areas that contribute widely to the progress of scientific researches. 

Due to the presence of dry-deciduous forests, there is a great presence of the dry and less-moist conditions within the park. Nearby the park, there is the prestigious Kamleshwar Dam that can be regarded as the lifeline of the park because of the water that it provides to the area. Apart from this, the park is nurtured by seven perennial rivers that crisscross the park to a larger extent. The rivers include Hiran, Dtardi, Shetrunji, Shingoda, Godavari, Raval, and Macchundri.

Interesting facts about Gir National Park

  • This national park is the last shelter for the surviving population of the Asiatic Lions in the world. 
  • You can spot around 2,375 different species of wild lives that includes the endangered Asiatic Lions.
  • The Gir National Park is very close to a charming lake named Nalsarovar which is also a famous sanctuary.
  • Apart from the animal species, there is a vast list of birds of various kinds that can be found here.
  • Gir National Park is the best place to enjoy jeep safaris.

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Explore the Wilderness through Jeep Safari

Taking a jeep safari to look around Gir National Park is undoubtedly one of the finest things to do in Gujrat . Gir is an enchanting forest area in the state, which serves as the protective abode of the rare Asiatic Lions and many other animals such as leopard, spotted deer, hyena etc. It is simply a delight to spot in these lovely jungle creatures in the peaceful environs of their natural habitat, and taking a jeep safari is the best and the most convenient way to do so. The safari timings are from 8:00 am to 11:00 am in the morning and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the evening.

Location: 65 km in the south-eastern direction from Junagarh

For: Family

Difficulty Level: Low

Cost: Approx. INR 3,000- 5,000 for a group

Why to Do It: To spot the king of the jungle in its purest of habitats

Tips: Carry a hat, sunblock, sunglasses and a bottle of water

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Shamlaji Melo

Also known as Karthik Purnima Fair, it is celebrated in exquisitely designed and beautifully embellished premises of Shamlaji Temple. Lasting three weeks, the fair sees devotees arrive in huge number from far off places to sing devotional songs, worship and bathe in the Meshwo River located here. The place also becomes a point of trade of silverware, clothes etc.

When: November

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Modhera Dance Festival

Celebrated against the gorgeous setting of the Sun Temple in the background, this three day long festival celebrated every year is a tribute to the Indian classical forms of dance and music.

When: Third week of January

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Lothal and Dholavira

Equally, beautiful and notable destinations direct from the pages of your history textbook, the ancient cities at Lothal and Dholavira date back to around 4500 years. Belonging to the Indus Valley Civilization, the ruins of once well-planned and sprawling cities exude the ingenuity of our ancestors that dwell in the areas. A visit to these places will let you peek inside the pioneering minds of the people belonging to the great Harappan culture, through their amazing construction of water conservation systems, the first ever sign boards, well-constructed sea ports etc.

Location: Lothal- Saragwala village of Ahmedabad district, Dholavira- near Bhuj

Known for: Ruins from Indus Valley Civilization dating back to 3700 BCE

How to reach: Lothal- Take a train to Bhurkhi from Ahmedabad then board a bus to Lothal. Dholavira- Reach Bhuj (4 hours away) or Ahmedabad (6 hours away) by any transportation mode of your choice and then take a cab or a bus to reach Dholavira.

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating hours: Lothal- 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Type: Historic Site

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Take a Joyride with a Camel Safari

Being in the desert land and not riding the ship of the desert, is equivalent to not being in Gujarat at all. Riding a camel has been an age old way of life for the people of Gujarat belonging to the arid and sandy deserts. You can enjoy a ride on one of this friendly creature at Dhorodo which is situated at a distance of Bhuj, to make your way to Kutch. Other locations to try this activity are Kalo Dungar and Mandvi.

Location: Kalo Dungar, Bhuj and Mandvi

For: Couples, Family

Approximate Cost: Approx. INR 50- 150

Why to Do It: For the thrill of the unique mode of transport and to experience a piece of the local lifestyle

Tips: Carry hat, sunscreen and ample of water with you.

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Ahmed Shahs Mosque

This mosque built with the establishment of the city of Ahmedabad in 1414, owes its creation to the sultan of the region at the time, Ahmed Shah. Constructed in the conventional style, this mosque typically consists of minarets and a dome. It also features a well-maintained garden at its front end.

Location: Ahmedabad

Known for: Centuries old architechture

How to reach: Ahmedabad is easily accessible from different areas of the country through air, rail or road transport as well.

Operating hours: NA

Type: Mosque

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Water Sport

Gujarat has its fair share of beaches that are not just beautiful to spend a relaxing day out, but also offer you the opportunity to give your adventurous side a rub with a range of water sports available here. You can enjoy many such activities including surfing which is most preferably done at the Dumas beach and Chorwad beach located here. Other fantastic water sports to indulge in the region are jet skiing, speed boating, para sailing, water motor scooter riding and sailing. You can rent the various equipment needed for the different water sports from the ad venture sports companies organizing them or even avail them from your touring company. A superb way to spend a great vacation in the state, these wonderful activities are sure to make your stay here truly memorable.

Location: Dwarka, Simmer, Dumas, Nargol, Goghala, Chorwad, Tithal, Ahmedpur Mandvi, Ubhraat etc

For: Group of Friends, Individuals, Couples

Difficulty Level: Moderate to High

Approximate Cos t : Cost for each water sport varies widely

Why to Do It: For the refreshing and adrenaline rushing experience

Tips: Even though most of these sports can be indulged in even if you do not know how to swim, it is necessary that you hire a trainer and stay within the instructed limits to stay safe. 

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The 90 days long event of Rann Festival, which is celebrated every year at Rann of Kutch, is a delight for any tourist who wishes to visit Gujarat to experience the vibrancy of its deeply seated cultural roots. The festival that is celebrated in December until February is the mirror to the folk music, art and dance forms of Gujarat for what it is so deservingly famous for. You can enjoy this and a lot more, including many adventure activities with a stay at one of the few camps organized in the area at the time.

Location: Rann of Kutch

For : Family, Groups of Friends

Cost : Approx. INR 7,000- 9,000

Why to Do It : To experience the colourful culture and art forms of Gujarat

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Rani Ki Vav

Situated at a distance of 33 kilometres from Modhera, the architectural wonder of Rani Ki Vav in Patan is a fabulous historical monument, constructed by Queen Udayamati of Solanki Dynasty. This is a brilliant example and it houses a chain of steps, pavilions and molded walls. It is a protected monument which is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. The enthralling landscape surrounding the sandstone wonder makes the place a superb location worth a visit.

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Kutch that derives its name from the hindi name for tortoise, ‘kutchua’ is a pristine tortoise shaped beach that has pure white spread in its vast expanse. The surreal beauty of the white salt desert of Kutch will leave you awestruck. The Rann festival which is celebrated here between December and February is one of the biggest attractions of Gujarat . It is marked by several traditional Gujarati cultural programs of music and dance along with many adventure activities like hot air balloon rides.  Being located at the India-Pakistan border, you can also see a part of the neighbouring country from here. Kutch is famous for a lot of things and one of them is its impeccable embroidery, hence shopping here for some traditional Gujarati odhni is a must. Offering a broad range of the most spectacular attractions, Gujarat , also known as 'The Land of Legends', presents a perfect blend of art, history, music and culture.

Location: Near Bhuj, at the India-Pakistan border

Known for: Mesmerizing beaches of Mandvi, located near Bhuj and Rann Festival celebrated in winters.

How to reach: To reach Kutch, you need to take a train to Bhuj from where you can hire a local cab to your destination.

Tips: Travel around Kutch preferably in the mornings or evening as the salt in the desert can be blinding in the daytime.

Type: Village/ Beach/ Cultural Centre

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Sabarmati Ashram

Famous for being Gandhiji’s residence, Sabarmati Ashram is a must visit place when in Gujarat. Apart from being the epicentre of most revolutionary movements that eventually led to the independence of India, the ashram is also famous for showcasing many letters, anecdotes and collectibles which were a part of Bapu’s day-to-day life.

Known for: The collection of documents and other artefacts from Gandhiji’s life

Approximate Cost: Free

Operating hours: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm

Type: Notable Building

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The Rann Utsav or Rann Festival is the very essence of the Gujarati culture and its various inherent art forms passed over generations. Celebrated in the winters, this festival showcases a strum of events that include music and dance performances along with many yoga and meditation camps, and numerous adventure activities organized at the white sandy land of Rann of Kutch.

When: November to February

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Tithal beach

Tithal beach is one of the most visited attractions in South Gujarat, situated on the coastline of the Arabian Sea. It witnesses a huge number of tourists throughout the year as the beach offers lovely views of waves that shimmer like gold during the sunrise and sunset. One can take relaxing strolls and enjoy the food that is sold there. 

Interesting facts about the Tithal beach

  • The beach is India’s first disabled-friendly beach and is equipped with the all required infrastructure.
  • It is mainly famous for its black soil composition since black soil is not a very common phenomenon. 
  • The beach has three temples on its shore - BAPS Swaminarayan, Saibaba and Vishnu temple. These temples also attract a large number of tourists as they are religiously significant to many.
  • It gained popularity only after the bifurcation of Bombay State into Maharashtra and Gujarat, and came under the jurisdiction of the latter.

The Tithal Beach Festival

Gujarat celebrates many festivals all through the year but the Beach festival is the most awaited one. The festival is celebrated with a lot of zest in the month of October and is a major attraction for tourists. Locals arrange for entertainment in the form of fun activities, music shows, magic shows and sports activities. There are local dishes available and a lot of stalls that showcase other cuisines too to treat one’s taste buds.

Highlights of Tithal beach

There are numerous activities for people of all ages to indulge in at the Tithal Beach. People who are adventurous can indulge in water sports like jet skiing, speed boats and banana boats to get their adrenaline soaring. There are horse and camel rides also available and these are typically favoured by the children. One can also take part in balloon shooting games, ring toss games and even jump in bouncy castles. There is no end to what this place offers for kids be it the arcade games, the tall Ferris Wheel or the merry go round. 

Best time to visit Tithal beach

The best time to visit the tithal beach is in the winter season as the water is very stable with not many tides. Since the winters come after the rainy season, the greenery around looks fresh after the rains, adding to the visual experience of being here.

Many people also prefer the monsoons as it is another experience altogether to watch the rippling water of the sea. Summers usually get a little uncomfortable as the temperatures begin to spike. 

The beach is open every day, and at all times.. Weekends are packed with a lot of people, so if you are looking for some alone time with fewer people around, then visit the beach during the weekdays. Don’t forget to try all the snacks sold by local vendors to get a taste of authentic Gujarati cuisine. 

Gujarat has many different tourist destinations and you simply must visit them all while touring the state. Explore our travel packages that take you to Gujarat to do so! 

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Fateh Singh Museum & Laxmi Vilas Palace

Laxmi Vilas Palace

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Trekking is yet another superb outdoor activity to indulge in Gujarat. The scenic route from Saputara to Ahwa is one of the greatest trekking trails in the region. Hiking your way through the verdant forest of Banni is simply ecstatic. Those who are only beginners in the activity should resort to the mildly challenging trail of Poshina-Abur, although it resonates well with seasoned trekkers as well. However, Dhranadra is another enjoyable trek that is both challenging and rugged enough to be the ideal treat for the latter. Trekking can be done on your own and therefore requires you to either bring your own gear or avail it from your tour operator.

Location: Saputara to Ahwa, Poshina-Abur, Dhranadra and the forest trek of Banni

For: Individuals, Couples, Groups of Friends

Difficulty Level: Low to High depending upon the particular trekking trail

Why to Do It: To enjoy the beautiful natural environs of Gujarat

Tips: Make sure you are both physically and mentally fit for the task. Also, wear comfortable sneakers and clothes

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Janmashtami

The festival is the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna by decorating a cradle at midnight and swinging it with His idol in it. The festival is famous for organizing the competitive but extremely fun dahi handi.

When: Somewhere between August to September

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Celebrated in many parts of India, including at Jagannath temple of Ahmedabad, this is one celebration no one can miss owing to an enormous procession of devotees that is led by a massive chariot which is ornately decorated for the occasion.

When: June or July

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International Kite Festival

Gujarat is famous for its Kite Festival celebrated at Uttarayan as a harvest festival. The festival that is marked with utmost fun and frolic, inadvertently turns the open sky into a painted canvas with the multitudes of colourful kites flown by the people at this time.

When: 14th January

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Swaminarayan Temple

Located near the Ramkund step well, the temple’s primary deity is NarnarayanDev and Harikrishna Maharaj. The place of worship was built in 1823 by the founder of SwaminarayanSampraday, Swaminarayan himself. Today, devotees gather to view the personal items of the founder which are displayed in the temple premises.

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Among the most notable of festivals celebrated in Gujarat is Navratri. This nine day long festival is the celebrated to praise and worship Goddess Durga or Shakti. It is marked by numerous pandals or huge tents that organize the energetic and mesmerizing dance of garba or dandiya with traditional Gujarati music and special fasting food that’s even yummier than the normal.

When: October or November

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Take Your Holidays to a New Height through Rock Climbing

Rock climbing in Gujarat is another activity that adventure seekers love to engage in. The most popular places for mountaineering in the state include Taranga, Pawgadh and Junagadh. Of these, Junagadh is the best place to try rock climbing, with the famous mountaineering institute of Pandit Dindayal Upadhyay Mountaineering Centre situated here. The challenges offered by these terrains are though difficult, but this only adds to the thrill of sport. It is thus necessary for any individual to be completely fit and alert when doing rock climbing. Moreover, the sites are extremely scenic which adds to the overall charm and excitement for perspiring for this enjoyable feat.

Location: Junagadh, Taranga and Pawagadh

For: Individuals

Difficulty Level: High

Why to Do It: A thrilling experience, which is sure to set to give you an adrenalin rush and your pulse racing. Moreover, the view from the top after ascending the peak is amazing!

Tips: It is advisable to hire a guide for rock climbing in Gujarat. Also, make sure you carry enough water and snacks, a hat, sunscreen lotion, and your camera.

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Experience the City with a Whole New Sight with Cable Car Ride

When going towards Governor’s Hill, in Saputara, you come acros Vaity Resort where you can use the cable car service to move up to the famous Sunset Point for the breath taking view from there. But as they say often the journey is more beautiful than the destination, the ride up to the point through the ropeway is, if not more than definitely equally enchanting. The view of the city from the cable car, mid-air, is something that is simply best left to be experienced on your own. Keep in mind that the ropeway only operates if the total number of passengers is at least twelve.

Location: Saputara

For: Family, Group of Friends

Cost: Approx. INR 30- 50

Why to Do It: For the lovely view of the city from the air

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Lift Your Spirit in a Hot Air Balloon

The Rann Festival is not only famous for its abundant hospitality and traditional music, dance and food, but also for its hot air balloon rides that you can enjoy during this time. Apart from the Rann of Kutch you can also enjoy the ride any time in the state, organized at Kankaria Lake. The bird’s eye view of the city of Ahmedabad and the lake from high above mixed with the weightlessness when afloat in a brilliantly hued balloon is truly outstanding.

Location: Rann of Kutch or Kankaria Lake

For: Couples

Cost: Approx. INR 7,000-13,000

Why to Do It: For the ecstatic feeling of floating high above the ground and for the amazing view of the city or the widespread desert below

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Gramshree is a well-known organization, which works at the grass-root level towards empowering the more than 500 women from rural and slum areas through many community programs. Under this, the women make and sell lots of arts and crafts items depicting the traditional art forms of Gujarat. These include products like embroidered pillowcases, various clothing items, traditional leather sandals, stationery paraphernalia and different accessories too.

Location: 4 th Floor, Shopper’s Plaza, CG Rd.

Timings: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Known for: Traditional handmade goods of Gujarat

Bargaining: Not really

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Khamir is an umbrella organization, which aims at producing and promoting handicrafts and art of Kutch. Their Kukma centre is the place to be if you want to buy lovely handicraft items in Bhuj. The quaint shop sells a range of products, which primarily includes quality Gujarati clothing, bells, artisan goods, pottery, organic cotton products and so on. It also sells some impeccable woven bags and have only recently started to make these woven bags out of recycled materials such as plastic strips. Here you can also witness the weaving of cloth at their in-house loom.

Location: Kukma Road, Lakhond Crossroads, Kutch

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Known for: Handicraft items from Kutch

Bargaining: Maybe

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Manek Chowk

Manek Chowk is the heart of the commercial activity of Ahmedabad. Surrounded by busy narrow lanes, the square is a bustling market places that sells a range of items including vegetables and indigenous textiles. However, it is the ideal spot to purchase some authentic Gujarati sweets. You can also buy in this market, beautiful objects and jewellery made out of silver.

Location: Manek Chowk, Ahmedabad

Timings: Dawn until dusk

Known for: Various sweets and silver

Bargaining: Yes

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Law Garden Night Market

A famous night market, it sells some dazzling goods from Kutch and Saurashtra. You can buy pretty cholis or saree blouses and chaniyas or long flaring traditional Gujarati skirts from here that you can hardly find anywhere else. The market also sells other knick-knacks like wall hangings, home décor items and dainty costume jewellery beside much more.

Location: Law Garden, Ahmedabad

Timings: Dusk until 11:00 pm

Known for: Traditional Gujarati clothing and jewellery

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Hansiba is the the retail outlet of the well acclaimed Self Employed Women’s Association. It sells some of the most beautiful shawls, women’s tunics and sarees, which are attractively hued and embroidered. It also sells some striking and creative wall hangings that make for wonderful gift items.

Location: 8 Chandan Complex, CG Road, Ahmedabad

Timings: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm (Mon-Sat) & 11:30 am to 7:30 pm (Sun)

Known for: Uniquely embroidered clothes

Bargaining: No

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Shankar Vadapav

In the street food set up of Gujarat, there are some very good vendors selling amazing food and Shankar Vadapav deserves a place among them. Highly popular among the locals, this small food stall serves some lip-smacking savory snacks like vadapav that really need your serious attention.

Must eat: Vadapav and mirchvada

Approximate Cost for two: Snacks starting from approx. INR 20

Address: Middle School Rd., adjacent to an ice-cream shop named Gopi Gola Ghar, Bhuj

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Developed as a friendly restaurant catering fresh and satiating food, O’Coqueiro is a superb place to dine for some appetizing garden fresh food served amidst a soulful surrounding. The place offers some simple yet delicious dishes including pastas, seafood and a handful of Portuguese dishes like prawns cooked in coconut gravy.

Must eat: ‘Soi’ fish starter, Portuguese prawn curry and beer

Approximate Cost for two: Breakfast- approx. 100- 150 & Lunch/Dinner- approx. INR 200-400

Address: Farangiwada Rd., Diu

Contact: +91 98246 81565

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

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It is a roof top restaurant situated at a superlative heritage hotel in Ahmedabad. It is a cultural journey of its own accord to dine at Agashiye that serves choicest of palatable dishes. Its menu changes on a daily basis and remains strictly vegetarian. Dining at Agashiye, your meal would start with a reviving welcome drink, with hosts of diverse dishes that end with a sinful bowl of hand-churned ice-cream.

Must eat: Jalebi, Kadhi, thali

Approximate Cost for two: Approx. INR 700-1,000

Address: House of MG, Ahmedabad

Contact: 079-25506946

Opening hours: 12 noon to 3:30 pm & 7:00 to 10:30 pm

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Nautanki Gastronomical Drama

Nautanki is an innovative and daring approach in the gastronomical scene of Ahmedabad with its traditional menu with a twist. The restaurant excels in its craft by successfully reinventing the traditional dishes in a completely non-traditional manner and presenting them in an entirely new avatar. For those who are the sceptical first time diners, you can choose the all-encompassing tasting menu to find your fancy.

Must eat: Deconstructed panipuri sphere and an assortment of deserts

Approximate Cost for two: Mains- approx. INR 400-900 & Tasting Menu- approx. INR 1,300

Address: Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Marg, Ahmedabad

Contact: 079-65555560

Opening hours: 12 noon to 3:00 pm & 7:00 to 11:00 pm

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Located in Vadodara, Peshawari has a rustic ambience with huge wooden beams and copper vessels hanging as adornments that complement its menu which is completely North Indian. Delectable dishes from the said part of the country and clay oven fired food is its speciality. The restaurant has such strong grip over connoisseurs of good non-vegetarian food that its fans come all the way down from Ahmedabad to dig into its offerings. 

Must eat: Jhinga and Murgh Malai with naan

Approximate Cost for two: Approx. INR 1,600- 3000

Address: Welcome Hotel Vadodara, RC Dutt Road Vadodara

Contact: 0265- 2330033

Opening hours: 7:30 to 11:30 pm

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With a beautiful ambience of a make-belief rural Gujarat, Vishalla churns out equally tempting authentic Gujarati food. Serving outstanding thalis, this is a vegetarian’s paradise. Gujarati thalis are popular far and wide and quintessentially consist of curries, daal, roti, raita, chutneys, khichdi, farsan, sweet etc. accompanied by a refreshing drink of buttermilk. What’s the best and the most amusing part of such a thali is that, until you are full to the brim and say no to the food, you will be kept serving more of the goodness. To add to the delight, is the folk music, danced and puppet show organized here.

Must eat:   Gujarati thali

Approximate Cost for two: Lunch approx. INR 300-400, Dinner approx. INR 600-700

Address: By-pass Rd., Ahmedabad

Contact: 079-26602422

Opening hours: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm & 7:30 to 11:00 pm

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Top 10 Tourist Places in Gujarat

Tourist Places in Gujarat

Gujarat, situated in the western part of India , is a state brimming with cultural heritage, historical significance, and natural beauty. From vast deserts to lush greenery, from ancient temples to modern marvels, Gujarat offers a diverse range of experiences for tourists. In this article, we’ll explore the top 10 tourist places in Gujarat that are must-visit destinations for anyone planning a trip to this vibrant state.

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1. rann of kutch.

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The salt marsh known as the Rann of Kutch captivates with its beauty, situated within the expanse of the Thar Desert.. Famous for its breathtaking white landscape that stretches as far as the eye can see, the Rann of Kutch is one of the top tourist places in Gujarat and is best experienced during the Rann Utsav, a vibrant festival celebrating the culture and heritage of Gujarat.

2. Gir National Park

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Gir National Park is the last refuge of the Asiatic lion and is renowned for its rich biodiversity. Spread over an area of 1,412 square kilometers, the park is also one of the top tourist places in Gujarat and home to various other wildlife species, including leopards, deer, and birds, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and wildlife photographers.

3. Somnath Temple

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One of the most revered pilgrimage sites in Gujarat, Somnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. Located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, the temple is among the top tourist places in Gujarat, boasting stunning architecture that attracts devotees and tourists alike throughout the year.

4. Dwarkadhish Temple

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Dwarkadhish Temple, situated in the ancient city of Dwarka, is dedicated to Lord Krishna. In Hindu mythology, Dwarka is revered as the realm ruled by Lord Krishna. The temple’s intricate architecture and spiritual significance make it one of the must-visit tourist places in Gujarat for religious travelers.

5. Sabarmati Ashram

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Sabarmati Ashram, also known as Gandhi Ashram, holds great historical significance as the residence of Mahatma Gandhi during India’s struggle for independence. Today, it serves as a museum and memorial dedicated to Gandhiji’s life and teachings, offering visitors insights into India’s freedom movement and making it one of the notable tourist places in Gujarat.

6. Statue of Unity

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At a towering height of 182 meters, the Statue of Unity proudly holds the title of the tallest statue in the world. Dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the statue is located near the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River. Apart from the statue, the surrounding area offers various attractions, including the Valley of Flowers and the Sardar Sarovar Dam itself, making it one of the notable tourist places in Gujarat.

7. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is known for its archaeological and architectural treasures. The park boasts splendid mosques, forts, temples, and step-wells dating back to the 8th to 14th centuries, providing a glimpse into Gujarat’s rich history and culture.

8. Ahmedabad Heritage City

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Ahmedabad, the foremost urban center in Gujarat, boasts a wealth of heritage and cultural riches. The city’s old quarter, known as the walled city, is home to numerous historical landmarks, including the iconic Jama Masjid, Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, and the historic Pols (gated streets).

9. Saputara Hill Station

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Saputara is the only hill station in Gujarat and is nestled in the Sahyadri range. Surrounded by lush green forests and panoramic vistas, Saputara offers a peaceful retreat for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts, making it one of the sought-after tourist places in Gujarat. Boating, trekking, and visiting the tribal villages are popular activities here.

10. Modhera Sun Temple

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Built-in the 11th century, the Modhera Sun Temple is dedicated to the Hindu sun god, Surya. The temple’s intricate carvings, majestic architecture, and the annual Modhera Dance Festival held on its premises attract tourists and art lovers from around the world.

Exploring the Attractions in Detail

Each of these tourist places in Gujarat has its unique charm and significance, offering visitors a diverse range of experiences. Whether you’re interested in exploring ancient temples, witnessing wildlife in their natural habitat, or simply soaking in the beauty of nature, Gujarat has something to offer for everyone.

Best Time to Visit Gujarat

The optimal period for exploring Gujarat is during the winter season, spanning from November to February when the climate is delightful and ideal for sightseeing adventures. However, certain attractions like the Rann of Kutch are best visited during specific events or festivals, so it’s advisable to plan your trip accordingly.

Tips for Travelers

  • Plan in Adva nce: Research and plan your itinerary in advance to make the most of your trip.
  • Respect Local Customs: Gujarat is known for its rich cultural heritage, so it’s essential to respect local customs and traditions.
  • Stay Hydrated: Carry water bottles and stay hydrated, especially during hot summer months.
  • Pack Accordingly: Depending on the places you plan to visit, pack appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • Travel Responsibly: Practice responsible tourism by avoiding littering and respecting wildlife habitats.

Conclusion: Tourist Places in Gujarat

Gujarat beckons with its abundant cultural legacy, historical marvels, and scenic wonders, promising a myriad of experiences to travelers. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature enthusiast, or a spiritual seeker, Gujarat has something to offer for everyone. Explore the top 10 tourist places in Gujarat mentioned in this article and immerse yourself in the beauty and charm of this vibrant state.

1. Is Gujarat safe for tourists?

  • Yes, Gujarat is considered safe for tourists. However, like any other destination, it’s essential to take necessary precautions and follow safety guidelines.

2. What is the cuisine of Gujarat like?

  • Gujarati cuisine is known for its variety of vegetarian dishes, including dhokla, thepla, khakhra, and undhiyu. It’s a must-try for food enthusiasts.

3. Are there any adventure activities available in Gujarat?

  • Yes, Gujarat offers various adventure activities like trekking, camping, and water sports in places like Saputara and Gir National Park

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Gujarat's Hill Town Saputara becomes major attraction for adventure tourism

Saputara (Gujarat) [India], July 10 (ANI): The hill town of Saputara in Gujarat has become a major tourist attraction, offering an array of adventure activities.

Situated at about 1000 meters above sea level and approximately 150 kilometres from Surat city, Saputara Hill Station is a paradise in the Western Ghats, blessed with natural beauty and picturesque landscapes.

The hill station offers a variety of activities for visitors. One of the most popular is paragliding, which allows tourists to soar high and enjoy the natural beauty below.

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Dr. Sunil Bhavsar, a tourist, said, “I am enjoying paragliding. I spent more than 5 minutes in the air. I had a good experience, and the instructor was also excellent.”

Girish Patel, a ground manager for paragliding, said, “Saputara is a tourist hotspot attracting visitors from not only Gujarat but all over India and the world. Paragliding has emerged as an exciting new activity, garnering much enthusiasm among the new generation.”

Saputara also features the Lake View Garden nestled in the valley, perfect for family outings. Visitors can enjoy boat rides on Saputara Lake, using paddle boats that combine leisure and exercise for all ages.

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Families can picnic in the lush green garden next to the lake, with many food stalls offering typical Maharashtrian and Gujarati street foods.

Himani, a visitor, said, “There are many places to visit in Saputara, such as boating, sunset point, sunrise point, table point, zip line, ropeway, and many other activities. Everything here is wonderful. We visit quite often, especially during the monsoon season. It’s more enjoyable during the monsoons but remains pleasantly cool even in the summer. The night views are also breathtaking. There is a variety of street food available at low cost. There are many hotels to stay in. Overall, the experience has been fantastic.”

Another visitor, Geetaben Prajapati, said, “Seeing all this, I realized that Saputara is exceptionally beautiful. It feels even better now compared to my first visit five years ago. The trees, greenery, and cool atmosphere here… it doesn’t feel like summer at all. It’s a fantastic place to visit, eat, and enjoy. There’s truly no other place like it. Saputara’s beauty is unparalleled.”

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At Saputara’s highest point lies ‘Tabletop,’ a flat-topped hill and popular tourist destination offering a serene ambience and cool breeze. Tourists can engage in activities like horse riding and camel riding, adding more fun to their experience.

As the sun sets, tourists flock to Sunset Point for a thrilling ropeway ride, combining the excitement of a cable car journey with panoramic views of the lush green valleys and Saputara Lake below. (ANI)

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Lesser-known places to explore in Gujarat

G ujarat, a land of diverse landscapes and rich heritage, is known for its popular tourist destinations like Ahmedabad, Vadodara, and Gir National Park. However, beyond these well-known attractions, the state hides a treasure trove of lesser-explored, offbeat gems waiting to be discovered. In this article, we'll take you on a journey through some of Gujarat's lesser-known places, each offering a unique and unforgettable experience.

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Hidden in the state's Panchmahal district, this UNESCO World Heritage site boasts an array of archaeological, historical, and architectural marvels. The park is home to the well-preserved Champaner town and the Pavagadh hill, dotted with ancient temples, mosques, and stepwells. One unique feature is the Jama Masjid, a blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, showcasing exquisite stone carvings and intricate lattice work.

Rann of Kutch

While the Rann of Kutch is not entirely unknown, its sheer expanse and otherworldly beauty deserve more attention. This seasonal salt marsh in western Gujarat transforms into a breathtaking white desert during the Rann Utsav, a cultural festival. Witness a mesmerizing play of moonlight on the salt crystals, stay in traditional Bhungas (huts), and immerse yourself in the folk art and crafts of the Kutch region.

Patan, known for its Patola silk sarees, is a paradise for those seeking traditional crafts and textiles. The town is steeped in history, home to the exquisite Rani Ki Vav, a UNESCO World Heritage stepwell. One unique aspect is the double ikat Patola sarees, known for their intricate geometric patterns, created through a complex dying process. Visit the Salvi family, one of the few remaining Patola weaver families in India.

A lesser-visited pilgrimage site for Jains, Palitana is home to over 3,000 temples perched atop the Shatrunjaya hill. These temples are reached by a strenuous climb of over 3,000 steps, but the effort is rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. One unique element is the strict vegetarianism enforced in the town, ensuring its religious sanctity.

Saputara, situated in the Dang forest area, is Gujarat's only hill station and a hidden gem for nature lovers. The hill town offers scenic beauty with lush green landscapes, dense forests, and the serene Saputara Lake. A unique feature is the Gira Waterfalls, cascading from a height of 75 feet, offering a refreshing escape and ideal for picnics.

Bhuj, the gateway to the Rann of Kutch, is a town steeped in history and culture. It's home to the Aina Mahal, or the Palace of Mirrors, a marvel of Indo-European architecture, featuring ornate glasswork and mirrored walls. A unique aspect of Bhuj is the tribal villages in the Kutch region, known for their distinct art, craft, and textiles.

For history buffs and archaeology enthusiasts, Dholavira is a lesser-known Harappan archaeological site. It offers a glimpse into the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, showcasing well-planned streets, reservoirs, and unique water conservation systems. A highlight is the enormous ten-letter Indus script signboard, making Dholavira a place of historical significance.

Mandvi, a coastal town along the Arabian Sea, is known for its pristine beaches and the stunning Vijay Vilas Palace. Unique to Mandvi is the shipbuilding yard, where skilled craftsmen construct traditional wooden ships, often used in Bollywood movies. You can watch these craftsmen at work, creating impressive vessels using age-old techniques.

Vijayanagar

Nestled in the Aravalli Range, the village of Vijayanagar is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Mount Abu and its Dilwara Jain Temples. The unique factor here is the serene Nakki Lake, said to be sacred to the gods and surrounded by fascinating legends. It's a perfect spot for a peaceful boat ride and to admire the stunning rock formations around the lake.

Rani Ki Vav - Jal Mahal

While Rani Ki Vav in Patan is well-known, its twin, the Jal Mahal, remains a hidden architectural marvel. This stepwell is adorned with intricate carvings and reliefs dedicated to Lord Vishnu. One unique element is the optical illusion that makes the water appear close to the surface, reflecting the surrounding structures, creating an otherworldly effect.

Exploring these lesser-known places in Gujarat allows you to dive deep into the state's rich history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you're a history enthusiast, nature lover, or an adventure seeker, Gujarat's hidden gems offer a unique and immersive experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression. So, go beyond the tourist trail and uncover the secrets of this captivating state.

Note: The article is based on content generated by AI models like Bard and Chatgpt.

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Absolute Must-Visit Places in Virginia for All Kinds of Travelers

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Virginia, located in the southeastern region of the United States, offers diverse attractions, ensuring every traveller finds something to enjoy. It is known for its vibrant culture, beautiful mountain destinations, world-class winery experience, beaches and gorgeous parks.

From natural landscapes like Luray Caverns to historic sites like George Washington’s Mount Vernon, there are many opportunities for exploration here . Natural Bridge in Natural Bridge State Park is a must to visit.

This impressive geological formation is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark. Smith Mountain Lake, known as a recreation lover’s haven, is perfect for water activities like swimming, kayaking and fishing.

The Historic Triangle, comprising Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, immerses you in colonial history. Crozet charms with its small-town vibe and proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains. And for a very Virginia experience, enjoy picnicking and fishing near the Shenandoah River.

Moreover, Virginia is home to over 300 wineries, 40 state parks and miles of shoreline, making it a top destination for outdoor enthusiasts and wine admirers.

From exploring one of the unique districts in the capital city of Richmond to relaxing along the James River, Virginia offers rich experiences for all kinds of travellers that will surely captivate you.

⁠1. Natural Bridge in Natural Bridge State Park

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Natural Bridge in Natural Bridge State Park is a stunning geological wonder, dating back to almost 500 million years in time. It stands 215 feet tall and is carved from limestone, offering a breathtaking sight.

Located south of Lexington, it has been a popular tourist spot for centuries and was once owned by Thomas Jefferson, making it as historic as it is beautiful.

You can also visit the nearby Monacan Indian Village to gain insight into the indigenous culture of the greater Piedmont and Blue Ridge regions. This landmark is also regarded as one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World.”

Cedar Creek, out of which the bridge was formed, flows beneath it, adding to its serene ambience.

2. ⁠James River Heritage Trail

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The James River winds from west to east through Virginia, carving its way through the Blue Ridge Mountains, the southern Shenandoah Valley, and the historic capital city of Richmond, before reaching the Chesapeake Bay. An expansive trail network follows the river , offering diverse landscapes, from rugged mountains to serene riverbanks. A journey along the various sections that compose this rich heritage trail caters to outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

In Buchanan, visitors can rent canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes, or partake of guided river trips from single-day excursions to multi-day camping adventures. Natural Bridge Station invites you to explore a remote section of the river with primitive campsites and river access. The Southern Virginia Wild Blueway is a great destination for paddling, featuring more than one hundred miles of navigable river, leading to 1,200 miles of beautiful lake shoreline, while Lynchburg is a paradise for fishing enthusiasts, providing guided trips for trout, smallmouth bass, musky, and freshwater stripers. And found along every section of the trail network are local dining hotspots, charming small towns, and historic attractions.

⁠Blue Ridge Parkway

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Stretching 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway is fondly known as “America’s Favorite Drive.” This route, following the Appalachian Mountains, offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. As you drive, you’ll encounter astonishing biodiversity – over a hundred species of trees, numerous flowering shrubs and wildflowers, 54 different mammals, and 59 species of birds live along The Parkway.

Begin your adventure at Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, winding 105 miles along the mountain crest from Front Royal to Waynesboro before connecting directly with the northernmost end of The Parkway to continue your road-trip adventure south.

The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center and developed sites like picnic spots make it easy to stop, discover exhibits, and get a bite to eat. For a more immersive experience, take advantage of the lodging and campgrounds scattered along the Parkway, offering opportunities to fish, view wildlife, and fully embrace the natural surroundings. The hiking trails extend the perfect invitation to step out of your car and wander through the scenic beauty on foot, providing a closer connection to the stunning landscapes.

3. Scott’s Addition in Richmond

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Scott’s Addition in Richmond, Virginia’s capital city, is an up-and-coming neighbourhood, now serving as the city’s brewing hub. It has transformed from an industrial area in the 1900s to a cultural hotspot.

The neighbourhood is complete with taprooms, cideries and distilleries housed in converted warehouses. Scott’s Addition also boasts trendy restaurants, art galleries, and boutique shops.

You can attend regular events here to learn about the district’s diverse culture. It is a must-visit for foodies, beer enthusiasts, and those looking for a unique experience.

4. ⁠Smith Mountain Lake

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Smith Mountain Lake is a reservoir in Virginia’s Blue Ridge region, stretching over 40 miles and offering more than 500 miles of shoreline. Here, you can enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding.

The surrounding area features wineries, vineyards, and farm-to-table restaurants, offering numerous ways to sit back and relax after a day on the lake. Lakeside resorts and vacation rentals are also abundant for a longer stay, and the nearby towns of Moneta and Huddleston provide additional activities and local charm.

The lake makes for a peaceful getaway, offering natural beauty and recreational fun.

5. ⁠Monticello Wine Trail

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The Monticello Wine Trail was inspired by the historical significance of Thomas Jefferson’s vision for American wine and the location of his mountaintop home, Monticello. Jefferson dreamed of vineyards surrounding Monticello and producing high quality wine that could rival the best Old World wines. The trail includes over 40 wineries , boasting of flavourful New World Wines, each with a unique character and style. Here, you can enjoy tasting wines like Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet France and Viognier. You can also enjoy winery tours, taste the unique Meritage blends, and learn about the winemaking process. The Monticello Wine Trail is perfect for wine admirers and those seeking a taste of Virginia’s viticultural heritage.

6. ⁠Virginia’s Historic Triangle

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A fascinating journey through America’s colonial past, Virginia’s Historic Triangle , composed of Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg, is located in Coastal Virginia between the James and York rivers. These sites played crucial roles in the founding of the United States. Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the New World, offers on-going archaeological sites and living history museums. Colonial Williamsburg features restored 18th-century buildings and costumed interpreters, bringing colonial history to life. Yorktown is known for the last major battle of the American Revolution and features a national battlefield park and The American Revolution Musuem. A visit to the Historic Triangle is a must for history lovers.

7. Middleburg

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A charming town in Loudoun County, Middleburg is known as America’s horse and hunt country capital, famous for its equestrian culture and historic architecture. The town has numerous horse farms, stables, and polo clubs, making it a haven for horse enthusiasts. You can enjoy guided horseback rides through scenic countryside and attend polo matches. The National Sporting Library and Museum showcases equestrian sports history. Middleburg also features historic inns, boutique shops, farm-to-table restaurants and numerous wineries nearby. You can also enjoy foxhunting, steeplechases and horse riding here, with the Blue Ridge and Bull Run mountains offering a scenic backdrop. With charming houses and stacked stone fences lining the roadways, Middleburg is perfect for a unique weekend getaway.

Small towns abound in Virginia and Crozet is one of the most quintessential. Tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia’s Albemarle County and known for its arts scene and craft breweries, it’s an ideal jumping off point for visits to Charlottesville, Shenandoah National Park and Luray Caverns. The town features art galleries, studios, and performance spaces, boasting a creative community. You can explore shops and restaurants or attend local festivals and concerts. Numerous hiking and rock-climbing opportunities, as well as attractions like the Blue Ridge Tunnel, King Family Vineyards & Chiles Peach Orchard and Farm Market also make Crozet a must-visit.

9. ⁠Shenandoah River

The Shenandoah River offers a peaceful retreat stretching across northwestern Virginia, boasting of fertile soil and clear waters. It is also home to varied wildlife, like the White-Tailed Deer, Bobcats and Red-Tailed Hawks. You can enjoy fishing, kayaking, and canoeing along its scenic stretches providing an idyllic day trip. Or take advantage of its campgrounds and cabins for a longer immersive experience. The Shenandoah River’s serene environment and diverse activities provide a perfect escape into nature.

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Top Places To Visit In Lonavala

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If you’re planning a trip to Lonavala, get ready to immerse yourself in breathtaking landscapes, historic forts, and serene lakes. Located in the Sahyadri range of Maharashtra, Lonavala is renowned for its lush greenery, pleasant weather, and numerous attractions that cater to every traveller’s taste. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, or adventure seeker, Lonavala has something special for everyone. Here is a list of the top places to visit in Lonavala for a memorable vacation.

Best Time To Visit Lonavala

Best Time To Visit Lonavala

The best time to experience Lonavala’s magic is during the monsoon season from June to September when the region comes alive with lush greenery, cascading waterfalls, and mist-covered hills. This period offers a picturesque landscape perfect for nature walks, trekking, and enjoying the cool, pleasant weather. During this time, you can visit the popular Lonavala tourist places that are perfect for a weekend getaway. Winter, from October to February, is also ideal with mild to chilly temperatures, making it great for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

Lonavala Tourist Destinations

Lonavala has a lot to offer all types of travellers. It has plenty of amazing places to see. Among the popular Lonavala places to see , here is a list of the top ones to visit on your trip.

1. Pawna Lake  

Pawna Lake is one of the top places to visit in Lonavala for a relaxing escape. Nestled amidst the Sahyadri mountains, the lake captivates with its crystal-clear waters and picturesque surroundings. It offers the perfect escape for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Here, you can enjoy boating on the tranquil lake waters or indulge in lakeside camping for a peaceful retreat under the starry night sky. Pawna Lake is renowned for its stunning sunsets and panoramic views, making it an ideal spot for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Timings: Morning till evening.

Entry Fee: Free.

2. Rajmachi Fort

Rajmachi Fort is another popular tourist attraction in Lonavala that you must visit on your trip. Perched atop the Sahyadri mountains, this historic fort is known for its ancient architecture and panoramic views of the lush valleys below. Here, you can trek through verdant trails surrounded by dense forests, immersing yourself in the rich history and serenity of the surroundings.

Explore the fort’s intricate stone structures and remnants of the past, offering glimpses into a bygone era. Rajmachi Fort promises an unforgettable adventure and breathtaking vistas, making it a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Entry Fee: None.

3. Bhushi Dam

Looking for the top places to visit in Lonavala ? Add Bhushi Dam to your list. It’s a popular tourist attraction you cannot miss when visiting Lonavala. Situated amidst the rolling hills, Bhushi Dam enchants with its gushing waterfalls and serene atmosphere, especially during the monsoon season.

Relax by the dam, surrounded by lush greenery and scenic views. Bhushi Dam offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, ideal for picnics, leisurely walks, and enjoying the beauty of nature. If you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, Bhushi Dam promises a memorable experience.

Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

4. Tiger’s Leap

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Explore the breathtaking views from Tiger’s Leap, one of Lonavala’s iconic attractions. Perched on a cliff, Tiger’s Leap offers panoramic vistas of the Sahyadri mountains and the lush green valley. Here, you can feel the thrill and enjoy the breathtaking views around. Named after its resemblance to a leaping tiger, this spot is perfect for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Capture stunning sunset views or simply unwind amidst the mesmerising surroundings. Tiger’s Leap promises a memorable experience, making it one of the best places to visit in Lonavala .

Timings: Throughout..

5. Duke’s Nose

Don’t miss out on the chance to visit Duke’s Nose, a striking cliff offering thrilling adventures and breathtaking views at an elevation of about 3200 feet. Named after the first Duke of Wellington due to its resemblance to his nose, this spot is a must-visit in Lonavala.

Popular for activities like trekking, rock climbing, and rappelling, it also hosts the renowned Slackline Festival, drawing adventure enthusiasts from all over the country. Stand at the edge and soak in the sweeping vistas of the Western Ghats and the valleys below. Whether you’re an adventure lover or seeking awe-inspiring scenery, Duke’s Nose promises an unforgettable experience.

Timings: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

6. Lonavala Lake

Lonavala Lake is a stunning and enchanting destination, drawing numerous visitors, especially during the monsoon season. Renowned for its scenic beauty, this lake is a quiet and serene destination to relax and unwind. The presence of various bird and animal species along the banks adds to its charm. The ideal time to visit is during the rainy season when the lake is replenished with rainwater, making it perfect for enjoying water activities.

Here, you can have a great time with family and friends while savouring famous street food, such as vada pav, hot tea, and other tasty snacks. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of life, visit the lake for a relaxing retreat. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings, indulge in a leisurely picnic, or simply unwind by the water’s edge. The serene ambience and natural beauty make it an ideal spot for rejuvenation and quality time with loved ones.

Timings: Anytime.

7. Tikona Fort

The Tikona Fort is another popular attraction that’s a must-visit. The fort is a remarkable destination that offers both adventure and stunning views. Perched at approximately 3,500 feet, the fort is uniquely shaped like a pyramid. Hike up the fort’s steep, winding paths and explore its ancient ruins and impressive architecture.

As you reach the summit, take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and the Pawna Dam. Enjoy the thrill of exploration and the serenity of the natural landscape. Tikona Fort is ideal for history buffs and trekking enthusiasts, promising an enriching and memorable experience.

Timings: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

8. Lion’s Point

Visit Lion’s Point, a must-see destination in Lonavala that offers spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Stand at the edge of this popular viewpoint and soak in the panoramic scenery, especially during sunrise and sunset, when the sky is painted with vibrant hues.

Feel the refreshing breeze as you capture stunning photographs of the rugged landscape and distant waterfalls cascading down the cliffs. Enjoy the convenience of nearby snack stalls offering hot tea and local treats, making it a perfect spot for a peaceful retreat or a fun outing with friends and family.

Timings: Throughout.

9. Kune Waterfalls

If you want a fun experience, visit Kune Waterfalls, one of the best Lonavala tourist destinations . Renowned for its breathtaking views, this spot stands out as one of the most picturesque attractions in the region. As you approach the falls, you’ll hear the powerful rush of water cascading down from a height of 200 meters, creating a mesmerising sight.

Take a refreshing dip in the cool waters at the base, or enjoy a peaceful picnic surrounded by lush greenery. Here, you can capture stunning photographs of the three-tiered waterfall and the vibrant landscape. Kune Waterfalls offers a perfect escape for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Timings: All day.

10. Aundoli

Aundoli is another beautiful attraction that offers a refreshing break from city life. It’s renowned as one of the top places to visit in Lonavala for its immersive nature experience. Here, you can enjoy various activities like horse riding, nature walks, rock climbing, jungle treks, and more. With expert guidance, kids can join special programs to learn map reading, night camping, and outdoor sports.

Horse enthusiasts can participate in daily activities such as feeding and grooming. Wind down your day with delicious home-cooked meals around a bonfire under the starry skies after a day full of adventure and fun. If you’re looking for a fun and adventure trip, then Aundoli is a great option on your Maharashtra tour .

Activities To Enjoy On Your Lonavala Trip

During your Lonavala trip , there are several activities you can enjoy to make the most of your visit:

  • Explore Waterfalls: Visit breathtaking waterfalls during the monsoon season for stunning views and a refreshing experience.
  • Trekking: Embark on scenic treks to places like Tiger’s Leap, Rajmachi Fort, and Duke’s Nose. These treks offer panoramic views of the Sahyadri mountains and lush valleys.
  • Cave Exploration: Discover ancient caves such as Karla Caves and Bhaja Caves, known for their intricate rock-cut architecture and historical significance.
  • Adventure Sports: Engage in thrilling activities like rock climbing, rappelling, and zip-lining.
  • Boating: Enjoy boating at Pawna Lake, which is surrounded by serene landscapes and offers a peaceful escape.
  • Shopping: Explore local markets for Lonavala’s specialities, such as chikki, fudges, and handicrafts.
  • Picnicking: Have a relaxing picnic at scenic spots like Lion’s Point or Sunset Point, ideal for enjoying breathtaking sunset views.
  • Visit Historical Sites: Explore historical forts to explore the region’s rich history and architecture.
  • Gardens and Parks: Spend leisurely time at Ryewood Park or the Valvan Dam gardens, perfect for nature walks and enjoying serene surroundings.
  • Photography: Capture the natural beauty and scenic landscapes of Lonavala, especially during sunrise and sunset, for memorable photographs.

Planning Your Lonavala Trip

Planning a trip to Lonavala involves several key steps to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience:

  • Choose the Right Time: Decide on the best season to visit Lonavala. The monsoon (June to September) offers lush greenery and stunning waterfalls, while winter (October to February) provides pleasant weather for outdoor activities. Avoid the summer months (March to May) due to hot and humid conditions.
  • Set Your Budget: Determine your budget for accommodation, travel, food, and activities. Lonavala offers a range of options, from budget guesthouses to luxury resorts, catering to different preferences and budgets.
  • Plan Your Itinerary: Research and list the attractions you want to visit in Lonavala. Allocate time for each place based on your interests.
  • Book Accommodation: Book accommodation in advance depending on your budget and preference. Lonavala offers various options, such as hotels, resorts, villas, and homestays. Consider proximity to attractions and amenities like parking and dining options.
  • Transportation: Plan how you will reach Lonavala. It’s accessible by road from Mumbai and Pune, and regular buses and taxis are available. If driving, check route maps and conditions. Alternatively, Lonavala has a railway station well-connected to major cities.
  • Pack Accordingly: Pack according to the season and planned activities. Essentials include comfortable clothing, sunscreen, insect repellent, sturdy shoes for trekking, and any specific gear for activities like water sports or hiking.
  • Explore Local Cuisine: Lonavala is famous for its street food like vada pav, bhel puri, and chikki. Try local eateries and restaurants offering Maharashtrian cuisine and enjoy the flavours unique to the region.
  • Be Prepared for Weather Changes: Weather in Lonavala can be unpredictable, especially during monsoon. Carry rain gear and be prepared for sudden showers.
  • Safety and Health: Ensure you have the necessary medications. Follow safety guidelines at tourist spots, especially during monsoon when some areas may be slippery or closed for safety reasons.
  • Flexible Planning: Keep your itinerary flexible to accommodate unexpected delays or changes due to weather or other factors. Allow time for relaxation and spontaneous exploration to make the most of your Lonavala trip.

Lonavala offers a delightful blend of natural beauty, historical charm, and adventurous activities, making it an ideal destination for travellers seeking a memorable getaway. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing vacation or an adventure-filled experience, Lonavala has something for everyone. Plan your visit with Maharashtra tour packages from SOTC to make the most of your journey through this enchanting region. Discover the magic of Lonavala and create lasting memories amidst its scenic wonders.

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