10 Best Places in Gujarat to visit

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Gujarat is one of the unique tourist destinations to visit as it offers various entertainment and informative tours to visitors. It offers a variety of tourism to its tourists:

– Cultural Tourism

– Religious Tourism

– Wildlife Tourism

– Various fairs and festivals

– Business Tourism

The state is located to the west part of India, filled with mesmerizing architecture and wildlife; Gujarat has uplifted its economic growth with the tourism sector in the state. Gujarat is famous for its ancient Hindu and Jain temples, as well as for some palaces and museums too.

Let’s start finding the best tourist destinations in Gujarat:

Somnath & Dwarkadish Temple

Somnath Temple is located on the Arabian Sea coast in the western corner of the Indian subcontinent of Gujarat. This pilgrimage is one of the oldest, and its references are found in ancient texts such as Skandpuran, Shreemad Bhagavat, and Shivpuran. The shore temple of Somnath is believed to have been built in 4 phases – in gold by Lord Soma, in silver by Ravi, in wood by lord Krishna and in stone by King Bhimadeva.

Dwarka on the western tip of the Kathiawar Peninsula is clubbed with the holiest sites in India – the Char Dhams that include Badrinath, Puri, and Rameshwaram. The Dwarkadhish Temple (Jagat Mandir), is believed to have been established more than 2500 years ago by Lord Krishna’s great-grandson, Vajranabh.

Rann of Kutch

Popularly known for its plain white surface and largest salt pans in the region, Rann of kutch has its uniqueness to showcase. The word Rann means ‘salt marsh’. It is divided into two parts: Great Rann of Kutch and Little Rann of Kutch.

Gir National Park

The last home for the Asiatic Lions (Panthera Leoperscia) is a forested, hilly, sanctuary about halfway between Veraval and Junagadh. Taking a safari through the sanctuary will amaze you with its thick and undisturbed forest cover, which is home to a variety of species as well other than Lions.

Saputara Hill Station

1000 meters above sea level there’s a breathtaking hill station ‘Saputara’ located in the southern part of Gujarat, just above the Nashik district of Maharashtra. You can reach this destination only by road. The nearest railway station is Valsad, Surat, and Nashik.

The best time to visit this hill station is in the monsoon season, or just after the monsoon. It is popular for hiking, paragliding, lake & boating. You will find several gardens which are worth visiting.

Ahmedabad

The largest city of Gujarat state, Ahmedabad is the seventh-largest urban agglomeration in India, with a population of almost 74 lakhs. The city is located on the banks of River Sabarmati. The city was founded as the home of a thriving textile industry that is nicknamed “Manchester of India”.

Patan

The ancient capital of Gujarat, “Anhilpur Patan” is famous for its golden history, cultural hub, intricated sculptures of monuments, and Handi-craft of Patola saree. Rani ki Vav is a stepwell constructed in the town, located on the banks of Saraswati river was built as a memorial in the 11th century AD by “King Bhimdev” for his queen “Rani Udaymati”. It was added to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in the year 2014. Hemchandrachary Library, Jain Temples, and Kalika Mataji Temple of King Siddhraj Jaisinh are important places in Patan.

Surat

Titled “The Silk City, The Diamond City, and The Green City” Surat is one of the most dynamic cities of India with one of the fastest-growing rates due to immigration from various parts of Gujarat and the other States of India. Clean streets in the city attract foodies due to which Surat is known for some mouth-watering street food.

Wild Ass Sanctuary

If you like watching birds and are fascinated to visit a flat surface, then this is the spot where you must visit in the winter season. This sanctuary is situated in Little Rann of Kutch. It is the world’s only natural habitat for the wild ass; however, over 4000 km of sanctuary harbors a large variety of bird population.

Balasinor Dinosaur Museum

The fossil park here contains life-sized statues of those giant creatures and further excavations have found that a squat, thick-legged, heavy-bodied carnivorous dinosaur with a crested horn, Rajasaurus Narmandensis, King of Narmada (the first half of the name comes from Raja or King due to the crested horn and the second half of the name originates due to its geographical location which was near the river Narmada).

Statue of Unity

Almost every person in the nation knows this place as the statue represents the ‘Iron Man’, who played a crucial role during India’s freedom struggle and thereafter in the unification of the princely states. It is the world’s tallest monument, facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the riverbank of Narmada. In the month of March 2021, it crossed the number 5 million visitors. It has become one of the favorite destinations for visitors in Gujarat.

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