Gujarat is one of the liveliest coastal states of India, which is rich in its craftsmanship, history and natural beauty. Offering a comprehensive variety of the most remarkable attractions, Gujarat presents an impeccable blend of art, history, music and culture.Apart from having the longest coastline (1290km) in the country, Gujarat tourism is also renowned for its virgin beaches, ancient temples, architectural assets, mouth-watering cuisine, lively fairs, festivals, wildlife sanctuaries and hill resorts. With plethora of details to its kitty, Gujarat is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in India for a holiday.
Gujarat has different climatic conditions throughout the year. As a whole, the state has hot and dry summers, and pleasant winters. You can plan a trip to Gujarat all the yearlong, but the best time to visit Gujarat is during the winter months i.e. from the months of November to February.
Summers are dry and arid in March till June making it one of the hottest and parched states in India. Gujarat receives a varied pattern of rainfall in different regions. The northern region is drier, the southern and areas like Kutch receive less or no rainfall at all.The temperature in winter ranges between 12°Celsius to 29°Celsius. The climate isperfect to explore the famous tourist attractions
A rapidly growing city, an educational hotspot, an industrial hub, and a city with a splendid past – Ahmedabad is one the best tourist places in Gujarat. Home to a plethora of intriguing museums, remarkable temples, serene lakes, and classy market, Ahmedabad is a great example of how a city can sustain its old-world charm while still succeeding on the path of commercialization and globalization and commercialization. Some of the best Ahmedabad tourism places include Sabarmati Ashram, Kankaria Lake, Calico Museum of Textiles, Bhadra Fort, Sidi Bashir Mosque etc.
Virtually an Island, Kutch is undoubtedly one of the most stunning, yet surreal places in India. With the vast expanses of white salt desert, Kutchis one of the best places to visit in Gujarat in December. This place comes to life when the famous Rann Festival is held during winters. Everywhere there are huge camp settlements with cultural programs and adventure activities like hot-air ballooning. Kutch is also famous for crafts and embroidery works, Wild Ass Sanctuary and Flamingo Sanctuary.
If you thought Gujarat was all about palaces, forts, temples and jungles then think again, as this fine state also has a hill station within its locality, Saputara. Nestled in the Sahyadri hills amongst the dang forest, Saputara is a super cool retreat that offers people of Gujarat a relief from its humid weather. Rose Garden, Honey bee Center, Lake Garden, Gira Waterfalls, Mahal Forest, and Sunrise Point are most visited tourist attractions in Saputara
Chiefly known as a temple town, Somnath meaning the “Lord of the Moon” is a place which has a strong scent of religion and also a home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Somnath offers museums, beaches and other various attractions. ThoughSomnath temple and Somnath beach are the main places to visit here, BalukhaTirtha, Gita Mandir, KamnathMahadev Temple and Somnath Museum are some of the other places that one can visit.
Also the capital city of Gujarat, Gandhinagar offers a rich cultural heritage, wonderful temples, a tranquil environment and one of the best places to visit in Gujarat. Gandhinagarencompasses Akshardham Temple, one of the country's most beautiful temples. Among major attraction here is the enthralling Children's Park which is uniquely built step well. Some of the famous places in interest here are AdalajStepwell, Indroda Nature Park, SaritaUdhyan, Karai Dam, Botanical Garden, Deer Park etc.
As the name says, Rani Ki Vav is a step well that was built by Queen (Rani) of Bhimdeva, Udayamanti. Built in the 11th century to preserve ground water, Rani kiVav came into limelight in 1972 when the area was completely earthed. The main highlight of the step well is that its walls that are profusely adorned with figurative motifs, showcase images of various god and goddesses and their ensembles from the Hindu Pantheon. The Winter is the best season to visit here as you can enjoy the cultural events, light shows and exhibition at the Rani ki Vav Festival.
Being one of the four Dhams (divine abodes of India) and SapataTuris (seven sacred cities), DwarkadeeshJagatMandir( Dwarkadhish Temple) is a famous Gujarat tourist spot. Going by the mythical records, Dwarka was the empire of Lord Krishna, and he stayed there for quite alengthy period. This five stage temple that stands on 72 pillars is of some immense significance. The sandstone platform and walls of the temples are embroidered with panels depicting elephants, dancers, musicians and celestial beings. Along with Dwarkadhish Temple, you can also visit the nearby temples like Okha, Bet Dwarka, and shrines dedicated to Rukmini (Lord Krishna’s Wife), Mirabai, Narsinh Mehta and Shank Narayan.
Home to the Asiatic Lions, Gir also known as Sasan Gir, is a forest and wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat. Gir provides you with an exclusive experience of visiting a place which exceptionally plays a vital and important role in the preservation and sustaining of certain species. There are approximately 2375 species of fauna with 38 species of mammals, 37 species of reptiles and over 300 species of birds, and 2000 species of insects. Some of the places of interest here include Kamleshwar Dam, TulsiShyam Temple, Crocodile breeding farm etc.
Built in 1951 by Sultan Qutb-ud-Din, Kankaria Lake is one of the largest lakes and one of the major tourist attractions located in Ahmedabad. The lake has a summer palace called NaginaWadi which is located at the centre of the lake. It is a man-made island that is famous for its garden and an evening light show. The lake also has other attractions such as recreational centre, zoo, gardens for children, museum, toy house and a boat club. Balloon safari near the lake is also in huge request by the tourists. Include this place as one your list of things to do in your Gujarat trip package.
Situated in Vadodara, Laxmi Vilas Palace is an excellent example of brilliant architecture from the past. Spread over a land of 700 acres, this palace was built by Maharaja SayajiRaoduring the period 1878-1890. The elaborate interiors and grand furnishings of the palace will leave you enthralled. The palace also includes a museum and a zoo which is inhabited by crocodiles and peacocks. If you are an architecture fan, then Laxmi Vilas is the nest attraction for you.