Gujarat is a state located in western part of India. This state is very much famous for its people, culture and food. There are lot of places in this state for tourism and lot of develop cities. One of the famous tourist spot being The Rann in Kutch is what everyone is aware of.
It is said that Gujarati people are foodie and business minded. You will find Gujaratis not only in Gujarat but almost many parts of the world. Due to their business mind they have been migrated to many developed countries of the world and so you will find them in many countries. Our very own Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi is also from Gujarat.
I have been to many cities of this state from Surat to Ahmedabad to Kutch to Jamnagar to name a few and also been to many small villages along the course. Let me share with you some of the best things of this state and what you should not miss when you travel to this state.
I will also try to write different posts giving details in order to elaborate some of the cities of this state.
Rann of Kutch
Kutch literally means something which intermittently becomes wet and dry; a large part of this district is known as Rann of Kutch which is shallow wetland which submerges in water during the rainy season and becomes dry during other seasons. The Rann is famous for its marshy salt flats which become snow white after the shallow water dries up each season before the monsoon rains. Rann Utsav is one of the important tourist destination in the state.
Vijay Vilas Palace: The center of attractions at Mandvi is the Vijay Vilas Palace, a Royal abode set in the middle of well-laid gardens with water channels and marble fountains. The architect and craftsmen from Jaipur designed and constructed the palace in 1920 AD. The palace has all the elements of Rajput architecture and draws largely on the plan of palaces of Orchha and Datia.
Gir National Park
A jungle safari in Gir National park is a must. Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary is the last abode to the surviving population of the Asiatic Lion in the wild. The park comprises 1412 sq. km of deciduous forest interspersed with semi-evergreen and evergreen flora, acacia, scrub jungle, grasslands and rocky hills. Fed by perennial and seasonal rivers and streams, the sanctuary has large water bodies like the Kamleshwar Dam that are good for marsh crocodiles, reptiles and birds.
Gir has about 400 lions and 300 leopards, making it as one of the major ‘big cat’ concentrations in India. Deer such Sambar & Chital, Antelopes such as Blue Bull, Four-horned antelope, Indian gazelle and Wild Boar are in abundance in Gir.
Diu is a union territory of India and does not belong to Gujarat state. But it is just situated at the border of Gujarat one of the popular place you should not miss. Diu Fort and beach is one of the top most attraction here. Gujarat is a alcohol free state, so if you wanna grab a beer than Diu could be better and cheaper option for you. This beach is situated in the south of Gujarat and if you have already visited Gir National park and it’s just nearby.
This is the capital city and one of the busiest and commercial hub of this state. There is nothing much for tourist here but city and its culture itself is worth if you wanna explore. Some of the attractions are as follows.
- Sabarmati riverfront
- Adalaj step well
- Kankaria lake
- Sabarmati ashram/ Mahatma Gandhi home
Surat is a city which is very famous for textile and diamonds is a must visit and should be in your travel list of Gujarat. Though there are not much travel attractions here, but for all diamonds and apparel lovers visiting this city is necessary. Some facts about the city which will amaze you.
- 90% of the world’s total rough diamond cutting and polishing
- 99.99% of the nation’s total rough diamond cutting and polishing
- 90% of the nation’s total diamond exports
- 40% of the nation’s total man made fabric production
- 28% of the nation’s total man made fibre production
- 18% of the nation’s total man made fibre export
- 12% of the nation’s total fabric production
Since it is known for producing textiles, including silk, Surat is known as the textile hub of the nation or the Silk City of India. It is very famous for its cotton mills too.
Other major cities you can give a visit to explore this state and culture such as Junagadh, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Vapi, Godhra and Baroda.
Food is very famous here. You can’t resist without tasting Gujarati foods when you are in this state. Some of the famous dish are as follows.
- Sev tamatar saag
- Daal Dhokli
- Gathiya & Muthiya
- Read more here for Gujarat Foods
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