The western coastal state of Gujarat is not only the most industrialized state of India, but also one of the popular tourist destinations of the country. Situated in between Maharashtra and Rajasthan, Gujarat never fails to draw tourist’s attention. Gujarat is bounded by the state of Maharashtra in the east, Rajasthan in the north-east, Maharashtra and the Union-territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu in the south. The state shares international boundary with Pakistan to the north-west. The Arabian Sea makes up the western coast of the entire state. Gandhi Nagar, the state capital is a planned city, while former state capital Ahmedabad is now the commercial capital of Gujarat.
Gujarat - Tourist Destinations
Gujarat, a state known for its flourishing industries attracts tourists for more reasons than one. This geographically diversified land is dotted with lush green forests housing wildlife sanctuaries and parks, charming hill resorts, magical Aravalli range with several rivers and their tributaries flowing throughout the state. Besides its natural beauty, a number of exquisite forts and monuments, magnificent temples and pilgrim centers, rich arts and crafts, the delectable cuisine and colourful lifestyle of the Gujarati people, add to the splendour of Gujarat. Visit the tourist destinations of Gujarat to see the wonders of the state. Major tourist destinations of Gujarat include Ahmedabad, Gandhi Nagar, Surat and Vadodara.
Fairs and Festivals of Gujarat
Gujarat, a land to several cultures and traditions, celebrate hundreds of fairs and festivals throughout the year. Some festivals are related to various religions, while some are related to a particular region, but all offers lots of fun and excitement. Popular fairs and festival of Gujarat are International Kite Festival, Navratari, Janmashtami, Dangs Darbar, Chitra-Vichitra Fair, The Sun Temple-Dance Festival, Bhavnath Mahadev Fair and Kutch Mahotsava.
Gujarat - Hill Stations
Saputara, a village in Dangs district is the only best known hill station in Gujarat. Literally called the ‘abode of serpents’, Saputara is one of the smallest hill stations in India. Situated at an altitude of 875 meters, the hill station offers a cool and soothing climate and also provides breathtaking views of lush green Dangs forest. Saputara is located at a distance of 112 kms from Bilimora railway station of Gujarat, and it can be easily reached from Mumbai via Nasik, which is about 80 Kms away from it. As Saputara hill spreads over a small area, so you can cover the entire hill station on foot. From the Saputara you will get splendid views of the sunrise and sunset. Major attractions at Saputara are Purna Sanctuary, Boating, The Ropeway, Vansda National Park and Sunrise Point. Besides, you can also visit the nearby villages of Malegaon, Jogbari, Linga, Gadvi, Bhadarpada and Ambapada.
Temples of Gujarat
Somnath Temple is one of the major attractions in the state of Gujarat. Gujarat is home to several magnificently sculptured temples, both old as well as modern. Apart from their marvelous beauty, the temples of Gujarat are known for their temple festival and their attached deities. Some of the most revered temples are Akshardham Temple, Dwarka Temple, Rukmini Temple, Dwarakadhisha Temple, Somnath Temple, Sun Temple, Ajit Nath Temple, Palitana Jain Temples, Bhadreshwar Temple, Ambaji Temple, Manav Mandir Temple, Saidham Temple, Someshware Temple and Shankeshwar Temple.
How to Reach
By Air: Gujarat has an international airport in the state’s commercial capital, Ahmedabad and 10 domestic airports in major cities of the state. Flights by major airlines like Indian Airlines, Air India, Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Air Deccan, Air Sahara and Kingfisher ply to Ahmedabad and other domestic airports of the state.
By Rail: The state of Gujarat is connected by railways with important places of the country. Ahmedabad is the major railway station of the state, the state capital Gandhi Nagar is also a major railhead. Gujarat is served by a number of express and super fast trains.
By Road: Extensive network of National Highways, State Highways and several other roads connect the major cities of the state with the rest of the country. All the tourist destinations of Gujarat is well-served by buses run by state government and private operators.
Shopping in Gujarat
Your trip to Gujarat is not complete unless you do some shopping in the colourful bazaars of the state. Since long time Gujarat is known all over the world for its rich tradition of handicrafts. Gujarat has a large number of Government Emporia and private shop, where you can buy almost everything from A to Z. Some of the items which you must check out in Gujarat are Cradle Clothes, Patola Silk Sarees, Embroidered Footwear, Cloth Toys, Wall Hangings, Marriage Costumes, Bandhnis, Traditional Gagra-Cholis, Embroidered - Appliqued Quilts and Lacquer Furniture.