Tourist Attractoins of Gujarat
The state of Gujarat would continue to allure you forever with its age-old palaces, famous temples, spectacular animals and birds in lush green forests as well as its vibrant colourful festivities. With the abundant tourist attractions in Gujarat, the state offers something to everyone.
Some important tourist attractions in Gujarat are :
Ahmedabad: The 'Manchester of the East' was once ruled by Ahmed Shah, who the city is named after. The city has some 15th century monuments displaying a fine blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles.
Sabarmati Ashram: Biggest attraction in Ahmedabad is the Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi on the bank of the river Sabarmati, from where he started the famoyus 'Dandi March'. It now houses the memorabilia of him in a museum.
Dwarka: The holy town of Dwarka at the confluence of the river Gomti and the Arabian Sea is associated with the legend of Lord Krishna.
Bhuj: The very old town of Bhuj traces its past in the times of Indus Valley Civilization and now serves as the gateway to Kutch.
Patan: The city boasts of some architectural wonders worth a visit.
Somnath Temple: The best-known temple of Gujarat is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas (Shiva Shrines). The temple was ransacked and destroyed seven times by Muslim invaders but rebuilt at the same spot each time.
Champaner: The ancient capital of Sultan Mahmud Beghara lies at the foothills of the Pavagadh. Jama Masjid on Champaner is a must visit.
Junagadh: At the foothills of Girnar Hills, excavations led to the findings of rock edict of Emperor Ashoka dating back to 250 BC.
Sasangir: It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Gujarat. Gir Forest earns it fame as the only place outside Africa to harbour Asiatic Lions. Besides the lions, you can also spot Indian deer, sambar, chital, nilgai, chinkara and a variety of birds.
Apart from the tourist destinations, the state can boast of almost 3,500 fairs and festivals being celebrated in different parts of the state every year. For many, these are very important tourist attractions in Gujarat. Navaratri, Janmashtami, International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad, Kutch Utsav in Bhuj, Chitra Vichitra Fair at Poshina, Tarnetar No Mela in Surendranagar are only a few festivities in Gujarat, when state turns out to be a spectacular kaleidoscope of vibrant colours.