From the land of Father of the Nation, Gandhiji to the land of the present Indian PM, Narendra Modi, Gujarat bears testimony to a lot of political history of India. The distinguished historical, political and cultural prominence of Gujarat has attracted a diverse tourist population from every corner of the globe. The state has not only achieved infrastructural development, but its cosmopolitan hospitality, vibrant culture and multiple tourism activities lives up to the expectation of every vacationer. Also, plenty of museums and historical places contain artifacts from Ganhiji’s life and his prominent role in India’s struggle for freedom.
The town of Ahmedabad is not only the melting pot of tradition and 21st century stereotypes, but also a famous name in Indian politics. It is Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Ashram from where the famous Dandi March originated in 1930. Ahmedabad is booming as the commercial and cultural capital of the state. Often nicknamed as the “Manchester of the East”, the place opens the door of a heritage leisurely walk along its old quarters. The city is extremely lively with colorful culture and tasty Gujrati dishes prevailing all around. On your visit to Ahmedabad, you will be left awestruck to visit the famous Sabarmati Ashram, whose name is firmly written in world history. Several other interesting sightseeing destinations are Hathisingh Jain Temple, Sidi Sayed Mosque, Akshardham Temple, Calico Museum of Textiles, Jama Masjid and Vastrapur Lake.
Bhavnagar was founded in 1723 when the then ruler Bhavsinhji shifted his capital from Sihor to Bhavnagar. Today Bhavnagar stands still amidst its archeological grandeur in the backdrop of lapping waters of Gulf of Khambat. Jain temples and majestic sea-side palaces are important destinations here. Also, the pride of Bhavnagar lies in its culture as it gave birth to many literally laureates. Bhavnagar is an ideal destination for those in search of bygone legacy and modern day entrepreneurship. Visit the Jain marble temples at Palitana, Alang ship wrecking center and Nilambagh Palace.
As soon as we hear the name Bhuj, what strikes our mind is the 2001 Bhuj Earthquake. But no, Bhuj has a lot more tales engraved in it. It is the home to the first Sampradey Temple, The Swami Narayan Sampradey. There are lot of wildlife sanctuaries located in and around Bhuj which attracts wildlife lovers as well as amateur travelers. Visit the Prag Mahal to immerse in the brilliant architectural style of the bygone era. The Darbargadh Palace Complex and Kutch Museum are must visit destinations here.
Rajkot is a renowned town in Gujarat where Gandhiji has spent a considerable part of his life. The Watson Museum is one of the most comprehensive museums of Gujarat. It displays the rarest collection of precious objects from the colonial period and History of Rajkot.
Gujarat is all about 3C’s- color, culture and cuisine. Also apart from these destinations, the region of Kutch and Lothal, a city which played major role during the Indus Valley Civilization are popular tourist attractions. Gujarat ranks among the top listed holiday destinations of India, thanks to its industrialization and steady maintenance of cultural and historical heritage.