Places to see in Gujarat

TOP DESTINATIONS TO VISIT IN GUJARAT

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The State of Gujarat is one of the largest States of India. Gujarat stands as a favorable destination for tourists across the globe. The ancient and historical sculptures and monuments and civilizations, enchanting serene beauty and panorama beaches make it all worth the visit. The unique folk dances and delicious dishes here are popular across the world. Every spot of Gujarat is decked with a mysterious history to unfold.

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The best and right time to visit this destination is between the months of September to March. Gujarat witnesses a pleasant climate during these months of the year.

Gujarat is home to several best tourist destinations which everyone should visit once in their lifetime. Here we trace down the top 18 destinations for you.

GIR

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Tourist places in Gujarat | Gir

Gir National Park gives everyone an opportunity to come one on one to meet the Asiatic Lions. Gir is famous for its fauna. Gir National Park is the only natural habitat of the famous Asiatic Lions. There are several other genera of rare wild animals, such as blackbucks, hyenas, fish owls, and the list goes on. In India, Gir National Park is the only land where a community resides inside the perimeters of the National Park with complete peace and harmony. The top open jeeps are definitely going to give you an adrenaline rush while wandering in search of the Asiatic Lions.

Activities like bird watching and safari are all must do things in Gir National Park.

You could reach this destination by taking a train to Veraval or Junagadh or by landing at the nearest airport, that is, Keshod. Once you reach the airport or railway station you can board a taxi to reach this destination.

SOMNATH TEMPLE

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Tourist places in Gujarat | Somnath Temple

Somnath Temple is one of the most famous temples in Gujarat. Somnath Temple is not merely a religious site. It is also one of the sacred among the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. This temple is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea making it a beautiful destination to visit. This temple is considered to be built – destroyed and rebuilt by several legends. For instance, earlier it was built in pure gold by Lord Soma then it was built again in silver by Ravana which was again rebuilt in wood by Lord Krishna and then in stone by King Bhimdev. Right now it is the establishment of stone that is standing tall which is attracting several pilgrims throughout the year.

There are other several temples nearby to pay a visit. Such as Laxmi Narayan Temple, Suraj Mandir and you could also witness the Dehotsarg Teerth.

You could reach this destination by taking a train to Veraval or by taking a flight to Diu after which boarding a taxi would assist you in the pilgrimage. 

RANN OF KUTCH

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Tourist places in Gujarat | Rann of Kutch

If you leave Gujarat without visiting ‘Rann of Kutch’, you are at a great loss. Rann of Kutch is the most mesmerizing destination you would ever lay your eyes on. The wonder of sand and salt which is nestled amidst the Arabian Sea and the Thar Desert is probably the best destination to visit in your life. Desert tends to shine brighter like a diamond during the full moon nights which evokes a sense of peace and harmony in the mind is something everyone should experience. This full moon night offers tremendous cultural activities to keep you hooked.

During the winter season, you witness a number of flamingos, migrating from Siberia. Rann Mahotsav is the perfect time to land here. During this time of the year, there are several cultural programs, camel safari, artisans showcasing their talents, food, music, and dances.

Other nearby spots include : Kandla Port, Kalo Dungar, Dholavira.

You could reach this beautiful destination via Airways or Railways to Bhuj from where you could take up a taxi to meet the spot. 

LAXMI VILAS PALACE

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tourist places in Gujarat | Laxmi vilas palace

Laxmi Vilas Palace located in Vadodara was built by the great Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. And when it was built, this palace was the largest yet private dwelling unit in the whole world. The astounding armory and sculptures made with marble and other buildings like  Moti Baug Palace and Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum are all covered in this more than 700 acres of land. Even though today, the royal residents do live here. Yet it is open for tourists to visit.

You could reach this destination from anywhere in the city as it is situated in Nehru Road which can be reached by taxi without any troubles.

DWARKA

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tourist places in Gujarat | Dwaraka

Earlier Dwarka was considered to be the kingdom of Lord Krishna. Dwarka is a highly famed and revered “Char Dham” Hindu pilgrimage. And Dwarka was also the first capital of Gujarat. This destination is located on the mouth of River Gomti on the Arabian Sea. Dwarka is a serene and holy religious site of Hindus from across the globe.

The beach aside gives a mesmerizing approach. If you are lucky, you could spot Sea Urchins, Sea Turtles, Starfish, and Octopus. The location is decked with beautiful garlands and lights during the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami.

The fastest way to reach this destination is via Airways. You could take a flight to Jamnagar Airport or taking a bus or taxi is also a good choice.

RANI KI VAV

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Places to see in Gujarat | Rani ki vav

Rani ki Vav is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is located in Patan. Rani ki Vav was built by a queen Udayamati in loving Memories of her King Bhimdev. This was built on an ancient stepwell which was from the 11th century. It is home to several beautiful sculptures. River Saraswati had flooded this place before and therefore was found recently.

To reach this destination you can take a bus from Ahmedabad.

BHUJ

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Places to see in Gujarat | Bhuj

Bhuj is considered to be one of the major tourist attractions of Gujarat. Bhuj is home to many ancient monuments, for instance, the Cenotaphs Complex which houses tombs of the royal family. Other best tourist destinations in Bhuj are Aina Mahal Palace, Prag Mahal, Kutch Museum, Shiva Temple in Kera, and Hamirsar Lake.

You can shop for a lot of goodies in this city to take back home. Shankar Vada Pav is famous here.

A visit to Mandvi Beach, Sharad Baug Palace, Banni Grassland Reserve, and Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary are all recommended places to visit.

Bhuj is connected to all the major cities via roadways, airways, and railways, which makes this place easily reachable.

CHAMPANER – PAVAGADH PARK

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Places to see in Gujarat | Champaner

This archaeological park is designated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site which is situated among the Pavagadh hills amidst the Champaner city. This is a beautiful place to visit. It is among the top spots to visit in Gujarat.

To reach this destination, there are two ways. Either from Vadodara Railway Station or via Vadodara Airport. After which you can hire a taxi to the spot.

SURAT

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Places to see in Gujarat | Surat

Surat is considered to be the commercial hub of textiles and diamonds in Gujarat. Surat stands as the most populated city of Gujarat. If you are into wildlife, Surat is the best place to visit.

While in Surat, don’t miss out on these places: Dumas Beach, Science Center, Dutch Garden, Amazia Water Park, and Tithal Beach.

You can reach Surat in any mode of transport whether it be roadways, airways or railways. As it is a well – connected city in Gujarat.

MODHERA

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Places to see in Gujarat | Modhera

Modhera is again an ancient gem located in Gujarat which is a scenic village. The spiritual vibes you attain here is beyond words. Sun Temple adds more to the grace here. The structures here are fascinating and remarkable for the history it holds. During the festivals, Sun Temple witnesses different folk dances of the nation which are performed here such as Garba, Bharatnatyam, and Kuchipudi.

Take a train or flight to Ahmedabad after which you can hire a taxi to reach this destination, Modhera.

GIRNAR

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Places to see in Gujarat | Girnar

Girnar is a blend of lush green vicinity of the Gir Forest and golden – brown sand of Gujarat’s Desserts. The trekkers will find solace here as this will be one of the ideal destinations for you all in Gujarat. These mountains are situated in the Junagadh district of Gujarat. This place offers infinite excitement and thrill for adventure seekers and enthusiasts of wildlife. This spot also contains few religious locations therefore also attracts several pilgrims. The sacred shrines of the town are the Meravasi Temple and the Neminath Temple. It’s a wonderful place for sightseeing and weekend getaways.

Choosing railways to reach Junagadh station and then heading to Girnar is a simple route.

PIROTAN ISLAND

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Places to see in Gujarat | Pirotan island

This beautiful small island is situated amidst the Marine National Park area. This place is an ideal destination for bird watching in Gujarat. This undisturbed and unspoiled nature environs scenic beauty. The fine beaches here have several corals on the shore. Pirotan Island also has mangrove vegetation, low tide beaches and a plethora of birds. The vast marine life and the flora and fauna here are really fascinating.

Hiring a boat from Port Bedi is the only way to reach this destination. This boat trip to Pirotan Island will approximately last two hours.

SHRI SWAMI NARAYAN MANDIR

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Places to see in Gujarat | Swami Narayan Mandir

Shri Swami Narayan Mandir is one of the significant pilgrimages of Gujarat. Plenty of pilgrims swarm to this place to seek blessings. The gorgeous architecture here is peculiar in its own way. There are several restaurants at the entrance where you can feed your stomach with delicious food.

To reach this destination you can hire an auto or a taxi from Bhuj Railway Station.

ADALAJ STEPWELL

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Places to see in Gujarat | Adalaj stepwell

Adalaj Stepwell is a beautiful architectural marvel which should be visited by every tourist. This Stepwell was built in the year – 1499 by Queen Rudabai. This Stepwell is home to a lot of stories rooted in every corner of the place. This destination is best if visited when the sun is out.

To reach this destination you can hire a taxi or a bus from Ahmedabad. The main corridor of Adalaj Stepwell takes you straight five storeys down.

SIDI SAIYAD MOSQUE

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Places to see in Gujarat | Mosque

The stunning architecture with its intricate lattice works makes this beautiful place to visit. Sidi Saiyad Mosque is located in Ahmedabad and is considered to be built in the year 1953 by an army general whose name was Sidi Sayeed. This man – made marvel is one of the finest examples of style and design.

While in Ahmedabad, you can hire a taxi or an auto to reach this spot.

 GUJARAT SCIENCE CITY

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Places to see in Gujarat | Gujarat Science City

The Science buffs are going to find this place intriguing. Science City in Gujarat has a lot to offer from education to entertainment. This tremendously outstanding place has several Innovative ways to offer to get an insight into the educational globe of science. The remarkable spots of this center are IMAX 3D Center, Hall of Science, Planet Earth, Hall of Space, Energy Park, Life Science Park and the list goes on which covers almost every scientific concept.

A public or private transport will leave you at the doors of Gujarat Science City.

JHANJHARI WATERFALLS

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Places to see in Gujarat | Jhanjheri waterfall

Jhanjhari waterfalls will rejuvenate and refresh your mood after visiting. Walking on the rippling waters will give you goosebumps. You can visit this place to escape the daily hustles of the city life or to embrace what nature beholds.

Public or private transport will assist you to the Jhanjhari Waterfalls.

DANDI BEACH

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Places to see in Gujarat | Dandi Beach

Dandi beach is located in Surat. This mesmerizing beach destination is one of the favourite tourist destinations of Gujarat. The pristine beauty also beholds the significant historical events. The sand on the beach lies vast and limitless. You can choose to explore the landscape or feed your mind with thoughts which are historical or just to relax on the shores.

Places to visit nearby include: Saifee Villa and National Salt Satyagraha Memorial.

You can reach this destination by taking a flight to Surat airport or by boarding a train to Navsari Railway Station.

What are you waiting for ? Pack your bags and plan your trips to these exciting destinations which are located in none other than, our very own Gujarat.

Chanchal Vinod

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