Situated on the banks of Sabarmati River, the city of Ahmedabad has a large number of tourist attractions to lure travellers.
There are a number of places worth seeing on sightseeing tours of Ahmedabad. It is also a major tourist spot, owing to the fact that it offers a wide variety in terms of tourist attractions. From lakes to museums, from historical monuments to religious places, you have got it all. It also houses the famous Sabarmati Ashram, which holds great importance for the followers of the Gandhi school of thought. They come here to pay homage to the father of the nation and remember his sacrifice for the Indian independence. The Jumma Masjid, SiddiSayed Mosque, The Pols, SarkhejRoza, Teen Darwaja, Shah AlamRoza, Kankaria Lake, Hatheesing Jain Temple and Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary are some of the must visit tourist attractions on Ahmedabad tour.
The Fairs and festivals celebrated here, have their own charm for the city. Most important of all are the Navratra Festival, JaggannathRathYatra (Chariot Procession) and Kite Festival. If you happen to visit Ahmedabad at one of these occasions, you will experience the galore of masses celebrating their local festivals with great enthusiasm.
The city of Gandhinagar is very popular among tourists, due to the many important locations present in the place. While travelling to the city of Gandhinagar, you can visit many must see destinations like the Akshardham temple, Capital Complex, Children’s Park, Adalaj Step Well and SaritaUdyan.
The Akshardham temple in the city of Gandhinagar is one of the biggest temples in India, and it is a major pilgrim destination that many people swarm to. This temple in Gandhinagar is very similar to its counterpart, the other Akshardham temple in New Delhi, and this temple was built by the same organization. The Akshardham temple acts as a cultural centre and as a melting pot that can enthral tourists from around the country. The temple consists of one huge monument and a surrounding garden that families use as a picnic spot.
Science City, showcases contemporary and imaginative exhibits, minds on experiences, working models, virtual reality, activity corner, labs and live demonstrations to provide understanding to common man through simple, interactive, and entertaining way. Science City is located off the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway between Gandhinagar and Ahmadabad on a 107 acre sprawling campus. In future, it plans to include Planet Earth and Indian Heritage in Science & Technology. It also includes recreation facilities like Auditorium, Video Games, Cafeteria, Kund, and Entrance-cum-shopping plaza.
The Children’s Park in Gandhinagar is yet another famous destination, and this park has boating facilities and also a mini train for kids. SaritaUdyan is a picnic spot that is popular among the locals, and this is located adjacent to a deer park, which is another must see location.
Ambaji is the major Shakti piths of Ambe Mata situated in the Banaskantha district of Gujarat State. Ambaji is the seat of Ambe Mata, the mother goddess. Millions of devotees visit the temple every year. Ambaji temple has a golden yantra with 51 shlokas. A triangular Yantra, inscribed with figures and the syllable shree in the center, represents the deity There is no image of Ambaji Mata in temple, people worship the yantra.
Original seat of Ambe Mata is on gabbar hill, located 3 kms away from Ambaji temple. The temple is aligned in the same axis at Gabbar hill. On the Gabbar hill, footsteps of Goddess Ambe Mata are printed. It is believed that heart of Goddess Parvati fell on Gabbar Hill. Also tonsure of Lord Krishna took place here.
The temple is open from 7 AM to 4:0 PM and 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. A large number of devotees visit the temple every year specially on Purnima days.
Every Purnima devotees reaches Ambaji to worship Ambe Mata. BhadrapadiPurnima is the main festival when a big fair of devotees comes at Ambaji.Ambaji town is also known for mines of fine quality of marble and granites located in the area.
Patan is an ancient fortified town, situated on the banks of the sacred Saraswatiriver. Patan enjoyed a privileged status of capital of Gujarat, for about 600 years from 746 AD to 1411 AD. You can visit Rani kiVav and SahastralingaTalav in Patan. Rani kiVav is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. This vav was constructed by Udaymati, the queen of Bhimdev (1022-63 AD) and represents the finest of the Indian sculptures and architecture. SahastralingaTalav is among the many artificial tanks built in different parts of Gujarat. The architecture of this tank integrated the great sense of water management and sanctity of water in Hindu religion.
Modhera is situated on the banks of the River Pushpavati and is about 50 kms from Patan. This place is known for the world famous Sun temple and is the best example of the Solanki temple architecture in the state.
The Ruins of Lothal in Gujarat is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Gujarat. The Harappan culture, which was a part of the period of the Indus Valley Civilization, can be seen at The Ruins of Lothal in Gujarat.
This ancient city dates back 4500 years. This prosperous city was connected to the sea at the Gulf of Cambay. The city enjoyed active trade with Egypt, Mesopotamia and Persia. The ruins of the city were discovered in the year 1954. Today, it exhibits the marvelous architecture and meticulously executed town planning system of the Harappans.
Dholavira is an ancient town situated in the state of Gujarat. It was discovered in the year 1967 AD. The ruins of the settlement found here are believed to be more than 5000 years old. These excavation sites are one of the largest Harappan sites in India.
If you are interested in knowing about the ancient history and the primordial civilization of the country then Dholavira is the perfect place for you.
Dwarka is one of four most scared pilgrimage centres (Chardham) of Hindu faith and is associated with Lord Krishna’s life. The main giant ornate shrine is situated on the western most tip of saurastra. According to the epic Mahabharata, the city in due course was submerged by the sea. The submergence of Dwarka and the cause of submergence are of historical and oceanographic interest because of historic Dwarka is likely to throw light on the Dark Age of Indian history.
Ornate, exquisite and majestic, Dwarkadhish Temple (JagatMandir) is one of the most imposing five- storied structures of Hindu architecture in Gujarat on the confluence of river Gomti and Arabian sea. The five-storey high temple is built on seventy-two pillars. The temple spire is 78.3m high. From the temple dome waves an eighty-four foot long multicoloured flag decorated with the symbols of the sun and moon. Lord Krishna’s grandson, Vajranabha, is said to have built the original temple of Dwarkadhish over the hari-griha (Lord Krishna’s residential place).
Situated at a short distance from Dwarka, Bet Dwarka is a small island with several ancient temples. The east end of the island has an excellent beach with extensive water plants and animals. The beach is not much visited, therefore an excellent place to get away from the bustle of the city life.
The temple of Somnath, is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. According to the legend, Somnath is as old as creation, built by none other than the Moon God himself. The remains of the temple of Somanath “withstood the shocks of time and survived the attacks of destroyers.
The temple has imposing architecture and is a beautiful sight facing the blue expanse of the Arabian Sea. A short distance from the Somnath temple is BakhlaTirth, where Lord Krishna was said to have been struck by the stray arrow of a Bhil tribal. The Present Temple, KailashMahameruPrasada is built in the chalukya style of temple architecture and reflects the inherent skill of Sompuras, Gujarat’s master masons.
Gir Wildlife sanctuary is definitely one of India’s success stories. From a pitifully small number of around twenty lions at the turn of the century there are now approximately three hundred lions in the park. If we compare this number to the populations of 20 to 30 tigers in most Project Tiger parks we can see that our chance of a lion sighting is good.
Gir is also home to one of the largest leopard populations in any park in India and especially in the hotter season they can sometimes be seen at night close to the lodges. Other wildlife to look out for are the Four-Horned Antelope,Wild Boar, Wolf, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Chinkara, Blue Bull, Marsh Muggers as well as a wonderful variety of bird species.
Another fascinating aspect of Gir is that it is also home to several Negro families. They only marry within their own community are Muslim and speak the local language which is Gujurati.
They have no real knowledge of agriculture but under the Government Assisted Scheme for tribal persons have become landowners in their own right.The park is open from mid October and wildlife viewing is by jeep. The park is best reached by internal flight from Mumbai to Rajkot followed by a relatively comfortable car transfer. There are a number of unique and fascinating cultural sites nearby.
A picturesque hill station located 1000 m above the sea level with a nice bracing cool climate, Saputara the ‘Adobe of Serpents’, is located in the forest region of Dangs of Sahyadari Ranges. The town, the only hill station in Gujarat, is situated on the Maharashtra-Gujarat border. The ambiance is very cool through out the seasons and the maximum temperature experienced here is 28 degrees in summer months.
Saputara attracts lots and lots of tourist to its scenic lap, owing to its stunning view, lively location and cool climate. Saputara has marvelous waterfalls and the place is ideal for watching sunrise and sunset. In the pleasant monsoon, Saputara offers breathtaking scenes for nature lovers. The Saputara Lake in the backdrop of lusting greenery and charming surroundings is a major attraction here. Boating facilities such as paddle boats or row are available on the lake.
The place also houses some beautiful gardens and a museum. One of the main attraction of Saputara is the ‘Pushpak Ropeway’. It is considered the longest ropeway in the country and attracts a large number of children and young couples. There is a hill resort with hotels, parks, swimming pools, theatres and a museum.
Kutch is a land which is known for its rich historical past, colorful traditions, diverse ecology and friendly people. Tourists visiting any part of Kutch will be witness to a rich blend of traditions, customs and festivals which are integral not only to the region but also to the whole of Gujarat. Kutch is also home to some of the best archaeological structures and monuments in the form of temples, palaces and forts. The Kutch sanctuary, beaches of Mandvi and the Banni Grassland Reserve are just some of the natural wonders which are available in the magical land of Kutch.
This substantiates the fact that the region has a lot to be explored.
The jewelry, the clothing, their handmade house hold articles, their customs and traditions are fascinating as well as enlightening. The handicrafts of the lace are simply awesome. The hand printed BandhaniSarees, embroidery and exquisite gold and silver ornaments are popular crafts of Kutch. The best time to visit the place is between November and March. The main attraction is the Kutch Mahotsav which is organized every year to promote tourism in the region. It is the best way to explore the culturally rich district. It takes you around the various historical as well as religious places in Kutch. Therefore, be a part of the Mahotsav and enjoy the Kutch experience.