Gujarat, also known as the ‘Jewel of the West’, is an Indian state located in the extreme Western part of India, and was once a part of the biggest civilizations of Asia called the Harappan (Indus) civilization. Gujarat is a popular tourist destination for several reasons, a few of them being its rich Indian culture, Jain temples, wide range of natural terrain, stepped wells, beaches and Asiatic lions. The state also boasts of a major and advanced industrial sector and people of great business acumen. Below are listed 8 top tourist places to visit in Gujarat.
1. Gir Forest National Park
Gir national park is popular for its safari and breeds animals like Asiatic Lions, leopards, chinkara, hyena and deer. the best season to visit Gir national park is October to March, that is good for bird watching and Safaris. The safari timings are morning 6.00 am to 9.00 am and evening 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm.
2. Blackbuck National Park
Blackbuck national park has a large population of blackbuck, fox and houbara bustard. Vansda national park is also known for its leopards and hyenas, apart from deer. the best time to go to is between monsoon and winter, generally December to March.
3. Gujarat Cities
In Ahmedabad you’ll find Jama mosque, some great temples including Shri Swaminarayan Temple and you’ll also enjoy the beautiful Sabarmati river and its great bridges. it’s one of the fastest growing cities of the world and offers great commercial as well as entertaining value for all tourists.
Surat is known for its diamond and textile business and is located on the Tapti river. it’s a lot of picturesque beaches like Suvali and Dandi. The Chintamani Jain Temple is a major attraction in Surat.
Vadodara is the cultural capital of Gujarat and is also known as the Oxford of Gujarat. it’s situated on the banks of Vishwamitri river and is popular for its Universities like maharaja Sayajirao University.
4. Akshardham Temple
It is the largest temple in Gujarat and is located in Gandhinagar. it’s well connected and is easily reachable from all major cities. one of the main attractions of the temple is the Sat-Chit-Anand Water show. The temple remains closed on Mondays and the rest of the days it’s open from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm.
5. Somnath Temple
Somnath Temple is situated in Veraval and is popular for its Arrow-Pillar. it’s open from 6.00 am to 9.00 pm and there’s a beautiful light show organized at 8.00 pm which goes on till 9.00 pm.
6. Dwarakadheesh Temple
Located in Dwarka, Dwarakadheesh Temple and is dedicated to Lord Krishna. it’s a lot of intricate carvings and statues. Modhera Sun Temple has a small well designed pond which is surrounded by 108 smaller temples.
7. The Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya
Known as the land and birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, this museum in Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad has a heap of belongings and articles related to Gandhi. Entry is free and the Ashram and is open from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm.
8. The Vadodara museum
This museum has preserved artifacts of maharaja Sayaji Rao. the best season to go to is October to March. The Watson museum in Rajkot and the Lakhota museum in Jamnagar are also popular tourist spots.