Gujarat is famous for its rich cultural heritage, especially dance (garba and dandiya raas) and food (dhokla, fafda, khakra, etc.). Gujarat is also well known for its economic success in India. The modern name ‘Gujarat’ is derived from ‘Gurjar Rashtra’, meaning ‘land/country of ‘Gurjars’. Gurjars are an ethnic group common to western India.
Gujrat hosts one of the world’s largest white deserts; India’s longest coastline; country’s largest habitat of Asiatic lions and first marine national park of India are all located in Gujarat. There is so much to see in this state that even a month will not be enough. Here are some of the major tourist attractions:
1. Rani ki Vav
The Queen (Rani) of Bhimdeva, Udayamanti built these steps in the 11th Century with the aim to preserve ground water. It came into the limelight in 1972 when it was unearthed. The walls are ornamented with figurative motifs and images of various gods, goddesses and their consorts with regard to the Hindu religion. The central part of each storey contains the primary sculpture. Winter is the best season to visit Rani ki Vav as you can enjoy the light shows, cultural events and exhibition at the Rani ki Vav Festival.
2. GIR NATIONAL PARK
The jewel of Gujarat, Gir National Park is one of the largest domains that houses some of the most ferocious Asiatic animals. It is popular for being the home of Lions. According to the records of the forest department, there are more than 300 avian species like great horned own, crested serpent eagle, 29 species of reptiles, 33 species of mammals, 93 species of invertebrates, 96 trees, and 448 flowering plants.
The national park is notable for its silk cotton trees; whose bright orange flowers add dashes of colour to this dusty brown landscape. Best time to go for jeep safari at Gir National Park is between March and May.
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