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Located in the westernmost part of India, Gujarat is home to several architectural marvels and is famous for its vibrant culture and rich heritage, apart from the scenic landscapes and mouth-watering cuisine. Offering a broad range of the most spectacular attractions, Gujarat, also known as ‘The Land of Legends’, presents a perfect blend of art, history, music, and culture.

 

Being the sole home of the pure Asiatic Lions, Gujarat also offers splendid views of the scenic beauty ranging from the Great Rann of Kutch to the hills of Satpura. Apart from the picturesque landscapes and the more than 1600 kilometers long coastline, Gujarat also offers its tourists some magnificent ancient cave paintings, historic murals, holy temples, historic capitals, wildlife sanctuaries, beaches, hill resorts, and fascinating handicrafts. Gujarat is a dry state but the cultural exuberance of the Gujratis will give rejuvenate you.

 

Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Patan, Anand, Vadodara

 

 

1.Ahmedabad Tourism

Ahmedabad

A rapidly growing metropolis, an industrial hub, an educational hotspot, and a city with a magnificent past – Ahmedabad is one of the most important cities in Gujarat. Located on the banks of the Sabarmati River, Ahmedabad is the former capital of Gujarat, and its delicious food, colorful culture is making it a fast-growing tourist destination. The historic city of Ahmedabad or the old part of the city was declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Home to a plethora of remarkable temples like Swaminarayan Temple, intriguing museums, and classy markets, with a little bit of colonial history attached to it, Ahmedabad is an excellent example of how a city can still retain every bit of its old-world charm while still rapidly progressing on the path of globalization.

Ahmedabad is famous for its textiles and its tie-dye bandhani handloom technique, which makes it a great place to shop. From bandhani sarees, dupattas to traditionally embroidered dress materials, and other local handicrafts.

Sabarmati Ashram, situated directly beside the Sabarmati river, is a quaint and peaceful ashram built by Mahatma Gandhi after he returned from South Africa. To this date, Gandhiji’s living quarters are preserved here and are now used as a museum where visitors can learn all about his life and his teachings. The infamous Dandi Salt March, which was a crucial point in India’s independence struggle, originated from this ashram.

2.Gandhinagar Tourism

Ahmedabad Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat, is located at a distance of around 23 km from Ahmedabad on the western bank of the Sabarmati river. Gandhinagar, one of India’s few planned cities encompasses Akshardham Temple, one of the country’s most beautiful temples.

 

Gandhinagar offers a rich cultural heritage, beautiful temples, and a serene environment to all its visitors. Among other attractions are an enthralling Children’s Park and uniquely built stepwell. The holy places in Gandhinagar like the Hanumanji Temple and the Brahmani Temple which despite not being so famous, are also worth visiting for an enriching experience.

3.Patan Tourism

Ahmedabad Home to Rani Ka Vav, the latest Indian entrant to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, Patan is a treasure trove of architectural gems and ancient temples that has a history dating back to the medieval period. Situated in Gujarat, this place is located at the banks of the remains of the ancient Saraswati river.

 

Having been the capital of the state for as many as 650 years in the medieval period, Patan has a lot of historical value and has been a part of the research of archaeologists in the past. Just as it has temples, it also has Dargah and Jain temples. Patan is a spiritual city and strongly believes that their Kuldevi and her presence have kept the town intact and its people happy and growing.

4.Anand Tourism

Anand
Ahmedabad

Anand is a major city located in the Anand District of Gujarat. It rests at a distance of 101 kilometers from Gandhinagar, the state capital. Anand is often known as the Milk Capital of India due to the establishment of the AMUL manufacturing plant and the milk revolution that took place in the 20th century.

The epicenter of the white revolution in the country back in the 60s, Anand is a place known for its semi-rural setup and the Swami Narayan Mandir which is the crown jewel of the city. An emerging city, Anand still has traces of its rural past which can be seen when one is traveling to this wonderful city.

 

Anand is the home to both Gujaratis and non-Gujaratis. Gujarati is the main language but other languages are also well-spoken. Their local cuisine is Gujrati and comprises Dhokla, Khakda, Fafda, and more. Anand is also a major tourist hub and its attractions include AMUL Museum and the Chocolate Factory.

Anand forms a part of Charotar that symbolizes fertile soil and agricultural productivity. It is derived from the Sanskrit word Charu that means pure and graceful. Charotar mainly comprises of Anand and Kheda Districts in Gujarat. This region also serves as a major educational hub and boasts of prominent institutions including the Institute of Rural Management Anand and Vallabh Vidhyanagar.

5.Vadodara Tourism

Vadodra
Vadodra

Vadodara or Baroda is a cosmopolitan city located in Gujarat. Home to some of the most exemplary displays of architecture, Vadodara is a fitting memorial to Maratha leader Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III who had envisioned a dream to make this Big City an educational, industrial, and commercial center.

Known for one of the most lavish palaces in India- the Lakshmi Vilas Palace and plenty more legendary monuments, Vadodara is the cultural capital of Gujarat. With a prominent part of it being occupied by the Gujaratis, this place is the most sought after during the nine days of the Navratri festival. No city in India celebrates the festival of Navratri with as much zeal and exuberance as Vadodara does. It houses one of the premier universities of India- the Maharaja Sayajirao University.

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