Gujarat - Jewel in the West



It’s true that Gujarat is yet to create an impression on the minds of people for its tourists’ spots, but a lot of prominent and significant allurements are there. It is because of its splendid splendor, the state is named as “Jewel in the West”.

According to the well established opinions of the renowned archeologists, the history of the ancient state dates back to 5000 years. It proves the cultural and traditional sumptuousness of the state. If we travel back to bygone days, then we can easily find that it was popular with its admirable education systems and marvelous civilization. However, a devastating flood had taken a toll on the city during 1900 B.C. The traces and memories of the ancient Gujarati civilization can still be recalled from the sculptures and archeological evidences which had been excavated from various places, such as, Rangpur, Amri and Rojadi. Historical evidences of the Stones era, found on the banks of the Narmada River are the prime attractions of Rajkot, Rojadi and Adamgarh. About 30 km away from Morbi, the Harappan fort city of Kuntasi, recollects the old glory days of Gujarat.

Girnar and Palitana are the renowned destinations for the Jain pilgrims. These cities house prime Jain temples of India. Surya temple in Modhera is enticing both the pilgrims and the tourists in countless numbers. Huge numbers of Hindu devotees flock to Dwarka to recall the old memories of the Hindu deity Krishna. Tourists and pilgrims can even visit another nearby pilgrimage called Somnath. All these chief Hindu pilgrimages are dotted around and are making the state a class-apart destination for the crowds.

Porbandar, a foremost port city of Gujarat, is pulling crowds in abundance as it is the birth place of the world famous Indian patriot Mahatma Gandhi. The city has become a sought after tourists’ destination now. Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmadabad is another coveted tourists’ destination. The place is also famous for Mahatma Gandhi.

4 absorbing National Parks and 11 engrossing sanctuary are spread across 19.66 Lakhs hectors woodlands of Gujarat. The Asiatic lion freely and happily stroll around their only homeland, the woods of Gir.

The colorful lifestyles of Vagabonds can be witnessed at Rann of Kutch. Abundant tourists assemble on the premise of Gujarat just to look at the magnificence of the well stretched out sea beaches of Chorwad and Ahmedpur-Mundvi. The largest sea beach of India (1650 km) is spread across three of the sides of Gujarat. Remote and clean Gujarat is not very far away (150 km) from this wonderful sea beach as well.

The merchants and business men of Gujarat have always regarded with due respects all over the world. Their entrepreneurial spirits have encouraged many to do business. More than 13000 factories definitely prove a point. Innumerable people are employed in 1328 garment factories, spread across various cities of Gujarat. Even though Gujarat was unable to maintain the old quality of the garments but fine artistic touches on the garments of Gujarat are still attracting tourists. The Kamboi town of Gujarat is a popular place India for producing oil.

A lot of factories and cities have been built on the lingering River banks of Sabarmati, Mahi, Narmada and Tapti in Gujarat. Gujarat is ranked 2nd in producing tobacco leaf where as it is ranked 1st in producing cotton and peanuts. 63% of dairy products and 60% of salt of India are produced in Gujarat.

Rash Yatra is the prime and most important festival of Gujarat. Entire state of Gujarat grooves with the Gujarati music during this festivity. The Amba Devi festival (during Navaratri), celebrated during September/October, is another important festival of Gujarat. This is the best time to witness the stylishness and flair of the Gujarati dance form namely Garba. The Pankhira dance form is another traditional dance form of Gujarat. Muslim pilgrims would definitely have a nice time during Muharram watching the huge and well decorated processions in Surat and Ahmadabad in January/February. Watch the sky full of colorful kites, flying at various heights, in the competition of kites during the month of January.

Gandhinagar, about 32 km away towards the north- eastern side of Ahmadabad, is the newly built capital of Gujarat. Surat, Ahmadabad and Vadodara are the prime cities of Gujarat. Adroit and acrobat inhabitants of these industrial cities are financially rich. The ancient Kathiawar (430*320 km), however, is detached from the main terrain of Gujarat and is located at an elevation of not more than 200 meters. Little Rann of Kutch was separated from the primeval Saurashtra and is situated at the southern tip of Saurashtra.

The Great Rann of Kutch with salted water is spread over sprawling 20,700 square km. The splendor of the well spread out Thar Desert can be watched standing on the banks of the Great Rann of Kutch. Neighboring Pakistan is not very far away from the Thar Desert as well.

The tour of Gujarat wouPalitanald be incomplete if you forget to satisfy your taste buds with the Gujarati foods. Non-vegetarian people would possibly have a tough time as the dwellers of Gujarat are not fond of non-vegetarian foods at all. Jain and orthodox Hindus are miles away from the non-vegetarian cuisines. Pungent and protein foods are predominantly popular in Gujarat. Some of the popular Gujarati dishes are Kadhi, Dhokla, Undhyoo etc. Various kinds of ice creams, (such as, Srikhand) are famous here in Gujarat. It’s also a dry state. If you are found with alcohol, then you may end up paying 5000 rupees as well. 

Click here for the official site of Gujarat.

Continue to the links below for the tourist's attractions of Gujarat:

Baroda, Dabhoi, Champaner, Pavagadh    Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar    Surat      Saputara    Junagadh Fort    Chorwad    Somnath    Porbandar    Modhera    Runn of Kutch, Bhuj and Koteshwar    Kandla and Gandhidham    Bet Dwarka    Dwarka    Rajkot and Gondal    Palitana    Jamnagar    Bhavnagar    Gir Forest for Asiatic Lions