Gujarat is a dazzlingly diverse state that shakes up the know-it-all Indophile, and reveals treasures hidden from the tourist hordes. The Winters are mild, pleasant, and dry with average daytime temperatures around 83 °F (29 °C) and nights around 53 °F (12 °C) with 100 percent sunny days and clear nights. Winter (October to March) is the best time to travel in Gujarat. The famous festival "Rann Utsav" is being organized during the month of December by Gujarat Tourism.
Gujarat - a land of legends
GUJARAT the land of rich Culture and Heritage! Come and enjoy this unique flavor of Vibrant Gujarat with us in the month of January. The mystic experience as it unfolds its magic in abundance. Toutists flock in to explore its unique development, join in the festive seasons, enjoy the originalities of the performing genius of the folk art, music and dances. Above all, the Historical Places that dates back to the time of Indus Valley Civilization and Mahabharata times to the existence of Vedas.Gujarat the land of the Mahatma Gandhiji and many freedom fighters, is acclaimed in history as the departing souls leave footprints on the sands of time. It also exposes the rich archeological monuments with mix cultural blends.Gujarat also emerges the fusion of the old bygone era to the new rural architectural modernity of changing times. It has emerged a developing State with high quality Construction and Architecture as the new diverse styles creates blend of International styles with regional flavors. The most enriched destination in Architectural Tourism, Gujarat is fast paced State in india to focus on 'Heritage spots' and revives the history with touch of modernity in it's renovation schemes.The subterranean architecture for water, such as step well at Adalaj, Ranki vav at Patan or Dada hari ni vav at Ahmedabad, are uniquely exclusive to Gujarat in terms of their typology, attitude to water and stylistic manifestations.
Historical & Heritage Places of Gujarat
|Religious Places||Heritage Places|
|Akshardham Temple||Hriday Kunj(Gandhi Ashram)|
|Dwarkadhish Temple||Champaner Pavagadh - World Heritage Site|
|Pavagadh Temple||Fort of Lakhpat|
|Girnar (Adi-Kadi Vav, Navghan Kuwo, Buddhist Caves)||Rani no Hajiro (Queen's Tomb)|
|Shamlaji Temple||Rani ki Vav - Patan|
|Modhera Sun Temple|
|Other Places||Sanctuary and park|
|Sardar Sarovar Dam||Barda Hills Wildlife Sanctuary|
|Div & Daman||The Gir National Park|
|Kilad Nature Education Campsite||Vansda National Park|
|Polo Monument and Vijaynagar Forest||Velavadar Blackbuck National Park|
|Saputara Hill Station||Hingolgadh Nature Education Sanctuary|
|Sitavan||Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary|
|Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary|
|Purna Wildlife Sanctuary|
|Vansda National Park|
|Wild Ass Sanctuary|
|Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary|
|Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary|
|Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary|
|Marine National Park|
|Pania Wildlife Sanctuary|
|Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary|
|Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary|
Kutch - Rann Utsav
Distance from Ahmedabad: 272 km
A plethora of varied hues, profusion of design, superfluity of culture, cornucopia of music and dance, all together in the arid lands of Kutch creates a mosaic of exquisiteness which reflects the identity and spirit of the region. Kutch, one of the most ecologically and ethnically diverse district of the state is a celebratory land of art, crafts, music, dance, people and nature.
During the full moon night of the winters amid the awe-inspiring and contrasting landscape each year a three day festive extravaganza brimming with hospitality, vigor and traditional flavor of the area is hosted and known as the Kutch or Rannutsav.
This three to four day carnival organized at the various locales within Kutch takes one around the natural grandiose while introducing the visitor to the indigenous cultural and ethnical flavor of the people.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 409 km
In the Shivapurana and the Nandi Upapurana, Lord Shiva is quoted as saying, 'I am omnipresent, but I am especially in twelve forms and places.' These places are known as jyotirlingas, and Somnath is the first to be found in the world.
Around the linga the moon god Soma built a mythical temple of gold as an ode to Lord Shiva's glory and compassion. Like the waxing and waning moon, and fittingly for a place associated with Lord Shiva's cosmic dance of creative destruction, the Somnath temple has risen unfailingly from repeated acts of devastation.
The first historical temple at Somnath is believed to have been built between 320 and 500 AD. As it grew in importance due to the stories above, pilgrims converged at the temple to offer whatever they could, kings bestowed riches upon it, and the town and temple flourished with great wealth.
Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
Distance from Ahmedabad: 65 km
A black tailed godwit gracefully descends upon the tranquil water, flutters its wings and sails on. A small, brown and white wader with a slightly up curved bill, the bird has traveled 3500 kms from its nesting ground in Central Europe to spend the winter at Nalsarovar in Gujarat!
Clouds upon clouds of more than 200 types of birds land in this lake having made an equally long journey to escape the harsh winter of their nesting areas. Here they find food and warmth. These migrant birds visit Nalsarovar every year from November to February. During these four months water is plentiful and fish, insects and aquatic plants abound in the lake - an ideal environment for the birds. Nalsarovar at this time is a birdwatcher's delight.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 30 km
Akshardham is majestic, intricately carved stone structure which stands amid sprawling gardens set in a 23-acre plot at Gandhinagar (Gandhinagar district). It is built in 6000 tonnes of pink sandstone and not a bit of steel has been used.
The temple is 108 ft in height, 240 ft in length and 131 ft in width. A point worth noting is that this modern monument to Hinduism was built as per the injunctions of Vastu Shastra.The monument enshrining the seven foot high, gold-leafed Murti (idol) of Lord Swaminarayan is the focal point of the complex.
Thol Lake Bird Santuary
Distance from Ahmedabad: 20 km
Thol lake bird sanctuary is a shallow freshwater body surrounded by marshes on the edge and scrubby forest embarking the sides. The lake sanctuary covering an area of 7 square kilometers was declared officially in 1988 and is also known by the name of Thol Bird Sanctuary.
The shallow water reservoir speckled with reed beds gives it a distinct ambience while being an ideal dwelling for varied species of birds and insects. The agricultural land surrounding the lake provide ample amount of food for quite a number of birds while the hydrological ecosystem takes care of the others.
One gets overwhelmed with flocks of bird flying together and crating graphical patterns on the sky while long-legged elongated necked cranes keep stalking for fishes and small insects.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 128 km
Rani ki vav is an intricately constructed stepwell situated in the town of Patan in Gujarat. It is located on the banks of Saraswati River.
Champaner - Pavagadh (World Heritage site)
Distance from Ahmedabad: 146 km
A concentration of largely unexcavated archaeological, historic and living cultural heritage properties cradled in an impressive landscape which includes prehistoric (chalcolithic) sites, a hill fortress of an early Hindu capital, and remains of the 16th-century capital of the state of Gujarat.
Gir National Park
Distance from Ahmedabad: 348 km
Only place in the world where the Asiatic lion can now be found. Most comfortable time to visit the park is from December until March. You can enjoy the Jungle Safari which is being organized by Government of Gujarat.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 409 km
Somnath is one of the 12 jyotirlinga (shrines of Lord Shiva, where he's worshiped as a linga of light) located on seaside.
Dwarka - Ancient kingdom of Lord Krishna
Distance from Ahmedabad: 440 km
Places to visit: Dwarkadish temple, Bet Dwarka
Distance from Ahmedabad: 210 km
Two peaks covered with shrines you have the Jain pilgrimage centre of Palitana (Bhavnagar district) atop the Shatrunjay Hill. There are 900 temples big and small on the two summits.
Ahmedabad is a city which is - busy yet caring, fast yet friendly, ancient yet modern contemporary yet cultural. Winter in Ahmedabad is mild, pleasant & dry with 100 percent sunny days and clear nights. Formerly called Karnavati and home to several independence initiatives, Ahmedabad was founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah in the year 1411 A. D. The city has been the home to most important leaders of india like Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel during the Indian Independence Movement. Ahmedabad is a city which is - busy yet caring, fast yet friendly, ancient yet modern contemporary yet cultural. Ahmedabad is the 6th largest city of India.
Ahmedabad city is well known for its rich, diversified culture. People of Ahmedabad are very likely to cherish each and every moment of their lives. They believe in living life in a very simplistic manner. They are very passionate about celebrating each and every festive occasion then be it Navratri-Festive of Nine Nights or Uttarayan - Kite Flying Festival. The people of Ahmedabad are very well known for their hospitality.
Ahmedabad is located on the banks of the river Sabarmati in the northern part of Gujarat and the western part of India. It is located at 23'02'N 72"35'E1/ 23.03"N 72.58". spanning an area of 250km. The average elevation is 53 meters with population of around 7 million.
Ahmedabad is the most prominent city in Gujarat, along with being a major commercial center in the state. Consequently, there has been a rapid increase in the number of industries and mills in and around the city. Though it had helped in the growth of the region and the state, it has also added pollution to the environment. As it is located away from the sea, the climatic conditions of the city are fairly influenced by it. Ahmedabad also experiences the three main seasons, like most of the cities in India.
Ahmedabad is a paradise for food lovers. The cuisine of Ahmedabad consists of such yummy lip smacking dishes that you'll be tempted to try out more and more food each time you enter into a restaurant. The typical Gujarati Thali that is served in the restaurants consists of real mouth-watering dishes. The cuisine of Ahmedabad, has a peculiar taste. A prevalent in almost all the food items. Ahmedabad cuisine mainly consists of vegetarian dishes.
Ahmedabad is a great tourist attraction destination, as there are number of interesting places to see in and around the city. Some of the features that perfectly describe the Ahmedabad city are splendid monuments, wonderful museums and gorgeous lakes.'Adalaj ni Vav' is a unique and ancient structure of step wells. Adalaj is one of the most excellent step wells of Gujarat. It serves as a fabulous retreat during the months of scorching heat. 'Sidi Saiyad's Mosque' built by the salve of Ahmed Shah, is historically important for its twin windows which beautiful carved stone. 'Huthising Temple' is the jain shrine built by Shri Kesaraising Hathising in 1848. Sabarmati Ashram is the famous ashram of Mahatma Gandhi by the Sabarmati River.'Nal Sarovar' Bird Sanctuary of the city that shelters a varied species of birds such as migratory birds like Ducks, Geese, Pelicans and Flamingoes.
"This is the right place for our activities to carry on the search for Truth and develop Fearlessness- for on one side, are the iron bolts of the foreigners, and on the other, thunderbolts of Mother Nature".- This is how Gandhiji described the site of Sabarmati Ashram when he first visited the place for assessing if it was suitable for carrying out his work.While at Sabarmati, Gandhiji lived in a small cottage which is now known as 'Hridaya (Heart) Kunj'. It is a place of great historic value, where even today visitors find some of the things which Gandhiji used- a writing desk, a khadi kurta, a yarn spun by him and some of his letters.
Sabarmati river has been an integral part in the life of Ahmedabad since the time the city was founded in 1411 along the river banks. Besides being an important source of water, it provided a backdrop to cultural and recreational activities.
During the dry seasons, the river bed became a place for farming. With time it also offered place for various informal economic activities, and the river banks were used by informal squatter settlements.
Gradually, however, the intensive uses took their toll on the river. Untreated sewage flowed into the river through storm water
The river bank settlements were disastrously prone to floods and lacked basic infrastructure facilities.
A polygonal lake almost a mile in circumference, it was constructed in 1451 by Sultan Qutb-ud-Din.It is a 34 sided polygon with a 1.25 km circuit and steps leading down to the water level.On the eastern side is an elaborately carved water inlet with three circular openings.
This feature,common to several reservoirs in Gujarat, is a monument in its own right. In the center of the lake, on an artificial island, is the pleasure pavalion known as Naginavadi. The promenade around Kankaria is one of the few places in Ahmedabad to enjoy a walk without the fear of being hit by a vehicle.In the evening it fills with crowd, food stalls and informal entertainment. There is also a water and light show. A zoo, a natural history museum, a toy train, a special garden for children called Bal Vatika, and an open air theatre are placed around the lake.
Adalaj ni Vav
Adalaj ni Vav step well architectural wonder built by Queen Rudabai is a Heritage site.
Sidi Saiyyed Mosque
The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque was built in the last year of the existence of Sultanate of Gujarat. The mosque is entirely arcuated and is famous for beautifully carved ten stone latticework windows (jalis) on the side and rear arches.
Hathisingh Jain Temple
Hathee Singh temple is a very famous Jain temple. It has been named after its founder Seth Hathee Singh, a prosperous Jain merchant. Hathee Singh Jain temple of Ahmedabad was built in the dedication of the 15th Jain Trithanakara named Dharmnath. The temple is known for its fabulous architectural styling and designing that consists of intricate carvings. It is an architectural marvel that has been built using beautiful white marbles.
Sarkhej Roza is a mosque and tomb complex located in the village of Makaraba, 7 km south-west of Ahmedabad in Gujarat state, India. The complex is known as "Ahmedabad's Acropolis", due to 20th century architect Le Corbusier's famous comparison of this mosque's design to the Acropolis of Athens.
Bhadra Fort and Temple
Consisting of splendid palace and beautiful lush green garden, the charm of Bhadra fort is unbeatable. The fort is well known for the Bhadrakali Temple that was built in the dedication of Hindu Goddess 'Bhadra, a different form of Goddess Kali. In the present times, the fort more often serves as the venue for conducting flag hoisting ceremony during the occasion of Independence Day & Republic day.
Sardar Patel Memorial
The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial is a museum and exhibition centre dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Moti Shahi Mahal, located in Shahibaug, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, near Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad. Moti Shahi Mahal was constructed by the Mughal emperor Shahjahan. It is surrounded by a garden.