Great Rann of Kutch
Kachchh or Kutch is the wild and determined Gujarat. Kachchh literally means something which is intermittently wet and dry. Edged by the Gulf of Kachchh, Great Rann and Little Rann, this marshy island is the wild west of India. The tribal villages dotted on the edges of Kachchh produce glittering textiles with intricate embroidery and shining mirror-work and are some of the most beautiful examples of Indian textiles and handicrafts. But the most interesting part of this district of Gujarat is the Great Rann of Kutch. A blinding-white expanse of salt in winters and a swampy, muddy land in summers, this natural wonder is a must visit destination with family. Then there is also the Rann Utsav, a four-month bonanza, organised by the Gujarat government, which is the best way to explore and enjoy the salt desert. A profusion of colours, a cornucopia of music and dance and stupendous design is what you can expect at the utsav.What else to see: There are so many things around the Great Rann of Kutch that provide an excellent way to discover the life of people around here. You can visit the various tribal villages and nomadic establishments on the outskirts of Rann. You can also visit Bhuj and Mandvi while here.How to reach: The nearest airport and railway station is Bhuj, around 80km or a 2-hour drive away. Ahmedabad is 400km and regular private and public buses run between Bhuj and Ahmedabad.Timings: The Rann can be visited all year round but it's only during winters that you see the wonders of the salt desert.Entrance fee: There is no particular fees to visit the Rann, however there are numerous camps around the desert where you can stay and enjoy the Rann at a relaxed and leisurely pace.
Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
The GIR Forest National Park is situated about 342 kilometres from the city of Ahmedabad and is a breeding area for the Asiatic Lion. The place was declared to be a protected area in 1990 by the Nawab of Junagadh. One can also expect to find panthers lurking about here. The park is also home to deers, peacocks, gazelles and nilgais. The borders of this forest reserve are home to some villages and hamlets inhabited by the Maldhari tribes. A tour of these villages will also one a glimpse into the lives they lead and their folk art. One needs to be attentive to the sounds here as the cry of a languor or monkeys could indicate that some jungle cat is on the prowl.
This beach at Ahmedpur is considered to be the best in all of Gujarat and is a great place to vacation, soak in the sun while lying on its sandy beaches. The water is fine for wading or swimming and one will spot a number of sand castles being built by kids all along the beach. One can also make the most of the water sports like skiing, parasailing, surfing, water scooters and speed boats that are available at the beach. Indeed, Mandvi Beach is a great place for one to vacation and has become a favourite spot with the locals and as well as the tourists.
Thol Bird Sanctuary
Why: A scenic man-made freshwater wetland in Mehsana, this sanctuary has the world’s tallest bird, Sarus crane and more than 100 species of other transitory or migratory water birds. Visit Thol early in the morning after monsoon and witness daybreak at the banks. There are quaint corners where you can spend time leisurely with your family and spot a lot of rare species of birds!Where: Thol Bird Sanctuary Rd, Thol, Gujarat - 29 km from Ahmedabad
Indroda Nature Park
Why: Indroda Nature Park or India’s Jurassic Park is thought to be the second biggest incubation hatchery of dinosaur eggs on the planet. In case you’re in Ahmedabad and you’re a nature and animal lover, you can visit this exceptional place and discover various sections, like Dinosaur and Fossil Section, Mammal Section, Reptile Section, Marine section, Earth Section and the Botanical Garden!Where: Geer Foundation, Deer Park, Indroda Village, J road, Gandhinagar, Gujarat - 29 km from Ahmedabad on the banks of river Sabarmati
Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary
Globally threatened birds such as Black-necked stork, Dalmatian pelican, Asian open bill stork, Darter, Eurasian spoonbill, and Indian skimmer have found a sanctuary at this six-square-kilometre protected area. There are no lodges here, but you can stay in Jamnagar, which is only 12 kilometres away.The Details: Jamnagar has an airport, and you can hire a car from the city to come to this bird sanctuary. The city has an array of hotels such as Hotel President (hotelpresident.in) and Hotel Vishal International (hotelvishal.com). The entry fee per car is Rs 500; additional Rs 200 for camera.Central Gujarat
Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
In Shoolpaneshwar, moist deciduous forests and Rajpipla hills dominate the landscape. The most sighted birds here are grey hornbill, fowls, and Alexandrine parakeet. Also fascinating here are 575 species of flowering plants.The Details: The nearest airport is Vadodra. You can also take the train to Bharuch, where you will find many guesthouses, and drive to the sanctuary. Alternatively, you can stay at Hotel Presidency Forest County (presidencyhotels.com), which is close to the sanctuary. No entry fee or camera charges.South Gujarat
This beach is the only place in India which is as haunted as beautiful, located in Surat and naturally covered by mysterious black sand. Visitors feel anxious during night time and the reason might be a crematorium that ain't very far from the beach. Look, this story is already well-traveled. You have to explore to make your story with some experiences.
Why: Zanzari is a progression of rapids with the main waterfall being around 25 feet high. For individuals who love to catch nature on camera, this is the perfect spot for them! Zanzari Waterfalls attract a large number of voyagers and it is full of tourists especially in the morning hours. You can take the famous camel ride and click pictures of the rising sun. Where: Dehgam-Bayad highway to Zanzari, Dabha, Gujarat - 66 km from Ahmedabad
Situated on the coastline of Valsad, Tithal beach calls tourists as well as locals for its fantasy. It might be crowded on every weekend because people don't want to miss a winsome sunset. Plan a journey to slow you down that may paint a very memorable picture few years down the line.
Blackbuck National Park
Situated at Velavadar, it was established in 1976 as a hunting ground of blackbucks and cheetahs for the maharaja, and it is spread over 34 sq kms in area. This park has a grassland ecosystem with flat land, dry grasses and herds of antelope and always attracts visitors.
Sardar Sarovar Dam
I specially inform to tourists that this area is completely secured by army due to subject of national security.You allowed only visit permitted areas near dam. Before dam there is check post where you should compulsory take entry pass with registration. without entry pass army person never allowed you to take entry into dam view point. This is one way track where you only travel to single direction up to Narmada main canal road.During this circular trip you should keep pass with you till exit or ready to conflict with army persons. You will reached again on Gora Bridge via Kevadia Colony .
Sakkarbaug Zoological Gardens
Sakkarbaug zoological park is opposite to this restaurant. One can find almost all animals found in mainland India with detailed description printed on boards. There is a museum, an aquarium , snakes enclosure and safari in mini bus.We spotted white tiger, leopard, lion,black bucks, birds .What we missed in Gir, we found them here albeit in enclosures.
Gulmohar Greens - Golf & Country Club Ltd.
Why: Gulmohar Green is a hidden heaven - a 30 minute drive along the western suburbia of Ahmedabad, that will leave you awe inspired!The view gifts you a calm and exhilarating feeling along with sights of some of the rarest migratory birds. This place pampers the golf and tennis players like no other. Gulmohar Greens Golf & Country Club boasts an outdoor pool, a water park, a sports complex, an outdoor barbecue, along with a library and cinema to entertain its guests!Where: Sanand, Gujarat - 21 km from Ahmedabad