Top 85 Places to visit in Gujarat

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Best things to do in Gujarat and sightseeing in Gujarat

This is a state in the country of India and lies to the west. It is a place that is steeped in civilization and history and as well as the struggle for freedom against the British rule. Home to the excavations of the Harappan and Mohenjo Daro civilizations this state is famous for a number of Ashrams – Sabarmati, the Gir National Park, beaches like the one at Mandvi and the famous Somnath Temple. Gujarat is a state that is resplendent in culture and natural landscape. The Raan of Kutch is also located here. According to legends, the city of Dwarka in Gujarat was the home of Lord Krishna, thus making the place an important tourist spot. The Aina Mahal and Ajwa Water Park are also famous spots in the state. One is advised to visit Gujarat during the winter months that extend from October to March.

Rann of Kutch - Gujarat

This stretch of land runs for around 7000 kilometers and is a beautiful place where a number of birds flock to during the cycle of migration. This place happens to be the largest salt patch and happens to be found in the state of Gujarat in India. The place is famous for flamingos and larks that hover around the area. The Greater Raan of Gujarat lies in close proximity to Pakistan and thus one is required to obtain special permission from the police of Gujarat to pay a visit to this place.
Main attraction of Gujrat and one of the must seen places in India is Runn of kutch. It is around 70 Km from the nearest railway station, Bhuj. People generally go there via auto, rental cars or may be in a tourist bus if large in number. You can find the tropic of Cancer passing within the way to kutch. In between you can have lunch in dhabas at max. 100 rs per person. There is entry fee of 100 rs per person but can be subsidized through proper proof of student ( On paper proof not just ID card). There are two places, one is Kala Doongar, near to the kutch, A scenic beauty point showing Arabian sea, surrounding mountains and bridge over there. Second, is the runn of kutch itself, also called White Dessert, which is basically salt shining all over spreading till infinity (well it looks like it) and you can walk over it, play something with friends, can have some quite time staring at the horizon, horse riding, long walk in any direction you want, can have beautiful photo shoot, sunrise and sunset are awesome there, star gazing ( a lot and lot of stars.. bringing wow!! in your face) and also full moon looks just perfect there. There is also a Runn Utsav, which includes various fun activities, introduces you to its culture, stay in those rounded huts called Bhunga-traditional homes of Kutch and many more things. This whole thing is available in some package. Many families and tourist come to visit for this Runn Utsav. But as we were students, we decided not to take this package and explore ourselves.
Sulekha Singh

9 Followers, 4 Reviews


Santosh Suresh Jain

76 Followers, 6 Reviews


The Great Rann of Kutch is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat, India and the Sindh province of Pakistan. This was our first major destination and we ride to such a long distance to see the white sands and Rann festival here. Spend whole day 3 at RoK and near by places.
Navin Raju Roselin

7 Followers, 11 Reviews


Best time to visit
One should avoid visiting this place during the monsoons as the place gets flooded.
Things to do
Live in a tent here and go bird watching.
Open Hours
The place never sleeps. It is open 24 hours.
Budget
No entry fee is needed but then obtaining permission and staying here will cost one.

Ahmedabad - Gujarat

Also called Amdavad, this place happened to be the former capital of the state of Gujarat. The third largest of all the cities in the state, it is situated on the banks of the famous Sabarmati River and happens to be the industrial and economic hub of the state. The Ahmedabad Stock Exchange is also the second oldest one in the country and the city second when it comes to cotton production. There are some very famous places like the Sabarmati Ashram and Kankaria Lake that one can visit when in Ahmedabad.
Gandhi Ashram enthusiast? You got to take a glance at the beautiful place.
Shifa Thobani

20 Followers, 35 Reviews


For the City rich in Heritage, History, Culture and Kankariya lake
Saurabh Lahoti

14 Followers, 8 Reviews


Night over stay at one of the finest hotel is Starwood, Four Point by Sheraton!
Mansi

28 Followers, 8 Reviews


Best time to visit
Things to do
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
Tour operators will help one with holiday packages based on the duration of your stay and the type of accommodation you can adjust to.

Kalo Dungar - Gujarat

Yet another hillock that overlooks the Great Raan of Kutch, this place is often referred to as Black Hill. Hence the name, Kalo Dungar. One will find the sacred Dattatreya temple atop the hill which is quite a distance to cover. Along ones way, uphill one is introduced to a number of ravines and canyons that remind one of the forces of nature that are at contact play. The area is covered in greenery and moss. One is sure to enjoy the clean air and sacred atmosphere at the temple atop Kalo Dungar.
Nirbhay Kumar Singh

8 Followers, 23 Reviews


Santosh Suresh Jain

76 Followers, 6 Reviews


Kala Dungar is highest point in Kutch. At 458m above sea level this place gives a panoramic view of the Great Rann. Kala Dungar has many small mountains, so you can enjoy hiking on these mountains (hiking here is easy). At Kala dungar we did a small trek around hills and enjoyed the view of the Rann from top. Indian bridge was okay, as we did not have the permit to go further in so there was nothing much to do or see
Aniesh Chawla

336 Followers, 18 Reviews


Best time to visit
It is a must visit spot when one is in the state of Gujarat.
Things to do
Climb to the top to the temple – great sights await and you will ensure a great time of exercising those thighs and calves.
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
Free

Somnath - Gujarat

For the soothing Breeze of tidal waves at night and Somnath Temple.
Saurabh Lahoti

14 Followers, 8 Reviews


Visit the Somnath Jyotirlinga temple.
MJ

117 Followers, 12 Reviews


Somnath ofcourse was mesmerising at night. Beautifully constructed o the edge of the sea. It is an exemplifying example of what is strong stays erect no matter what. History has brought down this structure several times but it has risen again and stood there defying all the norms of wars and attacks. If not for religion, it is worth visiting for its history.
Preeti Singh

271 Followers, 64 Reviews


Gir National Park - Gujarat

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.
The Gir National Park and wildlife sanctuary is located about 65 km south east in the Junagadh district of Gujarat. Gir National Park is one of the India’s finest wildlife sanctuaries located in Gujarat. This national park is set up in an area of 1412 square km. of lush deciduous forests. This national park was established on 18th September 1965 as a Forest Reserve to conserve the Asiatic lion. This sanctuary is the final refuge of the rare Asian lions which roamed freely two centuries ago throughout Middle East and some parts of India. Sasan, with a forest rest house, is the headquarters of the sanctuary. Since 1884, Gir National Park has been the only habitat of the Asiatic lion. During the British Raj, lions were hunted mercilessly by the British officers assisted by the obliging Maharajas and Nawabs. Every Maharaja was proud of the number of lions or tigers he killed during his lifetime. In the year 1899 the famine decreased the lion population so badly that Lord Curzon cancelled his shoot in Gir where he had been invited by the Nawab for a ‘Shikaar’. The Lord Curzon also advised the ruler to protect the remaining lions. By the time India achieved independence, the number of lions get increased, but they were once again hunted by the Maharajas. The Government of India banned the hunting of lion in the mid 1960 and now this park is open only for the photo safaris. The Gir National Park later became a major tourist attraction in India. About 300 lions are found in this park.
Vikas Acharyaa

5 Followers, 19 Reviews


The only home to the Asiatic lion, Gir National Park is a story to be proud of- a story of bringing back the Asiatic Lion from the brink of extinction. A story of restoring it to numbers from a plunging 12 to a healthy 500+ as on today. Located in Junagadh district with nearest flight connectivity from Rajkot, witness these majestic social cats in their true homes, living their as the rightful kings of the forest!
Rhucha Kulkarni

360 Followers, 9 Reviews


1. Gir National Lion park 2. Girnar Temple- Jungadh
Sushant Panda

547 Followers, 42 Reviews


Best time to visit
Avoid visiting from June to September as the monsoons will be in full swing here.
Things to do
Experience the wild side of Gujarat here.
Open Hours
Every day of the week from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm and then again from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Budget
Indians will have to pay anything between INR 75.00 and INR 95.00 for entry while foreigners will need to pay INR 100.00. One can hire the service of a tour guide for four hours at INR.50.00. For photography, anything between INR 100.00 to INR 500.00 is charged.

Bhuj - Gujarat

One of the most visited cities in Gujarat, Bhuj is home to a number of historical monuments, a lively culture and a historically rich past. Taking you back to a time of simple living, Bhuj is a traveller's delight. From the enlightening Kutch Museum to the bedazzling Aina Mahal, this small city welcomes travellers with forgotten stories, intriguing escapades and numerous hidden corners. There are a number of popular temples here including the Shree Swaminayan Temple; the Swaminayan temples were actually first built in Bhuj. Enveloped in white, the temple is a must visit even if religious sites are not a part of your itinerary. You should also visit one of the oldest museums in Gujarat, which is the Kutch museum. Taking you through Gujarat's exciting past, the museum is also home to Kshatrapa inscriptions and the now extinct Kutchi script. The museum is located along the beautiful Hamirsar Lake and is a must-visit. Do also head to Aina Museum. One of the best examples of Indian architecture under the influence of European architecture, this one is fascinating to visit. True to its name, the best feature of the mahal is the Hall of Mirrors. The palace also houses a number of rare and stunning artefacts and paintings from around the world and is a treat to explore, especially if you are an art enthusiast. This small city packs in a lot for travellers and a couple of days here is enough to take back a beautiful experience unless, of course, you fall in love with the city's magic. Reaching Bhuj from Ahmedabad is quite easy since it's a major town and buses, taxis ply almost throughout the day.
Bhuj has various guest house and hotels ranging from cheap to costly rooms. There are some palaces to visit in Bhuj itself, Aaina mahal and prag mahal. These are situated inside city of Bhuj and you can visit these from inside with minimal charges of around 20 rs. These mahal shows very nicely carved stonework.
Sulekha Singh

9 Followers, 4 Reviews


Prag mahal, Aina Mahal, Swaminarayan Temple, Hamisar lake, Cenotaphs Complex are the places to visit.
MJ

117 Followers, 12 Reviews


Located at the heart of Kutch. Has palaces and museums of importance.
Priyam & Shrey

119 Followers, 17 Reviews


Best time to visit
January,February,March,November,December
Things to do
Arts and Culture,Family Vacation,Historical Places,Religious,Wildlife
Open Hours
Budget

Vadodara - Gujarat

Popularly known as Baroda, Vadodara is great travel destination for history buffs and art enthusiasts. The town is known for the grand Laxmi Vilas Palace and the Fatehsingh Museum (both located in the same premises). Do keep aside an entire day if you are fond or art and culture since the palace is huge and deserves that kind of time. You can also visit Sayaji Baug, a lush, refreshing garden in the middle of the city. It is the perfect place to visit if you are travelling with children since it has a small kid's zone, a cafeteria, a small museum and a zoo. If you are in the city for more than a day, do visit Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum since it houses numerous rare and beautiful paintings, sculptures and murals from all over the world, collected by the royal family. Vadodara may not be a traveller's perfect destination, but it does have its fair share of history, culture and art.
Amit

16 Followers, 20 Reviews


On day 9 morning made visit to City Palace and Monsoon Palace and then started my return journey to Pune through Vadodara. Reached Vadodara by 09:30 PM and settled in a hotel near the city. On day 10 started my ride towards Pune from Vadodara and reached Pune at 09:30 PM.
Navin Raju Roselin

7 Followers, 11 Reviews


Vadodara, the city of palaces !! <br />Laxmi vilas palace and kirti mandir are the attraction for travelers. <br />As well as famous Sur Sagar lake. <br />Sayaji baug, kamati baug are the famous gardens belong to our great King Maharaja Sayaji Rav . <br />One of the largest garden in Gujarat after the name of King. <br />The facilities, food, and the museum are the most pleasant thing in this city while back packing in Vadodara. <br />The "khau galli" is most famous eat street of Gujarat for the foodies.
Krutarth Patel

102 Followers, 5 Reviews


Best time to visit
January,February,September,October,November,December
Things to do
Arts and Culture,Historical Places
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Bet Dwarka - Gujarat

One is said to have not completed his or her pilgrimage in the city of Dwarka if they do not make a visit to the famous tourist destination called Beyt Dwarka. This is yet another one of the many Hindu temples in the state of Gujarat and is situated on an island off the coast of western India. The establishment of this structure dates way back into the 19th century and is comprised of a number of shrines and houses images of the Hindu God Lord Krishna along with his 56 consorts. The temple also houses some relics and artifacts that were unearthed during the excavation at Harappa. These items are believed to be from the Harappan Civilization and date back to the 2ne millennium B.C.
For the Ferry Ride and Sea Gulls Photography
Saurabh Lahoti

14 Followers, 8 Reviews


1. Religious trip to one of the Char dham (Dwarka Temple) 2. A day trip to Bhet dwarka and nearby temples ( one day trip is arranged locally)
Sushant Panda

547 Followers, 42 Reviews


A small temple set on an island a little way into the sea.
Harini Sridharan

353 Followers, 76 Reviews


Best time to visit
The temple is open all through the year.
Things to do
Go through the ancient artifacts here.
Open Hours
7:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Budget
Free

Mandvi Beach - Gujarat

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.
Mandavi is around 60 kms from Bhuj, buses keeps on running frequently in every 10 minutes. Beach is 2 kms from Bus stand. Its very nice beach, you can see wind mill closely from there and camel riding, horse riding was also available there, along with small water rides. Water was quite clean and there was proper changing washrooms there, in case you want to have fun.
Sulekha Singh

9 Followers, 4 Reviews


Nirbhay Kumar Singh

8 Followers, 23 Reviews


It is a private beach owned by Mandvi Beach Resort and one of the cleanest one that we have visited. You can stay at this beach in the luxurious tents or just spend a day( as we did) by paying 550 INR per person(lunch is complimentary). Last day we spent at Mandvi beach which was the most relaxing part of the trip. We had to skip eating Dabeli at Mandvi because of time constraint (Madvi is place where Dabeli was invented). We felt that we should have spent more time at each destination but then we hope we go back again someday.
Aniesh Chawla

336 Followers, 18 Reviews


Best time to visit
The waters here are shallow and thus one can visit the place round the year.
Things to do
Enjoy the water sports here get an adrenaline rush
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
There is no entry fee to visit the beach.

Vijay Vilas Palace - Gujarat

Water Channels, lush garden and marble fountains adorn the exteriors of the Vijay Vilas Palace that was constructed in the year 1920 A.D by craftsmen from Jaipur. The influence of the Rajput style of architecture can be seen at this place that is resplendent with its towering Bengal domes, windows with coloured glass, humungous extended porches. The palace has a private beach that is well maintained. It is a popular tourist spot and is often used to film Bollywood movies as well. The palace can be found in Mandav and is a great example of exquisite craftsmanship down the ages.
Vijaya Vilas Palace is the famous one time summer palace of Jadeja Rajas of Kutch located on sea-beach of Mandvi in Kutch, Gujarat, India. The shooting of many scenes and song of hit Bollywood film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was done at this palace. This place is around 8 km from mandavi bus stand and to reach mandavi, you can take bus from Bhuj.
Sulekha Singh

9 Followers, 4 Reviews


Nirbhay Kumar Singh

8 Followers, 23 Reviews


A beautiful palace situated very near to the Beach resort Mandavi. Many bollywood movies were shot here (Hum dil de chuke sanam)
Aniesh Chawla

336 Followers, 18 Reviews


Best time to visit
The place is open to public around the year
Things to do
Seek permission and visit the private beach here
Open Hours
8:00 to 6:00 pm daily
Budget
One will need to get in contact with tour operators when it comes to this issue

Kutch - Gujarat

One of Gujarat's most beautiful places, Kutch is nature's masterpiece. The vast barren land with spurts of colour is an enchanting sight and the White Desert, as it's fondly called, is what travellers' dreams are made of. The Rann of Kutch is filled with sea water during monsoons and with salt water, immediately after. Only on a few islands will you find signs of vegetation enough to sustain the life here. The Rann is made of almost 16 tribes and most tribes have distinct cultures, different languages and a way of life that is drastically different. During your trip here, do make sure to spend time with the tribes here. Not only will you learn a little more about the locals here but the experience tends to become quite memorable. Do visit Aina Mahal, Bhuj Museum, Prag Mahal and Mandvi beach. For adventure enthusiasts, do try the camel safari, stay at the camps under the stars and experience everything one usually doesn't. Of course, a visit here during Rann Utsav is unmatched. For shopaholics, there is a plethora of goodies to take back home, including silver jewellery, handicrafts, bandhani and applique work. Do choose your stay option carefully since that will add to your experience here in Kutch. Numerous options have been added to this town's growing list of hotels and you can easily choose the kind of holiday you want.
Kutch is full of Culture,communicative people, mouth watering food and alluring places.There were so many attractive places in this district to visit which we had covered in 4 days.The "Bandhni" handicrafts works done by Gujarati People is a must buy item from Bhuj.Talking about Gujarati food we had tried from street foods to good restaurant of Bhuj,it was really tasteful and you should try it.The temperature is good between December and Feb so we had planned our trip during that time.I read somewhere that Bhuj is Jaisalmer of Gujarat ,after reaching there i found it was correct as the temperature and location at Indo-pakistan border is quite similar with Jaisalmer.
Nirbhay Kumar Singh

8 Followers, 23 Reviews


A must visit place especially during Rann of Kutch Utsav. Enjoy walking on the white desert, the culture of Kutch and the beauty of Tent City. One can shop for authentic craftswork and other items here at Hodka. try visiting this place during the full moon day to enjoy the safari in white desert twice.
MJ

117 Followers, 12 Reviews


1. Rann of Kutch 2. Kaladungar 3. India border (take prior permission at Bhuj) to enter beyond the India Bridge to see Pakistan Border 4. Areas near Bhuj
Sushant Panda

547 Followers, 42 Reviews


Best time to visit
July,August,September,October
Things to do
Adventure,Arts and Culture,Nature,Offbeat,Romantic Getaways
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
This would entirely depend on your plans and you would do good by contact a travel or tour agency.

Sasan Gir - Gujarat

Also known as the Gir Forest National Park, Sasan Gir is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary in the state of Gujarat. This place proudly claims to be the habitat of the pure Asiatic Lions and is considered to be an important sanctuary in all of Asia. Its diverse flora and fauna make it a great tourist hot spot and has caused it to earn fame across the globe. The seven water reserves here are of great importance and out of the four dams here, the Kamleshward Dam is nicknamed the ‘lifeline of Gir.’ The place is home to around 2375 species of fauna and around 400 species of plants.
Last home of the Asiatic Lion. The Safari is worth the time, you can watch lions in their natural habitat
Jyotirmoy Gupta

410 Followers, 24 Reviews


There are many reasons to love this place. To name a few; Lions ofcourse, food, the African tribe, forest and mangoes.
jyoti patil

268 Followers, 8 Reviews


The safari is amazing and the lions are adorable!
Rakesh Rajan

190 Followers, 11 Reviews


Best time to visit
December to March seems to be the best time.
Things to do
Go on a safari with a hired guide.
Open Hours
All through the week, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Budget
A tour operator will be your best point of contact with regards to this.

Bhujodi - Gujarat

A small town in the south eastern part of Kutch, Bhujodi is known as a leading textile manufacturer of Gujarat. More than 1000 people here are involved in the handicrafts industry and most of them belong to the Vankar Community. The good part about this place is that you can watch the artists work live and also talk to them about anything you want to know. They work for tie n die, block painting and stitching items. About a kilometer from Bhujodi is the Ashapura Handicrafts Park. This is a non- profit, commercial zone where artists sit and are given an opportunity to expose their talent by exhibiting a variety of items for us to go and see.
This place revives the art and craft of Kutch and is a major textile hub in the area. A must visit to connect with the local artisans and get to understand their craft. And ofcourse to calm down the shopaholic in you!!
The Sassy Traveller

7 Followers, 6 Reviews


An artisan village located 8km from Bhuj. This is a major center for textile handicraft and over here you will get to meet the real artisans – weavers, block-printers, tie & dye artists – who are behind the famed Kutchi handicraft.
MJ

117 Followers, 12 Reviews


Bhujodi is a sleepy town, 10 kms from Bhuj, but houses at every nook and corner will have merchants selling you Kutchi work. Ranging from home décor items like ‘torans’ and wall hangings; to garments, bed sheets and even accessories like bags; the handicrafts are available in all the traditional Kutch embroideries as well as the infamous ‘bandhani’ work. The person we visited to buy garments from told us that they do home deliveries all over India as well, provided the orders are in bulk; orders for at least 10 people. The shop owners buy the garments from local tribes in the Kutch area; hence displaying a wide variety of the various types of ‘Kutchi’ hand-work. The handicraft shops are essentially a part of the owner’s house, with a room converted into the shop exhibit, and the ladies make their own handicrafts in their home. This does mean that the supply is usually slower than the demand; but the number of such shops is quite reasonable.
Nandan Dongre

159 Followers, 7 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
sight- seeing
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Dhordo - Gujarat

Dhordo is said to be a tourist hot spot that is preferred by many travelers who come to Kutch to see the great desert. Located close to these salty marshes, Dhordo is famous as it hosts the important Raan Utsav annually and becomes quite crowded. Tourists can hire cars are drive right up till the very edge of this white desert and stay over for a night. The place is beautiful and will mesmerize one. Those who have been here will tell one of how picturesque this place is and yet harsh at the same time. One is advised to plan carefully while making a trip to Dhordo.
Santosh Suresh Jain

76 Followers, 6 Reviews


Dhordo Village in Kutch is renowned for the White Desert and bird watching. We decided to stay at an ethnic hut resort at Dhordo on day 2
Navin Raju Roselin

7 Followers, 11 Reviews


A short drive from Hodko takes you to Dhordo, the gateway to the Great white Rann. The landscape will change drastically and suddenly from the tall grasslands and shrubs of Banni to the dry plants on the desert. At Dhordo, the plants and the sand disappear; and as you approach the BSF post, all you can see in front of you is the white salt stretching beyond the horizon. You make your entry at the BSF post, submitting your permit, and drive up into the White Rann till the road leads you. The BSF will warn you against driving on the Rann, especially if you visit it during the drying months. One is allowed to venture out into the white desert till 11.30 pm during the dry season, that runs from late October to February. Park your car, take out your tent if you have one; or just wander aimlessly into the Great white salt desert stretching in front of you. A Full moon’s night adds to the delight of the visual; just lie down beneath the stars as they begin to appear in the sky and feel the peace of mind.
Nandan Dongre

159 Followers, 7 Reviews


Best time to visit
Avoid June to September, the monsoons are bad here and floods the place.
Things to do
Just see what nature has to present one here.
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
Tour planners will be able to help one here.

Saputara - Gujarat

Saputara is a picturesque hill station located in the Dang district of Gujarat. Known as the 'womb of nature', Saputara is wrapped in greenery and boasts of untouched beauty. Perhaps the most famous hill station in the region, it offers a respite from mundane city life. Similar to most hill stations, Saputara has tons of places for you to explore. Do visit the pristine Saputara Lake, the Nageshwar Mahadev Temple, the sunrise point and the sunset point, which offers panoramic views of the entire region and are a photographer's delight! The hill station, situated on a plateau of the Western Ghats, has an interesting tribal culture with an 'Artist Village' that offers a peek into tribal culture and way of life. Saputara is natively known as the 'abode of serpents', and the beautiful Sarpagana river that flows by it has sacred relevance for the tribals. Saputara is also home to several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, including the Purna Wildlife Sanctuary. The Gira Falls located in the periphery is another must-visit and so are the myriad gardens surrounding the falls.
Saputara is the hill station of Gujarat. All outdoor activities are being placed here like Bunjee Jumping, Para Gliding, Parachute riding and Mountain Climbing . So this is the best place for adventurous activities.
Krutarth Patel

102 Followers, 5 Reviews


1. Echo point 2. Hatgadh Fort 3. Pandava Caves 4. Gira Waterfall
Sushant Panda

547 Followers, 42 Reviews


An idyllic getaway, not too far from Mumbai.
Ruchika Makhija

565 Followers, 177 Reviews


Best time to visit
January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Things to do
Hill Station,Nature,Rivers & Lakes,Wildlife,Rivers and Lakes
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
Tour agencies have numerous packages on offer for one to avail of and visit here.

Somnath Temple - Gujarat

This temple happens to be a landmark in the state of Gujarat and can be found around 5 kilometres away from Junagadh. It also happens to be one among the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. As the legend goes, Lord Krishna is said to have embarked on his final journey from this very place. The name Somnath is also mentioned in the Rig Veda, epics and other Hindu scriptures as well. The temple was first built using gold and then rebuilt in silver by Ravana. Over the course of time, this temple has been rebuilt numerous times and has seen invasion by Muslim invaders about sixteen times. This causes it to be called ‘the Shrine Eternal.’
The Somnath Temple is one of Gujarat's beautiful Shiva temples. It's a 7 hour drive or so from Gir. We arrived just in time for the entrancing aarti, or prayer ceremony, which takes place every evening. It does get a bit crowded, so it's best to arrive early. There's also a really nice open space behind the temple, to breathe in the sea breeze, and cleanse the mind...
Arushi Dutt

756 Followers, 101 Reviews


This temple, like most Hindu temples, is large and magnificent with a rich history. It has an impressive Nandi idol and the central Shiva Linga. In the vast courtyard is the main shrine. Through a side door the sea is visible shimmering in the sunlight. Try slipping out to gaze at the roaring waves below, which, though not safe for swimming, present an exhilarating spectacle. A truly enriching and peaceful experience, one can't miss this temple when in Gujarat.
Vartika Sharma

282 Followers, 21 Reviews


One of Lord Shiva’s 12 ‘jyotirling’, the temple has an extremely austere atmosphere, and the peace of mind it offers is nothing but enchanting. Last but not the least, the light and sound show in the voice of Lt. Amrish Puri is definitely to be witnessed.
Naina Kataria

236 Followers, 18 Reviews


Best time to visit
During Mahashivrathri held in February and then during October and November.
Things to do
View the sound and light show held daily from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Open Hours
All through the week from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Budget
Free

Surat - Gujarat

An integration of historic monuments and modern skyscrapers, Surat is a quaint town located along the banks of river Tapi. The ISKCON temple here, standing on an area of around 13,000 km, is frequented by devotees from all across the world. The Dutch Cemetery, Shahjahan's Fort, Parsi neighbourhood and colonial building are beautiful symbols of the history of this city. Dandi is a popular destination among tourists visiting Surat and is a place made famous by the Indian independence movement. When it comes to food, Surat offers lip-smacking Gujarati flavours, albeit only vegetarian. Popular eateries here include the Leonardo Ristorante Italiano, Jalaram Khichadi and Kansar Gujarati Thali. Accommodation here is easily available and sits well within in your budget. If you want more, travel to the Dumas Beach, which is located about 18km from the city.
A city of amazing food and people
Vivek Khanvilkar

5 Followers, 1 Reviews


Lunch break with cousins in one of the Surat's famous sizzler restaurant, Sizzler on the Plate.
Mansi

28 Followers, 8 Reviews


Surat is the fastest growing city in Gujarat. Hazira port and the Dumas Beach is located along the Arabian Sea, 21 km southwest of Surat, a city in the state of Gujarat in India. This is one of the most horror and haunted beach of Gujarat India.
Krutarth Patel

102 Followers, 5 Reviews


Best time to visit
January,February,March,October,November,December
Things to do
Arts and Culture,Beach,Food and Drinks,Historical Places,Nature,Religious
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Dwarka - Gujarat

The literal meaning of Dwarka is ‘gateway to heaven’ and for some tourists visiting this lovely city, this holds very true. This rocky coast on the western shore of the Okhamandal Peninsula nurtures major Hindu beliefs. More than half of ancient Dwarka is under water today and the remaining part known as Bet Dwarka or Shankhdhar is an island at the mouth of the Gulf of Kutch. Dwarka holds much importance in Hindu culture as it is said to be the place where Lord Krishna grew up. The ride from Port Okha to Bet Dwarka is exhilarating and a wonderful experience; and the sea gulls make it extremely special. To admire the aerial view of the coast, you can head up to the lighthouse on the peninsula. Another historic site is the the Gopi Talav. It is where all the tales of Krishna’s Raas Leela with Gopikas have originated and a visit here opens up a bundle of such stories. The Hanuman Mandir and Nageshwar Mandir are other prominent temples of Hindu importance and a must-visit. Don't forget to indulge in a full platter at Chappan Bhog for the finest of Gujarati cuisine. Dwarka comes to life during Janmashtami when people celebrate Lord Krishna with great splendour. Garba and Raas dances are performed and devotees indulge in exuberant merry making. The chants of ‘Jai Kanhaiya Laal Ki’ and plunges in the Gomti river will give you a spiritual high. Hotel City Palace is possibly the best choice if you're to stay the night.
This place is mostly temples. So visit this place only if you do not mind visiting temples the whole day. Rukmani Mandir, Nageshwar Mahadev (a dwadash Jyotirlinga), Gopi Talav, Beyt Dwarka & Dwarkadheesh Temple.
MJ

117 Followers, 12 Reviews


Same as Somnath, Dwarka has a long history which goes back to 5000 years. It is known that Krishna was cursed and hence the Golden Dwarka was submerged in the ocean. However, the present Dwarka was erected at the same place. It is beautiful. Timings of darshan is for 5 mins after every 15 mins. It is closed from 12-4 pm. Similarly, Bhet Dwarka is present near the same place which has to be reached on a ferry. The water is very blue and clear and looks beautiful. Bhet Dwarka has the same darshan timings. Apparently, Bhet Dwarka is the place where the real Dwarka was present. This place is worth visiting once in your lifetime. P.S.- Dont sit in the sermon given by the pandits at the end of which they will ask for alms from u for doing the good work. This might really put u off !!
Preeti Singh

271 Followers, 64 Reviews


The blend rich culture and nature right at the doorstep.
moumita chakraborty

406 Followers, 2 Reviews


Best time to visit
January,February,March,October,November,December
Things to do
Beach,Historical Places,Religious
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Little Rann of Kutch - Gujarat

This is a salt marsh desert very close to the Great Rann of Kutch and is also known as a National Ass Sanctuary. The main reason for this is the fact that, it is the only place where you will still find the endangered species of Indian Wild Ass. The other animal species found here are the Nilgai, Indian Wolf and the desert fox. The main ocupations of people in this region are salt panning and shrimp farming.
1. Stay at a resort like Rann riders or Desert Cruisers 2. Visit to the LRK wild ass sanctury 3. Ride in the Little Rann 4. Visit to nearby water bodies for bird watching 5. Salt Panes 6. Ajit Niwas Palace- Dharangadhara 7. Halvad palace and castle tower.
Sushant Panda

547 Followers, 42 Reviews


Spot the wild ass. Drive through the vast expanse of cracked Rann.
Richa Gupta

247 Followers, 18 Reviews


The Little Rann of Kachchh lies across the districts of Surendranagar, Rajkot, Patan, Banaskantha and Kutch, and there are different points of entry. Dhrangadhra made sense for us because it had guesthouses, hotels and other things we would need, especially since ours was a budget travel and we couldn’t afford to splurge on the larger resorts that are in Dasada or Range Bajana. We hired a local jeep for a day long safari into the sanctuary twice, the first time we couldn’t see the Wild Ass and we were willing to give it another shot. And we were glad we did! Though making a trip to see a Wild Ass might attract a few sniggers, this animal is more a horse than a donkey, a shy and fast animal that is now endangered. Though our Safaris did set us back by about Rs. 2000, local jeeps are cheaper than the resort Safaris which charge the same for a few hours! Not to mention, that when you hire a jeep its more flexible! We saw more birds than I had thought possible, we could barely keep up with the names! Especially when we approached a marshy, wet tract, where every direction had a flock of different birds. The Rann was in many ways a dreamlike experience, in many ways this was because looking keenly out into the desert for an animal and instead being greeted by mirages can be disorienting. But the quality of a strandedness, that travelling through the Rann gives you is thrilling.
Karandeep Mehra

418 Followers, 40 Reviews


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Things to do
sight- seeing
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Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park - Gujarat

A blend of Hindu and Islamic culture and architecture is what one will get to see at this archeological park. The main attraction would be the Jami Masjid or as it is more dearly known as the Great Mosque. The place was declared by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site in the year 2004 and comprises of hills, forests, and a fortress that dates back to the 16th century. There are temples, palaces and agricultural structures here that make it a great tourist destination. The Kalikamata Temple is located here and is thronged by many tourists all round the year.
1. Champaner the heritage city 2. 7 pillars while climbing to Pavagadh 3. Visit pavagadh temple before 4 pm. 4. Come back & stay at the champaner heritage hotel 5. Visit Jambughoda jungle-- hathi matani temple, 6. Jhand Hanuman Temple 7. Stay in the forest eco resort
Sushant Panda

547 Followers, 42 Reviews


UNESCO world heritage site called 'Champaner- Pavagadh archaeological park'- being called so due to the archaeological remains of this erstwhile capital of Gujarat- scattered in diameter of 6-7 km- ranging from many 15th century mosques & mausoleums, fort walls/ arches to Hindu and Jain temples (oldest belonging to 10th century) a step well and other minor buildings.
Onkar Tendulkar

803 Followers, 29 Reviews


A UNESCO HEritage site on the outskirts of Vadodara, it is a pleasant long drive and a dip in the historical culture and architecture.
Suruchi Bhavsar

167 Followers, 5 Reviews


Best time to visit
You may find visiting this place better during the months of October through February.
Things to do
Visit a place that talks about the past glory of the state of Gujarat.
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Kankaria Lake - Gujarat

From rides on a toy train to visits to an aquarium and as well as a butterfly park, one can experience this all at Kankaria Lake. You may be wondering, ‘what about the prospect of boating?’ Well, yes, one can go boating and even enjoy some water sports here at the lake. If you wish to go on a cool stroll, then you will surely enjoy this lake and its pathways.
Such a glorious place to visit. Act as a one stop for every entertaining and food lover people. The presence of Kankaria lake in itself is a pleasure to look in on. Loaded with numerous activities and spots, it never fails to mesmerize you.
Priyanka Rai

14 Followers, 6 Reviews


#The ambience #the street food #the sunset
Debabrata Nayak

157 Followers, 14 Reviews


The biggest lake in Ahemdabad and one of the most favorite picnic spots of the people of Ahmedabad. The pleasing view of the lake, the humming and chirping of birds and the greenery bordering the lake will make you fall in love with this place. Boating facility and open buses to ride around the lake are also available. Kankaria Lake provides a beautiful view of the sunset. There is also a zoo and children's park located nearby the lake.
Vartika Sharma

282 Followers, 21 Reviews


Best time to visit
A weeklong festival is held sometime in the month of December. Try and be here at this time.
Things to do
The Kankaria zoo is a delightful place that one can visit here.
Open Hours
All through the week from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Budget
Children below five are free to enter here. children between five to eighteen are charged INR 5.00 while adults pay INR 10.00.

White Desert - Gujarat

The Great Rann of Kutch is the largest salt desert in the world and because of this reason is also called the "White Desert", is located in the Kutch District of Gujarat and is about 7500 sq kms in area and the people of this region are called Kutchi's.
The Great Rann of Kutch is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat, India and the Sindh province of Pakistan. It is about 7,505.22 square kilometres (2,897.78 sq mi) in size and is reputed to be one of the largest salt desert in the world.My trip to Kutch was instantly planned and is best one till date.This trip was special for two reasons. One, I had a thing for white desert even before I saw Mr Amitabh Bachhan promoting this in GUJRAT tourism. Second, this was the first time I dropped the idea of solo trip and planned this trip with someone. And I was going there with a friend whom I never met before. Travelers are connected through their souls and so were we.DAY 1. 30 Dec ,2015 After a delayed train we reached bhuj station by 2pm and missed the bus right in front of our eyes which we were supposed to board for Rann Utsav. Fortunately, proper arrangement of waiting hall and washrooms was made where we were to wait until the next bus came. We till then went to a nearby dhaba in bhuj had our lunch and came back to the waiting hall. After waiting there for almost 3 hours we left for dhordho tent city which took us an hour to reach there. We checked into tent city. When we found the tent( J-56) it exceeded our expectations. Our first activity was White Desert visit. We used as much time as it is required for dumping the bags in the room. Then we headed towards the main gate to get into camel carts which were provided on first come first serve basis and we didn't want to miss the chance. After reaching at the main gate of dhordho tent city we saw 7-8 camel carts which were yet to be filled. We both relaxed and smiled looking at each other. We got into camel cart,passed the Dhordo tent city on our way to the white desert. Right after crossing the BSF check post, you haven't leave the road (check for tyre tracks on the left side) and drive through the desert. Yeah you heard it right - Off-roading!!! So SUVs are highly recommended. OurCamel cart ran through the vast expanse effortlessly, making its own road and leaving a cloud of sand behind it. (In case you don't get off the road and continue straight, the road leads to India bridge and the Indo-Pak border.) Cars are permitted only till the point. After that there is the White Desert and there are your two feet - as far as they can take you.We had reached there at the perfect time - an hour before the sunset. The sun was still blazing, but we couldn't spot much whiteness around. This was so different from all the snow white pictures of Rann that I have seen. There were people around though, a little too much to spoil the mood and all the photography attempts. We had to leave the group and walked further inside. The more we walked inside the more white the land became. We walked more than a mile or so, till the salt layer was almost 3 inches deep. The sun has set by then. But there was still daylight. And it was snow white all around, just that it wasn't snow. We stood there for a while, clicked few pictures and walked back towards the group. Got back into the camel carts and headed toward the tent city. After a day long journey in train we were tired. We relaxed for sometime in the tent and headed to the dining hall. Post dinner, we took a walk through tent city.It was 2 days past full moon. Wishing that I could see a waning moon I looked up. I couldn't see a moon, but what I saw was jaw-dropping. An infinite black sky with more stars and constellations than I had seen in my entire life was spread out above me. Wasn't it the same sky that I see in Mumbai or Delhi or Jaipur.Wonder how I never saw so many stars in those cities or at my hometown? Or was it a desert thing? The starry sky seemed to merge with the unending dark horizon. We sat there silently for sometime looking up at the sky.It was getting colder but somehow it didn't matter. The entire universe was staring down back at us-twinkling. And there was absolute silence and a perfect company. 'The silence that is in the starry sky' in the words of William Wordsworth. Then phone broke us out of our reverie and shattered that silence too.But those moments of silence away from people were peaceful. We got up and walked back to our tents as it was late already.But "That place made me dream. Dream beyond infinity." And trust me you would feel every bit of it when you'll visit the Great Rann of Kutch.The Land of the White Salt Desert and exquisite art and craft, KUTCH is a quite HEAVEN.If you are looking for lots of colour, peace,flaming flamingos, flying cranes and different migratory birds, then KUTCH, GUJRAT is the IDEAL Place for you.The white desert comes alive under the moonlight and the unending horizon merges into the moonlight. Rann Utsav is held every year from Nov-March. I would suggest everyone to must visit Great Rann of Kutch once. And It'll attract you again & again everytime you'll plan a trip. PS:- This article is solely dedicated to a evening Rann of Kutch. The rest of the journey will be documented in a separate post. So what are you waiting for?HURRY! You can suggest your loved ones and everyone you know has wanderlust in her/his veins a visit to white desert.Will update more in my next story of Rannutsav. For further details:- anjalisahrawat21@gmail.com
Anjali sahrawat

44 Followers, 46 Reviews


Great Rann of Kutch: This is the White desert- Spread in 7,505.22 square km. It is magnificent and is one of its kind. You need to experience sunset at this location. We had planned a 3 day trip to Kutch, during which we spent the first night at Shaam-e-Sarhad- a village resort in Hodka, food there was awesome and we got a feel of staying in village with facilities of urban area. We thoroughly enjoyed the handicraft village during the day and in the evening we went to the Rann. We had to walk about 4-5 Km inside the Rann so that we can get away from the crowd and actually feel the white desert. The experience was extraordinary and tiring. We found that desert was sapping the energy from us and we couldn’t even sit as the salt was wet. We had thought to stay till night and enjoy the moonlit night, but then unfortunately it was a no moon night.
Aniesh Chawla

336 Followers, 18 Reviews


Make sure you plan in such a manner that you reach the White Desert before the sun sets. It is beauty to watch it in the setting sun light, twilight and then the moonlight. The transition is serene. Carry reasonable supply of water. And try planning the trip on a full moon night.
Aditi Kumar

203 Followers, 9 Reviews


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Bhavnagar - Gujarat

This old town came into existence in 1723 AD under the rule or Bhavsinghi Gohil and so the name Bhavnagar. Situated close to the Khambat Gulf, Bhavnagar happens to be the 5th largest of all the cities in the state of Gujarat. The town is home to some old temples and as a matter of fact around 863 of them dot the area thus making it a famous tourist spot. If you do decide to pay this place a visit, then do so during the celebrations of Mahashivratri, one of its main festivals. A visit to the Takhteshwar Temple should also be on your ‘to visit’ list.
We took this route as we wanted to stop by the Blackbuck National Park. Also this is a faster way to travel when going by car. One need not stop by at Bhavnagar. Just a part of passing itinerary.
jyoti patil

268 Followers, 8 Reviews


Bhavnagar is one of the first cities in Gujarat to have an airport. The city is also easily accessible via rail and road. We'll stop here briefly before heading to Alang.
Navina Jafa

224 Followers, 24 Reviews


Best time to visit
September to March
Things to do
Partake in the Navaratri celebrations during September or October.
Open Hours
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Budget
One would have to contact tour agents for bookings and the budget depends on the number of days one will be here and where one prefers staying.

Blackbuck National Park - Gujarat

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.
1. While going to Velavadar stop at Lothal ancient harrapan civilisation 2. Velavadar black buck sanctury. (Dont forget to book the forest guest house for night stay) 3. Visit to Bhavnagar - nilam baug palace, barton museum
Sushant Panda

547 Followers, 42 Reviews


This is the best place to take a break if you're choosing this route. The surroundings are promising and there are chances of spotting a wild cat, foxes, jackals, hyenas or a civet at night; be it winter or summer. The reason i love this place is that it is a Blackbuck National Park. One can spot blackbucks, bluebull, sambar deer, hog deer easily.
jyoti patil

268 Followers, 8 Reviews


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Baroda - Gujarat

Now known as Vadodara, is the 3rd largest city in Gujarat and is situated on the banks of the Vishwamitri river, it also houses the the largest university of Gujarat, the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (Vadodara), it is also an important industrial, cultural and educational hub of Gujarat.
Simon R Samuel

543 Followers, 62 Reviews


1. Baroda Palace 2. M S university 3. Sardar Sarovar Dam 4. 400 year old Maa Harsiddhi Temple 5. Sulpenshwar Temple
Sushant Panda

547 Followers, 42 Reviews


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Mandvi - Gujarat

To the south of Bhuj lies the seaside town by the name of Mandvi. This town on the Southern shore of the great Kutch is famous for its ship building and cottage industries and as well as the batik handiwork. This place happened to be a famous seaport that had links with South Africa, China, Malaysia, Zanzibar and Japan. The business of building ships here has been in action since the 16th century and the Mandvi Beach is a famous tourist destination in the state of Gujarat. The place is clean and one is sure to have a great time visiting the fishing town of Mandvi.
Enjoy the beach of Mandavi and visit Vijay Vilas Palace.
MJ

117 Followers, 12 Reviews


A place of great historical importance as a port. Visit if you have time
Priyam & Shrey

119 Followers, 17 Reviews


Best time to visit
October to March is said to be the best time to visit here.
Things to do
Visiting Mandvi beach is a must.
Open Hours
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Budget
Have your itinerary ready and allow a tour agency to help with the logistics here.

Modhera Sun temple - Gujarat

This temple is dedicated to the HindU Sun God, Surya on the banks of the river Pushpavati built in 1026 AD by King Bhimdev. Prayers are not offered in this temple, now, and is under the supervision of ASI.
It is situated on the bank of the river Pushpavati, 25 km from Mehsana and 102 km from Ahmedabad. It was built in 1026 AD by King Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty. In the present times, prayers are not offered in this temple. This temple is now under the supervision of Archaeological Survey of India. According to these Puranas, Lord Rama, after defeating Ravana, asked sage Vasistha to show him a place of pilgrimage where he could go and purify himself from the sin of Brahma-hatya (the sin of killing a Brahmin, because Ravana was a Brahmin by birth). Sage Vasistha showed him Dharmaranya, which was near the modern town of Modhera. In the Dharmaranya, he settled at a village Modherak and performed a yagna there. Thereafter he established a village and named it Sitapur. This village is about 15 km from Becharaji Modherak village and it subsequently came to be known as Modhera.
Debabrata Nayak

157 Followers, 14 Reviews


Can be done in one day too. 1. Modhera Sun Temple 2. Rani ki Vav- amamzing stepwell. (Built in 1063) 3. Sahastraling Talav U can start the day by visiting Adalaj Stepwell (near Ahmedabad) to understand the grandness of Rani ki vav.
Sushant Panda

547 Followers, 42 Reviews


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Rani Ki Vav - Gujarat

It is a complexly constructed stepwell in the town of Patan, Gujarat. It is located on the banks of the river Saraswati and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 2014.
An Ornately Carved Stepwell in the historical town of Patan of Gujarat State, Rani ki Vav, in other words known as the Queen's Stepwell takes you through the glimpses of 10-11th Century AD & showcases the power and art flourished under the reign of the Solanki Dynasty of Gujarat. It is an exceptional example of a subterranean water architecture with historical and religious figures as well as seven layer water storage capacity. It is an exemplary of architecture and technology and each sculpture of it has a different story to tell
Yash Sampat

79 Followers, 1 Reviews


Rani ki vav is an intricately constructed stepwell situated in the town of Patan in Gujarat, India. It was added to the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites on 22 June 2014. Rani (Queen) Udayamati commissioned this vav or stepwell, in 1063 in the memory of her husband King Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty. The vav was later flooded by the nearby Saraswati river and silted over until the late 1980s, when it was excavated by the Archeological Survey of India, with the carvings found in pristine condition. Rani Ki Vav is amongst the finest stepwells in India, and one of the most famous legacies of the ancient capital city.
Debabrata Nayak

157 Followers, 14 Reviews


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Silvassa - Gujarat

Enjoy the colonial architecture of this tasteful place.
Ruchika Makhija

565 Followers, 177 Reviews


Nandigram Trust - Gujarat

Serene view of the temple Well maintained and very clean Architecture of this temple leaves you awestruck for sure Sun sets exactly behind this temple (so bad we couldn't wait to capture that moment knowing NH-8 traffic in evenings)
Kashyap

32 Followers, 50 Reviews


Diu - Gujarat

Part of the famous Daman and Diu islands, Diu is a lovely town for those who are looking for a quiet, laidback beach vacation. You will experience traces of Portuguese history and culture and it's quite a delight to discover. Do visit Ghoghla beach for the water sports and also the delicious local cuisine. Nagoa beach is another famous beach close to Diu. It's famous for its water sports and it is also perhaps one of the few beaches where you can enjoy swimming. The best way perhaps to discover Diu is on a scooty. The roads here are very well maintained and there isn't too much traffic so it's a delight to ride here. If you have a little time on your hands, do visit the wonderful Sea Shell Museum. Though you may feel the collection is a little repetitive, it is definitely worth a visit. The hotels and guesthouses here are exceptionally welcoming and warm. Do a thorough research before you decide on a place to stay since it can make all the difference!
Diu is a cute Portuguese township, comfortable to spend a day in. Make sure to soak up the sun at the Diu beach. A few sea facing restaurants line up the streets at Diu. The Naida Caves are definitely worth checking out, one of nature's purest form of wonders. We also went to the Portuguese fort, another major tourist attraction.
Arushi Dutt

756 Followers, 101 Reviews


Best time to visit
January,February,March,April,May,October,November,December
Things to do
Beach,Nature
Open Hours
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Dang - Gujarat

It is the least populous district of Gujarat and is also one of the most economically distressed district of India, Saputara and Waghai are important places in the district
Dang darabar , tribal festival of Gujarat.
Krutarth Patel

102 Followers, 5 Reviews


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Alang Ship Breaking Yard - Gujarat

This ship breaking yard is located around 50 kilometres from the city of Bhavnagar and was set up in the 1980’s. The shipyard at Alang salvage about half of the damaged ships from around the world making it a famous ship graveyard across the globe. The yards are situated at the Gulf of Khambat and are famous for the task that its carries out. Once known for its pristine beaches, the place now wears the look of a haunted dockyard filled carriers, supertankers, container ships and more. The ships are torn down and the steel and metal sold as scrap. When in the city of Bhavnagar, do arrange for a tour of this place as you wouldn’t want to miss out on it.
The largest ship-breaking dockyard in the world, the shipyards here recycle almost half of the ships salvaged in the world.
Navina Jafa

224 Followers, 24 Reviews


Best time to visit
Round the year
Things to do
Go through the remains of what once used to be some very important cargo carrying ships.
Open Hours
All through the week from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Budget
Free

The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest - Gujarat

One will find the Gateway Hotel in the Junagadh Sasan district of Gujarat. The hotel is an ideal spot for couples to spend their honeymoon and families to stay at while touring the state of Gujarat. The Hotel faces the beautiful Hiran River and is enveloped by a thick blanket of jungle greenery. Some of the amenities provided by this 28 room hotel include air conditioning, a bar cum lounge, a fitness centre complete with a Spa, a restaurant that serves up multi-cuisine food, a swimming pool and help to take care of one’s babies. The rooms come equipped with LCD TV’s, a mini-bar, a tea and coffee maker and as well as an iron and ironing board
Superbly maintained by a well-oiled team, this hotel is conveniently located close to the Gir National Park.
Navina Jafa

224 Followers, 24 Reviews


Best time to visit
Make this hotel your residence when you visit Gujarat.
Things to do
The Gir National Park is a great place to start off with.
Open Hours
Check out time is 12 noon.
Budget
Room prices start at INR 3500.00 and spiral upwards.

Jain Site - Gujarat

Jainism had a great influence in Gujarat.
Palitana has one of the largest clusters of Jain temples with 863 in total on Shatrunjaya Hill. Believed to be constructed in a span of almost ten centuries, the temples have undergone 16 extensive renovations during the same period.
Navina Jafa

224 Followers, 24 Reviews


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Girnar - Gujarat

For the awesome views from the Mountain Top and mighty hike.
Saurabh Lahoti

14 Followers, 8 Reviews


Palitana - Gujarat

Palitana has 900 marble temples sitting on top of a mountain. And the Jain community believes that every member must visit this city at least once in their lifetime to attain nirvana. Situated in the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat, Palitana is associated with the Jain history and legends. The Palitana temples, located on the Shatrunjaya hills, are perhaps the most important religious landmarks of all. A walk up on around 3500 steps will take you to the temples. The Shri Adishwara Temple is a fascinating structure consisting of beautifully complex carvings. The Chaumukha temple of this region, with its imposing gateway and sprawling confines, is a humbling sight indeed. The carvings on the marble within the temples is spellbinding. The Shri Vishal Jain Kala Sansthan Museum here houses an excellent collection of artefacts, excavated idols, ancient manuscripts and an exhibit on the history of Jainism and the life of Lord Mahavira. There are several eating places here, but be warned, all are strictly vegetarian. Bhavnagar is about 56 km away and Ahmedabad. Private and ST buses travel to Palitana from both of these cities as well as from several others around Gujarat and even from Mumbai. A revered religious spot, visit Palitana and rediscover yourself.
1. Paliatana Jain Temple (Pilgrimage for Jains) 2. 863 marvle carved temples around 3. Dont miss the Samovsaran Temple
Sushant Panda

547 Followers, 42 Reviews


Best time to visit
February,October,November,December
Things to do
Nature,Religious
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Koteshwar - Gujarat

To be found around 52 kilometres away from Lakhpat, this is a very popular pilgrimage destination that is situated at the tip of Western India at a place called the Kori Creek. It lies at the mouth of the Sindhu River and is mentioned by Hieu-en-Tsang, the Chinese traveler. He described it as a flourishing port time in those days. This place had over 5000 monks living in 80 monasteries, sadly nothing survives today. The present picture of Koteshwar is a fortified town. It was renovated by a rich merchant by the name of Jet a Sivji in the year 1820 AD. He was helped by another rich merchant called Sheth Sundarji. The Koteshwar temple is dedicated to the God Shiva and there are images of Revati, Hanuman and Ganesha inside it.
Day 4: Bhuj – Nakhtarna – Lakphat – Koteshwar – Nakhtarna – Bhuj: 354 kms We had to begin early again on day 4 since we planned to visit Koteshwar and Lakhpat, and also return to Bhuj before sunset to collect our permit. A tasty breakfast of packed sandwiches and juice awaited us at the reception, and we were thus able to leave for Lakhpat by 7:30 am. The route follows the SH heading west from Bhuj towards the bustling town of Nakhtarna and into the vastness of Lakhpat. The highway till Nakhtarna is densely populated with villages on both sides, and thus the average speed is not very good. However, once the hustle bustle is crossed, and the zillions of speed breakers negotiated with, the countryside opens up and one can feel the proximity to the Great Rann. It took us about an hour from Bhuj to cross Nakhtarna and a short while thereafter we were staring at a huge board informing us that we were crossing the Tropic of Cancer. I am not a fan of such milestones myself, but it was fascinating to watch Aarti getting all excited. From here-on the road is quite straight, devoid of population and marred with shrubs on both sides. About 45 km or so before Lakhpat, we crossed a small village called Gaduli where the road from Koteshwar joins the SH. Past Gaduli, one rides next to the Chinkara Narayan Sarovar wildlife sanctuary all the way to Lakhpat. We reached our first destination by 10:00 am. The striking fort of Lakhpat is visible from quite a distance, and it is only from this distance that it can be captured in its entirety. Two sign-boards at the entrance describe the Lakhpat fort, but the chai-wala at the entrance spiced it up for us with his ramblings about the shooting of two movies here, Refugee and Lagaan. After a cup of hot masala chai, we head towards the Northern wall of the fort, completely unaware of the vistas beyond it. We spent a lot of time at the Northern wall of the fort, admiring the vastness of the Rann, and also trying to capture it on camera. To the west of the fort lies the Kori creek and to its North is the marshy Rann. We drove around the village inside the fort for sometime, which despite the saying on the board is not all that deserted. We also tried to venture into the Rann, but failed as the exit was guarded by BSF jawans who refused to let us through. We decided to proceed towards Koteshwar, our second destination for the day. The road to Koteshwar from Lakhpat moves south, crosses the BSF post there and is largely devoid of any human population. The road runs parallel to the Kori creek. We took a small detour towards another BSF post right next to the creek which, I think, was called Biwi ka Kua (wife’s well), only to be scolded and sent back by a Jawan. The road here too is largely straight and marred by shrubs on either side. A bit of advice – when driving on this road, be careful when you see a vehicle approaching from the opposite side, lest you want to get a paint job done on your vehicle. Soon we reached Narayan Sarovar, which mythologically is one of the five holiest lakes of the Hindus, one of the remaining four being Mansarovar. However, since the lake is easily accessible, and also possibly because Gujarat overall is a non-glamorous state when it comes to tourism, it does not get the required publicity. The temple crowd there was a major put-off for us, and we headed straight towards Koteshwar. The final approach road to Koteshwar has the Arabian Sea on both sides and is fun to drive on. The pier at Koteshwar itself is nothing to boast of, apart from being the western most point of land in India. We saw some fishermen boats, and were told by a BSF Jawan posted there that all fishermen are supposed to sport the Indian flag on their boats for identification purposes by the BSF patrol boats. The Pakistani fishermen do the same, Karachi after-all being quite close. The temple at Koteshwar also did not seem much to write home about, so we decided to give it a miss. Yes, we are horribly non-religious. It is not allowed to venture past this board, but since all sign boards in Gujarat are in Gujarati (a sign of the state not being too tourism friendly), we did not understand what was written on it, and went ahead, only to be immediately sent back by a Jawan. We did so reluctantly, wondering what possible harm it could cause if tourists did in fact go up till the pier. The only possible conclusion we could arrive at was that the Army must fear that someone might decide to jump from the pier and swim to Pakistan! The drive from Koteshwar to Gaduli went through the same wildlife sanctuary. Beautiful as it was, we did not sight any animals. The drive to Nakhtarna was boring, and the distance of about 100 km was covered in 1.5 hours. The roads, though narrow, are in pretty good shape. Lunch happened at a non-descript hotel at Nakhtarna, and despite our request for non-spicy food, there was a liberal dressing of green chillies even in Dal Tadka! We reached Bhuj by 4:30 pm, well in time to collect our permit for Vigakot from the BSF sector headquarters. As it happened with us at the DC’s office in Leh (link to old blog), we had butterflies in our stomachs due to anticipation. However, unlike Leh, major babudom happened here which irritated the hell out of Aarti (who hates bureaucratic red-tape), so much so that I had to drop her back to the hotel and come back to collect the permit. Finally, after a 2.5 hour struggle and knocking on several doors, the permit was ‘expedited’ and handed over to me at 7 pm. We’d lost another beautiful sunset, and the only saving grace was the hope that the permit would make the next day memorable. Anticipating a long day ahead, we hit the sack early, and ditched our plans to go out to look for non-veg, settling instead for our hotel’s nice vegetarian fare.
Harsh Vardhan

595 Followers, 47 Reviews


Best time to visit
There are no restrictions and one can visit round the year.
Things to do
Visit the temple complex
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You would need to plan this out considering the number of days you wish to spend here and the type of accommodation you are going to put up in.

Dwarkadhish Temple - Gujarat

It is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, the main shine is 5-storied supported by 72 pillars and is said to be about 2200 years old. It is also a part of the Char Dham pilgrimage considered sacred by Hindus.
Counted among the ‘Chaar Dhaam’ of the Hindu religion, loads of temples and the rich culture of Saurashtra are what this place has to offer.
Naina Kataria

236 Followers, 18 Reviews


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Daman Delite - Gujarat

Supposedly one of the best eateries in Daman, sadly the food quality is not that great We ordered > the specialty a local fish called Dara (tasted ok) > Bangdha fish (too much masala on the fish) > Teachers whisky (which tasted like Dettol) > Chicken Manchurian rice (thought atleast someone couldn't screw up a simple Chinese dish, sadly this one was also messed up and took 35 minutes exactly to be served) > The only best part was mouth freshener packaged well
Kashyap

32 Followers, 50 Reviews


Canara Coffee House - Gujarat

Located in the Dandia Bazaar region, this is one of the oldest eateries of the town and is just in the heart of Vadodara. The restaurant is an old style café and still maintains the charming, old look as well as the authentic taste that people have talked about years ago. The signature dish of this place is the Poona Missal, which is made with cereals and pulses garnished with onions, farsan, sev and sweet chutney. The decor is very simple and it is a peaceful place.
This place is in the city since decades and it has an old-world feel to it. It has preserved the taste of its specialties and ranks no. 1 on affordability and taste.
Suruchi Bhavsar

167 Followers, 5 Reviews


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Eating
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Sayaji Baug - Gujarat

This park was built by Maharaja Sayaji Rao III in the year 1879 and it was named after him. The local people also call this park the Kamati Baug and it is just on the banks of the river but also in the middle of the town. The location is such that you can reach this place from any part of the town. This park has soft green grasses, fountains, 2 museums, a flower clock and also an operational toy train. You need at least an hour and a half to finish exploring each and every part in detail and then can enjoy the light and sound shows in the evening.
It is a historical garden, like a jogger's park and yet has statues and band stand and ground clock and many other attractions. It is in the heart of the city and a huge garden with pleasant atmosphere.
Suruchi Bhavsar

167 Followers, 5 Reviews


Best time to visit
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Things to do
museum tours, photography, toy train rides, zoo tours
Open Hours
5:00 AM - 8:00 PM (garden timings), 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (train timings), 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (zoo timings), 5:00 PM light and sound in Gujarati, 6:00 PM in English and 7:00 PM in Hindi. Closed on every Thursday.
Budget
Rs 7 per adult for planetarium, Rs 5 per child for planetarium, Rs 40 oer adult for toy train, Rs 20 per child for toy train, Rs 10 per adult for zoo and Rs 5 per child for zoo

Ajwa Garden Dancing Fountain - Gujarat

Also known as the Ajwa Nimeta Fountain Park, this was a beautiful park built by Sayajirao Gaekwad III in the early parts of the 20th century. Ajwa is the name of a reservoir and lake and Nimeta is a water plant here and thus the name of the park is such due to its location beside the lake. This park is a tourist's delight mainly because of the dancing fountain shows in the evening. Since the fountain shows are only held after it is evening, you should plan your trip around afternoon and first start with a tour of the reservoir area as well as the plant. Tour of the plant however needs prior approval of authorities but the process is not very complicated. After this you can make yourself comfortable around the fountains and see the fountain dance with a bright and beautiful color play. The sprinkling waters of the fountains cools the whole environment after a day of humidity, which is common in all places of Gujarat.
A leisure spot for the evening to spend good time with family, friends and kids.
Suruchi Bhavsar

167 Followers, 5 Reviews


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Things to do
Site seeing, photography, light and sound shows
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Free

Bet Dwarka Jetty - Gujarat

Also known as Beyt Dwarka and Beyt Shankhodhar, this is a small island and was also the main port region before the development Okha. The main attractions here are dolphins. You can also enjoy boating and picnics out here. This is known to be a place Lord Krishna spent his childhood and historians and excavationists have found many religious remains out here, some of which even date 500 years back. The Krishna Temple ust a few kilometeres away is an ancient temple which was later developed by Swami Vallabhacharya and has a very old idol of Lord Krishna. This idol is said to have been built by his wife Rukmini. It is said that Krishna's friend Sudama had gifted him with rice and the tradition of giving rice to Brahmins is still carried on over here. There is also a Hanuman Temple out here.
The amazing boat ride around sunset along with the sea gulls, is an experience by itself!
Rakesh Rajan

190 Followers, 11 Reviews


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sight- seeing, boating, picnics, photography, worship
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Narara Marine National Park - Gujarat

60kms from Jamnagar, the park is famous for it's "coral walk" as one doesn't have to sail or dive to look at these corals and also a variety of fauna can be found here.
I wouldn't call it the perfect weather as it was sunny. It was an educational trip of acollege in which we had joined in. We were there to check out the corals which was a big disappointment coz the corals were very few n we had to walk for hours in the sea to reach the spot where a few were seen. But on the way we saw some octopuses, other molluscs and birds. It was worth it in the end. Sunrise was beautiful there.
Preeti Singh

271 Followers, 64 Reviews


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Jain Derasar - Gujarat

Must do - Must buy - Must go Specialities Bandhini is undoubtedly a specialty of Jamnagar and leaving Jamnagar without purchasing the colorfully dyed material would leave the trip without its proper closure. Best Bandhini Work for saris and dresses - Mahavir Stores which is not exactly a store but a two-storeyed store located near Jain Derasar and the Chandi Galli. All the locals swear by its credibility and purity and is a must go. They have a plethora of variety in saris,materials etc and picking one atleast is inevitable (Old Mahavir stores is shifted is relocated closeby.) Chandi Payals - Another elongated and scrawny lane which all jamnagris swear by is the Chandi Galli. It claims to have some of the purest works in Silver and Gold however it boasts more of Silver. The payals come in cheap and affordable and some of them have really good designs. Bargaining is allowed at most of the places and one mustn't risk spending much there. My best bet was lovely silver payal.
pooja thakkar

198 Followers, 71 Reviews


Jamnagar - Gujarat

Examples of Rajput architecture and a prominent pearl fishing centre distinguish Gujarat’s lesser known gem, Jamnagar, from other cities. The age-old decaying buildings, narrow lanes and colourful bazaars make up for the lost charm inflicted by tall buildings and the brimming crowd. The scenic Lakhota Fort stands in the middle of the lake and is a fort like palace that now houses a museum of old collectables. It looks beautiful at sundown when the lake glitters in the yellow light that reflects from the monument. The Darbargadh Fort, constructed with a mix of European and Rajput architectural styles, is mesmerising to explore. Other must visits here are the Pratap Vilas Palace and Bhujio Kotho, a five-floor monument believed to be constructed for protection during invasions. There are also many Jain temples around the Chandi Bazaar that grant the place an old world charm. With a coastline that stretches till Dwarka, Jamnagar also offers some unspoilt beaches with white and golden sand. Shopping in Jamnagar is a treat and you must not forget to buy the world famous, multi-hued Bandhani fabric, which can be used as a dupatta or dress or even a sari. Taste the Gujarati delicacies of ghughra and dry fruit kachoris and consider the Express Residency or J R Avezika for a comfortable stay in the city.
Jamnagar - Venice of Gujarat Still having old architectural marvels... Presently come up due to reliance and essar Places to visit lakhota lake lakhota lake museum main palace Bedi port - famous for corels Kachori - famous eatry Having dominos , subway only Mc Donalds, pizza hut n much more yet to come....
Krishan Ramani

899 Followers, 10 Reviews


Best time to visit
January,February,March,October,November,December
Things to do
Beach,Family Vacation,Food and Drinks,Historical Places,Religious
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Teen Batti - Gujarat

Where to stay? You will be surrounded by Rickshaw walas and Chakda walas (yes that's what the local vehicle is called) as soon as you step out of the station like a piece of jaggery encircled by flies. Asking them for good hotels will land you only at a hotel where you will be paying commission for your chakdawala. We did that mistake; you don’t do it and read this article instead to exactly know where to stay. So the best way to go about is that you tell them confidently that you want to go to Teen Batti area (which is about 5km and has most of the decent hotels).  The fares should be nothing more than rupees 10 per person for the journey if the chakdawala is trying to squeeze in 6-8 ppl in the chakda. However if you want to book the entire Chakda for yourself rupees 80 is what they will demand and only little bargaining is possible. Lots of drivers will crowd around you while you talk to one so figure a way out to talk to talk to them one at a time. Then after good 15 - 20 minute ride you land at Teen Batti area which pretty much looks like a junction and around it you will find Madras Hotel (which is famous in jamnagar ironically) and Rajmahal for dining. For stay your first option should be Punit hotel located 3 minutes from Madras Hotel if you are looking for a slightly high end stay with big Ac rooms’ charges at Rs. 800 per room and a suite for 4 pax would be 2k inclusive of taxes. The rooms and services both are good however it would be good to check it out before one pays for it. Another slightly up-scale hotel would be Kirti Hotel again situated at the junction and diagonally opposite to Punit hotel at a distance of 3-4 mins. Prices are around the same with a few bucks here and there however there is a little scope of bargaining here. Cheaper ones would be Kum Kum Hotel and Araam guest house in the same vicinity but once again, please ensure you see the rooms before you pay if you are picky about mediocrity. Food in the hotels would definitely be expensive and worthless so the best option is to jump to the local Brahmaniya Thali Lodge which is at the distance of Hop Skip and Jump from Kirti Hotel. The food is sumptuous, light on the stomach and conveniently priced at Rs120 for an unlimited Gujarati Thali which includes three vegetables (Two normal and one pulses or Chana) one farsan (could be Khandvi, Dhokla, Bhajiya etc), lots of chaas which becomes really interesting after a dash of jeera powder, Ghee wala phulkas (Tiny, thin, soft and light rotis), Kadhi (something to look out for because of its unmatchable taste) daal , Rice, papad, onions, pickles, chutney etc. Unfortunately the sweets are chargeable at Rs. 40/- but it has a lot of variety as well. Another locality for food is the street opposite of Govind hospital which one sees enroute while travelling from Station to Teen Batti area. One would also find lots of street food options near the Masjid near Chandi Bazaar, the thela of Vegetable Cone is a look-out for.
pooja thakkar

198 Followers, 71 Reviews


Shikhand Samrat - Gujarat

Food Best quick bites - Shrikhand Samrat is a shop-cum-thela situated right outside the dargah exit of the Chandi galli. The boisterous Gujju owner will treat you to its best meals if you get involved in some banter with him. The Cheese Basket Kachori and Kesar filling Pedas are a look out for. But there's a lot of other finger licking fast food as well like Dabeli, Franky and Pani puri again very modestly priced at Rs. 30-40. They also claim to offer a plethora of upvaas dishes which takes them to an unmatchable pedestal for quick food places. The little store-cum-thela boasts pictures of Narendra Modi coming there and a peda being named after him called the NaMo peda. I vouch for the taste. Best Pan- Jamnagar is known for its Pans and that one would know only of this when one lands there and sees multiple pan joints at every street turning. As pan stalls are as many as there are Vada pav stalls in Mumbai it would be difficult to scout for the perfect panwala. In my one night sojourn I found out Manoobhai paanwala which is in a lane opposite Kirti hotel and behind President hotel but is worth the hunt as it's meetha pan for 10 bucks is nothing but sheer addiction. I guess the paan is just an excuse, for the Gujarati’s to leave their homes post dinner at night to huddle up and chat. Pretty much their local CCD.  Goti Soda/Masala Soda - There is something about the Masala they put as one wouldn't mind dunking it down thrice a day with a consistent routine. Its savory, tasty and addictive. In any nook and cranny of the lanes. Masala soda will make you it's best friend within a day guaranteed. Chaas - You would find that in the thali as a loyal accompaniment. This desi beer has some addiction to it and the jeera powder makes it super yum and digestive. The more you have it's less.  Best Gola - The traditional dish gola or chamchi gola as fondly called spares you from the trouble of sucking up the juices and dunking the gola repeatedly inside the class. This dish gola is filled with dollops of goody goodies like oodles of Malai, shredded Dry Fruits, Jelly, succulent flavors and the quintessential ice. Extra servings of Malai and Dryfruits are unfortunately chargeable, however it is not pertinent to go for one as the first serving itself is good enough to never let us get the taste of plain ice. However a better idea would be to watch your Golas being prepared live and then asking him to add things according to your needs. It is not difficult to spot the Gola Wala as one would not miss it because of the crowd perpetually sitting on stools right outside the thela. On a quiet street like that this seems to attract the most residents and tourists looking for a mid-night snack. The menu has a plethora of indulgences to append to your calories, the chocolate one was the most called for however we called our dips on the Rajbhog Gola and Dryfruit Gola. Both worked well for us and filled us up happily as we went the usual 4 by 2 system. Easy to locate this thela is again about a 10 minute walk from the President Hotel and somewhere falls around Pancha Towers. However a quick chat with any if the helpful shopkeepers around President Hotel will land you there rightly. The Golas are moderately priced with the most yummy and heavy Gola just making a small hole in the pocket worth Rs. 40. Of course one can’t sign off from the Jamnagar Travelogue without a mention of the ultimate Jalebi Fafda which the city is known for. The one’s near Gurudwara (which is pretty famous) are the yummiest ones and freshly prepared every morning. The papaya salad which accompanies it is worth an extra serving. For the chai lovers please pick an extra packet of fafda as it goes perfect with the chai. Other places to explore are the food stalls located near Govind Hospital and a couple of temples situated at the outskirts if one wants to go all touristy as well. Jamnagar closes down in the afternoon as they need their afternoon siesta so one could shut themselves up in the room when the sun shines at its brightest.
pooja thakkar

198 Followers, 71 Reviews


Sahar ki Masjid - Gujarat

This is one of the most important structures found in the small town of Champaner. This one is very close to the royal enclosure and this gives us hints that it was probably the private masjid of the Sultans. The main entrance is flanked by two minarets and each of the smaller ones are guided by domes. The jharokas along the roofline are the main designs which look simple yet elegant. There are a number of entrances here and the inside is also spacious. The mosque is circled by a very beautiful lawn which seems like it was magically beautiful during earlier times.
“It is one of the most imposing structures constructed very close to the royal enclosure. It might be the private Masjid of the Sultans with five mehrabs.
Onkar Tendulkar

803 Followers, 29 Reviews


Best time to visit
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Things to do
history tours
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Budget
Free

Kevda Masjid - Gujarat

One more of the ancient mosques of Champaner, this is a little bigger than the Sahar ki Masjid. There were initially three domes on top of this mosque but the centra and biggest one collapsed quite a few years ago. There is a lot in terms of designs and architecture in this mosque. Forst of all the beautifully designed arches and the minarets on the sides of the entrance look elegant. The protruding window like balconies are also intricately designed and the whole plan of the mosque is in a rectangular shape. The prayer hall is two storey and this is another unusual feature of this mosque.
A very narrow walkway from the rear side of Jami masjid takes one to Kevda masjid after a walk of 700m.
Onkar Tendulkar

803 Followers, 29 Reviews


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Lothal - Gujarat

Lothal used to be an important city in during the time of the flourishing Indus Valley Civilization and was discovered in the year 1955. It Is known the to be the earliest port in the world and was an important trading centre for beads, gems and other stuff that was shipped to other countries in West Asia and Africa. During an excavation and entire dock was unearthed along with a town and its marketplace. Located next to this site is an Archeological Museum that is home to a number of artifacts from the Indus Valley period.
Lothal as it is, means Mound of Dead. This was a living town from 2500 - 1900 BC. This was a perfectly well planned town with all requirements of any modern town satisfied, like drainage, water supply, business area and lot more. Believe it or not! Lothal is considered more of a business and workplace while, another Indus civilization spot, Rangpur is considered the habitat. But there's one more place, which was several times bigger than Lothal and much more awesome. Coming back soon with it.
Bhushavali

112 Followers, 4 Reviews


Best time to visit
Round the year.
Things to do
Pay the museum a visit and go through the relics and artifacts from the Indus valley days.
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
One can contact a local tour operator for information related to this.

INS Valsura - Gujarat

Commissioned in the year 1942, the HMIS Valsura was the torpedo training school of the Indian Navy. The term Valsura means 'swordfish'. The best torpedo carrying aircraft of this institute was also named as HMIS Valsura. After our independence in the year 1947, the name changed and the new name is the Indian Navy Ship Valsura or the INS Valsura. It is located on the Rozi Island in Jamnagar amidst the beauty of the white salt pans around. The main aim of this place is to train officers and sailors in special fields of sailing related elctric, electronics and technology.
Located 9 kms towards the outskirts of the town, its main attraction are the salt beds. It is not exactly a tourist spot, but I recommend the place because the sight of pink migratory flamingoes flying around the salt beds, and that of the sunrays glistening over the white water is definitely one to behold.
Naina Kataria

236 Followers, 18 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
educational institutions
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Shavshanti Club Resort - Gujarat

Located close to the "Milk City", Anand, this 3 star resort is spread over 3 acres in area and is away from the commotion of the city.
We were searching for a budget hotel for some time now. There are very few hotels on the old road since most of the car traffic is deviated to new road. Only truckers use this road, hotels located are meant for truckers. We would have managed in a hotel with a decent bed and washroom but even that seems to be a lot for most of the hotels. Fortunately we found this resort on Gmap and decide to gave it a try. It was not exactly on the highway but some 100 meters left of the main road. The first look at the hotel and I made up my mind this is where I will end my day. We still park the bikes outside and went in to confirm on the rates. Slightly expensive but the lust of big, comfy and air conditioned rooms made us to check in. Delicious dinner and breakfast and the morning walk in the outside lawn of the resort just another highlights of the resort.
Achal Gupta

181 Followers, 43 Reviews


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Pirotan Island - Gujarat

It is an island in the Marine National Park, Gujarat in the Arabian Sea. It is 12 nautical miles off the coast and is 3 sq kms in area, and comprises of mangroves and low-tide beaches. Of the 42 islands in the park, Pirotan Island is very famous and entry to this island is strictly limited, permission is required from necessary authority.
1. Narara Island 2. Pirotan Island 3. Khijadiya Bird Sanctury 4. Jamnagar Lakhota Lake 5. Lakhota Fort palace
Sushant Panda

547 Followers, 42 Reviews


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Wadhwan - Gujarat

This is an important town and municipality in the Surendranagar District of Gujarat and is known to be a very important seat of Jain worship. This is a historically fortified town and was earlier known as Vardhamanagar as the footprints of Mahavira are said to be present here. The town is on the banks of the Bhogavo River.
The third in the trio of capitals of the Jhala Rajputs. Wadhwan is another fortified town situated on the banks of the now dried out river Bhujavo. This place is a considerable distance and we didn’t have a lot of time to visit a lot of places, the main attraction that we could surmise from a few conversations was the Raj Mahal Palace. What we didn’t find out was that this palace was now a heritage hotel, but in a way this worked out well as one doesn’t often run into palaces that one can explore from the inside. The Rajmahal palace compared to the forts and palaces in Gujarat is still a babe in the arms, built only just in the 19th century, nevertheless it is quite stunning! The other place we visited was the Hawa Mahal, another palace with intricately carved Jharokhas, pillars and a façade, and older than the Raj Mahal. We couldn’t find out more about this place, apart from the fact that it was damaged in the 2001 earthquake, something quite apparent since it was missing a considerable chunk of its roof!
Karandeep Mehra

418 Followers, 40 Reviews


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sight- seeing
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Dhrangadhra - Gujarat

Again a city and municipality under the Surendranagar District and it was the capital of the State of Surendranagar during the time of the British rule. This is one of the 8 pricely states of the Kathiawar Agency. This place was once ruled by the Jhala Raput Kings and the first soda- ash factory is said to have been the one built here.
Another reason for choosing Dhrangadhra was its own history. Part of the capital of the Jhala Rajputs, Dhrangadhra has its own share of Havelis and Mahals, especially the Ajit Niwas Mahal. Numerous other old havelis exist, but now have been refashioned into schools and centers. We visited the Jogasar Lake and the Falku River too, and seeing water bodies in the middle of a this dry arid landscape has its own charms! Something we found even when we came across the marshy wetlands and the flocks of birds gathered around the water inside the sanctuary.
Karandeep Mehra

418 Followers, 40 Reviews


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N/A
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sight- seeing
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Sarkhej Roza - Gujarat

The famous Persian duo Azam and Mu’azzam built the Sarkhej Roza which by no means is less that and architectural marvel. The monument is dedicated to the Saint Ganj Baksh and represents a blend of Islamic and Hindu culture and artistry. The place now stands as a famous pilgrim spot in the city of Ahmadabad of Gujarat and I frequented by a number of tourists who seek to get a glimpse of the tomb of the patron saint. One is said to be mesmerized by the beauty and intricacy of the tomb.
The architecture here is pretty unique. Before this point, there were those arched facades were a must, which is completely missing here. The styling is a beautiful mix of Persian influences with Hindu and Jain aspects as well. Even the cornices of the pillars here, looked much like temple architecture. The masjid has some exquisite jali works. In interiors, infact, have some metal jali work as well!!! Esp, during sunny days, the way the sun light falls in through the jaali, creates some awesome effect. Since I was there at about 4, the evening sun was creating perfect light and shadow effect on the pillars and walls. The central dome has a gold plating. The central adornment atop the dome, is shaped like a peepul leaf - again an Indian influence. And as every other masjid, this too has the entire dome filled with several several pigeons.
Bhushavali

112 Followers, 4 Reviews


Best time to visit
The mosque looks great round the year but extremely exquisite during the Ramadan month in the Islamic calendar.
Things to do
Say a prayer here to have your wishes fulfilled.
Open Hours
All the days of the week from 11 am to 6:00 pm.
Budget
Free

Halvad - Gujarat

A small town and municipality under the Morbi District of Gujarat, this is known as the Small Kashi of India with so many temples. This is a town of the Gujaratai Brahmins and warrior clans. They also have old palaces which they have protected till date. This placxe is perfect to visit if you are a history lover. The main temples of Halvad are the Sharaneshwar temple, Bhavanibhuteshwar Temple, Gaulokeshwar Temple, Shabalwshar Temple, Kashivishwanath Temple, Bajinath Temple and the Dholeshwar Temple.
Just a little way ahead of Dhrangadhra, is another Jhala Rajput capital – Halwad. A remarkable little town, Halwad is on all of its sides protected or guarded by Shiv Temples! We visited only one – Sharaneshwar as we had taken a bus and were there only for a day. Sharaneshwar was located besides a pond and also had a stepwell. There are 7 temples and perhaps on a later trip to Halwad, I’ll be able to get to all of them and also get to know more about what they do, but for now visiting one was all I had time for! We did not, of course, spend the entire day at the temple, a large part of our day was spent at the Halwad Palace, located on the banks of Samatasar Lake. Its Jharokhas overlooking the water and the expanse of the desert landscape, the palace cuts an impressive figure with its intricate façade cut into the yellow sandstone, virtually the same color as the land it is on, as if it grew out of the earth itself.
Karandeep Mehra

418 Followers, 40 Reviews


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Things to do
sight- seeing, worship
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Chotila - Gujarat

It is a Hindu place of worship in Surendranagar district, Gujarat, this is a worship place for Mata Chamunda, it is about 18 sq kms and was a princely state of the Khachar dynasty.
Bullet Baba - Strangest temple in India.
Neil Raviya

125 Followers, 1 Reviews


Best time to visit
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Things to do
Pray, Tour
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Budget
Free

Law Garden - Gujarat

This place happens to be a night market that sells items like blouses that are embellished with stone and coloured sequins, long traditional skirts that are referred to as Chaniya's, costume jewelry and some beautiful home decorative items. These products are right from the very heart of India, its villages and one is just tempted to buy from here. It is no wonder that the place is extremely famous among the locals and makes for a great tourist destination as well.
Shopping is absolutely heavenly here! Tapestries, ghagras, accessories, purses, shoes, you can find almost anything here with a touch of Gujarat. Make sure to bring along some locals to help you bargain with the prices!
Arushi Dutt

756 Followers, 101 Reviews


Best time to visit
It would be sad to have visited the city of Ahmadabad and have missed out on this place.
Things to do
Shop for some interesting pieces of traditional clothing and jewelry here
Open Hours
From dusk to 7:00 pm on a daily basis, right through the week.
Budget
Free

Carzonrent India Pvt. Ltd. - Gujarat

We had booked Self driven Innova from Myles (carsonrent) Ahmedadbad. After 11 hour drive , With horrifying, haunting and adventurous road with no one around you, we reached Golden city, Jaisalmer. 
SHASHANK

7 Followers, 8 Reviews


Amdavad Ni Gufa - Gujarat

It is an underground art gallery in Ahmedabad, it displays the work of the famous Indian artist M.F.Hussain and displays a contrasting mixture of art and architecture.
Unorthodox yet Charming
Miles 2 Smile

172 Followers, 4 Reviews


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Things to do
Adventure tours
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Sabarmati Ashram - Gujarat

Lying on the western banks of the River Sabarmati, this ashram is a peaceful heaven that is situated at a distance of 5 kilometres from Ahmedabad city. This ashram was founded by the great man himself, Mahatma Gandhi in 1915 as he struggled to free the country from the reins of the British Empire. It is from this place that Mahatma Gandhi carried forward his persistent struggle and garnered much support for the March of 1930 towards Dandi. The ashram is filled with items that were used by Gandhiji such as his khadi spinning wheels and, handicrafts and handmade paper.
The place is filled with various memoirs letters and other documents of the father of the nation. If you're as much into modern Indian history as my father is, you're definitely going to like it here!
Naina Kataria

236 Followers, 18 Reviews


Best time to visit
Make your trip to Gujarat and the city of Ahmedabad by visiting this ashram
Things to do
A letter from Mahatma Gandhi to Adolf Hitler dated the 23rd of July 1939 can be found here.
Open Hours
The place is open from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm, right through the week.
Budget
No entry fee is charged here.

Gandhi Ashram - Gujarat

Dedicated to the work and immense contribution by the ‘Father of the Nation,’ Mahatma Gandhi, this ashram was initiated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on May 10th in the year 1963. One can expect to find a number of writings and compositions and as well of photographs of Gandhiji here. There are 8 oil canvas paintings that depict the life of this Indian hero and the place has regular shows on his life. The ashram also has a library where one will find some films on the life and teachings of the man. This gallery is a tribute to Gandhiji and one should pay a visit here.
Sabarmathi Ashram was the place where Gandhiji began with his Satyagraha, Ahimsa way of attaining independence. It was then called the Satyagraha Ashram. The river Sabarmathi ran beside it and so the place came to be called Sabarmathi Ashram.
Bhushavali

112 Followers, 4 Reviews


Best time to visit
The ashram is open all through the year
Things to do
Get a peek into the life of Gandhiji and go through his teachings at the library here at the ashram.
Open Hours
This place is open all through the week from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
Budget
Free

adalaj vav - Gujarat

This is nothing less than an architectural marvel that can be found 15 kilometres away from the capital of Gujarat along the National Highway. The Adalaj Vav is a step well that is known for its great design and one needs to descend down a flight of steps in order to reach the water level. The well was built by Queen Rudabai in the year 1499 and it runs pretty deep. The main part of the well is five storey’s deep and the walls leading down are carved with intricate designs and motifs. This is one spot you simply cannot afford to miss when in Gujarat.
Vav in Gujarati means Step well. This was built by Ruda, wife of Vaghela chief Virasimha in 1498. Its an oblong well with has entrance at south and steps from south to north. These are tiny little relief sculptures that you'll have to try hard to find among the floral and heavily ornate designs.
Bhushavali

112 Followers, 4 Reviews


Best time to visit
All through the year.
Things to do
Descend the 5 storey’s and experience the marvel of this edifice.
Open Hours
6:00 am to 6: 00 pm all through the week
Budget
Free

Adalaj Stepwell - Gujarat

A perfect place for architecture and design lovers. The charm of this place is in the intricate details of the craftsmanship that is visible all over the place on the Rock walls.
Trablogger

509 Followers, 5 Reviews


Khamir Craft Resource Centre - Gujarat

It showcases crafts and culture of the Kutch region, a must visit.
Cultural & craft centre. A must visit.
Priyam & Shrey

119 Followers, 17 Reviews


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Swaminarayan Temple - Gujarat

An absolute marvel..the architecture exudes serenity and is a must visit. This place is closest to Bhuj and is a part of the complimentary sightseeing in the travel package provided.
The Sassy Traveller

7 Followers, 6 Reviews


Zainabad - Gujarat

Day 2: Palanpur - Zainabad - Little Rann of Kachchh - Zainabad (175km) We reached Zainabad around 3:30 pm, just as the owner of Desert Coursers, Mr. Dhanraj, was getting ready to take the people staying there for a desert safari. He said that the jeeps were leaving in 12 minutes, and that if we wanted to join them, we’d better hurry up. We gobbled our lunch, and wondered whether we could take our own car along with their jeeps. However, he insisted that a permit was needed to take our car in the Little Rann of Kutch (LRK), and that there was no way that we could get it then. He added that even if we did manage to somehow enter the LRK, the babul (shrubs) there would ruin the paint on our car. We’d seen shots of people taking their car into the LRK, and weren’t totally convinced. Also, none of the logs I had gone through mentioned anything about permits to enter the LRK. We decided not to join the safari, but instead to take our car and try our luck. Of course, we kept this to ourselves. Once the jeeps left, we checked into our cute ‘bhunga’ shaped hut, freshened up a bit, and then took off, armed with the directions marked on our GPS. Bhungas, for the uninitiated, are mud huts with a peculiar architecture found in the region. The huts at the resort are quite nice and comfy. There are also big, clean bathrooms attached to each hut. We headed towards Jhijhuwada, a village 15 kms away, and then after that proceeded toward the LRK after crossing a salt farm. We spotted a track going west, and consulted our GPS markings from Google Earth. It seemed to be the correct direction, and my gut feeling said that this track would definitely lead us to the LRK. We took the cut, and followed the tyre marks. We were hardly 10 minutes into our off-roading when we spotted a beautiful, brown animal family, and were lucky enough to capture them on camera. We first thought that they were Neelgais, but then ditched the idea since they were not blue at all. However, thanks to friends back home, we now know that they were in fact Neelgais, and that a female Neelgai is not blue and has white marks on her ankles. After clicking the Neelgais, we tried to go into the actual Rann by going pure west, but could not do so thanks to the shrubs blocking our path. As several shrubs scraped Kiyang, I was sure glad that I’d taken the extra effort to get the second round of Teflon coating done just before leaving. A word of advise to people entering the Little Rann - stay on tyre marks while entering the Rann as there are few tracks which allow cars to enter. There are just too many shrubs to deal with otherwise. The same goes while exiting the Rann too. However, while one is in the wide open, make your own road. As we went further towards the Rann, we met some Khurs, and were thoroughly delighted at having spotted them, more so because they look almost identical to Kiangs found of Ladakh! We chased them a bit, but could not get good shots. We thought not to disturb the Khurs any more and headed further west deeper into the LRK. Finally, after another 10 minutes of driving, we found ourselves in the wide open. It definitely was a sight to behold! Dry, parched land stretching in all directions, with not a soul around, and the sun waiting to set. I had a shot in mind – Kiyang with the setting sun in the background – and made sure that Kiyang was in position when the moment came. Our plan for the next day was set – we intended to drive through the Rann, making a east to west run, and probably come out north, crossing about 100 km of the LRK in the process. That meant that we would probably be in the middle of the LRK during lunch, and hence asked the resort guys to pack some lunch for us the next morning. Also, I noticed a bird-enthusiast with a 400mm lens hanging in front of him at the resort, and he unbelievably had a ziplock bag and silicon pouches to spare and the heart to give it to me. We had dinner, which was average, and then called it an early night since the day had been long. The bed was not too comfortable, but the room was overall nice and clean, and the whole place had a good vibe about it.
Harsh Vardhan

595 Followers, 47 Reviews


Devpur Homestay - Gujarat

It was built in 1905 by Thakore Shri Verisalji Bawasaheb of Roha, it is spread over 2acres in area and is made of local sandstone and classical ornaments.
Delightful stay at Devpur Homestay. Krutarthsinghji is the proud owner of their ancestral home and principal of The White Eagles School.
Priyam & Shrey

119 Followers, 17 Reviews


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Dwarkadish Temple - Gujarat

Quite famous all across the globe as the abode of the Lord of Dwarka, this temple is also known as Jagat Mandir and is said to have been constructed around 1400 years ago. The place houses an image of Lord Krishna and is now an important pilgrimage spot for Hindus. The temples comprise of five floors that are supported by over 60 columns. The temple is filled with carvings right from the ceiling to the floor and it is made out of sandstone. Al the traditional guidelines have been followed in the construction of this magnificent temple in the state of Gujarat.
Hopping from one temple to another, Dwarkadish is a splendid temple with full of lighting arraignments. The ‘Shayan Aarti’ takes place at 08:30 PM & the temple closes at 09:00 PM. A panditji arranges a velvet bed with 3 pillows on either side. The temple resounds with the chanting of “Hare Krishna, Jai Jai Krishna” It is also known as the Jagat Mandir.
Vartika Sharma

282 Followers, 21 Reviews


Best time to visit
All round the year.
Things to do
Pay a visit to Beyt Dwarka when done with the temple.
Open Hours
Every day of the week from 7:00 am to 12:30 pm and then from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm.
Budget
Free

Polo Forest - Gujarat

The forest can be covered by foot and is located in the Vijaynagar district of Gujarat. A beautiful place with rich flora and fauna.
1. 15th century temples 2. Trekking in the jungle 3. Exploring caves 4. Palace at Idar
Sushant Panda

547 Followers, 42 Reviews


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Nirona - Gujarat

Located about 45 mins from Bhuj, the Nirona village showcases extraordinarily talented artisans.
Home to some of the most unique handicrafts. Some artisan families being the only ones in the country to still practice the art. Bell making, lacquering unimaginable patterns on wooden items, Khatri family being proud of Narendra Modi gifting their unique Rogan Art 'Tree of Life' to presidents on foreign trips.
Priyam & Shrey

119 Followers, 17 Reviews


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Shree Chehar Mataji Temple - Gujarat

It is said to be one of the most divine places and is located on the bank of the river Mahisagar.
Next we went to the Shree Chehar Mataji Temple in Martoli. This temple is built of gold from inside. It is 900 years old and I was told that I am very lucky to come here as many people do not get a chance to visit all these places even if they want to. There is a tree inside the temple where it is believed that goddess appeared and a small temple was built at this place. It is said that once there was a “bhandara” (feast) in the temple in which people were fed with ‘laddus’ (a round Indian sweet). However, the laddus prepared on that day were not enough for the very large crowd that had showed up. The priest instructed to cover all the laddus with a piece of cloth of the goddess, and take out laddus from below it and distribute it to people. Even after everyone was well fed, there were laddus left. Five of those laddus were wrapped up and hung above the sculpture of the goddess. This temple also gives food to whoever walks in, three times a day and seven days a week.
Yogesh

154 Followers, 26 Reviews


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Rapar - Gujarat

Rapar is a small lively city. The city is vibrant and filled with people transiting from different villages. It is situated in the Kutch District of Gujarat and is a municipality. This city area is particularly called Vagad. The name Vagad derives from the famous rulers of Vaghela. The name Vagad means the land of Vaghelas and it is also the biggest center of taluka. The city has many temples namely Swaminarayan Temple which is dedicated to Swaminarayan, the Ratneswar Temple which is dedicated to Shiva, the Rama dedicated Ram Mandir, the Dariyasthan temple dedicated to Dariyalal. The city has two ponds with a public garden.
Day 6: Bhuj - Ajrakhpur - Rapar - Dholavira - Rapar - Bhuj Having had a rather tiring day 5, we were not too keen to start early the next day, and hence only left the hotel around 9. The plan for the day was to visit Dholavira and come back, which itself would take the whole day since Dholavira is a good 250 kms from Bhuj. However, Aarti had been dying to see some artisans at work and also get some shopping done, so we decided to halt first at a village called ‘Ajrakhpur’. ‘Ajrakh’ or hand-block printing is a native craft of Kachchh, and artisans practicing this craft were mostly found in village Dhamadka, some 50 kms from Bhuj. However, after the devastating earthquake in 2001, the village was almost entirely destroyed, and the government rehabilitated the Ajrakh artisans to a new village, named ‘Ajrakhpur’ after their craft. This is about 10 kms outside Bhuj on the Bhuj - Bhachau highway. As we entered the village, we stopped to ask someone about where to go to buy stuff, and he immediately pointed us to the house of Mohd. Musa. Once we reached his house, Aarti’s eyes widened to unimaginable proportions, and stayed that way for the next 1.5 hours till we left the village. He had one room full of dress material, suit pieces, sarees, and what not! Everything was pretty and colourful, and Aarti had a hard time deciding what to NOT buy! Once she did decide, Musa offered to show us his workstation, and we gladly accepted. It was indeed interesting to see the accuracy and speed with which Ajrakh artisans print material with hand blocks, and also all the different ‘natural dyes’ used, which Musa explained were made from all kinds of natural things like plants, spices, oils, etc. After a good look at the printing process and a nice photography session with the artisans, we decided that it was about time we left, or we’d have to chuck our plan of going to Dholavira. Aarti of course could have settled there, and pulling her away was indeed equivalent to torture for her. Thankfully, once we left the village, her eyes returned to normal size and her excitement on crossing the Greater Rann while going to Dholavira returned in full force! The left cut for Dholavira comes right after the Euro Multivision factory on the Bhuj - Bhachau highway, and one then comes on to a narrow but smooth single-laned road. From here, we started following the route outlined in Outlook Traveller’s Driving Holidays, and ended up taking a rather long route to R which went through several villages. We couldn’t find a place to stop for lunch, so settled instead for chips and namkeen bought from a roadside shop. Finally, around 2:30 pm, we hit the stretch of road right before Dholavira that crosses the Greater Rann. Needless to say, it was breathtaking, and the urge to drive on the vast white Rann was almost overpowering. Aarti had decided already that she wanted to explore the Rann on foot, and as soon as I parked on the side, she jumped off the car, and headed straight for the Rann. She’d hardly gone 20 feet when she realized that the Rann was indeed very, very marshy, and came dancing back, as is evident from the photograph below. Since we could not explore the Rann on foot, we decided to move on, and take some shots on our way back. We reached Dholavira around 3:30 pm after spending several minutes searching for the Harappan excavation site, which we thought was quite strange, given that it is the largest excavation of the Harappan valley civilization in India. We eventually came to the conclusion that the distance from Bhuj probably discourages people from visiting the place, and that when the road from Khavda to Dholavira is finally constructed, the place should be much better maintained. After looking at the museum where artifacts found from the excavation as well as the history was explained, the caretaker took us out to the excavation site. The elaborate water management system, and the pots, seals and jewellery of the Harappans left us amazed at the level of advancement of humans 5000 years ago! We left Dholavira around 4:30 pm, and then stopped for some shots on the Greater Rann stretch. Carefully navigating the marshy land, we set up our tripod, and took some couple shots. I also ventured out a bit to take some shots of the electricity poles which seemed curiously majestic in the otherwise barren terrain. After spending a good half an hour enjoying the beauty of the Rann and taking photographs, we set off for Bhuj. The return journey was tiring, but we were hell bent on having a non-veg meal on our last evening in Bhuj, and so went to Hotel Prince, right opposite our hotel, for dinner. Our Gujarat guide book had mentioned that it served non-veg fare as well. After an okay meal of fish and chicken, we literally dropped dead in our hotel.
Harsh Vardhan

595 Followers, 47 Reviews


Best time to visit
One can visit this small lively city throughout the year
Things to do
One should visit the Swaminarayan Temple, Ratneswar Temple and the Ram Mandir.
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Hodko - Gujarat

This is a village at the heart of the Banni grasslands, famous for its Banni handwork as well as a famous bird spotting destination during the post monsoon. Unfortunately for us, lack of rainfall meant there was no migration this year. The landscape as you cross the military establishment outside Bhuj changes from low lying desert shrubs, making their way for the dry sands of the desert (Rann). You are most definite to come across herds of camels with their shepherd’s; and the really experimental ones can ask for a trial of camels milk to the most willing tribesman (Tip: they might ask for 10 or 20 bucks, but that’s nothing compared to this experience) Before entering Hodko, you will need to take permission to enter the Rann (being a sensitive area due to its proximity to the Indo-Pak border) at a border check post just past a town called Bhiriyandara on the Bhuj-Dhordo road. All you need to do is submit your Id proof and vehicle number, and the charges for entry are Rs. 100 per person per day. This town is famous for its Mawa cake, and is a must try. Bhujodi - Hodko - Approx 90 Kms Travel time - 1hr30 mins approx.
Nandan Dongre

159 Followers, 7 Reviews


Shaam E Sarhad Resort - Gujarat

The resort is owned and managed by the Hodka Community to push Local art and culture. It's designed in a local style with mirrors and traditional art, crafts, textiles etc.
A highly recommended stay, its all what you need. The place has a very cultural feel to it and combined with excellent service, clean rooms, free food :D and awesome people. It was a delight!
theboardroombackpackers

229 Followers, 11 Reviews


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Shaam E Sarhad Village Resort - Gujarat

The resort is owned and managed by the Hodka Community to push Local art and culture. It's designed in a local style with mirrors and traditional art, crafts, textiles etc.
There are amazing resorts in Bhuj, Great Rann of Kutch and Mandvi. Near Great Rann of Kutch you can stay at Hodka village(has few resorts and it is about 18 kms from GRK), Dhordo village(its the beginning of GRK and has tents are on the white desert). We would suggest that you stay in these village resorts rather than in Bhuj, only then you will get feel of Rann(we stayed in Shaam-e-sarhad, amazing resort with great service and food).
Aniesh Chawla

336 Followers, 18 Reviews


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Rann Utsav - Gujarat

It is a festival that goes on for about 2 months showcasing the beauty, culture & traditions of Kutch & Gujarat. The true essence of the festival begins at night with endless dancing and music at the beautiful Rann of Kutch. It also offers a variety of activities like camel riding, bicycling etc.
During Rann Utsav (Dec-March), tent city is setup with good quality tents and good facilities. Also a lot of shops and stalls are setup where handicraft and food items are sold. Musical and dance program is also organised for the people staying in the tent city. The best thing, about staying in the tent city is that you are at the Rann(literally) and hence can easily enjoy sunset and sunrise. But resorts which are a bit far off from the tent city are very calm and peaceful and they too host cultural programs at night.
Aniesh Chawla

336 Followers, 18 Reviews


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Lakhpat - Gujarat

A ruined city, which was once a princely state is a travellers delight. It is very close to the Great Rann of Kutch and the clear starry skies are best enjoyed when you are here. This is also a seat for worship for Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims. This is where Huru Nanak is said to have halted on his way to Mecca and there is built a gurudwara, which is also said to have preserved a number of Nanak's belongings. The bodies of Sufi saints Pir Ghaus Mohammad and Syed Pir Shah are also buried here and beautiful mosques are built here.
View of the Arabian Sea in the distance. Lunch at Gurudwara
Priyam & Shrey

119 Followers, 17 Reviews


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Things to do
sight- seeing, worship
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Khadir Bet - Gujarat

For the Spectacular views of Rann, Suinset and 7 km stretch of Bridge to khadir bet
Saurabh Lahoti

14 Followers, 8 Reviews


Palanpur - Gujarat

When the country was under the British, Palanpur enjoyed the status of being a princely state. This place is of much importance to the Jain community who called this place Prahladpur. The city is home to quite a few temples here and thus is an important pilgrim spot. Palanpur holds an important spot in the annals of Indian history as is believed to have been ruled by Paramara clan of the Rajputs. The seven gates that once adorned the city are a testimony of the wealth and glory once seen by Palanpur. Out of these, the famous ones are the ‘Shimla,’ ‘ Meera,’ ‘Delhi,’ and ‘ Gathaman’ gates.
Day 2: Palanpur - Zainabad - Little Rann of Kachchh - Zainabad (175km) We got up pretty late the next morning, thanks to our decision not to set an alarm. But it was good that we slept late since we got up fresh. More importantly, Aarti was feeling much better, and that was a relief! After a quick breakfast and tea at the hotel, we left around 11 am. We were expecting several photo-ops during the day, and hence I’d cleaned the lenses in the morning while Aarti was still getting ready. We decided to head straight towards Desert Coursers, the resort where we were booked for the night in village Zainabad, and abandoned our earlier plan of going to Suigam and Nadeshwari temple in the Greater Rann, since that would have become hectic, and moreover, we may not have been allowed to enter the Rann in the first place by the BSF. In hind sight, that was a good decision. Of course, reaching Zainabad early also meant that we could catch the sunset in the Little Rann, which was very tempting. Our planned route for the day was to reach Zainabad via Mahesana, Modhera and Dasada. An hour into the drive, I was trying to capture the excellent roads we were driving on, when I realized that something was wrong with the lens. It was completely fogged out. After fiddling around a bit, the problem still persisted. And it was not one lens, but both. I got pretty anxious, and called our friend KD who is our "go-to-guy" while on the road. He advised us to keep the lenses in the sun, and said that they will start de-fogging immediately. I also called Doc Pushpinder (pushpinder) who advised that I should call Tanveer (tsk1979) for all technical related matters. Tanveer too advised me to keep the lens in the sun, although not pointing directly at the sun, and to get some silica gel and a zip lock bag. Keeping the lens in the zip-lock bag with the Silica gel acting as a dessicant would help remove the moisture within the lens and reduce the problems in the longer run. The challenge was now to get my hands on these items in rural Gujarat. For now, I kept both the lenses on the dashboard in the sun and hoped for the best. The de-fogging started immediately, and I cannot express how relieved I felt! I later realized that some moisture must have seeped in into the two lenses while I was cleaning them, and swore to be more careful the next time onwards. With the lens fog behind us, we moved further towards our destination for the day. Till Mahesana, the expressway is fantastic, and beyond that the state highway till Zainabad too is awesome, despite being two laned and undivided. When we reached Modhera, I was super excited to see the Sun Temple, and took Aarti to the wrong one, despite her saying repeatedly that this temple couldn’t possibly be the Sun Temple. She was right (as the better halves normally are ), but I did manage to get a couple of decent shots there! Anyway, we did finally reach the real Sun Temple, and it turned out to be quite charming. It was difficult to shoot at the location though, since the Sunday picnic crowd was difficult to get rid of in each frame. A short while later, we decided to move on towards Zainabad.
Harsh Vardhan

595 Followers, 47 Reviews


Best time to visit
October to March is what is suggested by locals and those who have been to Palanpur before.
Things to do
Pose at one of these gates and capture a slice of history.
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Ambaji - Gujarat

A town in Banaskantha district in the state of Gujarat, with abounding historical and mythological relations with sites of cultural heritage.
Places to visit -- 1.Ambaji temple (Shakti peeth) 2. Ropeway or walk to gabbar-- original abode of goddess. 3. Kumbhariya Jain Temple 4. If u still have time cross Gujrat border and reach Mt. Abu for a one day trip.
Sushant Panda

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Aina Mahal Museum - Gujarat

Designed by Ramsingh and added to the palace complex by Maharao LLakhpayji during the 18th century, the Aina Mahal Musem is considered to be one of the most elegant of all tourist spots. This hall of mirrors is done up in white marble and is a sight to behold in Bhuj. Once a palace now a museum, the Aina Mahal is a fine display of European influences and has a collection of rare items and paintings from around the world. The materials used in the construction here were locally sourced and one cannot afford to miss this place when in Gujarat.
The Aina Mahal and Prag Mahal are in a compound right across each other in the heart of Bhuj. Prag Mahal still standing surrected after the earthquake is a sight to watch. Aina Mahal is a dilapidated beauty of its own.
Aditi Kumar

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All through the year
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All through the week from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and then again from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Budget
One is charged an entry fee of INR 10.00 here.

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