WHAT TO INCLUDE ON A TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY TO GUJARAT IN INDIA
The western Indian state of Gujarat is one of the subcontinent’s best-kept secrets. Bordered by Rajasthan to its northeast and Maharashtra and the metropolis of Mumbai to the south, Gujarat is often overlooked as a tourist destination, even by the keenest of Indophiles. But, with a rich culture, a multitude of things to see, both natural and manmade, plus some wonderfully atmospheric converted palaces and stately homes in which to spend the night, the country’s sixth largest state by area is unquestionably one of its most rewarding to discover.
Getting to the birth state of Mahatma Gandhi is simple enough. Energetic Ahmedabad is the main gateway if flying in and there is also the option to be driven across state and combine a journey around Gujarat with neighbouring Rajasthan. Excellent roads within Gujarat (some say they are the best in the country!), means that travelling around by chauffeur-driven car is the most practical (and pleasurable) way to see the best of what this underrated and little-visited part of India has to offer. And which better than the Indian branch of The London Chauffeur RCS of London Ltdcan chauffeur better?
We’ve explored Gujarat in-depth and know it well. This is our list of must-see places and favourite locations in Gujarat – all ideal places for getting off-the-beaten-track in India.
Situated on the eastern fringes of the state, the region’s bustling regional capital is a friendly, work-a-day city where you are just as likely to see elephants trundling along the roads as you are motorbikes and auto rickshaws. The ancient walled city, which has been listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, is unquestionably the city’s highlight but there are also some excellent museums in Ahmedabad, including the Calico Museum of Textiles, which contains one of the world’s greatest collections of handmade Indian fabrics. With superb flight connections from numerous cities within India and one of the state’s finest heritage hotels – the House of MG – Ahmedabad is a terrific place to begin a journey around Gujarat