Gujarat offers a cornucopia of experiences. Tracing its origins back to ancient periods in history, it has a rich culture, history and heritage to show for. Boasting the longest coastline in India, its shores are washed by the waters of the Arabian Sea on the west.
The state of Gujarat holds a lot of attractions, such as the Great Rann of Kutch, the world’s largest salt desert. You come across remnants of Harappan civilization in Lothal and Dholavira. One witnesses the rich cultural and historical legacy of this state in its various palaces and monuments, some of which are Laxmi Vilas Palace in Baroda, Rani ki Vav in Patan, Sidi Saiyad Mosque in Ahmedabad and Vijay Vilas Palace in Mandvi, besides others.
In Ahmedabad, founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah almost 600yrs back, and declared India’s first heritage city by UNESCO, you come across various historical structures that shed light on its cultural value. Sabarmati Ashram, Mahatma Gandhi’s first ashram in India, also located here, sheds light on various aspects of his life.
Gujarat also attracts tourists for its fascinating wildlife. This is the home of the Asiatic Lion, whose abode is the Gir National Park. The other famous wildlife sanctuaries across the state are Mitiyala Wildlife Sanctuary, Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Purna Wildlife Sanctuary, besides others.
This coastal state is also home to fabulous religious monuments which attract tourists with their splendid architecture and history. The most famous of all is the Somnath Temple, majestic in its proportions and grand in its appearance. The Dwarkadhish Temple is another attraction, impressing visitors with its architecture and appearance.
The handicrafts and textiles in Gujarat are famous all over the world. Where Ahmedabad is famous for applique and patch work, Amreli excels in bead work. The finest handwoven sarees come out of Patola, while the art of making jewelry and the craft of pottery reaches excellent levels in Gujarat.