Top Destinations in Gujarat

Gujarat is a beautiful state located on the western coast of India. The state got its name from the Sanskrit term Gurjaradesa meaning “The land of Gurjaras”. They ruled Gujarat in the 8th and 9th Centuries CE.

Tourists can witness beautiful places in Gujarat that will be eye-pleasing. While visiting ancient Temples, forts located in Gujarat, one will surely appreciate the carvings and construction of these historical monuments. Gujarat is also surrounded by beautiful and pristine nature, where people can immerse themselves and lure into the natural scenic beauty.

So, let’s have a look at some spectacular destinations in Gujarat that one should visit.

Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Ahmedabad is the largest city in Gujarat. The famous Sabarmati river flows through the center of the city. Known as the former capital of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is also known as Amdavad. It is mainly famous for cotton textiles, street food places, etc. The famous dish Jalebi Fafda should be tasted when you are in Ahmedabad.

Places to visit in Ahmedabad

  • Sabarmati Ashram
  • Textile city
  • A 600-year-old mosque
  • Lal Darwaja Market
  • Street food at Manek chowk
  • Saree shopping at the Sindhi market.
  • Law Garden

Best time to visit

November to February is the best time to visit Ahmedabad.

Gir National Park

Gir National Park
Gir National Park

Gir National Park is a prime place of attraction for tourists and especially wildlife lovers. The royal kingdom of Asiatic Lions, Gir occupies a total area of 1412 sq km. Known as the royal home of Asiatic Lions, the wild creatures dwells here freely and safely.

Gir forest has a rich collection of fauna comprising of 2375 distinct species. Asiatic Lions, Indian leopards, Indian cobras, sloth bears, golden jackals, Indian mongoose, desert cats can be observed in the forest. One will also find many species of birds residing in the Forest.

Considering the flora, half of the forest area is covered with Teak forest. Many evergreen trees are also rooted in the forest area.

Places to visit in Gir

  • Kamleshwar dam
  • Tulsi Shyam Temple
  • Crocodile breeding farm
  • The Maldharis tribe visit
  • The Siddis tribal visit

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Gir National Park is from 15th October to 15th June.
The Safari timings are 6:30 am to 8:30 am, 8:30 am to 10:30 am & 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Vadodara

Vadodara, Gujarat
Vadodara, Gujarat

Vadodara is the third-largest city in Gujarat. It was known as Baroda. Located on the banks of Vishwamitri River, Vadodara has historical importance. The Gaikwads of Baroda ruled the city very efficiently during the Maratha Empire period. Maharaja Sayaji Rao Gaikwad was one of the prominent rulers of the city at that time. Lakshmi Vilas palace is a prime attraction for tourists.

Vadodara is an industrial city of Gujarat. It is also one of the prime city for education. Today, Vadodara is famous in terms of industries and education.

Places to visit in Vadodara

  • Lakshmi Vilas palace
  • Sayaji Baug
  • Baroda museum and picture gallery
  • Dakshinamurthy Temple

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Vadodara is from October to March.

Somnath Temple

Somnath Temple
Somnath Temple, Gujarat

Located in Prabhas Patan in Saurashtra on the Western coast of Gujarat, Somnath temple is first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. It is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. People visit here to take the blessings of Lord Shiva. This divine destination offers positive energy to the devotees and vanishes negativity from their soul and mind.

Best time to visit

September to March are the best months to visit Somnath temple. But people who wish to avoid the crowd and pray peacefully to Lord Shiva can visit the Temple in the summer season also.

Great Rann of Kutch

Rann of Kutch in Rajasthan
Rann of Kutch in Rajasthan

The Great Rann of Kutch is a salt marsh. It is located in the Thar desert in the Kutch district, Gujarat. Rann of Kutch is considered to be one of the hottest areas of India, with summer temperatures peaking at around 49.5 Degree Celsius. Winter temperatures fall below 0 Degree Celsius.

A popular festival called Rann Utsav is celebrated here. It is a 3-month long festival during winters. Experiencing a full moon on salt deserts is what tourists can get here during this festival. An unexplained strange dancing light phenomenon occurs in the Kutch at night. In the local language, this phenomenon is known as Chir Batti.

Places to visit near Rann of Kutch

  • Kutch fossil park
  • Kalo Dungar
  • White Desert of Kutch

Best time to visit

Winter season from October to February are the best time to visit Great Rann of Kutch.

Rani ki Vav

Rani ki Vav
Rani ki Vav, Patan

Rani ki Vav or Queen’s stepwell is located in the town of Patan in Gujarat. It was built by Rani Udayamati who was the spouse of Chaulukya King Bhima I. It is declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

It is one of the finest designed structures of its kind. It is a major tourist attraction and consists of various ancient sculptures that give us an idea of the creativity of the people who built it. The new 100 Rupees note depicts Rani ki Vav on the rear side, since July 2018.

Best time to visit

October to March is the best time to visit Rani ki Vav as the weather is quite pleasant.

Dwarkadhish Temple

Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka
Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka

Also known as the Jagat Mandir, this temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple is located in Dwarka, Gujarat. People address and worship Lord Krishna by the name Dwarkadhish, meaning “King of Dwarka”. This temple is considered as Sacred by Hindu worshippers.

The flag on top of the Temple shows the Sun and the Moon, indicating that Lord Krishna will be there till Sun and moon exist. Dwarkadhish Temple provides positive energy to the worshippers. The Gokulashtami festival is celebrated enthusiastically in Dwarka.

Places to visit in Dwarka

  • Dwarka beach
  • Bhadkeshwar Mahadev temple
  • Dwarka Lighthouse
  • Rukshmani Temple
  • Gayatri Shaktipeeth

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Dwarka is from October to March as the weather is quite cool and pleasant. Pilgrims visit Dwarka throughout the year for worshipping Lord Krishna.

Statue of Unity

Statue of Unity of Sardar Patel
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

The Statue of Unity is located in Kevadiya, Gujarat and is the prime spot of attraction for tourists. The statue is dedicated to the first Home Minister of Independent India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The construction of the statue was completed successfully on 30th October 2018 and opened on the very next day i.e. on 31st October 2018.

The Statue of Unity is 182 meters high and tallest in the world. People come in large numbers to see The Statue.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Statue of Unity is throughout the year.
The entry ticket for Statue of Unity is 120 Rupees for adults and 60 Rupees for kids.
The Statue of Unity is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and remains closed on Monday.

Sabarmati Ashram

Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad
Sabarmati Ashram, Gujarat

Sabarmati Ashram is also addressed as Gandhi Ashram or Satyagraha Ashram. It is located at the Sabarmati suburb of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. This place was one of the homes of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi. Gandhiji also led the Dandi March from this place on 12th March 1930.

The ashram now has a museum named as Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya. History loving people should visit this place and notice the museum built in the memory of Gandhiji.

Best time to visit

The Ashram is open on all days and the timings are from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Adalaj Stepwell

Adalaj Stepwell, Gujarat
Adalaj Stepwell, Gujarat

Adalaj stepwell, also known as Rudabai stepwell, is located in the village of Adalaj, Gujarat. It was built in 1498 by Queen Rudadevi in memory of her husband Rana Veer Singh. The stepwell defines ancient Indian architecture and is a pleasure to watch.

Thus the architecture of the stepwell is uniquely one of its own kind. People will get to see the historical importance of this stepwell and the Queen.

Best time to visit

People can visit Adalaj stepwell throughout the year. The historical monument is open seven days a week and the timings are from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.