Gujarat Culture Tourism

Gujarat Culture Tourism

Posted On : 15-11-2021

GUJARAT CULTURE TOURISM

Gujarat is the sixth largest state located in the western part of India. It is known for its rich culture, history, art, and cuisine. It preserves the rich tradition of songs, dance, and drama. Gujarat is one of the best tourist destinations in India. It is visited by both domestic and international tourists.

Why You Should Visit Gujarat?

Gujarat offers scenic beauty in stunning hill stations and amazing sightseeing spots. You will also get to see various forts, museums, palaces, temples, and other historical monuments in Gujarat. Gujarat is also famous for its wildlife tourism. It is the habitat for the world's rarest Asiatic lions, monkeys, blackbuck, bears, and a few migratory birds. People of Gujarat celebrate fairs and festivals with full enthusiasm. The festivals like Navratri Garba, Diwali, Makar Sankranti, Rann Utsav are celebrated with zeal and fervor. There is so much to explore in Gujarat and you will certainly be overwhelmed once you visit there. 

Best Tourist Attractions in Gujarat

Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad is the commercial center of Gujarat. Many business tycoons and filthy rich people hail from this city. It is the epicenter of art, culture, cuisine, and shopping. The city has a lot of industries and textile mills, which makes it the most demanded place for businessmen.

This city attracts major tourists from all over the world. From stunning parks to spectacular architecture to temples and markets, Gujarat has much to offer. Ahmedabad is divided into two parts by the famous Sabarmati river - old and new. The old city has all the amazing temples, monuments, forts, and mosques. On the other hand, the new city comprises malls, broad roads, and all educational institutions.

Ahmedabad is also the educational hub of Gujarat. With renowned institutions like the National Institute of Design (NID) and Institute of Management (IIM), the city gives out the best talent in art and business.

You will find the most scrumptious Gujarati food in Ahmedabad. The most famous Gujarati thali and snacks are worth trying. 

The Great Rann of Kutch

Kutch has a mesmerizing beauty that depicts the amalgamation of sea and desert. Spread across large areas, the Great Rann of Kutch is the world's largest salt desert that gets covered with water during the monsoon season and dries during winters. The breathtaking view where the hard mud left after the desert gets dried, dazzles like a diamond under the sun, is worth watching.

Apart from the charming landscapes, the popular carnival 'Rann Utsav' is worth exploring. This colorful and exotic Utsav is celebrated every year for three months with full enthusiasm. It showcases folk dance, art, and music. You can experience the beauty of Kutch by ATV rides, bicycle trips, para-motoring stunts. You can also take a jeep safari to explore the Great Rann of Kutch. 

Kankaria Lake

Kankaria Lake was constructed by Mughals and is the most beautiful spot in Gujarat. Many tourists throng this place and find it very attractive. Various activities like kids toy trains, zoo, hot-air balloon rides, water rides along with many food stalls offering relishing dishes, keep the tourists enthralled.

Sabarmati Ashram

Gujarat is known to be Mahatma Gandhi's birthplace. Gandhiji stayed in Sabarmati Ashram (named after the Sabarmati river) from 1917 to 1930. You will find this place very relaxing and tranquil with people meditating and walking in silence. The peace and unique energy of this place make tourists awestruck.

The Ashram showcases many photographs and information about the life and history of Gandhiji. The Satyagraha Movement initiated by Gandhiji was started here. All the top-notch politicians and foreign delegates always visit this place. 

Rani Ki Vav

Rani ki Vav, also known as Queen's Step-wall, is the amazing stepwell situated in Patan town of Gujarat. It is one of the oldest and finest step-walls of Gujarat. This step-wall is constructed with multi-storied pavilions having circular pillars. The interiors of these pillared pavilions are carved with more than 800 beautiful sculptures of Gods, Goddesses, and other Hindu themes.

The step-wall is made in the form of an inverted temple and represents the craftsmanship and architecture of that era. It was built in 1063 by Rani Udayamati (wife of king Bhimadeva) to commemorate her husband. Since 2014, Rani ki Vav is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Gir National Park

Gir National Park is the forest and wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat. It is the land of Asiatic lions and wildlife creatures. It is considered the most protected area in Asia due to its unsupported species. All the wildlife lovers can witness around 38 species of mammals, 300 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles, and approximately 2000 species of insects.

Tourists can avail the wonderful Safari experience with a jeep and guide for assistance. The Gir forest department also organizes 'Lion Shows' which is totally a unique experience.

Top Things To Do in Gujarat

  1. UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Gujarat has three main UNESCO World heritage sites namely, Rani ki Vav, Champaner and Pavagadh Archaeological Park, and Ahmedabad World Heritage city.
  2. Wildlife Safari - Explore the popular Gir National Park which is the only place in India having Asiatic lions. Additionally, other wildlife spots that are worth watching are Wild Ass Sanctuary, Ambardi Safari Park, and Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary.
  3. Waterfalls - You must check out spectacular waterfalls in Gujarat namely, Ninai, Gira, Girmal, and Zarwani
  4. Boating - Enjoy boating in the beautiful lakes of Gujarat. Some of the famous lakes are Kankaria, Ranmal, Hamirsar, and Saputra.
  5. Religious Sites - Visit the stunning temples of Gujarat associated with Lord Krishna. Some of the popular temples are Dwarkadhish and Rukmini Devi temples.

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