‘Aavo Padharo’ – Explore the vibrant culture of Gujarat

April 22, 2015 Must See Places In Gujarat @TheRoyaleIndia 2089 0 0

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Can you think of a place where lions freely live in their natural habitat other than Africa? A majestic Jyotirlinga temple which still stands proud despite being ravaged by invading forces innumerable times. A palace which is four times larger than the Buckingham palace along with the world’s largest salt desert that remains under water during the monsoon, Astonishing, isn’t it?


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With Gandhinagar as the state capital that houses the world famous Akshardham Temple dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. The temple is made from 6,000 tons of pink sandstone and is adorned with intricate carvings. A trip to the artistic as well a spiritual splendor of Akshardham is simply a must when visiting Gujarat

Kalika Mata Temple, PAVAGADH

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Moving on to the other majestic temples in Gujarat, look forward to visiting Swaminarayan temple in Bharuch and Somnath temple (one of the 12 jyotirlinga temples) along with its Baan Stambh or an arrow pillar that points towards the south pole with absolutely no land mass in between.

Somnath Temple

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The Dwarka temple in Veraval is also worth visiting. Pavagadh is another awesome hill station, with a rope way to the famous Kalika mata temple.

Archeological Sites

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If you love visiting archeological sites then Adalaj Vav is a visual treat with intricate carvings. If you are on an extensive trip across the state then other places that deserve a visit include the old city of Junagadh with Mt. Girnar as its highest peak. Rajkot is famous for food and kite flying and Sabarmati Ashram for a glimpse of India’s story of Independence.


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For the off-beat traveler, Bhuj is a place not to be missed. Be it the gorgeous Mandvi beach, the hall of mirrors, the eerie ‘ghost-town’ of Lakhpat where one can catch a glimpse of the sandals worn by Guru Nanak. Indeed, Gujarat brings in diversity in history and cultural that you are definitely going to cherish your visit here.

The Festival of Navratri

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Visiting Gujarat during the Navratri festival becomes even more exciting as it is one of the most revered festivals here. Navratri is celebrated at every nook and corner of Gujarat with intense fervor. One of the best places to be during Navratri is the city of Vadodara to glimpse the large crowds of people participating in the garba events that take place on all nine nights of the Navratri festival.


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Incidentally, though Vadodara is a small city, it is home to the Laxmi Vilas Palace which is still a royal private residence, four times the size of Buckingham Palace. Built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in Indo-Saracenic architecture style surrounded by picturesque well landscaped gardens, the palace is open for tourists even today. Other attractions in the palace are miniature railway line which is operational even today and the Raja Ravi Verma painting collection.

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Planning to unwind or de-stress on your visit to Gujarat then head straight to Saputara.

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Get rejuvenated against the gushing Gira waterfalls in lush-green surroundings and some breath-taking views.

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Gujarat is a delight for foodies especially the traditional Gujarati fare. Look forward to gorge on fafda jalebi every morning and during the day you can try out piping hot jalebis at Ahmedabad, lasaniya bateta at Rajkot, ponk vada and undhiyu (seasonal) in Surat.

Reaching Gujarat

Today, Gujarat is well-connected by road, rail and air. The main cities of Gujarat viz. Ahmedabad, Surat, and Vadodara are well equipped with transport facilities and other public amenities. With hotel accommodation offered for every type of traveler, you will find multi cuisine food options and lot of entertainment options too. Though Gujarat is a dry state, travelers can apply for a drink permit by furnishing their travel plans.

Full of things to do, places of tourist interest to visit and multitude of shopping options, Gujarat is an interesting tourist destination in India. The best time to travel to Gujarat is from June to March as the summers here are very extreme, if you don’t mind the rains.

It’s time you too experience ‘Khusboo Gujarat Ki’, the very apt tagline of Gujarat State Tourism

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