Aavo Padharo, words of welcome in the language of Gujarat because it is here that these words ring truly and the guest is 'God' and the people of Gujarat are gregariously friendly, inviting and will entice you to come again and again. Here are some popular holiday destinations in Gujarat:
Ahmedabad: The largest city in Gujarat, Ahmedabad, is a bustling metropolis with a mix of modernity and tradition. It is renowned for its architectural marvels, such as the Sabarmati Ashram (the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi), the intricate carvings of the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, and the magnificent Adalaj Stepwell. Ahmedabad also offers excellent shopping opportunities at places like Law Garden and Manek Chowk.
Gir National Park: Gir National Park is a famous wildlife sanctuary and the only natural habitat of the Asiatic lions in India. It is located in the Junagadh district of Gujarat. Visitors can embark on thrilling jeep safaris to spot these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. The park is also home to other wildlife species, including leopards, deer, crocodiles, and various bird species.
Somnath: Somnath is a revered pilgrimage site for Hindus and is known for the ancient Somnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple has a rich history and has been reconstructed several times. It is beautifully located on the Arabian Sea coast, providing stunning views. The sound and light show held in the temple premises is a popular attraction.
Rann of Kutch: The Rann of Kutch is a vast salt marsh located in the Thar Desert region of Gujarat. It is a unique and mesmerizing landscape that transforms into a white desert during the winter months. The Rann Utsav, a cultural festival held annually, showcases the vibrant culture, folk dances, handicrafts, and local cuisine of Gujarat.
Dwarka: Dwarka is one of the four sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites known as the Char Dham. It is believed to be the dwelling place of Lord Krishna in ancient times. The main attraction in Dwarka is the Dwarkadhish Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna. The city also has other significant temples like Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple and Bet Dwarka, which can be visited by boat.
Vadodara: Formerly known as Baroda, Vadodara is a city rich in history and culture. It houses several architectural gems, including the Laxmi Vilas Palace, Sayaji Baug (a sprawling garden), and the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum. Vadodara is also known for its vibrant Garba celebrations during the Navratri festival.