As said by our prime minister Narendra Modi “Gujarat, with its all-inclusive, sustainable and rapid growth, is emerging as a globally preferred place to live in and do business.” Gujarat located on the western coast of India is the fifth largest Indian state with a population of more than 60 million. The vibrant state is famous for its culture, heritage, food, wildlife sanctuaries, and scenic view. Gujarat was said to be the main area of Indus valley civilization which is over 4000 years old. Gandhinagar is the capital of the state and Gujarati is the main language in the state. October to March is the best time to travel to Gujarat. Alcohol is prohibited in Gujarat. Gujarat is also famous for sweets, dishes, and several Rajasthani items like jalebi, fafda, dhokla, thepla, khandvi, and many more. There are also many places to visit in Gujarat. Thousands of tourists visit Gujarat daily for enjoying the weekend or the holiday. So, let’s find out Several travel places to visit in Gujarat.
1. Rann of Kutch
The Rann of Kutch is a salty marsh desert located in the desert of Gujarat which separates the boundaries of India and Pakistan. This is the largest salty desert in the whole world. The desert is situated to the north of the tropic of cancer and located between the gulf of kutch and Indus river in southern Pakistan. Bhuj is the nearest airport and distance from Bhuj to Rann is 102 km. The great rann of Kutch is also home to many wildlife sanctuaries like Indian wild ass sanctuary, Kutch desert wildlife sanctuary, etc. The best time to visit Rann of Kutch is from October to march. It is not advisable to visit in April and May as temperature rises. Travelers must keep an id proof with themselves as at the entry point id proof is checked by the army officials. A three-month-long festival known as “The Rann Utsav” is organized every year from December to February by the government of Gujarat. Moreover, the stalls at this festival are the main source of income for the locals. Tourists from all around the world come to see the great run of kutch and this grand festival. Different cultural events are held every day during the festival and tourists can also do shopping. It is advisable that the visitors should not miss moonrise and sunset as you will witness a marvelous view of changing shades of sand.
Timing- Open 24 Hours
If you visit Gujarat and have not visited Ahmedabad then your trip is not complete because in this city there are several attractive places like lakes and historical places in which you can see the oldest designs and architecture. There are also several lakes that show the beauty of Ahmedabad. There are also many dishes famous in Ahmedabad like Fafda jalebi and I think you must it. Here you will also find Rajasthani clothes like Chaniya choli which was worn at the dandiya festival. As, this is one of the big festivals in Ahmedabad, and thousands of tourists come and enjoy the Garba. The best time to visit is from October to January.
Places To Visit in Ahmedabad – Sabarmati Ashram, Bhadra Fort, Adalaj Stepwell, Akshardham Temple, Kankaria Lake, and Many More.
3. Dwarkadhish Temple
Dwarka, the kingdom of Lord Krishna takes us to medieval times. It is believed that when Lord Krishna left Mathura, he built his own kingdom Dwarka. Lord Krishna is known as dwarkadhish which means “king of Dwarka”. People believed that he is ruling today and worship him like a king. Dwarkadhish temple is from one of the famous “Char Dham Yatras”. Dwarkadhish temple is located on the banks of river gomti which further joins the Arabian sea. It is believed that the original city of Dwarka is submerged under the Arabian sea. Only some part of the city is left and structures of the city can also be found under the sea. Dwarkadhish temple is also known as Jagat mandir or Trilok sunder temple and famous among devotees for its architecture and history. Temple has two gates: entry from swarg dwar and exit from moksha dwar. Devotees have to climb 56 steps to enter the temple. Temple is 2200 years old and constructed by the great-grandson of Lord Krishna vajranabha. Dhwaja is hosted on the top of the temple which is 84 feet high and changes every day in different colors. Each color resembling a specific spiritual quality. Dwarka is one of the important pilgrimages for Hindus and the temple attracts thousands of devotees every year. Temple is well connected through bus, train, and airport.
Timings: 6.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Mangla aarti: 6.30 a.m.
Mangla darshan: 7.00 a.m. to 8.00 a.m.
Shringar Aarti: 10.30 a.m. to 10.45 a.m.
Sandhya Aarti: 7.30 p.m. to 7.45 p.m.
Shayan Aarti: 8.30 to 8.35 p.m.
4. Somnath Temple
Somnath temple is famous among tourists as it is the first of the twelve jyotirlingas of lord shiva. Located near the Veraval of the western coast of Gujarat, the temple is designed in the Chalukyas style and inaugurated by dr. Rajendra Prasad in 1951. The temple was named after the moon(soma) who worships lord shiva. It is believed that the temple was constructed by the moon in pure gold, then by Ravana in silver, by lord Krishna in sandalwood, and by Bhima deva in stone. Veraval is well connected with roadways and railways. There is a four-day festival organized every Kartik Purnima in November-December. Maha Shivratri is also celebrated like a festival at the temple. There is a breathtaking view of the temple from the Arabian sea.
Darshan: every day from 6.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Aarti: every day at 7.00 a.m., 12 noon, and 7.00 p.m.
Sound and light show: every day 8.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
There are also several attractive places in Junagadh which was visited by tourists. If you visit Junagadh than you can explore forts, temples, museums, gardens and many more. Junagadh is famous for its historical purpose and has some interesting stories related to it. Junagadh is near to Ahmedabad and mostly tourist comes from Ahmedabad and from the other states, the fort is the most attractive part of Junagadh by its architecture and old history.
Places To Visit in Junagadh – Uparkot Fort, Girnar Jain Temple, Darbar Hall Museum, Mahabat Maqbara, Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden and Many More.
If you want to spend some relaxing time after a busy schedule, so this place is a must-visit. Saputra(the abode of snakes) is a hill station of Gujarat and is the most famous destination in too which is famous for its beautiful waterfalls, greenery, scenic views. Located in the Dang district of Gujarat, this hill station is above 1000m sea level.it is believed that Lord Rama spent 11 years of his axile at this place. The sunrise point, sunset point, Gira waterfalls, purna sanctuary, vansda national park, saputara museum, and saputara lake are major attractions of saputara to be enjoyed with your loved ones. Local food and handicraft goods also attract tourists. The best time to visit this beautiful hill station is during monsoon season as mountains are covered with greenery. Cultural activities are organized for 1 month during the monsoon festival of saputara which is held from August to September.
Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee
Places To Visit In Saputara – Hatgadh Fort, Artist Village, Vansda National Park, Sunrise and Sunset Point, Saputara Lake, Saputara Museum.
7. Laxmi Vilas Palace
It is presently the residence of the Vadodara royal family constructed by Maharaja Sayaji Rao III. This palace consists of a zoo, golf course, and Maharaj Fatehgarh museum. In addition to this, it is four to five times bigger than Buckingham Palace. The Laxmi Vilas Palace is created in Indo-Saracenic style and has elements of Mughal, Hindu and gothic. The palace is built in such a way that it resembles a church, temple, gurudwara and mosque. The palace is spread over an area of 700 acres. Weddings, social gatherings, meetings, and conferences are also organized at this beautiful palace. Maharaja lives on the first floor and the ground floor is for tourists to visit. There is beautiful glass work in the palace which attracts tourists from all around the world. It will take about 3 hours to visit the whole palace.
Timings: 9.30 AM To 5.00 PM (Closed on Monday and Public Holidays)
Entry fee: Museum Entrance: INR 60 Per Person
Entrance Fee For Palace: INR 170 Per Person
8. Gir National Park
Want to see animals, then there is no place better than gir national park. Here you can spot lions roaming free. Gir national park is also known by the name of “Sasan Gir and it was declared as a wildlife sanctuary on 18th September in 1965. This wildlife sanctuary covers an area of approximately 1421 square kilometers. There are a total of 523 lions, 300 leopards, 200 species of birds and reptiles. The national park is famous among tourists as this the place where they can witness Asiatic lions. Located near tala gir of Gujarat, The sanctuary is open for tourists from 16th October to 15th June every year. The best time to visit the park is from December to February. The nearest town from the national park is Veraval.
Timings: There is a 3-hour trip starting at 6.30 a.m., 9.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.
Monday to Friday: INR 800 for Indians and INR 5600 for foreigners.
Saturday and Sunday: INR 1000 for Indians and INR 7000 for foreigners
Tourists also have to pay extra for travel guides, jeep entrance, and DSLR cameras.
Want to visit the cleanest city of Asia? Then explore Gandhinagar. The capital city of Gujarat is located on the west bank of the Sabarmati river. The international kite festival also takes place every year. The city is famous for its children’s park, Sarita udyan, Swaminarayan temple, indroda dinosaur, capital complex, etc. Devotees who visit Gandhinagar must-visit the Hanumanji temple, Brahmani temple and Akshardham temple. The name of the city is derived from the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The Gandhi ashram in the city is also famous as various national movements took place here. Gandhinagar is also famous for its delicious food like fafda, jalebi which reflects Gujarat’s heritage. Akshardham is the favorite tourist spot in Gandhinagar because of its extremely beautiful architecture. You can’t miss the joy of the city during the Navratri festival. The city is also famous among children as they can explore indroda dinosaur and fossil parks.
Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee
10. Amba Ji
It is a famous religious spot for Hindu pilgrims. Located on top of Aravali Hills on the Rajasthan Gujarat border, the goddess is known as asaur ni Ambe maa. There is no idol of the goddess inside the temple, instead, there is a holi yantra which is to believe the aspect of the goddess. Devotees are asked to cover their eyes with a white cloth before they are allowed to worship yantra. It is believed that the heart of the goddess Sati has fallen at this place. At the distance from the temple, there is a holy kund known as Mansarovar in which devotees take a dip. This temple is made up of white marble with gold coins and has silver-plated doors that give it a mesmerizing view. Garba and other folk dances are also done during the Navratri time. On every full moon, day fair is organized outside the temple and lakh of devotees come to offer their worship. The original seat of ambaji is at a distance of 3km from the temple.
Timings: open every day from 7.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
11. Marine National Park
Want to spend some quality time in the lap of nature and enjoy natural beauty then this is a must-visit place. It is the first marine national conservatory constructed in 1982. Located on the southern coast of the Gulf of kachchh in Jamnagar district, national parks consist of 42 islands. There are 7 species of mangroves inside the marine conservatory maintaining the balance between salt and freshwater system and protecting the coast from erosion. the park is rich in flora and fauna. The best time to explore the national park is from October to February. The park is well connected with all means of transport. The nearest airport is Jamnagar airport. It is the best place for those who love aquatic animals and love to explore the beach. Fees will be 25% extra on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
Timings: Entry is available between two high tides.
Indian: INR 40 per person
Foreigner: USD 10 per person
Camera charges(Indian): INR 200
Camera charges(foreigner):USD 20
Guide charges: INR 300
Rajkot was The capital of Saurashtra in history and is the fourth largest city in Gujarat. The Rajkot is famous for the manufacturing of cotton and woolen textile. Located on the banks of the aji and nayari rivers, Rajkot is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. Shops are closed here during the afternoon time. Rajkot is also considered as a place of middle school of Mahatma Gandhi: father of the nation. The city is also known as “Chitra Nagari”, a city of paintings. Diwali, Navratri, and Janmashtami are the festivals celebrated with very excitement. The city is also famous for its food like dhokla, green chutney, thepla, etc. Another famous place to visit in Rajkot is Aaji dam which was constructed during the British raj. Racecourse, Swaminarayan temple, Shri Ramakrishna Ashram, Saurashtra cricket association stadium, ghela Somnath Mahadev temple, pradyuman park are among the places to visit in Rajkot.
13. Zanzari Waterfalls
Are you a nature admirer? If yes, then you should visit this place and add it right now on your list! This place is 3 hours drive from Ahmedabad. Located on river vatrak in dehgam, this place is considered as a beautiful picnic spot near Ahmedabad. This place has many small waterfalls. The main waterfall is 25 feet high. It is the perfect destination for photographers and travel enthusiasts. There is a lord shiva temple known as Rameshwar temple near the temple. The waterfall is far away from the parking area and tourists have to take a camel ride or do trekking to explore waterfalls.september to February is considered as the best time to visit the place. Tourists are advised not to take a dip in the waterfall as it is too dip and dangerous and wear sports shoes so that place could be enjoyed comfortably.
Timings: open every day between 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Entry fee: no entry fee
14. Lakhota Fort
Constructed in the mid 19th century by Jan Ranmal II, the king of Nava Nagar. The palace is an example of traditional Gujarati architecture rich with royal interiors. Located in the middle of the lake, the palace is famous among tourists and people from different states come to explore the palace. There is also a small museum inside the palace consisting of paintings, pottery items. The palace is also rich with local and migratory birds. Tourists can also do boating and birdwatching at the palace. There is a Bala Hanuman temple in which chants of ram dhun “Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai ram” have been sung continuously at the temple since 1964. This temple is also named in the Guinness book of records. Tourists take a walk along the path and enjoy the scenic view of the lake, palace, and birds.
Timings: open every day between 10.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Entry fee: no entry fee