Places to Visit in Gujarat

Here are the top 40 tourist places in gujarat:, 1. ahmedabad.

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1 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 64 Tourist attractions

A rapidly growing metropolis, an industrial hub, an educational hotspot, and a city with a magnificent past – Ahmedabad is one of the most important cities in Gujarat. Located on the banks of the Sabarmati River, Ahmedabad is the former capital of Gujarat, and its delicious food, colourful culture i...

Best Time: October to March

2 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 20 Tourist attractions

Virtually an island that resembles the shape of a tortoise, Kutch is an erstwhile princely state of India holding onto its grandeur nature from the past. Kutch is probably one of the most beautiful, yet surreal places in India with the vast expanses of the white salt desert.  The plac...

Best Time: July to March

3. Gir National Park

3 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is the only remaining home for the Asiatic Lions. Located in Talala Gir in Gujarat, the Sanctuary is a part of Kathiawar- Gir dry deciduous forests ecoregion. Gir National Park is closed from 16 June to 15 October every year and the best time for wildlife spo...

4 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 16 Tourist attractions

Somnath, literally meaning 'lord of the moon' is a pilgrim center and is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It is a town which derives much of its identity from the mythology, religion, and legends that surround it.

Best Time: September to March

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5 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Statue of Unity is a memorial to The Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The statue has been erected to propagate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's vision of India and to inspire the Citizens of India through his patriotism and freedom struggle. The Bronze statue of the founding father of the Repu...

6. Vadodara

6 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 29 Tourist attractions

Vadodara or Baroda is a cosmopolitan city located in Gujarat. Home to some of the most exemplary displays of architecture, Vadodara is a fitting memorial to Maratha leader Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III who had envisioned a dream to make this Big City an educational, industrial and commercial centre.

7 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 15 Tourist attractions

Located on the western tip of the Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat, Dwarka is believed to be the capital city of Lord Krishna's kingdom. Known as Devbhoomi Dwarka, Dwarka boasts of being the only city that is a part of both Char Dham (four principal holy places) and also Sapta Puris (seven sacred cit...

8. Saputara

8 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 20 Tourist attractions

Snuggled in the Sahyadris or the Western Ghats, Saputara is a quaint little hill station in the Dang district of Gujarat. Popular for lush green forests, undulating mountains, dazzling waterfalls, dreamy winding roads, livid landscapes and plenty of charming cubbyholes to spend time with your loved ...

Best Time: Mid March to mid November

9. Champaner

9 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 8 Tourist attractions

The Capital of the Sultanate of Gujarat, Champaner is a historical city located in the Panchmahal district in Gujarat. Being included in the elite list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the globe, this marvellous archaeological park set in the heart of the city of Champaner and amidst t...

Best Time: October to February

10. Junagadh

10 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 25 Tourist attractions

Being the capital of Junagadh Princely State once, the town shines with historical significance with many historical monuments to see.

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11. Gandhinagar

11 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 18 Tourist attractions

Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat, is located at a distance of around 23 km from Ahmedabad on the western bank of Sabarmati river. Gandhinagar, one of India's few planned cities encompasses Akshardham Temple, one of the country's most beautiful temple.  

12. Porbandar

12 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 24 Tourist attractions

Porbandar, best known as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, is a beautiful beach town with some temples and dams and is now also a popular trading hub. The ancient port city with a significant event in its history is a tourist destination which modestly offers a number of attractions.

Best Time: Throughout the year

13 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 23 Tourist attractions

Bhuj is known as a desert city, with a history dating back to kingdoms and empires, palaces from the rule of the Naga chiefs, the Jadeja Rajputs, the Gujarat Sultans and the British Raj. With numerous temples, small streets, and traditional handicrafts, Bhuj is one of the unique historical sites in ...

14 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 44 Tourist attractions

Surat, having its name associated with Saurashtra (the good land), is a port city in Gujarat. The second most populated city in the state, Surat is a global diamond cutting centre and a commercial hub of textiles. Known as 'the city of flyovers', it attracts tourists who are intereste...

15 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 4 Tourist attractions

Home to Rani Ka Vav, the latest Indian entrant to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Patan is a treasure trove of architectural gems and ancient temples that has a history dating back to the medieval period. Situated in Gujarat, this place is located at the banks of what are the remains of...

16. Dholavira

16 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Known as a remarkable excavation site during the Indus Valley Civilization, Dholavira was one of the most developed cities roughly 4500 years ago. It was a flourishing Harappan site between 2650 and 1450 BCE. Presently an archaeological site in Khadirbet of Kutch Gujarat, the village is al...

17 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 5 Tourist attractions

Ambaji is a beautiful town located in the state of Gujrat, majorly associated with pilgrimage and religious tourism. The place has numerous beautiful temples, which turn out to be mesmerising architectural specimens. Ambaji is majorly associated with the worship of Goddess Amba, and variou...

18 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 4 Tourist attractions

Anand is a major city located in the Anand District of Gujarat. It rests at a distance of 101 kilometres from Gandhinagar, the state capital. Anand is often known as the Milk Capital of India due to the establishment of the AMUL manufacturing plant and the milk revolution that took place in the 20th...

19 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 2 Tourist attractions

Keeping up the delicate balance between the fine golden-brown sand of Gujarat’s richest desert on one hand, and the lush green of the Gir Forest on the other - Girnar - a group of mountains in the Junagadh district of Gujarat are a haven for thrill seekers and religious devotees alike due to their a...

20 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 23 Tourist attractions

Located in the western region of the country, Rajkot is the fourth-largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat. A commercial city with not many sightseeing options, Rajkot should be visited for its sweets, traditional snacks, Navratri celebrations, handicrafts (silverwork, patola weaving, bandh...

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Rann of Kutch

Rann of Kutch

Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary

Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary

Swaminarayan Temple, Ahmedabad

Swaminarayan Temple, Ahmedabad

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Kutch Bustard Sanctuary

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Dwarkadhish Temple

21. Himatnagar

21 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Himmatnagar is located in the Sabarkantha district of Gujarat, India. The municipality is the administrative headquarters of the region which is located on the banks of the river Hathmathi. The city was established in the 15th century and is a place with a rich history. There are several historic fo...

22. Bhavnagar

22 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat 10 Tourist attractions

Located at the southern tip of Gujarat peninsula, Bhavnagar is known as the cultural centre of the state of Gujarat. Literary achievers like Govardhan Tripathi, Kavi Kant, Narsihm Mehta and Ganga Sati have their roots in Bhavnagar. While on one side, you'd see the careless waves of Gulf of Khambat, ...

Best Time: October to January

23. Palanpur

23 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Palanpur, is a city and municipality in Banaskantha district of Gujarat, India. It is the administrative headquarters of the district, known for its massive architectural shrines dedicated to Hinduism and Jainism and it’s enriching history. A visit to this place would bring you into terms with the v...

24. Umbergaon

24 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Located in the Valsad district in the state of Gujarat, Umbergaon or Umargam is a small census town inhabited by fisher folks essentially. Based on a slightly mountainous region, the town is very close to the Maharashtra border and is known for its several gorgeous beaches and ancient temples. Besid...

25 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Anjar is a town and municipality in Kutch District, Gujarat. With over 1,400 years of history, it is known as the oldest town in Kutch. Anjar is famous for its cuisine, its known for the gher and dabeli. It has also been a centre for trade and commerce in Kutch for eons, being a target of invas...

26. Pirotan Island

26 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Pirotan Island spreads over an area of 3 square kilometres and is one of forty-two islands in the marine park area, nestled within the vicinity of the Marine National Park in the Jamnagar district of Gujarat on the western coast. As part of the first marine national park - the Gulf of Kutch Mar...

27. Dandi Beach

27 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Well known for its historical significance, Dandi in Surat is a beautiful beach destination. The scenic beauty combined with its rich history make it a favourite among all tourists visiting this place. The serene and pristine beauty of Dandi is only second to its long and illustrious history. The sa...

28. Zarwani Waterfalls

28 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

At a distance of about 90 km from Vadodara in Gujarat, Zarwani Waterfalls are amongst the most sought natural destinations in India. Huddled deep inside the heart of Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary near the district of Narmada, the perennial and gorgeous Zarwani Waterfalls provide you with an oppo...

29. Hathni Waterfalls

29 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Jambughoda is home to one of the most breathtaking and magnificent waterfalls you can visit in the Indian subcontinent. About a 100 metres in length and flowing with rich greenery, Hathni Waterfalls are surrounded by a variety of beautiful flora and fauna. If you find the peaceful sound of flowing w...

30. Kabirvad

30 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Kabirvad is a small island in the Bharuch district of Gujarat rumoured to be Saint Kabir’s residence several hundred years ago. Located along the banks of the river Narmada, the island promises you a calm and serene abode underneath the humongous canopy of Banyan trees that Kabirvad is most prominen...

31 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Vadla is an up and coming haven for migratory birds making their way to the marshy wetlands of Gujarat, just a short drive away from Ahmedabad. Vadla still remains relatively unknown and undiscovered in comparison to the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary and is a hidden gem only known to the locals.

32. Modhera

32 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Modhera is an ancient village in the state of Gujarat, famed for housing the remains of the Sun Temple built by the Chalukya dynasty is a true historical treasure. The village is surrounded by a mystical aura that the Sun Temple brings along, it is also a hub for spirituality and culture. Modhera gi...

33. Marine National Park

33 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Marine National Park in the Gulf of Kutch is the first marine conservatory built in India. Crediting to its diverse range of flora and fauna, it accounts for a magnanimous natural site for India's natural resource and beauty. The park is distributed in 42 scattered islands in an archipelago. The par...

34. Wilson Hills

34 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

The Wilson Hills in Dharampur district of Gujarat is one of those places which would make you say 'wow' when you witness the natural and panoramic beauty of the place. Clouds floating close to the ground, lush green forests, pleasant climate and intriguing view of the sea from the hilltop – Wilson H...

35. Wankaner

35 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Situated at the bending point of River Macchu in Gujarat, Wankaner is a princely town known for its royal lineage and heritage monuments. The city gets its name from its location; ‘wanka’ meaning ‘bend’ and ‘ner’ meaning ‘river’. Also known as Jhalawar, the city was originally ruled by Jhala Rajputs...

36. Nargol Beach

36 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Nargol Beach is a beautiful and serene beach situated in the state of Gujarat prolifically spread over an area of 16km. The beauty of this beach is enhanced tenfold by the lush green casuarinas trees. While the beach is not ideal for swimming, It is a perfect place for leisure walks or a picnic. The...

37. Sardar Sarovar Dam

37 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Located near Navagam in Gujarat, Sardar Sarovar Dam is a massive gravity dam built on the River Narmada which was built to conserve water and help the environment and the people around. The foundation of the project was laid down by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961 and the construction work for the s...

38. Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary

38 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary is a hilly isle known to be the home of the Sloth Bears in Dahod District, Gujarat. The locals suggest that the Sloth Bear is far more dangerous than a leopard, but assist tourists in spotting this thrilling beast. The Kanjeta Eco campsite is the on-site full-service ...

39. Zanzari Waterfalls

39 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

The Vatrak River of Dehgam, Gujarat boasts of the Zanzari Waterfalls. The main waterfall is 25 feet high and lands on a picturesque set of rocks, boulders and craters.

40. Taranga Hills

40 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Taranga refers to a three-peaked hill located in the Mehsana district of Gujarat, on the banks of the river Sabarmati. It is located at a distance of 130 km from Ahmedabad. Taranga Hills holds great importance for Jains as they consider it to be one of the five most Mahatirthas. The famed Ajitnath J...

41. Sardar Patel Zoological Park

41 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Sardar Patel Zoological Park is a newly inaugurated zoo situated in Kevadia, a town in the Narmada district of Gujarat. Located in the vicinity of the majestic Statue of Unity, this tremendous establishment hosts about 170 different species of wildlife from all across the globe, is home to a wide ra...

42. Thol Bird Sanctuary

42 out of 42 Places to visit in Gujarat

Thol Bird Sanctuary is an ecologically rich bird reserve located on Thol lake in the Mehsana district of Gujarat. It is nestled amidst dense deciduous vegetation and is one of the most popular places for bird-viewing in the state. The sanctuary welcomes vast varieties of endemic as well as migratory...

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Ahmedabad, also known as the 'Manchester of India' is an apt weekend destination amongst tourists who want to unwind themselves amidst nature and capture the beautiful essence of Gujarat. Ahmedabad is the western India's most vibrant city known for its cotton industries mushrooming into the cities and its cotton products burgeoning across India. The best tourist places in Ahmedabad offer an array of activities as ­ a known shopping destination for fabrics, an exciting and pleasing vista of flora and fauna, an essence of true Gujarati cuisine and an amalgamation of architecture. The Sabarmati Ashram situated in 1917 was the abode of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or better known as Mahatma Gandhi during the years of Independence struggle. The ashram on the banks of and named after the river 'Sabarmati' has a very subtle architecture with a soothing and tranquil atmosphere. The ashram has served two purposes quintessentially as the epicenter of freedom struggle and as the place that united a group of people who committed to 'ahimsa' or non-violence to secure independence. Tourists get to explore nature and the place does immense justice to tourists with its varied ecosystem and an enriched heritage that provides fun, frolic, adventure and a sneak peek into India's ancient history. The city offers a number of sanctuaries, national park and lake rides with beautiful sunsets that was inhabited by Bhil king of Ashaval in 11th Century, Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411 C.E. and later by Shahjahan. The marvelous architecture juxtaposed with breathtaking view serves the tourist places in Ahmedabad as a popular destination for tourists with a mixture of fun, food and frolic. The standalone architecture essays a great trip down the lane of history and magnificence.

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The city of Surat, in Gujarat, has a lot to offer for travellers seeking a break from the humdrum.  This vibrant Diamond city in Gujarat offers much to see and soak for travellers. From a visit to the vast salt expanse to retreating to the forests of Gir close by and from cultural heritage of the temples of Surat to modern art, the city has something for everyone to stay inspired. The city of Surat, makes for a good base to explore the many offerings of the state of Gujarat, like the lions in the Gir Forest and the Asiatic Wild Asses of the Little Rann of Kutch as well as a wonderful travel getaway in itself.

Surat, often called the Diamond City, for it has been the trade centre for diamonds for centuries! The city sparkles with its natural beauty, the hot springs, temples, tree-lined roads and access to some of the most beautiful beaches. Believed to have been settled as Suryapur in 1516, Surat city of today is a marvel to behold and a visitor’s delight. There is celebration in the city of Surat, almost all through the year. From the vibrant Navratri celebrations across the many shrines dedicated to the Hindu goddesses at the beginning of the year to the festive colours of the Garba dance in October-November. There’s the enthusiastic kite-flying festival in January which attracts travellers from all over the world and then there are music festivals after the rains. Surat has the tropical weather with hot summers, delightful winters, plenty of rain during the monsoon along with a sparkling although short, springtime. The city attracts travellers from all corners of the world through October to March which is the best time to visit the state. The lovely beaches around Surat, like Dumas and Suvali, make for a wholesome travel experience at any time of the year.

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Silvassa was formerly a Portuguese colony but now it has become a popular tourist site flushed with wildlife sanctuaries, scenic destinations and beaches. It lies between Maharashtra and Gujarat and it comprises of 72 villages and many Roman-Catholic churches that stand as a testimony to the Portuguese rule during the historic times. Due to its rich Portuguese heritage it is also a famous spot for history enthusiasts who wish to explore the hidden treasures of this city. Silvassa is extremely renowned for its exotic resorts, lush greenery, manufacturing industries and tax-free alcohol. It is also a haven for those looking for handmade and originally crafted products like Warli painting and paper bag.  There are several natural attractions around the area that have made Silvassa a popular tourist getaway site. The Lion Safari Wildlife Park, spread over 25 hectares of land, is home to the majestic Asiatic Lion. The Vanganga Lake is a dainty reserve with flowers and gardens blooming around it. Often, visitors take boat rides to the lake and take in the surroundings in all their aesthetic appeal. Island Garden is another popular tourist destination in Silvassa with thatched and wooden huts decorating its premises. The island is visited via boat rides from ashore.  Apart from a repertoire of attractions, Silvassa also constitutes of many popular activities, including trekking, nature walks and cultural explorations. There are museums built in the city for history enthusiasts who want to have an immersive understanding about the archaeology and past of the place.  The summers here are hot and dry with the scorching heat making it impossible to sightsee during afternoons. The nights are cool and pleasant. Therefore, the best time to visit Silvassa is during winters, from September to February. The post-monsoon season also offers an ethereal view of the town as the showers wash everything clean. The monsoon here is highly unpredictable, as there are times with heavy showers, while the others are only light drizzles that recede with time.

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Known all over the world for its magnificent palaces, glorious past, and rich culture, the beautiful city of Vadodara happens to be one of the top places to visit in Gujarat for a peaceful and tranquilizing holiday. Propelling history fanatics, nature lovers, peace seekers, and architectural enthusiasts, this place is packed with interesting tourist spots and exciting things to do.  Vadodara has its own share of beautiful palaces, parks, gardens, temples and whatnot. It would surely be great fun to indulge in various sightseeing tours in and around the city, stopping over at the famous Laxmi Vilas Palace for having a look at the wonderful craftsmanship, spending some peaceful time in the lush green surroundings of Sayaji Baug, and go back down the timeline at Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological park. Whether you want to offer prayers to the almighty and indulge in meditation or you want to shop your heart out and pamper your tummy, this city of Gujarat would not disappoint you.  Presenting an impressive culture and colorful festivals like Navratri and Ram Navami, Vadodara also does not fail to impress its tourists when it comes to its traditional festivities and celebrations. From its authentic Gujarati cuisine to its very own Garba, this spectacular city represents the rich and extraordinary cultural and traditional beauty of its state in a truly surreal and enticing manner. Blessed with an excellent climatic and atmospheric condition, the city of Vadodara welcomes travelers almost throughout the entire year. The favourable weather of the place and tolerable temperatures during almost all seasons, helps tourists enjoy the plethora of available activities whenever they visit the city.

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If you are looking for places to visit in Gujarat, then Kutch is the crème de la crème of the places you would want to explore. The architectural grandeur, cultural marvel, and sumptuous cuisine are bound to make it difficult for you to leave.  Kutch lies on the India-Pakistan border, and you can see parts of Pakistan from here. The best time to visit Kutch is during winter, from November to February. The long winter evenings reflect the light of the moon on white sands, giving it an aesthetic appeal. In fact, the famous Rann of Kutch festival takes place at the same time, flaunting its remarkable glory. The second most important determinant of how your trip goes, after climate, is where you should go. Be it for a short period of time or a long one; there are places in Kutch that must be visited for a memorable sojourn into a cultural lifestyle. You must have heard about the Rann of Kutch in your geography classes, but seldom did they cover the humbling beauty of the place. The massive deposits of salt in the area gives it a surreal appeal. It’s beauty has also been portrayed in various Bollywood films like Ramleela and Refugee. If you want to explore Kutch from a historical viewpoint, then Kutch Museum has in its inventory some extinct scripts like the Kutchi Script and ancient coins. There are also paintings, arms, and embroidered pieces marveling at the cultural lifestyle. The Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary inhabits animals like cormorants, wild boards, porcupines, and black-necked storks, making it a popular tourist attraction. There are also jeep safaris available here.Another reason to visit Kutch is the Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary that is considered to be the largest saline wetland area.  It preserves several species of birds, wild ass, and flamingos.

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Founded in 1510 by Rao Hamir, the city of Bhuj is one of the best culturally rich places to visit in Gujarat. The city is located in the Kutch region of the state and was once the capital of Kutch. The ancient Bhuj city has been witness to many wars and local conflicts and contains reminiscents of all of them. Today, however, it functions as a significant trade and commercial point of India, while also being a tourist capital. The city has a hill located on its eastern side, which lends its natural beauty. A fort situated on the ridge further intensifies the historical significance of the scenic Bhuj landscape. Two lakes called Hamirsar and Deshadsar also call the place their home. These lakes lend an ethereal charm to the busy city, while the vibrant markets always catch tourist attention.  While in Bhuj, you can visit places like the Bhujia Fort, Hamirsar lake, Prag Mahal, Aina Mahal, and Sharadbaug Palace. These places will appeal to you, especially if you are looking to spend some time learning about the history of Rajputana and Mughal rulers of India. You can also admire the elaborate architecture of these places or take beautiful pictures overlooking the city.  Bhuj is a fantastic place to shop for traditional Gujarati clothes, meenakari jewelry, local spices, and handicrafts in the Bhuj Haat market. You can also explore the Bharatiya Sanskriti darshan museum or relax at the hill garden. Do not forget to try the sweet and spicy cuisine at local restaurants of the Old City Market for the best culinary tour of Gujarat. Bhuj experiences a hot desert climate throughout the year. Summers are scorching, while winters make up the perfect time to visit. For a comfortable trip, visit from October to March.

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A huge metropolitan city of Gujarat, Rajkot, is a must-visit for every tourist. The city was prominent in the Indian Independence movement, being home to several leaders who participated in India's freedom struggle. In recent years, it has been developed extensively to provide excellent facilities to tourists.  The entire city reverberates colonial vibes. Most of the architecture reflects Anglo Indian styles of construction. The elaborate parks, lush green gardens, towering buildings, and museums beautify Rajkot further.  Start your Rajkot trip by exploring the historically revered Jubilee Park. This expansive space has plenty of buildings from the colonial times, including the famous Connaught Hall. You can also find the Mohandas Gandhi high school or the Mahatma Gandhi Museum, Kaba Gandhi Na Delo, Watson Museum, Rashtriya Shala, Rotary Dolls Museum, Lang Library and Rotary Midtown Library all within the Jubilee park. Other crucial tourist places in the city include Darbargadh haveli, Swaminarayan Gurukul, Race Course, Masonic Hall, and Aji Dam. You can also explore religious faiths at the Swaminarayan temple, ISKCON temple, Vishwakarma Prabhuji temple.  While in the city, you can explore concerts and performances of the local music genre called Dayro. Witness a play at the Hemu Gadhvi Natyagruha or shop on the vibrant streets for items like ivory handicraft, beaded jewelry, desi fabrics, and meenakari items.  Rajkot has pleasant weather from October to March every year. During this time, cool breezes blow during the mornings and evenings while the afternoons remain pleasantly warm.

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Gandhinagar

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Situated on the west coast of Sabarmati River, this city was named after the great freedom fighter and Father of The Nation of India, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Located 32km to the north of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar is the epitome of rich cultural heritage. Gandhinagar offers you the climate and atmosphere that is difficult to find around these days. The city engulfs you in its pace in such a manner that you may find it hard to come back. It puts you away from the chaotic world and brings peace to you and your soul. Often referred to as the commercial and cultural heart of Gujrat, Gandhinagar presents the spacious, well-organized look of an architecturally integrated city. The city encompasses various eye gazing and enthralling places to explore. It offers a rich cultural heritage, beautiful temples and tranquil environment to all its visitors. There are various things to do in Gandhinagar; from visiting Akshardham Temple, one of India's biggest and most beautiful temples to mapping Craftsmen village, from trying Undhiyu to Khandvi, from attending the khadi festival to buying local specialities, you’ll find endless reasons to fall in love with this city. The city also has a small Khadi Gram or Khadi village where the traditional khadi clothes are prepared, but these days it has been turned into a tourist attraction also where tourists can also go and learn how to make cloth from original wool. Also known as the green city, Gandhinagar stores in everything that will give you a hell of lifetime experiences. It is also popularly known as the Tree Capital of India as 54% of its land is covered with trees. This makes it a perfect place for a long weekend holiday. Gandhinagar also has extensive green parks and recreational areas which further adds to the list of fun things you can do after coming to the city. This was just the beginning, here are a few more exciting places that you can visit in Gandhinagar :

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Gir Somnath

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One of the newest additions to the state of Gujarat and amongst the most remarkable places to visit in Gujarat, Gir Somnath was carved out of the Junagadh District in 2013. The two places are located in the Saurashtra region edging on the Arabian Sea in the south and are famous around the world for their stunning natural beauty and centuries-old heritage that even finds a mention in the Rigveda and Gita. Though their names are often used interchangeably, Gir and Somnath have a distinctly unique beauty. While Somnath’s location next to the Arabian Sea adds richness to its landscape, Gir’s tropical forest cover lends a luxuriant and verdant charm looking like a sea of green extending across endless miles. Believed to have been built by the Yadava dynasty in 649 CE, the Somnath temple is amongst the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The architecture of the temple is influenced by the Chalukya style complete with a ‘shikara’ that is 15-metres in height, intricately carved walls, and ancient figurines of Shiva. One of the inscriptions in Sanskrit here says that Antarctica and the Somnath temple lie in a straight line without any land interrupting this line. Gir’s National Park’s rare savannah & deciduous forest cover is the only place on the planet to house the Asiatic Lions besides other famous residents like Golden jackals, Ruddy mongoose, Honeybadger, Chinkara, Monitor lizard, etc. The park is also famous for its scenic water reservoirs like Hiran, Datardi, and Raval that also serve as water points for wild animals. One of the best things to do here is to take a long stroll on the Chorwad Beach and try local snacks at the beachside shacks. Visit the Prabhas Patan Museum to explore ancient pictures and manuscripts about the history of the place. Visit the majestic and intricately adorned Junagadh gate, which is said to be the route taken by Mahmood Gazni to plunder the Somnath Temple. Enjoy a safari and overnight camping at Gir to spot the elusive Asiatic Lion and explore the coastal biodiversity. Gir Somnath experiences hot and dry summer months (March-June) with temperatures rising ranging between 30-42°C. The winter months (October-February) are cold with temperatures ranging between 10-24°C. Their proximity to the coastal areas makes Gir Somnath experience heavy and humid monsoon rains (July-September) with possibilities of cyclones and sharp winds.

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An ancient Indian city located in Devbhoomi of Gujarat, Dwarka is one of the most religiously significant places to visit in Gujarat. This city is especially famous for the Hindu legends that circulate it. The temples located here further attract pilgrims from across the country. This city is synonymous with the Dwarka Kingdom, the description of which is found prominently in Hindu scriptures relating to Lord Krishna.  Dwarka is also revered for its proximity to the Arabian sea and the beauty of its coastline. The towering and colorful temples located here play a unique attraction to tourists from all around the world. The island-like vibes and the rocky coasts make it one of the best tourist attractions in Gujarat.  If you are planning to visit Dwarka, start by exploring the ancient Dwarkadhish temple. This famous pilgrimage site is a 2000-year-old shrine dedicated to Lord Krishna. The gorgeous shikara of the temple contains many inscriptions and has sculptures attached to it. The decorative motifs are engraved in the 72 pillars that support the principal shrine of the temple. The temple follows many elaborate rituals and often organizes fairs on religious festivals. While at the temple, take a quick detour to the attached Dwarka beach. This rocky beach will treat you to once in a lifetime views of the foamy waters of the Arabian sea brushing against the Indian coastline. Other places you should explore include the Rukmini Devi temple, the lighthouse, and the sudama bridge.  Some popular activities you can try in the city include shopping for idols and fabrics in the Dwarkadheesh market, water sports like swimming, beach volleyball, and birdwatching at the the Dwarka beach.  For the most comfortable journey in the city, visit from October to March. The weather during these months is pleasant. Summers in the town are not excruciating either but may entail rains and hot winds.

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Mandvi is a quaint city located in the Kutch district in Gujarat. Containing some of the best tourist attractions of Gujarat, this city is a must-visit if you plan to explore the state in full. The town was once enclosed on all sides with a fort, the remnants of which are still visible. Traditionally, it was also home to massive shipbuilding industry in the western Indian region.  Mandvi is named after sage Mandavya and finds several mentions in Indian scriptures. The city has several religiously vital sites, in addition to a beautiful beach and a massive fortress.  While in Mandvi, do not forget to explore its massive beach. The waters of the Arabian sea kiss the golden sands of Mandvi’s coast while the skies remain a colorful hue. Several watersports can be carried out at this beach, making it a favorite of tourists who love adventure. You can also visit the beach for lounging or birdwatching. Take a quick detour to the neighbor wind farm from the beach to land at a picturesque location seemingly right out of a Hollywood film. You can also visit the Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial or go to the Topansar lake to watch birds flocking on the water. To witness the lavish royal lifestyle, head to the Vijay Vilas Palace near the Mandvi beach. Activities like shopping, birdwatching, lounging, sunbathing, and water sports are prevalent in the city. A historical on foot tour of the place or a cycling exploration of the local markets is also an excellent thing to try out.  Visiting Mandvi is best during the winter season lasting from November to March. You can also visit during autumn or early spring for a comfortable trip.

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This district of Gujarat located in Ahwa is an erstwhile kingly estate that still houses the Bhil Kings’ families, the only royal dynasties to still rule and get support from the Government. The tribal heritage, intriguing culture, and astonishing landscape of Dang make it one of the most offbeat and interesting places to visit in Gujarat. Being the smallest and the least populated place in Gujarat, the stunning natural beauty of Dang is mostly untouched. Dang literally translation to ‘hills’ is bestowed with a unique landscape of hills, lush valleys, and beautiful rivers. What adds more colour to the already rich atmosphere of the place is the presence of several tribes. These tribal people have their own traditions, dances, and fairs that can be experienced easily at Dang. One of the best places to visit in Dang is Saputara Hill station, which is a planned hill resort city and quite a beautiful one at that. Visit the Artist Village here to see explore amazing tribal exhibits. One of the most scenic places here is the 75-ft. Gira waterfall surrounded by thick forests that’s perfect for escaping in the cool lushness of nature. Another great attraction here is the Waghai Botanical Gardens that house native and exotic species of plants & flowers. One of the most amazing activities in Dang is to savour a beautiful hillside sunset at the Sunrise Point in Saputara. Those who love nature must explore the Purna Wildlife Sanctuary, covered in teak and bamboo forests, to see wildlife that Indian civet cat, Leopards, Bonnet macaque, Leafbirds, Flycatchers. etc. When in Dang, don’t miss to attend the Dangs Darbar festival, held in March every year, to explore the lifestyle, costumes, food, and dances of the local tribal people in the presence of the members of the royal families. The plains in Dang experience hot and dry summers (March-May) with temperatures rising to 40°C.  Winter months (October-February) are cool and pleasant with temperatures dropping to around 13°C. Hilly places like Saputara and Don are much cooler around the year.

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Saputara is a tourist destination situated in the Dang district of Gujarat. It offers a spectacular view of the Western Ghats residing amid the undulating mountains at a distance of 250 km from Mumbai, and 4 km from the Mumbai border. Being the only hill station in Gujarat, it is located at a height of 1,000 meters and attracts tourists, especially during the summers.  In recent days, it has become a pioneered tourist destination. The tribal community residing here, known as Adivasis, evacuated the area at the request of the government and settled in the nearby Nawanagar, thus making the place an exclusive tourist destination. Saputara is a haven for art and nature lovers alike. Artist Village, a place only a few kilometers from Saputara, is a benevolent place of artwork by various national and international artists. It displays handicrafts and craftsmanship of various artisans in the area around. There are local traditional stores, and stalls selling Bamboo artifacts that work as thoughtful souvenirs. The Hatgadh Fort is an admirable site of historical significance built by Shivaji during his reign. You can find the statue of Lord Shiva resting on the top of this fort which exudes the aura of sanctity For those who are wanderers of wilderness, Saputara has an oasis of exotic wildlife at the Vansda National Park inhabiting carnivores, herbivores, avian fauna and reptiles like python and crocodiles. Purna Sanctuary is another such site of exploration. One can seek the remnants of the city’s rich heritage trekking through the forts and hillocks surrounding the place.  The maximum temperature of Saputara is an astounding 30 degrees Celsius, even during summers. This acts to the benefit of many, who seek escape from the otherwise imposing heat of the sun. During winter the temperature drops down over here to a very low level due to which people do not resort to visiting this place during winters.

Rajasthan

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Located in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, Jamnagar is one of the most stunning places to visit in Gujarat. This commercially developed city offers several tourist attractions and entertainment options. The town is known primarily for the oil generation here by the Reliance industries. Moreover, its location to the south of the Gulf of Kutch also makes it a favorable tourist, commercial, and industrial destination. If you are in Jamnagar, you must visit the world-famous Darbargadh palace. This palace is revered for its sophisticated architecture featuring both Rajputana and European styles of construction. Fretwork jail screens, ornamental mirrors, stone carvings, and wall paintings from the Rajput half, while Venetian Gothic arches lend the European feel to this palace. You may also visit the Lakhota fort situated right in the middle of the Lakhota lake on a small and quaint island. This fort has now been converted into an intimate museum. To further explore the architectural beauty of the entire city, do not forget to visit the Willingdon Crescent and the Kotha Bastion. Both these places will steer you away from the traditional architectural styles seen in the rest of the state and take you to the medieval era of Europe. Visit Solarium to witness scientific wonder or Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary to travel closer to nature. While in Jamnagar, do not forget to shop extensively for beads, jewelry, spices, and preserved eatables. You can also try activities like sunbathing or birdwatching on the Balachadi beach of Jamnagar, or just visit the temples for some quiet meditation. If you are traveling with children, do not forget to visit Sardar Patel Amusement park for some thrilling rides.  A hot semi-arid climate prevails over Jamnagar, making October to February the preferable months to visit. You can comfortably roam the streets without feeling too hot or cold during these months.

Ahmedabad

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The birthplace of the father of the nation, Porbandar, is a chief tourist attraction in Gujarat. Besides being the hometown of Mahatma Gandhi, it was also the birthplace of the Hindu religious figure Sudama, who was the best friend of Lord Krishna.  Like the rest of Gujarat, Porbandar experiences a semi arid climate, being the most suitable for travel from October to March.  The early history of the city suggests Harappan settlements over the region, the pieces of evidence of which are still visible throughout. During the British rule in India, the area was a princely state and witnessed the construction of several monuments, all of which act as tourist attractions today.  A visit to Porbandar is incomplete without an exploration of the Kirti Mahal, the birthplace of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Sayaji Rao, a local ruler, built this memorial in 1936 to commemorate Gandhi's birth. Other places dedicated to Gandhi and his struggle for independence include the Bharat Mandir and the Rana Bapu’s Mahal. If you are looking for a scientific education while on your trip, explore the Tara Mandir planetarium of Porbandar, where you can watch different shows about the solar system and learn about new scientific developments in astrology.  Do not forget to visit the Shri Sudama Ji Mandir and the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram. While the former is a Hindu temple, the Ramakrishna Mission ashram was residence to freedom activist Swami Vivekananda for four months.  Visit the Porbandar bird sanctuary and the Barda Hills wildlife sanctuary for getting closer to nature. Both these places contain vibrant varieties of Indian flora and fauna. You can photograph birds like teals, fowls, flamingos, and ibis and explore the diverse wildlife of the Gujarati forests. One of the best activities organized in the city is the annual Janmashtami mela. This fair is a celebration of local culture and customs. You can enjoy mouthwatering dishes like Thepla and chilla here while also taking thrilling rides on swings. Shopping for beads, jewelry, spices, and handicrafts in the local markets is also sure to resolve your shopping woes.

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Located at the foothills of the Girnar range in Gujarat, Junagadh is one of the largest and busiest tourist attractions in Gujarat. The name Junagadh is an Indianized version of Yonagadh, the name of Indo Greek origin. The city is full of tourist centers like forts, mausoleums, natural getaways, and amusement parks.  The entire city has a historical edge to it. A perfect confluence of natural reserves and modern development can be witnessed throughout Junagadh. The forests located on the far end of the city complement the towering buildings, beaches, and forts perfectly.  While in Junagadh, do not miss visiting the Gir National Park. This place is home to the largest number of Asiatic lions anywhere in the world and also contains several exotic species of plants and animals throughout. With over 300 species of birds and 2375 species of trees and shrubs, this place is also perfect for birdwatchers and nature lovers.  You can also visit the Girnar Hills for a truly exotic vacation amidst the mountains. Lush green grasses cover the tall hills, lending them a picturesque vibe. These hills are as ancient as the first civilization of Indus Valley and also find their descriptions in ancient Indian scriptures. For a dose of history, visit the Uperkot fort and the Mohabbat maqbara. Both of these places reflect local and Mughal past of the region and feature unique architecture. You can also visit places like Sarkhseshwar beach, edicts of Ashoka, and Buddhist caves for a holistic vacation.  One of the best activities to try in Junagadh is Jungle exploration through safaris. You may also try out activities like sunbathing and beach sports. If you plan to shop, look for local spices, fabrics, and beaded jewelry.  Visit Junagadh from November to February for a pleasant vacation. The comfortable temperatures of these months are perfect for sightseeing and adventure. Summers in the city can be hot and humid, while monsoons make traveling on foot troublesome.

Kutch

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Rann Of Kutch

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Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace, located in Jodhpur, India, is a magnificent heritage hotel with a rich history. Completed in 1943, it was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh to provide employment during a severe famine. The palace boasts stunning Indo-Art Deco architecture, lush gardens, opulent interiors, and offers guests a royal experience.

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Mandore Garden

Mandore Garden

Mandore Garden, situated near Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India, is a captivating historical attraction. Once the capital of Marwar, Mandore boasts intricately carved cenotaphs dedicated to Marwar rulers, set amidst well-maintained gardens.

Machia Biological Park

Machia Biological Park

Machia Biological Park, located near Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India, is a unique wildlife sanctuary and conservation area. Spread over 41 hectares, it houses diverse flora and fauna native to the Thar Desert. The park focuses on wildlife conservation, education, and research.

Toorji Ka Jhalra Bavdi Jodhpur

Toorji Ka Jhalra Bavdi Jodhpur

Toorji Ka Jhalra Bavdi, located in the heart of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is a historic stepwell revered for its architectural splendor and cultural significance. Built in the 18th century by Maharaja Abhay Singh's consort, Queen Toorji, it served as a vital water source for the community.

Osian

Osian, often referred to as the "Khajuraho of Rajasthan," is a quaint desert town located approximately 65 kilometers from Jodhpur. Renowned for its ancient temples, Osian boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage dating back to the 8th to 12th centuries.

Kaylana Lake

Kaylana Lake

Kaylana Lake, situated on the outskirts of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India, is a picturesque artificial reservoir offering a tranquil escape. Built in 1872 by Pratap Singh, the lake spans about 8 km in length and is surrounded by scenic landscapes.

Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park

Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park

Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, nestled at the foot of Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is an ecological endeavor that showcases the arid Thar Desert's unique biodiversity. Spread across 72 hectares, this conservation area was initiated to restore the rocky terrain to its natural state.

Bal Samand Lake

Bal Samand Lake

Bal Samand Lake, located near Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India, is a serene oasis surrounded by lush gardens and historic architecture. Built in the 13th century, the lake served as a water reservoir for the city. Today, it is a picturesque destination, featuring the Bal Samand Lake Palace, a heritage hotel with a rich history.

Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India, stands as a magnificent testament to Rajput architecture and history. Perched atop a hill, this imposing fort offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Blue City below. Steeped in legends and tales of valor, the fort's massive walls house intricately adorned palaces, museum galleries, and ancient artifacts, transporting visitors back in time. Explore the grandeur of its courtyards, intricate carvings, and well-preserved architecture, which reflects the glorious heritage of the Rathore dynasty. A visit to Mehrangarh Fort is a captivating journey through the regal past of Rajasthan, making it an essential stop for history enthusiasts and cultural explorers alike.

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Pirotan Island

Pirotan Island

Sardar Sarovar Dam

Sardar Sarovar Dam

Statue Of Unity

Statue Of Unity

Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary

Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary

Rani Ki Vav

Rani Ki Vav

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Gujarat is about one of the world’s largest white deserts; India’s longest coastline; country’s largest habitat of Asiatic lions and first marine national park; one of the Chardham Temples, Shaktipeethas, and Jyotirlinga; and now world’s tallest statue. There are just so many places to see in Gujarat that even a month holiday won’t be enough!

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If you’re planning a trip to Gujarat and are confused as anyone can be when spoilt for choice like this, we have the perfect list to help. Find the top attractions in Gujarat that you can include in your travel itinerary to get the best of this state.

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Rani Ki Vav: A Stunning Stepwell Recognized by UNESCO

Rani Ki Vav Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: October to March

Visiting Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entry Fee: Rs 15 for Indians and Rs 200 for foreigners

A stepwell in Patan, Rani Ki Vav was built by Queen (Rani) of Bhimdeva, Udayamanti. Constructed in the 11th century to preserve ground water, Rani ki Vav today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The major highlights of the stepwell are its walls that are decorated with figurative motifs and showcases images of various gods and goddesses from the Hindu pantheon.

The central part of each storey contains the primary sculpture. Winter is the best season to visit Rani Ki Vav as you can enjoy the light shows, cultural events and exhibitions during the Rani Ki Vav Festival.

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Gir National Park: Largest Home for the Asiatic Lions

Gir National Park Asiatic lion

Best Time to Visit: October to May

Summers Visiting Time: 6:00 am to 9:00 am and 4: 00 pm to 7: 00 pm

Winters Visiting Time: 6:45 am to 9:45 am and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Boasting being the only place in India with the largest population of Asiatic lions, Gir National Park in Junagadh , Gujarat is the best destination for wildlife lovers.

Along with lions, this national park is home to more than 300 bird species like greathorned owl, crested serpent eagle. It is also inhabite by other members of the cat family like leopards.

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Dwarkadhish Temple: A Sacred Place for Hindu Pilgrimage

Dwarkadhish Temple Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: November to February and during Janmashtami

Visiting Time: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Sudama Setu Timings: 7:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm

One of the Chardham destinations and Sapata Turis (seven sacred cities), Dwarkadhish Jagat Mandir in Dwarka, Gujarat is an important religious site.  The word ‘Dwarka’ is made of two words – ‘dwara’ meaning road, and ‘ka’ implying eternal significance. Going by the mythological records, Dwarka was the kingdom of Lord Krishna, and he stayed there for quite some time.

This five-storey temple stands on 72 pillars, which according to the science of archeo-astronomy, is of immense significance. The sandstone plinth and walls of the temples are embellished with panels depicting dancers, elephants, musicians and celestial beings. A bridge called Sudama Setu at the base of the temple takes one across the Gomti creek towards the beach.

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White Desert – Great Rann of Kutch: A Spectacular Site of Sprawling Salt Desert

Great Rann of Kutch Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: November to March

Entry Fee: Rs 100 for adults and Rs 50 for children

A must-visit on a trip to Gujarat, Great Rann of Kutch is reputed to be one of the world’s largest white salt deserts. Spanning over an area of 7500 sq km, the salt desert is best to be visited during the Rann Utsav, which happens between November and March. A tent city is set up amidst the desert for tourists during the Rann Utsav and cultural festivals are organised.

During the festival, one can enjoy camel safaris and can witness traditional handicraft of Gujarat. One can also experience the village life in the nearby rural areas like Hodka and Dhordo.

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Somnath Temple: The Jyotirlinga that Withstood the Test of Time

Somnath Temple Gujarat

Visiting Time 

Morning – 7:30 am to 11:30 am

Afternoon – 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Evening – 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

A primary shrine amongst the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, Somnath Temple is located in the small town of Junagadh district and is an important spiritual site in Gujarat. The Hindu temple is known for one of the most expensive aartis.

Locals call this temple as ‘shrine eternal’ because it has withstood the test of time. It was destroyed six times and every time it was rebuilt. The current structure of the temple is built in the Chalukya style of architecture by the master masons of Gujarat, known as Sompuras. The shivling at the temple is believed to be ‘swayambhu’ or self-manifested in the temple.

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Polo Monument and Vijaynagar Forest: A Perfect Destination for Camping and Hiking 

Polo Monument Vijaynagar Gujarat

The temples of Polo located near Vijaynagar were built between 10th and 15th centuries under the Gurjara – Pratiharas. Later the Rathores extended the construction and used it as a hiding place from enemies, citizens, and even from the scorching sun.

The Polo Forest region has now become a great weekend destination near Ahmedabad where people can enjoy camping and trekking. The major attractions of Polo Forest are Sarneshwar Temple (still in use), Lakha Dera Jain temple and Shiv Shakti Mandir. It is a perfect destination for nature lovers, adventurers, and photographers.

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Champaner – Pavagadh Archaeological Park: A Spectacular Site for History Lovers

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park Gujarat

Visiting Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Entry Fee: Rs 30 for Indians and Rs 500 for foreigners

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Champaner is located in the foothills of Pavagadh and is the best place for history lovers in Gujarat. The Champaner – Pavagadh Archaeological Park extends on a rocky hilltop and has forts, mosques, temples and palaces that reflect the historic and living cultural heritage of Gujarat. The site is a short distance away from Vadodara and makes for a great weekend destination.

Even though a major part of Champaner lies in ruins today, there are many old mosques and palaces that reflect a blend of Islamic and Jain architecture styles. Here one can find 11 different types of heritage monuments belonging to the 16th century like tombs, gateways, mosques, temples, fortresses and walls, palaces, and pavilions, helical wells, custom houses. Kevda Masjid and Cenotaph, Jami Masjid, Lila Gumbaj Ki Masjid, Pavagadh fort, Lakulisa temple, and Helica Step-well, are some of the top attractions to see in Champaner – Pavagadh Archaeological Park.

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Sabarmati Ashram: A Comprehensive Collection Throwing Light on the Life of Mahatma Gandhi

Sabarmati Ashram Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the Year

Visiting Time: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm

Entry Fee: Free

Originally called Satyagraha Ashram, Sabarmati Ashram is Mahatma Gandhi’s second ashram (first being the Kochrab Ashram) where he planned a significant number of freedom movements between 1917 and 1930. This place is perfect for history lovers and those wanting to have a look inside Mahatma Gandhi’s humble life and his immense political power. Sabarmati Ashram is also the top attraction in Ahmedabad.

One can find a special mention of Sabarmati Ashram in the archives of India as Mahatma Gandhi trained activists to join his movements like Swadeshi movements, non-violent and civil disobedience here. Gandhi’s living quarter along with that of his many allies are also situated in Sabarmati Ashram, and there’s an open-air museum that presents an informative record of his life and teachings.

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Marine National Park: India’s First Marine National Park 

Marine National Park Gujarat

Visiting Time: Entry is allowed between the two high tides, which means every day, the timings change

An archipelago of 42 islands along the northern coast of Jamnagar and the southern coast of Kutch, Marine National Park is India’s first marine national park and wildlife sanctuary. The park is the only place in India where one can see the coral reefs of different shapes and sizes without diving in the water.

Marine National Park makes for one of the best wildlife destinations in Gujarat. The major attractions here are Pirotan, Narala, Ajad, and Positara. To reach the marine national park, you will have to hire a boat from the Bedi Port or Sikka Port.

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Saputara: An Ideal Getaway to Find Respite for Summer Heat

Saputara Hill Sation Gujarat

If you thought Gujarat is all about forts, palaces, temples and jungles, then you should know that it also has a hill station, Saputara . The only hill station in Gujarat, Saputara is nestled in the Sahyadri hills amidst the dang forest and offers people a great summer holiday option in the state.

The main attractions of Saputara are Honey bees Center, Rose Garden, Lake Garden, Step Garden, Gira Waterfalls, Mahal Forest, Gandhi Shikhar and Sunrise Point.

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Dholavira: The Second-Largest Harappan Site in India

Dholavira Gujarat

Visiting Time: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

About 250 km from the Bhuj lies an archaeological site of Dholavira in Kutch district that throws light on the Harappan civilization. Sprawling across 100 hectares area, Dholavira is the second-largest Harappan site in India and fifth largest in the Indian sub-continent and dates back to 2900 BC- 1500 BC. Dholavira is a must-visit for every history lover visiting Gujarat.

On a trip to Dholavira, you can walk through the ancient reservoirs and a 5,000-year-old stepwell that reflects the world’s earliest and best planned water conservation systems. One can also see what might be the world’s first signboards, written in ancient Indus script in Dholavira.

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Lothal: An Ancient Harappan Port Town Ideal for History Lovers

Lothal Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: July to March

Visiting Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Fridays closed

Entry Fee: Rs 5

Like Dholavira, Lothal is also a significant site of the Harappan civilization. At a distance of some odd 75 km from Ahmedabad in Saragwala Village, Lothal is an archaeological site that dates back to 4500 years. Once an important port town, it is one of the best places to visit in Gujarat for history lovers.

To know the place better you can also visit the museum, located at a close proximity to the site and showcases 5089 products unearthed from the excavation like terracotta ornaments, shell and ivory objects, replicas of seal and sealings, tools and potteries yielded from excavations, copper and bronze objects animal and human figurines, weights, etc. The museum also plays a documentary about Lothal and its excavation giving you insights into the place.

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Palitana Jain Temple: Home to 3000 Spectacular Temples

Palitana Jain Temple Gujarat

Located atop the Shetrunjay Hill in Bhavnagar District, Palitana Temple is one of the most sacred Jain temples in India. It is known for its 3000 brilliantly carved temples. It is believed that the first Jain Tirthankara, Adinath, visited this hill while his chief disciple Pundarika attained enlightenment here.

This must-see place in Gujarat has approximately 108 large temples and 872 small shrines with about 7000 images that have been built over 900 years from the 11th century by the Jain community. To reach the temple, one has to climb 3800 steps. From the top of the temple, you can see the panoramic view of the Gulf of Cambay and the countryside.

Note: Devotees usually start their climb early in the morning and make their descent by evening as staying at night is not permitted.

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Sun Temple: An Architectural Marvel to Not Miss Out

Sun Temple in Modhera Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: October to March and during Modhera Dance Festival

Built in 1027 AD, the Sun Temple in Modhera in Mehsana District is one of the surviving Indian shrines dedicated to God Sun. It stands as an epitome of the Hindu temple of the Solanki dynasty. Boasting of exquisite architecture, the Sun Temple is an ideal place to visit not only for Hindu pilgrims but history and architecture enthusiasts.

The temple is divided into three parts, which are perfectly aligned from east to west, in accordance with the diety of the sun. Inside the temple complex, you can see a suryakund or a stepwell, prayer hall (also known as Sabhamandapa) supported on 52 pillars and another room (Gudhamandara) that leads to an inner sanctum called Garbhagriha. The temple is a sight to behold during the Modhera Dance Festival.

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Akshardham Temple: A Modern-Day Architectural Marvel 

Akshardham Temple Gujarat

Visiting Time: 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, Mondays are closed

Exhibition: Adults (Age 11+): Rs 60 and Children (Age 3 – 11): Rs 40

Water Show Tickets: Adults (Age 11+): ₹ 100 and Children (Age 3 – 11): ₹ 70

Established in 1992 in Gandhinagar, Akshardham Temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, who belongs to Vaishnav tradition. The temple is considered to be one of the top sites to see in Gujarat because of its history as well as architecture.

Set up in an area of over 23 acres, the temple complex serves as a place for education and entertainment. The major highlight of Akshardham Temple is its architecture. It is built of 6000 tons of pink sandstone and no cement or steel has been used in its construction. The main hall of the temple enshrines 7 feet tall idol of Lord Swaminarayan, which is yet another attraction of Akshardham Temple.

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Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Temple: A Sacred Shaktipeetha for Hindu Pilgrimage

Arasuri Ambaji Mata Temple Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the Year and Bhadrapad Purnima and Navratri

Visiting Time: 7:30 am to 11:45 am, 12:15 pm to 4:15 pm, 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

One of the Shaktipeethas and a prominent religious site in Ambaji, the Ambaji Temple is located on the border of Gujarat and Rajasthan. The legend has it that when Lord Shiva was carrying the burnt body of goddess Sati, her heart fell at the same place where this must-see temple currently stands.

At the Ambaji temple, Visayantra is worshipped and there is no idol of the Goddess. The temple looks its best during Bhadrapad Purnima and Navratri festival.

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Pols of Ahmedabad: A Look inside Harmoniums Community Living 

Pols of Ahmedabad Gujarat

A major tourist attraction in Gujarat, the Pols of Ahmedabad are a reflection of community living. Pols are distinct residential areas that are unique only to Gujarat, and one can find them in significant numbers in Ahmedabad.

There are nearly 174 pols in Ahmedabad, each featuring lovely wooden windows, brackets, balconies, chabutras (raised platforms), and chowks (squares). These are the photographer’s delight and make for one of the best places to visit in Ahmedabad.

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Wild Ass Sanctuary: A One of its Kind Wildlife Sanctuary

Wild Ass Sanctuary Gujarat

Visiting Time: 7:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Talking about the wildlife tourism places, the Wild Ass Sanctuary in Little Rann of Kutch is one of its kind destinations in Gujarat.  Sprawling across an area of 5000 square kilometers, the Wild Ass Sanctuary in Kutch is the only home to the species of wild ass in India. There are around 3000 wild asses in the sanctuary that can be best sighted in and around October and November.

Other than the wild ass, the sanctuary is home to 32 other types of mammals including chinkara (Indian gazelle), jackals, caracals, nilgais (the largest antelope of Asia), Indian wolves, blackbucks, striped hyenas, etc.

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Velavadar Blackbuck National Park: Amongst the Fewer Sights to Sight Blackbucks in India

Velavadar Blackbuck National Park Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: November to May

Visiting Time: 6:30 am to 12:00 pm and from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

For wildlife enthusiasts who’d love a safari in African savannah but are somehow not able to manage the trip, Velavadar Blackbuck National Park in Gujarat is a blessing in all senses. The national park is situated in Bhal region (approximately 150 km from Ahmedabad) and as the name suggests has one of the largest home of blackbucks.

Along with the blackbucks, here you can spot a plethora of birds. Walking is the only way to explore the national park and it is indeed rewarding.

Laxmi Vilas Palace: A Reflection of Gujarat’s Plush History

Laxmi Vilas Palace Gujarat

Visiting Time: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Entry Fee: Rs 150

Museum Fee: Rs 60

Built in 1890 as the private residence of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, Laxmi Vilas Palace is indeed one of the grandest structures in India and the top place to visit in Gujarat. Sprawling over an area of 700 acres, the palace is believed to be nearly four times the size of Buckingham Palace and features many buildings like Moti Baug Palace, Makarpura Palace, Pratap Vilas Palace and Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum building.

You can easily figure out the magnificence of this palace by the fact that Robert Fellows Chisholm, the head architect, took twelve years to build this grand building. The property also has a Navlakhi stepwell, Maharaja Fatehgarh museum, and a small zoo, which is a resting ground for crocodiles.

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Vijay Vilas Palace: A Favourite Film Shooting Location

Vijay Vilas Palace Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the Day

Visiting Time : 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Entry Fee: Rs 10

Camera Fee: Rs 50

When it comes to film shooting, Vijay Vilas Palace in Mandvi is a favorite haunt of the directors in Gujarat. This 20th-century summer palace of Yuvraj Shri Vijayaraji is an impressive Indo-Edwardian and is located quite close to the beach. The palace is made of red sandstones by Mistri and Suthar of Kutch, it features every element of Rajput architecture and bears a striking resemblance to palaces of Orchha and Datia.

A portion of the palace is now converted into a resort that offers luxury accommodation options. Inlaid tile work, distinctive stone carving, manicured garden, intricate jail work, great water streams, and murals are the highlights of Vijay Vilas Palace.

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Uparkot Fort: A Place Taking Back in Time 

Uparkot Fort Gujarat

Located in the heart of Junagadh city, Uparkot Fort was built way back in 319 BC by Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of Maurya empire. In the course of 2300 years, this fort has faced many sieges, seen bloodshed, witnessed chivalry of many kings.

Like its exteriors, the interiors of the fort are equally impressive. Inside the fort, there is a Jumma Masjid, Buddhist caves, 300-feet deep moats, and step wells. For architecture lovers, Uparkot Fort is a must-visit in Gujarat.

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Junagadh Buddhist Cave Groups: A Fascinating Place for History Buffs

Junagadh Buddhist Caves Gujarat

Visiting Time: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Carved out of Monolithic Rock, this 2000-year-old three-tiered monument is not a cave but three separate rooms namely Khapra Kodiya Caves, Baba Pyare Caves, and Uparkot Caves that were used as the monks’ quarters.

This place in Junagadh District is believed to have been created during the reign of Emperor Ashoka.

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Adalaj Vav / Adalaj Stepwell: An Example of Exquisite Architecture 

Adalaj Step well Gujarat

Entry Fee: Rs 25

Originally built as a stepwell in 1555 AD in the outskirts of Ahmedabad, Adalaj Vav is the finest example of Indo-Islamic architecture as here one can see a fusion of Hindu craftsmanship and the geometric pattern of Islamic architecture.

What makes this top attraction near Ahmedabad more striking is its series of platforms and galleries built on the side of the stepwell. The circular tank, entrance pavilion at the ground level and the well at the lowest level are the three major attractions of Adalaj stepwell.

Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary : Home to One of the Heaviest Flying Birds in the World

Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: August to March

Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary (Lala–Parjan Sanctuary) is reckoned to be one of the best places in India for spotting the great Indian bustard, one of the heaviest flying birds. The sanctuary is spread over an area of 2 sq km and is the second-largest home ground for the critically endangered species of Indian Bustard.

Other than the Great Indian Bustard, birds that can be spotted in the sanctuary are McQueen’s Bustard, Lesser Florican, Stoliczkas, Bushchats, Merlins.

Statue of Unity: World’s Tallest Statue

Statue of Unity Gujarat

Visiting Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Mondays closed

Entry Fee: Rs 120 + Rs 30 (Bus Charges) for adults and Rs 60 + Rs 30 (Bus Charges) for children

Observation Deck: Rs 350 + Rs 30 (Bus Charges) for adults and Rs 200 + Rs 30 (Bus Charges)

The world’s tallest statue, Statue of Unity is twice the size of the Statue of Liberty and is currently, the most popular tourist attraction in Gujarat. Dedicated to Indian independence activist Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the 182 meter tall statue erected in Narmada Valley Kevadiya colony was completed in 2018.

Apart from the statue, the area around it has also been developed as a tourist destination where a number of activities and attractions can be enjoyed. The sound and laser show, butterfly garden, cactus garden, Ayurvedic wellness center, eco-friendly and medicinal plant nursery, handicraft stores, valley of flowers, forest with native trees, children’s park with train and mirror maze, safari park and zoo are the major highlights of the place. One can also enjoy zip-lining, white water rafting, cycling, and boating on the lake.

Chhota Udepur District: An Ideal Place for Tribal Tourism

Chhota Udepur Gujarat

Best Time to Visit: January to March and the Holi Festival

Part of Gujarat’s tribal belt, Chhota Udepur is the best place to see cultural heritage and enjoy tribal tourism. It is ideal to visit Chhota Udepur during the Holi festival when tribal fairs are organized throughout the district. Tribal markets also take place there on Saturdays and Mondays.

Bhasha Research and Publication Center’s Adivasi Academy in Tejgadh village is amongst the top attractions in Chhota Udepur. Its incredible Vaacha Museum of Voice documents tribes from across India.

Sidhpur: A Destination for Architecture Aficionados

Sidhpur Gujarat

A town frozen in time, Sidhpurl delights architecture aficionados with its colourful century-old mansions belonging to the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community. This tourist destination in Gujarat sits alongside the holy Saraswati River and is also a Hindu pilgrim destination that is dotted with many temples and water bodies.

The major attraction of Sidhpur are the ruins of 10th century Rudra Mahalaya Temple, with its towering carved pillars and torans.

Idar Hill Fort: An Offbeat Yet Spectacular Site to See

Idar Hill Fort Gujarat

Perched on a hill, Idar Hill Fort is one of the must-see attractions in Gujarat. A scenic but strenuous climb to the top of the hill (Idariyo Gadh) takes one past the remains of various palaces and temples.

The town of Idar is known for its handmade wooden toys which can be purchased at the market near the clock tower.

Udvada: A Parsi Village that is Home to the Oldest Zoroastrian Fire Temple in India

Udvada Gujarat

A tiny Parsi Village that seem to have remain trapped in time, Udvada is definitely a place you don’t want to miss in Gujarat. Home to Udvada Atash Behram, the oldest Zoroastrian fire temple in India, Udvada is a rustic village that sits by the sea. One can savour delicious Parsi food and enjoy the quietude of this village in Gujarat.

On your trip to Gujarat make a point to include all these places in your travel itinerary to get one of the best travel experiences of your life.

If you think, I have missed any attraction that is worth exploring in Gujarat; please feel free to suggest it to us in the comment box below.

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Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach

Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach Gujarat

Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach is one of the offbeat places to visit in India. It is located adjacent to the stunning island of Diu. Pristine waters of Arabian Sea, soothing views of the coastline, dolphin sightings, scenic fishing villages and the thrill of water adventure activities will quench your thirst for a relaxing beach holiday. This place is ideal for adventure enthusiasts, beach lovers and honeymoon couples. Emerged as a great picnic spot, it is one of the best weekend getaways in Gujarat to spend some quality time with family and friends.

Best Time to Visit – September to May

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Balasinor Dinosaur Museum

Balasinor Dinosaur Museum

In the village of Rayioli in Balasinor, fossil remains of more than 13 species of dinosaurs who lived approx. 65 million years ago by Paleontologist in 1980. Since then the place has become popular and today it is India’s largest dinosaur museum. Visiting here would be a delightful experience as you will come across various fossil remains of various species of Dinosaurs and a great insight on the history of dinosaurs in Gujarat. There are around 40 sculptures of dinosaurs and through the medium of 3D film, digital, print and static form, the museum enlightens you about the history of this giant creature.

Timings – 8 :00 am to 6:00pm. It is closed every Monday.

Ticket – 50 INR Per Person and 500 INR extra for Camera, 20 INR for children aged 5-12 years.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. what is gujarat famous for.

Gujarat is popular for its temple, Statue of Unity, Asiatic Lions, the white desert of Rann of Kutch, colorful handicrafts, festivals, food, and unique culture

Q. What are the popular destinations in Gujarat?

The popular places in Gujarat are:

  • Vadodara (Baroda)
  • Gandhinagar
  • Rann Of Kutch
  • Marine National Park.
  • Gir National Park

Q. Is Gujarat safe for solo women travelling?

Yes, Gujarat is quite safe for solo women travelling. However, it is recommended to practise caution like one would at any place in the world.

Q. What is the best way to reach Gujarat?

Several cities like Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Jamnagar and more have airports and most of the cities and towns of Gujarat are connected via railways and roadways making it easy to visit the state.

Published: 26 Nov, 2020 | Last Updated:  14 Dec, 2021

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From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter , Facebook & Instagram .

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Somnath is a temple town situated in the Gir Somnath district of Gujarat. Also known as Prabhas Patan, it is one of the most important places of pilgrimage in India, and among the prominent places to visit in Gujarat . It is about 197 km from Rajkot, and 408 km from Ahmedabad. The town of Somnath is famous for the Somnath Temple, among the must include places in Somnath packages . Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is one among the twelve prominent Jyotirlinga shrines and also one of the oldest pilgrimage sites in Gujarat. Somnath Beach, Gita Mandir, Bhalka Tirtha, Rudreshwara Temple, Triveni Sangam Temple, Suraj Mandir, Parshuram Temple, Kamnath Mahadev Temple, Junagadh Gate, Somnath Museum, Panch Pandav Gufa are some other tourist places in Somnath . Somnath Mahadev Fair which is held on Kartik Purnima and Maha Shivaratri are the two major festivals celebrated in Somnath with great pomp and fervor. The temple town witnesses a huge number of tourists from various parts of the country during these festivals.

2. Ahmedabad

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Ahmedabad is the largest city and also the former capital of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the River Sabarmati, it is one of the popular places of places to visit in Gujarat . It is about 29 km from Gandhinagar, and 534 km from Mumbai. Ahmedabad is India's first UNESCO World Heritage City and is also regarded as one of the fastest-growing cities in India. Also known as Amdavad, the city of Ahmedabad is the commercial hub and also the living symbol of the rich cultural heritage of Gujarat state. Splendid monuments, wonderful museums, and gorgeous lakes are the prime attractions of Ahmedabad holiday packages . Popularly called the Land of Gandhi, Ahmedabad is closely associated with Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of the nation. Sabarmati Ashram, Kankarai Lake, Jama Masjid, Akshardham Temple, Adalaj Stepwell, Huthee Singh Jain Temple, ISKCON Temple, Vintage Car Museum, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Swaminarayan Mandir, and Sardar Patel National Memorial are some of the well-known tourist places in Ahmedabad .

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Dwarka is one of the most significant pilgrimage sites near Rajkot , and among the best places to visit in Gujarat . It is about 224 km from Rajkot, and 442 km from Ahmedabad. Located on the western tip of the Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat, Dwarka is popularly known as the 'home of Lord Krishna' and is believed to have been the first capital of Gujarat. Also, Dwarka is one of the foremost Char Dhams for Hindus and among the seven most ancient religious cities (sapta puris) in India. For this reason, the town attracts thousands of pilgrims throughout the year as part of Dwarka packages . The present-day Dwarka is a prominent pilgrimage site that boasts of several shrines. Among the temples, the 2000-year-old Dwarkadhish temple is the most notable one. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Gomti Ghat, Rukmani Devi Temple, Beyt Dwarka, Gopi Talav, Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, Swaminarayan Temple, Dwarka Beach, Shivrajpur Beach, and Okhamadhi Beach are some of the important tourist places in Dwarka . If you specifically want to participate in the grand festivities of the Janmashtami festival, visiting the town during August and September will be eventful.

4. Rann Of Kutch

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With the Thar Desert on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other side, Rann of Kutch is a spellbinding marvel of sand and salt. About 80 km from Bhuj, and 413 km from Ahmedabad, it is one of the top places to visit in India , and among the must include places in Gujarat packages . It lies between the Gulf of Kutch and the Indus River in Pakistan and comprises flatlands of salty clay located about 15 meters above sea level. A large part of the Kutch, commonly known as the Great Rann of Kutch, submerges in water during the rainy season and becomes dry during the winter season. Spread over an area of 7500 sq. km, the Great Rann of Kutch, formed of salt marshes, is considered one of the largest salt deserts in the world and among the most popular tourist places in Kutch . Besides, one can also visit Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Narayan Sarovar & Sanctuary, Kalo Dungar, Siyot Caves, Chhari Dandh Bird Sanctuary, Kutch Bustard Sanctuary, etc. as part of Kutch tour packages . It can be visited along with Bhuj tour packages .

5. Gir National Park

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Gir National Park, also known as Sasan Gir, is one of the renowned national parks in India, and among the best places of among the best places to visit in Gujarat . It is situated about 156 km from Rajkot, and 372 km from Ahmedabad. Established as a sanctuary in 1965, Gir National Park is the most popular national parks in Gujarat as it is the royal kingdom of Asiatic lions and essentially the only place besides Africa on earth where these majestic beasts roam freely. Besides Asiatic lions, one can see Asiatic lion, Indian leopard, jungle cat, striped hyena, Golden jackal, Indian and Ruddy mongoose, honey badger, chital, nilgai, sambar, four-horned antelope, chinkara, and wild boar here as part of Gir tour packages . The entrance gate to the park is located at Sasan Gir village beside Sinh Sadan. Jungle Safari is one of the best things to do in Gir National Park . Besides, there is also a Gir Interpretation Zone, also known as Devalia Safari Park at Devalia, and was established to reduce the excess of tourists at the Gir National Park. The park remains open every year from mid-October to mid-June and closed during the monsoon season from July to September. While Devalia Safari Park is open throughout the year.

6. Vadodara

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Located on the banks of Vishwamitri River, Vadodara is a beautiful city in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Situated at a distance of 109 km from Ahmedabad, it is one of the popular places to visit in gujarat , and can be visited along with Ahmedabad tour packages . Formerly called Baroda, Vadodara is the third-largest city in Gujarat, after Ahmedabad and Surat. The architectural brilliance of the city is the major highlight of Vadodara holiday packages . The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Baroda Museum, Kirti Mandir, and Sayajirao Gaekwad hospital are some of the notable architectural monuments in Vadodara. Besides, Sayaji Baug, Sursagar Lake, Nyay Mandir, EME Temple, Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, etc. are some of the prominent tourist places in Vadodara . Often called the Cultural Capital of Gujarat, the city of Baroda comes alive during the Navratri celebrations. No city in India celebrates the festival of Navratri with as much zeal and energy as Vadodara does.

7. Junagadh

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Located in the foothills of Mount Girnar, Junagadh is the seventh-largest city in Gujarat, and among the best tourist places in Gujarat . It is about 91 km from Somnath, 103 km from Rajkot, and 319 km from Ahmedabad. The literal meaning of the term 'Junagadh' is an 'old fort' which derives from Uparkot, an ancient fort built in the 4th century CE on a plateau in the middle of the town, and is the major attraction of Junagadh holiday packages . Besides, Mahabat Maqbara, Durbar Hall Museum, Mount Girnar, Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden, Ashoka's Rock Edicts, and Buddhist Caves are some of the best Junagadh tourist places . Influenced by four major religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam, the city is home to many festivals that are celebrated throughout the year. The major festival celebrated in Junagadh is Bhavnath Fair held on Mahashivratri and is celebrated with much fanfare all over the city. Besides, Parikrama in October / November and Navratri are the other festivals celebrated in Junagadh with great enthusiasm.

8. Saputara

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Positioned on the Maharashtra- Gujarat border, Saputara is the only hill stations in Gujarat, and among the well-planned hill stations in India . It is situated about 77 km from Nashik, and 398 km from Ahmedabad. Nestled in the Sahyadri range of Western Ghats at an altitude of about 1000 m, Saputara is one of the most popular places to visit near Pune . The lush green forests, undulating mountains, dazzling waterfalls, dreamy winding roads, stunning landscape, and salubrious climate make the picturesque hill station of Saputara a perfect escape into the lap of Mother Nature as part of Saputara packages . Saputara Lake, Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Saputara Tribal Museum, Gira Waterfalls, Nageshwar Mahadev Temple, Artist Village, etc. are some of the prominent tourist places in Saputara .

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Patan is an ancient fortified city located on the banks of Saraswati River in Gujarat, India. It is one of the popular heritage destinations in India . Situated about 129 km from Ahmedabad, it can be visited along with Ahmedabad tour packages . The city is shielded by the fort walls and gates, which prevents the ancestral aura and old-world charm from escaping. From medieval forts to an ancient Kali temple built in the Solanki dynasty, Patan has many attractions that lure tourists as part of Patan packages . Rani ki Vav or the Queen's stepwell has the unique most architectural attributes and is the must-visit place in Patan. Sahasralinga Sarovar, Panchasara Parshwanath Jain Derasar, Khan Sarovar, Shankeshwar Jain Thirth, etc. are the other popular tourist places in Patan . Besides, Patan is also famous for Patola sarees, one of the finest hand-made textiles in the world. It has its origin in a very intricate and difficult technique of tie-dyeing and knot dyeing known as 'Bandhani'. It has gorgeous colors, designs, and durability and is one of a kind. Costs start from Rs. 20,000 which may go up to Rs. 20,00,000 depending on work done and thread used. Only two families are making Patola Sarees nowadays.

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Mandvi is a little town on the coast of the Arabian Sea in the Kutch district of Gujarat. Situated at the estuary where the river Rukmavati meets the Gulf of Kutch, it is one of the popular places to visit near Rajkot , especially for beach lovers. It is located about 64 km from Bhuj, 281 km from Rajkot, and 386 km from Ahmedabad. Famous for its ship-building and cottage industries, the port town of Mandvi was founded in 1580 AD by Rao Khengarji, the first Jadeja ruler of Kutch. Being a seaside town, Mandvi has been blessed with a vast expanse of clean beaches that are the prime attractions of Mandvi packages . Vijay Vilas Palace, Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial, 72 Jainalaya, and Mazar-e-Noorani are the other famous tourist places in Mandvi . Mandvi is also a well-known center for the production of country crafts.

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Often called the Jaisalmer of Gujarat, Bhuj is one of the places to visit in Gujarat , and can be visited along with Kutch tour packages . It is situated about 78 km from Kutch, 232 km from Rajkot, and 334 km from Ahmedabad. Located in the western part of India, Bhuj is the most important city in the Kutch region of Gujarat and also the capital of the former princely state of Kutch. Bhuj is a treat to the eyes of visitors as it offers everything from white desert to beautiful temples and from wildlife sanctuaries to the cultural landscape as part of Bhuj packages . Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Bhujia Hill Fort, Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal Palace, Hiralakshmi Memorial Craft Park, Kutch Fossil Park, Tapkeshwari Temple, and Rudramata Dam are some of the top tourist places in Bhuj . It also has the oldest museum in the state of Gujarat. Apart from the tourist places, Bhuj is also very famous for its traditional handicrafts and embroidery.

12. Jamnagar

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Ideally located at the confluence of Nagamati River and Rangmati River, Jamnagar is a city on the coast of the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat. About 92 km from Rajkot, and 310 km from Ahmedabad, it one of the famous Gujarat tourist places . Often called the Jewel of Kathiawar, Jamnagar is an industrial city of Gujarat brimming with exquisite Rajput architecture and a pristine coastline. Ranjit Singh reconstructed the city on European town planning principles, under the guidance of Sir Edward Lutyens - architect of New Delhi. Jamnagar is also known as the Chhoti Kashi as the whole town is dotted with several Hindu and Jain temples, which are the must-visit attractions as part of Jamnagar holiday packages . Known as one of the stunning destinations of Gujarat, Jamnagar is home to the first marine sanctuary in India and the largest oil refinery in the world. Pratap Vilas Palace, Ranmal Lake, Lakhota Palace and Museum, Bala Hanuman Temple, Darbar Gadh, Adinath Jain Temple, and Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary are some of the top tourist places in Jamnagar .

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Rajkot, literally the City of Princes, is the former princely capital of the Saurashtra region and now an emerging tourism destination and business hub of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the Aji and Nyari rivers, it is one of the stunning places to visit in Gujarat . It is situated about 90 km from Jamnagar, and 218 km from Ahmedabad. Rajkot tour packages are a fusion of architectural and historical sites of great importance. Watson Museum, Kaba Gandhi No Delo, Aji Dam, Rotary Dolls Museum, Jagat Mandir, Nyari Dam, Prem Mandir, Khambhalida Caves, and Lal Pari Lake are some of the top tourist places in Rajkot . Aside from this, Rajkot holds a position in the top 10 cleanest cities of India while also being the 22nd fastest growing city in the world. This place is renowned across the globe for its bandhani textiles, cotton textiles, woolen, jewelry, silk embroidery, handicrafts, and automobile industry. Often referred to as 'Rangilu Rajkot', Rajkot is famous for hosting several cultural events and festivals. The International Kite Festival and Navratri are the most popular festivals celebrated with great pomp and fervor.

14. Bhavnagar

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Also known as Gohilwad, Bhavnagar is one of the must-include places in Gujarat tour packages , and among the top places to visit near Rajkot . It is about 168 km from Ahmedabad, and 174 km from Rajkot. Located just to the west of the Gulf of Khambat, Bhavnagar is renowned for its rich religious and cultural heritage, thriving industries, and exciting wildlife, which are the prime attractions of Bhavnagar packages . Takhteshwar Temple, Gandhi Smriti Memorial, Victoria Park, Nishkalank Mahadev Temple, Aksharwadi Swaminarayan Temple, Gaurishankar Lake, Barton Library & Museum, Palitana, and Velavadar Blackbuck National Park are some of the important tourist places in Bhavnagar . Besides, Bhavnagar has always been a center of education and culture for which it is also called the 'Sanskari Kendra' of Gujarat. Many noted theatre personalities, journalists, poets, educationists, and singers like Narsinh Mehta, Ganga Sati, Jhaverchand Meghani, Kavi Kant, and Govardhan Tripathi have come from the rich and diverse land of Bhavnagar.

15. Porbandar

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Porbandar is a beautiful coastal city located in the Indian state of Gujarat. About 183 km from Rajkot, and 399 km from Ahmedabad, it is one of the popular places to visit in Gujarat . Located along the banks of the Asmavati River, Porbandar is an important city in India's history being the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. The city of Porbandar is dotted with numerous religious places and historical buildings which stand as a reminder of the glorious bygone era. The most fascinating feature of Porbandar holiday packages is the haveli where Gandhiji was born which has now been converted into a temple called Kirti Mandir. Sudama Mandir, Bharat Mandir, Shri Hari Mandir, Chowpatty Beach, Porbandar Bird Sanctuary, Ghumli, Huzoor Palace, and Darbargarh Fort are some of the top tourist places in Porbandar .

16. Palitana

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Earlier known as Padliptapur, Palitana is one of the holiest places of pilgrimage in Gujarat , and among the best places to visit near Ahmedabad . It is about 171 km from Rajkot, and 214 km from Ahmedabad. Palitana is a famous destination in Gujarat for being the base to the holy Shatrunjaya hill which is home to 863 exquisitely carved Jain temples built by devotees during a period spanning 900 years from the 11th century onwards. Along with Mount Abu, Girnar, and Chandragiri, Shatrunjaya hill is one of the most sacred places for the Jains, and among the most significant places to visit as part of Palitana packages . Meticulously carved in marble, the temples in Palitana are famous for their architectural beauty. Out of all the temples here, the temple dedicated to the first Tirthankara, Sri Adishwar, is the most famous one. The architectural motifs of this temple are notable. Kumarpal temple, Chaumukh temple, Vimalshah temple, and Sampriti Raja temple are the other Palitana places to visit .

17. Kevadiya

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Kevadiya is a census town in the Narmada district of Gujarat. It is one of the top places to visit in Gujarat as the Statue of Unity is located here. It is about 85 km from Vadodara, and 189 km from Ahmedabad. Nestled between the Satpura and Vindhyachal mountain ranges, the tribal village of Kevadia is home to a 182 m tall statue of the Ironman of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. This is the 'Tallest Statue in the World' and is the must-include place in Kevadiya packages . Besides the Statue of Unity, Valley of Flowers, Jungle Safari, Cactus Garden, Butterfly Garden, Khalwani Eco-tourism, Zarwani Waterfall, the Narmada Dam, etc are some of the popular places to visit in Kevadiya . It can be visited along with Vadodara tour packages .

18. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple (Near Ahmedabad)

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At a distance of 29 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Swaminarayan Akshardham is a Hindu temple located in Gandhinagar city of Gujarat State. It is one of the most magnificent temples in India, and among the top attractions in Ahmedabad . Dedicated to Swaminarayan, Akshardham Temple was commissioned by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) after initiation by its promoter, Pramukh Swami Maharaj in 1979. It took 13 years to complete and was inaugurated in 1992. It is a Hindu house of worship and a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, education, and unification. A specimen of fine craftsmanship, the Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar is one of the largest and most prominent temples in Gujarat state . Sprawling across an area of 23 acres, the temple complex consists of a splendid shrine, large prayer halls, exhibition halls, verdant garden, and research center. Built by using tons of pink stones, this gigantic temple is 108 feet in height, 240 feet long, and 131 feet wide. The Akshardham mandir consists of 97 intricately carved pillars, 17 ornate domes, 220 stone beams, 57 stone screens, 3 porticos, and 256 statues of spiritual personalities. The temple is found amid the spacious garden called Sahajanand Van. It is one of the must-visit places during Ahmedabad trip . The ...

19. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple (Near Dwarka)

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At a distance of 15 km from Dwarka, Nageshwar Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located at Nageshwar village in Gujarat. Also known as Nagnath Temple, it is one of the popular pilgrimage sites near Ahmedabad , and among the prominent places to visit as part of Dwarka sightseeing packages . Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Nageshwar Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva, and among the oldest temples mentioned in the Shiva Purana. The Jyotirlinga has a special significance in Nageshwar as this is believed to be the first of all 12 Jyotirlingas. The swayambhu lingam enshrined in the underground chamber at Nageshwar Temple is known as Nageshwar Mahadev and attracts thousands of pilgrims all-round the year. This powerful Jyotirlinga symbolizes protection from all poisons and is believed that one who prays here obtains freedom from all kinds of poison including snake poison. Nageshwar is referred to as 'Daarukaavane Naagesham' in the ancient slokas of Rudra Samhita. According to the legend, there once lived a demon called Daruka, who was extremely cruel and tortured the people. One day he captured a Shiva devotee called Supriya along with many others. The prisoners were held in an underwater city that swarmed with sea snakes. Supriya advised all prisoners to recite the Shiva mantra 'Aum Namaha Shivayay' to protect them. When Daruka came to know ...

20. Adalaj Stepwell (Near Ahmedabad)

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At a distance of 21 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Adalaj Stepwell, also called Adalaj ni Vav is a stepwell located in the village of Adalaj near Ahmedabad city of Gujarat. It is one of the famous places of heritage in Gujarat , and among the must-include places in Ahmedabad tour packages . Also known as Rudabai Stepwell, Adalaj Stepwell was built in 1499 by Queen Rudabai, wife of Vaghela chief, Veer Singh. According to history, the construction of stepwell was started by King Rana Veer Singh and he died in a war with King Mahmud Begada unfortunately. Begada fell for the beauty of the widowed Queen Rudabai and asked her to marry him. The Queen agreed to marry Begada on the condition that he completes the construction of the stepwell that was started by her husband. He agreed and started the construction again. When the well got completed, Rani Rudabai jumped into the vav and committed suicide. Regarded as one of the major Ahmedabad tourist places , the stepwell is built in the Solanki style of architecture with Islamic influence. It consists of five storeys, each of which is uniquely designed with beautiful carvings all over the walls and columns. The structure was built along the North-South axis with the entrance from the south. The stepwell is one of its kinds in Gujarat as it has three entrance ...

21. Shivrajpur Beach & Lighthouse (Near Dwarka)

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At a distance of 13 km from Dwarka and 23 km from Okha, Shivrajpur Beach is a serene beach located near Shivrajpur village on the Arabian coast of Gujarat. Situated on Dwarka - Okha Highway, it is one of the famous beaches near Ahmedabad , and among the must-visit places as part of Dwarka holiday packages . Shivrajpur Beach is a beautiful beach with clear waters and white sands. The beach offers stunning sunsets and picturesque views to tourists. Regarded as one of the best places of sightseeing in Dwarka , the beach is not much commercialized which makes it an ideal place to spend some peaceful time with family and friends. One can spot Dolphins and some beautiful birds on the sea here. For making it an ideal tourist destination, the beach management has introduced water sports, food, and shopping areas for the visitors. Be careful while venturing into the water as there is no rescue team available. There is also a lighthouse near the beach. The ruler of Kachchh Maharao Deshalji built a small fort along with an 11m high black masonry unlit beacon known as Mojap beacon in 1720-21 here to provide shelter and safety to the Kachchhi vessels. A battery-operated flashing light was installed and operated on the top of the cabin since 1977 and was the first light in this region. This followed ...

22. Beyt Dwarka (Near Dwarka)

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At a distance of 33 km from Dwarka Railway Station, Beyt Dwarka is an inhabited island located off the coast of Dwarka on Gulf of Kutch. Also known as Beyt Shankhodhar, it was one of the main ports of the town before the development of Okha and is among the popular places to visit in Dwarka. Bet Dwarka or Beyt Dwarka is an extremely sacred pilgrimage destination as it is believed to be the original home of Lord Krishna during his ruling years at Dwarka. It is said that lord Krishna resided with his family at Bet Dwarka. The place derived its name from the word 'beyt' which means meeting and this is the place where Sudhama came to meet his friend Lord Krishna. Beyt Dwarka is also mentioned in the ancient epic, 'Mahabharata' as 'Antardvipa' to which people of the Yadava clan needed to travel by boat. The island is also known as Shankhodhar as the island is source of conch shells. The ASI explorations revealed that the presence of certain settlements whose age can be traced back to the era of the Harappan civilization and that of the Mauryan rule. Dwarka is mentioned in the copper inscription dated 574 AD of Simhaditya, the minister of Vallabhi under Maitraka. The region was previously under the administration of the Gaekwad clan of the state of Baroda. During the revolt of 1857, Vaghers attacked the region and captured it. After independence of India in 1947, the region became part of the Saurashtra state which later merged with the state of Bombay. When the state ...

23. Khodiyar Mata Temple - Rajpara (Near Bhavnagar)

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At a distance of 16 km from Bhavnagar, Khodiyar Mata Temple is a famous Hindu temple located at Rajpara village near Bhavnagar of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the Tataniya Wali Lake, it is one of the important places of pilgrimage in Saurashtra and among the best places to visit in Bhavnagar. Shree Khodiyar Mata Mandir was constructed in 1911 CE by the then Maharaja of Bhavnagar. The temple is dedicated Khodiyar Maa, a warrior Hindu goddess born in Charan caste around 700 AD. She was the main deity of the royal family of Bhavnagar and also the ancestral goddess of Bhavnagar people. The Khodiyar Mata Temple at Rajpara is one of the oldest and largest temples in Gujarat. According to history, Maharaja Wakhatsinghji Gohil ruled the state of Bhavnagar from 1748 to 1816. He was a devout follower of Khodiyar Ma and often visited the shrine at Mandel. There he prayed to the goddess to bring her holy presence to Sihor, the then capital of Bhavnagar state. Khodiyar Ma agreed and told him to lead the way, only on the condition that he doesn't turn around and check if she is following. Wakhatsinghji walked on until he reached a place right before Sihor. There he turned around to check for Khodiyar Ma, who said she would walk no further for he had looked. Mataji and her sisters decided to set base there. This place was Rajpara, which became the shrine of Khodiyar Ma. There is a huge mandap inside the temple where one can see the beautiful idol of Khodiyar Mata. ...

24. Malnath Shiva Temple (Near Bhavnagar)

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At a distance of 28 km from Bhavnagar, Malnath Shiva Temple is a Hindu Temple located near Bhavnagar, Gujarat. Situated on Bhavnagar - Talaja Road, it is one of popular Shiva temples in Bhavnagar and among the best places to visit as part of Bhavnagar Tour Packages. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is beautifully positioned in the middle of green slopes and streaming waterways. The temple is built in the traditional Gujarati architecture and houses a rock-carved Shivalinga in the sanctum. The tranquility inside the temple along with the lush green environment is bound to take a visitor away from the routine life. A walk around the temple after paying respect to the Lord is quite refreshing. One can also find the idols of Goddess Durga, Lord Ganesh, Lord Krishna, and Lord Hanuman inside the temple. Malnath Shiv Temple is surrounded by Nature. Lush verdant greenery, a waterfall, several windmills and wind farm make it an ideal place for a picnic with friends and family alike. The landscape is breathtaking and energizing to the mind. Dhavdi Mata Mandir is another temple in the neighborhood. Nag-dhaniba, a picnic point on a riverbank, is a favorite spot for the families. The adventurous lot can go on trekking over the hill slopes nearby. The best time to visit Malnath Shiv Temple is between October and March when the weather is fairly cool and the surroundings are come alive with lush greenery and meandering streams. One can reach Malnath Temple by local buses ...

25. Trambak Falls (Near Bhavnagar)

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At a distance of 24 km from Bhavnagar, Trambak Falls is a stunning waterfall located at Trambak village in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. Situated near Malnath Mahadev Temple, it is one of the beautiful waterfalls in Gujarat , and among the best Bhavnagar places to visit . Trambak Falls is situated on a small mountain surrounded by a little forest. It cascades down from a height of about 30 feet and creates a natural pool as it hit the ground. Serene ambiance, the roaring sound of gushing waters, lush greenery, rocky hills, and the secluded nature make it a popular picnic spot for the people of Bhavnagar as well as tourists during their Bhavnagar trip . Trambak Falls is visited by many tourists daily. Children can spend time playing under the shade of trees while the elders can enjoy the beauty of nature. For the adventurous, there are trekking trails at Trambak from nearby Malnath Shiva Temple there is a 5 km trail to Trambak Falls. The best time to visit and explore the verdant beauty of the waterfall is during the monsoon season. During this season, water splashes down at its full swing making the entire ambiance refreshing and rejuvenating. Be careful as the falls can be unpredictable and slippery. It is not a developed place so better to carry your own food and water. Timings: ...

26. Nishkalank Mahadev Temple (Near Bhavnagar)

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At a distance of 28 km from Bhavnagar Railway Station, Nishkalank Mahadev Temple is a Hindu temple located at Koliyak near Bhavnagar, Gujarat. Situated in Koliyak Beach, it is one of the rarest sea temples in India you must include in your Gujarat trip and among the most visited places of pilgrimage in Bhavnagar. Located about a kilometer into the sea, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple has 5 distinct swayambhu Shiva lingams on a square platform and each is having a Nandi statue facing it. This temple is submerged during high tides in the sea and emerges during low tides to reveal itself majestically, promising its devotees to wash away all sins. During the high tide, the idol of the lord is submerged and all that can be seen are the flag and a pillar. The temple was built with special care to withstand high tides and is truly remains an unsolved mystery to modern engineers and technology experts. The temple is believed to be built by the Pandavas after the Kurukshetra War. Legend says that after killing all the Kauravas, Pandavas began to feel guilty for their sins. To discover reclamation for their sins, Pandavas consulted Krishna who handed them a black flag and a black cow and asked them to trail and said when both the flag and the cow turn white, they will all be forgiven. Lord Krishna also asked them to apologize to Lord Shiva after that. They followed the cow everywhere it took them and acknowledged ...

27. Ghogha Beach (Near Bhavnagar)

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At a distance of 26 km from Bhavnagar, Ghogha Beach is a stunning beach on the coast of Gulf of Kutch at Ghogha town in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. It is one of the popular beaches in Gujarat , and among the most visited tourist attractions in Bhavnagar . With golden sands, restless water waves hitting the sand every now and then, Ghogha Beach offers spectacular views of the Arabian Sea. The coastline at Ghogha that stretches for about a km is highly popular with the local people who visit the spot with family and friends to laze off and relax in the sun as part of Bhavnagar tour . The low tides gently hitting the rocky shore, the mesmerizing sunrise, and captivating sunset will surely make you fall in love with the place. Ghogha Beach is a great place for long walks. As this beach is not very developed from the viewpoint of commercial tourism, you won't find too many tourists hanging around the place. So, if you are looking for an offbeat destination where you will be able to unwind in complete isolation, Ghogha beach is the location you should be heading to. One can also visit Hazrat Pir Dargah and Barwada Masjid while in Ghogha. The ancient Barwada Masjid was built in 623 AD and is one of the oldest mosques in India. This mosque, therefore, predates all the other mosques in India whose ...

28. Kuda Beach (Near Bhavnagar)

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At a distance of 9 km from Ghogha and 30 km from Bhavnagar Railway Station, Kuda Beach is a stunning beach in the Gulf of Cambay at Kuda village near Bhavnagar. Situated between Ghogha and Koliyak, it is one of the famous beaches on Gujarat Coastline and is one of the best places to visit near Bhavnagar. Kuda Beach is a soft sandy beach that stretches about 2 km long. The gentle waves, clear skies, and the sandy shores make this beach a superb place to spend some quality time with friends and family. The beach is suitable for swimming, sunbathing and long walks. The beach is best visited during the day time as the sea sands are all over which makes the exciting sunbathing experience. Besides, the beach offers mesmerizing views of the setting sun. Usually, people visit the beach during the summers to ease the heat and enjoy the serene surroundings. Some kathiyawadi food outlets are available nearby. One can also visit the temple of Nishkalank Mahadev located close to the beach. Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

29. Piram Bet Island (Near Bhavnagar)

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At a distance of 6 km from Ghogha and 30 km from Bhavnagar, Piram Bet is a small island in the Gulf of Cambay, Gujarat. Also called Piram Island, it is one of the beautiful islands on the coastline of Gujarat and among the best places to visit during your Bhavnagar trip. The Piram Bet Island is covering over an area of about 186 acres. History says that the island was under Muslim soldiers of Delhi Sultanate in the early 14th century and was captured by Mokhadaji Gohil, the Gohil chief of Umrala in 1325 CE. He made the island as his headquarters, built a fort and levied toll from all ships passing up the Gulf of Cambay. He became a noted pirate in Gulf. His demands came to the knowledge of the emperor Muhammad bin Tughlaq who was then quelling a revolt in Gujarat. He killed Mokhadaji in 1347 CE and destroyed the fort of Piram Island. The island fell into obscurity after the destruction of the fort. Later in 1729, Mulla Muhammad Ali, a merchant from Surat, built a fort on Piram Bet with an intention to establish himself as an independent chief. Subsequently, it falls under the royal family of Bhavnagar State who had built a bastion on the south west corner of the island to keep watch on the maritime activities. The British built the 24m high circular masonry lighthouse tower on the bastion in 1864 CE. The lighthouse and quarters are now owned by Directorate General of Lighthouse and Lightships, Government of India which was the only settlement on the island and was ...

30. Blackbuck National Park / Velavadar National Park (Near Bhavnagar)

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At a distance of 45 km from Bhavnagar, Blackbuck National Park is a national park located at Velavadar in the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. Also known as Velavadar Blackbuck National Park, it is one of the famous places of wildlife in Gujarat , and among the must include places in Bhavnagar holiday packages . Velavadar National Park was formerly the private hunting ground for the Maharajas of the princely state of Bhavnagar. With an area of about 18 sq. km, it was declared as a reserve forest and later notified as a National Park in 1976 CE. In 1980 the area was extended to cover about 34 Sq. km of grassland. The park has been classified as Gujarat-Rajwada biotic province of the semi-arid bio-geographical zone due to its unique ecosystem which consists of exclusive grassland habitat, shrublands, saline plains, and mudflats. The park lies between two rivers namely Parvalia and Alang, which drain into the Gulf of Cambay. Among the major Bhavnagar tourist places , the park has been established for the protection of the blackbucks and has the highest number of blackbucks in India. More than 3, 000 blackbucks exist on the open grasslands of Velavadar. The sanctuary is also home to other animals like nilgai, jackal, wolf, jungle cat, and fox. Besides, one can also spot many bird species which include ...

31. Mahuva (Near Bhavnagar)

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At a distance of 96 km from Bhavnagar, Mahuva is a town on the Arabian Sea coast in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. It is one of the beautiful places to visit near Bhavnagar. Often called the Kashmir of Saurashtra, Mahuva is known for its mild weather and lush green surroundings. Tourists are primarily attracted to the beach in the town. Mahuva Beach is well known for its tranquil waters and natural beauty. The beach is also called as Bhavani Beach owing to the ancient Bhavani Mata Temple located atop a dune in its sandy shores. The area surrounding the beach and the township is incredibly verdant and the countryside is dotted with coconut and palm trees offering the perfect ambiance for relaxation to visitors. One can take a dip in the cool waters of the Arabian Sea and go for a long walk along the shoreline in order to fully rejuvenate oneself. Besides, Mahuva is home to a thriving agribusiness industry, with an emphasis on enterprises that dehydrate vegetables such as garlic and onions for use in processed foods. The place is also the residence of the Hindu preacher Morai Bapu. One can also visit Timbi Hanuman Temple and Pingleshwar village which is known for housing an ancient Shiv Linga submerged in the sea.

32. Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary (Near Ahmedabad)

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At a distance of 41 km from Sanand and 69 km from Ahmedabad, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary is a protected bird sanctuary situated at Nalsarovar village in Gujarat. Nalsarovar is one of the largest wetland bird sanctuaries in India , and among the prime attractions of Ahmedabad sightseeing packages . The Nalsarovar Lake and the wetlands around it were declared as a bird sanctuary in 1969. Covering an area of 120.82 Sq.km, it is a serene marshland with shallow waters which contains 36 small islands. It has been identified as one of the 15 important wetlands of India by the National Committee on Wetlands for intensive conservation. Lying in an area between Central Gujarat and East Saurashtra, it represents a sea link that once existed between the Little Rann and the Gulf of Khambat. The lake gets filled with water that drains from the adjoining Surendranagar and Ahmedabad districts in the monsoon. Mainly inhabited by migratory birds as their wintering ground, Nalsarovar wetland is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat, and one of the largest in India. Besides being one of the largest bird sanctuaries, Nalsarovar harbors one of the highest populations of waterfowl anywhere in India. One can find rosy pelicans, lesser and greater flamingos, crakes, brahminy ducks, purple moorhen, herons, white storks, various species of bitterns, grebes, etc. in the lake. The best ...

33. Lothal (Near Ahmedabad)

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At a distance of 42 km from Nalsarovar and 79 km from Ahmedabad, Lothal is an excavated site situated Bhal region in Dholka of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Lothal is one of the prominent cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization and among the best historical sites in Gujarat. Literally called 'Mound of the Dead', this ancient and desolate ruined city of Lothal provides a fascinating insight into the life of the Harappan culture and the Indus Valley Civilization. The origin and history of Lothal can be dated back to 2400 BC. Discovered in the year 1954, Lothal is one of the primary sites of Archaeological Survey of India. The excavation work here began in 1955 and was continued till 1960. Like other cities of the Indus Valley Civilization, Lothal too had an excellent architecture and town planning. Excavations have revealed that the town was divided into two parts. The upper part or the acropolis was where the ruler and other important people of the city lived while the lower part was meant for the common people. The entire city had a scientific drainage system, well laid-out, paved roads and a bath for every house, some of which were double storied and built on mud platforms. The most architecturally sophisticated part of Lothal was its dockyard, which provided berthing facilities for the ships. Constructed from kiln-fired bricks, the dock comprised a basin 214 m long, 36 m wide, and 13 m deep. A 13 m wide channel on the northern side was included to facilitate ...

34. Vande Mataram Memorial & Hiralaxmi Memorial Craft (Near Bhuj)

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At a distance of 10 km from Bhuj, Vande Mataram Memorial is a museum situated at Bhujodi village near Bhuj in Kutch district of Gujarat. It is one of the popular monuments in Gujarat and among the best place to visit in Gujarat . The Vande Mataram Memorial is a humble and yet the most ambitious offering of the Ashapura Foundation to the country. Built over an area of 12 acre, the Memorial is a non-profit institution that seeks to immortalize the most important episodes in India's freedom struggle from the revolt of 1857 right up to the country's Independence in 1947. The purpose of this museum is to create a respect for freedom fighters of the country. It is a once-in-lifetime experience for every Indian who is keen to reconnect with his roots and who seeks to renew and restore his sense of national pride. The primary structure of the museum, measuring over 100,000 square feet, is modeled on the likeness of the Indian Parliament Building. It cost about 60 crores and it takes four years to build with a m�lange of inputs from prominent historians, architects, sculptors and artists. The main museum is situated inside the Parliament House, where one will get a glimpse of the peaceful movement of the Swaraj movement, with the slogan of revolution. In the 17 rooms of Parliament House, visitors can see history from 1600 to 1947 through 4D technique in 17 episodes. There is also a magnificent and spacious image of Bharat Mata created ...

35. Harsiddhi Mata Temple (Near Porbandar)

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At a distance of 40 km from Porbandar and 65 km from Dwarka, Harsiddhi Mata Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located atop Koylo Dungar hill at Gandhvi village near Porbandar, Gujarat. En route to Dwarka from Porbandar, it is one of the oldest temples in Gujarat , and among the popular places of sightseeing in Porbandar . Also known as Harshal Mata Temple, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Harsiddhi, the Happy Mother. The goddess is considered one of the aspects of Amba and Kalika, the Hindu Devi. She is also known by the names like Harshal, Harshad, Harshat Shikotar, Sikotar Momai, and Vahanvati Mata. The original temple atop the hill is said to have been built by Krishna himself. Krishna wanted to defeat the demon Jarasandha, so he prayed to Amba Mata for more powers. With the blessings of the goddess, Krishna was able to defeat the Asuras. After his success in war Lord Krishna built this temple and celebrated the victory with his Yadav community, since then Yadav community worship Harsiddhi Mata as their Kuldevi. Also, she is worshiped as Kuldevi by many Kshatriya, Brahmin, Rajput, and Vaishya communities. At present no puja is performed in the original temple while the puja is performed in a temple built in the market by a Jain merchant Jagdu Shah around 1300 AD. According to the legend, the temple of the goddess was on the hill overlooking ...

36. Living & Learning Design Centre (Near Bhuj)

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At a distance of 15 km from Bhuj, Living and Learning Design Centre (LLDC) is a textile museum situated at Ajrakhpur near Bhuj in Kutch district of Gujarat. Situated on Bhuj-Bhachau highway, it is one of the popular tourist places in Bhuj. Started by Shrujan Trust in 2016, the Living and Learning Design Centre (LLDC) is a multi-dimensional crafts education and resource center dedicated to preserving and promoting the crafts of Kutch. The main aim of LLDC is to train, educate and support crafts persons to practice their traditional crafts for contemporary markets so that they can earn a dignified and prosperous livelihood. Over three thousand five hundred craftswomen are part of Shrujan's family now. Situated in a sprawling eight-acre campus, the Living and Learning Design Centre has a Crafts Museum, Crafts School and the residential enclaves. The museum comprises, four galleries including a temporary exhibit area. The main gallery is devoted to the permanent collection of the 'Design Center on Wheels' (DCOW) program run by the NGO Shrujan in Bhujodi. The collection includes 1150 exquisite demonstrative embroidery panels that have been painfully documented over the years. The other galleries house traditional artifacts highlighting the textile arts related to everyday life of the indigenous people of Kutch. There is also a library for visual and textual resources, instructional auditorium space and conference room, classrooms for artisans and public orientation and ...

37. Bilnath Mahadev Temple - Bileshwar (Near Porbandar)

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At a distance of 30 km from Porbandar, Bileshwar Mahadev Temple is a Hindu temple located at Bileshwar village near Porbandar in the state of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of Bileshwar River, it is one of the oldest temples in the region and among the prominent temples to visit near Porbandar. Also known as Bilnath Mahadev Temple, Bileshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Rabaris of the neighboring states and villages have much faith in this Mahadev and many vows are made to the shrine, several lamps of ghee are constantly burning here; one of these was kept up at the cost of the Rana of Porbandar. According to folklore, once the army of Aurangzeb captured the village and attempted to break the shivling, but Nandi, the celestial vehicle of Lord Shiva stopped them from demolishing it. As per mythology, the first pooja was done here by Lord Krishna. The lingam inside the sanctum sanctorum is known as 'swayambhu'. Represents the Gujarati style of architecture, this multi-storeyed temple is built in pyramid shape rather than a spire. Apart from the Shivling, the temple also has idols of goddess Parvati, Devi Ganga, and Nandi. This temple is protected place under the Gujarat ancient monuments & archeological sites & remains act 1965. The place gets a heavy footfall on the night of Shivratri and during the fair held on Amavasya of Shravana month. Timings: 6 AM - 7 PM

38. Jambuvan Cave (Near Porbandar)

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At a distance of 17 km from Porbandar Railway Station, Jambavan Cave is an ancient cave located at Ranavav near Porbandar city of Gujarat. Situated near Saurashtra Cement Factory, it is one of the historical places in Gujarat and among the most visited tourist places in Porbandar. Also known as Jambavant Cave or Jambuvant ki Gufa, this cave was the resting place of the warrior Jambuvan, who had his own special role in both the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is believed that this is the place where Lord Krishna and Jambuvan fought for the Syamantaka jewel for 28 days. Legend says that Satrajit was the proud possessor of a precious gem named Syamantaka which had mystic powers. Once his brother Prasena went out in the forests for hunting wearing the jewel and was attacked by a lion to obtain Syamantaka. Later, the lion gets killed by Jambuvan who takes the precious stone from him and gives it to her daughter. On the other side, Satrajit accuses Lord Krishna for killing his brother just to gain the gem. On hearing this, Lord Krishna goes on the lookout of the actual killer and finally finds Jambuvan with whom he battles for 28 days. Recognizing Lord Krishna and his powers, Jambuvan withdraws from the fight and gives the gem and his daughter to the Lord. Jambuvan Cave has over 50 Shivalingas which are formed naturally. The main shivalinga is inside a natural cave. Water drops from the ceiling of the cave trickle down over the linga in a continuous downpour, ...

39. Shiva Temple - Kera (Near Bhuj)

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At a distance of 25 km from Bhuj Railway Station, Kera Shiva Temple is an old Hindu temple situated in Kera village near Bhuj city in Gujarat. Also known as Lakheshwara temple of Kerakot, it is one of the ancient temples in Kutch and among the popular Bhuj Tourist Places. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kera Shiva Temple was built during the reign of the Solanki dynasty in the later part of the 10th century. The Solankis, referred to as the 'Chalukyas of Gujarat' were patrons of many important temples in the area. Shiva Temple at Kera is one of the many temples built by the Solanki rulers. The major part of the temple got destroyed in the earthquake of 1819 and the Bhuj earthquake of 2001 but the temple's spire, inner sanctum and the sculptures are still in an attractive condition. The shrine is built of red stones in Solanki architectural style. The interior of the temple is square in shape and the walls of the temple are around 3 feet thick. The presiding deity is in the form of Linga at the sanctum. The shrine has a pradakshina path with two open cut-stone perforated windows. The spire of the temple has eight triangle-shaped sculptures in the form of chaitya windows on each face of the spire. There are miniature spires at the corners of the temple. The external portions of the spires are well-adorned with elegantly carved images. Only the northern part of the original hall or Mandapa is there as of now which has few well-carved sculptures. Several stone sculptures of ...

40. Ghumli (Near Porbandar)

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At a distance of 42 km from Porbandar, Ghumli is a small village located near Porbandar, Gujarat. Known for its archeological ruins, it is one of the popular places of heritage in Gujarat and among the prime tourist destinations to visit near Porbandar. Earlier known as Bhumli, Ghumli was the capital of Saindhava dynasty which ruled western Saurashtra from the middle of the 8th century to the middle of the 10th century. Later in the 12th century, Ghumli was declared as the second capital by Rana Shiyaji of Jethwa dynasty, who took the title of Rana of Ghumli. Ghumli remained their capital till 1313 CE when Rana Bhanji Jethwa was defeated at a war with Barmaniyaji Jadeja attacked and defeated Rana Bhanji Jethwa. He completely destroyed Ghumli and turned it into ruins. Being the prosperous capital of Saindhava and then the Jethwa dynasty of Saurashtra, Ghumli is now an important and preserved archaeological site due to its architectural ruins. The Archaeological Survey of India and Government of India have initiated a number of efforts to restore the lost glory of the town. Built-in the 12th century by the Jethwa rulers, Navlakha Temple is dedicated to Lord Surya and is considered to be the oldest Sun Temple of Gujarat. The temple is built in Solanki style of architecture with entwining tusk of three elephants as a trade mark of the temple. As the temple was constructed at a cost of nine lakh, it was named Navlakha Temple. Just outside the main temple, there ...

41. Rudramata Dam (Near Bhuj)

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At a distance of 15 km from Bhuj Railway Station, Rudramata Dam is an earthen dam situated at Nokhania village in Bhuj Taluk of Gujarat. Built on the Khari River, this is the biggest in the Kutch district, and among the famous Bhuj tourist places . Also known as Rudrani Dam, the construction of the dam was started in 1959 and was completed in 1970. The catchment area of the dam is 572 Sq.km and the gross storage capacity is 65 cubic millimeters. This artificial reservoir supplies water to deserted areas around Bhuj. Considered as biggest Dam of Kutch, the view from the top of the dam is breathtaking. There is one beautiful temple near the Dam called Rudra Mata temple. The temple complex houses the 400 years old Rudramata Temple with smaller temples devoted to other Gods and Goddesses. One can also visit Rakshak Van on the banks of the dam. Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

42. Madhavpur Beach (Near Porbandar)

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At a distance of 60 km from Porbandar, 74 km from Somnath, and 78 km from Junagadh, Madhavpur Beach is a stunning beach along the coast of Arabian Sea in Gujarat. Situated on Porbandar-Veraval Highway, it is one of the beautiful beaches in Gujarat and among the top places to visit near Porbandar. Madhavpur Beach is indeed one of the loveliest sandy beaches in Gujarat as this stunning beach presents a visual that is hard to compare with anything else. Named after the ruler Madhav Rao, the beach has become popular amongst the other beaches because of its scheduled location. The beach is lined with coconut trees and the waters here are clear. It is home to a two-decade-long conservation project of Green Sea and Olive Ridley turtles. Since the beach is less commercialized, it is very clean with azure blue waters that attract the people who want to spend some quality time with family and friends. Though the beach is not safe for swimming, one can try some activities like beach scooter, speed boating, parasailing, camel and horse rides here. The beach is well-endowed with the stalls of coconut water and snacks. The town also hosts the beautiful Madhavraiji Haveli Temple and Rukmini no Choro. Legend has it that Lord Krishna married Rukmini right here in Madhavpur. This belief is kept alive through the holding of a fair every year. Madhavpur is also culturally significant due to one of the seats of Vallabhacharya who is the founder of Pushtimarg Vaishnava Hindu sect. ...

43. Darbargadh Fort - Dhoraji (Near Junagadh)

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At a distance of 25 km from Junagadh, 88 km from Rajkot, and 98 km from Porbandar, Darbargadh Fort is a historical fort situated at Dhoraji town in Rajkot district of Gujarat. Also referred to as Darbar Garh, it is one of the many imposing regal structures in Gujarat and among the major tourist attractions to visit during Junagadh Trip . Darbargadh Fort is one of the famous forts in Gujarat holding immense prominence both historically and majestically. Dhoraji was acquired by Kumbhaji II of Gondal State from Junagadh State during the 18th century CE. The fortification of Dhoraji was completed in 1755 AD. The massive fort wall has several bastions, 4 main gates, and 3 smaller gates, known as baris. The four main gates are Kathiawadi Darwaja in the East, Porbandar Gate in the West, Halar Gate in the North, and Junagadh Gate in the South while the smaller gates are- Darbari Bari, Bhimji Bari, and Sati Bari. Among the most interesting places to visit near Junagadh , Darbargadh is located at the highest point in the town and is approached by Darbari Bari, a beautiful gate adorned with jharokha, resting on brackets of 4 elephant statues in different poses. A finely carved entrance gate leads to Darbargadh in the middle of a courtyard. Darbargadh is a three-storeyed structure on a high plinth and is designed in the same architectural style of Navlakha ...

44. Kalo Dungar (Near Rann Of Kutch)

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At a distance of 46 km from Great Rann of Kutch, 48 km from Dhordo and 89 km from Bhuj, Kalo Dungar or Kala Dungar is a hill located near Khavda town in Kutch district of Gujarat. It is one of the most famous attractions in Great Rann of Kutch that can be visited as part of Kutch Tour. Situated at an altitude of 458 m, Kala Dungar literally means Black Hill in Gujarati language is the highest point of Kutch and offers jaw dropping view of the entire region, especially the Rann and the Indo-Pak border. The hill is also the site of a 400-year-old temple of Lord Dattatreya, the three-headed incarnation of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva in the same body. Legend says that when Dattatreya walked on the earth, he stopped at the Black Hills and noticed many hungry jackals and offered them his body to eat. When jackals started eating Dattatreya's body, his body automatically regenerated. The practice of feeding jackals is still followed by the people. Priest of the temple prepares food and serve it to jackals each morning and evening, after the aarti. Beyond the temple there are two viewpoints that give the spectacular view of white Rann. Being close to the Pakistan border, there is an army post at the top of the Kalo Dungar and only military personnel are allowed beyond here. Before Kalo Dungar at one location you can experience vehicle going down with high speed even with ignition off. One can also visit India Bridge which is about 18 km from Kalo Dungar. This bridge ...

45. Siyot Caves (Near Rann Of Kutch)

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At a distance of 110 km from Great Rann of Kutch and 148 km from Bhuj, Siyot caves are the ancient rock cut caves located near Siyot village in Kutch district of Gujarat. Also referred as Kateshwar Buddhist Caves, it is one of the popular places to visit in Kutch and among the popular tourist places in Gujarat . Dated around the first century AD, the Siyot Caves are a group of five rock-cut caves. The main cave has east facing sanctum, ambulatory and space divisions which suggests a Shiva temple from the first or second century. The cave was used by Buddhists later which can be concluded based on the seals found herein and the traces of Brahmi inscriptions. Other caves are simple single cells. The folklores suggest that Siyot Caves were among the 80 monastic sites reported by the travellers from China during the 7th century at the mouth of the Indus River. Local people believes that these caves were used by dacoits to hide things looted from people in past. These caves are an important site to visit for those interested in inscriptions and architecture of the ancient time. The sculptures here are the center of attraction for the tourists. The excavation in 1988-89 recovered clay seals engraved with Buddha images in various mudras and seals engraved with late Brahmi and Devnagari inscriptions. Other findings were copper rings, Gadhaiya coins, terracotta Nandi with bell and chain, different types of earthen wares like Surahi. ...

46. Narayan Sarovar & Sanctuary (Near Rann Of Kutch)

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At a distance of 116 km from Great Rann of Kutch and 160 km from Bhuj, Narayan Sarovar or Narayansar is a village in Lakhpat taluk of Kutch district in Gujarat. Situated near Koteshwar Mahadev Temple, it is considered as one of the places of pilgrimage for Hindus in India and among the must visit places in Kutch. The village got its name from the holy Narayan Sarovar Lake. Narayan Sarovar Lake is one of the 5 holy lakes of Hinduism, along with Mansarovar in Tibet, Pampa in Karnataka, Bindu Sarovar in Gujarat and Pushkar in Rajasthan. According to the Hindu mythology, the lake is associated with a time of drought in the Puranic area, when Lord Vishnu appeared in response to the avid prayers of sages and touched the land with his toe, creating the lake, now revered as holy to bathe in. There are seven stone temples surrounded by the lake namely Sri Trikamraiji, Lakshminarayan, Govardhannathji, Dwarkanath, Adinarayan, Ranchodraiji and Laxmiji, built by the wife of Maharao Desalji. Accordingly, in 1734, she first built the temples of Lakshminarayan and Trikamray in the same style as the Dwarka temples while the other five temples built by Vagheli Mahakunvar form, along with the more lately built temple of Kalyanray. Collectively called as Narayan Sarovar Temples, these temples are surrounded by a fortified wall and are approached from the lake by flights of stone steps. The lake attracts huge crowds during the annual fair held in November or December. One can also visit ...

47. Lakhpat (Near Rann Of Kutch)

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At a distance of 33 km from Narayan Sarovar, 100 km from Rann of Kutch and 138 km from Bhuj, Lakhpat is an abandoned town in Kutch district of Gujarat. At the junction of Kori creek and Rann of Kutch, it is the last town situated at the western end of India, on the India - Pakistan border and among the popular places to visit in Kutch. Lakhpat derives its name from the prosperous maritime trade which generated a daily income of One Lakh Koris, a Kutch monetary unit. According to another legend, the town was founded by Rao Lakha, so it was known as Lakhpat. Lakhpat is a fortified town with high walls, several gates and bastions made out of hard stone. The 7 km fort walls, erected in 1801 by Fateh Muhammed, are still nearly intact, and offer tremendous views out over the Rann. Lakhpat was an important port city during the 1800s which had a population of about 15000 people. History suggests that before the earthquake, the Indus River used to flow right next to the town and connected it to the nearby sea. After the 1819 earthquake, the Indus River shifted its course and left the area barren. Most of the families, living inside its forted walls moved to other cities, but those left behind, are now living a life of hardship, and adversity. This is also a seat of worship for Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, reportedly camped here on his journey to Mecca. The site later became a gurudwara, which holds some of Nanak's possessions. There ...

48. Mata No Madh Desh Devi Maa Ashapura (Near Rann Of Kutch)

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At a distance of 77 km from Rann of Kutch and 101 km from Bhuj, Desh Devi Maa Ashapura is a popular Hindu temple located in Mata no Madh town of Kutch district in Gujarat. It is one of the significant temples in Kutch region and among the popular places to visit as part of Kutch Packages. Mata no Madh temple is dedicated to Maa Ashapura, the household deity of former Jadeja rulers of Cutch State and she is also considered the patron deity of Kutch. The goddess is also referred to as Desh Devi, meaning the Goddess of the people. The temple was built in the 14th century by two Karad Vanias, Ajo and Anagor, the ministers of the father of Lakho Phulani. The temple was damaged by the earthquake in 1819 and was rebuilt by Sundarji Shivji and Mehta Vallabhaji in 1823. The temple was damaged again by the earthquake in 2001 but was repaired again. Mata no Madh is a good illustration of traditional Indian architecture with elaborate and intricate carvings. The image of Ashapura Mata in the shrine is a red-painted stone, about six feet high and six feet broad at the base, narrowing to a point in a shape, with some rough likeness to a human form. The unique thing about the idol of Ashapura Mata is that it has 7 pairs of eyes. As the name indicates, she is the Goddess who fulfills the wish & desires of all those who trust and believe her. One can also see a huge bell presented by Mian Ghulam Shah Kalhoro of Sindh along with deepmala weighing 2 kg silver offered by Jamadar Fateh ...

49. Chhari Dhand Bird Sanctuary (Near Rann Of Kutch)

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At a distance of 5 km from Fulay village, 30 km from Nakhtrana and 61 km from Rann of Kutch, Chhari Dhand Bird Sanctuary is a wetland conservation reserve situated near Fulay village in Kutch district of Gujarat State in India. Located on the edge of arid Banni Grasslands and the marshy salt flats of the Rann of Kutch, it is one of the popular wetlands in Gujarat and among the best places to visit in Kutch. The Chhari Dhand is a seasonal desert wetland and only gets swampy during a good monsoon, receiving water from the north flowing rivers as well as from the huge catchment areas of many surrounding big hills. Chhari means salt affected and Dhand means shallow wetland in local Kutchi language. The wetland was originally spread over 227 Sq. km, out of which 80 Sq. km was the water filled area. This place is a paradise for bird watchers and ornithologists as this seasonal desert wetland attracts nearly 200 species of migratory birds every year in the monsoon and winter seasons. Due to this rich biodiversity, the protected area of Chhari Dhand and some of its adjoining wetlands are under serious consideration for inclusion in the Ramsar Convention. More than 50,000 waterfowls, 250 species of birds and 55 distinct species of animals have been recorded in and around Chhari Dhand. More than 30,000 common cranes have been reported during winter. Endangered species like Dalmatian Pelican, Oriental Darter, Black necked Stork and Indian Skimmer migrate through these wetlands ...

50. Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary (Near Rann Of Kutch)

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At a distance of 25 km from Rapar, and 124 km from Bhuj, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary is sanctuary located in the north eastern part of Kutch district in Gujarat. Situated in the Great Rann of Kutch, it is one of the famous places of wildlife in Gujarat , and among the popular places to visit as part of Rann of Kutch packages . Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary was established in February 1986. Covering an area of about 7505 sq. km, this is the largest Wildlife Sanctuary in India area wise and one of the largest seasonal saline wetlands of Gujarat having an average water depth between 0.5 to 1.5 meters. But, after October-November, water dries up and the entire area turns into a saline desert where thousands of Flamingoes nest and breed. The sanctuary has four hilly and rocky islands ('bets') such as Pachchham, Khadir, Bela, and Chorar along with Kalo Dungar and Goro Dungar hills. Considered among the most popular Rann of Kutch tourist places the sanctuary is mainly established to preserve the nesting ground of the flamingo or Greater Flamingo. The world-famous 'Flamingo City' is located in the mudflats of the Rann, at a distance of around 10 km from the Nir outpost on Kalo Dungar. Hundreds of greater flamingoes breed here, particularly ...

51. Dholavira (Near Rann Of Kutch)

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At a distance of 92 km from Rapar, 222 km from Bhuj, and 300 km from Great Rann of Kutch, Dholavira is an archaeological site at Khadir Bet in the Kutch district of Gujarat. Managed by ASI, it is the most prominent archaeological site in India belonging to the Indus Valley Civilization and among the must-include places in Kutch packages . Dholavira represents the ruins of an ancient city of the Harappan civilization that was inhabited over 1,200 years from 3000 BCE through 1800 BCE. It is the larger of the two most remarkable excavations of the Indus Valley Civilization or Harappan culture in India, the other being Lothal. Locally called Kotada, the 250-acre area of Dholavira sprawls across the Khadir Island of the Great Rann of Kutch and is part of the protected Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, among the top tourist places in Kutch . The site was unearthed by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) in 1967 but has been systematically excavated only since 1990. The excavated site of Dholavira demonstrates the ingenuity of Harappan people to evolve a highly organized system of town planning with perfected proportions, interrelation of functional areas, street-pattern, and an efficient water conservation system that supported life for more than 1200 years against harsh hot arid climate. Lies between two seasonal streams, ...

52. Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary - Little Rann Of Kutch (Near Rann Of Kutch)

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At a distance of 50 km from Surendranagar, 100 km from Ahmedabad, 238 km from Bhuj, and 320 km from Great Rann of Kutch, the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary is a protected sanctuary located in the Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat. Also known as the Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary, it is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat , and among the best places to visit near Ahmedabad for wildlife enthusiasts. Spread over an area of 4954 sq. km, the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary was established in 1972 and came under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. The Wild Ass Sanctuary of the Little Rann of Kutch is the only place on earth where the endangered Indian Wild Ass, known locally as the ghudkhar, still lives. One of the three surviving species of the Wild Ass in the world-the other two being found in Central Asia and in and around Tibet, the Khur is high on the list of endangered species. Known for its speed, the wild ass lives in herds led by stallions and survived by migrating between the grassy 'bets' through the season, in search of food. There are around 3000 wild asses in the sanctuary and can be best seen in and around October and November. Apart from wild ass, the sanctuary is also home to 32 other species of mammals such as chinkara, two types of desert fox, jackals, caracals, nilgais, Indian wolves, blackbucks, and striped hyenas along with 350 different species of ...

53. Roha Fort (Near Mandvi)

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At a distance of 48 km from Mandvi, 51 km from Bhuj and 127 km from Rann of Kutch, Roha Fort is an ancient fort located on the outskirts of Roha village in Nakhatrana Taluk of Kutch, Gujarat. Also known as Roha Sumari Fort, it is one of the historical forts of Kutch and among the major Mandvi Tourist Places. Located 800 feet above sea level on Roha Hill, Roha Fort is believed to have been built by Thakore Noganji. There are about 52 villages under this fort. Roha is also called Sumari Roha after the princesses from the Sumara state who took Samadhi here. After the British took control over the fort during the early 18th century several changes has been made in the fort through the approach of renovation. The British made two deep wells within the fort. Covers an area of 16 acres, the fort appears like a temple and was mainly built with the use of stone and baked bricks. Over the years, most of the parts of the fort have destroyed from earthquake and lack of proper management. But one can see a temple at the bottom and another one at the top of a small hill. The famous poet of Gujarat, Kalapi, wrote romantic poems at Roha hill because atmosphere of Roha was peaceful and close to the nature with many peacocks and other birds which can be seen here even now. Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

54. Shree Bhadreshwar Jain Temple / Vasai Jain Temple (Near Mandvi)

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At a distance of 33 km from Gandhidham, 64 km from Bhuj, 66 km from Mandvi and 138 km from Gateway of Rann, Bhadreshwar Temple is a Jain temple situated at Bhadreshwar village in Kutch district of Gujarat. Also known as Vasai Jain Temple, it is one of the important Jain pilgrimage centers in Gujarat and among the famous places to visit in Bhuj. Bhadreshwar Temple is believed to be one of the oldest Jain temples in India. According to legend, the foundation stone of this temple was laid down by a Jain layman named Devchandra, centuries ago, about 45 years after the death of Lord Mahavir, but there is no evidence to either support that claim. Although the temple have been renovated many times. The temple is said to be first renovated by King Sidhsen of Bhadrawati in 449 BC and then, the temple have been renovated and rehabilitated many times. The temple have been destroyed many times due to earthquakes of 1819, 1844, 1875, and 2001 but the chronicles of Mistris of Kutch renovated it every time. Built in the line of Dilwara Temples, the temple complex has 53 shrines, a major central temple and 52 minor shrines around it, one of which reputedly holds the original Parshwanath idol from 500 BC. The main temple, facing east, is strikingly beautiful, in all white marble with majestic pillars. In the shrine are three white marble images. The central image of Lord Ajitnath, the second of the Tirthankars, is flanked by Lord Parshwanath with the snake hood in the right and Lord ...

55. Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary / Lala - Parjan Sanctuary (Near Mandvi)

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At a distance of 80 km from Mandvi, 109 km from Bhuj and 173 km from Gateway of Rann, Kutch Bustard Sanctuary or Kachchh Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary is a protected area located near Jakhau village in Kutch district of Gujarat. Also known as Lala-Parjan Sanctuary, it is one of the two great Indian Bustard sanctuaries in Gujarat , and among the must-include places in Mandvi tour packages . Kutch Bustard Sanctuary was declared as a sanctuary in July 1992 to safeguard the Great Indian Bustard from hunting and poaching. Home to the endangered Great Indian bustard, this is the smallest sanctuary in the country spread over just 2 sq. km. Several suggestions have been made to vastly increase the size of this sanctuary as it is a breeding ground of the endangered Great Indian Bustard, the heaviest flying bird belonging to the avian family of Otididae. Varied vegetation, semi-arid grasslands, and marshy swamps make Kutch Bustard Sanctuary an ideal home for Great Indian Bustard. It has the largest concentration of bustards, second only to the Desert National Park of Rajasthan. Regarded as among the best Mandvi sightseeing places , the Kutch Bustard Sanctuary is home to three species of Bustards - the Great Indian bustard, lesser floricans, and the MacQueen Bustard. Among the three, the population of Great ...

56. Khambhalida Caves (Near Rajkot)

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At a distance of 41 km from Junagadh and 66 km from Rajkot, Khambhalida Caves are the ancient rock-cut Buddhist caves situated at Khambhalida village in the Rajkot district of Gujarat. Also known as Rajkot Caves, it is one of the popular historical places to visit near Rajkot . Dating back to the 4th or 5th century AD, the Khambhalida Caves are a group of three Buddhist caves situated at the foot of a small hill on the banks of a spring. These Caves were discovered in 1958 by P. P. Pandya, a prominent archeologist. It is said that they were carved in the limestone rocks by the Saint of Dinyan Branch of the Buddha tradition. It is also said that many Buddha Saints from Junagadh came to these caves for meditation and there is an inscription on a stone here that states Asoka might have come to this place for his meditation. Among the three caves, the central one contains the stupa which is known as the chaitya cave. The entrance of the chaitya is flanked by two large sculptures of the Bodhisattvas. On the right is the figure of Padmapani under an Asoka-like tree with a female companion and five attendants. There is a yaksha-like dwarf on the left of it holding a basket. The figure on the left side of the entrance is probably Vajrapani and this sculpture is considered as one of the most ancient ones in India. The second such sculpture of Vajrapani came into existence 400-500 years thereafter at Cave No.2 of ...

57. Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary (Near Rajkot)

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At a distance of 42 km from Rajkot Junction, the Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary is a dense woodland situated near Khijadiya village near Rajkot, Gujarat. It is one of the major places of wildlife in Gujarat , and among the best places to visit as part of Rajkot packages . It has been selected as an alternate place for the Asiatic lion breeding center in Gujarat. A former shooting reserve owned by the erstwhile princely state of Wankaner, Rampara was acquired by the government in 1975, declared as a reserve forest in 1983, and notified as a Sanctuary in 1988 to protect the natural vegetation and the wildlife of the area. Covers over an area of around 15 sq. km, the sanctuary is located near the river of Machchhu, which is drained by two streams named Pat a gala vonklo and Vaghrigalo vonklo. Among the best wildlife sanctuaries near Rajkot , the sanctuary has plain terrain in the middle with hillocks at the periphery and undulating terrain in between. The shrubby land spread with patches of grasses harbors a large number of species of plants, birds, and mammals. The Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary in Rajkot is renowned for housing an entire troop of mammoth antelopes, regarded as the Indian Blue Bulls, popularly addressed by the name 'Nilgai'. Other animals like wolf, jackal, hyena, common fox, and ...

58. Jalaram Bapa Mandir (Near Rajkot)

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At a distance of 46 km from Junagadh and 60 km from Rajkot, Jalaram Bapa Mandir is a Hindu temple located in Virpur near Rajkot, Gujarat. Situated near Kodhaldham Temple, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Gujarat and among the best places to visit in Rajkot. Jalaram Bapa popularly known as Bapa was a Hindu saint born in 1799 to Pradhan Thakkar and Rajbai Thakkar in the village of Virpur, Gujarat. His mother Rajbai Thakkar was very fond of saints and sadhus and no saint could go from Virpur without receiving the hospitality of Rajbai. He was a devotee of the Hindu god Rama. At the age of 18, Jalaram Bapa became a disciple of Shri Bhojalram of Fatehpur. With blessings of his guru, he started 'Sadavrat', a feeding center for sadhus and saints as well as the needy. This tradition of feeding people continues to this day in Virpur. The temple is an actual resident house of Jalaram Bapa where he lived till his last breath. The main attraction in the temple is the portrait picture of Jalaram Bapa and original photo of Bapa which has been taken before one year of his death. The idol of Bapa is in standing posture wearing a white turban and a dhoti- kurta and holding a stick in the left hand. Jalaram Bapa's birthday is celebrated at the temple with great pomp every year on 7th day Shukla paksha of the Hindu month of Kartika. A huge fair is conducted at Virpur on the occasion and millions of devotees visit Virpur to pay their respect to the saint and have ...

59. Shree Khodaldham Temple (Near Rajkot)

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At a distance of 7 km from Virpur, 47 km from Junagadh and 67 km from Rajkot, Shree Kodhaldham Temple is a holy temple situated near Kavgad in Gujarat. Located on Virpur-Jetpur road, it is one of the popular religious places in Gujarat and among the must visit temples as part of Rajkot Packages. Dedicated to Maa Khodiyar, the foundation stone for the temple was laid in the year 2012 and was opened for the public in 2017. Built by Shri Kodhaldham Trust of Leuva Patel community, Shree Khodaldham Temple is one of the largest comprehensive Hindu Temples, measures 299 feet long and 135 feet high. The temple houses the idols of Maa Khodiyar along with Maa Amba, Maa Bahuchar, Maa Verai, Maa Mahakali, Annapurna, Gaurtal, Randal, Butbhavani, Momai, Chamunda and Shihori. Khodaldham has a distinctive architecture that displays the tradition of Leuva Patel community. Its unique architecture and spiritual aura make this temple a must visit for the devotees as well as tourists. Besides Khodaldham, one can also visit the temples of Shri Mahadeva, Shri Ram Darbar, Shri Radhakrishna, Shri Shrinathaji, Shri Ganesha and Shri Hanuman in Khodaldham temple complex. There is a big garden beside the temple maintained by the forest department, housed with many plants both medicinal, and flowering. The temple authorities also provide battery operated vehicles for senior citizens. Besides, refreshment stalls outside the temple provide snacks and local food items. Timings: 6 AM - 9 ...

60. Okha Madhi Beach / Nexon Beach (Near Dwarka)

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At a distance of 25 km from Dwarka and 78 km from Porbandar, Okha Madhi Beach is a pristine beach on the Arabian Sea coast near Okha Madhi village in Gujarat. Located on Dwarka - Porbandar Highway, it is one of the secluded beaches in Gujarat and among the best places to visit in Dwarka. Okha Madhi or Madhi is a beautiful coastal area located between Bhatiya and Dwarka and is very isolated marine site. If you are looking for the less crowded beach then Okha Madhi or Nexon Beach is the best place for you. The tidy, long beach with thunderous waves, golden sands, coral reefs and clean blue water is an ideal destination to have fun with family and friends in peace. Also known as Bechtel Beach, this beach is famous for turtle conservation. Swimming is not safe at this location as tides are really huge at times. Being a secluded place, there is no shops so better to carry water and snacks. Hotels are available within a few kilometers.

61. Champaner - Pavagadh Archaeological Park (Near Vadodara)

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At a distance of 49 km from Vadodara, Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the ancient city of Champaner. It is one of the popular places of heritage in Gujarat , and among the prime places to visit as part of Vadodara tour packages . Covering over an area of 1,329 hectares, Champaner - Pavagadh Archeological Park is located around the historical city of Champaner, founded by the Rajput King Vanraj Chavda in the 8th century. Due to its strategic point on the trade routes, it lured many invaders including Khalji Dynasty, Chauhan Gurjars, Solanki kings, Khichi Chauhans. Later Mahmud Begada captured the city in 1484 and rebuilt Champaner into a splendid new capital. The region faced major devastation in 1535 CE when looted by Mughal Emperor, Humayun who made Ahmedabad the capital city again to control Gujarat. This marked the start of the decline of Champaner, which slowly fell into ruins. Later, ASI had rediscovered the city with 39 standing monuments that are a beautiful confluence of Hindu, Jain, and Islamic architectural styles. Among the prominent heritage sites near Ahmedabad , it was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2004. The heritage site is studded with prehistoric (chalcolithic) sites, a hill fortress of the early Hindu capital, ...

62. Jambugodha Wildlife Sanctuary (Near Vadodara)

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At a distance of 70 km from Vadodara, Jambughoda is a wildlife sanctuary located in the Panchmahal district of Central Gujarat. Situated near Jambughoda, it is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Gujarat , and among the top places to visit as part of Vadodara tour packages . Jambughoda Sanctuary was a part of the princely state of Jambughoda before independence. The sanctuary was established in 1990 at the behest of the late Prime Minister of India, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. Sprawling over an area of 130 sq. km, Jambughoda is a magnificent forest of teak, bamboos, and other miscellaneous species. The area has two water reservoirs- one at Kada and the other at Targol. The most striking feature of the area is the undulating hills having a good forest cover, with the valleys having small tribal hamlets. Among the prominent wildife sanctuaries near Ahmedabad , the sanctuary harbors several wild animals, birds, and flora, including plants and herbs of medicinal value. Leopard is the top predator here whose population has been increasing. The habitat is shared by other animals such as sloth bear, jackal, blue bull, wild boar, and four-horned antelopes. In addition, the sanctuary is also home to a wide variety of snakes including cobra, rat snake, Russell's viper, and python, and interesting ...

63. Nilkanthdham Swaminarayan Temple (Near Vadodara)

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At a distance of 62 km from Vadodara, Nilkanthdham Swaminarayan Temple is a beautiful Hindu temple located at Poicha Village in Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the Narmada River, it is one of the amazing temples in Gujarat and among the popular places to visit near Vadodara. Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, the temple was built in 2013 by Shri Vadtal Swaminarayan Temple. Built mainly out of sandstone, the main temple is encircled by an artificial pond with a Shivling and a beautiful fountain. The shivling in the artificial pond can be accessed via a peacock shaped boat. The temple walls are exquisitely carved with figures from Hindu mythological scriptures. Every mandap has its own flag that waves in the breeze and the stark blue water juxtaposed with the sand coloured stone come together in perfect harmony to offer a visual treat. Also known as Poicha Temple, the area is so clean and well maintained. In the main temple there are idols of God Vishnu with Sheshnag, Lord Ganesha, Hanumanji, 108 gaumukh, Saptarishi and 12 Vishnu Avatars. One can also visit Sahjanand Universe situated just opposite to the main temple of Swaminarayan. Spread over an area of 24 acres, the place consists of a big Idol of Lord Swaminarayan with height of 151 feet, more than 1100 idols related to Indian culture and Hindu pilgrimage, science city, amusement park, Water Park, boat riding, bhul bhulaiya, horror house, yampuri darshan, lights and sound shows in 3D and theaters. The evening ...

64. Hathni Mata Waterfall (Near Vadodara)

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At a distance of 34 km from Champaner and 78 km from Vadodara, Hathni Mata Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall situated near Shivrajpur in Gujarat. It is one of the scenic waterfalls in Gujarat , and among the best places to visit near Vadodara . Flanked by richly green hills, the Hathni Mata Waterfalls is a haven of divine beauty. This is a 100-meter long water body that falls beautifully along a cliff. The fresh waterfall flows at its best mainly during the monsoons. A small temple dedicated to Hathni Mata is located in the cave adjacent to the waterfalls. The name Hathni was derived by the local tribal community from the rock that looks like a baby elephant in the base of the waterfall. Although Hathni Mata waterfall is popular among youngsters and local communities, due to its location and seasonal rush, it is one of many unspoiled jewels of Jambughoda, and among the must-visit places during Vadodara trip . The road leading to this site is good but very narrow. This place is crowded on weekends. This is a remote place so one needs to carry food and water. Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

65. Shri Stambeshwar Mahadev Temple (Near Vadodara)

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At a distance of 75 km from Vadodara and 160 km from Ahmedabad, Stambeshwar Mahadev Temple is a 150 years old Hindu temple located in the town of Kavi Kamboi near Vadodara in Gujarat. Situated between Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Cambay, it is one of the incredible places to visit in Gujarat and among the prime tourist places near Vadodara. Stambeshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The architecture of the temple is very simple and is built on pillars, but it is still a very unusual must visit religious sites of India. The temple is mainly supported on pillars, hence called 'Stambeshwar Mahadev.' Popularly known as the Disappearing Shiva Temple, the temple is unique because the temple submerges every day during high tide and as the tide starts to get low it again starts emerging out of the sea, unveiling the 4 feet high Shiva Linga. According to the mythology, this Shiva Linga was installed by Lord Kartikeya himself. Legend says that, Lord Kartikeya feels guilty after killing the demon Tarakasura. On the advice of Lord Vishnu, Kartikeya installed Shiva Lingas at three places and offered his prayers in order to absolve his sin of killing a great devotee of Lord Shiva. And, Stambeshwar Shiva Linga is one among them. Sea traverses through the area twice a day every morning and evening to do the jalabhishek of Lord Shiva. Due to this unique phenomenon, the place attracts millions of tourists from throughout the year to see this extravaganza of nature. ...

66. Tulsi Shyam Temple (Near Gir National Park)

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At a distance of 29 km from Una, 66 km from Sasan Gir, and 76 km from Amreli, Tulsi Shyam Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Tulsishyam in Gujarat. It is one of the revered temples in this region of Gujarat and among the must-visit places as part of Gir packages . Dedicated to Lord Krishna, Tulsi Shyam Temple is a well-known temple located inside the Gir National Park. Legend says that Lord Krishna eliminated the demon called Tul and so the place is associated with his name along with that of Krishna as Shyam as Tulsishyam. The idol of Lord Tulsishyam is said to be 3000 years old made out of black stone. Visitors need to climb 100 steep steps to reach the temple from the parking. There is also a temple dedicated to Goddess Rukmini Devi on a small hillock near the main temple. There are three hot sulphur springs that are believed to have healing powers. Of these, the 1st one is filled with hot water, the second one is filled with more hot water and the third water spring is having hot boiling water. Another attraction that draws people to this temple is the stretch of road near the temple famed for its Gravity Hill phenomenon. At the temple one will find boarding facilities at a nominal cost and food is provided by the trust at free of cost. There are two approach routes to this place - one from Una is in a good state while the second one from Amreli is a bit longer and has a lot of potholes and ...

67. Girnar Hill (Near Junagadh)

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At a distance of 10 km from Junagadh Junction, Girnar Hill is a sacred mountain situated in Junagadh, Gujarat. It is one of the popular Jain places of pilgrimage in Gujarat , and among the must-visit places as part of Junagadh Tour . Spread over an area of about 70 miles, Mount Girnar is older than the Himalayas and the Jain temples upon it are amongst the most ancient in the country. It has five principal peaks Ambaji, Gorakhnath, Guru Dattatreya, Oghad Ansuya and Kalika. Out of these, Gorakhnath is situated at an altitude of 3672 feet and is the highest point in Gujarat. For centuries, Mount Girnar has been one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Gujarat and indeed in all of Western India, with 866 Hindu and Jain temples spread over its 5 summits. For Jains, this place is considered holy as this is the Nirvana Kshetra of 22nd Tirthankara Neminath and for Hindus, this place is considered holy as Dattatreya stayed here. One will have to climb 10000 steps to reach the final summit. Trek to Girnar Hill starts from Girnar Talati, which is about 6 km from Junagadh Junction. While ascending the stone path that connects the temples along the 5 summits, one will pass temples of many different sects of Hinduism. Among the must-visit sightseeing places in Junagadh , the Bhavnath temple dedicated ...

68. Datar Hill (Near Junagadh)

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At a distance of 8 km from Junagadh Junction, Datar Hill is holy site in Junagadh city of Gujarat. Situated opposite to Girnar Hills, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Gujarat and amongst the most visited sites in Junagadh. Situated at an altitude of 2,779 feet, Datar Hill is one of the five principle peaks of Mount Girnar. Also known as Guru Dattatray or Dattatri, it is a popular religious place in Saurashtra region as it houses the shrine of Jamiyal Shah Datar. The dargah at the bottom of the hill is the tomb of a Muslim saint Jamal Shah Datar. It is ornately carved and crowned with a large onion dome and small minarets in a style similar to maqbara, the mausoleums of Nawabs of Junagadh. The shrine is visited by sufferers of leprosy in hope of a cure. There is also a small shrine on the summit of the hill associated with the saint. One has to climb 3,000 steps to reach the shrine from Wellington Dam, which was built over the Kalwa River by the British. The place is truly scenic during monsoon as tiny waterfalls cascade down the hills. Visitor can also visit Koyala Vajir Temple and Digambar Jain Bhagwan Neminath Temple while on their way to the summit. From summit, one can have a spectacular view of the town below. Also known as Upla Datar, the shrine is popular for its 5 days Urs festival celebrated here every year with great pomp and show. At least 3 lakh devotees of both Muslim and Hindus visit the Datar shrine during these five days, ...

69. Zarwani Waterfalls (Near Kevadiya)

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At a distance of 12 km from the Statue of Unity, and 15 km from Kevadiya Railway Station, Zarwani Waterfall is a scenic waterfall located at Zarvani village near Kevadiya. It is one of the popular waterfalls in Gujarat , and among the best places to visit as part of Kevadiya tour packages. Huddled deep inside the heart of Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, the perennial and gorgeous Zarwani Waterfall is one of the most sought natural spots among tourists and nature lovers from Gujarat. It cascades down from a height of about 25 m into a pool. The water is so clean that one can see through and spot small fish at the bottom. Visitors can take a dip in the flowing waters or simply absorb the calmness and serenity around. The waterfall is in full swing during the monsoon. If you are looking for absolute tranquility and serenity amid nature, then this is the best place. The place also offers activities like camping, hiking, and trekking. Apart from the splendid waterfall, the place also boasts an eco-tourism campsite, the allied treks in the jungle, and an Adventure Park. This is a must-visit place for the thrill-seekers! One can also spot a gamut of flora & fauna as it is situated inside the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. The waterfall is about 7 km from the Thawadia checkpost, where visitors need to pay the entry fee for the vehicles. Local guides are available at the site. One can arrange for day picnics ...

70. Khijadia Bird Sanctuary (Near Jamnagar)

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At a distance of 16 km from Jamnagar Railway Station, Khijadiya is a bird sanctuary located at Khijadiya Village in the Jamnagar district of Gujarat. Situated off the coast of Kutch, it is one of the popular bird sanctuaries in Gujarat , and among the must include places in Jamnagar sightseeing packages . Covering an area of about 6 Sq.km, the Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is unique having both freshwater lakes, salt, and freshwater marshlands. It was officially declared as a sanctuary in 1982. However, it became a natural habitat for local and migratory birds before India's independence when the then rulers constructed a small check dam on Ruparel River for storing the waters. This dam created a unique ecosphere with the freshwater lakes on one side and the salty water of the sea forming marshes on the other to support not only a variety of fauna but also flora. The main sanctuary covers the area around the Ruparel and Kalindi rivers towards the northeast of Jamnagar. Among the major Jamnagar tourist places , the sanctuary is a true heaven for all bird lovers as it is home to more than 250 species of resident and migratory birds, including globally threatened species such as Dalmatian pelican, Asian openbill stork, Black-necked stork, Darter, Black-headed ibis, Eurasian spoonbill, and Indian skimmer. ...

71. Narara Marine National Park (Near Jamnagar)

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At a distance of 56 km from Jamnagar Railway Station, Narara Marine National Park is a marine wildlife sanctuary in the Gulf of Kutch near Jamnagar. Situated next to Vadinar Village, it is the first Marine national park in India , and among the top places of sightseeing in Jamnagar . The Narara Marine National Park is one of the rare places in the world where one can look at corals without having to dive down into the water. About an area of 458 sq. km from Okha to Jodiya was declared as a Marine Sanctuary in 1980. Later, in 1982, about 163 Sq. km of core area was declared as a Marine National Park under the provisions of the Wildlife Act, 1972 of India. There are 42 tropical islands on the Jamnagar coast in the Marine National Park, most of them surrounded by reefs. Out of which 33 islands have coral reefs. Some of the best-known islands are Pirotan, Karubhar, Narara, and Poshitra. There are islands with sandy beaches and mangrove swamps. Major ecosystem types available are coral reefs, mangroves, mudflats, creeks, Seagrass, & Seaweeds, estuaries, sandy strands to saline grasslands, marshy areas, and rocky shores. All ecosystems support rich marine life & birdlife in the marine park. The sanctuary lies in the intertidal zone, so especially in low tide, visitors get to observe the rich diversity of marine life. One has to just walk in the ...

72. Pirotan Island (Near Jamnagar)

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At a distance of 10 km from Jamnagar Railway Station, Pirotan Island is an island situated in the Gulf of Kutch near Jamnagar. It is one of the beautiful islands in Gujarat and among the top places to visit in Jamnagar. Spreads over an area of 3 Sq. km, Pirotan Island is one of the 42 islands which compose the first Marine National Park in India. It is one of the two islands in the Marine National Park opened for tourists, other one being Narara Island. Pirotan Island is a gem for the people who love nature and adventure as it gives an opportunity to witness the colourful coral reefs, mangroves, and incredible aquatic creatures like jelly fish, octopus, star fish, sea snakes, hermit crabs, sea horse, sea slugs, green sea turtles and dolphins. One can also spot some beautiful birds such as pelicans, herring gull, sea gull, and black-headed gull in the unruffled setting of nature. Pirotan was originally known as 'Pir jo thaan' signifying the sacred place of Saint Khwaja Khizer Rahmatullahialaih. The holy shrine of the saint is also located on the island. The island also houses a lighthouse. The island is uninhabited except for the workers at Pirotan Island's lighthouse, the forest guard, and the Mujhavar (Server) at the Holy Saint Khwaja Khizer shrine. Most visitors come in the morning with the high tide and leave by evening. So, one can spend hours walking around the tidal flats at low tide, observing the fascinating marine life in solitude. Pirotan Island ...

73. Gira Falls (Near Saputara)

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At a distance of 5 km from Waghai and 49 km from Saputara, Gira Falls is a seasonal waterfall located at Wanarchod village near Saputara. Situated on the Saputara-Waghai Road, it is one of the picturesque waterfalls in Gujarat , and among the major places to visit near Saputara . Also known as Giradudh, Gira Waterfall is formed over the Kapri River and eventually drops into the Ambika River. The height of the falls is about 75 feet and the speed of the water plunging into the river creates a foggy look giving it a charming feel. The Gira Falls is a favorite among the tourists who visit this area as part of Saputara tour . The place has now developed into a great picnic spot. The waterfall is a great stopover for those travelling from Saputara towards Surat. The falls can only be reached by 1 km trekking from the parking place. There are many picnic huts in the vicinity of Gira Falls, along with various small tea and snack stalls. Tourists also visit the beautiful Waghai Botanical Garden nearby which has a variety of plants and trees, providing a marvelous view of different varieties of bamboo groves The best season to visit the waterfalls is the post-monsoon season. Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM Entry: Free, Rs. 50 for Parking

74. Hatgad Fort (Near Saputara)

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At a distance of 9 km from Saputara Bus Station and 80 km from Nashik, Hatgad Fort is an ancient fort located at Hatgad village in the Nashik district of Maharashtra near Saputara. Situated on Saputara - Nashik Road, it is a major trekking destination on the Gujarat - Maharashtra border and among the top historical places to visit as part of Saputara sightseeing packages . Located at an altitude of 3,600 feet in the Sahyadri ranges, Hatgad Fort was built in the 17th century AD by the great Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Regarded as one of the prominent sightseeing places in Saputara , Hatgad Fort was built as a watchtower towards the Nashik area and the inner valleys of Gujarat. Officially managed and maintained by the Archeological Department of Maharashtra, this fort is a delightful destination for history buffs as well as trekkers. A statue of Lord Ganesha is placed on the top of the fort. One can see a tombstone, a water tank, remnants of a mansion, dilapidated fort walls, and an arch-shaped structure inside the fort. The unique feature of Hatgadh is two reservoirs, named Jamuna and Ganga, which are the source of water for the villages located in the vicinity earlier. Tourists can enjoy beautiful views of the entire valley and Suragana Village from the top of the fort. The only way to reach the fort is through trekking ...

75. Pandava Cave (Near Saputara)

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At a distance of 27 km from Ahwa and 35 km from Saputara Bus Station, Pandava Cave is an ancient cave located at Javtala village in Dang district of Gujarat. It is one of the places of heritage in Gujarat and among the top places to visit during Saputara Tour. Pandava Cave or Pandav Gufa is one of the most popular historical attractions in the state of Gujarat as it is believed that Pandavas, the heros of epic Mahabharata spent some time during their exile days here. The cave is about 60 m long and 15 m wide. There is an impressive Shivling in the cave which were used by Pandavas to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva. It is said that there are multiple chamber inside the cave of which the biggest one belongs to 'Bhima'. The best way to visit the cave is from Javtala via Linga. From Javtala one needs to trek around 1.5 km to reach the cave. The trekking route is scenic and also provides glimpses of tribal villages and fort ruins. And the other option is to go to Pandava village on the route to Chinchali village and trek 2-3 km to the Pandava caves. There is no food stall available so visitors need to carry enough food and water. End of Monsoon season is the best time because after rain, greenery spreads throughout the forest. Timings: 7 AM - 6 PM

76. Purna Wildlife Sanctuary (Near Saputara)

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At a distance of 42 km from Waghai and 68 km from Saputara Bus Station, Purna Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary in the Western Ghats between the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, India. It is one of the most popular hotspots for bird watchers and among the best places to visit near Saputara. Situated in the predominantly tribal district of Dangs, Purna Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as a sanctuary in July 1990 which spread over an area of 160 Sq. km. The sanctuary derives its name from the Purna River, which flows through it. Managed by the North Dangs Forest Division, Purna is one of the last remaining patches of moist deciduous forest in Gujarat which supports huge range of flora and fauna. Purna, along with Vansda National Park, is the only Protected Area in South Gujarat for conserving diverse biological resources. Known for its thick forest cover, Purna receives the highest average rainfall in the state. The landscape is completely lush green along with thick forests, interspersed with rivers and small tribal villages leaving visitors absolutely enchanted. There are about 700 species of plants and trees in Purna Wildlife Sanctuary. Leopard is the top predator here whose population has been increasing. Wild bulls, elephants, rhesus macaque, bonnet macaque, common mongoose, Indian civet cat, Indian porcupine, four-horned antelope, barking deer, sambar, chital, hyena, and jungle cat are among the other prominent animals found in the forest. The forest ...

77. Vansda National Park (Near Saputara)

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At a distance of 3 km from Waghai and 52 km from Saputara Bus Station, Vansda National Park is a protected area located near Waghai in the Navsari district of Gujarat. Situated on the Vansda-Waghai State Highway, Vansda is one of the major places of wildlife in Gujarat , and among the popular places to visit as part of Saputara sightseeing tour . Spread over an area of 24 sq. km, the area was established as a National park in the year of 1979. The park got its name as Vansda because it was once privately owned by the Maharaja of Vansda. As per the official records, not a single tree has been cut since 1952. Owing to this, in some places, the canopies are so thick that sunlight does not pass through. Maintained by the South Dangs Forest Division, the landscape of the park is breathtaking with beautiful rolling hills, sweeping valleys and the beautiful river Ambika flows through the northeastern boundary of the park. The park also has a fairly large number of tribes living in and around such as the Bhil, Gamit, Warli, Kokni, Kunbi, and Dangi tribes. Nestled in the Western Ghats of the Sahyadri range, it has a unique flavor of flora and fauna population. The vegetation includes 440 species of plants out of which the most prominent ones are the moist and dry deciduous forest cover, bamboos, tall teak trees, orchids, mango groves, and gigantic creepers. This national park ...

78. Girmal Falls (Near Saputara)

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At a distance of 35 km from Mahal, 50 km from Ahwa, 78 km from Waghai, and 89 km from Saputara, Girmal is a breathtaking waterfall situated at Girmal village near Saputara in Gujarat. Situated inside Purna Wildlife Sanctuary, it is the highest waterfall in Gujarat and among the prime places to visit near Saputara. Girmal Waterfall is formed over Girmal River. It cascades down from a height of more than 100 feet. Hidden inside dense forests of Dangs, Girmal Falls has picturesque beauty in monsoon season. The water fluently crashes from great height, forming clouds of fog, through which one can often experience rainbows. Enroute to Girmal near village Gavdahad, the river Gira takes a complete U-turn. Forest department has developed a beautiful viewpoint exactly above the U-turn. Watching a massive green patch of Purna Sanctuary surrounded by U-shaped Gira is a spectacular experience. Eco-Development Committee (EDC) of the Forest department runs a restaurant named as 'U-turn restaurant' at this juncture. With four Girli Lodges with attached bathrooms and an Interpretation Centre, the place is a nice refreshing spot. As the fall gets dried up during the summer, the best time to visit the Girmal Falls is in between July and December. Forest department has made reasonably good sitting arrangements and viewpoints and a paved pathway leading towards the tip of the falls. There are some make shift stalls selling tea and snacks during the season. Timings: 8 ...

79. Modhera Sun Temple (Near Patan)

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At a distance of 28 km from Mehsana, 35 km from Patan and 100 km from Ahmedabad, Modhera Sun Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located at Modhera village near Patan in Gujarat. Situated on the banks of River Pushpavati, it is one of the popular places of heritage in India , and among the must include places in Patan packages . Dedicated to the Sun God, the Sun Temple in Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty in 1026 AD, and is one of the prominent heritage sites near Ahmedabad . This temple not only reflects the architectural abilities of the Solanki rulers but also, speaks highly of the devotional zeal of the ruling dynasty at that time. As in the Sun Temple at Konark, this temple was also designed that the first rays of the Sun fall on the image of Lord Surya at the time equinoxes. The temple was plundered by Mahmud Ghazni but still the architectural grandeur does not vanish. At present, no worship is offered here and the temple is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India. It was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2014. Built-in Maha-Gurjara style, the temple complex is divided into three parts - the main temple with a Garbha Griha and Guda Mandap, a detached Sabha Mandap, and Surya Kunda. Also known as Rama Kund, Surya Kund is a rectangular ...

80. Bindu Sarovar (Near Patan)

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At a distance of 27 km from Patan and 36 km from Mehsana, Bindu Sarovar is a sacred pond located in Siddhpur town near Patan, Gujarat. Situated on the banks of Saraswati River, it is one of the holy places in Gujarat and among the most visited places near Patan. Bindu Sarovar simply means a lake of drops. It is believed that Lord Mahavishnu's tears have fallen in this lake. Also known as Matru Gaya Kshetra, Bindu Sarovar is one among the five sacred theerthas of Hindu religion - Pancha Sarovar. The other four are Manas Sarovar in Tibet, Pushkar Sarovar in Rajasthan, Narayana Sarovar in Gujarat and Pampa Sarovar in Karnataka. Hindus normally go to Gaya in Bihar to offer pinda to their male ancestors but Bindu Sarovar is the only place in India where Matru Shradh is being carried out. It is also known as the Sri-sthal or a 'pious place' and finds a reference in the ancient Vedic text the Rig-Veda. According to legend, Bindu Sarovar is the place where Sage Kardhama did severe penance for 10000 divine years and had the darshan of Lord Vishnu. It was on the banks of River Saraswati at this Bindu Sarovar, Sage Kapila had preached Moksha Gnana to his Mother Devhuti and performed the Matru Shradh of his mother salvation. It is said that at Bindu Sarovar Lord Parshuram also performed 'Matru Shradh' and his temple is also created here for darshan. Hence, Bindu Sarovar is considered as holy as Triveni Sangam at Allahabad. Along the shore of the Bindu Sarovar, one can ...

81. Shankeshwar Parshwanath Jain Mandir (Near Patan)

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At a distance of 60 km from Patan Railway Station, Shankeshwar Jain Temple is an ancient Jain temple located in Shankeshwar town in Gujarat. It is one of the important Jain pilgrimage sies near Ahmedabad , and among the best places to visit as part of Patan sightseeing packages . Built in the year 1098 CE by Sajjan Shah on the banks of the Rupen River, the temple is dedicated to Lord Parshwanath. Later, Vastupal Tejpal renovated this temple under the instructions of Vardhamansuri in the year 1229 CE. The temple was destroyed by Alauddin Khalji in the 14th century and later in the 16th century CE, a new temple with 52 idols was built under the inspiration of Vijaysensuri. But, the current temple was built in 1811 CE. The Shankeshwar birth ranks next only to those on Shatrunjaya Hill in Palitana, in terms of importance to the Swetambara Jains, and among the most prominent places to visit in Patan . Besides the original sanctuary, the temple has an open square, a decorated square, a vast square, and two assembly halls. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple houses nearly 182 cm high white-colored idol of Bhagwan Shankeshwar Parshva in Padmasana posture. The sanctum of the presiding deity is flanked by two smaller sanctums dedicated to Lord Bhidbhanjan Parshwanath and Lord Ajitanatha. ...

82. Hastagiri Jain Tirth (Near Palitana)

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At a distance of 25 km from Palitana, Hastagiri Jain Tirth is a famous Jain temple located near Palitana in Gujarat. Situated on a hill on the bank of the Shetrunjaya River, it is one of the popular Jain pilgrimage places in Gujarat and among the must-visit places in Palitana . Hastagiri Jain Tirth is dedicated to Bhagwan Rishabhdev or Shri Adishwar Bhagwan. This hilly land is also known as Hastisengiri. According to the history of the temple, the place is regarded as a sacred place of the times of Bhagawan Adishwar. The sacred place was established by Bharat Chakravartin, the eldest son of Bhagawan Adishwar. Even today one can see the foot images of Bhagawan in a small temple on the very ancient hill. Bharat Chakravartin had attained salvation here. He had observed fast unto death and attained moksha here. The elephant of the King also followed him, thus the teerth is called as Shri Hastagiri Tirth. Now, there is a large and massive temple on this mount, which was built and consecrated in 1979. Spread over an area of 9 acres, the Hastagiri Jain Tirth is an octagonal shaped Jain temple, and among the major places to visit as part of Palitana tour . The main sanctum of the temple houses four idols of Vrishabhdev facing to four cardinal directions. The dome near the sanctum sanctorum has intricate carvings, similar to the carved domes of ...

83. Talaja (Near Palitana)

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At a distance of 35 km from Palitana and 55 km from Bhavnagar, Talaja is a historical town situated near Palitana in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. Located on the banks of Shatrunjaya River, it is one of the popular places to visit in Gujarat and among the must include places in Palitana Tour Packages. Talaja is better known as the birthplace of the famous poet Narsinh Mehta. Also, it is home to some important sites for Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. The main attraction here is the ancient Buddhist Rockcut Caves on Talaja hill. The rock-cut cave group includes 30 caves among which 15 are water tanks. The Ebhala Mandapa, a large hall with four octagonal pillars is the most impressive structure of all. These caves are adorned with fine carving of Boddhisatva. The caves are around 2000 years old and require about a 15-20 minutes walk up the hill to reach them. They are of the 4th stage of Buddhist cave architecture, noticeably earlier than the famous Buddhist caves of Maharashtra. There is a Jain temple along with a Hindu temple of Khodiar Mata atop the hill near the Buddhist Caves. This Jain temple was established by King Kumarpala during the 12th century CE. This is a holy place of the Shri Shatrunjay Panchteerthi and is part of the Shatrunjay hills. The temple was last renovated in 1815 and belongs to Shwetambar sect. of Jainism. The sanctum of the temple house 79 cm tall black colored idol of Sacha Sumatinatha Bhagwan in padmasana posture. Besides this temple, ...

84. Gopnath Beach (Near Palitana)

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At a distance of 57 km from Palitana and 74 km from Bhavnagar, Gopinath Beach is a beautiful beach situated near Gadhula village in Gujarat. Along the coast of the Gulf of Khambat, it is one of the popular beaches in Gujarat , and among the most scenic places to visit during Palitana trip . Gopnath was the summer home of Maharaja Krishna Kumar Singhji of Bhavnagar. The beach offers awe-inspiring scenes with its stunning limestone cliffs and great views. The gentle breeze of the sea refreshes the spirit and soothes the soul. The beach has exquisite, firm sands for walking and shallow shore waters for wading. However, it is not an ideal place for swimming as it has a high tidal disparity of the coast which turns the water murky. One can also visit 700 years old Gopnath Mahadev Temple situated near the beach, among the major Palitana tourist places . Set on the seashore, it is perhaps the only temple in India that hoists two color flags - a white flag denoting a Vishnu temple and a saffron flag representing a Shiva temple. This Shiva temple is the place where the devotional poet Narsinh Mehta supposedly had his spiritual experience almost 500 years ago. The place is also home to a mansion built by the Maharaja for his comfortable stay. It was built in European colonial style in the 1940s ...

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