“Kuch din to Guzaro Gujarat me.” (Spend some time in our land) – Amitabh Bachchan
Gujarat is one of the largest states in India and is a popular tourist destination for people from all over the world. It has the historical monuments, enchanting scenic beauty, picturesque beaches, and remnants of ancient civilizations spread all over. These are the things which will cast a spell on you that’ll be hard to break.
Below is a list of the best places to visit in Gujarat…
The first one on the list of famous places in Gujarat is this very famous temple. This temple is considered one of the most sacred out of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The Somnath Temple is not just a religious site, but a magical world of its own. The temple is also a thing of wonder as it lies on the shores of the rough Arabian Sea. It is safe to assume that it has been destroyed and rebuilt a number of times. As far as we know, it was once rebuilt by Lord Soma in gold, by Ravana in silver, by King Bhimdev in stone, and by Krishna in wood. Standing tall, this stone edifice is famous for attracting millions of devotees to come over in order to seek the Lord’s blessings.
Gir National Park
Gir National Park is the only natural habitat of the Asiatic Lions and is by no doubt, the best place to come face to face with them. It is truly one of the best places to visit in Gujarat. It is also home to a variety of other rare wild animals like the black bucks, fish owls, hyenas and many more. Gir is spread across nearly 1412 sq km of land. In India, this is also the only national park in which there’s a community living inside its perimeters in complete harmony with each other. Whenever you are in Gujarat, it is a must-do that you ride the open jeeps and look for lions in with an eerie feeling of anticipation regarding whether it’s going to pop out from somewhere.
Rann Of Kutch
Probably the most beautiful thing that you will ever lay eyes on is Rann of Kutch. It is nestled comfortably between the mighty Arabian Sea and the endless Thar Desert. This place is a mesmerizing wonder of sand and salt. This dessert is known to provide people with a surreal sense of calm and shine brightly like a diamond on a full moon night. On the nights, the land is fully yours. Cultural events take place and the tents are pitched accordingly on these nights. This place is truly one of the most mesmerizing to see in Gujarat.
In the otherwise hot and humid climate of the state, Saputara is the only “hill-station” in Gujarat that comes as a breath of fresh air. Saputara is a hot new tourist destination that is sprawled beautifully on a densely forested plateau. It also has a gigantic lake that is surrounded by resorts. It doesn’t get too cold out here. In case you wish to visit this place, it’s best you do it in monsoons. This is the time when the mist will rise out of the lake and cover the area nearby. The highlights of this place are an artisan village, the boat club, a tribal museum, cable car, and many more things. If you are looking to relax for a little while on an otherwise hectic trip, then this place stands as one of the perfect ones to visit in Gujarat.
Ahmedabad is the largest city in Gujarat and is probably the first place you should visit in the state. In case you’re looking at some of the best tourist places to visit in Gujarat. This city is steeped in a rich heritage and culture. Few of the highlights here are the Sabarmati Ashram, Kankaria Lake, and the Akshardham Temple Complex. In case you arrive here during the International Kite Festival, make sure you don’t miss it by any chance. During this time, the sky swells up from gigantic to minuscule, and from simple to the most bizarre or colorful ones.
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Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara
The Laxmi Vilas Palace was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. During that time, this was the largest private dwelling unit in the world. By now you should’ve been able to guess its size. The compound of the palace covers an area of more than 700 acres. And also houses several other buildings such as the Moti Baug Palace and the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum. Although, what is worth a look is the collection of armory and sculptures that are strewn across the palace in terracotta, marble, and bronze.
Hope you liked this list. Happy touring!