GUJARAT
   
FACTS & FIGURES
Area 196,024 Sq. Km
Population 64.7 Million
Capital Gandhinagar
Languages Gujarati
Best Season October To March

Introduction

The state of Gujarat, rightly called the Jewel in the West, has something for everyone. You could visit Gujarat for a quiet wildlife getaway in Gir, for a relaxed sun and sand holiday on Gopnath’s beaches, a fabulously enriching sightseeing experience at the 863 Jain temple cluster in Palitana or a visit to a dinosaur egg hatchery at Raiyoli. Gujarat’s picturesque coastline offers a number of opportunities for watersports, while its varied habitats provide for unique wildlife viewing opportunities in its sanctuaries. The states is also home to the Mahatma’s legacy - from Porbander, where he was born, to Rajkot, Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram to the salt beaches of Dandi. A journey through Gujarat provides for a complete experience with something on offer for every kind of tourist.

Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad has been known for its textiles, trade and commerce for a thousand years. Today, the city is home to big corporate houses. A must see is the Juma Masjid with it’s hall supported by slim columns and intricate jali screens. The Sayad Sidi mosque known for it’s maze of traceries, the Sidi Bashir mosque, one of the few with the famous shaking minarets still inact.

The Adalaj Vav is the best-preserved stepwell in Gujarat. In the walled city, look for the famous wooden architecture and carvings in the haveli - lined lanes called pols, the 15th century Badhra Fort enclosing the 17th century Mughal period palace, and the historic gates like the Teen Darwaja.
Modern day Ahmedabad is a city of museums, with a collection of textiles made for Indonesian, Portuguese and the East India Company among other collections at the Calico museum.

Access
Air : International and domestic airlines connecting Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai , Kolkata, Bangalore and other major centres of India.
Rail : Ahmedabad is linked by rail to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur, Kolkata, Chennai and other major tourist centres.
Road : State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect various centres of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan. It is 555 km from Mumbai and 1076 km from Delhi via Udaipur and Jaipur.

Vadodra
Vadodra has often called the cultural capital of Gujarat and is fast becoming a corporate capital as well. Like Hyderabad and Mysore, Vadodra still has a mighty hangover of its powerful dynastic rulers, the Gaekwads.It is called the city of Palaces. The Laxmi Vilas, built in the 1880s and 90s, is a marvellous work of eclectic architecture with a mix of Islamic, Rajput, Maratha, Bengali, Gujarati. Near the palace of the Motibagh Golf Club. The LalBagh Palace, with Baroque facades and Renaissance domes, is now a Railway Staff Training College. The Kirti Mandir has wall paintings by Nandlal Bose, and the Tambakarwada Haveli has woodcarvings and murals. On the lighter side, take a cable car ride to Pawagadh.

Access
Air : International and domestic airlines connecting Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai , Kolkata, Bangalore and other major centres of India.
Rail : Ahmedabad is linked by rail to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur, Kolkata, Chennai and other major tourist centres.
Road : State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect various centres of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan. It is 555 km from Mumbai and 1076 km from Delhi via Udaipur and Jaipur.

Rajkot

Rajkot is one of the most commercial and industrial cities of Saurashtra. This was Mahatma Gandhi’s childhood home and he went to school here. The prime attraction is the Watson Museum, with a 19th century Victoria Memorial statue, portraits and photographs of royal princess of Saurashtra and European dignitaries.

Access
Air : Various airlines operate daily connecting Rajkot with Mumbai.
Rail : Rajkot is a junction on the Western Railway on theVirangam - Okha meter gauge line.
Road : State Transport buses and private luxury coaches various centres of Gujarat. 
It is situated 798 KM from Mumbai via Ahmedabad, 101 Km from Junagadh, 193 KM from Porbander and 216 KM from Ahmedabad.

Bhavnagar

The city has associated with Mahatma Gandhi, who went to university here, and relics of his life can be seen at Gandhi Smriti in the 1895 AD Barton Museum. Bhavnagar has myriad relics of its princely rule like the Victoria Memorial and the Takth Sinhji hospital. Do not miss the Takteshwar temple situated on an incline off one of Bhavnagar’s busiest roads.

Access
Air : Various domestic airlines connect Mumbai and Surat.
Rail : On the Western Railway line , it is 761 km from Mumbai via Ahmedabad and 788 km via Virangam.
Road : State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect various centres of Gujarat. It is situated 791 km from Mumbai via Ahmedabad, 200 km from Ahmedabad via Sihor.

Junagadh

A former Nawabi capital, with palaces, minarets and colonial period buildings. The Uparkot fort which rises from a hill, with old palaces dominates Junagadh, a historic dynasty in 19470, Buddhist caves, stepwells, tanks and moats.

Access
Air : Nearest airport is at Keshod, 40 km away which is connected with Mumbai.
Rail : Chorwad road railway station on the Ahmedabad - Veraval line.
Road : State Transport buses and private luxury coaches connect various centres of Gujarat. It is situated 393 km from Ahmedabad, connected by state transport buses.

Somnath

Somnath, one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, it offers a holy pilgrimage. Veraval, the station for Somnath, was a Nawabi port of Junagadh State. The picturesque dockyard is known for it’s dhow building and fishing boats. Sardar Patel commissioned the present incarnation of the temple in the 1950s.

Access
Air : Nearest airport is keshod, 47 kms, which is connected with Mumbai.
Rail : Veraval, 5 km away is the nearest railway station.
Road : State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect various centers at Gujarat

Sasan Gir Forest & Sanctuary

The Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park is a mosaic of habitats which combine to make it an exciting location to visit. This is the world’s stronghold of the Asiatic lion, and has one of the country’s largest panther populations. Interesting birds seen here are the paradise flycatcher, grey drongo, grey and painted francolin, painted sandgrouse, bush quail, crested hawk and serpent eagle. Even the sight of a magnificent panther is not uncommon. If you do not see the lion during game drives, the Gir semi - enclosed zone offers a very good chance of seeing lion in its natural abode, a cross - section of other wildlife and the different habitats of the Gir jungle during the 20-minute safaris.
Access
Air : Nearest airport Keshod, 37 km.
Rail : Junagadh is a railhead on the Viramgam - Veraval section of Western Railway and has a direct connection to Ahmedabad.
Road : State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect various centres of Gujarat. Junagadh is 327 km from Ahmedabad, 895 km from Mumbai, 101 km from Rajkot and 83 km from Veraval.
Jamnagar & Dwarka

Jamnagar, or the city of Jams, was one of the most important princely states of Saurashtra. Today, the 200-km long Jamnagar coast is dotted with several industries run by corporate giants in the region. Jamnagar itself is a centre for the brass industry, bandhini fabrics and zari work. The Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary, 30 minutes from the city, is a pretty picnic spot.

Dwarka, one of the principal pilgrimage of Hinduism. Legend has it that Lord Krishna moved to this coastal town to set up to capital. Marine excavations off the Dwarka coast have revealed important evidences of four ancient cities, which probably includes the Dwarawati of the Krishna Lila. Another place of interest is the Nageshwar Mandir, which is a Mahadev temple, with one of the 12 jyotirlingas in an underground chamber.

Access
Air : Various domestic airlines connecting Mumbai.
Rail : On the Western Railway with direct connections to Mumbai.
Road : State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect various centres of Gujarat, Jamnagar is 308 km from Ahmedabad via Rajkot and 92 km from Rajkot.

Bhuj

Bhuj, at the head of the Kutch district, is one of the most enchanting cities of India. With its old fort walls, intricate carved gates, palaces, chattries of the royal family, lakes, temples, and bazaars. The 18th century Aina Mahal has fine interior décor, with beautiful courtyards and fountain - fed pleasure pools and mirror mosaics. The modern Swaminarayan temple is one of the most colourful sights in Bhuj. Don’ t miss visiting the Kutch Museum amd the Bharatiya Sanskriti Darshan. The 19th century Pragmahal Palace has a magnificent darbar hall with Corinthian pillars, stained glass, murals of characters from Shakespeare’s dramas and a clock tower with views.

Access

Air : Various domestic airlines are available connecting Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
Rail : Direct trains between Bhuj - Ahmedabad on metre gauge line and for Mumbai on the broad gauge line from Gandhidham.
Road : State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect various centres of Gujarat. Bhuj, is connected by state highway upto Bhachau 85 km away and from Bhachau to Ahmedabad by national Highway.

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