55 Places to Visit in Gujarat, Tourist Places & Top Attractions

Tourist Places in Gujarat

From the colonial ambiance and architecture of Rajkot to historical sites like Lothal that date back to the Indus Valley civilisation, ultra-modern cities like Ahmedabad, ancient Hindu cities like Dwarka, and jaw-dropping architectural feats like the Sardar Sarovar Dam, the list of places to visit in Gujarat is long and super-exciting!

The stupendous places to see in Gujarat have put the state on the world map of ‘the extraordinary’. Be it the Statue of Unity, which is the tallest statue in the world, the 10th-century stepwell of Rani ki Vav, the majestic Somnath Temple, or the 4000-year-old erstwhile Harappan city of Dholavira, the choices are endless.

The natural landscape of Gujarat is equally stunning. It ranges from imposing to dramatic and fantastic with natural wonders like the Rann of Kutch, which is the largest salt desert in the world to the picturesque beaches of Somnath.

The wildlife sanctuaries like Gir National Park, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, and Marine National Park are some of the best places to go in Gujarat for their famous residents like the Asiatic lion, panthers, dolphins, Brahminy ducks, etc.

Here is the list of best places to visit in Gujarat:

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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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Surat

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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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Kutch

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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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Bhuj

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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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Rajkot

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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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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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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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Dwarka

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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

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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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Dang

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Gir National Park
Also known as Sasan Gir, this wildlife sanctuary is known the world over for not only being one of the few known habitats of the Asiatic lion but also for the efforts taken here to prevent this majestic species from getting extinct. This is the only place on the planet, besides Africa, where you can spot this species.

The park has a unique landscape made up of hills, plateaus, sharp ridges, and portions of 7 major rivers of the region like Datardi, Hiran, Raval, etc. One of the best places to see in Gujarat, it houses more than 400 species of fauna and 2300 species of fauna.

You can spot several unique wildlife (animals & birds) species here like the Asiatic lion, hyena, chinkara, nilgai, mugger crocodile, pythons, Malabar whistling thrush, tawny eagle, etc. The park houses rare tree species like Flame of the forest, sirius, charal, kalam, etc.

Highlights of the place: Don’t miss to enjoy a lion safari at the Gir Interpretation Zone and see the crocodiles up and close at their breeding centre. You can shop for local handicrafts and fabrics at the park’s souvenir shop. If you visit 15 days after Holi, you can attend the folk dance and food festival by the native Maldhari and Siddis tribes.

Location: Talala Gir, Gujarat.
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Rann of Kutch
Known as the world's largest salt desert, Rann of Kutch is one of the most famous tourist places to visit in Kutch. It has lured the directors into shooting this beautifully vast desert. It can be seen in movies like in Magadheera, Ramleela and many more.

Taking in the beauty here on a full moon night is an overwhelming experience. Also famous for the Rann Utsav held every year from November to February, you can enjoy a blend of music, culture, dance and various activities like camel cart rides, rifle shooting, cultural shows, spa treatments at the Rann of Kutch. An entertainment zone for the kids ensures they have a good time too. 

Location: Thar Desert, Kutch District, Gujarat

Price: Rs 100 for an adult, Rs 50 for a child of 6-12 years, Rs 25 for a two-wheeler and Rs 50 for a four-wheeler. 

Timing: Open 24 hours

Best Time to Visit: October to March
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Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
One of the most impressive places to visit in Vadodara, the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park displays a collection of unexcavated archaeological sites. The Park is built on the ruins of the 16th century Capital City built by Mehmud Begda and offers a splendid insight into the style of architecture prevalent during this period.

The Kalika Mata Temple on top of the Pavagadh Hill and the Jama Masjid housed here are two of the most popular attractions of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park.

Location:  ‎Panchmahal District, Gujarat, India

Timings: 08.30AM-05.00PM on all days of the week.

Entry Fee
: Rs. 10 per person.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park would be during the cooler months between October to February, when the weather remains pleasant enough to explore the park under the open sun.
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Lothal

Lothal
This spectacular riverside place is the site of a city belonging to the glorious and historical Indus Valley civilisation is one of the most intriguing places to go in Gujarat. Dating back to 2450 BCE, it belongs to the Red Ware Culture, it was excavated in the 1950s along with other Harappan sites.

This site is extremely important since this is one of the few Harappan-era sites to be found in India, with the rest becoming a part of Pakistan after partition. This ASI protected area consists of the stunning prehistoric architecture of brick walls, burial ground, houses, drainage system, wells, etc. The humongous dock here suggests that it was an important trade route connecting India to ancient Mesopotamia and was a site of advanced tidal studies.

Highlights of the place: Lothal is one of the most accessible Harappan sites in the world and is considered to house one of the oldest docks in the world. Visit the archaeological museum to see terracotta ornaments, figurines of animals and humans, red clay pottery, engraved seals, and beads. Don’t miss to see the replica of a twin burial site here.

Location: Saragwala Village, Dholka Taluka, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
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Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary
Spanning over reserve forests of 11 villages, this sanctuary houses this majestic and feared creature, that’s considered to be even more dangerous than leopards. The sanctuary, one of the top places to see in Gujarat, houses the largest population of sloth bears in the region along with hundreds of species of flora and fauna.

Amidst miles of rare tree species like teak, timru, sadad, charoli, etc. you can spot unique wildlife like cobra, Russel’s viper, leopards, four-horned antelopes, civet cats, etc. Its location atop the Ratanmahal hill and rugged landscape makes one feel as if one is visiting a beautiful hill station.

Highlights of the place: The close-by tribal towns of Baria and Chhota Udepur gives a unique opportunity to meet the locals. Kanjeta eco-campsite with its orientation centre is the perfect place to experience the wilderness up and close. Visit the majestic River Panam that originates inside the sanctuary.

Location: Kanjeta, Gujarat.
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Ambaji

Ambaji
Ambaji is one amongst those one-of-a-kind places to visit in Gujarat where the natural beauty feels surreal due to the spiritualism and reverence associated with the place. It is named after the Ambaji Temple, which is one of the oldest temples in the country visited by lacs of people each year dedicated to the pre-Vedic goddess Arasuri Amba.

Most of the temples here are located on hilltops and have magnificently unique architecture and hold famous Navratri and Diwali festivals. The town is surrounded by Aravalis covered in dense foliage, valleys, acres of lush plains, and wildlife zones that house rare flora and fauna, making it a haven for nature and trekking enthusiasts.

Highlights of the place: Ambaji temple’s beautiful architecture consisting of a white marble building adorned with golden cones, silver-plated doors, and niches that have ancient Vedic inscriptions is a must-visit. Visit the Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the best places to go in Gujarat, to spot leopards, porcupines, small Indian civet, sloth bear, white-backed vultures, etc. Gabbar Hill to see the temple of Sati Devi.

Location: Banaskantha District, Gujarat.
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Girnar

Girnar
Girnar or the ‘City on the hill’ is a cluster of 5 hills including Mount Girnar, Datar, Jogniya, Lakshman Tekri, and Bensla and is amongst the most scenic places to visit in Gujarat. Situated at around 3600 ft., these mountains are older than the Himalayas.

They have hundreds of Jain & Hindu temples and mosques spread over its peaks that are reached by rugged trails. This makes Girnar one of the most popular and important hiking and spiritual places in the region, irrespective of one’s religion. Trekking enthusiasts love to take on the 10,000-step trek from the base to the last peak.

Highlights of the place: One of the best attractions here is the ancient Dattatreya Temple that has the footprints of Lord Dattatreya. Visit the Neminath Temple that’s one of the oldest Jain temples in the country. The Girnar Parikrama and Bhavnath festivals held in January each year are attended by thousands from all over the country. Don’t miss to see the rock edicts of Ashoka, belonging to 250 BC.

Location: Girnar Taleti Road, Gujarat.
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Statue of Unity
The Statue of Unity, designed by the renowned Indian sculptor Ram V Sutar, is a massive statue of one of the most respected 18th-century Indian freedom fighters Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The statue of the erstwhile first Deputy Prime Minister of free India was inaugurated on his 143rd birth anniversary.

The statue, standing at a height of almost 790 ft. (including the base), is the tallest statue in the world that is visible from the space making it one of the must-visit places to visit in Gujarat! Visitors are allowed to go up to the viewing gallery that is located near the chest height of the statue located at around 500 ft. for close views of the statue and the surrounding Satpura and Vindhya ranges.

Highlights of the place: There is a museum here that has over 2000 pictures from the life of Sardar Patel. Visit the Valley of Flowers, which is a 17-kilometre long patch of flowers. Don’t miss to attend the sound and light laser show, conducted 7 pm each day that bathes the statue in millions of colours. Enjoy a 10-minute helicopter ride and a boat ride in the Narmada River to enjoy stunning views of the statue.

Location: Sardar Sarovar Dam, Statue of Unity Road, Kevadia, Gujarat.
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Sardar Sarovar Dam
The second-largest concrete dam in the world, Sardar Sarovar Dam is a place not only that instils pride but is also a place of immense natural beauty. The dam supports millions of people in the 4 states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan with water and electricity.

Edging around the majestic Narmada River, it is surrounded by the Malwa plateau and the Mathwar hills lending it a beautifully unique landscape. The dam area becomes even more beautiful during the rainy season with large curtains of foamy water crashing down. You can see this up and close from the tunnels that reverberate with the forceful sounds of the water, making it one of the best places to see in Gujarat.

Highlights of the place: Visit the Statue of Unity, the tallest statue in the world dedicated to Sardar Patel. Narmada Tent City for boating and camping. Valley of Flowers to see 17 kilometres of flowering patches. See the beautiful architecture of the ancient Shoolpaneshwar Temple and the Rajvant Palace.

Location: Navagam, Kevadiya Colony, Gujarat.
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Rani ki Vav
Translating to ‘Queen’s stepwell’, this is one of the most unique places to visit in Gujarat. Queen Udayamati commissioned this mega multi-storey structure in the memory of her husband King Bhimdev. Created in the year 1063, this majestic structure is in the shape of an inverted temple as if paying homage to the sacred water.

The structure was excavated by the ASI only in the 1980s as it lay submerged under the River Saraswati. It is divided into seven levels, the walls of which are engraved with hundreds of mythological figurines, motifs, and sculptures that depict 3 levels of Hindu cosmology i.e. heaven, earth, and the underworld (patal lok). The image of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is printed on the new Rs.100 currency note.

Highlights of the place: You must see all the seven levels that have distinct carvings marking each one of them. You will see intricately-carved sculptures of Lord Vishnu and his 10 avatars like Varaha, the Boar, Kalki, Narasimha, etc. along with figures of celestial deities, water nymphs, apsaras, etc. are a must-see.

Location: Mohan Nagar Society, Patan, Gujarat.
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Pirotan Island
Located in the Gulf of Kutch Marine National Park, this Arabian Sea island is one of the two islands that can be accessed by the visitors, out of the 42 islands here. One can visit this breathtaking place, one of the best places to go in Gujarat, only after permissions from the Forest, Port, and Customs department, making it even more intriguing.

Visitors have the whole place to themselves, as the only people living here are the forest guards, the lighthouse staff, and the shrine servers. The Marine Park, the country’s first such park, is dotted with rare corals, thick mangroves, and stunning sandy beaches. The shallow-beach island can be reached by a boat only during high tide.

Highlights of the place: A haven for bird-watchers, the island is the home to seagulls, black-headed gulls, waders, etc. The waters have a rich marine life including dolphins, sea anemones, pufferfish, octopus, etc. Other must-visit places here include the centuries-old lighthouse and the shrine of Khwaja Khijer Ramatullahalaiah.

Location: Marine National Park, Jamnagar, Gujarat.
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I think this tour made my Diwali one of the best so far. I enjoyed myself so much with my family. It was so much fun visiting the beautiful places during Diwali. The entire walled city was looking so beautiful with lighting. Wpuld love to travel once more this beautiful place.
I enjoyed a lot, very comfortable stay and we are foodies so I must mention that the food was delicious. A romantic gateway covering beautiful picturesque places.
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Tour was well managed by Thrillophilia, Hygienic food, superb hotel, Visited for 7 days from Ahmadabad very nice and supportive driver provided. I recommended it this tour to everyone who is planning to visit Gujarat.
15 December 2020
Excellent
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24 June 2020
Excellent
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I visited Dwarka and Driver was very heloful. He took us to the vellore temple and later the next day we visited Akshardham temple, Somnath jyotirlingam and many more. Tour was very well organised!
Well planned, Well co ordinated and equally efficiently executed. Amazing trip with a lifetime of memories. Kudos to Thrillohilia and a big thanks once again
Amazing tour of rann of Kutch. Camps stays were superb and all services were good. Looking forward to book more with thrillophilia.

People Also Ask About Gujarat

  1. Which are the historical places in Gujarat?

    1. Dholavira: Located in the Kutch District, Dholavira is an excavation site discovered in 1965. The site includes remains of a 4000-year-old Harappan city where one can see very sophisticated architectural remains of a ceremonial ground, dam area, market, stadium, water channels, etc.

    2. Champaner- Pavagadh Archaeological Park: This UNESCO World Heritage site comprises 8th-century prehistoric remains of a city including a fortress, houses, water installations, mosques, and temples. The city is an amalgamation of Hindu-Islamic architecture and is amongst the most revered Indian pilgrimage places.

    3. Aaina Mahal: This erstwhile 17-century palace translating to ‘Palace of Mirrors’ was built in Bhuj majorly using mirrors and glasses. After it got damaged in the 2001 earthquake, it was converted into a museum that houses ancient glassware, chandeliers, scrolls, celestial globes, etc.

    4. Sabarmati Ashram: Also known as Gandhi Ashram, this is where Gandhi lived and started the Dandi yatra from. A part of the building is a museum that stores rare letters, belongings, and pictures of the Mahatma.
  2. Which are the best places to visit in Gujarat for 2 days?

    1. Rann of Kutch: Visit this great white desert that is one of the largest salt deserts in the world. The best time to visit is between December-March at the time of Rann Utsav to see folk dances, camp, and enjoy camel safaris.

    2. Saputara: Escape into the scenic landscape surrounded by Sahyadris, lakes, and forests at the only hill station in Gujarat. Enjoy ropeway rides and trekking and visit vantage points like the Sunrise Point, Artist Village, and the historical Hatgad Fort.

    3. Hingolgadh Nature Education Sanctuary: Located in Rajkot, this sanctuary is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. You can stay at the eco camps to learn about wildlife preservation and spot animals like leopards, flying foxes, hyenas, etc.

    4. Polo: An offbeat place to visit, this ancient city used to be a hideout for rulers. Tucked deep inside the Vijayanagar forest, it still contains ruins of temples and fortresses. See the elusive grey hornbill and the brown-headed barbet in the fig tree thickets here along with panthers, raptors, and hundreds of species of medicinal plants.
  3. Which are the best romantic places in Gujarat?

    1. Gir Forests: For couples that love the wilderness of nature and wildlife, this is one of the best places for an exciting offbeat romantic escapade. Spot the elusive Asiatic Lion and take long strolls in the thick-forested canopies.

    2. Diu: This stunning place is sure to leave you with memories for a lifetime of long walks on the secluded beaches, exploration of ancient Portuguese forts and churches, and superb seafood. Shop for amazing handicrafts and silver jewellery here.

    3. Somnath: The mystic city of Somnath is a beautiful blend of spirituality and beachside leisure. Visit the world-famous Somnath Temple and round off the day at the pristine beach as you watch a glorious sunset.

    4. Ahmedabad: Enjoy a romantic sunset in the wilderness at the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, stroll in the beautiful Parimal Garden, and watch the world go by at the scenic Sabarmati waterfront. There are several rooftop restaurants to try global cuisines and discotheques to dance the night away.
  4. Is Gujarat worth visiting?

    Yes, absolutely. This vibrant state is a rich juxtaposition of the heritage and the super-modern. Where else will you find ancient Harappan civilisations, forts, and temples co-existing with modern architectural behemoths like the tallest statue and one of the largest dams on the earth. The natural beauty, food, and shopping destinations are also incomparable.
  5. What is famous in Gujarat?

    Gujarat is famous for its rich diverse landscape of a salt desert on one side and pristine beaches on the other. The folk dances like Garba and Dandiya are famous the world over along with its flavourful traditional foods like khakhra, dhokla, kadhi, dabeli, etc. It is famous for its fabrics like tie-dye, Mashru, and Kutchhi mirrored fabrics.
  6. Is Ahmedabad safe at night?

    Yes, perfectly. The city is rated amongst the safest cities in the country. Due to ample police presence, camera-manned public places, and a great public transport system, you don’t have to think twice before venturing out at night.

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