National parks, museums, and wildlife in Gujarat, are the three most important tourist attractions in this state. Gujarat is always praised for being rich in flora and fauna. The state is suitable for rare wildlife species such as the Asiatic lion, black buck and wild ass among others. Some of the most famous national parks and wildlife in Gujarat are the Gir Forest National Park, Marine National park and Blackbuck National Park etc. Tour operators conduct various wildlife tours in Gujarat. Travellers from all around the globe are attracted towards Gujarat to experience nature and the wildlife. Gir National Forest allows you to witness rare species of birds, flycatcher, eagle sandgrouse, bush quail, partridges, and woodpeckers. A jeep safari to the Gir Forest costs between INR 5000 and INR 6000 per individual. The tour takes about three hours to cover the entire park. You are taken around in the jeep and shown some of the rarest wildest species such as the Asiatic Lion. The cost includes the driver charges of the jeep, the permit to enter the park and services of a guide. You are also picked up and dropped back to your hotel.
There are also other wildlife tour packages which cover 6 days costing between INR 30000 and INR 35000 per individual. The price is inclusive of meals, pick up and drop to hotels; guide charges, stay and transport during the activities. The main focus would be the Gir National Park, where you get a jeep safari. You will also be taken to Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary where you get to see various vibrant colourful birds. Here you can see up to 200 types of birds landing on to the lake. Visiting the Banni Grassland is an essential element of wildlife in Gujarat. You get an opportunity to see the desert cat, wolfs and foxes. The Banni village is known for its handicrafts. The Rann of Kutch is another famous wildlife site which lets you enjoy nature and wildlife at its fullest. It can be exhilarating and intimidating. Complete the day by embarking on a desert safari through LRK. Here you can witness the long-legged buzzard, lesser kestrel, and short-eared owls.
Further on, a drive to Velavadar via Lothal can help you visit the most prominent of cities in ancient India. Located in the Bhal region, the modern state of Gujarat is the benchmark for preserving wildlife heritage at its best. Velavadar Park is a large piece of flat land that is covered with grass. It is an ideal place for a sighting of blackbucks and antelopes. The wolf is the main predator of this region. Striped Hyena can be seen preying on the wolf. You also get to see the jackal. The Indian fox and jungle cat is common here too. So don’t miss out on an opportunity to visit and embark on wildlife tours in Gujarat. It not just entails the heritage of a wonderful India, but also lets you spend your vacation with family and friends alike.
Swaminarayan Temple is one of the most popular religious sites in Ahmedabad. This magnificent Temple is dedicated to Lord Narnarayanan and it is the first temple of the Swaminarayan sect. The Temple is exquisitely designed and intricately carved in Burmese Teak.There are several brightly colored arches and brackets surrounding the Temple and beautifully adorned galleries and domes. The image of Lord Narayanan in the main hall is made of pure marble while the inner walls and the exterior of the Temple is covered in colorful Gujrati designs depicting the culture and lifestyle of Gujarat.There are many idols of Swaminarayan all around the temple including some of his personal belongings.Location: Swaminarayan Mandir Road, Kalupur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 380001Entry Fee: No entry feeTiming: 5 AM to 12 Noon; 3 PM to 10 PMBest Time to Visit: All year round
The Dada Harir Stepwell is a marvelous example of refined architecture and masonry of that era. It is one of the most tranquil places to visit in Ahmedabad. Here you can enjoy some peace and quiet as you observe the fine craftsmanship and the various inscriptions in Sanskrit and Persian on the walls and pillars of the stepwell.As you gaze down at the stepwell you can find birds flitting about as the whole essence of this structure takes you back in time. Another feature that attracts visitors here is the sudden cooling effects that can be felt the moment you enter.It provides for a lovely respite from the hot Ahmedabad sun, especially during the summers. It is best to visit the stepwell in the late mornings when the rays of light falls on the depths of the well.Location: Hanumansingh Rd, Haripura, Asarwa, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380016Entry Fee: No entry feeTiming: Monday - Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM, on Sundays 9AM - 6PMBest Time to Visit: All year round
Located on the banks of the Sabarmati River, this is one of the most popular tourist places in Ahmedabad. Once a residence of Mahatma Gandhi, now it is one of the best Ashrams in Ahmedabad. It has been divided into several sections.The most interesting part is the Museum section where the personal belongings of the Mahatma and several of his letters are on display. The Ashram was one of the main centers of the Freedom Struggle of India. Some of the main attractions here are the Upasana Mandir, Magan Niwas, Hriday Kunj, Udyog Mandir and the Ashram Museum.The Library has several manuscripts, books, photographs and other objects of interest. Till today, you will find the personal belongings of Mahatma Gandhi such as the round glasses, wooden slippers, the hand-operated chakra and other personal memorabilias for visitors to witness.Location: Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Ashram Rd, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380027Entry Fee: No entry feeTiming: 8:30 AM to 6:30 PMBest Time to Visit: October to March