Sweet and tangy dishes like Thepla, Fafda, Khakhra, and Dhokla spice up the Gujarat Tourism whereas the Navratri special Dandiya Raas is the rhythm of it. That’s all? What about the amazing white sand of Rann of Kutch and relics from centuries old events those date back from the era of Mahenjodaro-Harappan settlement to several Rajput clans of medieval era and Colonial era? The age old land of Gujarat is a blend of several myth, heritage, nature and culture sparking up the tourism industry with lakhs of tourists and pilgrims throughout the year. From ancient sea ports across the Gulf of Kutch and Gulf of Khambat to beaches, national parks, temples, forts and palaces… the state is dotted with several destinations shining like precious gems. Let’s check out some of the best travel destinations in Gujarat where you can dig into its vast history, culture and myths.
One of the fastest growing cities in India and located on the banks of River Sabarmati, Ahmedabad apparently unwraps a vast chapter of Indian history. The city with its urbanite clamour intrinsically grabs the time since the era of Solanki dynasty that dates back to the 11th century and throws a distinct scenario of the Muzaffarid, Mughal, Maratha and British empires. The Bhadra Fort with its well carved royal palaces, mosques and gates is one such fine example that reveal the quaint Muzaffarid era. It was built in 1411 by Sultan Ahmad Shah I and today it is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Ahmedabad. The fort houses the beautiful Nagina Baugh and the royal Ahmed Shah Mosque (a yellow sandstone architecture) on the west side and an open area known as Maidan-Shah on the east side. The fortification also comprises several inscriptions. The Bhadra Kali Temple, which was built during the Maratha rule, and Clock Tower during the British East India Company are other major attractions inside the fort. Another marvelous yellow sandstone architecture on the eastern side of Teen Darwaza that was built in 1424 is the Jama Masjid snapping up tourists’ interest. The Jhulta Minar, which is a part of the Sidi Bashir Mosque, built in 1452; Adalaj Stepwell that was built by in 1499 by Muslim king Mohammed Begda for Queen Rani Roopba, wife of Veer Singh; and Dada Hari Vav that was built in 1501 are some of the major tourist attractions having historical significance. Encircling the quaint walls of Bhadra Fort, the historical Manek Chowk stands out to be a popular hub for food lovers. On the other hand, areas like Bhatiyar Gali, Kalupur and Jamalpur are perfect for those travellers who want to wake up their carnivorous nature. The city also holds a special gallery for housing a distinct culture. The Sanskar Kendra, Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial, Calico Museum of Textiles, Hazrat Pir Mohammad Shah Library and L D Institute of Indology holds several noteworthy chapters of Gujarati literature, art, dance and music AND Jain manuscripts and diversified Indian culture. The Gandhi Ashram which was established in 1917 on the bank of River Sabarmati is one of the finest examples of the Indian Freedom Movement and holds an important place in the eyes of travellers. Other attractions in Ahmedabad are the Auto World Vintage Museum, Science City and Kankaria lake. The Akshardham Temple, Vaishnodevi Temple, ISKCON Temple, Swaminarayan Temple and Hutheesing Jain Temple also grab the attention of pilgrims.
The city complies with royal touchstones where the Laxmi Vilas Palace, belonging to the Gaekwad a prominent Maratha family, stands like grandeur. The palace, which is marked by complex designs and boasts Indo-Saracenic style, is reputed to be four times the size of Buckingham Palace. The Laxmi Vilas Palace boasted as one of the prominent venues of several cultural events and is one of the major tourist attractions in Vadodara. Then there are others like the Makarpura Palace and Nazar Bagh Palace also hold ennobled place in the travelogue of Gujarat Tourism. The city of Vadodara, which is also dubbed Baroda, dates back to the era of the Gupta Empire which dominated the region till the Chalukya Dynasty took over it. Later it was captured by the Sultanates of Delhi followed by the Mughals and finally by the 17th – 18th century the Maratha Gaekwads took over the region. The city of Baroda is the most sought after location in Gujarat for several cultural events. The Garba and Dandiya forms of dance remain the major attractions for travellers who are keen about framing each and every detail of Indian culture. The Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum and Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery showcase a diorama of the royal chapters during the colonial era and host several antiques that include marble and bronze sculptures and distinct art works. Close to the Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery, the Sardar Patel Planetarium, Sayaji Baug Zoo and Floral Clock are major sightseeing spots in Baroda that is housed in Sayaji Baug. Major buildings and monuments like the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Kirti Mandir, Kirti Stambh, Nyay Mandir, Khanderao Market, Aurobindo Ashram, EME Temple (Dakshinamurty Temple), Hazira Maqbara, Kala Ghoda and Mairal Ganpati Mandir are also significant tourist landmarks in Baroda.
The city served as a major trade center for the Portuguese, Dutch, French and British. The medieval era was much influenced by the Mughals as Surat became the transit point for Mecca. Later, the city flourished as the mercantile capital of West India and today it is one of the bustling textile hubs with several cotton mills. Hence, shopaholic travellers… go to shop from the vibrant alleys arraying shops of textile products like kinkhab brocades, Tanchoi and Ganjee Sarees and wood, ivory inlay and diamond work. Another distinct feature is the Surti cuisine and when you are travelling to this part of Gujarat… don’t forget to spice up your mouth with Khaman, Sarasiya Khaja, Undhiyu and kiosks. Try out Surati Ghari, which is a type of sweet dish. Now coming back to sightseeing in Surat… the city houses several tombs that date back from the 15th to 18th centuries and the most prominent one among them is the 17th century memorial to Baron Adrian Van Reed. The Nau Saiyid Mosque on the bank of the Gopi Lake and Mirza Sami Mosque are the two significant Muslim pilgrimage sites that capture the frame of Gujarat Tourism. Dandi, located on the outskirts of Surat and the major hub for Gandhi’s Salt March in 1930, is a must visit place during your tour to Gujarat. Likewise, places like Navasari, Udvada and Sanjan hold a significant place in Indian history being the major Persian hubs. The Surat Fort, built by the British in 17th century, and the 15th century Chintamani Jain Temple signify the rich and exquisite artistic works of the medieval era. Surat is also a hub for beach lovers. The Dumas Beach and Suvali Beach are the nearest beaches where one can enjoy an evening by capturing different shades of the horizon at the time of sunset.
Located on the banks of Aji and Nyari Rivers, the city of Rajkot holds a significant place in the Indian independence movement. The Watson Museum holding collection of precious objects of the colonial period, history of Rajkot and culture AND Karba Gandhi No Delo, also known as Mahatma Gandhi House, which houses several antiques are the major tourist attractions in Rajkot. The Rashtriya Shala, which was founded by Mahatma Gandhi,… is a center of patola weaving and Lang Library that racks several documents and books covering bits and bytes of Rajkot and Saurashtra history marks an important place in Gujarat Tourism. The marvelous red sandstone architecture, Jagat Mandir is another prominent tourist attraction in Rajkot. Located on the outskirts of Rajkot, the Ranjit Nilas Palace in Wankaner and Durbargadh Waghaji Palace in Morvi are the two major places to visit in and around Rajkotthat resonate with memories of the colonial era.
Regarded today as one of the key oil refineries in India and located on the south of the Gulf of Kutch… Jamnagar served as the capital of the Princely State of Nawanagar which was established in 1540. The city houses several ancient Hindu and Jain temples which happen to be the grandeur of the city. The Sidhnath Mahadev Temple in the Jamnagar city area, the Navlakhi Temple in Ghumli, Kileshwar Temple in the Barda Hills, Sun Temple at Gop, Bala Hanuman Temple and Bhid Bhanjan Temple built by the are important destinations for Hindu pilgrims. Whereas the Vardhman Shah’s Temple, Raisi Shah’s Temple, Sheth’s Temple, and Vasupujya Swami’s Temple out of 30 Jain temples in Jamnagar are the prominent Jain pilgrimage sites. Thus Jamnagar is considered as one of the important pilgrimage sites in Gujarat. Built as the royal residence of Jam Saheb, the Darbargadh Palace is a fine example of Rajsthani and European style of architecture having stone carvings, wall paintings, fretwork jali-screens, ornamental mirrors, carved pillars, sculpture and Venetian-Gothic arches… thus capturing the eyes of several travellers. The Lakhota Palace in the middle of the Lakhota Lake is another major tourist attraction in Jamnagar having historical significance. It houses a small museum having a rich collection of historical diorama, sculptures, pottery found in the ruined medieval villages, coins, copper plates and inscriptions. The Pratap Vilas Palace, Solarium, Kotha Bastion and Bhujio Kotho are some other attractions that arrest the travellers mind. Jamnagar also fascinates several nature and wildlife lovers as the city encircles the Marine National Park which is a home to several aquamarine lives including dolphins, whales and sharks. The Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary, approximately 10 kilometers from the city is another eco-tourist hub near Jamnagar and one of the popular wildlife sanctuaries in Gujarat.
The history of Dwarka still remains vague but recent archaeological excavations have uncovered underwater stone structures that indicate settlement during the proto-historic times. Dwarka… on the other hand is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site in India and is a part of the foremost Chardham sites. The city is home to the ancient Jagat Mandir, popularly known as Dwarkadhish Temple, which is said to be 2000 years old. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna and thus draws a large number of pilgrims during the Janmasthami festival. There are several other temples in Dwarka which are dedicated to Rukmini, Mirabai, Narsinh Mehta and Shank Narayan respectively. The Beyt Dwarka is another Hindu temple in Dwarka that is located on an island off the coast and is also dedicated to Lord Krishna.
The capital city itself doesn’t hold a vast history but with its neighbouring city, Ahmedabad, which is approximately 24 kilometers away… it narrates the era of the Muzaffarid Dynasty. Gandhinagar is one of the well planned cities in India and is located on the west bank of river Sabarmati. The city’s major attraction is the Akshardham Temple that belongs to the wealthy Hindu Swaminarayan Group. It is crafted with beautiful carvings detailing the chapters of Hindu religion and culture. The Akshardham Temple Complex in Gandhinagar consists of temple monuments, gardens, educational centers, exhibition centers and research center. For travellers having a keen interest in skilled handicrafts… the Craftsmen’s Village in Pethapur is surely going to bring them close to the exquisite pattern of Gujarati culture. Nonetheless, the Children’s Park and Sarita Udyan are the major recreational centers in Gandhinagar. Sarita Udyan on the other hand is an ideal picnic spot. Some other attractions in Gandhinagar are the Indroda Park, Punit Van and Rupal village.
Emerging from the medieval era, Bhuj was established in the early 16th century by Rao Hamirji and served as the capital of Kutch state till Kutch became a part of Gujarat in 1960. It was the seat of the Jadeja Rajput, which can be witnessed from the ancient monuments and havelis dotted in the city sphere. The Cenotaphs Complex housing several tombs once served as memorials for the royal family since 1770 and is one of the major tourist attractions in Bhuj. On the other hand, the Prag Mahal that was built in the mid of 19th century and Aina mahal Palace that was built in the 18th century are the two most notable attractions in Bhuj that narrate the rich architectural design reflecting the Indo- saracenic style. The Kutch Museum, built in the year 1877 as Fergusson Museum, overlooking the Hamirsar Lake, is a must visit place for tourists. It houses a large collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, archaeological objects, arms and specimens of various crafts of the Kutch region. Kera, which is home to one of the ancient Shiva temples that dates back to the 10th century, makes for a perfect excursion. Other places to visit in the outskirts of Bhuj are Lakhpat and Bhadresshwar.
One of the most historic cities of Gujarat, Junagadh houses the 3rd century BC rock inscriptions of Emperor Ashoka. The city and its surrounding hills have Buddhist and Jain caves, most of them dating back to the 2nd century AD. The Uparkot Fort has existed at this site for more than two millennia through most of its walls and monuments that are visible today are relatively more recent. Within the fort are 11th century and 12th century stepwells and tanks, canons and structures. In the city around the fort, the Nawabs who rose to power in the 18th century built many palaces and public buildings… which remain the major tourist attractions.
The city prospered as one of the major industrial hubs in India and is the home to the notable AMUL Industry, which remains the major attraction for the travellers. The history of Anand mostly elaborates a concrete chapter of the Gaekwads and their generosity towards developing Anand as a cultural and religious hub in Gujarat. The Bhadran village that houses several temples and social and civil works of the Gaekwads also positions itself as a remarkable sightseeing tour in Anand. Dakor, the keystone of Tourism of Gujarat is home to the ancient Ranchhodrai Dakor Temple, dedicated too Lord Krishna, which was built in the year 1772 having 8 domes and 24 turrets. Close to the Ranchhodrai Temple is the Gomti Lake, which is a popular recreational center in Anand. Another ancient temple that was crafted during the Solanki era, the Shiva Temple in Galteshwar is a major Hindu pilgrimage site in Anand. Some other temples in Anand that attract travellers are the Bochasan Swaminarayan Mandir, Ramnath Mahadev Mandir, Ashapura Mataji Mandir, Bodana Temple, Santaram Mandir and Gayatri Temple. The Hari Om Ashram in Bilodra is a must visit place where serenity surrounds to procure a space of solitude for quiet reflection.
Over the decades, since the 12th century when Sihor came under the control of the Gohil Rajput, Bhavnagar served as one of the eminent trading centers because of its strategic location… being close to the Gulf of Khambhat. Bhavnagar served as a princely state of the Gohil Rajput till it merged with the Indian Union in 1947 and became the administrative center of the Bhavnagar district. Alang, which is located 30 kilometers away and the largest ship breaking yard in the world, is the prime tourist attraction. The Nilambagh , which is now a heritage hotel, and Bhav Bilas Palace that overlooks the Gaurishankar Lake are the two popular tourist attractions in Bhavnagar having an historical significance. The Barton Museum housing a fine collection of farming tools, beadwork, wood carvings, religious carvings, weapons, musical instruments, betel nut cutters, coins, stamps, sculpture, skeletons and various folk arts objects representing the culture of the Saurashtra region, is a must visit place for travellers. On the other hand, Gandhi Smriti which was inaugurated in 1955 preserves a gallery of books, rare photos and memorabilia associated with the life of Mahatma Gandhi. There is also a museum of artifacts displaying items like nut cutters and religious carvings. Other attractions in Bhavnagar are the Takhteshwar Temple, Gangajalia Temple and Victoria Park. The Velavadar National Park or Blackbuck National Park is home to one of the ungulate species of antelope, Blackbuck, and several other animal species like Indian wolf, Jackal, Indian fox, Jungle cat, Blue bull antelope, wild pigs, hares and Rodents… and is one of the popular national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Gujarat that pulls in several wildlife enthusiasts. Don’t forget to visit the Palitana Jain Temples, which is approximately 27 kilometers from Bhavnagar. The Gopnath Beach and Mahuva are ideal destinations for a leisure getaway from Bhavnagar.
To be precise… the history of Bharuch dates back over 8000 years. It is the oldest city of Gujarat and the second oldest city in India. Bharuch served as one of the important trading centers for the Arabs, Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Carthaginians, Republic of Venice and Romans since the 6th century BC. Later Bharuch became a part of the Mauryan Empire followed by the Kshatrayas, Guptas, Maitraks and Solankis. Subsequently, in the 13th century AD, Bharuch came under the control of the Delhi Sultanates and later in the late 16th century the Mughals invaded and set up their capital on understanding the importance of Bharuch as a trading center. In the late 18th century the British snatched power from the Mughals and established Bharuch as an important business center. Bharuch also owns a significant place in Hindu and Jain mythologies. From the ancient seven caves , dating back to the 1st – 2nd centuries discovered from Kadiyadungar near Ankleshwar in Bharuch district, which is one of the major heritage sites in India, it is stated that Bharuch also have a significant place in Buddhist mythology. Travelling to Bharuch will give you an opportunity to explore the various chapters of the pre-historical era and the Bharuch Port is one of the heritage attractions that leave travellers bewildered. The Bharuch Fort and several ancient Jain temples are some of other attractions in Bharuch having historical importance. The Jama Masjid and Temple of Bhrigu Rishi are the two prominent religious sites that pull in thousands of Muslim and Hindu devotees throughout the year respectively.
Being one of the coastal cities in Gujarat, the history of Porbandar is believed to have been the active centre of maritime activities during the late Harappan settlement that dates back to 16th – 14th centuries BC. Today it is one of the popular tourist destinations in Gujaratand famed for being the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. According to Hindu mythology Porbandar is said to be the birthplace of Sudama, a friend of Lord Krishna, and hence the city is often dubbed as Sudhamapuri. Thus with a fusion of history and religion the city of Porbandar pulls in both leisure travellers and pilgrims from different corners of the world. The major tourist attraction in Porbandar is the ‘Temple of Fame’, popularly known as Kirti Mandir, which is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. It houses a small museum, prayer hall and library. Built between 1902 and 1907, the Sudama Mandir holding a lot of religious and historic significance… is yet another popular attraction that draws a large number of Hindu devotees throughout the year. The Bharat Mandir, which portrays Indian culture and religion, and Tara Mandir or Nehru Planetarium are worth a visit on your tour to Porbandar. Some other notable temples in Porbandar are Gita Mandir, Gayatri Mandir, Ram Dhoon Mandir, Rokadia Hanuman Temple, Swaminarayan Mandir and Chadeshwar Mahadev & Ajani Mataji’s temple. The Darbargadh Fort, on the other hand, is an amazing masterpiece of Rajput style architecture that was built by Rana Sartanji arresting the frame of Gujarat Tourism. The Huzoor Palace, built in European style with sloping roofs, several wings and big windows, overlooking the Arabian Sea… is another major tourist attraction in Porbandar having historical significance. The Chowpati Beach and Jannat Beach are the ideal destinations for beach lovers seeking a refreshing getaway. Bileshwar that is the home to one of the ancient Shiva Temples, ruins of Ghumli and Gop are worth a visit, located in the outskirts of Porbandar city.
Travelling to Valsad is like rolling up your itinerary with a fusion of culture and religion. It has been stated that Sanjan, a small town in Valsad district, is home to the Zoroastrian refugees. The Sanjan Memorial Column, which is one of the holy sites in India belonging to the Zoroastrians (Parsis), is one of the major tourist attractions on your sightseeing tour in Valsad. Further, recent excavations in Sanjan have exposed a distinct chapter of the Parsis that is said to date back to the Silahara Period. The Tower of Silence, which is a Zoroastrian mortuary structure, is another attraction in the vicinity. On the other hand, the Sai Baba Temple, Swami Narayan Temple and Shantidham Temple are the prominent Hindu pilgrimage sites in Valsad that arrest the mind of pilgrims as well as tourists. The Japanese Gardens and ady Wilson Museum in Dharampur are two other tourist attractions in Valsad having historical significance. The Nargol Beach and Tithal Beach are the ideal escapes for beach lovers and hence one seeking for a refreshing holiday in Gujarat may whizz to one of the two beaches in Valsad.
One of the major Hindu pilgrimage sites in India, Somnath is located near Veraval and is approximately 80 kilometers from Junagadh. It is the abode of the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva, the Somnath Temple that holds various Hindu legends. It is one of the ancient temples in Indiathat witnessed several attacks by several dynasties since the 7th century till a joint effort of Peshwa of Pune, Raja Bhonsle of Nagpur, Chhatrapati Bhonsle of Kolhapur, Queen Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore & Shrimant Patilbuwa Shinde of Gwalior rebuilt the temple in 1783 at a site adjacent to the ruined temple. The present temple is crafted in the Chalukya style of temple architecture and is the backbone of Gujarat Tourism. Other notable tourist sites in Somnath are the ruins of Rudreshvara Temple and ruins of Sun Temple, which is close to Bhalka Tirth. The Prabas Pata Museum is also a must visit place for tourist. It exhibits several antiques from 10th – 11th centuries.
One of the major eco-tourist destinations in Gujarat boasting Gujarat Tourism with its rich natural biodiversity… wildlife, rivers, waterfalls and hills, Saputara brings the travellers far from the clamour of heritage and city lights. The Artist Village that displays several tribal artifacts is one of the major tourist attractions in Saputara. The hill station offers a breathtaking view of the valley and the forest from the Sunrise Point and Sunset Point, which are the two most prominent part of your itinerary on your tour to Saputara. Gira Falls, which is approximately 52 kilometers from Saputara is undoubtedly an excellent getaway option. Nonetheless, the Vansada National Park, Purna Sancturay and Mahal Bardipura Forest are the noted national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Saputara that throws a spark on wildlife tourism in India. Saputara is also famed for hosting several artificial gardens like the Rose Garden, Step Garden and Lake Garden. The Saputara Lake is another amazing place that is worth paying a visit for a recreational getaway. Other attractions in Saputara having historical significances are the Hatgadh Fort, Pandava Caves and several Jain Temples.
A major city in Kutch that is notable for Kandla Port, Gandhinagar is one of the significant sea ports in India and a prominent tourist destination in Gujarat. The city was established after the separation of Pakistan from India in 1947 when a large group of refugees from Sindh of Pakistan came to India. The major sightseeing spots in Gandhiddham are the Gandhi Memorial and Jesal-Toral Samadhi. Food lovers mat try out Dabeli from any food corner in the city and shopaholic travellers must pay a visit at the Kutchh Kala circle. Mandvi, Bhuj and Dholavira are some of the nearby destinations that are worth to visit from Gandhidham.
A major fishing harbour in Gujarat, Veraval is famed for its sea food. The city was once the major port of the royal families of Junagadh and today it is one of the major heritage sites in Gujarat housing several remnants dating back to the medieval era. The ruins of Nawabi Fort that houses the remains of the summer palace and several gates and Nawabi Palace, which is now known as Somnath College, are the major heritage sites in Veraval. Close to Veraval, the Gir National Park, which is one of the popular national parks in India and home to the endangered Asiatic Lions, is a must visit place for wildlife lovers.
The ‘city of natas’, Nadiad, which is often dubbed as Nandgam is well known for 9 routes having 9 step wells, 9 lakes and 9 villages. The major tourist attractions in Nadiad are the Santram Mandir, Mai Mandir, Shri Raxeshwar Mahadev Temple, Methodist Church, Mahakali Mataji Mandir and Bhairav Mandir. The School of Deaf and Dumb, where tourists can experience the life of the disabled and discover their way of living, AND Badhir Garden, one of the ideal places to spend some refreshing hours, are some of the other places to visit in Nadiad.
Lothal is one of the most significant sites of the Harappan or Indus Valley Civilization excavated in India. The remarkable feature of this ancient city was the dockyard, which had channels through which ships could sluice from the sea and offload their cargo when the gates were locked. The town beside the dockyard includes an upper residential area, probably an acropolis as it had private paved baths, and a lower township that also has remains of factories that produced beads, earthenware and metalware of the period. There is a museum that offers an insight into the heritage town planning and industries and trade of Lothal when it was at its peak from 2400-1600 BC.
Home to Jamsetji Tata and Dadabhai Navroji, Navsari holds a peculiar history unlike any other ancient cities in India. The history of Navsari is said to date back to over 2000 years and has witnessed many vicissitudes. The legends have it that Navsari traces a remarkable friendship between a Cobra and a singing bird and hence the city was formerly known as Nag Sarika (Nag means Cobra and Sarika means the singing bird) during the Rashtrakut era. Later it was renamed Nag Shahi, which means the power and prowess of the Black Cobra. After the invasion of the Parsis in the 12th century, it came to be known as Nag Mandal. After the 14th century it came to be known as Nag Sareh when the Muslims came into power. The Nag Temple that dates back to the 8th – 10th century is an ennobling influence on the legendary myth pulling several tourists from different corners of the country. Upholding a fascinating legend… the fact is Navsari was an ancient port that has been evidenced in Greek historical writings and was also a part of the Indian freedom movement during the Dandi March in 1930. The Dandi Beach is one of the captivating sites for travellers to refresh their mind, body and soul overlooking the mind-bending horizon at the sunset. Navsari is also a popular pilgrimage site for the Hindus, Jains and Parsis. The Shri Chintamani Parshvaanath Temple, Somnath Mahadev Temple and Udvada Atash-Behram Fire Temple are the major attractions for thousands of devotees. The Kilad Nature Education Campsite and Padamdungari Eco Campsite are the two ideal places for nature lovers. On the other hand, the Vansda National Park is a perfect getaway for wildlife lovers when touring Navsari. The Waghai Botanical Gardens, Gandhi Beach, Dastur Meherji-Rana Library and Umbharat are some other notable places to visit in and around Navsari.
The city of Mehsana dates back to the 15th century when Mehsaji Chavda of the Chavda Dynasty established its capital. Later Mehsana came under the control of the Gaekwads in 1902. The city is one of the prominent tourist destinations in Gujarat. The Buddhist Monastery and Antiques of Vadnagar that date back to the 2nd – 7th century AD; Rudra Mahalaya, which is an ancient Shiva Temple having three storeyed Shikhara, 1600 pillars, 12 gates, mandapa and porches; Matangi Modheswari Mata Temple; and Vadnagar Torans belonging to the Solanki Period are some of the fine examples of antiques that capture the travellers’ mind. The 17th century Hatkeshwar Temple, Kashivishveshvara Shiva Temple, Swaminarayan Templeand Modhera Sun Temple are the prominent pilgrimage sites in Mehsana that attract several Hindu devotees. On the other hand, Unjha and Ucharpi are must visit places in Mehsana having religious significances for both Hindu and Muslim pilgrims. Mehsana is also a home to several Jain Temples and quaint havelis that capture the eyes of several travellers having keen interest on Indian architecture and culture. The Bhavai Government Museum is another must visit place for tourists in Mehsana that houses several artifacts of Gujarati history and culture.
When travelling to Surendranagar… travel at the time of the Tarnetar Fair, which is one of the regional festivals in Gujarat that belongs to various tribes and attracts a large number of tourists from India and abroad. Surendranagar along with Wadhwan hosts several tourist attractions having religious, historical and architectural significance. The Rajmahal Palace that was built in the 19th century and now a heritage hotel in Gujarat and the 17th century Navlakha Palace Complex housing several Gondal’s monuments are the major heritage attractions in Surendranagar. On the other hand, the Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, which is home to the endangered Wild Ass and Blackbuck and several migratory birds, devotes the mind of wildlife and nature lovers from all over the world. The Sati Ranik Devi Temple, Trimbakeshwar Temple, Zharia Temple, Fatshar Ganpati Temple, Vruksh Mandir, Rameshvar Mahadev Temple and Chotila Hills are the important pilgrimage sites in Surendranagar that pull in thousands of Hindu pilgrims. A visit to Wild Ass Sanctuary, which is one of the popular national parks and wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat, is a must excursion on your visit to Surendrangar.
Another major industrial hub in Gujarat that is famed for ceramic production and wall clock manufacturing, Morbi is one of the popular tourist destinations in Gujarat. The city was a princely state of the Jadeja clan of Rajputs and hosts several architectural buildings and monuments dilating the medieval and colonial era. The Darbargadh, which is now a heritage hotel; Wellingdon Secretariat, which is an excellent example of Rajput architecture; The Nehru Gate; Art Deco Palace; and Lakhdhirji Engineering College are the major attractions in Morbi having historical significances. The Mani Mandir, which is an important pilgrimage site in Morbi, is an amazing representation of craftsmanship having exquisitely carved arches, jails, cenotaphs and shikharas. An excursion to Wadhvan and Halvad from Morbi completes your tour to Morbi.