Location: Western India. The state is bordered by Rajasthan to the north, Maharashtra to the south, Madhya Pradesh to the east, and the Arabian Sea, as well as the Pakistani province of Sindh to the west.
Language: Gujarati, Romani, Kutchi, Sindhi, Marathi, Bhili, Gamit, English, Marwari, Sindhi,
Religion: Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism, Buddhism
Best Time to Visit Gujarat: November to February.
Summer (March to September): 27°C -35° C
Winter (October to February): 12°C -29° C
World's largest white desert, India's longest coastline, shore temples, the habitat of Asiatic lions, countries first marine national park, ancient Buddhist caves, Harappan citadels more than 4,000 years old and handicrafts and handlooms trail.. sounding like a tourist paradise? Gujarat has all the reasons on this earth to be on every traveller bucket list. Culture, heritage and nature blend together to form the western Indian, Gujarat, home of nature and history. The cultural abode of tourists, the strength of Gujarat lies in its diversity and fascinating way of life.
Gujarat borders Pakistan to the north-west, the Arabian Sea to the south-west, Rajasthan to the north, Maharashtra to the south, Madhya Pradesh to the east; Gujarat is the seventh largest state of India by area. The state is an electric mixture of different cultures and traditions, showcasing the traditions of the real India. From heritage tourism in the form of the forts, stepwells, mansions to the eco-tourism places like waterfalls, deserts, jungles, Gujarat is an enchanting centre of India. Gujarat is as rich in attractions as it is in stirring symbolism. In more recent times, Gujarat is revered as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, the 'Father of the Nation', who was born at Porbandar, in 1869. Add to it the celebrations and cultural potpourri brought by various festivals, one could not ask more from tours to Gujarat during this time. Gujarat conjures up so many vivid images and reality lives up to that.
Gujarat is divided into different regions based on geographical, cultural or historical criteria- an industrial corridor running from north to south, a peninsula known as the Saurashtra and Kutch, which is partly a desert and slightly a marshland. Gujarat's long coastline has lured many foreign invaders and seafarers through the ages for trade purpose. Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch as well as Parsis fleeing their native Iran, have left their mark on Gujarat's culture.
From heritage to waterfalls to Ayurveda to adventure, Gujarat's vibrant outlook and cultural diversity attract millions of visitors throughout the year. With a beautiful blend of tradition and modern approach, Gujarat is a great escape for the holiday season.
Major Tourism Cities in Gujarat:
Ahmedabad, Amreli, Anand, Aravalli, Banaskantha, Bharuch, Bhavnagar, Botad, Chhota Udaipur, Dahod,Dang, Dwarka, Gandhinagar, Gir, Somnath, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Kutch, Kheda, Mahisagar, Mehsana, Morbi, Narmada,Navsari, Patan, Panchmahal, Porbandar, Rajkot, Sabarkantha, Somnath Gir, Surendranagar, Surat, Tapi, Vadodara, Valsad.
What to See in Gujarat:
- Gujarat is the First State in India that started the concept of Ayurveda University.
- Gujarat has the largest seashore in the country i.e. 1600 km.
- Great Rann of Kutch is reputed to be reputed to be the largest salt desert in the world.
- Kutch Museum is the oldest museum in Gujarat, founded in 1877 by Maharao Khengarji, it has the largest existing collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, dating to the 1st century AD.
- Gandhinagar is the greenest capital city in whole Asia.
- The oil refinery at Jamnagar is the world's largest grass-roots refinery. It is operated by Reliance Petroleum Limited, which is one of the group companies of Reliance Industries Limited founded by Dhirubhai Ambani.
- The Jari industry of Surat is one of the oldest handicrafts whose origin can be traced to the Mughal period
- Gujarat is the largest milk producer in India
- Amul in Gujarat has emerged as Asia's 2nd largest dairy union.
- Palitana in Gujarat is the only place in the world with more than 900 temples.
- Gujarat was the main centre of Indus Valley Civilisation with cities like Lothal, Dholavira and Dhoro. At Lothal, ancinet India's first port was established.
- Gujarat is the largest producer of cotton and second largest producer of tobacco in India.
- The first expressway of India was built between Ahmedabad and Vadodara.
- Valsad in Gujarat is India's first integrated horticulture district.
- World's third largest denim manufacturers are Ahmedabad's Arvind Mills
- Alang (Bhavnagar district) in Gujarat is the largest ship-breaking yard in the world.
- Surat, a district in Gujarat, is known as the diamond heart of the world as 90% of the world's total rough diamond cutting and polishing are done here.
- Gujarat is known as the 'land of legends' as it is the birthplace of many freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and many others who fought the freedom struggle
- Marine National Park in Gujarat is the first marine park of India.