Few years before, when we were staying in Gujarat, I was surprisingly found the place quite different from the rest of India.
Although, India is land of diversity in culture and traditions with varied foods and geographical areas. That’s why India is called Incredible India
But, when I started to find the reasons that what is so special about Gujarat then here the list goes.
1.Most Prosperous State
Gujarat being one of the most prosperous state of India, having per capita GDP almost thrice than India’s average.
So, Gujarat has a good contribution towards our Indian Economy that’s not only the most interesting part of Gujarat but also make us feel proud.
2. Jewel of the West
Gujarat also known as the ‘jewels of the west’ has the highest number of vegetarian people as compared to any other state in India.
3. Safest city
Gujarat is the safest state and having the least crime against the women among all other states of India and you can feel the difference, specially if you belong to Northern India.
4. Largest oil refinery
World’s largest grass roots refinery also belongs to Gujarat and is present in Jamnagar which is operated by Reliance India Limited that is founded by Dhirubhai Ambani.
5.Richest city of India
Surat in Gujarat is the richest city of India even ahead of Bangalore and is also known as the diamond city of the world.
Also know what makes India World famous and is a hub for cutting and polishing diamond.
6.Majority of Indian Americans
Let’s come to most interesting part of Gujarat that every five Indian American is Gujarati and Gujaratis own thousands of hotels and motels in US.
7.100% Electrical network
Gujarat has cent percent electrical connectivity throughout the state covering all villages and cities.
8. Longest sea shore Gujarat has the longest sea shore area as compared to any other states in India, amazing! That’s why you go anywhere in Gujarat you will find a beach nearby.
Gujarat is the only present natural habitat of Asiatic lions and also Asia’s biggest milk dairy is also in Gujarat.
The most adorable thing about Gujarat are the roads, not only the national highways but 100% connectivity of villages with well built roads.
The world’s highest statue called ‘Statue of Unity’ of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patelinaugurated by Prime Minister Narender Modi is also present in Gujarat.
Now, you know why you need to visit Gujarat atleast once.
Here, outlining the best places to visit in Gujarat, their culture, traditions and values.
Let me share my experiences of visiting different places in Gujarat.
“Kuch din to gujariye Gujarat mein”
1.Rann of kutch
This is the most mesmerizing place I have ever seen anywhere else nestled between endless Thar desert and mighty Arabian Sea having a unique combination of sand and salt.
It is said that on full moon night, this shines like a diamond with a serene calmness all around.
We have rented the cottage nearby Rann during the winter cultural festival of Rann of Kutch, equipped with all basic eminities showcasing the village culture in a miniature form.
Best time to visit Gujarat is during winters, when the cultural fest called ‘Rann Mahotsav‘ is flaunting with live music, dance, Camel ride, Kutch’s craft work.
India is famous all over the world for its art and craft . So this kutch craft work is the must to take away home.
Amongst the largest varieties of Indian Saree Bandhani Sarees of Gujarat is the first thing to shop if you are visiting here.
Amongest the Chaar Dhaam, Dwarka is the main Hindu pilgrimage destinations in India which is famous for Lord Krishna’s sacred city that fills the surroundings with a bliss all around.
Bet Dwarka is the place where we are taken by the boats across the waves in the middle of the sea having temples.
Renowned Dwarkadhish Temple is the five story building with intricate designing and a famous Hindu’s tourist place with a beautiful sea side view.
Well, Indian Architecture is the most inspiring attractions for the tourists across the world
Diu , a small island having beaches, cool breezy air all the year around and has the popular tourists attractions like Nagoa Beach, Diu Fort reflecting the Portuguese culture.
The beaches of Diu are superclean and offers nostalgic views. Diu beaches are not less enchanting than Goa beaches
4.Gir National Park
The only Natural habitat of Asiatic lions is Gir National Park where you can watch other wild animals like Hyenas, black bucks, fish owls and all that too in a complete harmony with each other.
Watching them face to face is truly a lifetime experience although that depends on your good luck times too.
One of the most sacred places dedicated to Lord Shiva and considered as one of the twelve Jyotirlings, with a beautiful infrastructure is having intricate designing.
6.Rani Ki Vav
This place is still in our bucket list to visit. The main highlight of the stepwell are its walls that are profusely ornamented with metaphorical motifs and showcases representations of various God and Goddess.
7.Marine National Park, Jamnagar
In this long coastline, there is a tiny reserve known as Marine National Park, which is one of its kinds in India, on the Gulf of Kutch.
It’s the only place in India where we can easily find the coral reefs of different shapes and sizes without diving in the water.
8.Laxmi Vilas Palace
Laxmi Vilas Palace is indeed one of the grandest structures in India, that is situated in Vadodara of Gujarat and the palace is believed to be nearly four times the size of Buckingham Palace.
9.Saputara Hill Station in Gujarat
If you think Gujarat is just about forts, palaces, temples but surprisingly it is also having a hill station within its vicinity, Saputara.
For bigger mountains to visit you can enjoy the largest mountains in India, Himalayas
Tucked in the Sahyadri hills amidst the dense forest, Saputara is an uber cool retreat that offers people of Gujarat respite from its humid weather.
10.Sabarmati Ashram in Ahemdabad
Sabarmati Ashram is located in the largest city of Gujarat, Ahmedabad that adjoins the Ashram Road, on the banks of the River Sabarmati and was one of the main residents of Mahatma Gandhi.
GandhiNagar has famous Akshar Dham temple complex.
And last but not the least ,The statue of Unity, we already discussed in our last post is making Gujarat outshine.
Cultural festivals and street foods of Gujarat
If you visit to plan in winters, then International Kite festival , the must to watch when the sky is overloaded with the brilliant picturesque view of varieties of kites all around.
On Makar Sakaranti, there is a unique kite festival having celebrated all across Gujarat with a huge fervour.
By the way you can’t miss anyway, if you are in Gujarat are Khakhra, Thepla, Fafda, Gathiya with fried green chillies are their famous street foods.
Definitely, never to miss if you are in Gujarat during Navratri, Garbha and Dandiya are the famous traditional dances of Gujarat full of enthusiasm and blissful vibes all around.
The famous cities of Gujarat includes Ahemdabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot all are well connected with Indian Railways .
As we spent a long tenure in Rajkot, we really miss the 9th most cleanest city of India and also the 29th fastest growing cities all over the world.
Gujarat has done a great development in the rural and urban sectors too.
So, definitely you can feel the fusion of eastern and western culture in Gujarat. Hope you will find the post helpful for your next trip to Gujarat.
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