A state in the North-West coast of India, Gujarat is locally known as ‘The Jewel of the West’. Being the seventh largest state in India, Gujarat is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country and offers picturesque beauty from ‘Great Rann of Kutch’ to ‘Satapura’. It is a land of rich-cultural heritage and the only place to view the ‘Asiatic Lions’ in the world. The state of Gujarat is diverse in itself with its diversity reflecting in the beautiful monuments, temples, wildlife and vibrant celebrations. It is also the birthplace of many stupendous souls. The martyrs of this popular state bravely fought for India's Independence and gave up their lives for their country.
The 3 main attractions of Gujarat are:
GIR FOREST NATIONAL PARK: This National Park and Wild Life Sanctuary is one of the most popular wildlife destinations of India famous for Asiatic lions. It is the only place in the world, apart from for Africa, where the lions reside in their natural-habitat. Visit this park to get the grand views of lions. Other wildlife species such as wild ass, chinkara, spotted deer, leopard, chital, monkeys, four-horned antelope, parrots and peacock are also found here. The park is maintained by the ‘Forest Department of Gujarat’.
AHMEDABAD: Situated on the banks of river Sabarmati, Ahmedabad is the commercial city of Gujarat. The city is famous for temples, mosques, monuments and its rich cultural heritage and is synonymous with Gandhi Ji’s ‘Sabarmati Ashram’. The ashram was set up by Mahatama Gandhi in 1915. There are numerous attractions of Ahmedabad such as Teen Darwaza, Bhadra fort, the mausoleums of ‘Ahmed Shah’ and his queens, Hathee Singh Jain Temple, Rani Rupmati’s Mosque, Dada-hari-di-Vav, Victoria Garden, NC Metha Museum of Miniatures, Calico Textile Museum and Kankaria Lake.
VADODARA: It is a marvelous destination consisting of museums, palaces and parks. Art Gallery, Sayaji Bagh, a small zoo and a planetarium are its famous attractions. The museum displays an extraordinary collection of ancient-manuscripts, artifacts, Egyptian-Antiquities and Indian-Sculptures. The art gallery showcases some magnificent works of Mughal miniatures and European Masters. The Naulakhi Well, Laxmi Vilas Palace and Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum are the other splendid attractions of this beautiful city.
The above cited attractions and destinations are only the miniature list of the wonderful tourist spots in the state. However, Gujarat has much more to offer to its visitors. Be a traveler and book your flight to explore the treasures of Gujarat.