India is an extremely diverse nation painted in more number of colors than you can even imagine. The best way to get drenched in this color is to travel and explore every corner of the country.
When it comes to top tourist destinations in India, Gujarat is often overlooked. However, the state is dotted with unnumbered of jewels that you must explore at least once in your life. The beauty of Gujarat is that here you’ll see the natural wonder, architectural marvel, wildlife splendor, and cultural glamour all together in one place. So, get out and explore the diverse tourism of Gujarat. Though all tourist destinations of Gujarat are worth exploring, you can’t afford to miss some particular of them. Want their names? Okay, here are the 7 can’t-miss experiences in Gujarat.
1. CAMPING AT THE GREAT RANN OF KUTCH
Let’s start off the list with the name that is the signature sign of Gujarat tourism. Rested majestically between the Arabian Sea and the Thar Desert, Rann of Kutch is the largest salt desert in the world. Describing the allure of Great Rann of Kutch is like measuring the sweeping stretches of the desert itself, which is impossible to do obviously. You can’t see this phenomenal mingle of salt and sand anywhere else in the world. The beauty of salty marsh is accentuated million times more when moonlight kisses white sand on full moon nights. You’ll see the Great Rann of Kutch at its all glory during Rann Utsav, which takes place in winters every year. During this one month-long festival, the white desert turns into a flamboyant canvas sprinkled with the vibrant shades of culture. It literally comes alive. In Rann of Kutch, don’t miss to revel in the camel ride and camping stay.
2. PLAY WITH LIONS IN GIR FOREST NATIONAL PARK
If you want to witness the wildlife splendor at the wildest in whole India, head to Gir Forest National Park. Other than Africa, Gir Forest National Park is perhaps the only home of Asiatic lions in the world. Interestingly, the national park also offers shelter to many human communities. Can you believe humans living with lions that too in perfect harmony? No? Then, you certainly need to explore Gir Forest National Park. Here, go on a jeep safari and relish the unworldly experience of beholding lions from the closest proximity. Don’t be surprised here if you see lions cuddling fondly or fighting playfully with each other. Your digital lens as well as your eyes definitely can’t find a more thrilling sight than this. Other than lions, you can also get a glimpse of many other species of animals in Gir National Park.
3. TAKE A HERITAGE WALKTHROUGH AHMEDABAD
Last year, Ahmedabad was in a buzz. Isn’t it? After that, we don’t think you need any more reasons to visit the state capital of Gujarat. So, take a walk through the city and find the reason why it is declared ‘UNESCO World Heritage City’. Believe us, you’ll get the answer to your question within a few steps itself. Culturally soaked and historically saturated, Ahmedabad unfolds a whole new chapter of heritage in every step. Once you have enough of historical monuments and heritage sites, turn your head to the other facet of the city, where the divine serenity of temples and soothing calmness of lakes are keenly waiting to embrace you. When in Ahmedabad, treat yourself to Gujarati cuisines as well. Ahmedabad has a special corner for the foodies.
4. ADMIRE ARCHITECTURAL EXCELLENCE AT CHAMPANER AND PAVAGADH
If historical monuments fascinate you, Champaner and Pavagadh are the sheer delights for you. The erstwhile royal city of King Mahmud Begada is today known as Champaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park. It also boasts the honor of being a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site too. Here, marvel at the centuries-old forts, edifies, temples, & mosques and admire the brilliance of Gujarati craftsmanship. If your eyes want something more, head to the top of Pavagadh hill and capture a breathtaking view of the entire city from high above. Here, make sure to keep your camera all set because Champaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park won’t allow it even a moment’s respite. Nagina Masjid, Kalika Mata Temple, and Helical Stepwell are the must-visit places in Champaner and Pavagadh.
5. EXPLORE CRAFT VILLAGES OF KUTCH
You have already beheld the striking view of illimitable Great Rann of Kutch. Now, it’s time to explore the hidden gems of this intriguing town. Yes, we’re talking about the craft villages of Kutch. Do you know why people call them craft villages? Well, because they are the only places where craft and art still flourish at their best in Gujarat. Here, you’ll find an assortment of impeccable handicrafts, handlooms, paintings, woodwork, and stonework made by the expert artisans. They have truly kept the art of handicraft alive in this digital era. So, explore the artistic beauty of Gujarat and fill your shopping bags to your heart’s content. The rustic charm of craft villages is truly irresistible. You can feel a captivating flamboyant scattered all around these places.
6. STEAL SOME SERENE MOMENTS IN SHATRUNJAYA TEMPLES
If you haven’t experienced the surreal tranquility of Shatrunjaya temples, you literally haven’t done anything in Gujarat. Even if you’re not interested in religious tourism of Gujarat, Shatrunjaya temples deserve your attention because their architectural style is jaw-breaking too. Located in Shatrunjaya hills of Bhavnagar district of Gujarat, Shatrunjaya temples are age-old constructions, which took nearly 900 years to get completed. Yes, such a long course of time! To get a sight of these stellar temples, you need to climb around 3500 steps. Don’t panic. Once you’re there, the tranquil aura and the imposing architecture will make you feel refreshed.
7. SATIATE IN HISTORY AT SABARMATI ASHRAM
Sabarmati Ashram needs no introduction. No? Its name is enough to manifest the historical saga associated with it. From being the residential place of Mahatma Gandhi to becoming one of the must-visit museums in Gujarat, it has come a long way. The Ashram is still in a cottage form, though. No matter you’re a history buff or not, you’ll find yourself captivated in the spellbinding aura of Sabarmati Ashram. Here, you’ll get to see the relics and belongings of Gandhi Ji. So, visit the ashram and soak yourself in the history. Also, pay homage to our heroes.
Take some time out to indulge in the top road trips in India to know you and your people better. After all, travel is a luxury. Traveling on road on your own is a better one.