Situated on the west coast of India between Rajasthan and Maharashtra, the relatively unexplored state of Gujarat has lots of little-known gems to explore.
Gujarat is festooned with enchanting scenic beauty, historical monuments and remnants of ancient settlements. Gujarat also stands as one of those places where wildlife lovers can catch glimpses of the Asiatic Lion- roaming free in their natural habitat at Gir National Park.
FACT: Gujarat is the only place outside of Africa where you can see Lions.
Every state in India is like a different country. Different languages, foods, and ways of dressing. Gujarat is no different.
If textiles excite you, Gujarat is a must. Famous for its textile industry, Gujarat attracts textile lovers form all over the world.
1. RANI Ki VAV – The Queen’s Stepwell
Renowned as a World Heritage, (130 Kms from Ahmedabad), this abandoned stepwell dates back to the 11th century. It was constructed during the Solanki Dynasty in memory of Bhimdev I.
The stairway goes down seven levels, and its panels contain more than 500 big sculptures and 1000 minor ones. All the carvings are in pristine condition.
RANI Ki VAVis a site that would appeal to anyone with an interest in history and lovers of ancient sites.
2. DWARKA- Char Dham Hindu Pilgrimage Site
Known as the ancient kingdom of Lord Krishna and included in the seven most ancient SaptaPuri religious cities in India, Drawka was the first capital of Gujarat.
The Janamashtami Festival (Lord Krishna’s birthday)is the focal event here. But other spectacular sights include the Jagat Mandir, Gomti Ghat andDwarkadhish Temple (constructed around 200 BC).
3. SOMNATH TEMPLE – One of the 12 Jyotirlingas In India
Another notable places to visit in Gujaratis the Somnath Temple. It is regarded as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga (shrines of Lord Shiva, where he’s worshipped as the Linga/Light). It is situated in the southwest of Gujarat around 400 km from Ahmedabad.
4. GIR – National Park
Gir Forest National Park is a wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat. It is one of the most important protected area in Aisa due to it protection of the Asiatic lion, the only Lion outside of Africa. It was established solely to protect Asiatic lions, who frequent the fenced-off Devalia Safari Park, along with leopards and antelopes. Gir Jungle Trail, outside the fenced area, traverses’ deciduous forest and is home to wildlife including vultures and pythons. The Kamleshwar Dam has marsh crocodiles and birds, such as Indian skimmers and pelicans.
Gujarat, has so much to offer the experience traveler. Where most people visit Rajasthan in North India, Gujarat has been overlooked in so many ways. To experience this truly unique part of India, get in touch, and let the team at Forward Travel assist you in making your experience as memorable as possible.
If these points weren’t enough to wet your appetite, let’s not overlook that you will also experience the sights and sounds of the locals going about their daily lives. You will see colourful camels intertwining with chaotic traffic. Local women going about in their traditional dress, making for standout photos.
From history, to culture. From wildlife to photography. From Chaos to calm. Gujarat will give it all to you.