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Top Places of Interest in Gujarat

Home to some of the largest industries and businesses in India, Gujarat, located along the western shore of the Indian sub-continent is bounded by the Arabian Sea to the southwest. With a population exceeding 50-million most of whom speak Gujarati, this state is well developed and has one of the fastest growing economies in the country. Gujarat is having sea-ports, international airports, a good railway network and roadway infrastructure supporting a well balanced growth; this state with a rich cultural heritage, beaches, rivers, hills and forests is one of the top tourist destinations in India.

Top Tourist Attractions

Heritage Sites: The 3,500 year old rich history of this region has left several heritage footprints over several forts, palaces, temples and mosques including the UNESCO World Heritage Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park.

Eco Tourism: Eco-tourism is now being developed in 91 villages across seven protected areas in the state including the Shoolpaneshwar Sanctuary, Ratanmahal Sanctuary, Jessor Sloth Bear Sanctuary and the Vansda National Park.

Wildlife Attractions: Of more than 20 protected parks and sanctuaries in this state, the major sites include the Kutch Bustard Sanctuary, Marine National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, Jessor Sloth Bear Sanctuary, Vansda National Park, Blackbuck National Park and the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Beaches: With lovely blue waters and colorful fishing points, exquisite beaches along the 1,666-kilometer long Gujarat coastline include the Somnath, Ahmadpur Mandvi, Chorwad, Kutch Mandvi, Gopnath and the Dwarka beaches.

Pilgrimage Centers: A whole lot of pilgrimage sites for the Jainas, Hindus, Christians and Muslims include the Somnath, Dwarkadhish, Akshardham and Swaminarayan Temples, St. Paul’s Church at Diu, Hathee Singh Jain Temple, Jama Masjid and Sidi Saiyad’s Mosque.

Top Cities

Ahmedabad – The capital city of the state which is the sixth largest metropolitan city in India. Located along the banks of Sabarmati River, it was originally founded in 1411 by Sultan Ahmad Shah as the capital of Gujarat Sultanate.

Surat – This ‘Diamond Capital of the World’ is situated on the left bank of the Tapti River close to its mouth. Surat and its twin-city of Navsari are largely recognized for traditional textile and diamond businesses.

Vododara – Also called as 'Baroda', situated on the banks of the Vishwamitri River, this former capital city, arts and cultural center of the Gaekwar State is home to several palaces, industries, universities and colleges.

Travel & Lodging:

Strategically located on the West Indian coast, this state is well connected and easily accessible by road and railway from all around the sub-continent. Although Ahmedabad is having an international airport, Mumbai is situated close to Surat and the state border, hence another convenient entry point. Hotels, resorts and tourism accommodations are comfortably well developed in most parts of Gujarat State.