The state of Gujarat, also known as the “Saurashtra” lies in the Western region of India. The three biggest cities of Gujarat state are viz. Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara. Lothal near Ahmedabad and Dholavira near the Great Rann of Kutch are the sites of the Harappa or Indus Valley Civilization, which is over 4000 years old. Gujarat is very famous for its age old and ancient sites like many Stepped Wells and Jain Temples and also the rare and endangered Asiatic Lion found in Gir. There are many significant sites of God Krishna’s life that lie along the coast of Saurashtra. The geographic diversity and strategic location has made Gujarat home to an incredible diversity of people that is why this state is known as the Republic of India.
How to Reach Gujarat
Touring to Gujarat with family and friends or alone is always fun and adventurous. The tours online as well as offline include various offers and packages provided by any local Gujarat tour operator, travel agent, tour guide or else you can also rent a car or bike to add more excitement and comfort to your trip. So, prepare an itinerary and plan accordingly for a weeklong trip.
Gujarat can be easily reached by air, rail and road.
Ahmedabad has the only International Airport in Gujarat with regular flights to and from places like London, New York, Chicago, Singapore, Muscat, Kuwait and Dubai etc. Domestically the city is connected to places such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Indore, Kolkata. Other domestic airports are located in Baroda, Bhavnagar Bhuj, Diu, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Keshod, Kandla, Surat and Rajkot which connect through Mumbai.
Gujarat is very well connected through National Highway 8 (NH8) from Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Jaipur Jodhpur and other places of North India, through National Highway 6 (NH6) from Nagpur and other parts of Vidarbha and through National Highway 59 (NH59) from Indore Bhopal and other parts of Central India.
There are many trains to and from Mumbai (500 km), New Delhi (1000 km) and other big cities of India to travel towards Gujarat, connecting to the main cities of North, Centre or South Gujarat like Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat etc. Cites of Saurashtra and Kutch like Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Jamnagar, Junagarh, Surendranagar, Porbandar, Kandla and Rajkot etc. are very well connected to Mumbai and New Delhi.
Touring Places in Gujarat
The best eight tourism hubs which have been the centre of attraction among tourists in India and Abroad are Ahmadabad Metro, Ahmadabad Rural (North Gujarat), Surat (South Gujarat), Vadodara (Central Gujarat), Rajkot, Junagarh, Jamnagar (Saurashtra) and Bhuj (Kutch), Pavagadh and Sasan Gir. These cities are well equipped with the modern infrastructure, facilities and services for the convenience of tourists visiting Gujarat.
There is a special section of cinematic tourism which can be a special treat in your trip guide. The trip includes all those film shooting locations like Somnath, Dwarka, Bhavnagar beach, Rani Ki Vav, Saputara hill station, Great Rann of Kutch, Junagarh, Champaner, Akshardham, Sabarmati Ashram and Gir National Forest etc.
Best Time to Visit Gujarat
Every year more than 200 festivals are celebrated in Gujarat. The Rann Utsav and International Kite Festival in Gujarat also known as Uttarayan are regarded as one of the biggest festivals celebrated. Months before the festival, in Gujarat you can see the preparations and decorations for the festival.
Gujarat offers all sorts of lip smacking local and international delicacies for satisfying your taste buds. Few famous and known eateries are Manechowk Night Eateries, Agashiye, Gopi Dining Hall and Rajwadu in Ahmadabad then Peshawri, little Italy, Jagdish Farshan, Azure and Sasuma Gujarati Thali in Vadodara and lastly Black Pepper, Mr. and Mrs. Somani, Foodiez, Mumbai Grill and Balaji restaurant in Surat.
Places to Stay
Accommodation facilities in Gujarat include all sorts of options like home stays, budget hotels, heritage hotels, registered hotels and luxurious suites.