Located in the westernmost end of the Indian subcontinent, Gujarat ranks among one of the top tourist destinations in India. This ‘jewel of the west’ welcomes all types of visitors with open arms and has something or the other to offer them. This majestic place is home to a variety of sightseeing and visitation options which range from the holy site of Somnath to the enigmatic wildlife of Gir national park. There is no dearth of places to visit in Gujarat and the entire landscape is replete with mesmerizing and unique avenues like the stunning salt desert of Rann of Kutch and the islands of Daman and Diu. Adorned with opulent palaces and intricate temples Gujarat is an ideal destination for everyone.
Here are some of the places to visit in Gujarat which cannot be missed out on during your visit there:
Situated in the holy town of Prabhas Patan in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, Somnath holds a special place in the hearts of devout Hindus. It is believed to be the very first temple in the collection of 12 Jyotirlinga which pan across India. This iconic temple is built with incredible love, care and a defined style. The temple has a rough history of being destroyed and reconstructed over a period of time. Somnath represents the and perfectly symbolizes the infinite nature of Lord Shiva. Apart from the main shrine the temple also houses a number of different entertainment options including a sound and light show.
Temple Timings – 6 am to 8 pm
Girnar Jain Temples
Dedicated to the Jain population, this collection of 866 Hindu and Jain temples are located in Junagadh district and are important sites of pilgrimage for Jains. This sacred hill site is believed to be the spot where Neminatha – the 22nd Tirthankara – had achieved the life of an ascetic. He had decided to lead a life of complete asceticism after having witnessed the slaughtering animals for consumption on his day of wedding. It is named after its location on the very first plateau of Mount Girnar after climbing almost 3,800 steps.
Temple Timings – 6 am to 5 pm
Gir National Park
Popularly known as Sasan Gir, Gir national park is famed for being the only home available for the majestic population of Asiatic lions. Established in the 19th century with an aim of protecting the wildlife of Gujarat, this national park has been ranked among one of the most popular tourist places in India. Covered in a dry deciduous forest, this eco region of Gujarat offers glimpses into the lives of some of the most unique and vibrant biodiversity culture. You can opt for a thrilling and fun filled jeep safari ride to this national park and experience nature in a more personal manner.
National Park Safari Timings – 6 am to 9 am / 8:30 am to 11:30 am / 3 pm to 6 pm
Located in the suburbs of Ahmedabad, Sabarmati ashram is of huge importance to the nationalist sentiments. The father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi is believed to have stayed here for 12 whole years with his better half Kasturba Gandhi. A distinguishing feature of this ashram is the fact that everyday Bhagavad Gita used to be recited here strictly. This place is also an important part of Indian history since this was the spot from where Mahatma Gandhi is said to have commenced his Dandi march in 1930 which had shaken the British raj from within.
Ashram Timings – 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
Dedicated to Lord Krishna this Hindu temple is one of the most iconic holy sites of India. Celebrating the ‘king of Dwarka’, Dwarkadhish is of incredible importance to Hindus. Located in Dwarka this 5 storied holy shrine is supported with the help of 72 magnificent pillars. It is a vital pillar in the all India Char Dham Yatra along with Puri, Rameswaram and Badrinath. Each wall at this temple is intricately adorned with fine decorations and impressive artifacts. Archeological findings suggest that this temple can be dated back to 2,200 – 2,000 years and during the 15th / 16th century it was enlarged.
Temple Timings – 6:30 am to 9:30 pm
This fine work of Indian architectural masterpiece is located in Gandhinagar district and is one of the most prominent sites of tourist attractions in Gujarat. Built in the year 1498 by Rana Veer Singh of Vaghela dynasty this Stepwell is one of the most artistically glorious representation of art and architecture in Gujarat. The walls of this Stepwell are filled with intricately drawn representations from the holy Hindu books. Built by utilizing the Solanki architectural styles this Stepwell seems like it has been frozen in time. The impeccable architecture blended with a touch of serenity is what makes this place special.
Stepwell Timings – 8 am to 6 pm