Gujarat

Discover Gujarat

Travel to Ahmedabad, Amreli, Anand, Aravalli, Banaskantha, Bharuch, Bhavnagar, Botad, Chhota Udaipur, Dahod, Dang, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Gandhinagar, Gir Somnath, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Kutch, Kheda, Mahisagar, Mehsana, Morbi, Narmada, Navsari, Panchmahal, Patan, Porbandar, Rajkot, Sabarkantha, Surat, Surendranagar, Tapi, Vadodara, Valsad.

The westernmost state in India, Gujarat, is a land of immense natural beauty, rich culture and heritage, and historical significance. The state attracts tourists with its multitude of historical sites, beaches, hills, wildlife sanctuaries, vibrant festivals, scrumptious food, and more. Known as the ‘Land of Legends’, it is a superb destination for a vacation, whether with friends, family or alone.

One of Gujarat’s major metropolitan cities, Ahmedabad is an urban centre with a touch of old-school charm owing to its colonial past. It is most popular for the Sabarmati Ashram and for being very close to the Statue of Unity. A visit to the state capital of Gandhinagar is a must since it houses many beautiful temples like the magnificent Akshardham Temple and lush green gardens like the Indroda Nature Park.

Kutch is also a must-visit destination in Gujarat. It offers tourists a unique experience to explore the renowned salt desert, Rann of Kutch, and attend the joyous occasion of Rann Utsav, which features dance and music shows, crafts displays, local food etc. And of course, for those looking to escape the bustling city life, there is no better choice than Diu, a small island and a former Portuguese colony. This island town is known for its laid back atmosphere and is a popular getaway for short trips. Some of its most popular attractions are the serene Nagoa Beach, majestic Diu Fort and Naida Caves.

Ahmedabad: Ahmedabad, the commercial hub of Gujarat, is the seventh largest city in India. This business centre of India has attracted many trendsetters and tycoons from the highly competitive field, which makes the city highly evolving, innovative and investing. Beyond the Ahmedabad’s commercial persona, the city also boasts a vibrant cultural scene featuring the eclectic influences of its Mughal roots, colonial connections and a pool of Gujarati people. Also, Ahmedabad has many tourism places to visit like Kankaria Lake, Sabarmati Ashram, Calico Museum of Textiles, Hathee Singh Temple, Sarkhej Roza, etc.

Famous Places in Ahmedabad: Gandhi Museum, Kankaria Lake, Adalaj StepWell, Sabarmati Riverfront, Dada Bhagwan Temple, Vintage Car Museum, ISKCON Temple, Jama Masjid.

Gandhi Museum: The museum in Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya celebrates the achievements of Mahatma Gandhi and depicts his life and work. A trip to Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya offers a perfect option for the tourists to spend some time learning about this amazing personality. The audio-visual presentations and exhibits included in the museum are his handmade paper, spinning wheels, diaries, photographs, negative, speech copies and personal belongings.

Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya is an addition to the Sabarmati Ashram, a colony of tiled houses, which was the second home of Mahatma Gandhi. The building of Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya is one of the most iconic works of the famous architect, Charles Correa. Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya is the finest examples of Indian freedom movement and holds a special position in the eyes of the travellers. The museum is divided into many galleries namely Photo Gallery, Audio Gallery, Video Gallery, Gandhi in Ahmedabad Gallery, My Life is My Message Gallery, Painting Gallery and Archives & Library.

Kankaria Lake: Cuddled in the Southern area of Ahmedabad, Kankaria Lake is the biggest lake in Ahmedabad. Kankaria Lake is a 550 years old artificial lake, built by Sultan Qutbuddin in the 15th century. Once upon a time, the lake was used by the king for bathing. Currently, the lakeside of Kankaria is a major entertainment hub of Ahmedabad. Whether its thrill or adventure, whatever the tourist seeks they will find it here. The lakefront is developed by the Ahmedabad city governments and offers some of the best urban facilities like tethered balloon safari, train ride, ultra-modern high-speed rides and kid’s specific activities. Every year in the month of December, Kankaria Carnival kicks off celebrating the cultural and historical heritage of Ahmedabad.

Adalaj StepWell: Adalaj Vav is a five-storey step-well on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Perhaps the finest stepwell in Gujarat, Adalaj was built in 1555. What makes this stepwell the most beautiful amongst other is its series of platforms and galleries built on the side of the stepwell. It looks like a tales of unrequited passion and events are revolving around it.

The story behind the making of this legendary stepwell is as fascinating as its architecture. Adlaj Vav was commissioned by Rani Roopba, the queen of Rana Veersingh, a local chief who was defeated by the Muslim ruler Mohammed Begda. The stepwell was under the construction process when her husband (Rana Veersingh) was vanquished by Begada. Begada was so stunned by her beauty that he made a marriage proposal to Rani Roopba. Playing it safe, she said that she will accept the proposal on only one condition that he will have to complete the construction of five-storied water vav as a sign of devotion. Begada was so much charmed by the queen’s beauty that he agreed and took up the challenging task. As the years rolled by, Begada completed the construction, minus the domes and proposed to the Rani Roopba once again. The next day, Rani Roopba jumped into the well, ending the saga of building the well in tragedy. After listening to the news, Begada stopped the construction. Till date, every visitor who comes here prays for the spirits of Rani Roopba as they believe that her spirit still resides here.

Sabarmati Riverfront: Shimmering canals and historic ambience makes Ahmedabad one of the best waterfront destination in India. Ahmedabad is embracing its riverfront of Sabarmati River and the results are refreshing. From scenic walks to the concert venue to water sports activities, one might be surprised by the Sabarmati riverfront is offering. This 10.4 km long riverfront stretch consists of the walkway over the river Sabarmati. Gardens, amusement parks, golf courses and water Sports Park. Every year in the month of January, the Sabarmati riverfront is decorated to celebrate the International kite festival. Hugging the rim of the river, Sabarmati riverfront is the most visually stunning bay in Gujarat.

Vintage Car Museum: Get ready to be chauffeured into the vintage era by paying a visit to World Vintage Car Museum. Auto World Vintage Car Museum in Ahmedabad is one of a best car museum in the world which houses a world-class collection of vintage cars, antique vehicles, utility vehicle, motorcycles, and buggies. Formed in the year 1927 by the General Motors India Ltd, the museum is a must visit tourist attraction in Ahmedabad. From the rare marques cars to ceremonial limousines to the romantic convertibles to the sports car, here one can find cars from all over the world of different ages and types. Even after so many years of its formation, the museum houses has a sizable amount of vintage cars of famous brands like Mercedes, Maybach, Packards, Cadillacs, Cord, Lancias, Lincolns, etc. Also, there is a cafeteria in the museum, where one can see people of same interest chatting about their fetish for cars. These vintage cars contribute a lot to the heritage of India because many of these belong to Indian Maharajas.

ISKCON Temple: ISKCON (International Society on Krishna Consciousness), otherwise known as the Hare Krishna movement, have established a temple in Ahmedabad as well. Sprawling over an area of four acres, the architecture of the temple is a harmonious blend of Gujarati Sompura and Rajasthani Khamira style. Well designed by the expert architects, the temple features the largest temple rooms in India, which can accommodate around 4000 devotees. Intricate marble work, beautiful murals, gorgeous columns, exquisite marble floors and designer walls of the temple are all the testaments to the devotion to this place of divinity. Inside the temple, one can see idols of Radha-Govinda, Gaura-Nitai, Sita-Rama-Laksman-Hamuman, Sri Nathji, Jagannath Baladeva Subhadraji, as well as statues of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati. The ambience of the temple is very attractive, calm and peaceful.

Sidi Saiyyed Mosque: Regal, beautiful and unique, Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in Gujarat is an iconic landmark of Gujarat. The mosque is famous for its intricate stone latticework on its windows. This iconic landmark of Ahmedabad, recognized for its unique window designs, was built in 16th century towards the end of the Gujarat Sultanate. One work that catches the attention of almost every tourist is the lattice work that resembles the famous ‘tree of life” motif with intertwined trees and foliage. Logo of the prestigious educational institute, Indian Institute of Ahmedabad, is based on this motif too.

Amreli: Amreli District is named after the city name Amreli, which is the District head quarter. Amreli District was formerly a part of Princely Vadodra State. From the holy stone of Shilalekh of Holy Temple Nagnath at Amreli it has came to be known that Amreli was known as Amravaali in historical age.

Amreli is a confluence of vast sea coast having different types of marine biodiversity and gir forest area having the roars of gir lions, which are available nowhere in the world.

Amreli mainly dependent on Agriculture and Animal husbandry is known as part of Kathiavadi culture.

Till 1949 Amreli was a prant of Vadodara state.

In November-1956 states were reorganized, Amreli became part of bilingual Varahat Mumbai state alongwith Vidarbh, Marathwada, Saurashtra and Kutch, and On May1, 1960 Mumbai state was divided into Maharashtra and Gujarat and from that date Amreli became the part of Gujarat state.

Famous Places in Amreli: Ambardi Safari Park, Shiyalbet Jafrabad, Rajmahel, Pipavav Port, Kalati Tirth, BhojalDham, Clock Tower, Nagnath Temple, Bhurakhiya Hanuman temple.

Ambardi Safari Park: The Ambardi Safari Park situated 7 kms from Dhari, is a Reserved Forest (RF) of Gir Protected Area on the bank of Shetrunji river near Ambardi village. Its undulating terrain, proximity to a large water reservoir and Khodiyar temple make Ambardi a place worth visiting.

Shiyalbet Jafrabad: Shiyalbet village in Jafrabad Taluka is surrounded by Arabian Sea and is famous by its natural, ancient and physical sites. It is reachable only by Boat from Pipavav Port. Tourist can enjoy its surrounding Arabian sea, fishermen village culture and beaches.

Rajmahel: Inheritage site of Gaikvad King of Vadodara, the palace is about 170 years old.
This is 2 story magnificent building having average hight of 10-12 meters.

At the time of the royal monarchy, lok darbar (peoples’ court) were oragnised here.

The bronze statue of Maharaja Sayajirao is found in the palace of Rajmahal.

Pipavav Port: This port is in Pipavav village of Rajula Taluka about 100 KM from Amreli. It is linked to Mumbai by double-deckor containers by railway line.

Kalati Tirth: 24 km from Amreli At the distance is a poet Kalapi tirth at Lathi.
The works of memories of the royal poet Surasinhji TakhtSingh ji gohil “Kalpi” can be seen in Kalpati Tirtha museum.

The inauguration of “Kalpati Titha” was done by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi in 2005.

BhojalDham: About 7 km from Amreli in Fattepar Village, place is famous for the seat of Saint BhojalRam, who was Guru and mentor of famous saint Sri Jalaram of Virpur.

Nagnath Temple: This temple, located in the middle of Amreli city, is 203 years old. In the year 1802, this temple of Shiva was constructed by Sarsubha Shri Vitrilrao Dewaji, who was managing the Saurashtra as a representative of Sayajirao Gaekwad. This temple is the center of faith and belief of people.

Bhurakhiya Hanuman: Bhurakhiya Hanuman temple is one of the greatest temple of lathi. Bhurakhiya is a very small village of lathi taluka in Amreli district Gujarat. Bhurakhiya Hanuman temple is a nearby cities Lathi, Palitana, Gariadhar, Babra, Amreli.

Anand: Anand is a major city located in the Anand District of Gujarat. It rests at a distance of 101 kilometres from Gandhinagar, the state capital. Anand is often known as the Milk Capital of India due to the establishment of the AMUL manufacturing plant and the milk revolution that took place in the 20th century.

Famous Places in Anand: AMUL Diary & Chocolate Factory, Amul Cooperative Museum, Flo Art Gallery, Swami Narayan Mandir.

AMUL Diary & Chocolate Factory: AMUL Dairy is a great place to visit for all the chocolate lovers out there, to witness the process that goes behind making chocolate. For all those who wish to see what goes on behind making one of the most loved things in the world, Amul allows visitors into its factory at Anand. One can see through all the stages of chocolate production, right from the earliest of stages to packaging. The Factory has a museum known as AMUL Co-operative Museum which is an exhibition, tracing down the storied past of one of the country’s greatest institutions.

Amul Cooperative Museum: An exhibition, tracing down the storied past of one of the country’s greatest institutions. The Amul Cooperative Museum takes visitors through the history of AMUL.

It shows the advanced pasteurization methods of milk and the production of processed food. The museum is part of the history and heritage of Anand. It has a photo gallery and documentaries that take one back to its origins in the 1960s as well as an auditorium with a capacity to seat hundred people.

Flo Art Gallery: A very popular gallery for handicrafts, Flo Art Gallery is the place to be, if you want to shop for authentic Gujarati handicraft works. One can buy murals, sculptures, pots and clothing materials for souvenir and other purposes.

Swami Narayan Mandir: An iconic landmark of Anand, the temple is a place of fervent devotion and piety. The Swami Narayan Mandir is the famed six storeyed building which draws huge crowds to its doors.

The temple is built with an architectural magnificence like no other and is soothing to the eyes. The temple is very popular in the region for its beauty, for its deity and its religious significance. Some of the deities presiding over the temple and being worshipped here include Narayan Lakshmi, Harikrishna Maharaj, Guru Parampara and Ghanshyam Maharaj

Aravalli: Arvalli district is in the heart of the Aravalli hill range and it is famous for its Forestry and natural beauty. As well as ancient pilgrims and historic monuments, pilgrims like Tirthatham Shamlaji situated on the banks of the river Meshwo are situated. Shamlaji means the pilgrimage of Kaliya Thakor. Shamlaji is a unique pilgrimage with natural beauty among the green grove in the Aravalli hill range adjacent to the Gujarat border in Bhiloda taluka of Aravalli district. Every year on Kartiki Poonam / Dev Diwali grand fair is organized in Shamlaji.This grand fair is a reflection of the whole tribal community.

Famous Places in Aravalli: Zanzari Waterfall, Shamlaji Temple, Devni Mori.

Zanzari Waterfall: Zanzari Waterfall is situated on the banks of the river Vatrak near the village of Dabha (Bayad taluka of Arvalli district). About 12 km from Bayad, this beautiful place is situated 7 km south of Bayad-Dahegam Road.

The temple of Ganga Mata is situated in this place where 24 hours Shivaji’s Abhishek was done by a spring.

Travelers from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Mahesana come here. Especially on Saturday-Sunday and public holidays this is a significant increase.  Due to the dilapidation of hard rock in the lower part of the falls, water is filled in the chasm inside the stone.

Shamlaji Temple: Shamlaji temple is situated on the banks of the river Meshwo in the northeast of the Arvalli district. This place is very ancient. The architecture of the temple is unique. There are countless fossils found which are evidence of city in ancient times. The history of who built this temple is not available. But 1500 years ago this city is believed to exist.

The ancient times of Shamlaji were as beautiful as the town of Chandrapri. There was a dam built on Meshwo river near Shamlaji.

The pilgrims here celebrate the Dipotsavi festival on Kartikini Poonam. There are thousands of tourists visiting shamlaji on every Poonam. There is a big fair here in Kartiki Poonam. There are a large number of people in it.

Devni Mori: The existence of Buddhists centuries ago in Gujarat. Devni Mori is located two kilometers away from Shamlaji and 20 kilometers away from Bhiloda of Arvalli district.

There were many hills on the banks of the river Meshwo on that time. One of them was named ‘Bharajaraja’s Tekara’. ‘Bhojrajaja’s tekra ‘and the surrounding land were the area of ​​Vihara for the Buddhist Monks of the time. The height of the stup was 85 inches, and there were 36 rooms for the adjoining Buddhist monks. Two bridges of jewelery were found during the research. On one of them, it was written in a Sanskrit language that ‘this construction was designed by Agnivarma Sudarshan and it was constructed by a king named Rudrasen’. At that time, this supreme stupa was in Kshatriya time. Such stoopes were also found in Sindh (eastern India before India) and Takshashila.

Banaskantha: Banaskantha is one among the thirty-three districts of the Gujarat state of India. The administrative headquarters of the district is at Palanpur which is also its largest city.  The District is situated between 23.33 to 24.45 north latitude and 72.15 to 73.87 east longitudes. The district is located in the Northeast of Gujarat and is presumably named after the West Banas River which runs through the valley between Mount Abu and Aravalli Range, flowing to the plains of Gujarat in this region and towards the Rann of Kutch. The district is famous for the Ambaji temples which draw many tourists. Geographically Banaskantha shares its borders with Rajasthan state in the North, Sabarkantha district in East, Kutch district in West and Patan district and Mehsana district in the South. Border of Pakistan touches the desert. Strategically, Banaskantha District is of much importance because of its sensitive borders.

Famous Places in Banaskantha: Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary, Gabbar Hill, Seema Darshan at Nadabet, Balaram Palace Resort, Mangalya Van, Dantiwada dam, Keerti Stambh, Kamakshi Mandir, Kumbhariya Jain Temple, Ambaji Temple.

Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary: The Sloth – Bear Sanctuary located in the Jessore hills of Aravalli range covers an area of 180 sq. kms of dry deciduous forest. Apart from sloth bear, other fauna reported in the sanctuary are leopard, blue bull, wild boar, porcupine and a variety of birds. Other endangered species harboured by the sanctuary are jungle cat, civet, caracal, wolf and hyena. The sanctuary has also identified 406 species of plants.

Gabbar Hill: Gabbar (or Gabbargadh), a small hillock about four km to the west of Ambaji village, is believed to have been the original seat of the goddess, the site of Krishna’s tonsorial ceremony (ritual head-shaving), and the abode of the divine Mahishasur-Mardini.

Seema Darshan at Nadabet: This Seema Darshan has begun on the basis of Wagah Border pattern with a view to observe bravery of BSF Jawans. Only a Wagah border is a border outpost across India-Pakistan borders where both the countries perform drill retreat and people can enjoy observing it. The attractions at the border viewing point will be a retreat ceremony by the BSF, fusion band performance, camel show and bird watching. Visitors will also be able to watch an exhibition of weapons, a photo gallery and a film on BSF at the newly developed border viewing point by Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited (TCGL).

Balaram Palace Resort: The Lohani Nawab who reigned over the region of Palanpur or Banaskantha was believed to have utilized the Balaram Palace as his favourite resting place. Historical records claim that the Balaram Place was constructed between the years 1922 and 1936, by the 29th king of Palanpur. The interiors of this grand palace have been inspired by the neo-classical and baroque style of architecture. The total area occupied by this palace measures about 542 square kilometres. Lush green forests and gardens surround this magnificent palace. However, currently, this palace, which was once enjoyed by Nawabs and kings as a hunting retreat has now been transformed into a resort. It is situated at the topmost point of the area in northern Gujarat.

Mangalya Van: Nestled atop a hillock i.e. Kailash tekri around a kilometer and half from the Ambaji Temple on the Khedbrahma Highway is Mangalya Van, a unique garden that is of late drawing hordes of tourists. One has to climb steps to reach Kailash tekri and Mangalya Van, which is also surrounded by water bodies. The van was developed by the forest department and its USP is a unique Rashi Van (astrological garden) within and a garden of plants, which astrologers say have the same effect as stones on one’s life.

Dantiwada dam: The Dantiwada Dam has been constructed across the Banas River. The motive behind the construction of this dam was to control flood and provide water for the purpose of irrigation projects in Gujarat. The dam has a height of 61 metres and a length of 4832 metres. Several visitors from all over the country are drawn to this dam due to its scenic beauty. Visitors make sure that they visit the Balaram Ambaji Wild Life Sanctuary located near the dam. It is the dividing line between Dharoi Dam and Dantiwada Dam. The approximate distance from Palanpur to Dantiwada Dam is 23 km equivalent to 14 miles. During the summer months the temperature is around 23 to 44 degrees Celsius. During the winters you can expect something around 10 – 36 degrees Celsius. Tourists can choose to visit the dam during the months of October through March to experience the best of the weather. The peak season time is in the months of October to December.

Keerti Stambh: Saluting the glory of the Nawabs of Palanpur is the Kirti Stambh, a tall pillar constructed near the railway station in 1918 by Nawab Shri Taley Mohammed Khan to commemorate the gallantry of Shri Sher Mohammed Khan. It was constructed under the supervision of the then Public Works Officer Saiyed Gulab Miyan Abdumiyan, and the total cost was Rs.40,000.

Today it is a sturdy symbol of the city’s glory, and provides a record of Palanpur’s evolution, with the list of the rulers of Jhalore and Palanpur being engraved on it. The Kirti Stambh was inaugurated by the great General Sir Gangasinghji, the Maharaja of Bikaner.

Kamakshi Mandir: Kamakshi Mandir places itself in the Kamakshidevi Temple Complex, located 1 km away from Ambaji on Khedbrahma Highway. All the 51 Shakti Peethas and the centre of cosmic power are reconstructed and installed in this complex so as to provide the visitors and devotees with complete information about the great Shakti Sampraday and the various incarnations of Aditya Shaktimata.

Kumbhariya Jain Temple: One and a half k.m. Away from ambaji town. It has historical jain temple of Shri neminath Bhagvan which dates back to 13th century. The kumbhariya jain temple of neminath bhagwan Is now heritage center in Gujarat. The beautiful carving on the wall it’s the main attraction of the temple.

It is from the remains of a group of 360 Temples built by vimalsha in year 1032. It has a great history. And it is now heritage Center in Gujarat. The jain temple has facility of dharamshala and also bhojanshala for devotees.

Ambaji Temple: Ambaji, a famous pilgrimage place of Gujarat in India is situated on the border of States of Gujarat and Rajasthan near Abu Road, in the Danta Taluka of Banaskantha District, near the origin of the famous Vedic virgin river SARASWATI, on the hills of Arasur Parvat in Ambica forest , towards south-west side to old hills of Arvalli, at the altitude of about 480 meters, at about 1600 feet high from sea level, having at 8.33 sq km (5 sq. miles area ) area as a whole , is in fact one of the Fifty One (51) ancient Shakti Piths, the main Centre of Cosmic Power in India.

Bharuch: Bharuch city is situated in the Bharuch district of Gujarat. It is located on the banks of River Narmada and is a major sea port and the administrative headquarter of the district. Due to this reason, a number of trade activities have flourished here. The climate is also greatly affected due to the proximity with the river. Travel and tourism is slowly flourishing in the city. Bharuch is addressed by several names due to the trade between East and West countries, which comprised mainly of silk and spices.

Famous Places in Bharuch: Golden Bridge, Jama Masjid, Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Golden Bridge: The British took all pain to leave their footprints in India before bidding adieu to this varied gigantic landmass. Though most of those masterpieces have stood the good and worst of times, yet they have been restored with perfection as symbols of incredible India. One such name is the Golden Bridge, which connects Ankleshwar to Bharuch by crossing Narmada River.

Jama Masjid: History of Muslim religion in Gujarat spans over a millennia and if one has to choose a living image that represents Muslim in Gujarat, then it can’t be anything other than the Jama Masjid of Bharuch. The mosque possess a distinguished structure, which in turn differentiates it from other mosques in India. On one hand, its covered courtyard gives it the look of a fort; while on the other its construction during the 14th century from the remains of an ancient Jain temple represent temple architecture modified on Islamic practices.

Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary: Resplendent with an amazing bio-diversity, Shoolpaneshwar Wild Life Sanctuary spread at over 600 sq. Kms is a nature observer’s paradise. At just 100 Kms It is a must do excursion from Ankleshwar. Freely roaming Raptors, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Rhesus Macaque, barking dear with picturesque Satpura ranges in the backdrop is an amazing sight to relish.

Bhavnagar: Located at the southern tip of Gujarat peninsula, Bhavnagar is known as the cultural centre of the state of Gujarat. Literary achievers like Govardhan Tripathi, Kavi Kant, Narsihm Mehta and Ganga Sati have their roots in Bhavnagar. While on one side, you’d see the careless waves of Gulf of Khambat, on the other hand, you can see the busiest port of ocean trading in India.

Famous Places in Bhavnagar: Gaurishankar Lake, Nilambag Palace, Victoria Park, Takhteshwar Temple, Water Lock Gate, Gandhi Smriti, Barton Library and Museum, Palitana, Bhavnagar Blackbuck National Park,

Gaurishankar Lake: A beautiful lake flowing amidst the hills, the view of this place is soothing. Sit by the lake side with your feet dipped in water, as the clear water of the lake flows through under your feet, the coldness of its touch makes you forget all your worries and surrender to the beauty of nature.

Nilambag Palace: Built in 1859, this palace has now been converted to a heritage hotel. The architectural design of the palace shows a fusion of Indian and western architecture done with sheer brilliance.

Victoria Park: Victoria Park is a popular tourist place and is known as green lung of Bhavnagar. It is a manmade forest situated in the state of Gujarat, Bhavnagar. It was established on 24th May 24, 1888. It is spread over an area of 500 acres, and well known for its water birds.

Takhteshwar Temple: Situated along the Takteshwar Tarheti Road, this hilltop temple of Takhteshwar is one of the oldest recorded holy sites in all of Gujarat. Established in 1893, the temple is named after its founder, Maharaja Takhatsinghji, the king of the time. The pathway to the temple is more a trek laid along a marble staircase that overlooks a breathtaking view of the lush green view that brackets the site.

Water Lock Gate: Located in the city dockyard, Water Lock Gate was constructed 100 years ago. Visitors need special permission to visit the site.

Years ago when it was built, it was done up with the intention to control water level in order to ensure the movement of boats and ships even during the low tide phase. It is a beautiful visual to watch.

Gandhi Smriti: This poignant memorial, located in New Delhi, is where Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead by a Hindu zealot on 30 January 1948, after campaigning against intercommunal violence. This memorial was constructed to honour his death and is now a major tourist attraction of the capital city.

Barton Library and Museum: The oldest library of the city, Barton has a huge collection of books from the genres of history and culture. With the fast paced life today, not many youngsters can be spotted in the library, you will mostly spot adults and elderly people coming over to the library with their newspapers and help in its maintenance.

Palitana: A small town located in the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat, Palitana is noted as a popular pilgrimage site among the Jains. Another famous thing about Palitana is that the town strictly follows vegetarianism which makes it the first city in the world to abide by the vegetarian diet legally. It is no surprise that the town has listed selling of animal products (Fish, meat and eggs) or activities that involve the killing of animals to be illegal.

Bhavnagar Blackbuck National Park: Bhavnagar Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar is located in the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat, India. This national park is known to provide a magical experience to its visitors. The wilderness of this national park is unrivalled. From grasslands to mud flats Bhavnagar Blackbuck National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers. Know that this sanctuary has been primarily declared for the conservation of Blackbucks. You can, however, find a horde of other mammals and birds.

Botad: Botad District is a district situated in the Saurashtra region of the state of Gujarat, India. It was created on 15 August 2013 from the southwestern part of Ahmedabad District and the northwestern part of Bhavnagar District. Botad consist of four talukas namely Botad, Gadhada, Barvala and Ranpur. Botad is the administrative headquarters of the district which is about 92 kms from Bhavnagar, 133 kms from Ahmedabad and 176 kms from the state capital at Gandhinagar.

Famous Places in Botad: Hanumanji Temple, Swaminarayan Temple.

Hanumanji Temple: Shri Hanuman Mandir, Sarangpur is a Hindu temple located in Sarangpur, Gujarat and comes under the Vadtal Gadi of the Swaminarayan Sampraday. It is the only Swaminarayan Temple which does not have the Murtis of either Swaminarayan or Krishna as the Primary deity of worship.It is dedicated to Hanuman in the form of Kastbhanjan (Crusher of sorrows).

This temple is among the more prominent ones in the Swaminarayan Sampraday. The idol of Hanuman was installed by Sadguru Gopalanand Swami. According to author Raymond Williams, it is reported that when Sadguru Gopalanand Swami installed the idol of Hanuman, he touched it with a rod and the idol came alive and moved. This story has become a charter for the healing ritual performed at this temple.The idol of Hanuman here is a stout figure with a handlebar moustache, crushing a female demon under his foot and baring his teeth, standing among sculpted foliage full of fruit bearing monkey attendants.In 1899, Kothari Gordhandas of Vadtal appointed Shastri Yagnapurushdas to manage the affairs of the mandir; during his tenure, Shastri Yagnapurushdas renovated the site, built the adjacent bungalow, and acquired more land for the complex to bring it to its current state.

Swaminarayan Temple: Shri Swaminarayan Mandir also known as Gopinathji mandir is a Hindu temple in Gadhada. This temple was built by Lord Swaminarayan himself.

This temple is one of six temples which was made under the supervision of swaminarayan.The land for constructing this temple in Gadhada, was donated by the court of Dada Khachar in Gadhada. Dada Khachar and his family were devotees of Swaminarayan. The temple was made in the courtyard of his own residence.The temple work was planned and executed directly under the consultation and guidance of Swaminarayan. Swaminarayan supervised the construction and also helped with the manual service in the construction of the temple, by lifting stones and mortar. This shrine has two stories and three domes. It is adorned with carvings. The temple is placed on a high plinth is a spacious square and has an assembly hall with large dharamshalas and kitchens for ascetics and pilgrims.

Chhota Udaipur: Chhotaudepur is a tribal district in the state of Gujarat in India. It was made taking some portion from Vadodara District in 2013. The district consists of six talukas of Chhotaudepur, Pavijetpur, Kawant, Naswadi, Sankheda and Bodeli taluka. The district headquarters is located at ChhotaUdepur. Chhotaudepur is a tribal dominated district and the district headquarters is located 110 km away from Vadodara. It shares its borders with the state of Madhya Pradesh. Chhotaudepur is the third tribal dominated district in eastern Gujarat after the Narmada and Tapi districts.

Famous Places in Chhota Udaipur: Sukhi dam, Chhota Udepur museum, BAPS Swaminarayan temple, Kali Niketan, Hafeshwar temple.

Sukhi dam: Sukhi dam is constructed over Sukhi River in chhotaudepur district. This dam was constructed in the village Sagadhra to manage the water of river Sukhi for irrigation purpose. Sukhi River is a small tributary to River Narmada and the area surround Sukhi was flood affected before construction of this dam.

Chhota Udepur museum: Chhota Udepur museum is located on the main town of chhotaUdepur itself. It showcases the vibrant life of the tribals in the district. Their family life, daily routines, artforms, paintings etc are shown in great detail.

BAPS Swaminarayan temple: BAPS Swaminarayan temple is located around 35 km from main town of Chhota Udepur district. Situated in a large pilgrim complex, swaminarayan temple is a sacred site for many Hindus in the district. Main attraction of the temple is the exquisite stone carvings on temple walls. Sacrifices made by swaminarayan is described in great detail here. Devotees can reach this temple from Chhota Udepur through state govt and private buses that operate on this area regularly.

Kali Niketan: The rulers of Chhota-Udepur were very fond of art and architecture so they constructed beautiful Palaces including Kali-Niketan, which was formally known as Nahar Villa, but was later changed, in honour of the family Goddess, Mahakali, to Kali-Niketan, which means the abode of Goddess Kali. Kali-Niketan was constructed by the present owner Maharaj Sajjansinh’s Grandfather Maharaja Fatehsinhji in the late 19th century as his summer residence. The building has 6 air-conditioned rooms, 2 drawing rooms, 2 dining rooms, 2 lounges and 5 terraces.

Hafeshwar temple: Hafeshwar temple is located in Kawant taluka approximately around 40 km from the main town of Chhota udepur. It is an ancient shiva temple and is submerged in the water for most part of the year. Only the flag of the temple can be seen, rest is submerged under waters of the Narmada catchment area.Locals have it that this is a historic shiva temple which existed here since a long time on a hillock.

Dahod: Dahodis a small city on the banks of the Dudhimati River in Dahod district in the State of Gujarat, India. It is said that it has taken its name from Saint Dadhichi, who had an Ashram on the bank of Dudhumati river. It is also known as Dohad (meaning “two boundaries”, as the borders of the states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are nearby).

Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb was born in the fort of Dahod in 1618, during the reign of Jahangir. Aurangzeb was said to have ordered his ministers to favour this town, as it was his birthplace. Tatya Tope, the freedom fighter, is known to have absconded in Dahod. He is believed to have lived his last days in this region.

Famous Places in Dahod: Ratanmahal Dhanpur, Mangadh hill, Kedarnath Temple, Bhavka Shiva Temple, Bhamrechi Mata Temple.

Ratanmahal Dhanpur: Ratanmahal is bear sanctuary in Dhanpur. This sanctuary covers area of 55 km and it is notified as protected area. This sanctuary is known for its flora and fauna. Forest department of Gujarat have developed so well. Eastern Hills of Gujarat are tripoint of Vindhyachal Arawalii and Satpuras. They hide great deciduous forests some almost ever green due to huge water bodies they enclose. Ratanmahal is one such Greenest escapade all year round in Central Gujarat one would love to take our children to so  that they are initiated into loving forest flora fauna .Ratanmahal main sanctuary is at Kanjeta where they have great show case of all that wild life here has to offer. Educational treasure house of exhibition, do not miss if you are die hard wild lifer.

Mangadh hill: Mangadh hill is a pious place of faith for tribals of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhyapradesh for Guru Govindsinh.
The entire area is gifted with beautiful hills surrounded by scattered forests. Backwaters of Kadana dam are very near to this area.

Kedarnath Temple: A divine temple of Devkedareshvar Mahadev is situated here.  The temple is constructed in long cave of stone. The Cow-mouth of temple is consistently flowing water.

Bhavka Shiva Temple: Bhavka Shiva Temple is a 10th century construction in the interiors of Dahod. A small, peaceful and artistically enriched travel destination, this temple has impressive erotic carvings on its walls and pillars. The outer wall and doors of the temple are intricately sculpted with the images of different celestial bodies. The sculptures depicted on the walls are graceful and attract attention for their intense detailing.

Bhamrechi Mata Temple: Historical temple of Goddess Bhamrechi Mata is situated at the bank of Kabutari river near Randhikpur village of Limkheda taluka of Dahod district. The river flowing near the temple creates a beautiful, pleasant picture.

Dang: Dang District has three talukas namely Ahwa, Waghai and Subir.

Famous Places in Dang: Mahal Campsite, Shabridham and Pampa Sarovar, Giradhod, Saputara Hill Station.

Mahal Campsite: Mahal village is 24 km away from Ahwa. And 1.5km away from mahal village. This forest area declared protected forest for animal safety by forest department. Various kinds of animal live including tiger as well, it’s a nice place for tourist where facility of tree house, campfire, huts available for accomdation, which is managed by forest department.

Shabridham and Pampa Sarovar: This place is said be be place where shri ram(an hindu god), while his journey through forest, met with shabri, who was a devotee of him, This Place is located in subir block of dang district, A temple has been constructed here.

Giradhod: A natural waterfall which is an eye treat, its height is approx 200-250 feet, almost whole year it is full with water.

Saputara Hill Station: Saputara has been developed as a planned hill resort with all the necessary amenities like hotels, parks, swimming pools, boat club, theaters, ropeways and a museum to ensure an enjoyable holiday in the cool of the hill.

Saputara means the ‘Abode of Serpents’ and a snake image on the banks of the river Sarpagana is worshiped by the Adivasis on Holi.

Devbhoomi Dwarka: Located on the western tip of the Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat, Dwarka is believed to be the capital city of Lord Krishna’s kingdom. Known as Devbhoomi Dwarka, Dwarka boasts of being the only city that is a part of both Char Dham (four principal holy places) and also Sapta Puris (seven sacred cities) mentioned in the Hindu religion. Dwarka was a part of the ancient kingdom of Krishna and Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, is also located in Dwarka. The beachside and the seashores are an added tourist attraction.

Famous Places in Dwarka: Dwarkadhish Temple, Nageshwara Jyotirlinga Temple, Beyt Dwarka, Dwarka Beach, Rukmini Devi Temple, Dwarka Lighthouse, Gomti Ghat, Gopi Talav, Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, Gita Temple, Sudama Setu, ISKCON Temple.

Dwarkadhish Temple: Having a history of over 2500 years, this Chalukya style of architecture is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. The five storied main shrine is grand and marvelous in it and needs no further highlights.

Nageshwara Jyotirlinga Temple: One of the 12 famous self-existent temples, Nageshwara Jyotirlinga Temple too houses a curious myth about its origin. The giant, beautiful and artistic statue of Lord Shiva mesmerizes tourists and pilgrims alike with its aesthetic appeal.

Beyt Dwarka: Located around 30 km from the main town of Dwarka Beyt Dwarka is a small island and was the main port in the region before the development of Okha. While the island is enclosed by a few temples, white sand beach and coral reefs, the beach is also popular among tourists for its marine life, sea excursions, camping and picnics.

Dwarka Beach: Along the Arabian Sea coast, Dwarka Beach is a good place to relax in the evenings. Popular among both the locals and tourists, Dwarka Beach is located quite close to the main temples in town.

Rukmini Devi Temple: A small structure is an important shrine dedicated to Krishna’s beloved consort, Rukmani Devi. Not as majestically gigantic, this shrine is an architectural masterpiece in itself.

Dwarka Lighthouse: The tower, 43m in height was inaugurated on 15th July 1962. Tourists can enjoy the panoramic view of the sunset.

Gomti Ghat: If the Holy Scriptures is to be believed, the Gomti River is none other than the Ganges, descending directly from heaven. The most sought after spots out of the various shrines and Ghats this is the place where the river meets the mighty ocean.

Gopi Talav: Legend has it that this is the lake where Krishna used to entice his Gopis (young female inhabitants) with his youthful pranks and romantic nature. About 20km, the lake is surrounded by sandal like yellow sand which is used by the devotees to make tilaks on their bodies. It is quite a pretty sight.

Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir: Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is an ancient temple, some 5000 years old, which was built around a self-manifested Shivaling found in the Arabian Sea.

Gita Temple: Built by the industrialist family of Birla in 1970, it is constructed using white marble resulting in a magnificent and awe inspiring structure. The temple was made to capture and preserve the teachings and values of the Bhagavad Gita, the religious book of the Hindus.

Sudama Setu: Sudama Setu Bridge is a stunning suspension bridge built for pedestrians to cross River Gomti. The bridge was named after Sudhama, Lord Krishna’s childhood friend. It was inaugurated by Anandiben Patel, the CM of Gujarat in 2016.

ISKCON Temple: Located on Devi road, the ISKCON Temple in Dwarka is yet another manifestation of the Krishna Consciousness. Housing idols of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha draped in rich attires and ornated in flowers, this is an entirely stone-built temple.

Gandhinagar: Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat, is located at a distance of around 23 km from Ahmedabad on the western bank of Sabarmati river. Gandhinagar, one of India’s few planned cities encompasses Akshardham Temple, one of the country’s most beautiful temple.  Gandhinagar offers a rich cultural heritage, beautiful temples and serene environment to all its visitors. Among other attractions is an enthralling Children’s Park and uniquely built stepwell. The holy places in Gandhinagar like the Hanumanji Temple and the Brahmani Temple which in spite of not being so famous, are also worth visiting for an enriching experience.

Famous Places in Gandhinagar: Akshardham temple, Adalaj Stepwell, Children’s Park, Sarita Udyan, Puneet Van, Fun World, Craftsman Village, Trimandir, Indroda Nature Park, Aalloa Hills Resort Golf Course, Rani Roopmati’s Mosque, Sant Sarovar Dam, Capital Complex, The Vithalbhai Patel Bhawan, Hanuman Temple, Mahudi Jain Temple, Swarnim Park, Swapna Srushti Water Park.

Akshardham temple: The Akshardham temple in the city is one of the biggest temples in India, and it is a major pilgrim destination that many people swarm to. This temple was built by the same organization as the one in Delhi and is very much similar to it. Located in the capital of Gujarat, the complex took over 13 years to build in the honor of Swaminarayan and his life and teachings. Akshardham mandir is situated at the center of the 23-acre complex, which is built from 6,000 metric tons of pink sandstone from Rajasthan.

Adalaj Stepwell: Adalaj Stepwell is a magnificent structure built brilliantly to curb water crisis in and around Adalaj Village. The stepwell is located at a distance of 3 to 4 kilometres to the south-west of Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat. The Adalaj Stepwell was built in 1498 and is one of the many step wells built in India to provide access to groundwater. The entire architecture is an excellent illustration of the intelligence of the engineers and architects India had even at that time.

Children’s Park: An attraction for children and holiday, makers of the Children’s Park in Sector 28 has a mini train and a lake with boating facilities. It is yet another famous destination and people often go here for an evening stroll with friends and families as the serenity and tranquility of the park makes it an appropriate place to sit and relax.

Sarita Udyan: Sarita Udyan is a picnic spot that is popular among the locals, and this is located adjacent to a deer park, which is another must see location. It never fails to enthrall both kids as well as adults.

Puneet Van: Puneet Van literally translates to Holy forest’ in Gujarati, and this botanical garden has been carefully named so. The peculiarity of this garden is that it houses over 3500 trees and plants, and they are all chosen and arranged in accordance with Hindu mythology and astrological significance! The garden is divided into 4 astrological division and the plants are named after planets, stars and zodiacs.

Fun World: Like the name suggests, Fun World is an excursion into the adventure packed and excitement filled world of rides and games! Right from thrilling rollercoasters like Dragon, Saya Trooper, Spin Tora, Sky Train, etc. to unforgettable experiences like the Horror House, Jungle Safari and Wonder Tunnel, this place has it all. After this fun-filled day, relax at the Resto Lounge and try some mouth-watering dishes at the Cafeteria.

Craftsman Village: Set behind the Sabarmati river and popular for its Bandhani Sarees, the Craftsman Village in Gandhinagar is visited by hundreds of tourists and shoppers every day. Sarees and dresses are hand printed and decorated with wooden printing blocks in vivacious colours. The cloths available here are carefully worked on by skilled craftsman and are quite economical too.

Trimandir: Spanning over more than 40000 sq ft, the Trimandir in Gandhinagar celebrates Jainism, Shaivism and Vaishnavism under one roof. The entire temple is surrounded by a lush green garden, classic wooden benches and a beautiful towering fountain. The premises of the temple also include an informative museum and a mini-theatre that plays shows about the history of these cultures.

Indroda Nature Park: Resting on the banks of River Sabarmati is a 400-hectare gem, the Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park. Not only is this park the second largest dinosaur-egg hatchery in the world, but it also houses skeletons of gigantic mammals like the blue whale! The premises of the park include a vast botanical garden, an amphitheatre and an interpretation centre equipped with all the camping facilities.

Aalloa Hills Resort Golf Course: Snuggled in the unending bright green landscapes rests the Aalloa Hills Resorts Golf Course. Spreading over a whopping 500 acres, this resort is the perfect getaway you need from the blaring racket of the metropolis. While you play golf on this 9-hole 34-par golf course, you can spot peacocks and nilgais strolling about the landscape in all their glory.

Rani Roopmati’s Mosque: Boasting of a unique blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture, Rani Roopmati’s mosque is an architectural gem of Gujarat. Built in the early 1400s, the mosque is dedicated to Rani Roopmati, the Hindu wife of the Sultan of Ahmedabad. The ostentatious pillars, intricately carved walls and the ornate three-dimensional decorations are sure to leave you awestruck.

Sant Sarovar Dam: Built to block the fierce currents of River Sabarmati, the Sant Sarovar Dam is one of the most frequently visited picnic destinations of Gandhinagar. Set right by the Sarita Garden, many people come here to take a dip in the holy river and spend a fun-filled weekend with their loved ones. Tread carefully during monsoons- it may get slippery and the currents are stronger.

Capital Complex: An example of architectural brilliance, the Capital Complex of Gandhinagar houses the important legislative buildings of the state- Vitthalbhai Patel Bhawan, which houses the Vidhan Sabha and the Legislature Office, the Narmada Bhawan and the Sardar Bhawan. Surprising thing is, all these monuments lie amidst a huge lake! One may visit the Capital Complex but needs special clearance and permission to visit any of the buildings.

The Vithalbhai Patel Bhawan: Comprising the Vidhan Sabha and the legislature office, the Vithalbhai Patel Bhawan is a striking monument that stands on a podium- right in the middle of a lake! An important legislative monument of the state, the Vithalbhai Patel Bhawan also connects the Narmada Bhawan and Sardar Bhawan from inside. Special clearance and permission is required to enter the premises of this grand monument.

Hanuman Temple: Built to honour Lord Hanuman, the epitome of bravery and loyalty, the Hanuman Temple in Gandhinagar holds tremendous religious significance in the hearts of the locals. The saffron idol here has a mountain borne on his shoulders. Tuesdays and Saturdays are considered auspicious and see traffic of thousands of devotees every week.

Mahudi Jain Temple: Built over 2000 years ago, the Mahudi Jain Temple in Gandhinagar houses the infamous idol of Ghantakarna Mahavir Dev, which is believed to possess miraculous powers. Thousands of devotees, Jain and otherwise, come here to pray to this idol and seek the blessings of the lord. Once you make a wish, the devotees climb 30 feet to ring a bell to have their desires fulfilled.

Swarnim Park: Swarnim Park is an urban park situated in Sector 12B in Gnadhinagar. The highlight of the park is a life like statue of Sardar Patel in the centre. It also has well-maintained lawns, pretty flower beds and orderly joggers’ track.

Swapna Srushti Water Park: Swapna Srushti Water Park is the most amazing and thrilling water amusement park located on the Gandhinagar- Mahudi highway in Gujarat. The water park boasts of artificial water falls, wave pools, snow fall and the most adventurous water rides like pendulum, Mississippi, miracle tunnel etc.

Jamnagar: Known to the world as the Jewel of Kathiawar, Jamnagar is an offbeat tourist holiday destination in Gujarat brimming with the ornate building, pristine coastal region and picturesque lakes. Located on the coast of Gulf of Kutch, Jamnagar is the largest city on the western region of India. In the heart of the city, there is a fort amidst the lake while the coastal area is covered with an oil refinery, which is largest in the world, beaches and spectacular Marine National Park. With exquisite Rajput architecture and pristine coastline, Jamnagar is Gujarat’s lesser-known gems.

Famous Places in Jamnagar: Khijadia Bird Sanctuary, Marine National Park, Bedi Port, Bala Hanuman Temple, Lakhota Talav, Darbargadh, Adinath Mandir Jain Temple, Pirotan Island, Ayurvedic University, Lakhota Museum, Balachari Beach, Lakhota Palace.

Khijadia Bird Sanctuary: Around 12 km from Jamnagar, Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary, home to a number of resident and migratory birds, is located in an area stretching up to 6.05 km. A birdwatchers paradise, it was officially declared as a sanctuary in May 1981. Construction of reclamation bunds, before Indian Independence, has led to the formation of two fresh water lakes. The bunds helped to prevent seepage of salty water into the soil and to store freshwater drained by Ruparel and Kalindri Rivers.

Marine National Park: Gujarat has the distinction of creating the country’s first Marine National Park spread over an area of nearly 458 sq kms in the Gulf of Kutch, 30 kms. from Jamnagar. Here corals create fantasies in stone and are the master builders of the Park. Their limestone fortresses – each one the work of a colony of countless tiny animals – come in an amazing variety of shapes and sizes, from the convoluted brain coral to corals that look like horns.

Bedi Port: Bedi Port lies around 8 km from Jamnagar Railway Station on the south-eastern coast of Gulf of Kutch. It is an all-weather trading hub in the Arabian Sea and one of the most prominent ones in Jamnagar. The picturesque setting of the port has made it a very popular daytrip spot in Jamnagar.

The region of Jamnagar is known for its magnificent (resident or migratory) avian population. Winter is the best time to enjoy the climate and the brilliant birds which come here in plenty. Enroute to the Bedi Port one would also get to witness salt pans on both sides of the road. The port lies close to INS Valsura, an Indian Naval Base.

Bala Hanuman Temple: Bala Hanuman Temple, also known as Shri Balahanuman Sankirtan Mandir is situated at the south east side of Ranmal Lake (or Lakhota Lake) in Jamnagar. Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the temple is separated from the lake by a wide road. The simple looking structure houses the idols of Lord Ram, Lord Lakshman, Goddess Sita and Lord Hanuman.

Lakhota Talav: Lakhota Talav is one of the most beautiful and serene places of Jamnagar. Being right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city, the lake stands as the perfect picture of serenity. It is also known as the Ranmal Lake and surrounds Lakhota Fort, which is situated in an island inside. The lake and the palace were constructed by King of Navanagar, Jan Ranmal II in the mid-19th century AD.

Darbargadh: Darbargadh Palace, situated in Jamnagar city, was initially built in 1540 AD; the construction went on intermittently leading to a final masterpiece of history and architecture possessing both Rajput and European influences. It is located to the east of Chandi Chowk in Jamnagar city. Jamnagar (earlier known as Nawanagar) was founded by Jam Shri Rawalji in 1540 and Darbargadh came to become their first place of residence. Rawalji originally belonged to Kutch. The palace complex is semi-circular in shape, and the area thus created outside was earlier used by the kings to address the public.

Adinath Mandir Jain Temple: There are two important Jain temples in the Chandi Bazaar area of Jamnagar – Shantinath temple and Adinath temple. These temples were built between 1574 and 1622 and hold religious as well as historical value. Adinath, originally called Rishabhanatha, is said to be the first Jain Tirthanker. The word Adinath can be interpreted as ‘the first world teacher’. Story of Adinath is presented inside the temple in the form of colourful and beautiful paintings. Vibrant colours such as pink, orange, yellow and green have been used to brighten up the people, flowers, gods and objects displayed in each frame of story. Though the colours have faded with the passage of time, the place retains its meditative and spiritual environment intact. There are 52 small temples which are built around the primary structure.

Pirotan Island: In the Gulf of Kutch, Pirotan Island is one of the 42 islands which compose the Marine National Park. India’s first national marine park comes under the Jamnagar district of Gujarat. The park gives an opportunity to witness the coral reefs, mangroves, incredible aquatic creatures and beautiful variety of birds in the unruffled setting of nature.

Ayurvedic University: Just a kilometer northwest of the centre of Jamnagar city stands the Ayurvedic University, the first of its kind to be established in 1967. It is a statutory university dedicated to the study and research of the principles and practices of Ayurveda. The university has played a major role in the revival of the science of Ayurvedic medicine.

Lakhota Museum: Lakhota Palace, a pleasing palace in the middle of the lake, houses a beautiful repository called Lakhota Museum. Rulers of Nawangar constructed the Lakhota Palace and today it is an important attraction of Jamnagar. The museum showcases the artefacts that belong to the 18th and 19th century including items like a skeleton of a whale, swords, powder flasks, possessions of Jadeja Rajputs, and remnants of Gujarat rulers. Also, there are artefacts describing the life of the people around the region who lived there during the 18th century. Lakhota Museum walls are covered with frescos and paintings depicting various wars that were fought by the Jadeja Rajputs. For those who want to see more of wonderful antiques can visit the Lakhota Palace. Beautiful ambience and palaces are something that shouldn’t go unnoticed.

Balachari Beach: Just 26 km away from the bustling city life, one can achieve perfect tranquillity on the coast of Jamnagar in Balachadi Beach. It is the most popular beach in Jamnagar and is a favourite getaway for local public on weekends and other holidays. A full moon night is a great occasion when people especially come here to witness the amazing beauty of moonlight reflected upon the sea water.

Junagadh: Being the capital of Junagadh Princely State once, the town shines with historical significance with many historical monuments to see. Junagad is also very close to the Girnar Hills and the world renowned Gir National Park. Catch a glimpse of the wild in the Sakkabaug Zoo and the Wildlife Museum. Also visit the Girnar Hills and get a feel of the serene yet religious atmosphere. The fort at Uperkot is another tourist magnet.

Famous Places in Junagadh: Mahabat Maqbara, Uparkot Fort, Girnar Hill, Adi-kadi Vav & Navghan Kuwo, Gir National Park, Edicts of Ashoka, Sarkeshwar Beach, Buddhist Caves, Jain Temples in Junagadh, Sakkarbaug Zoological Gardens, Parikrama of Girnar hills, Madhavpur Beach, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dattatreya Temple, Tulsi Shyam Springs, Goddess Ambe Temple, Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach, Darbar Hall Museum, Jatashankar Mahadev Temple, Moti Baug, Shri Damodar Hari Temple, Damodar Kund Water Reserve, Dataar Hills, Wellington Dam, Jama Masjid.

Mahabat Maqbara: Known as Mausoleum of Bahaduddnbhai Hasainbhai, Mahabat Maqbara is a place is a mausoleum and its unique architecture makes it one of the most important attractions of Junagarh. It houses the tombs of Mohabbat khanji and Bahaduddin Hasainbhai in the Bahaduddinhassainbhai Maqabra and it was built in the late 19th century.

Uparkot Fort: Uperkot is the upper citadel located in the east of Junagadh. Over 2300 years old, with walls up to 20m high in some places, there used to be a 300 ft. deep moat inside the walls which reportedly used to be inhabited by crocodiles for the fort’s protection.

Neelam and Manek, forged in Cairo and brought by the Turks are the two major tourist attractions in the fort. Also, see the stepwells and caves in the fort complex.

Girnar Hill: Just 5 km from Junagadh town, Girnar Hills are a collection of hills, whose origins can be traced back to the Vedas. It has been considered to be a religious place even as long before in the Mohan-jo-daro period.

Adi-kadi Vav & Navghan Kuwo: The Adi-kadi Vav & Navghan Kuwo are the two famous stepwells located within the Uparkot Fort. While the former was built by two slave girls of the Chudasama kingdom, the latter came into being much before the Adi-kadi Vav.

Gir National Park: Being the sole home for Asiatic lions, this place is of course famous for spotting lions. Official count said that there were 411 lions in 2010. Also, there are roughly different 2375 species of fauna here with 38 species of mammals, over 300 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles and over 2000 species of insects.

Edicts of Ashoka: A site with an inscription of fourteen Edicts of Emperor Ashoka is found on a large boulder on the way to mount Girnar. It is located within 2km of Uperkot Fort and is a major tourist attraction.

Sarkeshwar Beach: Sarkeshwar Beach is one good place to relax and enjoy. Sound of the waves here are very soothing and the shore is lined by tiny and beautiful sea shells.

Buddhist Caves: These aren’t exactly caves but rooms carved out of stones and were used as monk’s headquarters. The oldest, the Khapara Kodia caves belong to 3rd-4th century AD and are plainest of all cave groups.

Jain Temples in Junagadh: There is a group of Jain temples in Girnar and are all unique yet similar in architecture and style. The Neminath Temple, built from 1128 AD to 1159 AD, is one of the main attractions.

Sakkarbaug Zoological Gardens: Situated on the Junagadh Rajkot Highway, Sakkarbaug Zoological Gardens aka Junagadh Zoo aka Sakkarbaug Zoo is a massive zoological park in Junagadh popular for the purebred Asiatic lions. Besides a variety of birds and animals including wild boar, blue bull, antelope etc.; the park also has an in-house natural history museum and a veterinary hospital.

Parikrama of Girnar hills: This is a massive annual event for Hindus. More than ten lakh pilgrims come to Girnar to carry out the procession. The procession of sadhus and pilgrims begins, and ends, at the Bhavanat Temple.

Madhavpur Beach: Lined with gorgeous coconut trees and boasting of an ethereal landscape, Madhavpur is a stunning beach in Madhavpur. The other side of the beach, across the road, has verdant green grass and vegetation which makes the area look even more pleasant.

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir: Located on Jawahar Road in Junagadh, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan – a Hindu saint, yogi, ascetic and the founder of Swaminarayan Sampraday which is a Hindu religious sect. Lord Swaminarayan built the temple himself and idols of several deities were installed in the temple premises.

Dattatreya Temple: Located on the top of the Girnar Mountain in Junagadh in Gujarat, Dattatreya Temple is revered Hindu temple. It is dedicated to the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva collectively known as Dattatreya or Datta.

Tulsi Shyam Springs: Located in the premises of Gir Forest National Park, Tulsi Shyam Springs is a group of three hot sulphur streams alongside a Lord Vishnu Temple. The first is warm, the second is slightly hot, and the third stream is boiling hot; it is believed to have curative powers. It is believed to a dip in the springs can cure one of the skin diseases.

Goddess Ambe Temple: Situated on the top of the Girnar Hill in Junagadh, Gujarat, Goddess Ambe Temple or Ambe Mata Temple is a revered Hindu temple and an important pilgrimage site for the Hindus. Dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Ambe Ma, the shrine is mostly visited by newlywed couples. The temple also provides a picturesque view of the town below.

Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach: Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach is a 6 kms long pristine coastline kissed by the sparkling waters of the Arabian Sea. Situated on the junction of Diu and Gujarat, the beach is dotted with windmills and boasts of soft white sands. The beach is ideal of swimming, water sports and dolphin spotting and is visited by a large number of tourists throughout the year.

Darbar Hall Museum: The former residencial palace of the rulers of Junagadh was later converted into a magnificent Darbar Hall Museum exhibiting the splendid possessions of the 19th century Nawabs. The repository has several galleries exuding with opulence and grandeur, decked with palatial rooms, goods, weapons, palanquins, pictures, photographs and artefacts etc.

Jatashankar Mahadev Temple: Jatashankar Mahadev Temple is a Hindu temple situated on the rear side of Mountain Girnar in Junagadh, Gujarat. The temple is enshrined by God Shiva in the form of his shivalinga which is naturally bathed by a stream flowing along and its water falling on the idol itself. The place is also the origin of river Sonrekh and is covered in ethereal beauty.

Moti Baug: Situated inside the premises of Junagadh Agricultural University, Moti Baug is a botanical park. Established in memory of a pet dog by Nawab Muhammad Mahabat Khanji III, the park is popular for its rich greenery and colourful flora. Besides offering a refreshing space for walks and jogs, the park also sites a pond amid a line of banyan and other dense trees.

Shri Damodar Hari Temple: At the base of Ashwatthama Hill in the Girnar Mountain range in Junagadh, Gujarat, there is a sacred Hindu temple called Shri Damodar Temple alongside a holy water pond called Damodar Kund. The temple is enshrined by Lord Krishna and is surrounded by natural beauty lush greenery. The premises also have a gaushala to tend to cows.

Damodar Kund Water Reserve: Damodar Kund Water Reserve is situated at the foothills of Mountain Girnar and is considered holy by the Hindus pertaining to certain myths and legends. The ghat at the lake is used to cremate dead bodies and the water is believed to have properties to dissolve bones. The lake also has a temple and many poojas are performed at the site.

Dataar Hills: Dataar Hills is a holy site in Junagadh, Gujarat, popular for housing the shrine of Jamiyal Shah Datar at the top of the mountain peak. The shrine is worshipped by Hindus and Muslims alike. The shrine also offers a spectacular panoramic view of the town below and is a famous tourist spot. Urs festival is celebrated with great pomp and show.

Wellington Dam: Wellington Dam in built over the Kalwa river at the foothills of Mountain Girnar in Junagadh and is a beautiful tourist spot. The water from Wellington Dam is used for commercial and domestic places in Junagadh and adjoining villages. The dam is best visited during monsoon when the rains increase the water level and you can watch he enchanting waterfalls.

Jama Masjid: Located in Uparkot area of Junagadh in Gujarat, Jama Masjid is a trademark monument of the city. Built in yellow sandstone, the mosque boasts of a spacious courtyard covered in white marble and a huge ablution tank in the premises. The inner walls have intricate carvings and the central dome is carved in the shape of a lotus flower.

Kutch: Virtually an island that resembles the shape of a tortoise, Kutch is an erstwhile princely state of India holding onto its grandeur nature from the past. Kutch is probably one of the most beautiful, yet surreal places in India with the vast expanses of the white salt desert.  The place comes to life during the winters when the Rann Festival is held during December-February everywhere in which there are huge camp settlements with cultural programs, functions and adventure activities like hot-air ballooning.

Famous Places in Kutch: Rann of Kutch, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Dholavira, Kutch Museum, Kutch Bustard Sanctuary, Mandvi beach, Aina Mahal, Kandla Port and Mudra port, Narayan Sarovar, Hamirsar Lake, Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, Prag Mahal, Mata no Madh, Narayan Sarovar  Sanctuary, Rann Utsav, Anjar.

Rann of Kutch: Rann of Kutch, a large area of salt marshes is located in Gujarat, India. It is divided into: Great Rann of Kutch and Little Rann of Kutch .The name “Rann” has come from the Hindi word ran meaning “desert”. The Hindi word is derived from Sanskrit word iria attested in the mythological books.

Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary: Less than 100 km away from Bhuj, this sanctuary is spread over an area of about 7505.22 sq. km. in the Kutch District of Gujarat. This wildlife sanctuary is considered as one of the largest seasonal saline wetland areas.

Dholavira: It is one of the largest remarkable excavations of the Indus Valley Civilization which was one of the most developed civilization roughly 4500 years ago.

Kutch Museum: The oldest museum of Gujarat, the Kutch Museum boasts of its collection of the extinct Kutch Script and ancient coins. Tribal artifacts are also a part of the museum along with many other kinds of objects on display exhibits of embroidery, paintings, arms, musical instruments, sculpture and precious metalwork.

Kutch Bustard Sanctuary: Also known locally as the Lala Prajan Sanctuary, its primary aim is to conserve the Great Indian Bustard. Among many other different varieties of wildlife that can be found within the reserve, there are three different kinds of Bustards themselves in the sanctuary.

Mandvi beach: The Mandvi beach is one of the most serene beaches on the Northwestern shore. It’s the perfect destination to come and relax with family and friends during winter mornings.

Aina Mahal: The Aaina Mahal palace or ‘Hall of Mirrors’ was built during the flamboyant rule of Lakhpatji in the middle of the 18th century. The responsibility of engineering, architecture and embellishment was entitled to Ram Singh Malam – a genius of an artist who took his training in Europe for 17 years but came back to India seeking name and fame. He was asked by the king to create this palace of dreams for him, and thus the Aina Mahal came into existence.

Kandla Port and Mudra port: The Kandla Port is one of the 11 most important ports of India. The Mudra Port is another important commercial port in the Kutch.

Narayan Sarovar: A combination of 5 holy lakes of Hinduism namely Man Sarovar, Pampa Sarovar, Bindu Sarovar, Narayan Sarovar and Pushkar Sarovar, this is one of the most significant religious sites for Hindus.

Hamirsar Lake: Hamirsar Lake is the heart of Bhuj town and located in the western end of Kutch, Gujarat. Bhuj is known for hot and dry summers. This lake is considered an oasis between saline and arid Kutch. The kings built the lake to fulfil the domestic needs of people of Bhuj in ancient times. Hamirsar Lake was well developed with a channel and tunnels that used to carry water from three rivers to fill the town’s water reservoirs. But after the earthquake of 2001 in Bhuj, this water system was gravely disturbed distorted.

Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary: Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary is located in Little Rann of Kutch, is India’s biggest wildlife sanctuary spreading over a massive 4954 square kilometre. It is home to a wide variety of carnivores, mammals, birds. The sanctuary is best known for the endangered species of the Indian wild ass like Khur as well as the Asiatic wild ass species, Oranger. Other kinds of mammals, reptiles, amphibians are also found in this area.

Prag Mahal: Located in the same compound as the Aaina Mahal, is the giant Prag Mahal, which may at first seem slightly out of place at the far western edge of India, looking more appropriate in France.

Mata No Madh: Located 138 km from the city of Bhuj, Mata No Madh, this historical temple dedicated to Jadeja deities and is situated west of Kakkadbhit. The original 1200 year old temple was demolished during the earthquake of 1819 AD.

Narayan Sarovar Chinkara Sanctuary:  A 125km drive away from Bhuj, this is also known as Narayan Sarovar Chinkara Sanctuary. This sanctuary covers an area of about 444 sq. km. and is one of the distinct eco-system in the Kutch district of Gujarat state and it is a home to number of mammals such as chinkara, the endangered Indian wolf, wildcats, desert foxes, honey badger and wild boar.

Rann Utsav: Celebrating the varied ethnic flavour of Gujarat through crafts, music, dance and people, Rann Utsav for 2020-2021 will be held from 12th November 2020 to 28th February 2021. An initiative by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited, the Rann Utsav is packed with leisure, delicious food and adventure spread over 5 Lakh sq metres with more than 350 luxurious tents. It is 100+ full-filled days of Kutch.

Anjar: Anjar is a town and municipality in Kutch District, Gujarat. With 1,400 years of history, it is known as the oldest town in Kutch. The desert climate in this region does not spare Anjar, sharing the same weather extremities. It has been a centre for trade and commerce in Kutch for eons, being a target of invasion in medieval times and during the British colonisation.

Kheda: Kheda is one among the oldest districts of Gujarat. It was bifurcated in 1998 and Anand was carved out of it and the head quarter of the district shifted from Kheda to Nadiad. On 17thSeptember 2013, two talukas namely Balasinor and Virpur of Kheda district had been included in the Mahisagar district, and two new talukas namely Vaso and Galteshwar came into existence under the Kheda District. District is spread over 3958.84 sq km. Nadiad is birthplace of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and also known for the renowned personalities like Santram Maharaj and Indulal Yagnik. District is bound by two major rivers of Gujarat, on west side Sabaramati and Mahisagar on the East.

Famous Places in Kheda: Galteshwar Mahadev Temple, Santram Temple Nadiad, Kund Vav, Ranchhodrai Dakor Temple, Hot Water Pools, Gopaldas Haveli, Natural beauty paradise, Tirthrajshree Swaminarayan Temple.

Galteshwar Mahadev Temple: Galteshwar is very important in the historic tourism and religious places of Gujarat in the Thasra taluka of Kheda district. This religious place is located at the sangam (confluence) of the Mahisagar and the Galti river. This Galteshwar Mahadev, situated 10 to 12 km away from the famous Dakor’s Thakorji, has more than 25 lakh devotees and tourists visits in the year. Despite the indecisive attempts to complete the incomplete summit many times, this temple is now without the peak.

Santram Temple Nadiad: Shree Santram was a great saint of Avadhut. Shree Saintram Maharaj came to Nadiad from Girnar so that he was known as Girnar Bawa, Vidhay Baava or Sukh-Sagji. Shree Saintram Maharaj came here in 1872, lived for 15 years as a spiritual remedy, and took Samadhi on the full moon day of 1887.

Kund Vav: When Siddharaj Jaysingh came to Kheda district, army feels safe to stay in kapadwanj. It was a land full of forest.
It is said that, Somadat Pandit of Siddharaja had a disease of leprosy. There was a water puddle before where there was Kundavav, in it, he was slipped and its disease died. So looking at these miracles, Dharmisth king decided to make kund vav.

Ranchhodrai Dakor Temple: In ancient times, Dankarishi made Mahadev happy by penance, the temple of Dunkahnath Mahadev on the Gomati coast and the name of the town which is denoted by Dankarshijan is dankpur, today it’s known as Dakor.

Hot Water Pools: A special type of hot water pool in Lusundra village of Kathlal taluka of Kheda district.
The village has a grand temple of Somnath Mahadev. There is a lake next to it.
There is a beautiful darshan of Nature (prakruti), where the water of the river flows through the dispersed cast of Mahadev. In front of the temple, there is a hot and cold water cistern.
It’s a miracle that Kund water never smells musty.

Gopaldas Haveli: 16 km from Nadiad, there is a village of Patidars called Vaso. This village is known as Darbar Gopaldas and Mahendrishibhai’s Haveli. This mansion is 250 years old. The artwork made from wood is in every corner of the haveli. Mahendranbhai Desai, the owner of the Haveli, was the former MLA. The ceiling of each room of the mansion is also made of seam wood. The haveli is spread in one and a half bighas. Although wooden peeler and carving have been more than two centuries. Fesko painting made using some years of natural colors used to be highly valued.

Natural beauty paradise: There is the big lake, a small lake and Ratadewar lake in pariej.In the vicinity of the Gulf of Khambhat, there are a large number of birds found in the lake. Common, payvar and Aayavar found in the vicinity of the lake. Saras is The famous bird of this area. In India, Saras is found only in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.Area of the main lake of pariej spread over 12 sq.km. Its normal depth is 8 ft and the maximum depth is 10.5 ft. Ahinkal and Narmada canal water are the main sources for filling the lake. Various birds are found in the Pariyeaj lake, and especially Saras Beldi is found in this lake. Travelers and bird lover visiting these ponds often.So that the state government decides to develop this area as a tourist place.

Tirthrajshree Swaminarayan Temple: In 1878, in the Chaitra Sadan, Sahajanand Swami Started to build the temple and completed the construction in the Kartik month of 1881.instead of the laborers, sadhus saints and satsangists themselves take up bricks and lime, baking, all work and construction services. Total 9lacs bricks used in the base of the temple. Sahajanand Swami himself took 37 bricks. Out of them, 35 bricks used in the seat of Lakshminarayan’s idol.

Mehsana: Mehsana is a city and a district located in the Indian state of Gujarat. This alluring city was established by Mehsaji Chavda, a Rajput business tycoon in the early 14th century. He reconstructed a major part of the city in the Rajput style of architecture and also built a temple devoted to Chamunda Devi. At present, Mehsana is flocked by the tourists on a large scale.With an elevation of 260 feet above the sea level; the land of Mehsana covers an area of 10 hectares. It is surrounded by Banaskantha in North, Ahmedabad in South, Patan in West, and Sabar Kantha in East. It has a subtropical climate. The city faces scorching summers with an average temperature of 36°C and pleasant winters with an average temperature of 13°C. It receives an ample amount of rainfall during the monsoon season with an average of 2700 mm.

Famous Places in Mehsana: Bahucharaji Temple, Ajit Nath Temple, Thol Wildlife Sanctuary.

Bahucharaji Temple: Famous for the temple of Goddess Bahucharaji, the town is 35kms. From Mehsana. There are three temples of the Goddess, of which two are termed ‘Adyasthan’ (the original site), and the center temple as a ‘Madhyasthan’. The first of these encloses a Varkhadi tree from where the Goddess is supposed to have appeared.

The little temple was built by Maratha Fadnis and the principal place of worship, the outer temple was built by Manajirao Gaekwad in 1781A.D. The Adyasthan contains the Sphathik Bala Yantra with gold cover. On every full moon day, the temple of the Goddess is visited by a bulky number of devotees and tonsorial ceremonies are performed.

Ajit Nath Temple: Ajit Nath Temple located 56 kms from Mehsana, nestled in the hills of Taranga, is the temple devoted to Ajit Nath, the 22nd Tirthankara of Jains. One of the most beautiful locations, the temples are a “must visit” on a Gujarat traveller’s circuit. Though the hills are not high, only 365 metre (1200 ft), they offer a marked change from the surrounding region, due to their atmosphere and panoramic views. The 12th century Ajit Nath Temple, believed to be built by King Kumarpal, humbles the visitor by its grandeur. It consists of a Garbhagriha, ambulatory and three balconied windows filled with fine grills.

Thol Wildlife Sanctuary: is an artificial lake near thol village in Kalol in mehsana district. It is situated in the district of Mehsana and is at a distance of around 40kms from Ahmedabad. The sanctuary has a man constructed lake known as Thol, which covers the major area of the sanctuary.

The lake has a storage capacity of about 84mcm of water. The place is mostly a wetland and has marshes at edges along with scrub forests on either side of the embankments. The place is quite peaceful and is a perfect destination for those who want to avoid the hustle & bustle of the city life.

Avifauna-Thol Wild Life Sanctuary shelters various species of domestic as well as the migratory birds. During winters one can see a large number of birds like flamingos, black ibis, waterfowls, grey pelicans, spotted flycatcher, graylag geese, waders, mallards etc.

Morbi: Morbi district is a new district of the newly formed districts of Gujarat state on August 15, 2013, on the Independence Day of India. There are 5 talukas in the district – Morbi, Malia, Tankara, Wankaner (formerly From Rajkot district) and Halvad (formerly in Surendranagar district). Morbi town is situated on the Machchhu river, 35 kilometers from the sea and 60 km from Rajkot. This district is surrounded by Kutch district in the north, Surendranagar district on the east, Rajkot district on the south and Jamnagar district in the west.

Famous Places in Morbi: Maa Khodiyar Mandir, Jadeshwar Mahadev Temple, Green Chowk, Suspension Bridge.

Maa Khodiyar Mandir: Wankaner taluka of Rajkot district matel  khodiyar maa famous temple in the village. This is approximately 17 km from Wankaner city. Mataji temple is situated on a high rock. Here is the goddess of the old station, there are four statues.

Patient lays deep water in the river in front of the temple is Mateliya known as the land. Mataji sleep and Prasad are held here, the fact of mind the Maa khodiyar sight of devotees. You can reach Tirth dham via ST and private vehicles into the everywhere of Gujarat. Wankaner until the train comes. This is a beautiful place to stay and lodging arrangements.

Jadeshwar Mahadev Temple: Jadeshwar Mahadev Mandir located in near Wankaner City of Vadsar Lake in the jadeshwar village of Rajkot district of Gujarat, India. Stand tall mountain greenery in picturesque surroundings between Wankaner to Vadasara Lake.

The lake is a short further historical of jadeswar Mahadev. The spontaneous emergence of Mahadev ancient history and is very juicy. The history begins when the existing avatars Nava nagar jamar valathi.

Green Chowk: Green Chowk is a town square approached by a series of three gates. European town planning principles inspired the creation of these gates as landmarks in the town. The Nehru Gate is made out of stone using elements of Rajput architecture with central clock tower, while another one uses elements of western architecture and is capped by a three-storeyed cast iron frame structure with a dome.

Suspension Bridge: The Suspension Bridge, an engineering marvel built at the turn of the century, reflects the progressive and scientific nature of the rulers of Morbi. This was built to give a unique identity to Morbi using the latest technology available in those days, in Europe. It is 1.25 m wide and spans 233 m on the Machchhu River connecting Darbargadh Palace and Lakhdhirji Engineering College.

Narmada: On 2/10/97 Gujarat Government formed 6 new districts including Narmada district. Nandod, Dediyapada and Sagbara talukas of Bharuch district and Tilakwada Taluka of Vadodara district formed Narmada District. New Taluka Garudeshwar was formed on 18/02/2014. The District is situated in the eastern corner of Gujarat state. The district now has 5 Talukas and 1 Municipality. Nandod Taluka has 111 villages, Dediyapada Taluka has 169 villages, Sagbara Taluka has 93 villages, Tilakwada Taluka has 97 villages and Garudeshwar Taluka has 92 villages. Narmada District thus has a total of 562 villages and 222 village panchayat. District has total population of 5, 90,279 according to 2011 census.

Famous Places in Narmada: Ninai waterfall, Harsiddhi mataji temple, Dev Mogra temple, Nilkanth Dham Poicha, Zarvani waterfall, Junaraj, Statue of Unity, Karjan dam, Sardar Sarovar dam, Rajvant Palace.

Ninai waterfall: Ninai is a waterfall in Dediapada taluka of Narmada district in the Indian state of Gujarat.Ninai is located off State Highway 163 (Gujarat). It is approximately 35 km from Dediapada and approximately 143 km from Surat. Nearest railway station is Bharuch which is around 125 km away and nearest airport is Surat. The height of Ninai falls is more than 30 feet.It is situated in Dediapada’s beautiful forest ranges besides Shoolpaneshwar wildlife sanctuary.

Harsiddhi mataji temple: Harsiddhi mataji temple is located in rajpipla city of Gujarat. This is a very big and famous mandir in the city. In Rajpipla there is an interesting history of arrival of Goddess Harsidhhi mata.

Dev Mogra temple: Dev Mogra (also Devmogra or Yaah Devmogi) is a figure in Hindu mythology, a goddess for the Satpuda mountain people.There is a temple to this goddess on a mountain near the city of Rajpipla in the state of Gujarat, India.The temple was said to have been created seven generations back when the then high-priest saw a vision of DevMogra.

Nilkanth Dham Poicha: Nilkanth Dham Swaminarayan Temple is located at Poicha village on the bank of river Narmada which is about 80 kms from Bharuch and 60KM from Vadodara. It is beautiful swaminarayan temple constructed in large area and one of the most amazing pilgrimages attracts people around Gujarat.

Zarvani waterfall: This campsite is situated in the Narmada District. It is 28 kms from Rajpipla towards Kevadia Colony at the Narmada Dam site. It is 7 kms from the Thawadia checkpost. It is situated inside the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to a gamut of flora & fauna. The wildlife attarction include leopards, wild sloth bears, hyena, various species of Deers and wild dogs. One can also see the rhesus monkey and the barking deer or muntjac which are rarely found in other parts of the country.

Junaraj: Junaraj campsite is located in Satpuda mountain range, in the catchment area of Karjan Dam. Situated inside Shoolpaneshaw Wildlife Sanctuary, “Junaraj” was once administrative capital of Rajpipla.

Junaraj eco tourism center is near to historical Nilkantheshwar Mahadev Temple. It’s also near to Aakashdevi and Dev Chhatra, which was old capital of Gohil dynasty. Remnants of which can still be found.

Statue of Unity: The Statue of Unity is an iconic 182 meters tall tribute to one of India’s foremost Statesmen and leaders – Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The monument is under construction and located between the Vindhyachal and Satpuda ranges, rising on Sadhu-Bet Island in the Narmada River, approximately 3.5 kms downstream from the famous Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat.

Karjan dam: The Karjan Reservoir Project is situated near Jitgadh village of Nanded Taluka, Dist. Narmada of Gujarat State across river Karjan, a left bank tributary of river Narmada, having its confluence downstream of Sardar Sarovar Project.

Sardar Sarovar dam: The Sardar Sarovar project was a vision of the first deputy prime minister of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The foundation stone of the project was laid out by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on April 5, 1961.On occasion of his 67th birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river. The project which has been the subject of much controversy for decades now is reported to be one of the largest dams in the world. Having a length of 1.2 kms and a depth of 163 metres, the dam is expected to be shared among the three states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Rajvant Palace: The Rajvant Palace resort is one of the best hotels in Gujarat. It is a part of the Vijayraj Palace complex constructed in the year 1915 by Maharajah Vijay Singhji.

Navsari: On 2/10/1997 Gujarat Government bifurcated Valsad district in two districts – Valsad and Navsari. The newly formed Navsari district is situated on Arabian coastline at southern border of Gujarat state. Navsari district situated between 20.07 to 21.00 North Latitude and 72.43 to 73.00 East Longitude. The geographical area of district is 2196 sq.k.m. The population of district is 13, 30, 711. Apart from Navsari (city) taluka, there are six more talukas. Total Gram Panchayats of district are 368.

Famous Places in Navsari: Unai Mata Temple, Dandi.

Unai Mata Temple: This village situated on Billimoravadhai railway route is famous for warm water “Kunds” (Reservoirs) These “Kunds” of hot water are very old. It is said that, Lord Shri Rama could not get Brahmins over here for “Yagna” (Sacrifice) so he had called Brahmins for Gangakulgiri place on Himalaya for “Yagna” (Sacrifice) to fulfill there need of hot water Lord Shri Ram’s had produced hot flow of Ganga by targeting arrow in land. Besides as per other folktale when Lord Shri Ram, Sita and Lakshman living forest life came to Dand Karnaya’s Sharban Rushi’s Ashram then Rushi throught there meditation power had changed their bad-smelling clothes, Lakshman knowing about it, Ram’s attention was drawn towards “Rishis” pain to relieve the condition of Rishi suffering from a very big disease.

Dandi: Dandi is located on the coast of the Arabian Sea near the city of Navsari.

19 km away from taluka’s main city, this village is colonized on bank of sea and famous for Mahatma Gandhijis historical Salt Satyagraha. This historical Dandi is near sea. “Kirti” pillar in remembrance of “Mahatma Gandhi” is established opposite this monument where there is “Safe villa” where during night Gandhiji had resided. At present in it Gandhi museum and library is there. Behind Gandhi Museum, Daudi Vora’s famous “Dargah”, (tomb) Mai Saheba Mazar (Hizlaa Yusufi) is there where for belief people of all communities come from outside, also.

Panchmahal: Panchmahal history is woven around Champaner city Vailabhis during Shilaaditya 5th reign Vikram Samvat (AD : 348 -385) Bronze interception Godhra hack means in present Godhra’s “Vijay Chavani” his reign in 7th century (AD.647) Champaner is said to be established. At the end of 13th century (in 1297) under the leadership of Alaudin khilji, Muslims going back from Kichdivad, Chauhans became the ruler of this country.

Famous Places in Panchmahal: Navlakha Kothar, Saat Kamaan, Pavagadh Temple.

Navlakha Kothar: North of the highest peak of the Pavagadh mountain, the valley of the vast expanse of Mouliatuk is known as the Navlakhi Valley. Here the ancient building, named after the Navlakha Kothar, provides an overview of Mughal architecture. The T-shaped building made up of bricks containing seven parts covered by large dome, situated on the edge of the Navlakhi Valley, is believed to be used as a storehouse for food storage in ancient times.

Saat Kamaan: From the Atak door to the Boodhiya gates, there are far-sighted buildings in the highest mountain range in the range of fortifications. This building, called Seven Arches, is made of cleaner stones. In the seven arches designed in a large tent, the then rulers were holding secret meetings and the royal family is believed to use the place for fun and promotion.

Pavagadh Temple: Pavagadh, a scenic mountain in Halol taluka of Panchmahal district, is considered as sacred Shakti Peetha, religious pilgrimage and natural beauty of the Gujarat State. On the highest peak of this scenic mountain, resides the Shakti swarup Jagatajanani Maa Kalika, a huge number of devotees’ visits there and are feel blessed by seeing the Maa Mahakali.

Patan: Patan District was formed on 2-10-97 from the parts of Mahesana and Banaskantha Districts. Patan District was formed including Patan, Siddhapur, Chanasma, Harij and Sami Talukas of Mahesana district and Radhanpur and Santalpur Talukas of Banaskantha District. The head quarter of the District is Patan.

Famous Places in Patan: Sahastra Ling Talav, Varana Temple, Panchasara Jain Temple, Patola, Rani ki vav, Bindu Sarovar, Wild Ass Sanctuary, Rudra Mahalay, Shri Parsvnath Temple.

Sahastra Ling Talav: Sahasralinga Tank or Sahasralinga Talav is a medieval artificial water tank in Patan, Gujarat, India. It was commissioned during Chaulukya(Solanki) rule.  It is a Monument of National Importance protected by Archaeological Survey of India.

Varana Temple: Shri Khodiyar Mataji Temple is situated in village Varana, Ta: Sami. The holy temple of Mataji features a bright history of the as many as 100 years. The Varana temple is blessed with newly designed wonderful temple with accommodation facilities.

Panchasara Jain Temple: Panchasara Jain Temple is situated at middle of Patan town. There are as many as 100 and more temples in Patan dedicated to various gods including a number of Jain temples. The most famous of these are Mahavir Swami Derasar in Dhnadherwad and Panchasara Derasar.

Patola: Patola is a double ikat woven sari, usually made from silk, made in Patan, Gujarat, India. The word patola is the plural form; the singular is patolu. They are very expensive, once worn only by those belonging to royal and aristocratic families. These saris are popular among those who can afford the high prices. Velvet patola styles are also made in Surat. Patola-weaving is a closely guarded family tradition. There are three families in Patan that weave these highly prized double ikat saris. It is said that this technique is taught to no one in the family, but only to the sons.

Rani Ki vav: Rani Ki vav is an intricately constructed stepwell situated in the town of Patan in Gujarat, India. It is located on the banks of Saraswati River. Rani ki vav was built as a memorial to an 11th-century AD king Bhimdev I. It was added to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites on 22 June 2014. Stepwells are a distinctive form of subterranean water resource and storage systems on the Indian subcontinent, and have been constructed since the third millennium BC. Rani ki vav was built in the complex Maru-Gurjara architectural style with an inverted temple and seven levels of stairs and holds more than 500 principal sculptures.

Bindu Sarovar: Siddhpur, also spelled Sidhpur is a town and a municipality in Patan district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is a historical place located on the bank of Sarasvati River. Siddhpur is the headquarters of Siddhpur taluka.

Wild Ass Sanctuary: Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary also known as the Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Little Rann of Kutch in the Gujarat state of India. Spread over 4954 km², it is the largest wildlife sanctuary in India. Located near Koddha village of Patan District.

Rudra Mahalay: Rudramal at Siddhapur is also known as Rudramahalaya was perhaps one of the earliest and largest Calukyan temples. It was first built by Mularaja in the 10th century, but perhaps reconstructed, according to a tradition by Siddharaja Jayasimha in the 12th century. It was a magnificent multi-storied Siva temple with 11 subsidiary shrines, dedicated to the EkadasaRudras.

Shri Parsvnath Temple: The Shankheshwar Jain Temple is located in the center of Shankheshwar town of Patan district, Gujarat, India. The temple is dedicated to Parshwanath and is an important place of pilgrimage for the followers of Jainism.

Porbandar: Porbandar, a famous city in Gujarat, is located near the Arabian Sea. It is the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation and also said to be the birth place of Sudama (close friend of Lord Krishna). It is now becoming a tourist hub as many flock here to know more and see the life of Mahatma Gandhi. Porbandar has a few attractions of its own which are either historical or religious. Here is a look at the places you should visit while in Porbandar.

Famous Places in Porbandar: Kirti Mandir, Huzoor Palace, Sudama Mandir.

Kirti Mandir: Kirti Mandir is one of the famous tourist destinations of Porbandar. A memorial temple built to honour Mahatma Gandhi. This complex houses the ancenstral house of the Gandhi’s’ where Mahatma Gandhi was born. Also known as the ‘Temple of Peace’, the Kirti Mandir is counted amongst the popular monuments of the nation.

Huzoor Palace: The Huzoor Palace at Porbandar was built by Natwar Shah. This sprawling structure resembling a European mansion is located at the end of the beach. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and water fountains, the palace faces the Arabian Sea.

Sudama Mandir: The Sudama Mandir in Porbandar holds a lot of historic and religious importance. The temple was constructed to pay obeisance to Sudama, the childhood friend and devotee of Lord Krishna. A large number of devotees, especially newlywed Rajasthani Kshatriya couples, flock to the place every year.

Rajkot: Located in the western region of the country, Rajkot is the fourth-largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat. A commercial city with not many sightseeing options, Rajkot should be visited for its sweets, traditional snacks, Navratri celebrations, handicrafts (silverwork, patola weaving, bandhani) and its maze of narrow alleys with distinct cultural character. Located halfway between Ahmedabad and Porbandar, Rajkot is perfect for a one-day trip.

Famous Places in Rajkot: Khambhalida Caves, Kaba Gandhi no Delo, Pradhyuman Zoological Park, Ranjit Vilas Palace, Gondal, Jagat Mandir, Gandhi Museum, Ishwariya Park,  Swaminarayan Mandir, Lalpari Lake, Watson Museum, Nyari Dam, Aji Dam, Lang Library, Rotary Dolls Museum, Tankara Museum, Fun world, Jubilee Garden, Bal Bhavan, Race Course, Rashtriya Shala, Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary, Analgadh Hill.

Khambhalida Caves: Khambhalida Caves, also known as Rajkot Caves, are a set of three Buddhist caves. They are located near the Gondal town in the Rajkot district of Gujarat. They were discovered in the year 1958 by a renowned archaeologist, P.P. Pandya. Out of the three caves, the centre cave is named chaitya and is a worn out stupa.

Kaba Gandhi no Delo: As the city of Rajkot is best known for being the place where Mahatma Gandhi spent his early years, visiting the Kaba Gandhi no Delo is one of the most important as well as popular attractions. The Kaba Gandhi no Delo is essentially the house where Mahatma Gandhi lived for the duration when his father was the Diwan of Rajkot. The place is now a museum with preserved artefacts and a pictorial tour which depicts the life of Gandhi. An NGO also holds classes on the grounds. These classes are primarily based on sewing and embroidery work for anyone who wishes to learn. The Kaba Gandhi no Delo is just off the Gheekantha Road which is always bustling with life and culture of Rajkot, and spotting this simple museum is an easy task.

Pradhyuman Zoological Park: Pradhyuman Zoological Park is located near Lalpari Lake in Rajkot, Gujarat. It is commonly referred to as the Pradhyuman/Rajkot Prani Sanghralaya. The area covered by the park is 137 acres wide. Many locals and tourists visit this place as a popular picnic destination as an excursion or a school tour visit. The two lakes surrounding the park – Lake Lalpari and Lake Randarda provide a natural habitat for migratory birds along with the variety of flora and over thirty-five thousand trees. There are in-built necessities and cafes. Golf carts are provided for senior citizens. There is an extra charge for availing cameras and video-recorder inside the park.

Ranjit Vilas Palace: Ranjit Vilas Palace is located in Rajkot, Gujarat, and was built by Maharaja of Wankaner H.H. Amarsinhji. It covers an area of 225 acres. There are no visitors allowed inside the palace except for under special circumstances granted that they have permission from the present descendant of the Jhala dynasty – High Royal Highness Dr. Digvijay Sinh Zala. The palace is decorated with a fusion of historic architectural styles borrowed from the Mughal, Dutch, Gothic and Victorian architecture. However, the maintenance of the palace has been the centre of scrutiny by many of its visitors.

Gondal: Around 35 kilometres south of Rajkot lies the quaint city of Gondal. The city is known for its collection of automobiles as well as its efficient road network which was the best during the olden days. The city retains its grandeur and sense of royalty with the help of the Riverside Palace and the Darbargadh. The Riverside Palace which was built in 1875 is now a heritage hotel whose enormous grounds double into a forest reserve where individuals can occasionally spot deer and rare bird species. The Darbargadh, on the other hand, is a 17th-century palace whose main feature is the excellent arches that are scattered across the grounds. The palace is also known as the Navlakka Palace and is open to visitors for a small fee. Aside from this Gondal also hosts a bustling marketplace which sells humble goods and has winding streets which enhance the cities beauty.

Jagat Mandir: If religious places often make their way to your itinerary, do not miss out on the Jagat Mandir. This mandir is a universal temple which holds the idols of several deities and takes into account religions like Hindu, Christian, Island and Buddhism. However, the chief deity to which the temple is devoted to is Shri Ramakrishna Paramohansa. This deity is made entirely out of white marble which contrasts the temple walls, and the deity is depicted sitting on a lotus flower. Aside from its religious uniqueness, the temple is also known for its architecture. The temple is entirely made of red stone which contrasts with its natural surroundings and stands out during the day as well as night. Aside from this, the temple is supported by 60 pillars which are made of granite and sandstone and are unique in their own right.

Gandhi Museum: Gandhi Museum, commonly referred to as Mahatma Gandhi Museum is located in the city of Rajkot. As evident by its name, the museum is an attraction documenting and exhibiting the life and work of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He was an activist of Indian origin who fought for the country’s independence against the British colonizers, by employing non-violent techniques thereby inspiring freedom fighters all over the world.

Ishwariya Park: Ishwariya Park is a popular place to visit, which is located in the city of Rajkot. It was opened in 2008, the inauguration of which was done by the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi. Ever since the beautiful park has attracted a lot of people. The 77 acres park has a vast lake where boating can be enjoyed. Although the lake almost gets drained during summers, it is flourishing and full during winters. The large, spacious park has a very tranquil environment where one can relax in the evening and take some time out of their wrapped up life.

Swaminarayan Mandir: Situated on the Kalawad Road, at a distance of 4 km from the Rajkot Junction, Swaminarayan Mandir is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. Mostly known for its architectural brilliance, the temple is one of the most celebrated temples in Gujarat and is among the top tourist attractions in the city. The temple was set up in 1998 by Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan (BAPS) Sanstha and hence is also known as BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir.

Lalpari Lake: The Lalpari Lake located at the outskirts of Rajkot is a delightful place where one can spend an afternoon lounging. The lake has a captivating landscape that entices its audience and makes them wish to spend the entire day staring at its beauty. The glimmering lake along with the lush green surroundings makes an excellent picnic spot as well. Another exciting aspect of the lake which brings forth a lot of nature enthusiasts is the fact that it attracts several migratory birds which can be easily spotted from the lakes shore and which add to the mystic beauty of the place.

Watson Museum: One of the largest and oldest museums in Gujarat, the Watson Museum is located in the Jubilee Garden area of Rajkot, Gujarat. The museum contains many artefacts and belongings of the Jadeja Rajput dynasty, who were also the founder of the princely state of Rajkot. The Gujarat State Government manages this museum and has preserved this as a part of the state’s long and rich cultural heritage. Other than the collections, the museum also has an extensive library. Moreover, it has a few counters from where the museum’s own published materials are sold to the public.

Nyari Dam: Situated at a distance of 5 km from Rajkot in Gujarat, Nyari Dam is a scenic picnic spot that is frequented by several tourists. Besides, Nyari Dam also draws a lot of birdwatchers as the area is visited by several migratory birds especially during the winter season. As the spot is located on the outskirts of the city, it provides the much needed respite from the chaos and hustle bustle of the city. Many people come here on an everyday basis, both locals and tourists to relax and unwind, amidst pristine surroundings. Lately, a children’s area has also been constructed here to let kids have a good time. In addition to that, there are a few eateries and food stalls at the spot to provide you with refreshments and beverages.

Aji Dam: Dividing the city of Rajkot along its east-west line, the Aji river is one of the most important rivers of the region. It supplies considerable water for drinking as well as for agricultural purposes, and is also often referred to as the ‘lifeline of Rajkot’. There are four dams across the Aji river, which was completed in the year of 1954; the garden and the zoo were inaugurated later in June 2017, by the Prime Minister. The Aji dam, on the downstream area of the river, is the most important one among them and is located in the outskirts of Rajkot, distanced from around 8 km from the central city. This dam, along with the Nyari Dam, makes for an essential source of water for Rajkot. The Aji dam also has a garden and a zoo next to it, which makes it an even more attractive tourist destination.

Lang Library: Situated on the Jawahar Road in Rajkot, Lang Library is one of the oldest archives in the city that boasts of a priceless collection of ancient literature. It is a haven for people who consider themselves avid readers or literature connoisseurs. It has the typical smell of old rustic books and parchments and inks. The library is mostly known for its incomparable collection on the Kathiawadi and Gujarati literature, and an extensive repository of fictional and reference material about the colonial era.

Rotary Dolls Museum: Rotary Dolls Museum located in Rajkot exhibits an array of dolls from all around the world. Each doll in the museum unique as they tell tales of different traditions and cultures around the world. Rotary Dolls Museum is the best place for children to visit as it is a fun way to gain knowledge.

Tankara Museum: Built in 1824, the Tankara Museum is a museum that reflects Rajkot’s historical importance. The museum lies 44 kilometres from Rajkot and is the birthplace of the renowned Swami Dayanand. Swami Dayanand was known for his social reforms and for being the founder of Arya Samaj, and the Tankara Museum does right by reflecting the depth and foundation of his values and beliefs.

Fun world: Funworld, situated in the city of Rajkot, is the first-ever amusement park in Gujarat, which was designed and made available for public access in 1986. One is transported to a different dimension with the sole purpose of providing entertainment at this modern park. Funworld is a destination that mesmerises visitors of all ages, facilitating an opportunity to satisfy one’s appetite for an adventure through its various, unique rides and activities, all in a safe and controlled environment. Interactive recreational activities such as picnics, drawing and painting competitions and exciting games are organised by management on special occasions such as Children’s Day. Fun World is a popular stop for tourists visiting the region, as evident by its annual 1.2 million visitors.

Jubilee Garden: Jubilee Garden is situated in Lohana Para, the heart of the ever-bustling and busy city of Rajkot. It is an open garden with an expanse of lush green grasses within its boundaries and is ideal for a family picnic or a day out with friends. Within the Garden area, there is also a museum, an auditorium, a library which is known as Lang Library and a few fairgrounds rides for the amusement of children. It is famous among people of every age group because it is suitable for everyone’s recreation, be it for a morning walk, a fun picnic or the enjoyment of children. The pathways in Jubilee Garden are adorned with small plants and bushes. The avenue of shady trees and the occasional sight of uncommon birds are the reasons why nature lovers love to spend their leisure time in the Garden.

Bal Bhavan: Racecourse ground in Rajkot covers an area of 15,000 sq. yard and is house to many fun frolic and happening places, major among them being Bal Bhavan. As the name suggests, it mainly attracts children of all age groups. Initially built as a horse racing ground, Racecourse eventually converted into park and playgrounds exhibiting various sports grounds and activity rooms for children and elders.

Race Course: Situated in the heart of the city in Rajkot, Race Course is an area which has several enormous and green spacious grounds which are ideal for sports and cultural events. Among several other activities and facilities, the highlight of the complex has an indoor stadium of Olympic standard and a vast cricket ground that also hosts other sporting events and games including football, volleyball and hockey etc. In addition to that, it is also a popular spot among kids as it houses the Baal Bhavan, the Fun World and the Children Traffic Park. Besides, if you are a fitness freak, the complex has a gym and a swimming pool for you as well.

Rashtriya Shala: Situated on the Dr Yagnik Rd in Rajkot, Rashtriya Shala is an institute that is believed to have been set up by the Father of Our Nation – Mahatma Gandhi. Sprawling over a vast 66 acres of land area, the institute was set up in 1921, and the land for the same was donated by the then leader of Rajkot Shri Lakhajiraj. Besides documenting the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi himself, the centre is closely related to the Non Cooperation Movement as here you can find several data, artefacts and segments relating to the same and also about India’s fight for independence.

Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary: Located in a tranquil setting in Rajkot, Gujarat, Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary is sprawling acres of land boasting of rich wildlife, both in terms of flora and fauna. Considered to be a haven for bird lovers since the sanctuary attracts a lot of migratory birds in the likes of ring dove, large gray blabber, yellow-throated sparrow, purple sunbird, common peafowl and partridges etc., it is also not unusual to find several deer and antelopes flocking the place. Among other common animals that can be found here are blue bull, hyena, foxes, jackals, and wolves etc.

Analgadh Hill: Situated at a distance of 17 km from Gondal city near Rajkot, Analgadh Hill is a small hillock and a popular weekend getaway and an escape from the chaos and din of the city. Boasting of stunning views of the valley below and sweeping views of the picturesque surroundings, there is also an ancient Hindu temple on the hill that is visited by a number of devotees and pilgrims.

Sabarkantha: Sabarkantha District is situated in North Eastern part of Gujarat State. The administrative headquarters of the district is Himatnagar, about 80 km from Ahmedabad. Sabarkantha District is surrounded by Rajasthan state to the northeast, Banaskantha and Mehsana districts to the west, Gandhinagar to the south and Aravalli District to the South – East.

Famous Places in Sabarkantha: Polo Forest.

Polo Forest: Polo Forest is a haven for Eco-friendly nature lovers and the adventurous. Polo-one of the most ancient historical sites in Gujarat, is also unique for its picturesque surroundings, Forest & Mills serving as refuge for fascinating flora & fauna. It is a Bird Watcher’s Delight being a sanctuary for over 200 species of Rare Birds. It also is an abode for Jungle fowl and a host of other species which are yet grimly holding on to this last habitat, thoroughly adorned by flowing rivulets and an unsullied lake.

Surat: Surat is a bustling port city in Gujarat, which is ranked among the most rapidly prospering cities of the country. It is the second-largest and second most populated city in the state. The city is popular among tourists, businessmen, nature lovers, and history buffs. There are plenty of places to visit in Surat to keep one occupied and entertained.

Famous Places in Surat: Dutch Garden, Dumas Beach, Hajira Village, Sardar Patel Museum, Ambika Niketan Temple, Dandi Beach, Sarthana Nature Park, Jagdishchandra Bose Aquarium, Tithal Beach, Shri Swaminarayan Temple, Amaazia Water Park, Science Centre, Vansda National Park, Choppati/ Jawahar Lal Nehru Garden, Surat Castle, Suvali Beach, Snow Park, Sneh Rashmi Botanical Garden, Tapi River Front, Ubharat Beach.

Dutch Garden: Located in Nanpura, the Dutch Garden is a European style cemetery of Dutch and English officers. It is popular for the beautiful tombs of the explorers who visited and settled in India in those times. They had settled in the region for trade purposes and the same area has been marked as the Dutch Garden as we see it today.

Dumas Beach: Located along the Arabian Sea, Dumas beach is situated around 21 kilometers southwest of Surat. The beach is widely popular among tourists and locals but only during the day. The beach located at the mouth of the River Mandola and Tapi offers scenic beauty but unlike other beaches of India, it has black sand and an eerie vibe. The black color of the sand is attributed to the high concentration of iron.

Hajira Village: Hajira Village is a charming town located by the Arabian Sea. It is around 20 kilometers away from Surat in the Chorasi Tehsil of the district. Sporting shallow waters, the town hosts a major shipping port of India, owing to its connectivity with the Arabian Sea via the Gulf of Khambhat and the Persian Gulf.

Sardar Patel Museum: The Sardar Patel Museum was established in 1890 and was then known as the Winchester Museum. It is located in Shahibaug in an old building constructed in 1622 for Shah Jahan. Later the building was occupied by the British and was even used by the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore.

Ambika Niketan Temple: Situated on the banks of River Tapti, Ambika Niketan Temple was built in 1969 by Late Smt. Bharati Maiya. It is a famous Hindu pilgrim destination in Surat also known as Ambaji Temple. The temple enshrines a beautiful smiling idol of Goddess Shakti as Devi Ashtabhuja Ambika. The mesmerizing white stone statue has eight arms adorned with a trident, conch, bell, flower, discus, and other weapons.

Dandi Beach: Dandi in Surat is a beautiful salt marsh with breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea. It is a popular beach destination with immense historical importance. Located around 50 kilometers from Surat in the Dandi Village, this beach was a turning point in India’s Independence Movement. Dandi beach is popular among tourists for its scenic beauty and its rich history.

Sarthana Nature Park: Located around 10 kilometers away from the city on Surat Kamrej Road, Sarthana Nature Park is a Zoological Park for the exquisite creatures of the region. A sprawling expanse of around 81 acres along the left bank of river Tapi, the zoo is home to a wide variety of birds and animals. Animals such as Lions, Himalayan Bears, Royal Bengal Tigers, Leopards, Deer, and Hippopotamus can be witnessed in covered enclosures.

Jagdishchandra Bose Aquarium: Located in the Pal region of Surat, Jagdishchandra Bose Aquarium is the first multidisciplinary aquarium in India. The aquarium houses around 100+ species of fishes from the estuaries of Gujarat and other underwater creatures. It is equipped with 52 specialized tanks with built-in ecosystems as needed by fresh, brackish, and marine aquatic animals.

Tithal Beach: Tithal Beach is located around 90 kilometers away from Surat and is the go-to destination for beach lovers. The white waves crashing against the black sand shores add to the beauty of the Azure waters of the Arabian Sea. The beach is a one-hour drive from Daman and is visited by locals and tourists around the year. Shri Sai Baba Temple and Shri Swami Narayan Temple are located alongside the shore and many pilgrims visit Tithal beach to visit these temples.

Shri Swaminarayan Temple: Located on Ved Road near the banks of Tapti River, Shri Swaminarayan temple was constructed by the Swaminarayan Sect of Vaishnavism in 1996. Devotees believe that Swaminarayan or Sahajanand Swami is an incarnation of Narayana of Nara-Narayana. The temple is a revered Hindu pilgrim destination.

Amaazia Water Park: Amaazia Waterpark is among the largest water parks in Asia. The amusement park is a favorite spot for a thrilling weekend escape for the locals. The visitors can choose to enjoy the adventurous rides, splash in the water, or simply relax by the pool. There are numerous fun rides and swings suitable for visitors of all ages.

Science Centre: The Science Centre in Surat is a multi-facility complex comprising thematic galleries, a 3D amphitheater, a planetarium, a solar power plant, an art gallery, and a museum. The state-of-the-art Centre was built in 2009 and has allured thousands of science enthusiasts, scholars, teachers, and students of science and history. This one-of-its-kind enterprise in Western India is equipped with activities to engage visitors of all age groups.

Vansda National Park: Located around 100 kilometers away from Surat in the Navsari district, the Vansda National Park is a wildlife park set up in 1979. It is an area of over 24 square kilometers amidst the picturesque Sahyadri range. This natural reserve is named Vansda as it was owned by the Maharaja of Vansda.

Choppati/ Jawahar Lal Nehru Garden: Jawahar Lal Nehru Garden is the oldest and the largest garden in Surat. It is commonly referred to as Chowpati or Choppati. The verdant lawns attract locals and tourists throughout the year. The serene ambiance and lush greenery of Choppati make it a popular picnic spot amid the cacophony of the city.

Surat Castle: Surat Castle, also known as the Old Castle is one of the most prominent heritage monuments of Surat. It was commissioned by Sultan Mahmud III in 1540 to fortify the region against Portuguese invasion. Surat was a port of International importance and an important trade center.

Suvali Beach: Located 20 kilometers away from Surat, Suvali Beach is a pristine black sand beach. It is the perfect weekend getaway for locals and a solo traveler’s paradise. The beach isn’t very crowded as it isn’t easily accessible by public transport. The serenity and splendid charm of the beach make it a preferred holiday destination for couples and solitude seekers.

Snow Park: Snow Park is a theme-based amusement park inside the Rahulraj Mall in Surat. Located on Dumas Road it is a popular spot among kids. The park hosts several snow games and fun activities in an artificially created environment.

Sneh Rashmi Botanical Garden: Sneh Rashmi Botanical Garden is a botanical garden situated on the bank of River Tapti. It was inaugurated in 2011 by the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendra Modi. The garden is among the largest in Surat and covers a sprawling 34 acres of the verdant landscape.

Tapi River Front: The recently built Tapi River Front offers a spectacular view of the elegant River Tapi. The riverfront project was designed to dredge the river and construct embankments on its sides to create a green and clean place for enjoying picturesque views of the river.

Ubharat Beach: Located around 42 kilometers from Surat, the Ubharat beach is a pristine palm-fringed urban beach. The beach is away from the bustle of the city and not usually crowded. It is a preferred picnic destination for nature lovers and tourists. The splendid natural scenery and picturesque views are soul-soothing for those tired of the clamor of city life.

Surendranagar: Surendranagar District of Gujarat is situated between 22°00′ to 23°05′ North altitude and 69°45′ to 72°15′ East longitudes.  Ahmedabad and Rajkot, two main industrial and commercial centers of Gujarat and Saurashtra, are at equal distance from Surendranagar. It has common boundaries with five other district of Gujarat States. The District is surrounded by Kutch’s Desert & Patan District in North, Ahmedabad and Bhavnagar District in South & Rajkot District in West respectively.

Famous Places in Surendranagar: Trimandir, Chamunda Mataji Temple, Hawamahal, Varnindra Dham.

Trimandir: The temple complex covers an area of 13,190 sqft, while the temple podium is 5,656 sq ft. The entire complex is surrounded by a lush, green garden with benches, as well as a beautiful fountain at the centre.

The temple also has an informative museum and mini-theatre on GnaniPurushParamPujya Dada Bhagwan, around whose vision the Trimandir has been built. His aim was to remove the differences between religions and further to bring religions back to the seat of the Soul. Building a non-sectarian temple was one of the ways that His vision is being fulfilled. The museum has approximately 30,000 visitors in a year.

Chamunda Mataji Temple: Chotila is a small town having population of around 20,000 people and is a taluka head quarter of Surendranagar district, Gujarat. The Mataji temple is situated at the top of the Chotila Mountain. Chotila Mountain is around 1250 feet high and is located around 40 miles away from Rajkot, and around 50 miles away from Ahmedabad.
Famous Hindi film actress Dimpal Kapadia was born in Chotila. She is elder daughter of Chotila’s Gujarati entrepreneur Chunnibhai Kapadia and his wife Betty. When her daughter twinkle Khanna(now married to famous Hindi film hero Akshay Kumar) visited Ahmedabad some years back, she specially visited Chotila and paid her visit to Chamunda temple on the hill.

Hawamahal: Going into the fortified township of Vadhwan, tourists cannot but get awed by the simplistic structures of the erstwhile kingdom of Jhala Rajput rulers, who had a major influence on the culture of the region. Also, remarkable is the culture of Jainism in this section of Gujarat. Vadhwan city is a part of the Surendranagar district of Gujarat located about 111 kms from the town of Ahmedabad. Vadhwan is a known location for its old world royal charm and serene space with a life and culture of its own.

Varnindra Dham: Varnindra Dham Swaminarayan Temple is beautiful temple located at Patdi via Viramgam, Gandhinagar Highway, Malvan Chokdi Patdi in Dasada taluka, Surendranagar District. The temple is second part of Nilkanthdham Swaminarayan Temple in Poicha. Here is some Fact about Varnindra Dham Swaminarayan Temple in Patdi.

Vadodara: Vadodara or Baroda is a cosmopolitan city located in Gujarat. Home to some of the most exemplary displays of architecture, Vadodara is a fitting memorial to Maratha leader Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III who had envisioned a dream to make this Big City an educational, industrial and commercial centre.

Famous Places in Vadodara: Laxmi Vilas Palace, Sayaji Gardens, Champaner, Ajwa Nimeta Garden, BAPS Sri Swaminarayan

Mandir, Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery, Sursagar lake, Kirti Mandir, Maharaja Sayajirao University, EME Temple,

ISKCON temple, Sardar Patel Planetarium, Kabirvad, Zarwani Waterfalls, Surya Mandir, Khanderao Market, Makarpura

Palace, Aurobindo Ashram, Nyaya Mandir, Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum.

Laxmi Vilas Palace: Laxmi Vilas Palace is one of the most majestic structures in India and was the private residence of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. Known to be the largest private dwelling of the size equivalent to four times of the Buckingham Palace, this magnificent palace is a must-visit when in Vadodara.

Sayaji Gardens: Sayaji Gardens, as the name suggests is dedicated to Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III himself. It is the largest garden in the western region of India with a sprawling 45 hectares of land.

Champaner: Being included in the elite list of the World Heritage Sites across the globe, this marvelous archaeological park set in the heart of the city of Champaner and amidst the Pavagadh hills is one of the most sought after places in Gujarat.

Ajwa Nimeta Garden: Decked with green manicured lawns and adorned by towering palm trees, the Ajwa Nimeta Garden is the perfect destination to plan your leisurely weekend at. The crowd-puller here is the 100-meter row of perfectly aligned musical fountains that mesmerise us with coordinated water shoots in the background of lively colours.

BAPS Sri Swaminarayan Mandir: Adorned with immaculate architecture, flawless design and awe-striking grandeur, the BAPS Sri Swaminarayan Mandir is like the palace of the lord. The tranquil vibe of the temple instils a revitalising and deeply energising calm within you. Right outside the temple is a small and clean eatery that sells mouth-watering Indian delicacies prepared without the use of any onion or garlic.

Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery: Constructed by the Gaekwads in 1894, the Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery is host to umpteen numbers of relics relating to a wide spectrum of fields right from archeology to geology.

Sursagar lake: Decked with lush greenery on all sides, the Sursagar lake is an example of exemplary architecture and mesmerising beauty. Enjoy paddle-boating in these jade waters and go around the majestic 120-foot statue of Lord Shiva that looks upon the lake.

Kirti Mandir: Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III was so powerful and affluent that he had an entire monument built to commemorate the cremation of his family members. This monument was called the Kirti Mandir.

Maharaja Sayajirao University: The heart-wrenching separation from the Baroda College of Science in the year 1949, gave birth to one of the most elite institutions in India, the Maharaja Sayajirao University.

EME Temple: Short for Electrical and Mechanical Corps, in honour of the people who built the temple, the EME Temples is a symbol of the secularity practised in the Indian Army, the EME Temple in Vadodara is an aluminium-clad abode, constructed at the intersection of ancient and modern.

ISKCON temple: Spanning over a whopping 2500 ft in the city centre of Baroda, the ISKCON temple has been preserving Vaishnavism for decades now. Seek Lord Krishna’s blessings at the Darshan Mandap which is adorned by tasteful traditional art on all sides. Right outside is a pure vegetarian restaurant – Govindas that serves scrumptious Indian food without using any onion and garlic.

Sardar Patel Planetarium: With awe-striking video clips of space, state-of-the-art sound systems and a curved projection screen that imitates reality, this planetarium plays an hour-long session about the solar system, satellites and astronomical history thrice a day in English and Gujarati. All your curiosities about outer space are waiting to be answered right in Sayaji Baug at the Sardar Patel Planetarium.

Kabirvad: An awe-striking grove of banyan trees, Kabirvad, awaits you on the banks of River Narmada. This banyan grove is believed to have sprouted from a measly Datoon, and now spreads over more than 3 kms. Believed to have sheltered the famous poet Kabirdas for many years, this banyan grove holds tremendous religious significance and is ardently worshipped by the locals.

Zarwani Waterfall: At a distance of about 90 km from Vadodara in Gujarat, Zarwani Waterfalls are amongst the most sought natural destinations in India. Huddled deep inside the heart of Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary near the district of Narmada, the perennial and gorgeous Zarwani Waterfalls provide you with an opportunity to trek, picnic, and indulge in wildlife photography.

Surya Mandir: Surya Mandir, Borsad is situated in the town of Borsad in Anand, Gujarat, dedicated primarily to the Sun God. People from all over the world visit the Sun Temple enthusiastically. The history behind this temple is quite of a vague kind, which dictated that the temple is built at the instance of God himself.

Khanderao Market: It pretty much seemed like Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, just needed a random reason to build an edifice. The Khanderao Market is an extravagant building built under his supervision in 1906 that was a gift to the municipality on the completion of 25 years of his authoritative administration.

Makarpura Palace: Makarpura Palace was initially constructed with the motive that it will serve as a summer palace for the royal family of the Gaekwads.

Aurobindo Ashram: Basically built as a residence to Aurobindo Ghose who was the private secretary to the then Maharaja of Baroda, HH Sayajirao Gaekwad III. Aurobindo Ghose was a multitalented man and during his tenure as a private secretary, he decided to follow his passion of teaching and was the Professor of English and vice-principal of Baroda College.

Nyaya Mandir: Nyaya Mandir translates to ‘Temple of Justice’ is the District Court of Vadodara city in the state of Gujarat. Situated in the heart of the city, this marvelous piece of architecture was the brainchild of Madras architect Robert Fellowes Chisholm.

Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum: Originally built as a school for the Maharaja’s children, the Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum now houses a wide range of antiques and art pieces that once belonged to the Maratha royal family. The exhibits range from portraits of the royal family and depictions of Hindu mythologies to flawless marble and bronze sculptures.

Valsad: Valsad District was discussed at National and International level as it was birth place of the great person Shri Morarji Desai, Bharat Ratna and ex. prime minister of India. A part from this Valsad district is famous for Valsad aafus mangoes, world famous chemical factories at Atul, largest industrial estate at Vapi, famous Valsadi teak-wood. Valsad district is situated on south of Gujarat. There is a Arabian sea in west.

Famous Places in Valsad: Barumal Mahadev Temple, Shankar Waterfall, Bilpudi Waterfall, Sainath Temple, Swaminarayan Temple, Wilson Hills, Nargol Beach.

Barumal Mahadev Temple: Shri Bhav Bhaveshwar Mahadev Temple in Barumal, Valsad is one of the top Temples in Barumal, Valsad District. Distance between Valsad to Barumal is apprx. 37 km. and 7 km from dharampur Taluka.

Shankar Waterfall: During the monsoon, the beauty of Shankarwaterfall, which is located at Dharampur, in Valsad district, opens up to sixteen degrees due to rain fall. Best time to visit this place in monsoon.

Bilpudi Waterfall: Bilpudi, a village near Dharampur has waterfalls around 10 km from Dharampur.

Sainath Temple: Param Pujya SAIBABA inspired his diyaman devotee and Oliyaman Shri Ramanlal Chhaganlal Panwala of Valsad to build a Baba temple as a surrounding Valsad. It is situated near tithal beach. The temple was established in the year 1982. The marbles were used in the construction of the temple. The two words “Shradha and “Saburi” is written on the wall. “Shradha means to have faith and Saburi means to be calm.”

Swaminarayan Temple: Swaminarayan Temple is located at a distance of 1.6 km from Tithal Beach Valsad. The temple is built in stone with exquisite hand carvings. This temple is devoted to Lord Swaminarayan and is administrated by the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha.

Wilson Hills: Wilson Hills is a hill station in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is near Dharampur Taluka and is also the nearest hill station to Surat. Presently Tourism Department is thinking of a development project here too. If you come in summer you will enjoy cool weather & famous local mangoes.

Nargol Beach: Nargol is a charming coastal village in Valsad District, situated near the Maharashtra border, Gujarat. A Famous Aviary, often visited by the Parsis which is the oldest and most famous of the Parsi fire temples, is also present near the beach.