Gujarat is popularly known as the “Jewel of the west”. Rich in history, culture, heritages, modernity, religion, etc. make it a Jewel of that region. Located beside a large coastline, it has a tourist inflow from all across the globe. Green cover of the Gujarat’s beautiful locations publicizing the Eco Tourism. Asiatic Lion of Gujarat’s Gir forest is famous all over the country. “Khushboo Gujarat Ki” campaign started by superstar Amitabh Bachchan enhanced tourism in Gujarat by 14 percent, a great leap towards national growth. Many popular destinations are there that are worth to be visited.
|Swaminarayan Temple in Muli|
Muli is a village located in Surendranagar District. Basically, famous for its 250 years old Dudhai Vadwala Temple, Swaminarayan Temple, Mandavrayji Temple, Meldi Mata Temple and 140 years old Bileshwar Mahadev temple of Umarada. Pilgrims gather there in a large number. All of them are the sacred temples. Many rituals take place over there. Pilgrims also participate in those rituals to gain prosperity and wealth.
|Devka Beach in Daman|
Daman, a district of the union territory of Daman & Diu is a fascinating place, famous for its market area and beaches. The climate of this place is very placid. Two of the famous beaches of this place are Jampore Beach and the Devka Beach. These beaches are famous among the youngsters. Many water sports and adventurous activities take place there.
Bardoli, a famous place of history located in the proximity of Surat. Many of us know this place after the name of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, as the place is linked to him. It is a place where the famous “Bardoli Satyagraha” took place in 1921-22 under the leadership of the famous moderate Vallabhbhai Patel. Swaraj Ashram is the famous tourist spot of this place.
Everyone has heard of Dumas Beaches as it comes in the list of one of the famous beaches of India. It is situated in the proximity of Surat. Serene atmosphere makes it more glamorous. The palm and Casuarinas fringed sea shores of Dumas are the most popular among the travelers visiting Gujarat.
Mahuva is locally known as “Kashmir of Saurashtra” for its surrounding landscape including coconut tree plantations. Beaches are the prime attractions of this place. Temples nearby the beach are also the major attractions. One of the famous temples is the Bhavani Temple. Groundnuts, wooden toys and jamadar mango are the famous things of Mahuva. It is said that there is a village called Pingleshwar famous for housing an ancient Shiv Linga beneath the sea, so many pilgrims go there.
Adalaj, the famous step well situated in Gandhinagar is popular for its sophisticated carvings. It was constructed by Queen Rudabai in 1499, and was one of the main stoppages for travelers and convoys passing through this trade route. This is well visages the carvings of animals, flowers and Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The design of these carvings is really pictographic.
4. Somnath Temple
Somnath Temple is a popular pilgrimage site located at Prabhas Kshetra. It has a great historical past behind its architecture. It was demolished many times and finally re-built to form a mosque during the reign of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. To the side of this mosque, another Somnath Temple was built by queen Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore, Peshwa of Pune, Raja Bhonsle of Nagpur, Chhatrapati Bhonsle of Kolhapur and Shrimant Patilbuwa Shinde of Gwalior in the year 1783. The main feature of this temple is that it Shivling is located below the ground level.
3. Victoria Park
The Victoria Park is the most famous park spreading across a total area of 500 acres in the Bhavnagar City. It was set up in 1888 by Maharaja Takhtasinhji of the Bhavnagar city. It was constructed in the shape of a triangle to look different. It is conserved by the Indian Government to preserve its beauty. Rich in flora and fauna, it has varieties of birds, reptiles, mammals, etc. For bird watchers and nature admirers, this is the correct place. Xerophytes, thorny, spiny and scrubby vegetation are the one only found in the forest. All together if we count, there are almost 422 plants in this park flourishing their beauty very well.
2. Sun Temple
The popular Sun Temple is also in the Gujarat. It was built by the King Bhimdev I between 1022 and 1063. There is another Sun Temple located in Konark, but the temple of Gujarat was the first one built at least two centuries ago from the Konark temple. The fine structure of the Gujarat Sun Temple enthralls anyone. It is situated on a round hill to attract the crowd. It was built in a way that during the dawn, the first sun rays fall on the image of Surya located inside it. The architecture of both the temples of Gujarat & Konark resembles to each other very much. The inner sanctum of the temple adorned with the carvings of birds, goddesses, beasts and blossoms. The 52 beautifully carved pillars in the exterior complex of the temple depict the scenes from the Ramayana, Krishna Leelas and the Mahabharata. It tempts the tourists much.
1. Gir National Park
|Asiatic Lion in Gir National Park|
As we know that Gujarat is famous for its Asiatic Lion located in the Gir National Park. Most of the tourists come to this place as outside Africa; this is the only place where wild lions can be found. One can truly experience their natural habitats. Also, visiting the marshy areas full of crocodiles is another great experience. Chirping birds of wild nature hanging from one stem to another in the tree. Grazing livestock and harvesting what they need from the forest gives the exquisite view. Through the elephant safari and jeep safari, one can see the whole park in a day or two.