GUJARAT TOURISM

Capital: Gandhinagar | Large Cities: Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhuj | Language: Gujarati, Hindi, English

The West Coast State of Gujarat is not on popular tourist itineraries of foreign and Indian tourists. Although it is easy to travel to Gujarat during your trips to Mumbai or Rajasthan, few people pause to explore this very interesting part of India. Gandhinagar is the capital city of Gujarat. It is India's second well planned city after Chandigarh. Makara Sankranthi is a big festival of Gujarat. The birth place of Mahatma Gandhi,the father of the nation.

State of Vibrant Culture: Gujarat covers an area of 196, 024 sq. km which is traditionally divided into three zones - the eastern mainland that includes the cities Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara; the Kathiawar peninsula better known as Saurashtra with its headquarters at Rajkot and Kutch with its most important town Bhuj. The state offers its visitors fabulous offbeat possibilities of exploring Gujarat's vibrant culture and history. Here one scarcely knows where legend ends and history begins.

Gandhi Ashram: The most distinguished son of Gujarat was Mahatma Gandhi who won for India its independence through non-violence. His Ashram (retreat) on the banks of the Sabarmati River near Ahmedabad reveals these tuff this man was made of - his austere mode of living and his great ambition to free his country from the foreign yoke. His spinning wheel symbolized India's goal of self-reliance and independence.

Tourist Places In and Around Ahmedabad : LOTHAL, NALSAROVAR BIRD SANCTUARY, THOL LAKE BIRD SANCTUARY, AMBAJI, MEHSANA, WILD ASS SANCTUARY - LITTLE RANN, PATAN, SHAMLAJI, TARANGA HILLS, POLO MONUMENT AND VIJAYNAGAR FOREST, VADNAGAR

Tourist Places In and around Surat : SAPUTARA HILL STATION, VANSDA NATIONAL PARK, PURNA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Tourist Places In and Around Vadodara : CHAMPANER - PAVAGADH, NARMADA RIVER, DAKOR,

Tourist Places In and Around Rajkot : PALITANA - SHATRUNJAYA, VELAVADAR BLACKBUCK NATIONAL PARK, BHAVNAGAR, HINGOLGADH NATURE EDUCATION SANCTUARY

Tourist Places In and Around Junagadh : GIR NATIONAL PARK, SOMNATH, PORBANDAR,

Tourist Places In and Around Jamnagar : DWARKA, MARINE NATIONAL PARK

Tourist Places In and Around Bhuj (Kutch) : DHOLAVIRA, NORTHWEST KUTCH, MANDVI - KUTCH, KUTCH GREAT INDIAN BUSTARD SANCTUARY

Beaches In Gujarat : Somnath Beach, Beyt Dwarka near Dwarka, Ahmedpur Mandvi near Somnath, Chorwad Beach near Somnath, Nargol near Surat, Okha Madhi near Dwarka, Miyani Beach near Porbandar, Pingleshwar Beach near Mandvi - Kutch Bhavnagar - Gopnath Mahadev Temple and Beach, Ghogha Beach, Dwarka - Dwarka Beach, Junagadh - Madhavpur Beach, Sarkheswar Beach Mandvi - Kutch - Pingleshwar Beach Porbandar - Porbandar Beach, Miyani Beach Somnath - Somnath Beach, Ahmedpur Mandvi, Chorwad Beach Surat - Nargol, Dandi Beach, Dumas Beach, Suvali Beach, Tithal Beach

National Park & Wildlife Sanctuaries In Gujarat: Gir National Park, Purna Wildlife Sanctuary, Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary, Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary, Porbandar Bird Sanctuary, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Vansda National Park, Veraladar Blackbuck National Park Hingolgadh Nature Education Sanctuary, Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary

Waterfalls In Gujarat : Girmal Falls near Purna Wildlife Sanctuary, Gira waterfalls near Saputara Hill Station, Dediapada Range near Narmada River

Fairs & Festivals In Gujarat: International Kite Festival (Uttarayan), Modhera Dance Festival, Bhavnath Fair, Chitra Vichitra Fair, Tarnetar Fair, Bhadrapad Ambaji Fair, Navratri Festival, Lilii Parikrama Fair, Shamlaji Fair Vautha Fair, Kawnat Fair, Rann Utsav, Tanariri Festival, Dangs Darbar Festival

Heritage Hotels In Gujarat : Balaram Palace Resort-Palanpur, Darbargadh - Poshina, Hotel Nilambag Palace - Bhavnagar, Vijay Vilas Palace - Mandvi, The House of Mangaldas Girdhardas - Ahmedabad, A Home for Nature Lovers - Jambughoda, Kusum Vilas Palace - Chhota Udepur, Rajvant Palace Resort - Rajpipala, Royal Oasis and Residancy - Wankaner, Vijay Vilas Palace - Vijaynagar, Garden palace - Balasinore, Gopnath Bungalow - Bhavnagar, Palace Utelia - Ahmedabad, Palace Utelia - Utelia, Sarita Mandvi Mahal - Chandod, Mandavada - Junagadh, Natwar Niwas Palace - Rajpipala, The Rajmahal Palace - Wadhwan, The Vijay Vilas Palace Hotel and Resort - Palitana, Riverside Palace / Orchard Palace - Gondal

Gujarat - Important Events

* Fairs and Festivals

* Arts of Gujarat

* Shopping

Important Tourist Places in Gujarat -

History & Architecture Pilgrim centres and Temples Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks Ahmedpur Mandvi - The Beach Resort Vadodara Ahmedabad Lothal Modhera & Patan Rajkot & Jamnagar Saurashtra Junagadh & Girnar Palitana (Bhavnagar) Somnath & Wankaner

History & Architecture - Pilgrim centres and Temples - Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks - Ahmedpur Mandvi - The Beach Resort Vadodara - Ahmedabad - Lothal - Modhera & Patan - Rajkot & Jamnagar - Saurashtra - Junagadh & Girnar - Palitana (Bhavnagar) - Somnath & Wankaner

Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited, Head Office , Block No. 17, 4th Floor , Udyog Bhavan, Sector 11 , Gandhinagar - 382 011 , Phone: 91 - 79 - 23222029, 23222645 Fax: 91 - 79 - 23222189, 23238908 , Email: gujtour@icenet.net

Ahmedabad: HK House, Opp. Bata Showroom, Ashram Road Ahmedabad - 380 009 Phone: 91 - 79 - 26589683, 26589172, 26587217 Fax: 91 - 79 - 26582183 Email: ahmedabad@gujarattourism.com

Rajkot: Bhavnagar House, Jawahar Road , B/h State Bank of Saurashtra (main), Rajkot - 360 001 , Phone: 91 - 281 - 2234507,

Surat: 1/847, Athugar Street, Nanpura, Surat - 365 001 Phone: 91 - 261 - 2476586

Vadodara: Narmada Bhavan C - Block, Indira Avenue, Vadodara - 1 Phone: 91 - 265 - 2427489 Tele fax: 91 - 265 - 2431297

New Delhi: A/6, State Emporia Building, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi - 110 001, Phone: 91 - 11 - 23744015, Fax: 91 - 11 - 23367050 Email: delhi@gujarattourism.com

Mumbai: Khaitan Bhavan, 1st Floor, J. Tata Road, Opp. Ritz Hotel Churchgate, Mumbai - 400 020 Phone: 91 - 22 - 22024925 ax: 91 - 22 - 22883541 Email: mumbai@gujarattourism.com

Kolkata: Martin Burn Building Shop No. 28, Ground Floor 1, R.N. Mukherjee Road Opp. Lal Bazaar, Kolkata - 700 001 Tele fax: 91 - 33 - 2438357

Chennai: Tourism Complex Wallajah Road, Chennai - 600 002 Tele fax: 91 - 44 - 25366613 Email: chennai@gujarattourism.com

Jaipur: Government Hostel Campus M.I. Road, Jaipur - 302 001 Phone: 91 - 141 - 2378070

Visit website at: Gujarat Tourism

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