Gujarat is blessed with miles of shoreline, stunning heritage sites, vibrant cities, and unique wildlife sanctuaries. The state is famous for its vibrant textiles as well as handicrafts. The people of Gujarat are known for their joyous spirit. Gujarati cuisine, which is primarily vegetarian is extraordinarily complex and interesting. Fairs and festivals are celebrated with gaiety and colour.
Popular places in Gujarat include the following:
- Ahmedabad – one of India's most interesting cities, with many historical and cultural attractions. You can easily spend 2-3 days in Ahmedabad (take a look at our tour menu on the right for things to do).
- North Gujarat – Moving North from Ahmedabad, you can visit the Sun Temple at Modhera, as well as the heritage and textile centre of Patan. Further north, near the border with Rajasthan is the Ambaji temple, a Shaktipeeth dedicated to the Goddess, visited by millions of pilgrims. The hill station of Mount Abu (actually in Rajasthan) is near Ambaji.
- North Western Gujarat (Kutch) – The barren lands of Kutch still preserve their rural and nomadic culture. The Little Rann and the Great Rann of Kutch are saline deserts, home to salt makers and other nomadic communities who have a rich tradition of embroidery on fabric and leather. If you are visiting the Little Rann from Ahmedabad, you can try Dasada. To visit the Great Rann, you can use the town of Bhuj as the base. Hodka, Dhordo and Khavda offer opportunities to see local communities, crafts and ways of life. Another interesting place is Mandvi, where you can relax at the unspoiled beach and see the old craft of wooden ship building. In the far north of Kutch is Dholavira, an Indus Valley Civilization site that is not often visited by people.
- South Western Gujarat (Saurashtra) – the Saurashtra area includes the great Jain pilgrimage centres of Palitana and Girnar, as well as the Hindu centres of Somnath and Dwarka. The Gir National Park is here, home to the Asiatic Lion. The Velavadar blackbuck sanctuary is also here. Other places of interest include Rajkot (often used as a base for this area), Gondal, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Porbandar and Diu.
- South Eastern Gujarat – This part of Gujarat includes the World Heritage Site of Champaner, the trading cities of Baroda and Surat, Saputara Hill station as well several beaches. The Parsi community's original homes are here (where they landed when they fled from Persia).
If you tell us what your interests are, we'd be happy to design a custom-itinerary for you. Please let us know how many days you have. If your plan includes other parts of the country, please let us know that as well, so that we can suggest how best to fit Gujarat into the plan.