Gujarat, 'The jewel of the West', is a maritime state with the longest coastline(1290 km) in the country. It gets its name from a tribe known as 'Gujjars', which settled in the area in the 1st century A.D.
Gujarat is the highest producer of cotton, groundnut, salt, milk and petrochemical in India. It ranks second in the production of tobacco, third in pharmaceuticals and has important electronic and textile industries.
Geographically, it can be divided into three areas -
- The eastern region (mainland) - which includes major cities like Surat, Ahemdabad, Vadodra .
- Saurashtra - plain of Kathiawar peninsula.
- Gulf of Cambay - which divides the mainland from peninsula.
Gujarat housed the regions of Indus Valley Civilization and Harappan sites and makes it significant territory that reveals the history of the country.
Tours to Gandhinagar,
Situated on the banks of Sabarmati, the capital city of Gujarat is world renowned for the exquisite and state of the art Akshardham Temple of Swaminarayan Sect.
to Kandla Port, Gujarat
One of the 40 ports, this natural well-protected harbour in Gujarat has a Free trade Zone, the first in the country. The largest salt works in Asia are located near this port.
Tours to Gir Sanctuary,
Is one of the largest and most important wildlife sanctuaries in India sheltering Asiatic Lions.
Tours to Velavadar Black Buck National
The principal attraction of this park in Gujarat is the massive population of blackbuck, the majestic Indian antelope.
Tours to Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary,
Is known to harbour more than 200 species of birds. In winter, the place is flooded with thousands of migratory birds.
Tours to Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
The biggest and the most sparsely populated district in Gujarat, it is famous for its hand printed sarees, embroidery, exquisite gold and silver ornaments. The major population comprises of different tribes, each with their own culture and traditions. It is also the only home for endangered Wild Ass, a member of wild horse family.
Tours to Surat, Gujarat
Situated on the Tapti, Surat is famous for its textiles, zari and brocade industry, diamond cutting and polishing industry. During Mughal times, the city was the main port from which pilgrims sailed to Mecca - hence it is known as 'Gateway to Mecca'.
Along the coastline of Gujarat lies Dandi where the famous Dandi March Satyagraha was led by Mahatma Gandhi in 1930.
Tours to Porbandar, Gujarat
Is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the nation.
Tours to Vadodra, Gujarat
Formerly known as Baroda, is a graceful city of gardens, palaces and museums.
Tours to Ahemdabad, Gujarat
Also known as 'Manchester of India' is a major textile center. Situated in this city is 'Gandhi Ashram' which served as the headquarter during India's independence. It was from here that he set out for the 'Dandi March' to have Salt Tax repealed.
Has around 800 beautifully carved Jain temples.
Tours to Mount Girnar,
Is a 600 meter high massive rock where Emperor Ashoka engraved 14 edicts in the Pali script.
Festivals in Gujarat
'Navratri' - nine days of celebration in honour of Goddess Durga are celebrated with the highest grandeur in Gujarat with young boys and girls performing 'Garbha', a traditional form of dance