The tourism of Gujarat has great diversity and potential. It has a rich history and culture, which are reflected in the form of various tourist attractions. It is a state of mighty forts and palaces, exquisite handicrafts, colourful festivities and exotic wildlife, all of which add to the state's awesome tourist appeal. Whether you are coming for a religious trip or a wild sojourn, Gujarat can floor you with endless possibilities to explore.
The Dwarakanath Temple, on the holy city of Dwarka, Somnath Temple(which was restored after being decimated by Mahmud Ghazni), Palitana Temples of the Jains, Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar, Shankeshwar Jain Temples near Ahmedabad are not only frequented by pilgrims, but also by the general tourists, who even if are not religiously inclined, can't help marvel at their architecture. They are essential visits in the religious tourism of Gujarat.
After the introspective religious dips, you may opt for bringing out your intrepid adventurous streak, and when in Gujarat, you will find ample opportunities to do so. The state has four national parks and 21 sanctuaries to explore its varied wildlife.
At the Gir Forest National Park, you can see the Asiatic lions in their wild glory, which, unfortunately is the only remaining abode of these great cats. It is a feather in the cap of Gujarat tourism. You can also visit the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, located in that wonderful eco-system called Rann of Kutch. Spread across 4954 sq km, it is the largest wildlife sanctuary in India, where you can explore these enigmatic and endangered creatures, who are as(s) well as wild. Then there is also the Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary that helps you meet some of the most charismatic feathered species that live on the planet. The Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary sets your rendezvous with the unbelievable sloth bears. A visit to the Marine National Park and the Velavadar Blackbuck Sanctuary can also broaden your wild view.
For history lovers, Gujarat is a treat of sorts. Here you can find excavation of the ruined cities of Lothal and Dholvira, which resonate with the enigma of the long-lost Indus Valley Civilization. Visits to Pawagadh Fort, Dabhoi Fort and the Uparkot Fort can truly become historic incidents in your memory. By exploring the labyrinth of their passageways can be your own search for the past… and if lucky, you can end up with your own interesting discoveries. Sabarmati Ashram of Gandhi can be your date with the modern history. Jami Masjid, Sidi Said Mosque, Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, Maharaja Sayajirao Museum, Durbar Hall Museum are other important tourist attractions of Gujarat; a state of many colours and hues.
Gujarat celebrates major festivals all the year round. The festivals of Navaratri i.e. the Nine Nights and Maker Sankranti i.e. Kite Festival are the most popular of them all. The other festivals include Diwali, Kutch Desert Festival, Shivratri, and Janmashtami. These festivals project the most diverse cultures of Gujarat, and can be easily included in the tourist itineraries of the state.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/04