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Gujarat is a dazzlingly diverse state that shakes up the know-it-all Indophile, and reveals treasures hidden from the tourist hordes. There is never a dearth of things to do in this vibrant Indian state which is a melting pot of culture and traditions. The geographic diversity and strategic location has made Gujarat home to an incredible diversity of people making it the most industrialized state in India.

The winters are mild, pleasant, and dry while the summers are extremely hot and dry with sunshine. Relief comes in the form of the monsoon season that starts around mid June. Winter (October to March) is best time to travel in Gujarat.

With the longest coastline in the country, Gujarat is renowned for its beaches, holy temples, and historic capitals replete with immense architectural assets, wildlife sanctuaries and hill resorts. Gujarat is unique in its geological and topographical landscape. Art, history, music, culture; all dovetail within each other to form a wondrous matrix that is the cultural exuberance of the people of the state.

North Gujarat

Lothal, literally “Mound of the Dead”, is the most extensively excavated site of Harappan culture in India, and therefore allows the most insight into the story of the Indus Valley Civilization, its exuberant flight, and its tragic decay. Roam the ruins with your heart open to the ancient, and with the help of the local museum here, allow yourself to be transported to an era 4,500 years ago, and see in your mind’s eye the palace on high, and the artisans and crafts below, and the bustling dockyard that once reached out to the rest of the world.

South Gujarat (Surat)

Satpura: Nestled in the Sahyadri range, at an altitude of about 1000 m, this Dangi enclave derives its name from the Snake god revered by the tribals and translates as ‘the abode of serpents’, Saputara. In spite of being the only hill station of Gujarat, it is minimally commercialized, still unspoiled. In winter, at the spill of dawn, trek up to the Gandhi Shikhar as the river of light bathes the streams over undulating mountains and the drifting birds, into a magical dance of awakening.

Central Gujarat (Vadodara)


The city of Dakor is a mythological cauldron, and being there is like taking a drink from fabled waters. It is said that Rishi Dank had his ashram here, so the temple and the village are named after him as Dankpur or Dakor, and the Danknath Mahadev temple stands on the banks of Gomti Lake. As you approach from faraway you see the swaying flag on the tall and beautifulshikhar of the Ranchhodrai Dakor Temple inviting pilgrims. On purnima (full moon) every month this temple town awakens to thousands of visitors in colorful festivity. Inspired by the revered legend of Bodana, many devotees even today come on foot from great distances.


Velavadar Black Buck Sanctuary and National Park: A journey through Saurashtra may help you find lions to the southwest in the peninsula in Gir. In this park you'll find a land of wide-spreading golden grasslands under a deep blue sky, where spiral-horned antelope or the Black Bucks can be seen bounding up out of the grasses. Close to the coast there are wetlands full of birds, and in the evenings, sea-breezes blow up into the savannah and cools things off after a hot day in the sun.

Kutch: Bhuj connects you to a range of civilizations and important events in South Asian history. Over the 4000-year inhabitation of Kutch it developed trading and migratory relationships with ancient civilizations as far abroad as Zanzibar and Greece, fostering a unique ethnic mix of peoples and traditions in the region.

In a walk around Bhuj, you can see the Hall of Mirrors at the Aina Mahal; climb the bell tower of the Prag Mahal next door; stroll through the produce market; have a famous Kutchi Pau Bhaji for lunch; examine the 2000-year-old Kshatrapa inscriptions in the Kutch Museum; admire the sculptures of Ramayana characters at the Ramakund stepwell; walk around Hamirsar Lake and watch children jumping into it from the lake walls as the hot afternoon sun subsides; and catch the sunset among the chhatardis of the Kutchi royal family in a peaceful field outside the center of town.

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