Gujarat is a land drenched in age old beliefs and heritage which co exists peacefully with the ever evolving age of digitalization. This westernmost state of the subcontinent is a treasure trove of vibrant ecology, thriving wildlife, colorful festivals and hospitable population.
Travel to Gujarat since there is something for everyone here, from the relaxing sandy beaches and one of the sites for the char dham yatra to the surreal landscape of Kutch and the dense green rolling mountains, Gujarat truly is a Pandora box of wonders.
If you are looking for places to visit during your visit to Gujarat or just a weekend getaway to Gujarat then here are some places you should not miss out on:
Believed to be the first among the 12 Jyotirlingas in India, this magnificent temple is one of the prime pilgrimage destinations in India. The temple has been destroyed and reconstructed numerous times until it was finally reconstructed in 1951 utilising the Chalukya style of architecture.
The uniqueness of this shrine is the fact that it has been erected at a point where there is no landmass between the Indian continent and Antarctica.
Temple timings – 6 am to 9 pm
- Cell phones, cameras and other electronics devices and equipments are not permitted within the temple premises.
Gir forest national park
A tour to Gir forest national park is on every traveler and adventure lover’s bucket list. Home to the only Asiatic lions in the world along with numerous other species of flora and fauna thrives in this vibrant ecosystem.
The perfect destination for a weekend getaway filled with thrilling experiences a jeep safari tour of this national park will definitely be the remedy to your woes.
National park timings – 6 am to 5 pm (your jeep safari will depend on the available slot between the given times)
Best time to visit – November to February
Girnar group of mountains
This group of mighty mountains located in the Junagadh district of Gujarat, is one of the most prominent Hindu pilgrimage sites. These collections of mountains are considered to be older than the Himalayas, and plays host to innumerable temples and historical sites. Girnar is also known for being the place of penance for numerous saints.
Plan your trip here during the time of Maha Shivratri when the entire place becomes a devotional hub.
Best time to visit – October to March
Famous temples – Ambaji, Gorakhnath, Oghad Ansuya, Kamandalkund, Kalika and Dattatraya.
Rani ki vav – the Queen’s Stepwell
Situated on the banks of Saraswati River and dating back to 11th century AD, the UNESCO world heritage site of Rani ki Vav displays the heights of craftsmanship. The entire structure is adorned with intricate engravings and carvings which showcase what the real Maru – Gurjara style is. This exceptional creation attracts numerous historians, art and design enthusiasts and architecture lovers every day.
Stepwell timings – 8:30 am to 7 pm
Best time to visit – September to February
Originally built in 1451, the present lake was revamped in 2008 in an attempt to make it a fun spot for families to spend some quality time together. With a plethora of available activities around the lake like water rides and tethered balloon ride along with numerous food stalls and a night laser show this lake has quickly become one of the must visit place in Gujarat.
Lake timings – 4 am to 11 pm (no entry between 8 am to 9 am and 10 pm to 11 pm)
Entry fees – INR 10/- (adults) / INR 5/- (child)
Laxmi Vilas Palace
Constructed in the year 1890 by the Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad, this palace is known for being the largest private dwelling and is four times the size of Buckingham palace.
The inside of the palace is decorated with extremely rich, ornate and lavish decorations, mosaics, sculptures, tennis court, badminton court and so much more. The ground in front of the palace is the location for numerous sports events.
Palace timings – 9:30 am to 5 pm
- Audio tour is available inside the palace for the convenience of the visitors.
Located in Bhuj, this 18th century palace stands next to Prag Mahal which was built by Rao Lakhpatiji in the year 1761. The palace’s marble walls are adorned with glass and gold lace which gives the name to this magnificent work of art.
The different shades of Venetian glass mirrors are separated skillfully by gilded ornaments. The palace is filled with paintings, palanquins, music rooms, museums and court room.
Palace timings – 9 am to 11:45 am / 3 pm to 5:45 pm
Entry fees – INR 20/- (adult) / INR 10/- (child)
Built in 1424 by Ahmed Shah 1, this mosque is one of the most splendid mosques in Ahmadabad and is one of the prime centres of pilgrimage destination.
The yellow sandstone complex is laced in the old age classical Islamic architecture with strong, tall pillars and a water fountain in the centre. Initially intended with an aim of providing a prayer centre for the kings it is now open for public visitation.
Masjid timings – 6 am to 10 pm
Entry fees – free entry for all
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