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Gujarat Tours




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Nicknamed the 'Jewel of the East', Gujarat state in India is located on the west coast of India. The coastal state of Gujarat in India boasts of the longest coastline (1290 km) in the country. Gujarat has a wealth of tourist spots, and with 20% of India's total industrial output being accounted for by the state, Gujarat ranks as one of the most industrialized states in India. We at Indianholiday offer online information and bookings for Tour to Gujarat.

A tour to Gujarat will acquaint you with this colorful land, its ancient temples and spectacular beaches and the rich cultural heritage. Gujarat got its name from the tribe known as 'Gujjars', which inhabited the region in the 1st century A.D. Excavations at various sites in Gujarat show signs of civilization in the region dating back to as early as 3000 to 1500 B.C. In the 3rd century, Gujarat became part of the Mauryan Empire under Emperor Ashoka. In 1818, Gujarat came under the rule of the British Raj, who started administering the state through local princely rulers.

Gujarat is bordered by Pakistan and the state of Rajasthan in the north east, Madhya Pradesh in the east, and Maharashtra and the Union territories of Diu, Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli in the south. The state is bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west and the south west. Gujarat ranks as the highest producer of cotton, salt, milk, groundnut, and petrochemicals in India. Gujarat is also home to major electronic and textile industries.


Location
From Major Metros-Delhi to Ahmedabad (915kms), Mumbai to Ahmedabad-545kms, Chennai to Ahmedabad-1826kms, Bangalore to Ahmedabad-1495kms.

Known for
Major Sea ports, Modhera Sun temple, Site of Ancient ruins "Lothai",Dwarka city on the tip of Arabian sea .The Rann of kutch, It was the home to the Indian Independence Movement.

The main tourist sites
The main tourist sites of Gujarat includes, Palitana, Diu Kutch, Jamnagar, Junagarh and Rajkot. Gujarat has 4 national parks and 11 sanctuaries, which includes: Nal sarovar, Anjal, Balaram-Ambaji, Barda, Jambughoda, Jessore, Kachchh Desert, Khavda, Narayan Sarovar, Paniya, Purna, Rampura, Ratanmahal and Surpaneshwar

The State
Stretching to about 1600km on the western coastline of India, Gujarat is one of the most industrialized state of India. With abundance of tourist destination dotting its landscape, Gujarat makes for one of the most preferred holidaying site for the tourists from all over the world. Also known to the world for being the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, Gujarat offers almost everything to its every single tourist.

The state has its capital in Gandhinagar, growing city and very close to its previous capital Ahmedabad, known as the "Manchester of India". Rich wildife, most venerated pilgrimages, majestic monuments, expanse of coastline and more in Gujarat, offers its visitors with immense options during a vacation.

History
Covering the longest coastline of India, Gujarat derived its name from "gujjaratta" meaning land of the gujjars.. After the fall of the Gupta Empire in around the 5th century, Gujarat flourised as an independent Hindu empire. The Maitraka dynasty ruled from 6th to 8th century from their capital at Vallabi, Marathas conquered Eastern and Central Gujarat in the 18th century. Portugal was the first European Power to land in Gujarat. The British East India company established a factory in Surat in the year 1614. The Company wrested control of much of Gujarat from the Marathas during the second Anglo-Maratha war. Gujarat was placed under the political authority of Bombay presidency. Great freedom like, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallab Bhai Patel, Morarji Desai, KM Munsi, evolved from this state. Gujarat was the site of the most populous revolts against the Britishers, including the Satyagraha in Kheda and Salt Satyagraha.

It was in 1960, when Gujarat was created out of the 17 northern districts of former state of Bombay (now Mumbai). As of today Gujarat comprises of 25 districts.

Culture and lifestyle
The culture and lifestyle of Gujarat is quiet similar to that of other parts of India with few exceptions. Conservative by nature, the Gujarati family unit is held together by prayer and religious practices. This is very much noticeable when a visitor spends any length of time in a Gujarati home. Apart from the Hindus, Gujarat is home to a large Muslim community and also to the Jains. Regular prayers and fasts on auspicious days by both men and women is common practise in the Gujarati households. The working people adhere to a rule of taking a break from work on the 'Amavasya' or no Moon day, when special prayers are performed.

In a Gujarati home, Alcohol and Non vegetarian food is a taboo. Gujarati males wear dhotis and long or short coat with turban caps the women wear sari and blouse, the Parsi women wears a scarf on the head. One notices the way of wearing a saree with the pallu draped over the left shoulder.

 Gujarat Tours Packages Gujarati cuisine is very special , Hing , Dhokla, Metha, Farsan are the name of the innumerable snacks, conjures up the vision of a taste completely different.

Festivals in Gujarat symbolises people's culture, social and religious beliefs along with a feeling of unity. Navaratri, kite festival, Diwali, Holi is celebrated with great grandeur.

ART & CRAFT
The art and craft of Gujarat is well famous for its embroidery, ornaments and jewellery. It is a usual sight to see young girls in Kutch doing embroidery with their mother and grand mother. Dying and printing technique, Handicrafts made from woods, stone and metal, Kathi Embroidery and Bead works shows their refined skills.


Reaching Gujarat



Air: Gujarat has 10 domestic airports, apart from an international airport at Ahmedabad. there are daily flights to Mumbai, Delhi, and other major cities from Ahmedabad. Other airports are at Vadodara, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Surat, Jamnagar, Kandla, Keshab, Porbander and Rajkot. Most of the domestic airlines operate out of Ahmedabad connecting it to the rest of India.

Rail: Gujarat has a good railway network that connect the state from any place of India. Its internal network communication is also excellent with broad gauge lines.

Road: Gujarat has a better road network than most of the other Indian states and they are in a fairly good condition. The total road length in the state is 73,397, out of which 1,572 km is the share of National Highway, making the state easily accessible. The Gujarat State Transport Corporation and private operators operate regular buses to all the major destinations of the state from most of the larger cities.

Major Attraction of Gujarat



Cities of Gujarat


Ahmedabad :
Ahmedabad is the 7th largest city in was founded in the 15th century by Sultan Ahmed Shah, originally built on the brink of Sabarmati. Besides being home to a large number of industrial sectors, Ahmedabad also houses numerous places of interest, which includes Skankaria lake, Law garden, Jama Masjid, Sidi saiyad's Mosque, Bhadra Fort and Teen Darwaza .Gandhiji's Sabarmati Ashram is situated on the river Sabarmati. The Walled City is a must see for tourists.

Vadodara-
also known as Baroda is the third most populated towns in Gujarat, located on the Vishwamitra river. The people of Baroda calls their city "Sanskari Nagar". The monuments that are worth visiting here are - Laxmi Vilas Palace, Nagar Baujg Palace, Iskon Temple, Sindhrot, Ajwa-Nimeta. Navratri is the city's largest festival with songs and dance occuring every October. The Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum and Art gallery are great places to visit.

Surat-
Spanning to an area of 112.27km2, the port city of Surat lies on the bank of the river Tapti, and frequented by many ships from Malabar and all parts of the world. It is the heart of India's Diamond Polishing Industry. The climate is topical and monsoon is abundant in Surat.

Rajkot- famous for its Bandhani sarees, Mirror works, Bead works, Silk Embroidery, is another most interesting place to visit in Gujarat. Places to visit are Jubilee park, Watson Museum, Aaji dam, Panch Nath Museum, Bhomeswar Temple.

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PALACES OF GUJARAT


Darbhanga Palace:
Darbhanga palace in Morvi has been converted in to a heritage hotel now and is a fine work of 19th century architecture. A Pleasant Garden surrounds the palace.

Utelia Palace:
The palace Utelia offers a turn of the old century building, unique in its exquisite furniture set in the heart of an ethnic village in the Bhai plains. Uthelia is convenient location for visit to the Lothai's archaeological site.

Nilambagh palace:
It is a majestic built with stone carvings and houses royal memories including the toys of the 19th century, silver caskets that carries gifts to the Maharaja. The interiors are furnished with Burma teak and decorated with wood carvings .

Naulakha Palaces:
The Naulakha Palaces is a 17th century stone carving with exquisite "Jarokha Balconies" with courtyards and spiral stair case. Guest can use the royal rail suit every thing in it including dining and stay in a converted rail way carriage

WILD LIFE


Gir National Park
The Gir National park, where the lions can be seen in their natural habitat is the ideal place for all those who are in search of wildlife and nature tour. Besides it high Lion concentration, Gir is also home to a wide collection of bird population like - Serpent eagle, Brown fish Owl, king vulture, painted sandgrouse, pigme woodpecker, paradise fly catcher can be found.

Marine national park Spread over a landscape of 458sqkms in the Gulf of Kutch, boasts of a beautiful marine life, rare to find elsewhere. Corals with stone decorations, from horn shaped to brain shaped can be seen here. In addition, plants that look like animal and animals that look like plants, Octopuses, Dugong, a marine mammal and a rare borara species are also found in this park.

Nalsarovar bird sanctuary
In Nalsarovar and Thai lake innumerable species of birds can be seen in the wet lands. King fisher, ergets, darters, catch fish with dagger shaped beaks. A sheer to hear the cacophony of sweet sounds, these birds use for courtship and recognition.

TEMPLES & PILGRIMAGE Akshardham Temple
The Akshardham is a blend of traditional sandstone carving with intricate carvings of Hindu Gods. Gold leaf copper structure of Swaminarayan and Gunatinandswami are placed.

Dwarkadish Temple
The Temple leads to a multi pillared 'sanctum sanctorum' with scriptures of 2500 years old. It dates back to the 16th century India. High light is the "Shikari tower"

Somnath Temple
Gujarat Somnath temple: Somnath is one of the 12 "jyotirlingas "of lord Shiva. It is believed to be built in four phases in Gold by lord Soma.,in Silver by lord Ravi, in Woods by lord Krishna and in Stone by Bhimadeva

Palitana Temples
Located in Shetrunjaya hills there are 863 temples built as an abode for the Gods and carved in marbles. The first temple is that of the First Trithankara, Sri Adishwar. It has an ornate architectural structure and dates back to the 11th century. Palitana town is a good place to shop for handicrafts.

BEACHES


Chorwad Beach
A small fishing village with views of rocky shores. It is the base to visit places like Porbander and Somnath. Perfect for long holidays and beach walk.

Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach
It commands a panoramic view across the creek of Diu Island and provides utmost relaxation to visitors for water sports, para sailing, and is an ideal place for curie hunters.

Dwarka Beach:
Based in the city of Hindu pilgrimage the entire city was revealed by marine excavations. White beach, Coral reefs, Sea urchins are common inhabitant of the Island.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS
Nearly 3500 small and big fairs are celebrated every year in Gujarat, mostly organised at change of seasons. Rooted in myths and religion these festivals centre around Gods and Goddesses, and are held in river sides, sea shores, hills. The lights of the full moon and the glittering brightness of the sea sides add to its charms.

Kite Festival
Kite Festival falls on January 14th each year, heralds a change of season marking the movement of the sun in the northern hemisphere. Kite flying day is a grandeur in Gujarat. Thousand of kite flyers throng the ground to prove his superiority over his counterpart.

Dance festival
Dance festival in Sun Temple at Modhera in north Gujarat is an impressive sight. The 11th century old temple lights up to Indian classical dances, held during the third week of January.

Kutch festival
Kutch Festival in February gives the visitors a chance to forget the world for a while and share the unforgettable experience blended with rich cultural heritage of Kutch.

The Bhavnath Festival
Mahashivratri held in the foot of Mount Girnar in Junagarh see prayers being offered to Lord Shiva after a dip in the holy Mrig Kunda.

Holi
Holi, the festival of colours is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalguni.

Dangs Darbar Festival of the Adivasis living in the Satpura hills. The annual fair is held in Ahwa, few days before Holi. The festival becomes lively with beating of drums and melody of shehnai along with the full tuned dances of the adivasis.

Chitra-Vichitra fair The Chitra Vichitra fair in North Gujarat in the foothills of the Aravali mixes the sad mourning of the dead and the betrothals of the member of the bhil community.

Rath yatra in July
Rath Yatra takes place in Ahmedabad in the month of July. From the break of dawn thousand of devotees throng the Jagdish temple in the city and a massive procession is taken out with idols of Krishna, Balram and Subhadra, placed in the main Temple chariot.

Navratri
Navratri is by far the most beautiful and colourful festival of Gujarat worshiped mainly by the followers of the Shakti cult. Men and Women participate in the Garbha Dance accompanied by chorus singing and beating of drums.

Shamlaji fair
A three week fair is held at the shrine of 'Shamlaji Temple' in North Gujarat in the month of November. Apart from the darshan of the deity , a bath in the river Meshwo is essential for divine blessings.