Gujarat Tourism Information
Vadodara or Baroda was the capital city of an erstwhile princely state ruled by Gaekwads. Modern Baroda is a beautiful city with its spacious parks, palaces, museums, art galleries, temple, and abroad avenues. Baroda has an excellent University and its Oriental Institute is quite famous. Baroda Museum has rich collections of paintings by the old Masters. Other places of tourist interest are Nazarbagh Palace, Makarpura Palace, Lalbagh Palace, Lakshmivilas Palace, Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum, Kirti Mandir and Planetarium.
The port town ofSurat on the banks or river Tapti, was once a major maritime and mercantile centre of Western India. Surat is famous for silk, cotton and silver and gold brocades. The French, the English and Dutch set up here their trading ports in the 17th century just for these fabulous fabrics. The name of tobacco ‘Surati’ is given because when tobacco was first imported in India, it was kept in the godowns of Surat. Today it very well boasts of a thriving diamond industry. There are a number of old cemeteries, mosques, Hindu, Jam and Parasi temples in Surat worth your visit. It is about 263 km. north of Bombay and about 235 km. south of Ahmedabad and well connected by road, rail and air with both the cities. Surat has many good hotels and restaurants both of Western and Indian styles.
About 80 km. south of Ahmedabad towards Velvadar is Lothal, a site of ancient Harappan Civilization dating back to 22nd millennium B.C. Lothal is nothing short of a centre of pilgrimage for those interest in history, archaeology and ancient civilization. By road Lothal is just 80 km. from Ahmedabad. Lothal Burkhi is the nearest railhead on the Ahmedabad Bhavnagar railway line. There is a Gujarat Tourism’s Toran Tourist Bungalow.
This famous bird sanctuary is 60 km. from Ahmedabad by road. There is a lake called Na! Lake 116 sq.km. in area. During Nov. and Feb. a wide range of indigenous and migratory birds including flamingoes, ducks, gees, pelicans, etc., can be seen. Besides the lakh there are Hinglaj and Burekh temples worth visiting. The nearest railheads are Ahmedabad and Viramgam. There is a forest lodge near the lake.
One of the 12 most sacred Jyotirlingas or Shiva temples in India, Somnath is that famous shrine broken by Mahmud Ghazni during the 11th Century. The present shrine called Mahamenu Prasad was reconstructed about 35 years ago on the exact spot on the shores of Arabian Sea, where the original temples was situated. The museum is said to contain the remains of the ancient temple.
An ancient princely state steeped in legend and myth, Jungagadh takes its name from the fort Upkar Fort which enclosed the old city. The antiquity of Junagadh is evident from Ashokan Edicts in Pali, dating back to 250 BC. Junagadh has many palaces having antiques worth a fortune. Junagadh in 315 km. from Ahmedabad and well connected with Bombay by air, road and rail links. Keshod, the nearest airport is 47 km. away.
This former capital of the princely state of Rajkot is a charming town. The places of tourist interest include Jubilee Garden,Watson Museum, Bal Bhawan, Gandhi No Delo and Ramakrishna Temple. Gandhiji was a student here in the Alfred High School. About 50 km. from here lays the Royal Palace of Wankaner, now converted into a hotel and holiday resort. The palace contains a rare collection of vintage cars. Rajkot is 253 km. from Ahmedabad by rail via Giramagam on the Western Railway. By air it is connected with Bombay and Delhi. There are a number of private hotels and Government Circuit House, etc. for visitor’s stay.
This town is of mythological importance as it was the capital of Lord Krishna to where he had migrated from Mathura region. The original Dwarka and four other succeeding it, are supposed to have been submerged by the sea. The present Dwarka is the sixth city on the site. It is a sacred place and centre of pilgrimage for Hindus because of its association with Lord Krishna. Here Lord Krishna’s birthday, Janmashthami is celebrated with great religious fervor and gaiety. The famous Dwarikadheesh Temple is a five storied massive edifice. This temple is also known as Jagat Mandir and dates back to 2,500 years. By road Dwarka is 18 km. from Jamnagar, 238 km. from Rajkot and 511 km. from Ahmedabad. It is also connected by rail with Jamnagar, Porbandar and Ahmedabad. There are good many hotels, lodges and dharamshalas.
This capital of erstwhile state of Navanagar was founded in 1540 by Jam Raval, a Rajput Chief. This land has been quite fertile for cricketers. Ranjit Singh and Duleep Singh were from this royal family. The Rajnit Institute of Poly-Radio Therapy or the Solarium and the Ayurvedic University are its chief tourist attractions.
107 km. from Junagadh is this town, famous for being the birth place of our Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The ancestral house of Gandhis, not far from the sea, is now open to the public and nearby is Kirti Mandir which contains a Gandhian Library. The memorial temple here has a 79 feet high spire symbolizing Mahatma’ sage at the time of his assassination. The temple is a fine fusion of Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Jam Christian and Parsi style of architecture in harmony with Gandhiji’s belief in oneness of all religions. Other places of interest are Nehru Planetarium and Arya Kanya Gurukul. This city is well connected by air, rail and road with many big cities of the region and Bombay, and has good many hotels, lodges, etc., for visitor’s stay. There are Railway Ratiring Rooms as well.
The capital of erstwhile state of Kachchh, Bhuj is the Headquarter of the district and the most important city of this region. Kachchh is famous the world over for its sturdy horses, cows and the Bandhini (tie and dye) saris.
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