Top 6 Tourist Places To Visit In Gujarat, India

Gujarat, Jewel Of West, is a state in western coast, Arabian Sea Of India. Gujarat is 5th largest Indian state by area and 8th largest Indian state by population. Gandhinagar is capital city of Gujarat while Ahmadabad is largest city.

Gujarat is known as home of Asiatic lions, Gir National Park and many beautiful tourist places. Gujarat has strong connection with Mahatma Gandhi.

Gujarat has lot to offer as tourist places like Dwarka (One of four abodes in Hinduism), Somnath (One of the twelve Jyotirlings) and Great Rann Of Kutch with one side Arabian Sea and Thar Desert (Great Indian Desert) on other side. Gujarat is mainly known for his Rann Utsav (Desert Utsav) in Dhordo Village which helps us to explore the cultures, colours and traditions of Gujarat.

Here is list of Top 6 Tourist Places To Visit In Gujarat, India.

1. Dwarka

Dwarkadhish temple, Dwaraka
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Dwarka, ancient kingdom of Lord Shri Krishna, is sacred historic city for Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Dwarka is located on western shore of Okhamandal Peninsula on bank of Gomti River.

Dwarka is one of seven most sacred pilgrimage sites (Mokshdayini Saptpuri) in Hinduism. The meaning of Dwarka is “Gate Of Salvation”.

Dwarka is one of the Chardham in Hinduism. The Chardham (Four Abodes) are Badrinath in North, Dwarka in West, Jagannathuri in East and Rameshwaram in South.

Badrinath : A holy Hinduism pilgrimage site in Uttarakhand

Dwarka is well known for his temples and pilgrimage sites which makes it a nice tourist place and attract Shri Krishna’s devotees world wide.

The most famous temple is Dwarkadhish Temple (Jagat Mandir) built by Raja Jagat Singh Rathore. The 52 yards flag, headed on Dwarkadhish Temple, is changed 5 times a day – thrice in morning and twice in evening. It is said that the entire Dwarka was submerged upon death of Shri Krishna and recent archaeological researchs support this theory.

Place Of Interest

  • Dwarkadhish Temple (Jagat Mandir)
  • Samundra Narayan (Sangam Narayan) Temple delicated to River Gomti with sea
  • Chakra Narayan Temple delicated to Lord Vishnu
  • Gomti Temple delicated to River Goddess Gomti
  • Rukmini Devi Temple delicated to Krishna’s chief queen Rukmini
  • Bet Dwarka, an island in Arabian Sea, which is far from Dwarka considered as original residence of Lord Shri Krishna
  • Hanuman Dandi Temple
  • Nageshvara Jyotirling Mandir, one of 12 Jyotirlings, delicated to Lord Shiva

2. Somnath

Somanath Temple
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Somnath, also known as Somnath Patan, is an ancient temple town which is located in Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval in Gir Somnath District, considered as gateway to Somnath Temple (Deo Patan).

Somnath means “Lord Of Moon” as Lord Shiva is known to wear Moon on his head. Somnath is most sacred among 12 Jyotirlings of Lord Shiva in Hinduism. Jyotirling means sign/symbol/mark of light.

Somnath Temple is broken, invaded and rebuilt many times in history due to its immense luxury. The final construction was started under Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel after India’s Independence and on December 1, 1955, the President Of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, delicated Somnath Temple to nation.

Somnath is home of many tourist places. Somnath is also famous for Somnath Mahadev Fair which held in Kartik Purnima and Maha Shivratri.

Place Of Interest

  • Somnath Mahadev Temple
  • Bhalka Tirth
  • Gita Mandir
  • Triveni Sangam (Three rivers Hiran, Kapila, Saraswati and get empty together into Arabian Sea)
  • Panch Pandav Gufa
  • Lakshminarayan Temple
  • Somnath Beach
  • Archaeological Museum (Prabhas Patan Museum)
  • Parshuram Temple
  • Rudreshwar Temple
  • Junagadh Gate
  • Kamnath Mahadev Temple
  • Balaji Temple

3. Ahmedabad

Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad
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Ahmedabad, commercial and industrial hub of Gujarat, is largest city of Gujarat and 5th most populated city in India. Ahmedabad is located on bank of Sabarmati River.

Ahmedabad, The Manchester Of East, is known for cotton textiles as second largest producer of cotton India. In 2012, Times Of India choose Ahmedabad as India’s best city to live in. In July 2017, Old Ahmedabad was declared as India’s First UNESCO World Heritage City which makes it a nice tourist place.

Ahmedabad is popularly known as “Land Of Gandhi” and closely related to Mahatma Gandhi as Dandi Salt March originated from Sabarmati Ashram. Uttarayan (Makar Sakranti) and Navratri are two most famous festivals.

Place Of Interest

  • Sabarmati Ashram
  • Hutheesing Jain Temple
  • Motera Stadium
  • Sabarmati Riverfront
  • Kankaria Lake
  • Adalaj Stepwell
  • Bhadra Fort
  • The Calico Museum Of Textiles
  • Auto World Vintage Car Museum

4. Vadodara

Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara
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Vadodara, known as Baroda, is 3rd largest city of Gujarat and is referred as cultural city of Gujarat. Vadodara is located on bank of Vishwamitra River.

Vadodara is known as Sanskari Nagari (The City Of Culture) and Kala Nagari (City Of Art) of India. Vadodara is second most important tourist place in Gujarat, after Ahmedabad.

Place Of Interest

  • Lakshmi Vilas Palace
  • Sardar Patel Planetarium
  • Maharaja Sayajirao University Of Baroda
  • Downtown Vadodara
  • Sayaji Baug
  • Aurobindo Ashram
  • Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery
  • Sursagar Lake

5. Kutch Region

Rann of Kutch White Desert
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Kutch (also spelled as Kachchh) is district in Gujarat with its headquarter at Bhuj. Literally, Kutch means something which alternately becomes dry and wet. A large part of Kutch is known as “Rann Of Kutch” which becomes wet and submerged during rainy season and becomes dry during other seasons.

During winter, The Great Flamingoes arrives at Great Rann Of Kutch from Siberia for breeding and make white desert a pinkish colour which make Rann Of Kutch a beautiful tourist place.

Kutch is mainly famous its Rann Utsav (Desert Utsav) which is organized by Gujarat Tourism in Dhordo Village in Kutch during October to March. This is best place for honeymoon couples.

To travel Rann Of Kutch, located close to India Pakistan border, all tourists are required prior written permission from the DSP office in Bhuj.

Place Of Interest

  • Great Rann Of Kutch
  • Kutch Desert Festival or Rann Utsav
  • Narayan Sarovar Temple and Sanctuary
  • Ashapura Mata Temple
  • Vasai Jain Temple (Shri Bhadreshwar Jain Tirth Derasar)
  • Sylot Caves
  • Koteshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Banni Grassland Reserve
  • Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Dholavira
  • Lakhpat

6. Bhuj

Swaminarayan Temple, Bhuj
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Bhuj is District Headquarter of Kutch District of Gujarat. Bhuj was founded by a Jadega Rajput ruler, Rao Hamirji, in 1518. The city name, Bhuj, is based on snake god, Bhujang.

Bhuj is known for the craft and archaeology. Rann Utsav (Desert Utsav) is most famous festival celebrated in Bhuj which is held every year during October to March and attract people worldwide as a beautiful tourist places.

Place Of Interest

  • Swaminarayan Temple
  • Prag Mahal
  • Aina Mahal (Mirror Palace)
  • Mandavi Beach
  • Dattatreya Temple
  • Sharadbaugh Palace
  • Kutch Museum
  • Ramkund
  • Chhatedi Bhuj
  • Harmirsar Lake
  • Darbargadh Fort
  • Bhujia Fort
  • Hill Garden
  • The Vande Mataram Memorial

This is not end of Tourist places in Gujarat. Besides it, there are a number of wonderful and beautiful tourist places, man made monuments and temples which is not possible to cover all those places at a time.

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