On behalf of everyone in Gujarat we extend towards you our very warm welcome. The main intention behind creating this website is to share the colors, the romance, the heritage, the insights as well as the mystique that entwines this Gujarati legend. It is an attempt to equip you with all the relevant information, tools and resources needed to make your journey enriching, uncomplicated and enjoyable. The Gujarati soul is embodied by its regular everyday people. We hope that to some extent, this website will also connect you with the warmth and celebratory spirit of its people.
The most convenient entry point into Gujarat is through the metropolis of Ahmedabad. The city contains some very fine museums, the Calico Museum of Textiles being considered among the world's finest. Ahmedabad's walled city is a living testimony to its heritage of crafts as women walk by in dazzling embroidered garments and flashing ethnic silver jewellery. Traditional Ahmedabad combines mosques of inspired workmanship, wooden Jain temples, unique stone stepwells and houses with ornately carved wooden balconies and window screens.
Modern Ahmedabad, just across the River Sabarmati spanned by four bridges, is a showpiece of contemporary architecture with designs by Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn and the best known Indian architects. Ahmedabad is a convenient base for a number of excursions, Modhera being the best known. 106 km away, this is one of the very few sun temples in the country.
Gujarat's loveliest beach - and the state is well endowed with them - is Ahmedpur Mandvi whose chief attraction is the ethnic beach resort. Cottages modelled on rural Gujarati architecture look out onto a secluded beach, one of the state's chief centres for water sports:
Places of Tourist Interest in Gujarat
Ahmedabad Tourism, Bhavnagar Tourism,
Champaner Tourism, Gondal Tourism,
Jamnagar Tourism, Junagadh Tourism,
Mandvi Tourism, Morbi Tourism,
Patan Tourism, Porbandar Tourism,
Rajkot Tourism, Sasan Gir Tourism,
Ahmedabad blends harmoniously an ancient heritage with a vibrant present. The city's prosperous and eventful past and present is embodied in its rich kaleidoscope of history, art and culture, rich architecture and imposing monuments. Tourists can visit Ahmedabad throughout the year.
Palces of Interest in Ahmedabad
Ahmed Shah's Mosque, Balvatika, Teen Darwaza and Bhadra Fort, Daria Khan's Ghummat, Siddi Sayyad's Mosque, Gita Mandir, Swami Narayan Temple, Hathisinh Mandir, Jhulta Minar, Jumma Masjid, Kankaria Lake, Rani Sipri's Mosque and Tomb, Rani Roopmati Mosque, Rauza of Shah Alam, Sabarmati Ashram, Siddhi Sayyad Mosque, Dada Hari Vav.
Museums & Art Gallerys in Ahmedabad
>> Calico Museum of Textiles, Calico Mills,
>> Shreyas Folk Art Museum.
>> Gandhi Smarak Sanghrahalaya, Gandhi Ashram Sabarmati.
>> L.D. Institute of Indology, Navarangpura.
>> National Institution of Design.
>> Tribal Research & trg. Museum, Ashram Rd.
>> N.C. Mehta Art Gallery, Sanskar Kendra, Paldi.
>> Kite Museum, Sanskar Kendra.
>> Veechar Utensil Museum, Vasna Tolnaka.
>> Natural History Museum, Kankaria
Excursions in Ahmedabad
Adalaj Vav 19 km, Lothal 80 km, Patan 113 km, Nal Sarovar 71 km, Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram 6 km, Gandhi Nagar 25 km, Modhera (Sun Temple) 106 km.
How to Reach Ahmedabad
By Air: Indian Airlines connect Ahmedabad with Bombay, Delhi, Bangalore, Madras, Jaipur, Indore and Calcutta. East West Airlines also connects Ahmedabad with Bombay.
By Rail: Ahmedabad is directly connected to Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Madras, Trivandrum, Varanasi etc.
By Road : Ahmedabad to : Baroda (Vadodara) 113 km, Mt. Abu 228 km, Udaipur 252 km, Jaipur 657 km, Bombay 545 km, Delhi 1076 km, Gandhinagar 25 km, Modhera 110 km, Nal Sarovar 71 km and Lothal 80 km.
By Local Transport: Taxis, Auto rickshaws, City buses available .
Bhavnagar was founded by Bhavsinhji Gohil (1703-64 AD) in 1723 AD near the Gulf of Khambhat, on a carefully chosen strategic location having potential of maritime trade. Till independence, Bhavnagar State was ruled by the Gohil Rajput clan.
The Gohil Rajputs came to Gujarat from Marwar in 1260 AD and had 3 capitals- Sejakpur, Umrala and Sihor; before finally establishing Bhavnagar as their capital.
Excurtions in Bhavnagar
Palitana (Jain Temples) 55 km, Sihor (Darbargadh, fresco paintings, brass utensils) 25 km, Velavadar (Black-Buck sanctuary) 37 km, Alang (ship breaking yard) 50 km, Ranpur (13th century fort) 163 km, Piram Islands (turtle breeding) 25 km, Talaja (birth place of Narsinh Mehta, a group of rock cut Buddhist caves) 54 km, Gopnath (Gopnath Temple, a heritage hotel) 89 km.
How to Reach Bhavnagar
By Air: flights are available for Bhavnagar from Mumbai.
By Rail: railway station on Ahmedabad-Bhavnagar railway line
By Road : Ahmedabad (200 km), Rajkot (178 km), Vadodara(280 km) .
By Local Transport: Local buses and non-metered auto rickshaws.
Champaner is an ancient fort located at the foothills of Pavagadh. The town derives its name from the Champa tree or from Champaraj founder of the town, a contemporary of King Vanraj Chavda of Anhilwada.
Muhammad Begada decided to establish the new capital of Gujarat at this place in 1484 AD and changed the name of the town to Muhammadabad. It took 23 years to built the town and had a meteoric rise and attained glory as a great town of western India. Many edifices were constructed during these years : bazaars,town squares, Royal Gardens and water structures, including mosques. It also became a major trading center producing fine silk, woven and dyed textile and sword manufacturing.
Excursions in Champaner
Chhota Udepur (Royal Palaces) 80 km, Jambu Ghoda (wild life sanctuary) 25 km,Vadodara (Laxmi Vilas Palace, museum,Sayajibag, public buildings) 46 km, Dabhoi (ancient fort, gateways) 75 km, Balasinor (Dinosaur fossils) 85 km
How to Reach Champaner
By Air: nearest airport is Vadodara (46 km)
By Rail: Champaner Road is a railway station on Vadodara-Godhara railway line
By Road : Vadodara (46 km), Ahmedabad (159 km) .
By Local Transport: Non-Metered Autorickshaws and Jeeps Accommodation : Local guest houses and local Dharamshalas
Food:Local eating joints and food stalls.
Gondal is a testimony to the great visionary ruler Sir Bhagwatsinhiji, who introduced social reforms, planned the development of Gondal town and created a model state of Saurashtra in late 19th and early 20th century. Gondal, the capital of the former princely State of Gondal, was ruled by the Jadeja Rajput clan, till the independence of India. It is a fortified town located on the river Gondali.
Sir Bhagwatsinhji's high education and extensive tours to Europe enhanced his aesthetic taste, which can be seen in the architecture and planning of public buildings, parks, bazaars dn palaces builts during his regime.
Excursions in Gondal
Jetpur (textile town known for yarn dyeing and hand printed saris)30km, Rajkot (Watoson Museum, Rajkumar College, Ramkrishna Mission, Kaba Gandhi no Delo)39 km
Gondal Travel Information
By Air: Nearest Airport is Rajkot (39 km)
By Rail: Gondal is a Railway station on Rajkot-Veraval line
By Road : Rajkot (39km), Ahmedabd (264km) .
By Local Transport: Non-Metered Autorickshaws.
Jamnagar is known for its tie & dye work on fabrics, silken & gold embroidery. Tourists can visit Jamnagar throughout the year.
Jamnagar Travel Information
By Air: Indian Airlines service connects Jamnagar with Bombay and Bhuj.
By Rail: Jamnagar is directly connected with Ahmedabad and Bombay. Hapa Jn.(9 km) from Jamnagar is another convenient Railhead on the broad guage terminus
By Road : Jamnagar to Palitana 246 km, Rajkot 86 km, Ahmedabad 304 km, Somnath 257 km, Dwarka 148 km. Gujarat State Transport services connect Jamnagar with Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Porbandar, Rajkot, Junagadh, Somnath..
The history of junagadh is chequered by the rules of the Mauryans, Kshatrapas, Guptas, Vilabhis, Chudasamas, Gujarat Sultans and Babi Nawabs. Junagadh, at different times in history, was under the influence of four major religions. Hindu, Bhuddhist, Jain and Muslim. Both political powers and religious influences enriched the culture and created edifices leaving their mark on the architecture of Junagadh.
Excursions in Junagadh
Gir National Park (the only home of Asiatic Lions)60 km, Prabhas patan-Somnath (one of eh twelve most sacred Shiva Shrines)79km, Chorwad (a delightful resort on the beach) 72 km.
Junagadh Travel Information
By Air: Nearest Airport is Keshod (40km), Porbandar(113 km)
By Rail: Railway Station of Ahmedabad-Junagadh and Rajkot-Junagadh line
By Road : Rajkot(102km),Porbandar(113 km), Ahmedabad (327 km).
By Local Transport: Non-Metered Autorickshaws and Local buses.
Mandvi was originally a fortified town having a fort wall of about 8m high and 1.2m wide stone amsonary. The fort had several gateways and 25 bastion ; but at present, most of the wall has disappeared. The bastion on the southwest is largest and acts as a lighthouse.
Excursions in Mandvi
Bhadershwar (Jain temples with fresco paintings, amongst the oldest in Gujarat, one of the oldest mosques in India dating back to pre-Islamic invasions)68 km, Mundra (ancient fortified town and a port) 44km, Kandla (India's only free trade port, envisioned by Maharao Kehengarji I and Madansinghji)114 km,Naliya (jain block printing works)116km, Kera (ancient Shiva Temple, shrine of Gulam Ali Shah)35 km, Gandhidham (a well planned, prosperous town, Institute of Sindhology)102 km.
Mandvi Travel Information
By Air: Nearest Airport is Bhuj(50 km)
By Rail: Nearest Railway Station is Gandhidham (95 km)
By Road : Bhuj (50 km), Ahmedabad (446 km), Rajkot (268 km) .
By Local Transport: Non-Metered Autorickshaws .