Aavo Padharo, words of welcome in the language of Gujarat because it is here that these words ring truly and the guest is 'God' and the people of Gujarat are gregariously friendly, inviting and will entice you to come again and again.
Stretches out into the Arabian Sea, with a hint of the desert and with a coastline of 1666 kms long is Gujarat – the home state of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of Nation. It is renowned for its beaches, temple towns and historic capitals. Wildlife sanctuaries, hill resorts and natural grandeur are gifts of Gujarat. Sculpture, handicrafts, arts, festivals also make the state rich. Gujarat is also among the most technologically advanced, housing the largest petrochemical complex in the country.
You can plan a trip to Gujarat all the year long, but the best time visit Gujarat is during winter months between November to February.
With its notable mud architecture, a medley of craft traditions and exquisite apparel, this eminently colorful and culturally rich land has a wonderful handcrafted feel. Each community has its own oral traditions, dance, craft and dress.
Vadodara, Gujarat's third largest city, is considered the state's cultural capital. Pavagadh Hill, graced with a combination of Hindu and Jain shrines, towers over Champaner, the 15th c. pre-Mughal Islamic fort. Together they represent the diversity of religious influences that have pervaded Gujarat. Vadodara is situated on the Vishwamitri River and is the administrative headquarters of Vadodara District. The city is mixture of many eras and its reputation as "Cultural Capital" dates largely from the late 19th c, when it was the capital of the pricely state of Baroda.
Situated in the heart of Gujarat, Ahmedabad District is home to the city of Ahmedabad, which has a character like no other, defined by a spirit of enterprise. Although Ahmedabad is a bustling metropolitan with reputed institutes and a rapidly growing economy, it is also deeply rooted in tradition.
The city is situated on the Aji River and sprawls with regal architecture. It is also an industrial center and an important hub for the body building of vehicles. The city proudly boasts of its associstion with Gandhiji, who spent his early years in Rajkot while his father was a Diwan to the local ruler. The house where he lived is now a museum. The district is also a handicraft and textile center known for its fine silverwork, Bandhani, Patola saris and beadwork.
Situated on the south bank of the Tapi River, about 14 km from the sea, Surat has always attracted traders and merchants from afar. Its finely carved mosques, Parsi agiaris, European tombs and colonial houses all testify to the eclectic mix of ethnic communities that continue to live in the city.
Stepped in history, culture, spirituality and religion, Junagadh is the Soul of Saurastra. In just 60 km the terrain descends from Mt Girnar, Gujarat's highest point at 1000 meter, to the Veraval coast. The Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is the only remaining habitat of the pure Asiatic Lion. The countryside has much to offer but calls for a determined effort to places in veraval-Patan and Junagadh city are a must on the intinerary of the traveler in Saurastra.
Named after Mahatma Gandhi, this has been the state capital since 1970.Similar to chandigarh(Punjab) layout, the city of Gandhinagar is divided into sectors formed by roads laid in a rectangular grid. It is also known as the "Garden City" for all its greenery. The city's main tourist attraction is the Akshardham Swaminarayan Temple.Spread over nine hectars, it includes a huge modern temple built in pink stone and white marble.
Patan and Mehsana, replete with architectural excellence, represent the height of Gujarat's cultural achievements during the Golden Period of Solanki rule. Patan is home to the Ranki Vav, Patola weavers and the Bohra havelis at Siddhpur. Mehsana has the famous Sun Temple at Modhera and torans of Vadnagar. Banaskantha, at the northeastern periphery of Gujarat, is characterized by undulating hills and forests from the Aravali Range,It is a mosaic that brings together elements of all the surrounding areas-rich tribal culture,pilgrimage destinations,wildlife and a Nawabi heritage.