Gujarat, the westernmost state of India, proudly stands as one of the largest and most exotic states of the country. Gujarat is an ideal amalgamation of antiquity, medieval marvels and modernity. From picturesque landscapes, vibrant culture, grandeur of Jain architecture, breathtaking beauty of Kutch to bustling cities, Gujarat has it all. Amidst this multiplicity of options available we bring to you the list of top 5 must visit places in Gujarat.
Sabarmati Ashram: We cannot start off a list on Gujarat without the very notable name of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Sabarmati Ashram, once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife, has been converted into a museum. It is undoubtedly one of the biggest attractions situated in the suburb of Gujarat. It is also known as the ‘Satyagraha Ashram’ as Gandhi began the famous ‘Dandi March’ from here. Located on the idyllic and serene stretch of Sabarmati River, this is one spot dedicated to the history of our nation that everyone- tourist, visitor or resident- needs to visit at least once in their lives.
Kankaria Lake: While we are on the topic of Ahmadabad, we cannot forget one of the most famous lakes of not only Gujarat, but all of India. Kankaria Lake is known for its beauty and clarity. The area around it has been developed into a lakeside front which has many public attractions like the zoo, toy train, balloon ride, food hall, water rides, etc. It is also the location for the annual Kankaria Carnival in December.
Laxmi Vilas Palace: The Laxmi Vilas Palace in situated in Vadodara and was built under the watchful eyes of Sayaji Rao Gaekwad, a descendant of the prominent Marathas who lived in Baroda. About four times the size of Buckingham Palace, this majestic structure was completed in 1890. It is still home to the highly respected Royal Family, which continues to dwell in Vadodara. The palace is often host to a variety of events, cultural and otherwise; and a few prominent movies have been shot here.
Gir Forest National Park: One cannot talk about Gujarat without mentioning the massive Gir Forest. The forest has accommodated the National Park since 1965. Gir is the only natural habitat of world popular Asiatic Lions. Located around 65kms south east of Junagarh district, one can spot lions roaming free in the wild. Also known as Sasan-Gir, it is an ideal abode for various flora and fauna.
Dwarkadhish Temple: Also known as the Jagat Mandir, Dwarkadhish Temple is the pride of Gujarat. Built with the support of 72 pillars, this majestic five storied edifice stands on the conflux of the Arabian Sea and Gomati River. With a soaring tower, hall of audience and an eighty-four foot long multicolored flag that waves from the dome, Dwarkadhish temple presents a sight to behold.
Whether one is fond of ancient history, vibrant fairs, famous museums or the majestic temples, there is a lot to explore in historically and culturally rich Gujarat. Gujarat is one of those states that will titillate your senses and leave you wanting for more!