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Gujarat


Facts at a Glance :
» Area - 196,024 sq. km.
» Population - 50,596,992 (2001 census)
» Capital - Gandhinagar
» Language - Gujarati, Hindi, Sindhi, Marathi
» Climate - 27 to 42 degrees in summer, 14 to 29 degrees C in winter and monsoon is from June to September.
» Best Time to Visit - October to March

Gujarat TempleAn Overview :
Located on the western coast of India, Gujarat is a well developed industrial sate of India. It is bounded by the state Rajasthan to the north-east, Madhya Pradesh to the east and Maharashtra and the Union territory Dadra and Nagar Haveli to the South. It shares its border with Pakistan to the north-west and Arabian Sea stretches in its western coast. Its rich history, heritage and culture along with natural beauty of lush green forest, sandy beaches and wildlife make it one of the most sought after destinations of India. It is also the birth place of the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi and so one of the major centre for Indian freedom struggle.


Places to Visit :
Gujarat offers some enchanting tourist places, memorable historic monuments and sacred pilgrims places like temples representing its glorious and cultural heritage, which attracts large number of tourits from all parts of the world.


» Gujarat Beaches - With a long coastline extending to 1,600 kms the state is dotted with some of the finest beaches of India. The coastal area is also popular for Portuguese forts, shore temples, port cities and beach resorts. Some of the major beaches of Gujarat are : the Mandvi at Kutch, Gopnath beach at Bhavnagar, Dumas beach at Surat, Diu beach at Junagadh and Bet Dwarak at Jamnagar are some of the finest beaches on Gujarat shoreline. With some beautiful sea side resorts, these beaches offer wonderful site for picnic.

Forts of Gujarat» Gujarat Wildlife - Gujarat's varied land form with dry deciduous forests, majestic grass land, wetlands, marine ecosystem and rich moist deciduous forest are home to some varied and unique wildlife. The state has a number of wildlife sanctuaries including the most popular Gir National Park which are home to some rare wildlife like the Asiatic Lion, Wild Ass, four-horned antelope, Black Buck and the great Indian bustard in the bird sanctuary are some rare species preserved in Gujarat.

» Gujarat Hill Stations - Stands at an altitude of 1000m above sea level, Saputara is a picturesque hill station of Gujarat. It offers its visitors some beautiful parks, swimming pools, gardens, several resorts and hotels with a pleasant climate. All these make it an ideal holiday spot during summer months. The hill station also offers several handicraft items and jewellery to its tourists in various shops.

» Gujarat Monuments & Temples - There are also several historic monuments and temples in Gujarat which are symbols of its glorious history and rich culture. Among the monuments the Sidi Sayed Mosque, the Vav(step well) at Adalaj, the Sabaramati Ashram are some of must visited places in Gujarat. It is also home to some of the popular Hindu temples like the Aakshardham temple at Gandhinagar, Somnath Temple at Junagada, Sun Temple at Modhera, Dwarkadhish Temple at Dwarak, Sri Adishwara Jain temple are some of the most visited monuments of Gujarat.


Fairs & Festivals :
Wildlife in GujaratGujarat can be called a “Land of Fairs & Festivals for its numerous fairs and festivals celebrated in different parts of the state every year. These are generally associated with the change of seasons, religious events or the time of harvesting. These fairs and festivals offers the visitors an excellent opportunity to experience the diverse cultural and religious identity of the people of Gujarat. Some of the major ones are : the Navratri, Modhera Dance Festival, the Kutch Mahotsav, Dhuleti, Diwali, Rath Yatra, Raksha Bandhan, Bhadra Purnima etc.


Shopping :
The markets of Gujarat offering numerous variety of shopping items including exquisite handicrafts, colourful fabrics, intricate jewellery, crafted furniture etc. The markets of Gujarat has something to suit every taste and every pocket.


Related Links :
» Ahmedabad - Located on the bank of the river Sabarmati, the city of Ahmadabad was founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah in 1411 AD. The city offers its tourists a variety of historic monuments, mosques, temples, museums which are fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture.
» Gir Wildlife Sanctuary - Located on the Junagadh district of Gujarat, the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary was established to protect the wild population of lions. In 1965, the area of Gir forest was declared a national park.
» Gujarat Beaches - Situated on the west coast of India Gujarat has a long coastline extending to 1,600 kms. The state is dotted with some of the finest beaches of India popular for its clear blue water, swaying palm trees and a pleasant climate.
» Diu Beach - Located at a distance of 125km from Junagarh, the island of Diu is one of the finest beaches in the Saurashtra coast of Gujarat. Its soft sandy beach with swaying palm trees and fantastic forts, churches make it one of the most beautiful beach holiday destination in Gujarat.




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