The Gujarat beholds a genre of history that is extensively versatile and collectively has elaborated and the favorite tourist destination among the tourist cities of India. Gujarat is evolved around the luminous ancient Indus valley civilization. Dholavira is primeval city of Gujarat and Lothal a most significant town spread on the soil of the state. The land of Gujarat is so magnificent whose ruins are not just only physically in form of palaces, forts, archeological sites and wildlife, but also symbolically great in terms of beautiful culture and traditions. Gujarat was inhabited with Dravidians as their indigenous settlers, but with the invasion of Aryans they were pushed further south. Later the Solanki, Gupta, and later Muslims, Marathas and British left no opportunity to rule and gain out of this extremely flourishing land.
Gujarat is situated on the West Coast of India, Gujarat has a enthusiastic character to it, which has played a major role to enrich the Indian canvas of culture, music, art, architecture, painting, folk and other fine art and culture. The state is well known for rich heritage of customs, history, traditions, handicrafts, colorful fairs and festivals and exotic wildlife. This land is also home of immensely famous legends and icon like father of Nation Mahatama Gandhi, the iron man and great freedom fighter Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel and social reformers and great Saint like Swami Dayanand Saraswati and other legendaries.
With a rich and waste coastline extending about 1,600 kms, which almost over one third of Indian coastline, Gujarat used to trade with western countries ; Greeks and Romans and is said to have an ancient marine port at Lothal which had maritime associations with Egypt and Mesopotamia. Earlier the state was ruled by the Hindu Rajput kings, later Mughal emperors, Gujarat came under British rulers as part of the Bombay presidency. Now, today with a large Jain and Hindu people and a sturdy influence of Buddhist culture and religion since Ashoka's era, Gujarat boasts of a secular society and culture, which dignified the glory and characteristic of this marvelous state.
Ahmedabad, founded in the year 1411 by Sultan Ahmad Shah, the city is located on the Banks of Sabarmati River. Ahmedabad has been named after Sultan Ahmed Shah, who had built this city with blessing of his divine adviser Shaikh Ahmad. Earlier Ahmedabad was the political administrative centre of the Ahmedabad district; former capital of Gujarat till 1960 to 1970, which was later to Gandhinagar.
Now, Ahmedabad presents a wonderful blend of ancient vibrating present with heritage culture and values. The city’s prosperous and exciting history is personified in the rich diversity of its past. Today, this city is known as the 'Manchester of the East'. One of the vastly industrialized cities in India, Ahmedabad is also India's textile city. The city developed in prosperity and splendour for a hundred years and became the land of skilled craftsmen and merchants. The old city of Ahmedabad is dotted with labyrinthine bylanes called 'pols'. The exquisite carved wooden mansions and havelis are in no manner less than their stone counterparts in Rajasthan. The city is full of architectural delights. The ancient historical places and monuments in and around the town, may be broadly grouped under two main phase the first during Ahmad shah, others are datable to the first half of the 15th century. Though the capital of Gujarat was shifted from Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar, it is still the second biggest industrial city in West India region.
Ahmedabad, the History of this city begins in the 11th century with the King Solanki Karandev I, sovereign of Anhilwara (modern Patan). He conquered a war against the Bhil King Ashapall or Ashaval, and after his victory the city Karnavati was built on the banks of the Sabarmati at site of modern Ahmedabad. Solanki rule remained undisputed till 11th centaury; later Gujarat was ruled by Vaghela dynasty of Dwarka. In 13th centaury, Gujarat was conquered by the by Mughal rulers of Delhi, North India.
Ahmed Shah's Mosque, Balvatika,Daria Khan's Ghummat, Siddi Sayyad's Mosque,Gita Mandir, Swami Narayan Temple,Hathisinh MandirTeen Darwaza and Bhadra Fort, Jhulta Minar,Jumma Masjid , Rani Sipri's Mosque and Tomb,Rani Roopmati Mosque,Kankaria Lake,Rauza of Shah Alam,Sabarmati Ashram,Siddhi Sayyad Mosque,Dada Hari Vava.
Adalaj Vav- 19 kms, Lothal- kms, Patan- 113 kms, Nal Sarovar- 71 kms, Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram- 6 kms, Gandhi Nagar- 25 kms, Modhera (Sun Temple)- 106 kms.
By Air: Ahmedabad is well linked with major cities.
By Rail: Ahmedabad is directly connected to major towns.
By Road: Baroda (Vadodara)- 113 kms, Mt.Abu- 228 kms, Udaipur- 252 kms, Jaipur- 657 kms, Bombay- 545 kms, Delhi- 1076 kms, Gandhinagar- 25 kms, Modhera-110 kms, Nal Sarovar- 71 kms, Lothal- 80 kms.
Rajkot, beautiful and prosperous city, located in Gujarat State in Western India, on the banks of Aji and Niari River. The city is the governmental headquarter of the Rajkot district. It is situated at a distance of 216 km from Ahmedabad. Earlier Rajkot was the capital of erstwhile Saurashtra state.. It was founded by Thakur Saheb Vibhaji Ajoji Jadeja of Jadeja clan in 1612 AD. Since then, it has been under the regime Jadeja rulers. Rajkot is well known for the reason of father of national Mahatma Gandhi, who had lived here the early days of his life. Rajkot is also know as the childhood home of Mahatma Gandhi, his father was an officer over here and hence Gandhi spent his younger age in this city. Now the home where he lived his early days is converted into a museum, displaying and preserving belongings, the articles and photographs of Gandhi. The Gandhian non-violence movement originated from here. Apart from this, the city is quite popular for silk embroidery, jewellery, machine tools, diesel engines, and kitchen knives and other cutting appliances, and watch components, also having forging and casting industries. It is also famous high quality and pure gold and jewellery. Rajkot is also known for biggest market of gold in Gujarat region.
There are numbers of tourist attraction in Rajkot, some of the main places to visit are Kaba Gandhi Ne Delo the home of Gandhi, The Watson Museum and the Library built in the memory of Colonel John Watson is displaying full of the Saurastran culture and civilization. Rajkumar College where the princes and kings from all over the country, came for studies. Then, Lal Pari Lake is a picnic spots. A beautiful small town worth to visit.
Best Season: October to May.
Aji Dam,Sardar Smriti Bhavan,Lal Pari Lake & Renderda,Mahatma Gandhi's Home (Kaba Gandhino Delo),Watson Museums & Jubliee Gardens.
Jadeshwar- 60 kms, Virpur- 64 kms, Bhid Bhanjan- 60 kms, Manas Mandir -14 kms, Gondal- 38 kms, Wankaner- 50 kms.
By Air: Rajkot is well connected with Bombay and Kandla.
By Rail: Well connected with major towns.
By Road: Bombay 798- kms, Ahmedabad- 218 kms, Junagadh- 98 kms, Jamnagar- 86 kms, Dwarka- 238 kms, Porbandar- 178 kms, Bhavnagar- 165 kms, Sasangir- 155 kms.
Founded in 1540 A.D. Jamnagar, also known as the 'Jewel of Kathiawad', is a coastal town about 300 kms west of Ahmedabad and 92 kms from Rajkot.Present day Jamnagar is a charming blend of the old and the new with its ancient monuments and broad streets, imposing facades, and squares which make it one of the most beautiful cities in the Saurashtra peninsula. Jamnagar is renowned for its silk, gold embroidery, silver ware, Bandhani (tie-and-dye) fabrics that are renowned the world over.
Solarium, Lakhota Fort and Kotha Bastion, Rozi and Bedi Ports.
By Air: Jamnagar is well connected with Bombay and Bhuj.
By Rail: Jamnagar is well connected all major towns.
By Road: Palitana- 246 kms, Rajkot- 86 kms, Ahmedabad- 304 kms, Somnath- 257 kms, Dwarka-148 kms.
The sacred town of Dwarka, one of the main centers of the Krishna legend, 145 Kms. from Jamnagar, sits on the western most tip of the Gujarat peninsula, a sentinel over looking the Arabian Sea.
Archaeological excavations show that present day Dwarka is the 6th city on this site, the earlier five having been submerged in the sea. The inner sanctum of the main Dwarkadhish Temple-known as the Nij Mandir - dates back 2,500 years. Legend has it Lord Krishna left Mathura and settled in the Western part of India with his Yadava clan and built a golden city and named it Dwarika. Dwarkanath, the main temple here, is dedicated to Krishna.
Best Season: November to March.
Dwarkadish Temple, Bhadkeshwar Temple, Rukmani Temple, Sunset Point, Shri Jagatguru Shankaracharya Math, Ved Havan, Light House, Shardapith Math Museum.
Bet Dwarka (2 kms from Okha. Ferry Service from Okha Port), Vasai- 12 kms, Pindhara- 72 kms, Harshad Mata Temple- 58 kms, Nageshwar- 16 kms, Shri Vallabhacharya 's Baithak, Okha- 32 kms.
By Air: Nearest airport is Jamnagar-148 kms.
By Rail: Well connected with all major cities.
By Road: Ahmedabad- 438 kms, Rajkot- 234 kms, Jamnagar- 148 kms, Junagadh- 332 kms, Porbandar- 120 kms, Somnath- 249 kms, Bhavnagar- 399 kms, Bombay- 929 kms, Okha- 32 kms.
Porbander is Saurashtra's end - a picturesque seaport on the Arabian Sea. It is situated 395 Kms from Ahmedabad. It is also known as "White City" because of its white stone construction. It is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. Porbander has a pleasant beach with beach villas. Its ancient maritime activities - trade with Arabia, Africa and Persia have given way to a thriving industry of cement and chemical units.
Best Season: November to March.
Harshad Mata Temple- 38.6 kms, Madhapur Temple- 64.3 kms, Mul-Dwarka- 28.8 kms.
Arya Kanya Gurukul, Bharat Mandir, Kirti Mandir, Sudama Mandir, and Planetarium.
By Air: Nearest airport is Rajkot.
By Rail: Porbandar is well connected to major towns.
By Road: Ahmedabad- 394 kms, Bhavnagar- 300 kms, Junagadh-107 kms, Rajkot-178 kms, Somnath- 118 kms.
Somnath is about 5kms from Veraval. It is believed that the Somnath temple here was originally built by Somraj, the Moon God himself, out of gold, and then rebuilt by Ravana in silver and then by Krishna in Wood, then by Bhimdev in stone. The shore temple of Somnath was believed to have been built in 4 phases-in gold by Lord Soma, in silver by Ravana, in wood by lord Krishna and in stone by Bhimdev. Somnath is one of the 12 jyotirlingas of lord Shiva. Somnath is also known as Prabhas Patan.
Best Season: November to March.
Somnath Temple, Triveni Ghat, Ahilyabai Temple, Junagadh Gate, Bhalka Tirth, Dehotsarga, Manipur Masjid, Museum.
Chorwad- 26 kms, Sasan Gir- 43 kms.
By Air: Nearest airport Keshod- 55 km.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is Veraval.
By Road: Somnath to Veraval- 7 kms,Bombay- 889 kms, Ahmedabad- 400 kms, Bhavnagar- 266 kms, Junagadh- 85 kms, Porbandar- 122 kms.
Sasan Gir Lion Sanctuary, which lies on the southwestern fringes of the Saurashtra Peninsula (west-central India), is the last home of some 300 Asiatic lions. It was created in 1913 to protect the largest surviving groups of the Asiatic lions. It was given a sanctuary status in 1965. The vegetation in the area consists of teak with a mixture of deciduous trees, including sal (Shorea), dhak (Butea frondosa), and thorn forests. A few springs also exist, but their flow is rather eccentric depending upon the season. Gir Forest is today the only place in the world outside Africa, where the lion can be seen in his natural habitat.
Nalsarovar Lake and Sanctuary, Tulsi Shyam Springs and Krishna Temple.
By Air: Nearest airport Keshod-100 kms.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is Sasan and Junagadh 65kms.
By Road: Ahmedabad- 895 kms, Rajkot 160- kms, Junagadh- 65 kms, Veraval- 43 kms.
Junagarh is situated in the western state of Gujarat at the foothills of the Girnar Hills. The city of Junagarh takes its name from the fort that encloses the old city. Junagarh was an important trade center as testified by the Ashokan edicts dating from 250 BC. The present-day city has many archeological sites and historical monuments that reflect the rich history of the place.
Best Season: October to April.
Ashoka's Edicts, Uparkot Fort, Shrine of Narsi Mehta, Willingdon Dam, Mahabat Maqbara, Damodar Kund, Girnar Hills & Temple, Darbar Hall Museum, Sakkarbag Museum, Sakkarbag Zoo.
Chorwad- 66 kms, Prabhas Patan- 92 kms, Sasangir- 58 kms, Tulsi Shyam Hot Springs- 160 kms.
By Air: Nearest airport Keshod- 37 km & Rajkot- 99 km.
By Rail: Well connected to Ahmedabad.
By Road: Junagadh to Bombay- 802 kms, Rajkot- 99 kms, Ahmedabad- 315 kms, Keshod- 37 kms, Sasangir- 58 kms, Somnath- 92 kms, Porbandar- 107 kms, Palitana- 213 kms, Jamnagar-184 kms.
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