Top ten tourist destinations in Gujarat

Whether you are looking for a business travel or a relaxing vacation or a pilgrimage, Gujarat is the state that can provide you all the three making it rightly called as “Jewel of the west”. The tourist places and the people with their rich culture can make the trip as your best and the most memorable one.  Let us take a look at the top ten tourist destinations in Gujarat.

Top ten tourist destinations in Gujarat

  • Ahmedabad

One of the major cities in Gujarat, Ahmedabad is an interesting maze of history, culture and interesting buildings. The Sabarmati River which has the ashram of Mahatma Gandhi on its banks runs through the city. This largest city of Gujarat is definitely among the top ten tourist destinations in Gujarat.

Popular places to visit:  Sabarmati Ashram, Akshardham temple, Kankaria Lake, Adalaj step well, Manek chowk, Vintage car museum, Sarkhej Roja, Calico museum of textiles, Bhadra fort & Teen Darwaja, Shaking minarets, etc.

  • Surat

Better known as the administrative capital of the state, this place was earlier known as Suryapur and it is definitely one of the places to visit in Gujarat. It is quite famous for its silk weaving and brocade work, even though the textile industry suffered a setback sometime back.

Popular places to visit: Dumas beach, Surat castle, Jagdish chandra bose aquarium, Science centre, Hazira, Chintamani Jain Temple, Bardoli, Dutch Garden, Iskcon temple and Makaipul.

  • Vadodara

Previously known as Baroda, this city is the third largest in the state of Gujarat. It is also the cultural capital of the state and it has a significantly ancient history. Located on the riverside of Vishwamitri, this beautiful place was ruled mostly by the Gaekwads and is definitely among the places to visit in Gujarat.

Popular places to visit:  Sursagar Lake, Nazarbaugh palace,  Laxmi Vilas Palace,  Sayaji Baug,  Maharajah Fatesingh Museum,  Tapovan Temple,  Hathni Mata,  Mandvi gate,  Vadodara museum and gallery,  etc.

  • Saputara

Located in the Dang district, this is basically the only hill station in Gujarat making it a must see among the top ten tourist destinations in Gujarat. With waterfalls and lakes, it is undoubtedly one of the best places for a relaxing holiday.

Popular places to visit: Saputara Lake, Sunset point, Gira Waterfalls, Tribal museum, Step Garden, Sunrise point, Townview point, Waghai Botanical garden, Rose Garden, Hatgadh Fort.

  • Dwarka

Located on the banks of the Gomati river, this city is probably very small in comparison with Surat, Baroda or Ahmedabad. Being a part of the saptapuris, one of the ancient towns, renowned for its ruler Lord Krishna, this place is definitely one of the places to see in Gujarat.

Popular places to visit:  Dwarkadhish temple, Gomti Ghat, Bhait Dwarka, Gopi Talab, Dunny point, Dwarka lighthouse,  Somnath temple, Gita mandir and other temples.

  • Jamnagar

Located in the Gulf of Kutch, Jamnagar has everything you can look for in a holiday destination. From beaches to Hills, from palaces to temples, marine life to bird sanctuaries, there is a place for everything in Jamnagar making it one of the top ten tourist destinations in Gujarat.

Popular Places to visit: Lakhota fort, Khijadiya Bird sanctuary, Marine national park, Pratap vilas palace, Darbargadh Palace, Bhid Banjan temple, Watson museum, Balachadi beach, Kotha Bastion, Swaminarayan temple.

  • Gandhinagar

Visiting Gujarat, but not visiting Gandhinagar is having an incomplete trip. Apart from being the capital of the state, it has quite a few parks that make the city green. It is also one of the cities to be developed as smart city by our honorable Prime Minister.

Popular places to visit:  Akshardham temple, Adalaj Trimandir, Indroda Nature park, Sarita Udhyan, Capital complex, Craftmen’s village, Adalaj step well, Children’s park and more.

  • Kutch

Also called as Kachchh, this is the largest district in the entire country and it also comes with a rich historical heritage. Also, referred to as the Wild West of India, the area is surrounded by sea water making it among the top ten tourist destinations in Gujarat.

Popular places to visit: Bhuj, Great Rann of Kutch, Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Dholavira, Mandvi, Kala Dungar, Kandla port , Topansar lake, Roha fort, Siyot caves, etc.

  • Rajkot

When you say Rajkot, people are mostly reminded of the new city with its bustling industrial activities. However, the older city of Rajkot has much more to offer in terms of character, heritage and history.

Popular places to visit: Jagat Mandir, Lal Pari Lake, Randerda, Mahatma Gandhi house, Watson museum, Aji Dam, Lang Library, Rotary dolls museum, Rajkumar college, Khambhalida Buddhist caves, etc.

  • Porbandar

A coastal city, this is also the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the definitive places to visit in Gujarat. Considered to be a princely state during the British reign, it continues to retain its magic and charm of a royal district/city. Thanks to its coastal location, it has been a popular and a prosperous trade route with Persian, Gulf and Arabian countries.

Popular places to visit:  Porbandar Beach, Chowpaty beach, Krishna-Sudama temple, Ghumli, Huzoor palace, Rana Bapu’s mahal, Rani Baug Park and many more different temples.

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