Places to Visit in Gujarat
Here are the top 40 tourist places in gujarat:, 1. ahmedabad.
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A rapidly growing metropolis, an industrial hub, an educational hotspot, and a city with a magnificent past – Ahmedabad is one of the most important cities in Gujarat. Located on the banks of the Sabarmati River, Ahmedabad is the former capital of Gujarat, and its delicious food, colourful culture i...
Best Time: October to March
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Virtually an island that resembles the shape of a tortoise, Kutch is an erstwhile princely state of India holding onto its grandeur nature from the past. Kutch is probably one of the most beautiful, yet surreal places in India with the vast expanses of the white salt desert. The plac...
Best Time: July to March
3. Gir National Park
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Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is the only remaining home for the Asiatic Lions. Located in Talala Gir in Gujarat, the Sanctuary is a part of Kathiawar- Gir dry deciduous forests ecoregion. Gir National Park is closed from 16 June to 15 October every year and the best time for wildlife spo...
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Somnath, literally meaning 'lord of the moon' is a pilgrim center and is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It is a town which derives much of its identity from the mythology, religion, and legends that surround it.
Best Time: September to March
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Best of gujarat family package: kutch, bhuj, dwarka & more, dwarka somnath tour package with diu island, a week in gujarat: dwarka, somnath, gir & more, gujarat holy pilgrimage and sightseeing tour, heritage bhuj and dholavira tour with rann utsav, 5. statue of unity.
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Statue of Unity is a memorial to The Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The statue has been erected to propagate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's vision of India and to inspire the Citizens of India through his patriotism and freedom struggle. The Bronze statue of the founding father of the Repu...
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Vadodara or Baroda is a cosmopolitan city located in Gujarat. Home to some of the most exemplary displays of architecture, Vadodara is a fitting memorial to Maratha leader Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III who had envisioned a dream to make this Big City an educational, industrial and commercial centre.
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Located on the western tip of the Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat, Dwarka is believed to be the capital city of Lord Krishna's kingdom. Known as Devbhoomi Dwarka, Dwarka boasts of being the only city that is a part of both Char Dham (four principal holy places) and also Sapta Puris (seven sacred cit...
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Snuggled in the Sahyadris or the Western Ghats, Saputara is a quaint little hill station in the Dang district of Gujarat. Popular for lush green forests, undulating mountains, dazzling waterfalls, dreamy winding roads, livid landscapes and plenty of charming cubbyholes to spend time with your loved ...
Best Time: Mid March to mid November
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The Capital of the Sultanate of Gujarat, Champaner is a historical city located in the Panchmahal district in Gujarat. Being included in the elite list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the globe, this marvellous archaeological park set in the heart of the city of Champaner and amidst t...
Best Time: October to February
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Being the capital of Junagadh Princely State once, the town shines with historical significance with many historical monuments to see.
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Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat, is located at a distance of around 23 km from Ahmedabad on the western bank of Sabarmati river. Gandhinagar, one of India's few planned cities encompasses Akshardham Temple, one of the country's most beautiful temple.
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Porbandar, best known as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, is a beautiful beach town with some temples and dams and is now also a popular trading hub. The ancient port city with a significant event in its history is a tourist destination which modestly offers a number of attractions.
Best Time: Throughout the year
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Bhuj is known as a desert city, with a history dating back to kingdoms and empires, palaces from the rule of the Naga chiefs, the Jadeja Rajputs, the Gujarat Sultans and the British Raj. With numerous temples, small streets, and traditional handicrafts, Bhuj is one of the unique historical sites in ...
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Surat, having its name associated with Saurashtra (the good land), is a port city in Gujarat. The second most populated city in the state, Surat is a global diamond cutting centre and a commercial hub of textiles. Known as 'the city of flyovers', it attracts tourists who are intereste...
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Home to Rani Ka Vav, the latest Indian entrant to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Patan is a treasure trove of architectural gems and ancient temples that has a history dating back to the medieval period. Situated in Gujarat, this place is located at the banks of what are the remains of...
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Known as a remarkable excavation site during the Indus Valley Civilization, Dholavira was one of the most developed cities roughly 4500 years ago. It was a flourishing Harappan site between 2650 and 1450 BCE. Presently an archaeological site in Khadirbet of Kutch Gujarat, the village is al...
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Ambaji is a beautiful town located in the state of Gujrat, majorly associated with pilgrimage and religious tourism. The place has numerous beautiful temples, which turn out to be mesmerising architectural specimens. Ambaji is majorly associated with the worship of Goddess Amba, and variou...
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Anand is a major city located in the Anand District of Gujarat. It rests at a distance of 101 kilometres from Gandhinagar, the state capital. Anand is often known as the Milk Capital of India due to the establishment of the AMUL manufacturing plant and the milk revolution that took place in the 20th...
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Keeping up the delicate balance between the fine golden-brown sand of Gujarat’s richest desert on one hand, and the lush green of the Gir Forest on the other - Girnar - a group of mountains in the Junagadh district of Gujarat are a haven for thrill seekers and religious devotees alike due to their a...
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Located in the western region of the country, Rajkot is the fourth-largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat. A commercial city with not many sightseeing options, Rajkot should be visited for its sweets, traditional snacks, Navratri celebrations, handicrafts (silverwork, patola weaving, bandh...
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Rann of Kutch
Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary
Swaminarayan Temple, Ahmedabad
Kutch Bustard Sanctuary
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Himmatnagar is located in the Sabarkantha district of Gujarat, India. The municipality is the administrative headquarters of the region which is located on the banks of the river Hathmathi. The city was established in the 15th century and is a place with a rich history. There are several historic fo...
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Located at the southern tip of Gujarat peninsula, Bhavnagar is known as the cultural centre of the state of Gujarat. Literary achievers like Govardhan Tripathi, Kavi Kant, Narsihm Mehta and Ganga Sati have their roots in Bhavnagar. While on one side, you'd see the careless waves of Gulf of Khambat, ...
Best Time: October to January
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Palanpur, is a city and municipality in Banaskantha district of Gujarat, India. It is the administrative headquarters of the district, known for its massive architectural shrines dedicated to Hinduism and Jainism and it’s enriching history. A visit to this place would bring you into terms with the v...
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Located in the Valsad district in the state of Gujarat, Umbergaon or Umargam is a small census town inhabited by fisher folks essentially. Based on a slightly mountainous region, the town is very close to the Maharashtra border and is known for its several gorgeous beaches and ancient temples. Besid...
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Anjar is a town and municipality in Kutch District, Gujarat. With over 1,400 years of history, it is known as the oldest town in Kutch. Anjar is famous for its cuisine, its known for the gher and dabeli. It has also been a centre for trade and commerce in Kutch for eons, being a target of invas...
26. Pirotan Island
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Pirotan Island spreads over an area of 3 square kilometres and is one of forty-two islands in the marine park area, nestled within the vicinity of the Marine National Park in the Jamnagar district of Gujarat on the western coast. As part of the first marine national park - the Gulf of Kutch Mar...
27. Dandi Beach
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Well known for its historical significance, Dandi in Surat is a beautiful beach destination. The scenic beauty combined with its rich history make it a favourite among all tourists visiting this place. The serene and pristine beauty of Dandi is only second to its long and illustrious history. The sa...
28. Zarwani Waterfalls
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At a distance of about 90 km from Vadodara in Gujarat, Zarwani Waterfalls are amongst the most sought natural destinations in India. Huddled deep inside the heart of Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary near the district of Narmada, the perennial and gorgeous Zarwani Waterfalls provide you with an oppo...
29. Hathni Waterfalls
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Jambughoda is home to one of the most breathtaking and magnificent waterfalls you can visit in the Indian subcontinent. About a 100 metres in length and flowing with rich greenery, Hathni Waterfalls are surrounded by a variety of beautiful flora and fauna. If you find the peaceful sound of flowing w...
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Kabirvad is a small island in the Bharuch district of Gujarat rumoured to be Saint Kabir’s residence several hundred years ago. Located along the banks of the river Narmada, the island promises you a calm and serene abode underneath the humongous canopy of Banyan trees that Kabirvad is most prominen...
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Vadla is an up and coming haven for migratory birds making their way to the marshy wetlands of Gujarat, just a short drive away from Ahmedabad. Vadla still remains relatively unknown and undiscovered in comparison to the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary and is a hidden gem only known to the locals.
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Modhera is an ancient village in the state of Gujarat, famed for housing the remains of the Sun Temple built by the Chalukya dynasty is a true historical treasure. The village is surrounded by a mystical aura that the Sun Temple brings along, it is also a hub for spirituality and culture. Modhera gi...
33. Marine National Park
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Marine National Park in the Gulf of Kutch is the first marine conservatory built in India. Crediting to its diverse range of flora and fauna, it accounts for a magnanimous natural site for India's natural resource and beauty. The park is distributed in 42 scattered islands in an archipelago. The par...
34. Wilson Hills
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The Wilson Hills in Dharampur district of Gujarat is one of those places which would make you say 'wow' when you witness the natural and panoramic beauty of the place. Clouds floating close to the ground, lush green forests, pleasant climate and intriguing view of the sea from the hilltop – Wilson H...
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Situated at the bending point of River Macchu in Gujarat, Wankaner is a princely town known for its royal lineage and heritage monuments. The city gets its name from its location; ‘wanka’ meaning ‘bend’ and ‘ner’ meaning ‘river’. Also known as Jhalawar, the city was originally ruled by Jhala Rajputs...
36. Nargol Beach
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Nargol Beach is a beautiful and serene beach situated in the state of Gujarat prolifically spread over an area of 16km. The beauty of this beach is enhanced tenfold by the lush green casuarinas trees. While the beach is not ideal for swimming, It is a perfect place for leisure walks or a picnic. The...
37. Sardar Sarovar Dam
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Located near Navagam in Gujarat, Sardar Sarovar Dam is a massive gravity dam built on the River Narmada which was built to conserve water and help the environment and the people around. The foundation of the project was laid down by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961 and the construction work for the s...
38. Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary
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Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary is a hilly isle known to be the home of the Sloth Bears in Dahod District, Gujarat. The locals suggest that the Sloth Bear is far more dangerous than a leopard, but assist tourists in spotting this thrilling beast. The Kanjeta Eco campsite is the on-site full-service ...
39. Zanzari Waterfalls
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The Vatrak River of Dehgam, Gujarat boasts of the Zanzari Waterfalls. The main waterfall is 25 feet high and lands on a picturesque set of rocks, boulders and craters.
40. Taranga Hills
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Taranga refers to a three-peaked hill located in the Mehsana district of Gujarat, on the banks of the river Sabarmati. It is located at a distance of 130 km from Ahmedabad. Taranga Hills holds great importance for Jains as they consider it to be one of the five most Mahatirthas. The famed Ajitnath J...
41. Sardar Patel Zoological Park
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Sardar Patel Zoological Park is a newly inaugurated zoo situated in Kevadia, a town in the Narmada district of Gujarat. Located in the vicinity of the majestic Statue of Unity, this tremendous establishment hosts about 170 different species of wildlife from all across the globe, is home to a wide ra...
42. Thol Bird Sanctuary
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Thol Bird Sanctuary is an ecologically rich bird reserve located on Thol lake in the Mehsana district of Gujarat. It is nestled amidst dense deciduous vegetation and is one of the most popular places for bird-viewing in the state. The sanctuary welcomes vast varieties of endemic as well as migratory...
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Somnath is a temple town situated in the Gir Somnath district of Gujarat. Also known as Prabhas Patan, it is one of the most important places of pilgrimage in India, and among the prominent places to visit in Gujarat . It is about 197 km from Rajkot, and 408 km from Ahmedabad. The town of Somnath is famous for the Somnath Temple, among the must include places in Somnath packages . Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is one among the twelve prominent Jyotirlinga shrines and also one of the oldest pilgrimage sites in Gujarat. Somnath Beach, Gita Mandir, Bhalka Tirtha, Rudreshwara Temple, Triveni Sangam Temple, Suraj Mandir, Parshuram Temple, Kamnath Mahadev Temple, Junagadh Gate, Somnath Museum, Panch Pandav Gufa are some other tourist places in Somnath . Somnath Mahadev Fair which is held on Kartik Purnima and Maha Shivaratri are the two major festivals celebrated in Somnath with great pomp and fervor. The temple town witnesses a huge number of tourists from various parts of the country during these festivals.
Ahmedabad is the largest city and also the former capital of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the River Sabarmati, it is one of the popular places of places to visit in Gujarat . It is about 29 km from Gandhinagar, and 534 km from Mumbai. Ahmedabad is India's first UNESCO World Heritage City and is also regarded as one of the fastest-growing cities in India. Also known as Amdavad, the city of Ahmedabad is the commercial hub and also the living symbol of the rich cultural heritage of Gujarat state. Splendid monuments, wonderful museums, and gorgeous lakes are the prime attractions of Ahmedabad holiday packages . Popularly called the Land of Gandhi, Ahmedabad is closely associated with Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of the nation. Sabarmati Ashram, Kankarai Lake, Jama Masjid, Akshardham Temple, Adalaj Stepwell, Huthee Singh Jain Temple, ISKCON Temple, Vintage Car Museum, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Swaminarayan Mandir, and Sardar Patel National Memorial are some of the well-known tourist places in Ahmedabad .
Dwarka is one of the most significant pilgrimage sites near Rajkot , and among the best places to visit in Gujarat . It is about 224 km from Rajkot, and 442 km from Ahmedabad. Located on the western tip of the Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat, Dwarka is popularly known as the 'home of Lord Krishna' and is believed to have been the first capital of Gujarat. Also, Dwarka is one of the foremost Char Dhams for Hindus and among the seven most ancient religious cities (sapta puris) in India. For this reason, the town attracts thousands of pilgrims throughout the year as part of Dwarka packages . The present-day Dwarka is a prominent pilgrimage site that boasts of several shrines. Among the temples, the 2000-year-old Dwarkadhish temple is the most notable one. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Gomti Ghat, Rukmani Devi Temple, Beyt Dwarka, Gopi Talav, Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, Swaminarayan Temple, Dwarka Beach, Shivrajpur Beach, and Okhamadhi Beach are some of the important tourist places in Dwarka . If you specifically want to participate in the grand festivities of the Janmashtami festival, visiting the town during August and September will be eventful.
4. Rann Of Kutch
With the Thar Desert on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other side, Rann of Kutch is a spellbinding marvel of sand and salt. About 80 km from Bhuj, and 413 km from Ahmedabad, it is one of the top places to visit in India , and among the must include places in Gujarat packages . It lies between the Gulf of Kutch and the Indus River in Pakistan and comprises flatlands of salty clay located about 15 meters above sea level. A large part of the Kutch, commonly known as the Great Rann of Kutch, submerges in water during the rainy season and becomes dry during the winter season. Spread over an area of 7500 sq. km, the Great Rann of Kutch, formed of salt marshes, is considered one of the largest salt deserts in the world and among the most popular tourist places in Kutch . Besides, one can also visit Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Narayan Sarovar & Sanctuary, Kalo Dungar, Siyot Caves, Chhari Dandh Bird Sanctuary, Kutch Bustard Sanctuary, etc. as part of Kutch tour packages . It can be visited along with Bhuj tour packages .
5. Gir National Park
Gir National Park, also known as Sasan Gir, is one of the renowned national parks in India, and among the best places of among the best places to visit in Gujarat . It is situated about 156 km from Rajkot, and 372 km from Ahmedabad. Established as a sanctuary in 1965, Gir National Park is the most popular national parks in Gujarat as it is the royal kingdom of Asiatic lions and essentially the only place besides Africa on earth where these majestic beasts roam freely. Besides Asiatic lions, one can see Asiatic lion, Indian leopard, jungle cat, striped hyena, Golden jackal, Indian and Ruddy mongoose, honey badger, chital, nilgai, sambar, four-horned antelope, chinkara, and wild boar here as part of Gir tour packages . The entrance gate to the park is located at Sasan Gir village beside Sinh Sadan. Jungle Safari is one of the best things to do in Gir National Park . Besides, there is also a Gir Interpretation Zone, also known as Devalia Safari Park at Devalia, and was established to reduce the excess of tourists at the Gir National Park. The park remains open every year from mid-October to mid-June and closed during the monsoon season from July to September. While Devalia Safari Park is open throughout the year.
Located on the banks of Vishwamitri River, Vadodara is a beautiful city in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Situated at a distance of 109 km from Ahmedabad, it is one of the popular places to visit in gujarat , and can be visited along with Ahmedabad tour packages . Formerly called Baroda, Vadodara is the third-largest city in Gujarat, after Ahmedabad and Surat. The architectural brilliance of the city is the major highlight of Vadodara holiday packages . The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Baroda Museum, Kirti Mandir, and Sayajirao Gaekwad hospital are some of the notable architectural monuments in Vadodara. Besides, Sayaji Baug, Sursagar Lake, Nyay Mandir, EME Temple, Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, etc. are some of the prominent tourist places in Vadodara . Often called the Cultural Capital of Gujarat, the city of Baroda comes alive during the Navratri celebrations. No city in India celebrates the festival of Navratri with as much zeal and energy as Vadodara does.
Located in the foothills of Mount Girnar, Junagadh is the seventh-largest city in Gujarat, and among the best tourist places in Gujarat . It is about 91 km from Somnath, 103 km from Rajkot, and 319 km from Ahmedabad. The literal meaning of the term 'Junagadh' is an 'old fort' which derives from Uparkot, an ancient fort built in the 4th century CE on a plateau in the middle of the town, and is the major attraction of Junagadh holiday packages . Besides, Mahabat Maqbara, Durbar Hall Museum, Mount Girnar, Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden, Ashoka's Rock Edicts, and Buddhist Caves are some of the best Junagadh tourist places . Influenced by four major religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam, the city is home to many festivals that are celebrated throughout the year. The major festival celebrated in Junagadh is Bhavnath Fair held on Mahashivratri and is celebrated with much fanfare all over the city. Besides, Parikrama in October / November and Navratri are the other festivals celebrated in Junagadh with great enthusiasm.
Positioned on the Maharashtra- Gujarat border, Saputara is the only hill stations in Gujarat, and among the well-planned hill stations in India . It is situated about 77 km from Nashik, and 398 km from Ahmedabad. Nestled in the Sahyadri range of Western Ghats at an altitude of about 1000 m, Saputara is one of the most popular places to visit near Pune . The lush green forests, undulating mountains, dazzling waterfalls, dreamy winding roads, stunning landscape, and salubrious climate make the picturesque hill station of Saputara a perfect escape into the lap of Mother Nature as part of Saputara packages . Saputara Lake, Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Saputara Tribal Museum, Gira Waterfalls, Nageshwar Mahadev Temple, Artist Village, etc. are some of the prominent tourist places in Saputara .
Patan is an ancient fortified city located on the banks of Saraswati River in Gujarat, India. It is one of the popular heritage destinations in India . Situated about 129 km from Ahmedabad, it can be visited along with Ahmedabad tour packages . The city is shielded by the fort walls and gates, which prevents the ancestral aura and old-world charm from escaping. From medieval forts to an ancient Kali temple built in the Solanki dynasty, Patan has many attractions that lure tourists as part of Patan packages . Rani ki Vav or the Queen's stepwell has the unique most architectural attributes and is the must-visit place in Patan. Sahasralinga Sarovar, Panchasara Parshwanath Jain Derasar, Khan Sarovar, Shankeshwar Jain Thirth, etc. are the other popular tourist places in Patan . Besides, Patan is also famous for Patola sarees, one of the finest hand-made textiles in the world. It has its origin in a very intricate and difficult technique of tie-dyeing and knot dyeing known as 'Bandhani'. It has gorgeous colors, designs, and durability and is one of a kind. Costs start from Rs. 20,000 which may go up to Rs. 20,00,000 depending on work done and thread used. Only two families are making Patola Sarees nowadays.
Often called the Jaisalmer of Gujarat, Bhuj is one of the places to visit in Gujarat , and can be visited along with Kutch tour packages . It is situated about 78 km from Kutch, 232 km from Rajkot, and 334 km from Ahmedabad. Located in the western part of India, Bhuj is the most important city in the Kutch region of Gujarat and also the capital of the former princely state of Kutch. Bhuj is a treat to the eyes of visitors as it offers everything from white desert to beautiful temples and from wildlife sanctuaries to the cultural landscape as part of Bhuj packages . Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Bhujia Hill Fort, Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal Palace, Hiralakshmi Memorial Craft Park, Kutch Fossil Park, Tapkeshwari Temple, and Rudramata Dam are some of the top tourist places in Bhuj . It also has the oldest museum in the state of Gujarat. Apart from the tourist places, Bhuj is also very famous for its traditional handicrafts and embroidery.
Rajkot, literally the City of Princes, is the former princely capital of the Saurashtra region and now an emerging tourism destination and business hub of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the Aji and Nyari rivers, it is one of the stunning places to visit in Gujarat . It is situated about 90 km from Jamnagar, and 218 km from Ahmedabad. Rajkot tour packages are a fusion of architectural and historical sites of great importance. Watson Museum, Kaba Gandhi No Delo, Aji Dam, Rotary Dolls Museum, Jagat Mandir, Nyari Dam, Prem Mandir, Khambhalida Caves, and Lal Pari Lake are some of the top tourist places in Rajkot . Aside from this, Rajkot holds a position in the top 10 cleanest cities of India while also being the 22nd fastest growing city in the world. This place is renowned across the globe for its bandhani textiles, cotton textiles, woolen, jewelry, silk embroidery, handicrafts, and automobile industry. Often referred to as 'Rangilu Rajkot', Rajkot is famous for hosting several cultural events and festivals. The International Kite Festival and Navratri are the most popular festivals celebrated with great pomp and fervor.
Earlier known as Padliptapur, Palitana is one of the holiest places of pilgrimage in Gujarat , and among the best places to visit near Ahmedabad . It is about 171 km from Rajkot, and 214 km from Ahmedabad. Palitana is a famous destination in Gujarat for being the base to the holy Shatrunjaya hill which is home to 863 exquisitely carved Jain temples built by devotees during a period spanning 900 years from the 11th century onwards. Along with Mount Abu, Girnar, and Chandragiri, Shatrunjaya hill is one of the most sacred places for the Jains, and among the most significant places to visit as part of Palitana packages . Meticulously carved in marble, the temples in Palitana are famous for their architectural beauty. Out of all the temples here, the temple dedicated to the first Tirthankara, Sri Adishwar, is the most famous one. The architectural motifs of this temple are notable. Kumarpal temple, Chaumukh temple, Vimalshah temple, and Sampriti Raja temple are the other Palitana places to visit .
Kevadiya is a census town in the Narmada district of Gujarat. It is one of the top places to visit in Gujarat as the Statue of Unity is located here. It is about 85 km from Vadodara, and 189 km from Ahmedabad. Nestled between the Satpura and Vindhyachal mountain ranges, the tribal village of Kevadia is home to a 182 m tall statue of the Ironman of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. This is the 'Tallest Statue in the World' and is the must-include place in Kevadiya packages . Besides the Statue of Unity, Valley of Flowers, Jungle Safari, Cactus Garden, Butterfly Garden, Khalwani Eco-tourism, Zarwani Waterfall, the Narmada Dam, etc are some of the popular places to visit in Kevadiya . It can be visited along with Vadodara tour packages .
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It usually takes minimum 5 - 6 days to visit top destinations in different circuits of Gujarat. It is difficult to cover all top places in Gujarat in a single trip, as the state is quote big. One can start from Ahmedabad and visit Dwarka, Somnath, Gir & Diu. Starting from Ahmedabad, Patan, Rann of Kutch, Bhuj & Mandvi can be visited. Another popular circuit includes Vadodara, Statue Of Unity, Saputara and near by places.
Gujarat can be vistited throughout the year, however, winter from October to March is the perfect season to visit Gujarat. It is also the busiest season and hotels are usually very expensive in this time. Popular places like Dwarka, Somnath, Gir attracts huge number of travellers in this season.
Budget of Gujarat trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Gujarat tour packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 11750 per person for a 4D/3N trip and from INR 16000 per person for 6D/5N vacation.
Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Gujarat like Ahmedabad, Dwarka, Somnath, Gir, Junagadh, Patan, Rajkot, Bhuj, Rann of Kutch etc. Dwarka, Somnath, Gir and Rann of Kutch are most visited destinations in Gujarat.
Gujarat is one of the safest states in India and people are very liberal in nature. It is very safe for domestic & foreign tourists as well as single women to visit the state.
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Complete Guide to Visiting the Kutch Region of Gujarat, India
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The Kutch region of Gujarat is sometimes described as India's "wild west." This immense stretch of largely barren and harsh desert landscape apparently spans more than 40,000 square kilometers, and is one of the country's largest districts. Its name, Kutch (or Kachchh), refers to the fact that it alternates between wet (submerged during the monsoon season) and dry.
Much of Kutch consists of seasonal wetlands known as the Great Rann of Kutch (famous for its salt desert) and smaller Little Rann of Kutch (famous for its Wild Ass Sanctuary ). The Great Rann, located in the far north, borders Pakistan and occupies a part of the Thar desert which also extends into Rajasthan. Hence, Kutch is comprised of many migrant communities from not only Pakistan (Sindh) and the Marwar region of Rajasthan but also further afield, including Persia (Iran). Kutch was ruled by the Jadeja dynasty of Rajputs, one of the oldest Hindu dynasties, for hundreds of years until India became a republic.
Overview of Gujarat's Kutch Region
Such mixed migration led to the establishment of many different religions in the Kutch region. Today, Jainism is the most prominent one. However, what's interesting to note is that Kutch remains surprisingly harmonious, with its inhabitants coexisting peacefully, respecting each other's beliefs, and often even participating in each other's events.
The Impact of Earthquake
When migrants came to Kutch centuries years ago, the Indus River flowed through the region, making the land fertile for farming and livestock. A tremendous earthquake in 1819 altered its course though (and the region was again hit by a devastating earthquake in 2001). Now, much of the land is flat and inhospitable, filled with captivating nothingness!
Many villagers earn an income from arts that have been passed down from generation to generation, making this one of the main attractions for tourists. Yet, it's the simplicity and quietness of life there that's really striking and meaningful. Kutch is an amazing place to visit remote villages, learn from them, and get another perspective on life. It's inspiring and humbling.
All of this makes Kutch one of the top rural tourism destinations in India . You could easily spend a week or more exploring it, but you should at least allow four days.
Bhuj: Capital of the Kutch Region
Bhuj, the capital city of Kutch, is an excellent launching point for exploring the region. It's readily accessible by train (most conveniently from Mumbai , 15 hours), bus, and flights.
The City's Royal Heritage
The city was ruled for hundreds of years by Jadeja dynasty kings, who established themselves there in the 16th century. It spreads out around a hill called Bhujia Dungar (which Bhuj is named after). Atop the hill sits Bhujia Fort, constructed by king Rao Godaji to protect the city from intruders. Six major battles took place after it was built, most of them during 1700 –1800 AD and involving Muslim raiders from Sindh and the Mughal rulers of Gujarat.
Attractions in Bhuj
Sadly, much of Bhuj was destroyed by the earthquake in 2001. However, many of the architectural treasures of the city's Jadeja rulers remain standing in the walled Old City. These include Rani Mahal (the former royal residence), the Italian Gothic and European styled Prag Mahal (with its durbar hall and clock tower), and Aina Mahal (an ornate 350-year-old palace containing royal paintings, furniture, textiles, and weapons).
Other attractions in Bhuj include its many temples (the new Swaminarayan temple is a magnificent gleaming white marble masterpiece), museums, markets and bazaars, and Hamirsar Lake (which is home to huge catfish). If you're into handicrafts, Kutch Adventures India can take you to meet some expert artisans in Bhuj. One of them, Aminaben Khatri, is an award-winning bhandani (tie-dye) artist who conducts classes and has a workshop in her home.
In addition, the Living and Learning Design Center near Bhuj is a remarkably curated museum that offers incredible insight into the lives and artisanship of the women from communities in the Kutch region. It's a must-visit for anyone who's interested in textiles and culture.
Staying in Bhuj
Want to experience the local way of life? Kutch Adventures India provides comfortable homestay accommodations in Bhuj . Owner Kuldip is a renowned responsible travel guide, and you'll be welcomed into his family home. It's even possible to get cooking lessons from his mother.
The Bhuj House is an award-winning heritage homestay with four guest rooms. It was built in 1894 and has been beautifully restored and decorated with antiques and local handicrafts. Rates start from 5,100 rupees per night for a double.
Alternatively, if you'd prefer more facilities, the Regenta Resort Bhuj is popular. It's located on a hilltop overlooking the city.
Otherwise, there's a range of inexpensive hotels on Station Road in the city center. The Royal Guesthouse behind the bus station is ideal for budget travelers and has dorm rooms.
The new Kutch Wilderness Kamp is and eco-resort that's scenically situated overlooking Rudramata Lake, about 20 minutes from Bhuj.
What's Next After Bhuj
After spending a day or so exploring Bhuj, visitors usually head off to surrounding handicraft villages and to the Great Rann of Kutch salt desert.
The port of Mandvi, famous for shipbuilding, is also only an hour's drive away from Bhuj. On the way there, you can stop at historic Kera to visit the ruins of a 10th century Shiva temple. It was badly damaged by the 1819 earthquake in Kutch. These days, it's occupied by bats but you can still go inside. Apparently, it's particularly evocative on full moon nights, when it's flooded with moonlight from a gap in the roof.
Mandvi: Seaside Ship Building
The port town of Mandvi, on the west coast of Kutch around an hour from Bhuj, is worth visiting to see its fascinating 400 year old shipbuilding yard. The building takes place along the banks of the Rukmavati River in town, near where the river merges into the Arabian Sea. There you'll be able to see ships in various stages of construction.
The Ship Building Process
Each ship takes two to three years to complete, and the construction requires different specialist knowledge at each stage. Many of the workers are ex-sailors. The wood that's used comes from Burma or Malaysia. When the ships are finished, they're towed by small boat to the Gulf where diesel engines are installed in them.
What's particularly interesting is how seepage is prevented from entering the boats from the small gaps around the nails in the wood. Cotton wool is stuffed into the gaps and it expands when wet to fill the holes!
Other Attractions in Mandvi
Mandvi wasn't hit by the 2001 earthquake as badly as Bhuj, so many of its atmospheric old buildings are still intact. They can be seen on a walk through the narrow lanes around the market area, and with a bit of imagination you'll be transported back to the bygone era when Mandvi was the summer retreat of the King of Kutch. The faded Vijay Vilas Palace, by the beach on the outskirts of Mandvi, was the royal summer abode and can be explored too.
If you're feeling hungry and want to try one of the unlimited Gujarati thalis (eat as much as you can platters) that the state is famous for, the best place to do so is Osho restaurant (formally called Zorba the Buddha). You'll be able to stuff yourself full for only about 150 rupees ($2)!
Don't Miss the Jain Temple
Not far before Mandvi, in Koday, there's an awe-inspiring white marble Jain temple that oozes calm and serenity. It has an astonishing 72 shrines housing Jain gods. And, most remarkable of all, the temple is a relatively new one and it's possible to meet the man responsible for carving it and hear his stories. (Contact Kutch Adventures India to make arrangements).
The drive to Mandvi from Bhuj is interesting, as the parched land transforms into greenery and palm trees. It almost looks like south India!
Kutch Villages and Handicrafts
Gujarat's Kutch region is renowned for its handicrafts, produced by the very talented artisans in its villages. Many of the famous arts, such as bandhani tie die and ajrakh block printing, originate from Pakistan. Migrants brought these arts with them when they came to Kutch more than 350 years ago. The Muslim Khatri community specializes in both these arts. In addition, arts such as embroidery, weaving, pottery, lacquer work, leather work, mud and mirror work, and rogan art (a type of painting on fabric) are prevalent in the region.
Take a Handicraft Tour
Kutch is one of the top places for handicraft tours in India . It's possible to drop into the villages and visit the artisans independently. However, most of them don't speak English and the villages are scattered all over the area, often making them difficult to find.
Kutch Adventures India runs bespoke tours to see some of the lesser known but equally talented artists in the region, to uplift them and help them get recognition. Prior to starting his tour business, owner Kuldip worked at a local NGO and is intimately acquainted with many villages in the region. Most importantly, he's warmly welcomed into them.
Popular Handicraft Villages in Kutch
Bhujodi (a village of weavers, about 10 kilometers east Bhuj) and Ajrakhpur (a village of block printers, 15 kilometers east of Bhuj) are the most frequented villages. Nirona, around 50 kilometers northeast of Bhuj, can be visited as a short detour on the way to the Great Rann of Kutch and is home to bell makers, rogan art, and lacquer work artists. Also on the way to the Great Rann, block printing and pottery is done in Khavda village. And, not far away, Gandhinugam village (populated by the Meghwal community) features colorfully painted traditional mud huts. It's situated at Ludiya.
Craft Parks and Resource Centers
Hiralaxmi Memorial Craft Park in Bhujodi is a government-sponsored cultural center and artisans market. It's made up of a series of huts where artisans are allowed to exhibit and sell their handicrafts for a month at a time on a rotational basis. It's an irresistible place for shopping!
Khamir is a space that houses local artisans, and provides them with a platform to sell their handicrafts and interact with visitors. It also has a guesthouse for visitors who are participating in workshops and events. Handicraft-lovers are encouraged to gather there to exchange ideas and learn. It's located in Kukma, 15 kilometers east of Bhuj, not far passed Bhujodi.
The Rare Skill of Mashru Weaving
At Bhujodi, you'll find an expert mashru weaver by the name of Babu Bhai and his sweet family. Babu is one of the last three remaining mashru weavers in the Kutch region. Mashru weaving is a complex type of weaving, using both silk and cotton. The inside of the woven cloth is cotton, while the outside is silk. Apparently it originates from Persia, where Muslim communities believed that silk should not touch a person's skin.
Babu Bhai spends a great deal of time training his wife and children his craft. For him, weaving is like a form of meditation, as it requires a lot of focus and is accompanied by the repetitive clacking noise of the weaving machine. In testament to the rarity of his work, Babu Bhai is the only artist to have a permanent hut at the Hiralaxmi Memorial Craft Park.
Great Rann of Kutch and Salt Desert
Apart from handicrafts, most people who visit Kutch do so to see the Great Rann of Kutch—an arid expanse that lies to the north of the Tropic of Cancer. Much of it is made of up of salt desert, covering around 10,000 square kilometers and stretching close to the Pakistan border. It's particularly eerie and magical at sunset, and especially under the stars on a full moon night. Making it even more astonishing, the salt is submerged underwater during the main monsoon season in India.
The Great Rann is inhabited by various village communities, many who have migrated from Pakistan (including many Muslim Sindhis) and the Marwar region of western Rajasthan. It remained largely cut off and unexplored until after the 2001 earthquake, when the government raised awareness about it and its resources. Traditions have been sustained due to the local production of handicrafts, including embroidery and block printing.
Visiting the Great Rann of Kutch
A breathtaking panoramic view of the Great Rann of Kutch can be had from atop Kala Dungar—the black mountain. The Rann's wetlands, known as Chari Fulay, also attract numerous migratory birds.
Plan your trip with this Great Rann of Kutch Travel Guide . Most visitors stay in special accommodations near the salt desert. However, if you're feeling adventurous, Kutch Adventures India will take you to sleep out in one of the surrounding villages.
Little Rann of Kutch
The barren desolate landscape of the Little Rann of Kutch lies to the southeast of the Great Rann. The entrance is best approached from Ahmedabad, 130 kilometers away, rather than Bhuj.
The Little Rann is most famous for its the largest wildlife sanctuary in India. It is home to the Indian wild ass—an endangered creature that looks like a cross between a donkey and a horse. There are plenty of birds in the area as well.
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Unexplored Rural Destinations of Gujarat : Kevdi Village, Chotta Udaipur
As a part of our travel club's project "Khushboo Gujarat Ki", we were on a mission to explore almost every district of Gujarat one by one. During the project we came to know about this beautiful village Kevdi.
Kevdi village is located in Chhota Udaipur Tehsil of Vadodara district in Gujarat, India. It is situated 26 km away Chhota Udaipur and 136 km away from the major city Vadodara.
This small village has around 250 houses. The place is surrounded by lush green forest areas and has rich wildlife. The place is also near to the holy Narmada River.
Most popular place in this area is Ratanmahal Bear Sanctuary situated in Narmada district.
Spotted Sloth bear.
The main attraction is the sloth bear. There are many other wild animals and reptiles can be spotted.
There is a beautiful campsite in Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary. This Eco campsite is surrounded by a rich variety of flora and fauna.
Wall art paintings.
The villages have beautiful wall paintings and their unique lifestyle, customs and rituals are very interesting. Undoubtedly this is one of the best rural tourism destination in Gujarat.
Close to Nature!
Our campsite for stay.
The Sardar Sarovar Dam is also near by major tourist attraction. One can get taxis to reach the dam site.
How to reach:
By road: Bharuch, Rajpipla, Chanod, and Dabhoi are accessible by cars and buses.
Nearest Railway station: Bharuch.
Closest Airport: Baroda
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Gujarat is setting up an example for the other Indian states by bringing down the effects of Global warming and setting up a department exclusively for this purpose. This is the first department of its type to be set in Asia to provide better greenery to the tourists visiting the urban areas of the state. The project aims at developing parks, better plantation, and contributing to the ecological balance thereby reducing the effect of green house gas emissions.
The excellent development of the urban areas and outstanding infrastructure has influenced the tourists to visit this state. The rural tourism aims at attracting the tourists to the rural areas, some of the attractions of rural tourism include hiking, visiting ancient heritage museums, biking and shopping at village fairs for handmade crafts and items. There are numerous fairs and festivals organized in the state round the year. This is the main attraction for the foreign tourists; these fairs provide the skilled artisans an opportunity to display their talents. These concentrated efforts of the government have made the state boom in the field of tourism industry. Apart from these efforts appointment of Amitabh Bachan as the tourist ambassador has helped the people realize the beauty of the state. The crafts, handicrafts, arts and carvings of the state find excellent demand in the foreign markets. The advantage of visiting the rural areas is enormous. It gives an excellent scope to understand the bio diversity of the country and experience the culture, tradition, cuisine, handicraft and rituals which is not found in big cities and towns.
Shri Narendra Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001. He was very concerned about the plight of the tourism Industry when he took over. He could not understand why a culture rich state which houses one of the finest excavations which explain the arrival of Aryans (Lothal, Dholavira), some of the medieval wonders like (Somanth, Modhera), the abode of Lord Krishna (Dwarka), natures beauty (The gir forest, satpura ranges and Mandvi ) failed to attract the tourists. He then focused on making Gujarat the tourist destination in the country. The massive mission, excellent projects and vision of the Chief Minister helped in transforming Gujarat as the best tourist destination in terms of infrastructure, security and amenities.
Gujarat is an excellent place to visit for people of all tastes and likes. If you are a history lover you should visit lothal, the mythological places take you to the times of Lord Krishna and lot more. The colorful fairs, festivals, temples, beaches, forest all provide you a perfect recipe of Holiday destination.
Some of the ambitious interests of the Chief Minister have contributed in making the International Kite festival, satpura Monsoon festival, Rann Utsav, Navratri festival and Tarnetar fair a mega event. These fair have been attracting many tourists from both within and outside the country.
The bio diversity of the state of Gujarat can be witnessed when travelling from Mandvi to Saputara. The diverse culture, landscape, mountains, art, handicrafts, customs and cuisines makes the tourism in Gujarat a memorable event. Gujarat government is committed to make the tourism a memorable one for the people visiting the state. The government has allotted a large amount during its budget allocation to further enhance the tourism. The plan to develop 37 tourism destinations is in progress. Some of the ambitious ecofriendly projects include development of eco-trains, safaris, jungle accommodations, and ropeways.
The World Tourism Day marks the excellent vision of Shri Modi which has helped the state emerge as the favorite tourist destination for the people. Enjoy the vibrant, vivid colors of the state and make your trip a memorable one. Visit Gujarat.
- Gujarat houses three of the finest International cricket stadiums of the country at Rajkot, Baroda, and Ahmadabad. Ahmadabad stadium hosts a number of IPL matches.
- Hosting of IPL matches brings lot of revenues to the state as there are many neighboring states which do not have good cricket stadiums. Secondly the closeness to Mumbai is an added advantage.
- Chief Minister’s ambitious project includes developing many golf courses, as resorts around the golf courses form excellent tourist destination.
- The latest trend in sporting tourism is the weekend Golf culture. This is the new craze in India.
- Gujaratis form the maximum percent of Indians settled abroad and golf is the favorite sport among the communities.
- The government has sanctioned revenues and laid down elaborate plans for the development of new golf courses. But the construction of the resorts would take considerable amount of time.
- The sport of shooting is also fast catching up. Sports enthusiasts throng the outdoor shooting ranges especially during the weekends.
The efforts of the Narendra Modi government have received a mega boost when the central government has accepted the proposal to develop ‘rural tourism’ in the state. The centre has cleared the proposal to develop the three villages – Malegaon, Dandi and Nageshwar as the rural tourist destinations. This is planned to be taken up similar to the Hodka village in Kutch district.
The Gujarat Tourism Corporation had sent proposal to develop eight villages as rural tourist hub under the RuralTourism InfrastructureDevelopment (RTID) scheme. Out of the eight villages three villages have been cleared. The Gujarat government is hopeful of the rest five villages Kankapura, Zinjhuwada, Navagam, Dholavira and Sasan Gir.
The RTID scheme provides a grant of 50 lakh each for development of the basic infrastructure in these villages. Another 20 lakh is granted for the training of personnel in activities of tourism, promotions, displaying their artistic skills and generation of employment opportunities.
Apart from the centers directions the TCGL has some elaborate plans to construct theme parks, water and adventure sports, accommodations, reception centers and eco-friendly mode of transport inside the tourism zone, it is also planned to organize small fairs where the artisans can sell their product and display their skills.
The RTID plan aims at developing the rural tourism of the country there by helping the rural people to conserve their culture and become financially, socially and economically developed. The self employment opportunities in their own native place would help the local remain with their own people without the requirement of migrating for employment opportunities. The tourists feel relaxed and experience a healthy life style by visiting the rural tourism hubs.
The Gujarat Tourism Corporation feels that the rural tourism has an excellent scope to attract large number of tourists. Some of the rural places have a sort of mythological or historical importance attached to it. Dandi is related to Gandhi and Shiva temple at Nageshwar near Dwarka is considered as one of the 12 Jyotilingas in the country. Malegaon in the foothills of Saputara resort in Dangs is considered to possess the rich tribal traditions and excellent bamboo art.
- The total number of tourist influx in the state of Gujarat was approximately 8 million in the year 2004 which increased by 20% to touch 16 million in the year 2008. This rise in tourist visiting the state is much more than the national growth of 11%.
- The number of international tourists visiting the state is further high and is above 45% at the same period of time.
- Some of the favorite tourist destinations in the state are Dwarka, the abode of Lord Krishna, Ahmedabad the medical tourist destination and Ambaji. These places account for more than 30% of the total tourist influx in the state.
- The statistics of tourists in the state indicates that approximately 80% of tourists visiting the state are from within the state. This indicates that the variations in influx of tourists from outside the state do not adversely affect the tourism in the state. Also the demand for tourism products would remain at all times.
- As per the statistics the total percentage of international tourists visiting the state is 2% which is much higher than the 1% for the country. Also, the inflow of international tourists is steadily increasing at over 45% every year.
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Bhavani Retreat Sabarkantha
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Bhavani Retreat is based on the concept of Agri Tourism cum Rural Tourism. Located just 5 km from Vadali town on the way towards Dharoi Dam, is an attractive organic farmhouse set in a splendid landscape with Varieties of Crops, Green House, Horticulture Plant and Dairy. Owned and personally run by a Gujarati Royal Rajput family, and our endeavour is to make your stay as enjoyable and comfortable, with best hospitality, as possible.
Bhavani Retreat Organic farm-house is a 'Herbal' concept - where you will find yourself surrounded with herbal and the natural ambience and life style of a village. Herbal Rooms with sustainable recycling concept are made up of cow dung, organic vegetable used for your cuisine and there is also a tree gallery build with recycle agriculture stuff for talking with birds and to enjoy the agriculture field and natural sights of mountains and rivers. Your food will be homely but with daily variety.
Stay at Bhavani Retreat Farm House and experience the genuine warmth and friendliness of the Village people whilst surrounding yourself with sights and sounds of the beautiful agriculture field of Gujarati village side.
There is enough to do at and around Bhavani Retreat - from watching Agriculture field with varieties of crops, Green House, Bio gas Plant, Horticulture Crop, Varieties of Organic fruits and vegetables to swimming in Hodge to horse-riding to night safari and much more. It is also a centre for many site-seeing places such as Taranga Temple, Ambaji Temple, Dharoi Dam, Polo Temple of 15th Century in Forest & Idariya Ghadh.
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