Top 10 Sightseeing places in Gujarat
Posted On October 10th, 2018
Top 10 Sightseeing places in Gujarat
If you are in a mood to explore some magnificent travel destination in India during the upcoming vacation months then choose Gujrat. This state of India is popular for its beaches, temple towns as well as also for being one of the historic capitals of India. The art and culture, wildlife and the beauty of the hill stations will surely make your vacation a memorable one in the pages of your travel diary. There are many places to see in Gujarat and we prepared a list of top 10 destinations which are worth visiting.
1. Jama Mosque, Ahmadabad
When you take a look at the western side of Manek Chowk in Ahmadabad you will find the magnificent Jama Masjid standing tall with its historic glory. This mosque was built during the period of 1423 when Ahmed Shah 1 was reigning and he was Ahmadabad’s founder. To be very precise we can say that the Jama mosque is located outside the area of Bhadra Fort, right on the south side of the road which is coming forward from Teen Darwaza till Manek Chowk. It is among the largest mosques of India. It houses the tombs of Ahmed Shah I, his son as well as his grandson. The graves of the king’s queens are also there. The look of the mosque will give a perfect blend of both Hindu as well as Muslim styles of architecture. 13 years were invested to mark the completion of the mosque. The stones and rubble which were used in the construction of the mosque were collected from demolished Jain and Hindu temples. The elegant stonework will impress any visitor. The mosque is having a beautiful courtyard having a pool located in the mid. unique meshwork is done in prayer room which illuminates the complete room without any need for direct sunlight.
2. Sun Temple, Modhera
Sun Temple of Modhera is among those selected few shrines in India which is dedicated to Lord Surya. It is located by the side of Pushpavati River is one of the worth visiting spots of Gujrat. King Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty took the initiative to construct this temple during the era of 1026. As per history, King Bhimdev was the direct descendant of Sun God. This temple looks very iconic and resembles the look of the Sun temple of Konarak located in Orissa. The temple is designed in a unique way so that the very first day of the sun falls on the Surya Lord image. Mahmud Ghazni attacked this temple but still, it holds its glory even today. Each and every corner of the temple structure is having the sculptural patterns of Gods and Goddesses, and also of birds, flowers and beasts. There are 3 major parts in this temple: The Surya Kund, The Sabha Mandap, and the Guda Mandap. Surya Kund is actually heavy depth stepped tank located right in front of the temple. The Sabha Mandap was the assembly hall where important religious gatherings, as well as conferences, were conducted. The Guda Mandap represents sanctum sanctorum and it remains supported by a plinth of the lotus-shaped base.
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3. Rani Ki Vav (the Queens Stepwell), Patan
Rani Ki vav is one of the beautifully crafted step-wells located in Patan a small town in Gujarat, India. The stepwell is located right on the banks of River Saraswati. Rani Ki vav was constructed as a memorial well for one of the 11th-century king named Bhima I. It was on 22 June 2014 this historical construction made an entry in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Rani ki Vav won the title of being the “Cleanest Iconic Place” of India at the Indian Sanitation Conference (INDOSAN) which was held in 2016 in New Delhi. The monument received the recognition at the conference, which was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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4. Kutch Region
Virtually it is an island which looks very similar to that of the shape of a tortoise. Kutch is one of the princely regions of India in Gujrat holding the beauty of the past with care. Witnessing the beauty of the white salt desert in the Rann of Kutch area is a magnificent experience. It is known as the wild nest of India. The region was ruled for several hundreds of years by the kings of Jadeja dynasty. To explore the beauty of Raan of Kutch, you can start from Bhuj. Include in your itinerary the Dholavira one of the ancient town of this area.
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5. Marine National Park
Marine National Park is located in the Gulf of Kutch is positioned on the southern part of the Gulf of Kutch in the district of Devbhumi Dwarka in Gujarat. It was in the year 1980 when an area covering 270 km² from Okha till Jodiya was declared as Marine Sanctuary and this national park was born. It is the very first national marine park of India. There are altogether 42 Islands in this park’s Jamnagar coastal area. Out of this 33 are having a coral reef. The period of October till February is the best reason to explore the beauty of this Marine Park.
6. Gir National Park
Gir Forest National Park one of the popular wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat. It was established and opened to protect Asiatic lions from getting extinct who reside with leopards and antelopes. The Trail of Gir Jungle, located outside the fenced area, is covered with thick deciduous forest and acts as a home for wildlife which both vultures and pythons. Kamleshwar Dam located in this area is a house of marsh crocodiles and birds, which includes Indian skimmers and pelicans. You can go for Jeep Safari with a guide to get the close view of the Asiatic Lions.
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7. Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmadabad
Once upon a time the Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmadabad used to be the residence of Mahatma Gandhi and is one of the major attractions of Gujrat. It is located close to the Sabarmati River as is also known as Satyagraha Ashram, as because of right from where Gandhiji started his historically popular Dandi March. The house was built in 25th of May in the year 1915 after he came back from South Africa. You will get to see more about the activities of the Ashram.
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Saputara is one of the popular hill towns of Gujrat. It is one of the maximum visited hill stations of Gujrat. Starting From impressing the visitors with its lush green natural beauty to becoming an artists’ village, Saputara is one perfect place where you can enjoy the leisurely holiday. Lake Garden, Rose Garden, and Step Garden are 3 popular gardens of this place which are worth visiting. If you want to know about the Dang tribe of this region then ensure you visit Saputara Museum for gathering knowledge. Visit Gira Waterfalls, sunset and sunrise point, Lake Garden and Echo point.
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9. Palitana Jain Temple, Bhavnagar
The Palitana temples are dedicated to Jain religion people and located right on Shatrunjaya hill Palitana city in Bhavnagar district. It houses a large cluster of Jain temples. There are altogether 900 temples covering the whole of Shatrunjaya hill. The temples are formed out of careful and artistic carvings made on marble. The most important major temple of this area is Tirthankara, Shri Adeshwara; the temple is having ornamental architectural motifs. Other important temples of Palitana are Kumar pal, Sampriti Raja, and Vimalshah. Based on the historical data it is said that all Tirthankaras excluding Neminath achieved nirvana here in Palitana Jain Temple. One needs to climb around 3500 steps from the town to reach the top of the hill. One needs to come down from the hilltop before the evening and no soul is allowed to stay at the top including the temple priests.
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10. Akshardham Temple, Gandhinagar
Swaminarayan Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar is a beautiful and large Hindu temple complex. This temple construction is done being inspired by Yogiji Maharaj who used to be the fourth spiritual successor of Lord Swaminarayan. Akshardham means the Abode of God. The beauty of the temple along with the feeling of non-violence and peace of mind will enlighten your inner self towards positivity. The temple was opened in the year 1992 in the month of October. Used of sandstone is done for the construction of the temple. When you are in Gujrat then visiting this temple is a must to do the activity. The above are the top 10 places to visit in Gujarat. Covering the whole of Gujrat may not be possible for you but don’t miss the chance to explore the above Gujarat sightseeing places.
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