Tucked away in the westernmost coast of the Indian subcontinent, is one of the holiest lands in the world, Dwarka and Somnath. A place where gods walked, which was once covered with palaces of gold and was blessed with absolute peace, Dwarka and Somnath are two of the most legendary and historically rich destinations in not just Gujarat but in India as well. Dotted with ancient temples against the...
Have you wrongly overlooked Gujarat when planning a much-needed escape from the monotony of routine life? Has the call of the multitude of its tourist attractions in India not yet reached you? Well, let us tell you about the top ten tourist places in Gujarat. The major tourist places in Gujarat just invite you to explore their historical narratives and present-day lures.
Top Ten Tourist Places to Visit in Gujarat
- Sun Temple
- Rani Ki Vav
- Rann of Kutch
- Somnath Temple
- Sabarmati Ashram
- Gir National Park
- Marine National Park
- Palitana Jain Temples
1. Rann of Kutch
Does the imagery of acres and acres of white as far as eyes can reach evoke an ancient yearning in your soul? They say getting lost isn’t always a bad thing. Haven’t you longed to get lost in my inviting white expanses? Geographical narratives cite me as one of the largest salt deserts in the whole world. The trajectory of my transformation from the bosom of the Arabian Sea into a vast lake and then to the white wonder of the desert would make the most happening of metamorphic stories. Yes, the pictures that tell you of the surreal beauty of full moon nights as the skies and sands merge into the scintillating hues of a numinous white are true. Come; let my white expanses hold your exquisite longings…
2. Gir National Park
Holiday packages to Gujarat inevitably include the sole home of Asiatic lions in the world in their itineraries. Many flocks to me with the temptations of sighting a few of my mane-haired dwellers. What they don’t know is that a safari through the serpentine courses of my dense forests would bring you the greatest of joys, the intimate joy of treading closer to nature, one’s true home. Let your eyes and photographic lenses capture the myriads of bird species (over 300 of them), mammals (37), and other wildlife species I hold in my nurturing bosom.
3. Somnath Temple
My head is held high above the destructive forms of my past, in the full glory of my phoenix-like spirit. I reside in the main Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva in my lavishly ornate chambers. The architectural splendor of my physical form in Chalukya style complements the spiritual potency of my soul. I gaze at the wistful charms of the sea beneath me, and to the far-away horizons that bring thousands of devotees seeking divine refuge in my spiritual heart, Somnath Jyotirlinga.
I am counted as one among the Char Dham (four divine abodes) of India as well as one among its Sapta Puris (seven holy towns). A lot of the credit goes to my chief pilgrim attraction of Dwarkadheesh Mandir. That my soul was once blessed to have been under the kingship of Lord Krishna, the ruler of all universes, eons ago is known to one and all. Do not be content by just worshipping at my 72 pillared, five-storeyed beautiful temple of Dwarkadheesh Temple, visit the sacred shrines of Bet Dwarka, Okha, Rukmini Devi Temple, Mirabai, etc.
5. Marine National Park
Are you merely content at longing and loving the ocean from afar? Wouldn’t you want to get to know its family better? Did you think you would have to travel to foreign soils to watch dolphins live? Did you know you could closely observe coral and other marine life forms without diving at India’s first Marine National Park and wildlife sanctuary, aka me? Witness the magical world of coral reefs, marshy stretches, saline grasslands, mudflats, creeks, estuaries, rocky shores, and mangroves in one of the richest and most diverse marine habitats in the world.
6. Sabarmati Ashram
I am humbled to have once been the abode of the most illustrious son of this nation. My austere spaces served as the spiritual container for the evolution of Mahatma’s political life and India’s crucial struggle for independence. My visitors are moved by the beautiful and informative record of Gandhiji’s messages and teachings I showcase in my museum. I preserve in my precincts the essence and footprints of this great soul. That must be why they recommend a visit to this humble land nestled upon the serene banks of River Sabarmati to anyone interested in getting to know India’s soul better.
I am miles away from the cacophony of commercialization. My tribal children worship me as the abode of serpents. Take a respite away from the arid terrains of the rest of the state, let my waterfalls soothe your spirit, let my lush green attire bring you home to the comforts of nature. I assure you that you will forget to count days as you let the natural beauty of this sole hill station in Gujarat unravel the taut knots of tension from your body and being.
8. Palitana Jain Temples
We are 863 in number and form, perhaps, the largest complex of Jain Temples in the world. They wouldn’t let you stay in our premises for the night, as we have been primarily built as an abode of the Divine. Our location upon the Shatrunjaya Hills has much to say about what we stand for and urge you towards – victory over your own inner enemies. Ascend the 3800 steps to reach the zenith of our location and let the mesmerizing panoramic views of the Gulf of Cambay and adjoining countryside erase any traces of fatigue from your being.
9. Sun Temple
I survive as the grandest remnant of the Golden era of the Solanki Empire. They no longer offer worship to the Sun deity in my precincts. Witness the splendor of Suryakund, 52 pillared Sabhamandapa, Gudhamandara, and my holy Garbhagriha. You ought to come to visit me during the eves of Modhera Dance Festival; my beautifully ornate premises act as the perfect aesthetic counterpart to the wondrous fusion of music, dance, and art that occurs in the artistic festivity.
10. Rani Ki Vav
I survive as the sole sign of the ancient city of Patan’s glorious early age. I was built by Queen Udayamati in loving memory of her husband Bhim Dev I. Descend the beautiful steps of this intricately built step-well, enjoying the hundreds of sculptures and remarkable geometric patterns. They have recently awarded me as the ‘cleanest iconic place in India’. Oh yes, I am also one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites! Enjoy my exquisite underground water architecture; let art and history take you on a ride-along one of their most splendid conjunctions!