Uncovering the Best of Gujarat: A Complete Itinerary

Key Takeaways:

  • Start in Ahmedabad, visiting Gandhi Ashram, Kankaria Lake, Adalaj Stepwell, and temples like Akshardham and Hutheesingh Jain Temple
  • Travel to Dwarka to explore temples like Dwarkadhish, Rukmini, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga and beaches
  • Visit the famous Somnath Temple and nearby attractions like Triveni Sangam, Gita Mandir, and Bhalka Tirth
  • Spend a day at Gir National Park for an open jeep safari to spot Asiatic lions
  • Explore Diu’s beaches, churches and fort before heading to Junagadh to see Ashokan rock edicts and temples
  • End the trip at Palitana, known for its cluster of Jain temples atop Shatrunjaya hills

The vibrant western state of Gujarat has much to offer to every kind of traveler.

Famed for its rich history and heritage, delicious regional cuisine, architectural marvels, art and crafts, wildlife sanctuaries, and colorful festivals – Gujarat is full of delightful surprises waiting to be discovered.

Whether you are a culture vulture, a foodie looking to indulge, an adventurer wanting to feel that adrenaline rush, or someone who enjoys taking in stunning natural landscapes – you will be spoilt for choice with the array of experiences that Gujarat Tourism has put together.

In this comprehensive itinerary, we take you on a journey through Gujarat, stopping at places that should undoubtedly feature on your list!

Ahmedabad – The Manchester of the East

Kickstart your Gujarat sojourn at its largest city, Ahmedabad. Brimming with age-old history and nouveau developments, Ahmedabad is where you get the perfect mix of tradition with dashes of modern comfort.

Top sights: Gandhi Ashram, Adalaj Stepwell, Sabarmati Riverfront, Kankaria Lake, Auto World Vintage Car Museum, Siddi Sayed Mosque
Shopping: Law Garden Night Market, Teen Darwaza, Manek Chowk

Savor the Delights of Gujarati Cuisine

Gujarat is a haven for vegetarian foodies. Indulge your taste buds in local favorites like thepla, khakra, fafda, dhokla, khandvi and more as you walk through the street food havens.

Some lip-smacking recommendations are Vishalla Restaurant, Agashiye, Sasuji, and Pakwan.

Glimpse into History at Champaner-Pavagadh

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historical city of Champaner lies in ruins, echoing its former magnificence through elaborately carved mosques, palaces, and gateways, dating back to the 8th to 14th centuries.

Perched atop an adjacent hillock stands the important Hindu pilgrimage site of Pavagadh, accessed via a scenic walk through the forest with stunning vistas along the way.

Experience Royal Opulence at Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara

Built in the late 19th century, stretching across 500 acres, Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara will transport you to the bygone era of Maharajas and royals through its opulent interiors with antique furniture, dazzling chandeliers and beautiful gardens.

Catch the impressive collection of art by Raja Ravi Varma.

Get Adrenaline Pumping at White Rann of Kutch

The endless expanses of the salt marshes of the Great Rann of Kutch make for stirring visuals. Unique tentative desert accommodations allow visitors to experience sunrise/sunset over the blinding white plains.

Camel and jeep safaris, hiking are popular activities here during the Rann Utsav festival.

Find Tranquility in the Hills of Saputara

Nestled in the Sahyadris, Saputara is the only hill station in Gujarat. Boasting of cool climate, lush greenery and breathtaking views of the plains from atop sunrise point make it ideal to unwind close to nature.

Indulge in boating at the lake, cable car rides up to heights, treks to echo point, shopping at local tribal markets.

Get Spiritually Elevated at Dwarkadhish Temple

One of the significant Char Dham sites (four sacred Hindu pilgrim places), Dwarkadhish temple devoted to Lord Krishna is renowned for its tall spire soaring towards the sky, intricately carved pillars, paintings and mandapams.

Other ancient temples like Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, Rukmini Mandir dot the town invoking strong spiritual energies.

Mesmerize Over Architectural Grandeur of Modhera Sun Temple

Dedicated to Surya- the Sun God, the aesthetically carved shrines depict fine details inspired by the Sol God. Catch the first rays of the sun illuminating the sabha mandap during equinoxes.

The Kama-Arts Festival brings this 12th century site alive through dance, music and cultural programs.

Hope a comprehensive travel itinerary helps you take on Gujarat vigorously and absorb its extravagant spirit that leaves long-lasting impressions!

Let us know your experience in the comments.

Manvendra Singh
Manvendra Singh

Hi, I am Manvendra Singh, a passionate travel vlogger with a vision to enrich the travel experience for adventurers around the globe.

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