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Tourist Places - Gujarat "The Land of the Legends"
Popularly believed to have derived its name from Gujjaratta, meaning the land of the Gujjars, a tribe that migrated to India around the 5th century AD, the state of Gujarat is one of the most traveled tourist destinations in India. It actually offers a host sightseeing options that are considered as some of the excellent tourist attractions in Gujarat.


 Ahmedabad GujaratGujarat's principal city is Ahmedabad (also known as Amdavad) and is one of the major industrial cities in India. Although it retains little evidence of the Raj, it has been called the `Manchester of the East' due to its many textile industries and its smokestacks. Ahmedabad is also very noisy and incredibly polluted; Relief Rd (Tilak Rd) gets the author's votes as one of the most polluted, congested and thoroughly chaotic strips of barely controlled mayhem in the country. It's a real rat race and only on Sunday mornings is there any respite. Visitors in the hot season should bear in mind the derisive title given to Ahmedabad by the Moghul emperor, Jehangir: Gardabad, the City of Dust. Nevertheless, this comparatively little-visited city has a number of attractions for travellers, and is one of the best places to study the blend of Hindu and lslamic architectural styles known as the Indo-Saracenic. The new capital of Gujarat, Gandhinagar,is 32km from Ahmedabad.


Bhavnagar GujaratBhavnagar is a coastal city situated in the state of Gujarat. It is located in the Saurashtra region and is also known as Kathiawar. Bhavnagar was once the capital of a princely state ruled over by the Maharaja of Bhavnagar and still exhibits the age old charm and royalty, which contribute to travel and tourism in the city. It was founded by Bhavsinhji Gohil, near the Gulf of Cambay. He chose the strategic location so that sea trade could be carried out easily from the port. Thereafter, Gohil Rajput ruled over it till independence.


Gandhinagar GujaratGandhinagar is the capital city of Gujarat. It is located on the west bank of River Sabarmati, about 32 km from Ahmedabad. The city is named after the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. After the partition of Gujarat and Maharashtra, it was decided to make a new capital for Gujarat. As a result, Gandhinagar was established in the vicinity of Ahmedabad. It is a well organized and architecturally integrated city and is slowly picking up as a tourism destination. Gandhinagar is the administrative headquarter of Gandhinagar District. It is a major center of learning in Gujarat. Many educational institutes have sprung up in the city, which provide knowledge in different fields like science, medicine and engineering. Students from across the country throng the campus of these institutes every year. Some of the prestigious institutes in the city are National Institute of fashion Technology (NIFT), National Institute of Design (NID), Institute of Plasma Research, Indian Institute for Advanced Research.

Rajkot GujaratRajkot

Rajkot is the administrative headquarter of the Rajkot district in Gujarat. It is situated at a distance of 216 km from Ahmedabad. The tourism in the city is slowly picking up owing to the fact that there are a number of places here that are worth visiting. It was founded by Thakur Saheb Vibhaji Ajoji Jadeja of Jadeja clan in 1612 AD. Since then, it has been the seat of Jadeja rulers of India. Rajkot is also known for the reason that Mahatma Gandhi spent the early days of his life here only. He completed his education in one of the schools here. Apart from this, the city is famous for jewelry, silk embroidery and watch parts. It is also famous for its gold purity. Rajkot has one of the biggest gold markets of Gujarat, called Soni Bazaar.

Jamnagar of GujaratJamnagar of Gujarat

Jamnagar of Gujarat was established around the small Ranmal Lake, with a palace in the center.Jamnagar of Gujarat has a rich history of pearl fishing and tie-dyeing. Now-a-days it is more popular for having the only Ayurvedic University in India. Jamnagar in Gujarat has the Bala Hanuman Temple which is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.

The old town has many interesting buildings, such as the Mandvi Tower, which is marvelously colored. The center of the old town is called the Darbar Gadh where the former Maharaja of Nawanagar faced the public audiences.The Jamnagar state bus stand and the new railway station are far apart and both are distant from the center of the city. So better take an auto rickshaw. You can find accommodation in Teen Batti Chowk. There are a few commodious economical hotels near the Bedi Gate.

Porbandar GujaratPorbandar

On the south-east coast, about midway between Veraval and Dwarka, modern-day Porbandar is chiefly noted as the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi. In ancient times, the city was called Sudamapuri after Sudan, a compatriot of Krishna, and there was once a flourishing trade from here to Africa and the Persian Gulf. The Africa connection is apparent in the number of Indianised Blacks, called Siddis, who form a virtually separate caste of Dalits. Porbandar has several large cement and chemical factories and a textile mill. Dhows are still built here and fish-drying is an important activity lending a certain a room to the town!

Kutch GujaratKutch

Kutch is the largest district in the state of Gujarat. It is the least populated owing to the fact that it is barren, covered with desert and marshland. Although it forms a major part of the state it has its own distinct identity. It is mostly inhabited by varied tribes. There are around 18 tribes living in the region which have their own discrete language and culture. This has made the place a paradise for the flourishing different cultures. It is a showcase of all the tribal culture of the region.

Mehsana GujaratMehsana

Mehsana is a municipal city situated in the Mehsana district of Gujarat. It is located at a distance of 74 km from Ahmedabad. Mehsana is one of the largest cities in Gujarat and houses one of the biggest iron and steel markets in India. In addition to this, it also has a Dudhsagar Co-operative milk dairy, which boasts of being the largest milk dairy in entire Asia. The Oil Natural Gas Corporation of India has set up a big establishment in the city. Thus, the city is quite important from Industrial perspective. However, the city also offers some attracions, which make it significant from travel and tourism point of view.

Junagadh GujaratJunagadh

Junagadh is situated right at the base of the temple-studded Girnar Hill, and is the departure point for visits to the Gir Forest. This interesting and unspoilt town has some exotic old buildings, most in a state of disrepair, and is a fascinating place to explore, but very few tourists come here. The city takes its name from the fort, which enclosed the old city. Dating from 250 BC, the Ashokan edicts near the town testify to the great antiquity of this site. At the time of Partition, the Nawab of Junagadh opted to take his tiny state into Pakistan. However, the inhabitants were predominantly Hindu and the nawab soon found himself in exile, which perhaps explains the sorry state of his former palace and fort.

Vadodara GujaratVadodara

Vadodara city is the administrative headquarter of the Vadodara district in Gujarat. It is often termed as Baroda and is the industrial capital of the state. The city stands on the bank of River Vishwamitri, flanked by a number of graceful buildings like palaces, parks, temples and museums. This has greatly boosted tourism in Vadodara. The cultural galore of Vadodara impels visitors to travel to this historic city. In the ancient time, it served as the capital city of Gaekwads, the former rulers of Vadodara.

The archaeological expeditions in the region indicate that there was human habitation here since the pre historic times. But the present day glory of the city is due to Maharaja Sayajirao, a great patron of art, architecture and music. Vadodara was originally called Vadapadraka, meaning 'a village amidst the banyan trees'. The city houses a number of historical monuments which are worth watching. The unforgettable tale of its past is narrated by the exquisite structures erect in the city.

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