Gujarat is a beautiful and culturally rich western state in India. Its savory food, clean and developed cities, beautiful deserts, and festive celebrations such as Navratri and Makar-Sankranti.
Along with being culturally rich, it’s also a magnificent tourist destination with not just two or three but numerous wonderful cities and destinations. The state offers a wide range of places to visit and enjoy. Let’s have a look at some of these.
Best places to visit in Gujarat
1. Statue of Unity
Before we mention any other place, the Statue of Unity should be a starter to your Gujarat trip. Located near Sardar Sarovar Dam, in the Kevadia town, this is the tallest statue globally. Dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, this gigantic statue stands 182 meters tall, which is 597 feet. Isn’t it really mind-blowing?! It’s a wonder in itself.
Along with the statue, there are numerous recreational things you can engage yourself in while you’re here. The Unity Glow garden is a park filled with various shapes and forms decorated with lights that glow like stars as soon as the sunsets.
Jungle Safari, Children’s nutrition park, Zarwani waterfall, Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Arogya van, which is a beautiful green garden with ayurvedic plants, Devsatra Fort, and a number of dams and lakes because of river Narmada are around here. This place is a must-visit at the top of this list.
The largest city of Gujarat, Ahmedabad, has an innumerable number of exciting activities and places to visit while also being one of the safest cities for women. The Sabarmati river runs across the city, and the beautiful Sabarmati riverfront gives a view to behold. The city has many archeological wonders as well as fun shopping sites.
The temples, the mosques, and the museums will keep you hooked to the city. The calico textile museum will be an intellectually enhancing experience and of great interest, while the auto World vintage museum will give you a sense of what automobiles have looked like throughout the years.
Ahmedabad also houses a glorious Science city and science park. It has multiple scientific exhibitions and an aquarium, an aviary, and a butterfly park. It’s a must-visit site whenever you’re in Ahmedabad.
The city is also home to a number of water bodies, such as Kankaria lake. The lake has some rides and a zoo situated near it. You can have a fun day at Kankaria lake.
Coming back to the beautiful Sabarmati riverfront, it has a number of parks and gardens; one of them is the Riverfront Flower park. The Flower Park has beautiful gardens filled with flowers that are arranged beautifully to create patterns and forms; these gardens are a sight to behold.
The riverfront is full of lush green trees and has cycling pathways, broadways, and jogging tracks. It’s equally or more beautiful after the sunset during the dark. Numerous colored lights dazzle and reflect in the river water, and the pathways are brightly lit.
Gandhinagar is the capital city of Gujarat, the greenest capital city of Asia, and the second-largest city of Gujarat. Named after Mahatma Gandhi, this city can be conveniently called a city of temples. It’s famous for its magnificent temples, Akshardham being one of them.
It’s an architectural marvel and the evening laser shows here are truly beautiful. The Adalaj stepwell is also a pretty intricately designed stepwell which is a must-visit if you go to Gandhinagar.
Dinosaur And Fossil Park, Indroda Nature Park, and Sarita udhyan, which has beautiful gardens with peacocks, are some of the places where you can enjoy the beauty of nature and some time out and about in the open air.
Swarnim park, which has the gigantic Sardar Patel statue, is also a must-see.
Deer park and Geer Foundation Haran Udhyan are some of the must-visit places too in Gandhinagar.
Surat is a coastal city situated on the western coast in the state of Gujarat. It’s famous for the black sand beach, the Dumas Beach, and multiple other beaches.
Some people also believe it to be haunted. Surat has multiple glasses of water and amusement parks, making it a fun place to visit for children.
The Surat Fort, Dutch And Armenian Cemetery, British Cemetery are some of the historical sites to visit.
Sardar Patel Museum, Surat science center, Sneh Rashmi Botanical garden, Kisna nature park, and Jagdishchandra Bose Municipal Aquarium are some museums and nature parks that will be a fun retreat for you.
Surat will become really beloved by children for all the obvious reasons. The rides, parks, animals, and zoos are all children’s favorites. Surat is a child-friendly destination to definitely be at.
5. Gir National park
Gir National park is famous for its lion safari. You can watch lions in a free and natural habitat. It’s the only place besides Africa that offers this thing of beauty. Gir has a dry and deciduous weather making it a comfortable habitat for the Asiatic lions.
Gir has multiple wild species, such as leopards, jackals, four-horned antelope, Indian fox, and the famous sambar deer, along with 200+ species of birds and a number of reptiles.
You can go on an open jeep safari and stay in beautiful yet affordable resorts. Plan a multiple-day trip to Gir and enjoy the beauty of nature to its fullest. You can go visit with your friends and have alot of fun.
Girnar is a hilly area situated in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat and comes under the Junagadh territory. It is an important place for Jain pilgrimage and also an abode of multiple Hindu temples. Girnar is a historical site.
With a number of forts and palaces and wells and caves, this is an interesting place to be at.
You can trek and enjoy the cable car ride at Junagadh Ropeway. Girnar also has some national parks and water bodies. The hills have historical sites such as the, Buddhist Cave, Uparkot Cave, Uparkot Fort dates back to 319 BC, Khapara Kodiya Caves, and some wonderful natural habitats such as Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary, the Girnar talenti hills, the lush green Lal Dhori garden alongside a lake, and the beautiful Hasnapur dam.
Girnar is also home to the famous Junagadh Fort and the Mahabat Maqbara, a mausoleum dedicated to Nawab Mahabat Khan II of Junagadh.
An ancient architectural wonder, Uparkot Fort is also situated in Girnar. It dates back to 319 BC and has intricate carvings on stone floral and many more.
Gujarat is one of the most developed states of India. The best thing is it has something for everyone.
From temples to amusement parks, from nature parks and reserves to science museums, and from beaches to deserts. Gujarat has so much to offer that it’s difficult to cover it all at once.
This vast and culturally rich state is one of the must-visits and should be on your travel bucket list. So next time you plan a vacation, and you’re looking for a place that has something to offer for every member of your family, you know where you’re headed to.