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Gujarat sees fewer tourists than its neighbor to the north, Rajasthan, but its hard to see why. Gujarat is rich in culture and has something to offer any traveler.
Gujarat state is a fantastic travel destination in India not only for its incredibly friendly people, but for its abundant and rare wildlife, interesting tribal people, unique textiles and crafts, peaceful beaches, and important religious sites.
Most people visiting Gujarat will begin in the capital city of Ahmedabad. This city is cleaner and less chaotic than many in India. With helpful people and metered auto-rickshaws, the ease of visiting Ahmedabad can be a breath of fresh air. Ahmedabad has several interesting sites to see, including some impressive baolis and the column-filled Jama Masjid, as well as some worthwhile day trips.
Every January, Ahmedabad hosts an International Kite Festival. This coincides with the national holiday of Makar Sakranti on January 14th, when everyone in Ahmedabad heads to the rooftops for a day of kite-flying, kite wars, and all-around fun.
Rare Gujarat Wildlife – Indian Wild Ass and Asiatic Lion
Desert, lakes, beaches, and forest – Gujarat has a diverse ecosystem that attracts abundant and varied wildlife. Gujarat is a bird-lover’s dream, but it is also home to two species of animal not found anywhere else – Indian wild ass and Asiatic lion.
The desert landscape of the Little Rann of Kutch is the only place to find Indian wild ass, an incredible creature that has managed to thrive in this harsh terrain. Those who wish to see the wild ass and other creatures that reside in the Wild Ass Sanctuary can arrange a wildlife safari from the town of Zainabad.
To see wild Asiatic lions, Sasan Gir National Park in southern Gujarat is the place to go. This forested park is unfortunately the last home of this amazing animal. Many other forms of wildlife can also be seen in the park.
Kutch – Tribes and Textiles
The Kutch district is the largest in Gujarat State. While it is a great place to see unique wildlife, Kutch has much more to offer. The Kutch region is home to many different tribal groups, such as the Koli, Harijian, and Wada tribes. While some of these tribes live in small towns, others remain in tiny villages or family-based communities dotted throughout the region.
These tribes are also known for their beautiful crafts and textiles, and there are a variety of styles and specialties throughout the region. Those who wish to learn more about the tribes, see their way of life, or observe the making of crafts such as embroidery, weaving, wood-working, and tie-dye can do so throughout the Kutch region.
Gujarat has many coastal towns lining its western and southern borders along the Arabian Sea. A favorite beach destination for many travelers is the tiny ex-Portuguese island town of Diu. Diu’s beaches are far less crowded than the more popular Goa in southern India and the town provides a quiet and relaxing atmosphere for those who visit.
Important Religious Sites in Gujarat
Gujarat is home to hundreds of religious sites that draw devotees year-round. One of the most impressive religious sites in the region are the mountaintop Jain temples in Palitana. Only a five-hour bus ride from Ahmedabad, this site should top the list for any itinerary in Gujarat.
Some other sites of religious significance:
Dwarka – This town on the far eastern tip of the state is one of the four most holy Hindu sites in India and draws a variety of religious pilgrims.
Junagadh – The Jain and Hindu temples atop Girnar Hill are of significant spiritual importance, making this a prime location for the Bhavnath Fair in February. Junagadh also has Buddhist caves.
Tourists can travel to various parks and enjoy the rich animal, plant and avian population. There are plenty of wildlife tours that are geared for showing the tourists the best that the country has to offer.
India has a rich biodiversity and has hundreds of national parks that are spread across the country. Tourists can travel to various parks and enjoy the rich animal, plant and avian population. There are plenty of wildlife tours that are geared for showing the tourists the best that the country has to offer. Many of the parks also have their own hotels and lodges that offer excellent opportunities to lovers of wildlife. During the winter seasons, migratory birds from Northern Europe and Russia also visit many national parks such as Sariska in Rajasthan state.
India is famous for its tigers, unfortunately only about a 1433 tigers remain, since they are being increasingly poached. The Government has launched a major promotional campaign to make people aware of the dangers of poaching and to protect the tigers that are fast disappearing.
The top five national parks that should be visited by tourists in India are
Sunderbans National Park
This is one of the largest mangrove jungles in Asia and the world and has a healthy population of tigers also. Spread over 54 islands, part of the mangrove forests also host to a number of marine species. Take a leisurely tour of the forests at Sunderbans jungle camp with a boat and enjoy the view and the occasional sight of the tigers as they are extremely shy.
The national Park located in Madhya Pradesh also has the highest concentration of tigers and the park is open from dawn till sunset. The park can be accessed on jeep and on Elephant back. Accommodation in hotels around the Park is many and range from cheap to very luxurious. It also has sloth bears, jackals and many species of deers and birds.
Dwarka is located in the Western India State of Gujarat. It has the famous Dwarkadhish
temple where Lord Sri Krishna once had his palace.
How to reach Dwarka
You can fly down through cheap flights india to Jamnagar and from there complete the rest of the rest of the journey by tourist cab. Jamnagar is about 145 Kms from Dwarka. Or you can go by train up to Dwarka itself which is on the network of the Indian Western Railway. If you are coming from outside Gujarat, you can travel to Ahmadabad, Jamnagar or Rajkot and from there take connecting trains to Dwarka.
The Gujarat State Transport also runs buses connecting Dwarka with Ahmadabad, Jamnagar, Rajkot and other important towns in Gujarat.
How to travel within Dwarka
Dwarka is a small town in itself, but the other tourist and pilgrimage attractions like Bet Dwarka are a few kms away. So hiring a tourist cab to take you around is a good idea for hassle free transportation.