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Travel India - Visit Gujarat

Updated on February 17, 2011

Gandhi's Gujarat

This lens is part of the Virtual Jenga: A coop Quest and I was challenged to make a lens on Visit India.

India - The Incredible India is rich in Culture and Heritage. The most difficult part of this challenge was for me to select a region which I would highlight and since India is having lot of Diversity and Culture spread across the whole country, It would be difficult to narrate it in one lens. So I decided to make total of 6 lenses on same topic covering full culture of India. This is the beginning of it and obviously I start it from the state in which I live. "Gujarat" - Gandhi's Gujarat , where Gandhi (Father of Nation) lived most of his life and run the Freedom Movement of India.

Gujarat is having all sorts of variations available for a tourism loving person. Be it Dessert (i.e. Rann in Gujarati- Hindi Language) , Beaches, Mountains, Forests (Gir Forest - The one and only place of Asiatic Lions), or rich cultural Temples and tourist places. This lens is an attempt to explore them to make your future visit to India - Gujarat a happy one :).

Gujarat - The complete culture

Ahmedabad - The Metropolitan City

Gandhi Ashram
Gandhi Ashram

Ahmedabad, the largest city of Gujarat. The Business Hub and center of Gujarat. This is the place where you will land if you are traveling to Gujarat. According to the Forbs magazine, it is the 3rd Fastest Growing City in the world. It is having an International Airport with direct connectivity to Newyork, London and many other Foreign Cities and connected to all major cities in India.

Ahmedabad - Built by the Sultan Ahmed Shah and is being named after him. An interesting story is behind the making of this city. When the Sultan Ahmed visited this place, he saw a dog was chased by a rabbit and looking this he thought that how much power this land has that its rabbits also make dogs fear. And he immediately decided to establish his city here. The local words say Jab Kutte pe Sassa Aaaya, tab Ahmed Shah ne Ahmedabad basaya" i.e. Jab (When) Kutte pe (on Dog) Sassa (Rabbit) aaya (attack) tab (at that time) Ahmed Shah ne Ahmedabad Banaya(Ahmed Shah made Ahmedabad)

Ahmedabad - Gandhi Ashram -Sabarmati Ashram

Gandhi Ashram Ahmedabad
Gandhi Ashram Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad is mainly known for Sabarmati Ashram- Gandhi Ashram. At Ghandhi Ashram, You can get a sense of Gandhi's life, the history of the movement and those who worked alongside him, at the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, a small museum that includes excellent pictorial and written documentation, a library of Gandhian literature and paintings, and an immense archive of letters written by Gandhiji, every single one on the back of used paper. The grounds include the Hridaykunj, Gandhiji's sparse living quarters, Vinoba-Mira Kutir, where Vinoba and Mira each stayed on separate visits, a prarthana bhumi, a guest house and a building used as a training center for cottage industries, all preserved as part of the museum. The grounds are open from sunrise to sunset, but the best time to visit these grounds is early morning, as the sun rises over the river, and people are in a meditative spirit.

Ahmedabad Sites

You can visit various sites like Hutheesing Jain Temple ,Mahudi Jain Temple,Akshardham Temple,Pols of Old City,The Adalaj Stepwell,Indroda Nature Park,Kankaria Lake etc, apart from Gandhi Ashram.

The Akshardham Temple (picture) at Gandhinagar is worth look during your visit to Gujarat.

Kutch - Dessert, Beach and Art - Be a part of Rann Utsav (Dessert Festival)

Kutch- The dessert area in Gujarat having lot of Culture and places to visit.

Day or Night? - A mid night in Rann Utsav.

Its the Mid night in the Dessert of Kutch. The white Sand (Salt) and the Full Moon gives the ultimate view of day. I have specially captured this picture published in today's newspaper to show what you will feel in the White Dessert of Kutch.

Rann Utsav - (Dessert Festival) of Kutch

Rann Utsav
Rann Utsav

Rann Utsav(Dessert Festival) is being organized by Gujarat Tourism as part of its tourism promotion during month of Dec-January and its when you feel you are on the moon instead of earth. The full bright moon light falling on the white sand (Salt) surface gives an awesome look.

Girnar - Gir Wildlife Century - The only place where Asiatic Lions stay!

Girnar Mountain, which is even older than the Everest is having one and only place for the Asiatic Lions to stay at present. The Lion's population is increasing here due to extreme care taken by the people of Gir and Gujarat Government. (At present they are 400+).

It is having around 1412 Sqr Km area and located in the Saurashra(western) region of Gujarat.

Best Time to Visit : Nov- Mid June

How to Go: Come to Ahmedabad through Flight,Train. Then from Ahmedabad to Junagadh in Train/Bus/Taxi (336 km) and from there you can go to Sasan Gir.

You need to take permission from the Forest officer before entering the Gir Century.

Somnath Temple - Loard Shiva Temple

The first out of 12 Jyotirlings Shrines of Loard Shiva. The power of Belief and Faith of Hindu. It's been broken 6 times by the invaders and rebuilt 6 times. It is believed that this temple is rebuilt in the forms of Gold, Wooden and Stone after its various destructions.

Lothal and Dholavira

The place where the Indus Valley Civilization developed. Dholavira and Lothal are the most prominent Archeological Sites in India.

Things you should know before visiting Gujarat, India

Planning to come to Gujarat? Just check and learn this things before you travel.

  • Learn to Say, "Kem Chho" . i.e. How are you? The way to greet any Gujarati.
  • Learn to Reply, "Maja Maa" i.e. I am fine. These basic words will make sure that the local community gets frank with you.
  • Gujarat is Alcohol Free State. Alcohol is not allowed in Gujarat, unless special permission is taken. So just make sure with your Hotel Authorities that they have the permission for the Alcohol provided to you and if you can drink in that premise. And obviously never drink in any public place.

  • Get ready to Try out variety of Food. Gujarati's love to have all sorts of food and you can get each variety there. If your stomach don't support you for this then be careful too.

Gujarat on Google Map

Thanks to comment by squidoo user(Ener-G), I have put this Map.

show route and directions
A markerKutch, The Dessert and White Dessert lies here. -
Khavda, Kutch, Gujarat, India
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B markerMandvi Beach - The Lovely Beach of Kutch -
Mandvi, Gujarat, India
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C markerSomnath Temple -
Somnath, Gujarat
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D markerAhmedabad, The Center of Gujarat -
Ahmedabad, Gujarat
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E markerThe Indus Valley Civilization Ancient Archeologically important site. -
Dholavira, Gujarat, India
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F markerThe city where Lord Krishna ruled and stayed. -
Dwarka, Gujarat, India
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Leave your Comments Please. - Did you liked Gujarat? Are you tempted to visit Gujarat? If you already have visited Gujarat then how was your experience?

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      seoacrossworld 6 years ago

      It's really cool

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      bunpeiris lm 6 years ago

      @jptanabe: Lovely

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      I think it'd be cool to be able to visit somewhere Gandhi was.

      With Love and Gratitude,


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      ReemaSharma1 6 years ago

      @RinchenChodron: I don't want to politicize things, but Muslims in Gujarat are now more educated and more developed then any where else in India. Its only myth about their situation in Gujarat is spread by Congress Political party just to keep their traditional vote bank.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      I thought Gujarat was a Muslim twisting tower? Anyway I learned a great deal here. Good luck in the contest!

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice photos

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      Looks like an amazing spot rich in culture and heritage. I would love to visit someday.

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Great lens. India looks like a beautiful country.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      India seems a beautiful, peaceful, and colorful place to visit. Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos and videos.

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      Addy Bell 7 years ago

      I would definitely love to visit Gujarat. I'd especially like to see the Ghandi Ashram.

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      For me was very informative, also well presented, Blessings by an Angel

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Lovely introduction to Gujarat. I've never been to India but now I want to visit!

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      I never really knew anything about Gujarat but it looks such a beautiful place.

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      Beautiful - looks like a fascinating place to visit!

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      Lynne Schroeder 7 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      This is lovely Reema. I visited India in 1987 but only in the North & West. I would love to return one day and see more of your lovely, exciting country

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      Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

      Wonderful and fascinating lens - I look forward to more of your tour of India!

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      KDimmick 7 years ago

      Blessed by an angel :)

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      SmellyFish LM 7 years ago

      I would really love to go and experience Rann Utsav!

      Thanks for sharing

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles


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      ReemaSharma1 7 years ago

      @giacombs-ramirez: Thanks for lovely comment.

      He is none other than Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. The Bollywood Superstar. He is also the Brand Ambassador of Gujarat State. Recently Gujarat State has launched this special ad campaign featuring him for promotion of Travel in the state, with the guidance of Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi himself. The campaign itself is successful and may be this lens can also help a bit in future :).

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      JeffMcRitchie1 7 years ago

      Wow, beautiful lens! I've traveled around Asia some but never to India. Now I want to go back! Will be looking forward to your other lenses about India!

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      gia combs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

      These videos were like mini bollywood movies! Who is that narrator??? Loved his voice. Definitely want to travel here some day and visit the during the Kutch festival...I love textiles. I would have loved a map showing where in India Gujarat is. Off to look at my globe...

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 7 years ago

      The tower lenses keep getting better and better, and yours is no exception! I appreciated the translations you provided (of course, I don't know how to say amazing lens!)

      And I think that I will be the first to bless this lens :)

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      BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

      What a fantastic job you did. I loved your virtual tour of Gujarat. You have set a higher standard now for the Jenga challenge.

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      I have to second that on the Dessert Kutch. It certainly does look like a moon scape. I hope some day to visit India. Thank you so much for the virtual tour. But I think that you have made me decision even harder because there is so much more to see in India than I had known before. What will I see first? Where will I go first? India is an amazing country.

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      MuskyJim LM 7 years ago

      I'll be the first to like this lens =D Great virtual tour of India (especially liked the Dessert Kutch) Wonderful addition to the Jenga tower!