Gujarat is a state in Western India. It is bordered by the Indian states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh, the Arabian Sea, and the Pakistani province of Sindh. The capital city is Gandhinagar, and its largest city is Ahmedabad. Other large cities include Surat, Bhuj, Vadodara, and Jamnagar. Travellers can arrive in Gujarat by air or train. The international airport at Ahmedabad has flights from London, New York, Singapore, Doha, and Dubai - to name a few. Train travel in India is relatively simple; you can get to Ahmedabad from New Delhi and Mumbai directly. Within the state, regional train travel or private car is best.
Budget accommodation in Gujarat is found in Ahmedabad, but traditional, European-style hostels are difficult to find in Gujarat. Instead of a backpacker hostel, consider a guesthouse or inexpensive hotel.
Once you have your hostel accommodation sorted, you can explore this vibrant state. Gujarat has some of the best examples of Indus civilisation. Lothal is believed to be one of the world’s first seaports and has the world’s earliest known dock; today you can see the preserved ruins of the city marketplace and the dock. The Archaeological Museum next door has the artefacts that were uncovered, such as beads and gems, as well as more prominent artefacts from the Indus civilisation and its trade with other ancient civilisations. Nearby, you can view the ancient water reservoir at Dholavira, another ancient Indus city. More recent history and archaeology comes from the Muslim Sultanate rule, the Mughal Empire, and the Portuguese Empire and trade, as well as later British colonial rule.
Travellers should not miss the Taranga Jain temple or Rani ka vav, a stepwell in the town of Patan. It is one of the world’s best preserved subterranean water storage sites and is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The seaside towns are a popular destination as well; the Somanath temple is well worth a visit. A unique geological feature in Gujarat is the Great Rann of Kutch: a salt clay desert in the Thar desert. It is located in the north between the Pakistani province of Sindh and Gujarat states. Gujarat is also the only place in the world where you can see pure Asiatic lions.
Gujarat has a fascinating history (the most famous person from Gujarat is Mahatma Gandhi) and plenty to see; travellers should not miss this rich Indian state. Whatever you choose to do in Gujarat, you will enjoy it!
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