Gujarat, India’s westernmost state, has terrain that varies from lush agricultural land to dry, salty desert and a long coastline with both excellent beaches and fabulous birdlife.
In its urban centre of Ahmedabad is the world famous Calico Museum of Textiles, displaying antique and modern Indian fabrics and the whole state is home to many different textile and embroidery traditions. Spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi’s base from 1917–1930 was Sabarmati Ashram, where his living quarters remain on view. The Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), built in the 15th century, has a huge courtyard and a columned design and the old town is being slowly restored to its former grandeur.
In the capital Gandhinagar, the pink-sandstone Hindu temple of Akshardham stands within a garden complex. Bhuj contains the ornate Aina Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) and the Kutch Museum, known for its 1st-century Kshatrapa inscriptions, and is the base to explore the Rann of Kutch with its diverse tribal traditions.
Modhera’s 11th-century Sun Temple features 52 elaborately carved pillars whilst Patan is noted for the Rani Ki Vav, a monumental 11th-century stepwell. In the southeast Palitana is a major Jain pilgrimage site with hundreds of hilltop temples in a stunning setting.
For wildlife enthusiasts Gir Forest National Park is a sanctuary for the rare Asiatic lion and the Little Rann of Kutch is home to the famous wild Ass. There are other sanctuaries for the Indian Bustard and other endangered species and if you want to see flamingo in huge quantities Gujarat is the place for you.
There is colourful and characterful accommodation of a very good standard available and although Gujarat is a “dry” state we can assist you with getting a “tourist liquor permit”, so you can still enjoy a sundowner after a day in the desert.
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