Gujarat has become a lively tourist hub for both domestic as well as international tourists mainly due to the promotional advertisements of Gujarat Tourism. There are many places which can be visited according to the interests of the tourist. Some of them are:
Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmadabad takes you back in time and you feel Gandhiji’s presence in each and every corner here. Sabarmati Ashram is an example of a living museum of Modern Indian History. This Ashram is nestled along the banks of River Sabarmati. There are pictures associated with the life of Mahatma Gandhi in the galleries. Gandhiji’s belongings also preserved here and the most important one amongst them is the Charkha. Sabarmati Ashram as a store to buy various books, DVDs and other objects as well.
This Dam is built on the Narmada River; the Sardar Sarovar Dam has been a major source of supply for hydroelectricity and irrigation for millions of people. The best time to enjoy the visit to the dam and surrounding gardens is during the monsoon. The Surpaneshwar Shiva Temple is located near the dam which is a construction of the government.
The Rann of Kutch is a popular white salt desert and is a must visit for the tourists particularly during the time of the festival- Rann Utsav. Camel rides and folk music give an ethnic touch to the visits. The tourists can enjoy staying in luxury tents and the colors of the tradition in this land.
Gir Forest National Park in Gujarat is the home to many Asiatic Lions. It also is a home to unique reptiles and species in the vast area of forest spread across 1400 sq km. It is a perfect tourist destination for nature and wildlife lovers. It aims to protect the dwindling numbers of Asiatic Lion as historically their numbers have dropped drastically owing to the hunting practices in the British Period.
Due to the dry climate in this zone, the step-well architecture became extremely popular during the Medieval Era. The Rani-ki Vav Step Well was constructed by Queen Udayamati in the memory of her husband Raja Bhimdev of the Solanki Dynasty. Located in Patan, it is now a UNESCO Heritage Site. The Adalaj-ki-Vav, on the other hand, is the ornated step well located some km away from Ahmedabad. It served as utilitarian space and also a spiritual center for the worshipers to offer their prayers to the carvings of the deities.
Lothal is Proto-Historic (Harappan) site located 75 km from Ahmedabad city. The site is popular for dockyard which connected helped in maintaining trade contacts with different countries during the Indus Valley Civilization. There is also a bead-making factory, worker’s quarters, cemetery, etc located here. There is a museum opposite to the site that has galleries preserving various artifacts like jewelry, pottery, joint burial, ceramics, pottery, etc.