Gujarat is a prospering state with rich cultural diversity. The state of Gujarat is dynamic with its true colors of affluent heritage and cultural tradition. Going back to the pages of history with the Harappan civilization, the state of Gujarat becomes a confluence of various religions- Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Jainism. The Gujarati culture unifies in customs, cultures, institutions, traditions, language, inventions, technology, and lastly rich values.
Gujarat is situated on the western coast of India. Gujarat has preserved its cultural traditions and ancient history for ages. Gujarat is a treasure trove of its rich heritage and culture. The ancient monuments and structures tell us a lot about the past. The state of Gujarat is recognized for its amiability, colors, and energy. To mention some - 'The city of Sidhpur', it displays the ancient antiques through its colorful mansions which belong to the ancient Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community. The ancient city of Baroda now known as Vadodara is another example of rich culture and heritage, this city was the house of the royal family of Gaekwad who established their kingdom way back in the 18th century.
Indo-Saracenic architecture is found in Laxmi Vilas Palace. apart from these few other palatial buildings depicting the past and rich heritage are Prag Mahal Palace, Naulakha Palace, Lakhota Palace, and Vijay Vilas Palace which are treasured as the legacy of architecture. With the best tour operators in India, you can feel the essence of the historic past and its rich culture.
To experience the rich culture of India a visit to Gujarat is a must. Some of the places which would give the essence of the history, where you enrich yourself with the rich culture are:
Ahmedabad - The Manchester of East
Ahmedabad has been the state capital for centuries. The city is also known by the name of Amdavad and has another name Karnavati after the Solanki ruler King Karnadev in the 11th century. Ahmedabad is one of the fastest-growing cities. UNESCO declared this city to be a World Heritage City. The city is an example of both a rich cultural heritage and commercial hub. Ahmedabad, the Land of Gandhi, is closely associated with the Father of Nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Gujarat has witnessed the Mughal rule, the Peshwas, and the Gaekwads. After these dynasties, the British ruled the place till independence. the places that you cannot miss in Ahmedabad are Dada Hari Vav, Sabarmati Ashram, Sabarmati Riverfront, Rani ki Vav, Swaminarayan Temple, Statue of Unity, Sardar Patel National Memorial, Sarkhej Roza, AutoWorld Museum, Calico Museum of Textiles, Adivasi Museum, Adalaj Vav, Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, are among the must-see in Ahmedabad.. Ahmedabad is also regarded as The Manchester of East. With Gujarat Tour Packages you can enjoy your visit thoroughly.
Rann of Kutch
Rann of Kutch also known as the 'India's Wild West' lies along The Arabian Sea on one side and the Thar Desert on the other side. It is situated in the Kutch District of Gujarat. Rann of Kutch is considered an enthralling wonder of sand and salt. The Rann of Kutch is formed of salt marshes and is considered to be one of the largest salt deserts in the world. Rann of Kutch is among the most popular places to visit. The place is also the house of the wild ass, bluebells, chinkaras, and the blackbuck. In Kutch, you will also get to see people extracting saltwater by pumping out groundwater. Kutch is well known all over the world for its exclusive handicrafts crafted by the skillful artisans of the village. On your Gujarat Tour Packages, the Rann of Kutch is a must-visit place.
Located on the foot of the Girnar hills, Junagadh is the seventh-largest city of Gujarat. Literally meaning “Old Fort”, the map of Junagadh is dotted with temples of the different sects of Hinduism and Buddhism, magnificent Mosques, and several historical monuments and structures.
The History of Junagadh goes back as early as the Mauryan Dynasty. The Uparkot Fort is said to have been built in 319 BCE during the reign of Chandragupta Maurya. It is said that the fort was in use till the 6th century AD, however, it was abandoned after that. In 976 AD, the fort was again made into use by the Chudasama Ruler Graharipu. One interesting thing to note about the fort is, it was once put under siege for a period of twelve years.
The Ashoka edict near the Uparkot Fort contains the earliest known sample of Sanskrit inscription.
There are several other places to visit in Junagadh, the Junagadh Buddhist Cave Groups, a collection of caves with their intricately carved gateways, sculptured pillars, Chaitya halls, and inner sanctums are classic examples of rock-cut architecture. It is a must-visit on your Gujarat Tour Packages trip.
The Mahabat Khan Maqbara is another place that you should visit while you are in Junagadh. This magnificent and stunning mausoleum of Nawab Mahabat Khan II of Junagadh is an excellent example of Euro-Indo-Islamic architecture. Braced with French windows and gothic columns and silver doors, this stunning structure has a lavish appeal. The outer minarets with spiraling outer steps give this mausoleum a different and magnificent look.
Somnath is the first Jyotirlinga of the twelve Jyotirlingas, as mentioned in the Rig Vedas. It is one of the most important pilgrimages spots in Gujarat. Not to mention the religious importance of this place makes it a tourist hotspot.
It is said that after the destruction of the first Somnath Temple, the second temple was built in 649 AD by the Yadava Kings. This temple was destroyed by Al-Junyad, the governor of Sindh in 725 AD. Later the third Somnath temple was built by King Nagabhatta II in 815 AD. The most well-known destruction of the Somnath temple was conducted by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1024 AD. It is said that he took away 20 million dinars as booty after the raid.
The present-day temple was built in 1951, after the Independence of India. The temple is built in the style of the Chaulukya Style of temples. The temple is situated such that there is no land between the temple and the South Pole.
If you are visiting Gujarat on a Gujarat Tour Packages trip, Somnath should be in your itinerary.
According to history, Dwarka is considered the home of Lord Krishna. it is also believed that it was the first capital of Gujarat. One of the 'Char Dhams' Dwarka is a perfect example of the rich cultural and historical heritage. It is also the ancient religious city among the seven most ancient cities commonly known as 'Sapta Puris'. The meaning of Dwarka is the gateway to heaven. Dwarka is mentioned in the ancient epic in Mahabharata. It is believed that the ancient city of Dwarka which might have belonged to the 2nd millennium BC was submerged in the ocean after Lord Krishna's death. It is also believed that after Lord Krishna killed Kansa, his father-in-law Jarasandh attacked Krishna's kingdom 17 times to avenge the death of Kansa. To avoid further attacks Krishna shifted his kingdom from Mathura to Dwarka. and this beautiful ancient city was crafted by Lord Vishwakarma. There are many more such historical events that make this place more eccentric. A trip to Dwarka with Gujarat Tour Packages will give you the freedom to enjoy the historical past and its rich culture.