On the western coast of India, the state of Gujarat is the "Jewel of the West" in India. In Gujarat, one of India's most industrialized and prosperous states, you find the modern milieu and the age-old traditions happily married.
The people of Gujarat reflect the vibrant culture of the state. They love to wear colorful dresses and the women prefer wearing a lot of ornaments. Most of the people speak in Gujarati. Hindi, Urdu, Sindhi and English are also spoken in Gujarat.
Gujarat enjoys a more or less moderate climate throughout the year. However, some parts of the state like the Kutch region witness dry and extreme climate. The best time to visit the state is between the months of October and March.
|Location||Western coast of India Pakistan and Rajasthan in the north and northeast The Arabian Sea on the west Madhya Pradesh in the southeast Maharashtra in the south|
|Latitude||20°6 and 24°42 North|
|Longitude||68°10 and 74°28 East|
|Area||196,024 sq km|
|Climate||Summer - warm Winter - pleasantly cool|
|Average Annual Rainfall||200Cms|
|Languages||Gujarati, Hindi, English|
|Religion||Hindus, Muslims Jains Zorastrians or Parsis and others|
|Best Time to Visit||October to March|
|Clothing||Summer - Cottons Winter - Light Woolens|
Cities to Visit in Gujarat
- Gandhi Nagar
- Sasan Gir
How to Reach Gujarat
Apart from an international airport at Ahmedabad, Gujarat has 10 domestic airports. Most of the domestic airlines connect it to rest of India operating out of Ahmedabad.
Gujarat has a good railway network. It is well connected, not only internally, but also to other places in India.
Gujarat has a better road network than most of the other Indian states. The total length of the road in the state is 68,900 kilometer out of which 1,572 kilometer belong to National Highway. This makes Gujarat easily accessible. From most of the larger cities, regular buses are operated by Gujarat State Transport Corporation and private operators to all the major destinations of the state.
Shopping in Gujarat
Your visit to Gujarat remains incomplete unless you do some shopping in Gujarat. The tourists, who visit Gujarat, actually look forward to shopping in Gujarat.
The state claims its worldwide fame for it rich tradition of handicrafts. The most famous handicraft of Gujarat is related to textiles. It has and age-old history of embroidery and still retains its fame showcasing a distinct range of designs, colours and stitches.
Sarees in Gujarat display an amazing variety with inlaid Zari works, beadwork, embellished mirrors, sequins and shells as well as tie-and-dye and block-printed designs.
- Patola Silk sarees
- Bandhnis and traditional Gagra-Cholis
- Marriage costumes
- Wall hangings
- Embroidered, appliqued quilts
- Cradle clothes
- Cloth toys,
- Embroidered footwear
- Lacquer furniture
Last Updated on : September 6, 2014