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Gujarat Tourism



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 state derives its name from 'Gujjaratta' - meaning the land of the Gujjars, a tribe who migrated to India long back in 5th century AD. But some archeological findings from areas like Lothal, Dholavira, Rangpur, date back to the period of the Indus Valley Civilization. Since then, the state has seen the rise and fall of a number of mighty empires like the Mauryas, the Khiljis and other Muslim rulers, the Marathas till the British.

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.

Demographics
LocationWestern 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
Latitude20°6 and 24°42 North
Longitude68°10 and 74°28 East
Area196,024 sq km
ClimateSummer - warm Winter - pleasantly cool
Max Temperature420
Min Temperature140
Average Annual Rainfall200Cms
CapitalGandhinagar
Population50.6 million
LanguagesGujarati, Hindi, English
ReligionHindus, Muslims Jains Zorastrians or Parsis and others
Best Time to VisitOctober to March
ClothingSummer - Cottons Winter - Light Woolens


Places to Visit in Gujarat

How to Reach Gujarat

By Air

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.

By Train

Gujarat has a good railway network. It is well connected, not only internally, but also to other places in India.

By Road

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.

While shopping in Gujarat, you can look for:
  • Patola Silk sarees
  • Bandhnis and traditional Gagra-Cholis
  • Marriage costumes
  • Wall hangings
  • Embroidered, appliqued quilts
  • Cradle clothes
  • Cloth toys,
  • Embroidered footwear
  • Lacquer furniture
  • Curios
Large number of Government Emporia and private shop are found virtually anywhere in the state, which makes you shopping in Gujarat a delightful experience. In Ahmedabad, premier shops are galore in areas like: C.G.Road, Ashram Road, Law Garden, and Relief Road. Both plastic and paper currencies are widely accepted through out the state.

Last Updated on : September 6, 2014