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Gujarat Tours – A Potpourri of Culture, Heritage and Spirituality

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Gujarat Tours – A Potpourri of Culture, Heritage and Spirituality

Gujarat, also known as the ‘Jewel in the West’ is one of the most colorful states in India owing to its picturesque landscapes, rich architectural heritage, spiritual temples, diverse wildlife and long stretches of coastal lines. Be it medieval monuments, architectural feats, revered temples and colorful fairs and festivals, Gujarat tours offers everything to make your holidays all more enchanting. Tourists from all around the globe visit here to explore its alluring beauty and vibrant culture. People of this state welcome its guests with unfeigned enthusiasm and utmost warmth.

Mentioned below are some of the salient features of tourism in Gujarat that are found in most of the Gujarat tour packages.

Heritage and Culture

This western state is studded with some of the best heritage monuments which are fine specimens of architectural brilliance. Ahmadabad, the capital city alone is home to around 458 sites of historical importance. The historical city was founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah around 600 years ago houses scores of resplendent forts, magnificent palaces, intricately built mosques, gateways, mausoleums, temples and imposing havelis.

It is not surprising that even UNESCO has added Ahmadabad in its tentative World Heritage Sites list. Swami Narayan Mandir, Jama Masjid, Hathee Singh Jain Temple are some famous attraction in Ahmadabad. Besides Ahmadabad, Vadodara, the home to Champaner- Pavagarh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site is also a favorite jaunt for heritage lovers and a major destination for Gujarat tours.

Diverse Flora and Fauna

Just like heritage sites, the diverse wildlife is a prized possession and a major aspect of tours to Gujarat. Holidays in Gujarat offer ample opportunities for rendezvous with rich fauna and avifauna species residing in the wilds. The most visited wildlife sanctuary of Gujarat is Gir National Park which is the home of elusive and endangered Asiatic Lions. Besides Asiatic Lions, the sanctuary is also home to Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara, Sambhar, Wild Boar and Four-horned Antelope.

The opportunities for birding are equally good. Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary is a fabulous place for spotting wetland birds especially in winters when migratory birds such as Rosy Pelicans, White Storks, Brahminy Ducks, Flamingos and Herons takes refuge here.

Spirituality

Spiritual tourism has become the most salient feature of Gujarat tours. The region is home to some of the most important pilgrimage and revered shrines in India. Dwarka, one of the famous Char Dhams of India is a revered place for Hindu pilgrims owing to its relation with Lord Krishna. Besides Dwarka, there is Somnath temple which is famed as one of the twelve jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. Another major pilgrim site is Ambaji which is visited by around 15 lakh devotees during the Bhadarva Purnima Festival.

To say that Gujarat tours offer you a peak into the culture, heritage and spirituality will not be an overstatement. Considering the vast geography of Gujarat, the aforementioned destinations and attractions are just specks in the vast repertoire of things to do in this vibrant state.