Almost every one of us is a fan of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’s famous character, Daya Gada. Her Gujarati accent, Garbha and Dandiya, Gujarati dishes, and her Gujarati style make almost all of us feel that we should visit Gujarat at least once.
Gujarat, the state of Asiatic lions, the birthplace of Gandhiji, and the abode of Dwarka Dhish, is one of the most beautiful states of India. So if you are also fascinated to visit this place but don’t know the top places that are worth your time, don’t worry. This article will tell you the Top 10 places in Gujarat that will make your journey memorable.Top 10 places to visit in Gujarat:
- Ahmedabad city: India’s first UNESCO world heritage city, Ahmedabad, is a worth-exploring place in Gujarat. It was founded in the 15th century by Sultan Ahmed Shah. The city lets you witness the most exemplary architecture of Indo-Islam. In Ahmedabad city, you can visit Gandhiji’s Ashram and feel the remains of our great past. Besides this, you can also visit The French Haveli. This place is a fantastic heritage home where you can experience the Gujarati culture comfortably.
- Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara (Baroda): Gaekwad royal family built this iconic and magnificent palace. This palace is a fine piece of Indo-Saracenic architecture. You can view the coronation room (where the crowning was done), the room containing the throne, and the Royal Armoury and Darbar Hall. The audio guide will help you in reliving the past. The best part is the cost of this palace is only Rs. 200. Besides this, another heritage palace in Baroda that is worth visiting is Madhav Baug Palace homestay.
- Statue of Unity: Gujarat is also known for the tallest statue in the world. This statue, popularly called the Statue of Unity, is made in memory of the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhai Patel. This statue and the area around it is also a well-developed tourist destination. The sound and the laser show, beautiful gardens, handicraft stores, Safari Park and zoo, boating, and much more around this statue will make your journey more enriching.
- Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park: This Park is a lesser-known yet important UNESCO heritage site. If you are someone who loves historical and archaeological places, then you will love this place. This place encompasses both Muslim and Hindu traditions. The hill fortress, reservoirs, steep wells, and palaces within this archaeological site will give you an unforgettable historical experience.
- Sun temple, Modhera: This beautiful temple was made way back in the 11th century by rulers of the Solanki dynasty. The beauty of this temple lies in its carved architecture, assembly halls, and shrines. The temple is dedicated to the Sun god. The intricate stone sculptures further enrich the temple’s beauty. This temple is designed so that the sanctum receives the first rays of the morning sun at the equinox. This temple reflects the rich heritage and the beauty hidden in the temples of our country.
- Rani ki Vav: Every one of you must have seen the lavender-coloured 100 Rs. Note. But do you know the famous monument on its back? It is none other than Rani Ki vav, a UNESCO world heritage site. It is a stepwell constructed by the Solanki dynasty during the 11th century. The rich history of this place is the prime reason for displaying this site on our national currency note. It is said that Queen Udayamati built this stepwell for her late husband, King Bhima 1. The place has a secret escape in a 30 km long tunnel, many sculptures, and pristine carvings. The experience of looking at the actual site rather than on Rs. 100 notes would be tremendous.
- The Kutch stretch: Another popular place in Gujarat that you might have also seen in Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah is this Rann of Kutch. It is a large barren white desert. The major attractions of this place are the Historic Bhuj, traditional handicrafts of nearby villages, the Dholavira cities of Harappan or Indus civilization, and the port town Mandvi.
- Dwarka: One of the most sacred Char Dhams that I made a mention of, in the beginning, is Dwarka. This sacred place is also one of the seven most ancient Sapta Puri religious cities of India. Dwarka is considered the city of Lord Krishna, which makes Krishna Janamashtmi a vital festival and a major event here. Dwarkadhish temple, which is the heart and soul of this place and referred to as Jagat Mandir, was built in 200 BC. Besides this temple, you can also visit the Blue flag certified beach, Shivrajpur Beach.
- Somnath temple: Another famous temple in Gujarat is Somnath temple. It is an important pilgrimage site as it is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga, i.e. Lord Shiva’s shrines. It is located on the seaside that gives you a fantastic feeling. The architecture and carvings depict the rich glory of the Indian past. Maha Shivratri is an important festival in this temple. This temple has been built numerous times due to invasion, but the beauty is intact.
- Gir National park: Gujarat is the only state in India that is known for its Asiatic lions. These lions are found in one of the top-ranked wildlife parks in India, i.e., Gir national park. Besides lions, this place is also the host of 300 varieties of birds. The conservation efforts preserve the rich wildlife of India and allow you to experience these animals in their natural habitats.
In this article, we saw the ten most beautiful places in Gujarat. These places will add several memorable memories to your mind. Next time you make the list of worth visiting places in Gujarat, don’t forget to add these. Otherwise, you will miss out on some of the most magnificent places that deserved your time.