How to Reach Gujarat
Gujarat, on the westernmost tip of India, is home to a warm gracious culture and welcoming people. If you plan to visit Gujarat, the land of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, you will find it easy to get there and visit some beautiful places, some pilgrimage spots, some beaches, a bit of desert, some forests, view a lion or two and the hill resort of Saputara. Gujarat is easily accessible by sea, road, rail and air.
Very few might think of approaching Gujarat from this route but if you do, you could take a boat and ride along the coast with many landing spots. In the south of Gujarat you have Maroli and Magdalla with Hazira and Dahej as you travel upwards. Then you turn the bend of the Gulf of Cambay and you have Bhavnagar, Ghogha, Pipavav and Jafrabad. Circle upwards once again towards the Gulf of Kutch and there are the ports of Veraval, Porbandar, Bedi, Okha, Kandla, Mundra and Mandvi. Stop at a port and explore inland to discover local attractions. You will find the land and people vary a lot as you travel along the coast.
The largest airport of Guajrat is Ahmedabad with maximum number of local and international flights to this city. Gujarat has about 17 airports with Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhuj, Bhavnagar and Junagadh and Jamnagar making up the other cities served by local airlines. You can fly in to Gujarat from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Bhubhaneshwar and Jaipur with majority of direct daily connections to Ahmedabad from where it is an easy matter to get on to a Gujarat State Transport Corporation bus to any other city or village in Gujarat.
Gujarat has a well connected rail network with Ahmedabad and Vadodara forming the main junctions with Surat next as the place to change trains. Anyway, Gujarat, even the most interior part of Saurasthra and Kutch is well connected to the rest of India through rail network and you find it easy to travel to destinations like Okha, Porbandar, Bhuj and Rajkot from cities like Jammu Tawi, Gorakhpur and Cochin. Maximum number of trains are between Mumbai and Ahmedabad due to high traffic on this line followed by Delhi rail line. It would be wise to have reservations made in advance, especially if you are traveling in to Gujarat from a distant destination like Puri or Kolkata.
If you plan to travel by road, you can approach Gujarat from any direction by road. Approach from the Northern side through Rajasthan and there is a network of highways that connect you to any part of Gujarat. It is the same when you approach Gujarat from Central India or from the South. Travel within Gujarat by road is a breeze since Gujarat State Road Transport bus service is extensive and one of the best, taking you to remotest villages of the State of Mahatma Gandhi.
Once here you will fall in love with the land of extreme contrasts with the blistering deserts of Kutch in the North and cool dense forests of Dangs and Panchmahal in the South.