Gujarat is one of the most prosperous States in India, lying on the westernmost extremity with one of the longest coastlines. Better known as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, home of the Gir Lion and Lord Krishna’s seat of power in Dwarka, Gujarat is also industrialized, peaceful and home to rich culture.
Gujarat has its fair share of forts and castles that, unlike those in Rajasthan, are set amid verdant surroundings. Lothal, near Ahmadabad, is the site of one of the most ancient civilizations in the world as is Dholavira. Sasan Gir in Saurashtra is the home of the last of the remaining Asiatic Lions. The Rann of Kutch in the North-west of Gujarat is a glorious contrast to the verdantly lush greenery of South Gujarat and the people too vary as you cross one region after another.
Gujarat is where Hindus live in amity with Muslims, a land where Buddhists and Jains too flourish as is evident in the number of ancient and modern Jain temples, especially those at Palitana. Buddhist edicts of emperor Ashoka in Junagadh go back to the 3rd century BC. Parsis chose Gujarat as their home and Udwada can be said to be their “homeland” in India.
When it comes to biological diversity, Gujarat stands tall with the Marine Park along the Jamnagar-Kutch coast the biggest in all of India, a place you must visit. Gujarat also has its fair share of beaches, quiet and as yet not crowded enough. Spend some time in South Gujarat visiting scenic Saputara and Jambughoda nature reserve.
If you love food, Gujarat offers a rich culinary experience. It is rightly famous for its “farsan” or namkeen, especially if you go to Saurashtra. Gujarat’s “Undhiyu” a stew of vegetables is to be enjoyed on Kite flying day on 14th day when gujaratis go crazy. Come Navratri and they are singing and dancing till late hours for 9 days. Life is enjoyed to the fullest here so give Gujarat a go. You won’t regret it.
Gujarat General Information
Area: 1,96,024 sq km
Languages spoken: Gujarati
Other Languages: English, Hindi and other Indian languages
Literacy Rate: 79.31%
Rainfall: 93.2 cm
Temperature: Summer: min 25 °C to 45 °C
Winter: min 15 °C to max 35 °C
Tourist season: Throughout the year
Peak Season: November to February
Eco System: Ranges from deserts, scrublands, grasslands, deciduous forests, and wetlands to mangroves, coral reefs, estuaries, and gulfs.
Time: GMT +5:30
Currency: Indian Rupee
Wet in the southern districts and Desertic in the north-west region
Winter: November to February (12 – 29 Celsius)
Summer: March to May (29 – 41 Celsius)
Monsoon: June to October (27 – 35 Celsius)
General Inquiry – Phone: 197
Women Emergency Helpline : 1091
Toll Free: 1800 200 5080
Transport – Air
International Airport: Ahmedabad
Domestic Airport: Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Bhuj
Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhuj, Junagadh, Jamnagar
Minor: Mandvi, Mundra, Sikka, Okha, Porbandar, Veraval, Bhavnagar, Salaya, Pipavav, Mahuva, Jafrabad, Hazira