PLACES TO VISIT IN GUJARAT
There are many reasons to visit Gujarat, the coastal state located in the western
part of India. Its home to the Asiatic Lion witnessed in all their glory at Gir
National Park. With a history dating back thousands of years, it’s dotted with
temples, mosques and other historical monuments that transport you back in
time and shed light on its glorious heritage. Gujarat is also home to several
natural wonders like the Rann of Kutch, the largest salt desert in the world.
Somnath, literally meaning lord of the moon is a pilgrim center and is home to
one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It is a town that derives much of its identity from the
mythology, religion, and legends that surround it.
Primarily a temple town, Somnath is a place where a strong scent of religion and
legends lingers around tourism and even daily life. Its spiritual environment is
ornamented by the huge number of temples in the area; however, Somnath also
offers beaches, museums, and other attractions. While the Somnath temple and
Somnath beach are the primary places to visit here, Gita Mandir, Balukha Tirtha,
Kamath Mahadev Temple and Somnath Museum are some of the other places
that one can visit.
LAXMI VILAS PALACE
Built-in 1890 as the private residence of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, Laxmi
Vilas Palace is indeed one of the grandest structures in India. Created in Indo-
Saracenic style, it is a magnificent hybrid of elements from Hindu, Mughal and
Gothic architectural forms with the use of domes, minrates, and arches. Built-in
1890, it took twelve years to build this grand building. Sprawled over an area of
700 acres, the palace is believed to be nearly four times the size of Buckingham
Palace. It's one of largest palace ever built, housing a large number of buildings
like Moti Bagh Palace, Makarpura Palace, Pratap Vilas Palace, and Maharaja Fateh
Singh Museum building.
Located on the western tip of a peninsula in Gujarat, Dwarka is an ancient city of
India. It boasts of being the only city that is a part of both Char Dham (four
principal holy places) and also Sapta Puris (seven sacred cities) mentioned in the
Kutch, the largest district of India, is eminent for its mud architecture and cultural
traditions. One of the top places to visit in Gujarat, Kutch is most famous for
hosting the Rann Festival from the months of November to February. As a holiday
destination in Gujarat, Kutch stands out. Ancient caves, wildlife sanctuaries,
beaches, lakes, and of course, the Great Rann of Kutch, the largest district of India
has it all.