The Step-well of Ambapur close to the Gujarat state capital, India

Things to do in  Gujarat

Step off the tourist trail

Natural beauty, anti-colonial history, and Indus Valley archaeology collide in Gujarat—a state geographically dominated by the Great Rann of Kutch and India’s longest coastline. Ahmedabad, the largest city, is flush with Indo-Islamic architecture and is home to the Sabarmati Ashram, from where Mahatma Gandhi launched the Salt March. There are plenty of things to do from there: Visit archaeological sites in Dholavira, Patan, and Lothal; check out the Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue, in Kavadia; spot rare Asiatic lions in Sasan Gir National Park; or catch sound-and-laser shows at temples throughout the state.

Top 9 attractions in Gujarat

Adalaj Stepwell (Adalaj ni Vav)

Located on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, the five-story-deep Adalaj Stepwell is considered a masterpiece of West Indian temple architecture and engineering. Like other stepwells found across the subcontinent, it was constructed as a means to collect and harvest monsoon rainwater for residents to use during dry times of the year.More

Sabarmati Ashram

Those with an interest in Mahatma Gandhi won't want to miss a stop at his former ashram-turned-museum, where the Father of Modern India lived with his family for many years. The ashram is full of paintings, photos, and documents related to the Mahatma and houses a large library for those interested in deepening their research.More
Maniar's Wonderland Snow Park

Maniar's Wonderland Snow Park

Snow is a rare sight in India (outside the Himalayas), but Maniar’s Wonderland Snow Park in Ahmedabad provides a wintery experience the whole year round. Kids and adults will enjoy playing in the park, riding the roller coasters and zip lines, and even having snowball fights—a particularly enticing option when it’s hot outside.More
Splash the Fun Park

Splash the Fun Park

Ahmedabad’s Splash the Fun World is a water-based amusement park that offers more than 20 rides, many of which are suitable for both kids and adults. It is particularly popular on hot days and weekends and also offers a number of dry attractions and rides.More

Calico Museum of Textiles

This museum holds some of India’s finest textiles. Collections contain antique and modern shawls, tapestries, saris, tie-dyes, royal costumes, and other items. Other objects such as sacred statues, religious texts, and miniature paintings round out collections. The museum is a must-see for visitors interested in one of India’s oldest traditions.More

Modhera Sun Temple (Modhera Surya Mandir)

In 1026 King Bhimdev I of the Solanki Dynasty commissioned the building of a grand monument dedicated to the Hindu deity Surya, God of the Sun. Built on the banks of the Pushpavati River in Modhera, the Sun Temple (Modhera Surya Mandir) was built with three axially-aligned elements, a step well, an assembly hall and a sanctum where an idol of the Sun God was once housed.The Sabha Mandap, or assembly hall, once held religious gatherings and ceremonies and is characterized by its 52 intricately carved pillars, depicting scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. This gathering hall leads into the inner sanctum, designed so that the sun would shine on the idol of the Sun God at dawn on the equinox. Twelve niches within the sanctum depict the 12 different facets of Surya — one for each month of the year.Surya Kund, the stepped tank in front of the temple, was once used to store water. Today, the rectangular stepped well is known for the more than 100 carved shrines lining its walls.More

Laxmi Vilas Palace

The monumental Laxmi Vilas Palace (also known as Lukshmi Vilas Palace) in Vadodara was built in 1890 for the Maharajahs of Baroda, formerly part of India’s state of Gujarat. With its upper floors still home to the royals’ descendants, the palace is India’s largest private residence and a museum where visitors can view rooms preserved from the Maharajah era.More

Maharaja Fatesingh Museum

Housed within a former school for the Maharaja’s children, the Maharaja Fatesingh Museum now houses and displays a collection of artwork collected by the Maratha Royal Family as well as Maharaja Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad III, who collected extensively during his travels outside of India.While the paintings and sculptures within the museum span the globe from Europe to East Asia, the most notable segment are the collected works of Raja Ravi Varma, one of the most esteemed painters in the history of Indian art, who painted portraits of the Royal Family as well as scenes from Hindu mythology. The sculptures by Italian artist Fellicci are also a highlight.More

Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery

Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the Maharaja of Baroda in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, founded the Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery in 1887 as a place to house the sizable collection of art and artifacts he’d gathered or commissioned during his travels. The museum building was completed in 1894 and the picture gallery in 1914 — both Indo-Saracenic structures were designed by English architects R.F. Chisholm and Major R.N. Ment.The eclectic collection on display within features Mughal miniatures, Indian musical instruments, a blue whale skeleton, glazed ceramics, an Egyptian mummy and many paintings by classic and modern European masters.More

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All about Gujarat

When to visit

After the unbearably humid summer (March to June) and the monsoon season (July to September), winter in Gujarat brings a welcome respite of comfortable weather, making it the best time to visit. Winter also brings the Rann of Kutch Festival, a grand 3-month celebration of Gujarati culture and traditions, plus the colorful Modhera Dance Festival in the Sun Temple of Modhera. Monsoon season is the second-best time to visit, but there’s a chance of torrential downpours, especially in July.

Getting around

Gujarat’s railway network connects the main cities in almost all parts of India, making train travel a safe bet for longer distances. Public and private intercity buses also reach less-connected areas and are sometimes faster than trains. Cabs are convenient, but often expensive and cater exclusively to tourists. Rideshare apps operate in major cities, and car travel is much easier in rural areas than in cities.

Traveler tips

Most travelers head straight for Ahmedabad. But while there’s every reason to explore Gujarat’s largest city, Bhuj—a smaller town in the Kutch District in the western part of the state—is also a top destination. Lying among salt deserts that become seasonal islands during monsoon rains, Bhuj is known for its elaborate temples and palaces, but more so for the traditional handicrafts made in surrounding villages. Trains reach Bhuj from Ahmedabad in about 7-8 hours.

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People Also Ask

What is the most beautiful city in Gujarat?

Gujarat has many cities with exceptional beauty. With its warren of ancient streets and Indo-Islamic architecture, Ahmedabad is among the most beautiful. Bhuj, in the heart of the Rann of Kutch desert, and Junagadh, nestled in the Girnar Hills, also top the list.

What food is Gujarat famous for?

Gujarat’s cuisine varies by region but is best known for vegetarian dishes, especially thali platters, generally comprised of roti flatbread, rice, and shaak (various vegetables seasoned with mustard, turmeric, red chilies, and other spices). Dhokla, a cake-like treat made from fermented rice and chickpeas, is hugely popular throughout the state.

What is Gujarat famous for?

Mahatma Gandhi was famously born in Porbandar and launched social movements from his home in Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s largest city. The state is known for Indo-Islamic architecture, Indus Valley Civilization archaeological sites, and natural beauty in the Rann of Kutch Desert, and wildlife destinations such as Sasan Gir National Park.

How many days do I need to visit Gujarat?

Gujarat is among India’s largest states—you need at least seven days to scratch the surface. That’s enough time to start in Ahmedabad, visit Dwarka, see various temple complexes, and check out the Rann of Kutch desert and Sasan Gir National Park. There’s much more to see, enough for months of traveling.

Are there beaches in Gujarat?

Yes, there are beaches in Gujarat. The longest coastline in India runs along the state’s west coast and is flush with beaches—Mandvi, Tithal, Sivrajpur, and Dandi beaches are among the most popular. Diu, a former Portuguese island off Gujarat’s southeast coast, is also a popular beach destination.

Can tourists drink in Gujarat?

Yes. Although Gujarat has been a "dry" state since its inception, tourists can drink alcohol with a valid permit. These permits are typically obtained via government agencies and remain valid for a set length of time, granting the right to purchase a limited number of "units" of alcohol.

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