A Wishlist of Amazing Places To Visit in Gujarat

A Wishlist Of Places To Visit In Gujarat

Here are 10 places to visit in Gujarat, India, that bring alive the rich heritage and culture of the state in all its glory.

This is our wishlist of some of the places to visit in Gujarat. It has been our good fortune to have spent a considerable part of our lives in Gujarat. The waters of the Narmada, Sabarmati, Mahi, and Tapi have nurtured us. We have gazed in wonder at the icon of resilience, the Somnath Jyotirling Temple, and felt the love of Lord Krishna at Dwarka.

We have jumped with joy as colourful kites floated in the blue skies at the International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad. The roar of the lions of Gir has awed us, while the serenity of the Sabarmati Ashram and the Mahatma Gandhi Museum in Rajkot have filled our beings with peace. However there is so much of Gujarat that lies unexplored, there is so much that we want to discover, that we have drawn up our own wishlist of places to visit in Gujarat.

It was our privilege to have associated with Gujarat Tourism on a social media campaign titled, “Hum Phir Aayenge Gujarat,” where we pledged to visit Gujarat again. It is now time to redeem that pledge, if not in full measure, at least substantially, so here are some of the places that we would love to visit in Gujarat.

The Top Places To Visit In Gujarat

Places To Visit In Gujarat
Places To Visit In Gujarat

Gujarat is a state that pulsates with life. Nature has blessed it with diverse landscapes that range from the wide expanse of the Rann of Kutch to the lush green environs of Saputara. Heritage serenades you at every bend in the road, when in Gujarat. Junagadh, Ahmedabad, Patan, Adalaj, Champaner, the list is seemingly endless.

A past that goes back billions of years, comes alive at the Balasinor Dinosaur Park while the sites of Lothal and Dholavira bear silent witness to the growth of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. The places to visit in Gujarat weave a tantalizing mosaic and you have to visit the state again and again to experience its wonders. This is a short list of some of the places to visit in Gujarat that we have missed out on, and would love to visit soon.

  1. Statue of Unity
  2. Dholavira
  3. Lothal
  4. Rani Ki Vav, Patan
  5. Champaner – Pavagadh Archaeological Park
  6. Rann of Kutch
  7. Saputara
  8. Palitana
  9. Dandi
  10. Siddhpur

Statue of Unity – Inspiring Places to Visit In Gujarat

Places To Visit In Gujarat - Statue of Unity
Places To Visit In Gujarat – Statue of Unity

The Statue of Unity which towers at a height of 182 metres is a symbol of the integrity and unity of India. The Iron Man, Sardar Patel, has always been synonymous with the unity and resilience of India as a nation. A towering figure of India’s freedom movement, The Statue of Unity is a fitting tribute to the colossal personality of Sardar Patel. We would love to visit the tallest statue in the world and feel our hearts swell with pride as we prostrate in obeisance before it.

Dholavira – Gujarat’s 4th UNESCO World Heritage Site

Places To Visit In Gujarat - Dholavira
Places To Visit In Gujarat – Dholavira

Our travels across the world have kindled a deep interest in archaeology and the great civilizations of the world. Dholavira is the latest UNESCO World Heritage Site in Gujarat, and we are really eager to visit the place. Dholavira is believed to have been one of the largest cities of its time. The ruins of Dholavira echo with the sounds from the past and beckon us to its fold.

Lothal – Gujarat’s Link To The Past

Places To Visit In Gujarat - Lothal
Places To Visit In Gujarat – Lothal

Another place that highlights the advanced development of India and Gujarat even thousands of years ago is Lothal. It is believed to have been one of the world’s earliest port cities. The town planning skills posessed by those who lived here more than 3,000 years ago comes across in the ruins that remain of the ancient city of Lothal. This is another of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Gujarat.

Rani Ki Vav, Patan – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Places To Visit In Gujarat - Rani Ki Vav, Patan
Places To Visit In Gujarat – Rani Ki Vav, Patan

The ancient stepwells of Gujarat are architectural and engineering wonders that have survived the ravages of time and nature. Be it the stepwell of Adalaj or those in Junagadh, these Stepwells or, “Vavs”, as they are locally known are fascinating. One of the best known stepwell is the Rani Ki Vav in Patan. This is another UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gujarat. It is famed for its massive dimensions and for its exquisite sculptures.

Champaner – Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Places To Visit In Gujarat - Champaner - Pavagadh Archaeological Park
Places To Visit In Gujarat – Champaner – Pavagadh Archaeological Park

The Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is another UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gujarat. It is a place with many monuments with tremendous historical and archaeological importance. Memories of a visit to Pavagadh temple haunt us and we hope to visit the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park and lose ourselves in the many temples, gates, mosques, and stepwells, that are located there.

Rann of Kutch – Incredible Places To Visit In Gujarat

Places To Visit In Gujarat - Rann of Kutch
Places To Visit In Gujarat – Rann of Kutch

The wide expase of White Rann of Kutch has always mesmerized us, but somehow we have not been able to feast our eyes on this phenomenon of nature, despite being so near. Now the call of the desert is becoming irresistible and we hope to indulge our senses in the White Rann of Kutch, sooner, rather than later. After all nothing can be more spectacular than watching the sun rise or set across the never-ending expanse of the salt lands.

Saputara – Beautiful Places To Visit in Gujarat

Places To Visit In Gujarat - Saputara
Places To Visit In Gujarat – Saputara

Saputara is a place that we have vague memories of having visited in childhood. These are memories of lush green meadows, exhilarating views, and pleasant weather. Saputara in the Sahyadris beckons with its natural beauty. We would love to lose ourselves in the beautiful expanse of Saputara, one of the few hill stations of Gujarat.

Palitana – Pride of Gujarat

Places To Visit In Gujarat - Palitana
Places To Visit In Gujarat – Palitana

While visiting the famous Ranakpur Jain Temple in Rajasthan, we learned that the temple was built after Dharni Shah visited the Shetrunji Hills in Palitana, and was inspired by the sanctity of the place. The famous Jain temples of Palitana dot the sacred Shetrunjaya Hill, where Adinatha, the first Jain Tirthankara had meditated. We would love to visit this hallowed place for its spiritual and historical value.

Dandi – Historic Places To Visit In Gujarat

Dandi - Historic Places To Visit In Gujarat
Dandi – Historic Places To Visit In Gujarat

Having lived a few kilometres from the famous Sabarmati Ashram, the presence of Mahatma Gandhi has always haunted us. The tranquil environs of the historic Sabarmati  Ashram has never failed to touch a chord within us whenever we have visited there. We now want to explore the Gandhi trail further in Gujarat and Dandi happens to be the most historic of these places. A bonus at Dandi is of course, the beautiful Dandi Beach.

Siddhpur – Amazing Places To Visit in Gujarat

Siddhpur - Amazing Places To Visit in Gujarat
Siddhpur – Amazing Places To Visit in Gujarat

Siddhpur connects the present with the past. it is believed that Siddhpur stands on the banks of what remains of the sacred Saraswati River. Apart from the mythological and spiritual connection, Siddhpur is on our radar because of the exquisite architecture of the town. We would love to feast our eyes on the colourful and aesthetically designed mansions that dot the town.

These are only some of the places to visit in Gujarat that we are looking forward to experiencing. Gujarat is indeed a state with many colours and has beautiful gems strewn all over. Gujarat is a state that needs to be experienced with the heart, along with the warmth and hospitality of its people.

We hope to see some if not all of these beautiful places to visit in Gujarat soon.

How many of these places have you been to in Gujarat? Do let us know through our comments section.

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18 thoughts on “A Wishlist of Amazing Places To Visit in Gujarat”

  1. Each of these places looks amazing guys. How about that statue? HUGE. It reminds me a tiny bit of the Gandhi statue I saw in Pondy but goodness, so much bigger and more eye-popping. I say it through many of my comments but visiting India is similar to visiting 70-100 different countries any time you travel within its borders. Culture, foods, customs, natural beauty; even though a similar undercurrent runs through all, we spot subtle or more dramatic differences by hitting the road. I did when traveling from west to east coasts on the southern end of the country back in 2013. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Ryan

  2. The colourful visuals and the stories of the state always enchanted me. Gujarat offers a balanced combination of ancient, medieval and modern. The pictures are fabulous. Great article ✌

  3. Bedabrata Chakraborty

    There is so much we want to cover in Gujarat. We are waiting for the pandemic to ebb before we can visit this place. Next on our list is Ahmadabad and your post would be like a ready reckoner.

  4. So much to see in Gujarat. I have never been there & wish to visit in future. Your post will help a lot of travellers to visit these places. That Sindhpur looks so amazing. Can’t wait to travel.

  5. Thats a wonderful round up post of Gujarat and beautiful places we all can visit in the state. I have not seen any of these places but have heard a lot about few. Statue of unity seems like an awesome addition to this list.

  6. As a traveler, I’m a huge fan of Gujarat. The state has so much to offer. Your post has prompted me to visit the Statue of Unity, White Rann of Kutch, Siddhpur, and Rani Ki Vav, Patan. You always make sure to cover offbeat and popular places, making your blog one of the best to read always. Keep writing!

  7. It’s such a shame that I have been only to Kutch in the list. My friend and I traveled around Gujarat for 15 days visiting different places, but we did not see these. Gujarat is such a beautiful state with so much to offer. Thanks for this list, I have added more places to see when I visit Gujarata next.

  8. Yess I know about A Wishlist Of Amazing Places To Visit In Gujarat. Bec I am Gujarati. I know very well Gujarat amazing place visit . I am happy you shared that.

  9. I had never been to Gujarat. Just read about these sights in books. Iam really excited to visit these places and they really make us a proud Indian. Thank you for covering it beautifully.

  10. After reading this post I an now your fan of blogging skill. So well you presented the places of visit in Gurjat that I can actually vizualize myself exploring the place. Thanks for sharing such awesome post

  11. This is the post I want to read whenever I will plan to visit Gujarat. Very detailed and informative post. I have never been to any of these places but they are in my bucket list. Saved for later.

  12. Just last week I was telling my husband that I want to go to Raan Utsav in Kutch. Gujarat is a beauty in itself and with so many wonderful places to see, and being a Gujarati myself, I need to visit it soon.

  13. Never knew so many beautiful and unique tourist spots existed in Gujrat alone! India really is an incredible place. You’ve penned it so well.

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