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Gujarat India Holiday Guide to the State of Gujarat, Travel Tourism

Gujarat India Holiday Guide to the State of Gujarat, Travel Tourism

Gujarat

Famous for being the home of the “father of the nation”, Mohandas Gandhi, Gujarat has developed from being a major port in India’s history, to become one of the fastest growing and productive Indian economies. Although Gujarati’s origins are not certain, what is known is that several leaders have emerged from this area and it is home to some important revolutions such as the Salt Satyagraha.

Since Gandhi led the Indian Independence Movement opposing British Rule and the subsequent independence of the subcontinent in 1947, Gujarat was re grouped and divided into ten regions. Its capital is Gandhinagar, with other popular regions being Ahmedabad, Surat, Porbander and Junagadh.

Long known as a captivating and lively state, it is also home to some of India’s biggest businesses. The state produces agricultural staples such as cotton, sugar cane, milk and industrial products such as petrol and cement. Beside these it also produces around 80% of India’s salt production, 67% of its petrochemical production and all round 20% of India’s exports.

Don’t forget that Gujarat has a large and growing population, with the last census stating a population of 50,671,017. There is by far a Hindu majority with Gujarati as the main language.

One of the most exciting things about Gujarat is the exuberant amounts of fairs and festivals that are celebrated. In fact there are more than a thousand celebrated! If you take into account the days in the year, that is nearly three a day! Some highlights include the Bhavnath Mahadev Mela festival held during the Mahashivratri festival for the length of five days in February. Also the Makar Sankranti and Kite Flying Festival celebrated on January 14th becomes a hub of folk music, dance and colourful kite flying.

While this is a wonderful area, its attractions don’t seem to fulfil a traveller’s dream itinerary unless you are a huge admirer of Gandhi as you can visit his home.

Nether the less, things to do in Gujarat include:

The Surat Fort
Built in the mid 1500’s, historically this fort was built to create a defence against the Bhils. Far from its historical use, it now serves as municipal offices.

Site of the Mughal Empire
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this site is located near Vadodara in Gujarat. A great piece of 15th Century history to view.

Calico Museum of Textiles
The Calico Museum of Textiles is home to some fascinating works full of colour from skilled craftsmanship.

Gujarat Science City
A great excursion to experience some of what science offers.

Sabarmati Ashram / Mahatma Gandhi’s Home
In the past this site was used as an ashram however has been transformed into a museum and institution of sorts to preserve Mahatma’s legacy.