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Gujarat Tourism Fast Facts
Location : West India
Best Time To Visit : October and March.
Gujarat Weather : The climate of Gujarat varies in different regions March to June is the hot season, when the temperature is 43�C. Winter is mild and temperature drops to a minimum of 14�C. Also during monsoon one can see heavy rainfall.
Gujarat Attractions : Gir Sanctuary, Akshardham temple, Dwarka Temple etc.

About Gujarat Travel � Exploring The Magic
Sun Temple Another colorful state having a rich cultural heritage that attracts travelers from all around the world. This is Gujarat India, the place of great historical importance also having a religious connotation. The west coastal state of Gujarat is also one of the most industrialized state of India often attracting businessmen from all over.

Gujarat History � Walk Past Lost Lanes
Ever since the Mauryan times, Gujarat has been an important chapter in the history of country. If we go beyond it then we will see the mention of this state in the tales of Lord Krishna who established his capital here. The best example of this is the Dwarka temple.

Moving forward we see the mention of Gujarat state in the Harappan and Indus valley civilization sites. And the latest would be the role played by the state in the freedom struggle of the country, when the British East India company took over the entire state and Gandhiji started his revolt from here. If we have to sum it would not be wrong to say that Gujarat goes long back in the historical heritage of the country.

Gujarat Tourist Destinations � Reveal The Magic
Gujarat tourist places have a charm of their own that can not be found anywhere else. Whether we talk of the temples, hill stations, historical monuments or the wildlife sanctuaries, we get it all at one place. Lets have a look at them:

Gujarat Wildlife � Bring Out The Wildlife Lover In You
Asiatic Lion Pair Sasan Gir Gujarat Gujarat�s forests provide shelter to an amazing diversity of wildlife and are also home to some of the extremely rare wildlife. Once here you can see the wild world of Asiatic Lions, Wild Ass, world�s only four-horned antelope and one of the most threatened birds, the great Indian Bustard. Apart from these you can see many other animals and birds at the different national parks and sanctuaries here.
1. Gir Wildlife Sanctuary
2. Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
3. Vansda National Park
4. Blackbuck National Park
5. Marine National Park
6. Wild Ass Sanctuary
7. Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
8. Narayan Sarovar Chinkara Sanctuary
9. Thol Wildlife Sanctuary
10. Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary
11. Porbandar Bird Sanctuary.
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Gujarat Forts & Monuments � Witness The Old Era
Amongst the numerous historic attractions of the state the forts and monuments draw large number of tourists. The best example of a fine blend of Hindu, Islamic and European architecture these are really a must watch. Some of the important forts and monuments of Gujarat include
1. Pawagadh Fort
2. Dabhoi Fort
3. Nazar Bagh Palace
4. Uparkot Fort
5. Kusum Vilas Palace.

Gujarat Arts & Culture � Explore Its Heritage
The art and culture of any state is the soul of it that connects it with the travelers who come here. Same is true for Gujarat too who leave a strong impact on the mind of visitors coming here. Talking of dance traditions nothing can match the spirit of Ras and Garba.

With fantastic handicrafts, the traditional Gujaratis have retained their rich cultural centuries, which you can see well exhibited by the art and craft of the state. Major handicrafts works of Gujarat are Patola Silk fabrics and Sarees, Bandhej (Tie and dye fabric), Pachedi Prints, Zari Work, Mashru fabric, Lacquer Work, Wood Carving, Furniture, Pottery, Embroidery and Dhurries.

Gujarat Cuisine � The Mouth Watering Delicacy
Gujarati food is more or less similar to any other Indian cuisine. While visiting Gujarat, you must savor Gujarati delicacies like the Dhokla - a steamed cake made of gram flour paste, Kadhi - a curry made of yogurt, Sev-Ganthia- a variety of spicy snacks, Doodh Pak - a milk confection, Undhyo- a winter delicacy cooked in earthen pots, Srikhand and Suter Pheni.

Gujarat Fairs and Festivals
People of all religion celebrate all festivals and fairs in Gujarat with much pomp and flair. Popular fairs and festival of Gujarat are
1. International Kite Festival
2. Navratari
3. Janmashtami
4. Dangs Darbar
5. Chitra-Vichitra Fair
6. The Sun Temple-Dance Festival
7. Bhavnath Mahadev Fair
8. Kutch Mahotsava.
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Gujarat Hill Station � Enjoy The Peace
Although being a coastal area, expecting to see hills here is quite next to impossible, but still you will find some beautiful hill destinations here. Saputara, a village in Dangs district is the only best known hill station in Gujarat. Situated at an altitude of 875 meters, the hill station offers a cool and soothing climate and also provides breathtaking view of lush green Dangs forest.

Gujarat Temples � The Holy Abode
Somnath Temple The brilliant architecture of the temples in Gujarat is worth watching and certainly not to be missed. Apart from their marvelous beauty, the temples of Gujarat are known for their temple festival and their attached deities. Some of the most revered temples are
1. Akshardham Temple
2. Dwarka Temple
3. Rukmini Temple
4. Dwarakadhisha Temple
5. Somnath Temple
6. Sun Temple
7. Ajit Nath Temple
8. Palitana Jain Temples
9. Bhadreshwar Temple and many more.

Gujarat Shopping � Not To Be Missed
Your trip to Gujarat is not complete unless you do some shopping in the local markets. Gujarat has a large number of Government Emporia and private shop, where you can buy almost everything. Some of the items which you must check out in Gujarat are
1. Cradle Clothes
2. Patola Silk Sarees
3. Embroidered Footwear
4. Cloth Toys
5. Wall Hangings
6. Marriage Costumes
7. Bandhnis, Traditional Gagra-Cholis
8. Embroidered - Appliqu�d Quilts
9. Lacquer Furniture.

How To Reach Gujarat
Airlines : Gujarat has an international airport in the state�s commercial capital, Ahmadabad and 10 domestic airports in major cities of the state.

Railways : The state of Gujarat is connected by railways with important places of the country. Ahmedabad is the major railway station of the state, the state capital Gandhi Nagar is also a major railhead.

Roadways : Extensive network of National Highways, State Highways and several other roads connect the major cities of the state with the rest of the country.
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