Top 5 Places to Visit in Gujarat Posted by Nitin Kumar on Jul 29, 2016 in Hindi Language
Gujarat (गुजरात) is a state in Western India, sometimes referred to as the “Jewel of Western India”. It has a population in excess of 60 million.Its capital city is Gandhinagar, while its largest city is Ahmedabad. Gujarat is home to the Gujarati-speaking people of India. It is home to some of ancient Indus Valley Civilization sites, such as Lothal and Dholavira. Lothal is believed to be one of the world’s first seaports and home to some of the most powerful empire since ancient times.
It has an interesting culture, cuisine, costumes, customs, language, historical palaces and much more! Some 5 places that you wouldn’t like to miss while visiting Gujarat state are:
Gir Forest National Park (गिर वन)
The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (गिर वन) is a forest and wildlife sanctuary near Talala Gir in Gujarat, India. Its region is the sole home of the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) in the wilderness, and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species. It was established in 1965, with a total area of 1,412 km2 or 545 sq mi. It is must visit for people who like to have a safari like experience.
Sun Temple, Modhera (सूर्य मंदिर, मोढेरा)
Sun Temple at Modhera in Gujarat, is a temple dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God, Surya. It is situated on the bank of the river Pushpavati, 25 km from Mehsana and 102 km from Ahmedabad. It was built in 1026 AD by King Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty. In the present times, prayers are not offered in this temple. This temple is now under the supervision of Archaeological Survey of India. It represents a nagara style of temple construction.
Dwarkadhish Temple (द्वारकाधीश मन्दिर)
Dwarkadhish Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Krishna, who is worshiped here by the name Dwarkadhish, or ‘King of Dwarka’. The temple was originally built around 2,500 years ago in Dwarka city, but was later destroyed by foreign Islamic invaders. The temple was subsequently rebuilt in the 16th century. The temple is also the location of Dwaraka maţha, one of the four religious center, the Char Dham (चार धाम), of India. As an important pilgrimage center for Hindus, Dwarka has several notable temples, including Rukmini Devi Temple, Gomti Ghat, and Bet Dwarka. There is also a lighthouse at the land end point of Dwarka.
Sabarmati Ashram (साबरमती आश्रम)
Sabarmati Ashram is located in the Sabarmati suburb of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, adjoining the Ashram Road, on the banks of the River Sabarmati, four miles from the town hall. This was one of the residences of Mahatma Gandhi. It was from his base here that Gandhi led the Dandi march also known as the Salt Satyagraha on 12 March 1930. The ashram now has a museum, the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya.
Rani ki Vav (रानी की वाव)
Rani ki Vav is an intricately constructed stepwell situated in the town of Patan in Gujarat, India. It is located on the banks of Saraswati River. Rani ki vav was built as a memorial to an 11th century AD king. In 2014, it was added to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Stepwells are a distinctive form of subterranean water resource and storage systems on the Indian subcontinent, and have been constructed since the third millennium BC. Rani ki vav was built in the complex Maru-Gurjara architectural style with an inverted temple and seven levels of stairs and holds more than 500 principle sculptures.
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