15 Best Places to visit in Gujarat That You Must Not Miss!

Gujarat is easily one of the most vibrant, colourful, and culturally rich states in India, with many of its cities being significant parts of the history of India. Not only does Gujarat have places like Sabarmati Ashram which have enormous historical value, it also has the Gir National Park and the Velavedar Blackbuck National Park which present the visitors with the prospect of an adventurous as well as help support an ecosystem that needs saving. Here are the 15 best places to visit in Gujarat that you must not miss!

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1. Vadodara

Also known as Baroda, Vadodara is the third largest city in Gujarat that boasts of rich cultural history and offers visitors a plethora of picturesque sites to experience. Places like the Gaekwad Baroda Golf club, Tambekar Wada in Raopura Area and the Sayaji Baug are some of the best places to visit in Gujarat. 

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2. Gir National Park

Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Sasan Gir, is located 43 km north-east of Somnath. A fully protected National Park, the Gir National Park had 523 Asiatic Lions according to a survey in 2015. The park is closed from 16th June to 15th October every year. The best time to visit would be between April and May, especially if you’re planning to click photographs. 

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3. Dwarka

Located on the western shore of the Okhamandal Peninsula on the right bank of the Gomti River, Dwarka is the fabled city of Lord Krishna, and is one of the Chardhams. According to Indian mythology, Dwarka was the erstwhile capital of Gujarat, and Bet Dwarka was the abode of Shri Krishna. Much of this mythical Dwarka is underwater, with archeologists believing that the findings pre-date some of the oldest civilizations in the sub-continent. 

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4. Somnath Temple

Located in Prabhas Patan in Veraval on the western coast of Gujarat, Somnath is believed to be the first of the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Having been destructed by several Muslim invaders over centuries, the present structure is a reconstruction largely based on the Chalukya style.

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5. Kutch

Kutch, also known as Kachchh, is a district in Gujarat with headquarters at Bhuj. Surrounded by Gulf of Kutch and the Arabian Sea, Kutch is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Gujarat, with picturesque landscapes covering much of the area. Kutch Desert Sanctuary, Surkotada Indus Valley Civilization, and the Great Rann of Kutch are some of the best places to visit while in Gujarat. 

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6. Ahmedabad

The largest city in the state of Gujarat and widely considered to be its economic capital, Ahmedabad is a city loaded with rich historical and cultural value. Because of its thriving textile industry, it is often referred to as the “Manchester of the East.” Some of the major attractions in Ahmedabad include Adalaj Step Well, Kankaria Lake and Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram. 

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7. Gandhinagar

Located only 23 km North of Ahmedabad is the capital of Gujarat, Gandhinagar. It is a planned city made to commemorate the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, who was born in Gujarat. While in Gandhinagar, the visitor is treated to a visual experience of Mahatma Gandhi’s values, with places like Dandi Kutir Museum being a major tourist attraction. The Akshardham Temple is also located in Gandhinagar. 

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8. Champaner

Located 47 km from the city of Vadodara, Champaner is a historical city with several monuments made by Hindu and Mughal kings still intact. The Jama Masjid built by Sultan Begada is one of the finest architectural structures in Gujarat. 

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9. Saputara

A hill town in the otherwise dry climate state, Saputara is one of the best places to visit in Gujarat. Visitors are treated with picturesque green landscapers, making it a popular weekend getaway. The hill station has several tourist amenities to offer, including hotels around a large lake, boat club, tribal museum and cable car among others. 

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10. Junagadh

Located at the foot of the Girnar Hills, Junagadh was the subject of a brief struggle between India and Pakistan. In 1948, the city chose to join India in a plebiscite. Another city that boasts of a rather rich history, Junagadh offers a number of places for visitors to consider going to, including Ashok Edicts, the Mitiyala Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Mahabat Khan Maqbara. 

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11. Surya Mandhir, Modhra

Located at Modhera village in Mehsana district, the Sun Temple of Modhera was built during the reign of Bhima I of Chalukya dynasty between 1026-27 CE. The serene architecture, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, is simply breathtaking. 

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12. Sidhpur

Situated on the left bank of the River Saraswati and 103 km North of Ahmedabad, Sidhpur is a city stuck in time. The erstwhile capital of Gujarat, Sidhpur is a sacred town with lakes, kunds, and various temples for the visitors to see. However the most unique thing about Sidhpur is its beautiful buildings, many of which are Victorian mansions built by Bohra muslims during the 19th century to emulate the European way of living. 

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13. Polo Forest

Located at Sabarkantha, the Polo forest is an especially lucrative visit for tourists, for there are several forgotten Hindu and Jain temples tucked away in Polo forest, waiting to be discovered by a curious traveller. Moreover, the lush forest is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including bears, panthers, leopards, and flying squirrels. 

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14. Narara Marine National Park

Located in the Devbhumi Dwarka District, the Narara Marine National Park is home to several species of sponges, Jellyfish, Starfish, colour changing Octopuses, olive ridleys and leatherbacks among others. 

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15. Velavadar Blackbuck National Park

Located at Velavadar in the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat, Velavadar Blackbuck National Park was established in 1976 around 42 Km away from Bhavnagar. Visitors can easily find clusters of blackbucks moving together in gendered groups. 

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