Gujarat Travel guide

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The state of Gujarat is in the Western India region of India. Lothal, near Ahmedabad and Dholavira. Near Kutch are sites of the Harappan (Indus) civilisation, which is over 4000 years old. Gujarat is known for the Stepped Wells, Jain Temples, Asiatic Lion and it's business-oriented people.

Regions


Gujarat

It contains the three biggest cities of Gujarat state - Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodra.

Saurashtra

It was never incorporated into British India. Instead it survived as more than 200 princely states until Independence. It consists of the districts of Surendranagar, Bhavnagar, Amreli, Rajkot, Junagadh, Jamnagar and Porbandar.

Kutch

The largest district in the state and the largest district of the country. The main city is Bhuj.

Cities


Below is a selection of eight of Gujarat's most populated cities. Other cities can be found under their specific regions.

Other Destinations


Understand


Gujarat is a dazzlingly diverse state that shakes up the know-it-all Indophile, and reveals treasures hidden from the tourist hordes. Gujaratis are famous for their business sense and entrepreneurship, both within India as well as abroad. Encounter an Indian entrepreneur anywhere, from Wall Street to Wellington, and there’s a good chance they hail from this wealthy, resourceful state. There are many significant sites of God Krishna’s life lie along the coast of Saurashtra.The geographic diversity and strategic location has made Gujarat home to an incredible diversity of people. With 20% of the country's total industrial output, it is the most industrialized state in Republic of India.

People

About 89% of the population of Gujarat are Hindu. Muslims account for 9% and Jains 1% of the population. Most of the Gujarati people are strict “vegetarians”. Amongst Hindus, Lord Swaminarayan is famously worshipped throughout Gujarat. Since Gujarat being a heavily industrialized state of India, attracts lots of outsiders from various parts of India.

Weather

The Winters are mild, pleasant, and dry with average daytime temperatures around 29 °C (83 °F) and nights around 12 °C (53 °F) with 100 percent sunny days and clear nights. The Summers are extremely hot and dry with day temperatures around 46 °C (115 °F) and at night no lower than 34 °C (90 °F) with sunshine. The time just before the Monsoon, the temperature are similar to Summer but now there is high humidity which makes things feel hotter. Relief comes when the monsoon season starts around mid June. The day temperatures are lower to around 38 °C (100 °F) but humidity is very high and nights are around 27 °C (80 °F).

Winter (October to March) is the best time to travel in Gujarat.

Talk


Gujarati is the language spoken here, although Hindi is widely understood. In main cities, English is widely known.

Get in


By Air

Ahmedabad is the only International Airport in Gujarat with regular flights to and from London, New York, Chicago, Singapore, Muscat, Kuwait, Doha Qatar, Sharjah and Dubai.Domestically, travellers can be coming from hubs such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Indore, Kolkata. Flights into smaller airports of Baroda, Bhavnagar Bhuj, Diu, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Keshod, Kandla, Surat and Rajkot will connect through Mumbai.

By Road

The route you take depends on where you're coming from:

Gujarat has 1,572 Km National Highway Network.

By Rail

India has very big rail network. Indian Rail has total 63,140 kilometres rail track network in India and 5,890 km rail network in Gujarat.

Get around


By Air

There is only one flight between cites of the state which is between Bhavnagar and Surat.

By Road

Most people in Gujarat travel by private buses or by Taxi. (These are excellent modes of transport as the roads are among the best in India. Check In Hotel for Travel Agent for private buses.

Gujarat is famous for its punctual public transport by state owned buses. The buses even connect to the remote villages of Kutch and north Gujarat. The major cities of Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Baroda and Bhavnagar are connected even by luxury and a/c buses from State owned GSRTC.

By Rail

Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Surendranagar, Porbandar, Kandla are Big Station to access Indian Rail Network.

See


Museum

Fairs & Festivals

Itineraries

Do


Buy


Eat


Gujarat is heaven for vegetarian (Lacto-vegetarian) people. Approx. 80% people of Gujarat eat vegetarian foods only. It is very famous for variety of vegetarian and quality food. There are hundreds of Lacto - vegetarian foods verities are offered across Gujarat. Rotli (Chapati/Puri) , Shaak (Subzi/Vegetables/Curries), Mithai (Sweets), Rice and Dal are parts of Standard Gujarati Thali (Meal) in Restaurants. It might be little difficult to find non-vegetarian restaurant in Gujarat. International travellers can find multi-cuisine restaurants serving global varieties.

Drink


Alcohol is forbidden in Gujarat. Foreign tourists are partly exempted from this restriction. Drinking in public is strictly prohibited. However, if you are going to stay longer in Gujarat, you may apply for an alcohol permit. Ask how to do it in your hotel or the place where you stay.

Stay Safe


Gujarat is a relatively safe state. To bring, buy or drink alcohol is forbidden in Gujarat. However foreign tourist can buy and drink in a few five-star hotels like the Taj and Courtyard by Marriott.

Also see Stay Safe in India.

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