7 Awesome Things to do in Gujarat
Visiting Gujarat has been on my Travel Bucket List for quite some time, and attending the Rann Utsav definitely topped my Gujarat Travel Bucket List. So, when I got the invitation from Gujarat Tourism to attend the #AllIndiaInfluencersMeet2021 from 1-7 December 2021, it was hard to decline.
Over the period of 7 Days, I met over 100 content creators from all over India, and ticked off not only Rann Utsav from my Gujarat Travel Bucket List, but also visited major attractions like the Sun Temple at Modhera, Rani Ki Vav in Patan, Artisanal Villages of Nirona and Gandhi Nu Gham, among others.
Visit Sabarmati Ashram
Situated on the banks of the Sabarmati River, this Ashram was once home to Mahatma Gandhi and his wife, Kasturba. This iconic place in the suburbs of Ahmedabad is where the Dandi March began which had a crucial impact on India’s Independence mission. The Indian Government has labeled it as a national monument and has been maintaining it diligently for visitors. Visiting Sabarmati Ashram can be an enriching experience for every Indian or for those who are interested in Indian History, and is definitely something that should be there on your Ahmedabad Weekend Travel Itinerary.
Stroll around Sabarmati Riverfront
Sabarmati River is one of the top tourism attractions in Ahmedabad. The waterfront has been developed by the government with the goals of environmental protection and improvements. The waterfront has a mesmerising view of the Sabarmati River, with lush green footpath for daily strollers, plazas and parks for children as well as adults to enjoy. An afternoon visit to this waterfront must be on your bucket list.
Visit the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in Ahmedabad
Built-in 1822 by Sri Swaminarayan, this beautiful architectural marvel draws thousands of tourists and devotees each year. The crowd is the largest during the Deepavali festival. The intricate details and colours on the outer walls and the play of lights and embellishments in the interior are probably some things that you should not miss on your trip this time.
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Spend a Day or Two at the Rann of Kutch
It won’t be wrong to state that Gujarat’s biggest attraction is the Rann of Kutch. The largest salt marshland in the district of Kutch attracts millions of tourists by its mesmerising beauty, specially during Rann Utsav which happens between 1 November – 20 Feb. Seeing the sunrise and sunset in the Great White Rann is, without a debate, a blessing to the eye. The white horizon on a full moon night will make you intoxicated with its beauty. There are of course plenty of activities one can do as well as click pictures to heart’s content. If attending Rann Utsav is on your Gujarat Travel Bucket List, also include a trip to Kalo Dhungar (The Highest Point in Rann of Kutch), Dholavira and the artisanal village of Nirona and Gandhi Nu Gam on your Rann of Kutch Travel Itinerary.
Rann Ke Rang
Visit the Queen’s Step well aka Rani ki Vav in Patan
Recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this unique Stepwell is a perfect representation of Gujarat style architecture. The Stepwell was built around 1063 AD by the widowed queen Udaymati. Unprecedented craftsmanship went behind building the Stepwell which made it the largest Stepwell in the land of Gujarat with an extraordinary water reserve and storage system. Travelling to the suburbs of Patan on the banks of Saraswati to explore this marvellous architectural jewel should definitely be on your Gujarat Travel Bucket List.
Sun Temple at Modhera
Situated on the banks of River Pushpvati, in Modhera, Sun Temple is a temple dedicated to the the Hindu deity Surya – The Sun God. Located just 100 odd kms from Ahmedabad, taking a road trip to Sun Temple in Modhera, is definitely something you should do when visiting Ahmedabad. You can also, add Rani Ki Vav to the same Day Trip Itinerary from Ahmedabad.
Fun Fact 1 – The Surya Kund with 108 shrines is also known as Ram Kund as its believed that Lord Ram and Sita had visited this place during their exile.
Fun Fact 2– There are 52 pillars signifying the weeks of a year in the assembly hall, which opens up in all 4 cardinal directions with perfect alignment.
Last but not least ‘Shopping’. How is any trip even complete without souvenirs? Gujarat being a hub of art as handicrafts has a lot to take back with you. The city of Bhuj, the craftsman village of Nirona and Gandhi Nu Gam are full of creative artisans. Natural dye prints, bead-works, block prints, glass painting, wall hanging and the classic bandhani sarees- you name it, they have it.
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