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AHMEDABAD

Ahmedabad, the sixth largest city in India, is located in the state of Gujarat, in the western part of India. Situated on the banks of Sabarmati River, the city of Ahmedabad has a large number of tourist attractions to lure travellers. From mosques to temples, monuments and museums, there is a lot to explore while on a trip to this walled city. The city has a combination of Hindu, Muslim and Jain places of worship. These places of worship are adorned with magnificent traditional architecture and attract hordes of tourists across the globe.

Ahmedabad is known for its rich past and its association with Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji built the Sabarmati Ashram on the outskirts of the city. From here, he guided India to freedom. During the freedom movement, this city of textiles became the nerve centre of the struggle. Ahmedabad is the industrial capital of the State of Gujarat. Ahmedabad boasts of the largest denim production in the world. Ahmedabad is famous for its Makar Sankranti, which is celebrated in the month of January with kite flying, folk music and dance. It is one of the liveliest cities in India.

The city is rich in culture and so many ethnic festivals are celebrated here, among them the most famous festivals are Uttarayan – an annual kite-flying day which is celebrated on 14th January of every year and Navratri- a festival of nine nights – On the occasion of Navratri people play Garba – the folk dance of Gujarat – at different-different places across the city.

ACCESS INFORMATION:

BY AIR: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (Approx 12 Km). Ahmedabad has a domestic as well as an international airport. There are various domestic airlines connecting Ahmedabad with Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Calcutta, Bangalore as well as international flights to various overseas destinations.

BY TRAIN: Ahmedabad Railway Station (6 km) is linked by rail to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur, Kolkata, Chennai, other major cities and towns of India. Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat are major cities of Gujarat on the broad-guage railway network. There is a broad-guage connection up to Dwarka, including Jamnagar and Rajkot.

BY ROAD: Ahmedabad has a good road network. By road it is linked with towns like Vadodra, Rajkot, Palitana and Jamnagar. National Highway No.8 and an excellent network of State Highways make Gujarat easily accessible to other parts of the country.

Distance Chart of Major cities close to Ahmedabad:

Ahmedabad -> Gandhinagar (Approx 22.1 km) / Vadodara (Approx 101.1 Km) / Bhavnagar (Approx 148.7 km) / Rajkot (Approx 204.9 km) / Surat (Approx 231.5 km) / Jamnagar (Approx 268.8 km) / Pali (Approx 12.5 km) / Indore (Approx 34.4 km)

Places of Interest:

Calico Museum , Shreyas Museum of Folk Art , Sardar Patel Museum , Institute of Indology , Vishalla Vichar Museum , Kite Museum , Hussain-Doshi's Gufa , Kankaria Lake , Sabarmati Ashram , Jama Masjid , Sarkhej Roza , Teen Darwaja , Shaking Minaretsarets , Rani Rupmati's Mosque , Kutbi Mazar , Siddi Sayed Mosque , Shah Alam Roza , Shahibag Palace , Hatheesing Jain Temples , The Pols , Heritage Walk , Bhadra Fort.

Places of Interest around Ahmedabad

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary , Lothal , Gandhinagar , Patan , Modhera , Ambaji , Mehsana , Kandla , Dakor.

RAJKOT

Rajkot was once the capital of the princely state of Saurashtra. Today it is best known as the town where Mahatma Gandhi spent the early years of his life when his father was a Diwan or Prime Minister to the king of Saurashtra. Even today, their family home here houses a permanent exhibition of Gandhiji's personal belongings. Rajkot is a bustling and prosperous town of Gujarat, of great historical significance. Today, Rajkot is hub of Gujrat handicrafts, such as, Bandhani Sarees, mirror-work, patch work, bead work and silk embroidery. Rajkot is about 220 kms from Ahmedabad. Best Season to visit is between Octobers to March.

Rajkot is famous for its Lok Mela (Public Fair) which is held every year during Janmashtami festival.

People of Rajkot have great taste for food. The most popular is definitely local flavour of Gujarati food that has varieties of curry, vegetables, rice, bread ('chapatti', 'bhakri', 'puri', 'paratha', 'thepla'), sweet dishes and their very own favourite 'farsan' dish 'khaman' and 'dhokla'.

Places of Interest:

Kaba Gandhi No Delo (Kaba Gandhi no Delo in Gujarati means the residence of Kaba Gandhi), Nehru Gate , M.K. Gandhi Vidyalaya , Rashtriya Shala , Hanging Bridge , Watson Museum and Library , The Rajkumar College , Jagat Mandir.

Places of Interest around Rajkot:

Lal Pari Lake And Randerda, Ajit Dam , Centres of Harappan Civilization , Gondal , Wankaner Hingolgarh Castle.

The Jewel of Kathiawar – JAMNAGAR

One of the oldest cities in Gujarat, the entirety of the city of Jamnagar is rich in history thanks to a history which dates back to ages immemorial. The city, which is also blessed with sceneries that add a dash of glamour to this pristinely beautiful city, is known as one of most influential Cities in Gujarat. It is a coastal town located on the Gulf of Kutch, and was founded by Jam Rawal in the year 1540. It served as the capital of Nawanagar, a princely state during that time. The city is known for the beautiful beaches and wild life sanctuaries. There are several islands with untouched natural beauty, palaces and temples in this town. There are bird sanctuaries and marine national parks with beautiful marine life and corals. World's largest oil refinery, Reliance Industries is situated in Jamnagar. 

The climate of Jamnagar is hot and moist. Best period to visit Jamnagar is between November and February, it is winter season. Good Rainfall in monsoon (July-September) gives relief to Jamnagar from hot summer.

BY AIR: The Jamnagar airport is at a distance of 10 kms from the main city centre.

Jamnagar airport is a major airport with regular domestic flights from major Indian cities.

BY ROAD: The city of Jamnagar has good road connectivity through various state and national highways. The major cities near Jamnagar include Rajkot at 76 KM, Dwarka at 136 KM and Somnath at 223 KM. Further, big cities like Ahmedabad and Vadodra are situated at a distance of 308 KM, and 330 KM respectively from this beautiful place.

BY TRAIN: The Jamnagar a major railway station, it has regular trains to and from various cities in India such as Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi etc. To reach Jamnagar by train is very affordable and comfortable.

Places of Interest:

Dwarkadhish Temple, Bala Hanuman Temple, Shiva Temples, Jain Temples (Vardhman Shah's Temple/ Raisi Shah's Temple/ Sheth's Temple/ Vasupujya Swami's Temple), Jamnagar are the two towers of Mandvi & Pancheshwar and the Khambhalia & Grain Market Gate, Solarium, Darbargadh, Lakhota Museum.

DWARKA

The beautiful temples and mesmerizing legends of Dwarka would enthrall you a lot on your Tour to Dwarka. As this place is well connected to the rest of India, you don't need to lose sleep wondering about How to Reach Dwarka. However, before reaching Dwarka, it would be wise to know some things about the History of Dwarka so that you can enjoy the true essence of this place. The significant places that you should not miss during your Travel to Dwarka are temple of Dwarkadheesh, also called by the name of Jagat Mandir, Rukmini Devi Temple and the Gomati Ghat Temples.

As a result, domestic as well as international travelers come to this place round the year to get enchanted by these Dwarka Tourist Attractions.

ACCESS INFORMATION:

BY AIR: For air travelers coming to Dwarka, the closest airport is located at Jamnagar. From Jamnagar, flights for Mumbai can be availed of by the tourists.

BY TRAIN: Dwarka rail station, on the Ahmedabad-Okha broad-gauge rail route, has links to major places of Gujarat as well as the rest of the country. The rail station at Dwarka is about 137 kms away from Jamnagar. Rajkot and Ahmedabad are 217 kms and 378 kms respectively from Jamnagar.

Places of Interest:

Dwarkadeesh Temple

Gita Temple

Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

Gopi Talav

Gomti Ghat

Rukshamanee Mandir

Lighthouse

PORBANDAR

On the western coast of Saurashtra, Gujarat, lies the harbour city of Porbandar, better known as the birth-place (Janmabhoomi) of Gandhiji - The Father of The Nation. Porbandar is extremely rich in natural resources. It’s lengthy sea-shore, rivers, lakes, hills, valleys, fields, desolate plains; grasslands are all nature’s gift to this land. Porbandar is also famous for its bead and mirror work, tie and die products, silk embroidery and appliqué work, which you could pick up in plenty on your Porbandar Tour.

ACCESS INFORMATION:

Road :: The city is connected through National Highway 8B, connecting to Rajkot and Ahmedabad. National Highway 8E Ext (also known as State Highway 6) connects to Jamnagar, Dwarka in the north and Veraval, Bhavnagar in the south.

A good network of road connects Junagadh to Porbandar, which lies at a distance of 113 kilometers from Junagadh.

Porbandar Railway station City is well connected with major cities of state and some of major cities in the country. There are daily trains to Rajkot (via Jamnagar), Bhanwad, Okha and Mumbai (via Ahmedabad, Vadodra and Surat). There are also trains to Delhi, Motihari and Howrah connecting to major cities of Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.

The city of Porbandar can be found even as early as the 10th century. Some say that the city was discovered on Rakshabandhan day. Some of the important Tourist attractions in Porbandar, which you should not miss out, while you are on a Tour to Porbandar are:

Places of Interest:

Kirti Mandir: This is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi.

Bharat Mandir is a perfect place to check out the cultural heritage of India which reflects in its pictures, sculptures, paintings and religion.

Tara Mandir or the planetarium gives you a special screening of the heavenly bodies and the cosmic center on the whole.

Sudama Mandir located at the heart of the city is dedicated to Krishna and Sudama, on whose legendary friendship much has been written.

Chowpatty beach which is a major tourist attraction.

The Satyanarayan Temple is also definitely worth a visit.

JUNAGADH

Situated at the foothills of the Girnar Range, Junagadh city and municipality, is the heart of Junagadh district in Gujarat. The name Junagadh literally connotes Old Fort. The History of Junagadh is a long tale of joys and sorrows, the humor and pathos. The foundation of the city by the Gujarat Sultanate was a new beginning for the Junagadh Fort. With strong embankments raised along the city, attractive gardens and magnificent monuments the city gained a new prestige along with a new king.

The significant places that should feature prominently on your tour itinerary are the museums, forts and the numerous temples. Temple of Neminath, Bhavnath Mahadev Temple, Temple of Gorakhnath and Temple of Amba Mata are the spots that draw both devotees and general tourists.

ACCESS INFORMATION:

Well maintained network of roads make Junagarh easily accessible from most of the key cities of Gujarat as well as the neighboring states. So, one can easily reach Junagarh from Rajkot (100 km), Ahmedabad (320 km), Porbandar (107 km), Veraval, Una, and Jamnagar (184 km).

For air travelers coming to Junagadh, the closest airport is positioned at Ahmedabad, about 300 kilometers away from Junagadh. From Ahmedabad, regular flights to other cities of India including Delhi and Mumbai are available.

Places of Interest:

Junagarh holds a quaint charm for tourists with its amazing Ashokan Rock Edicts, some famous forts and monuments. It is also an important site of Jain Tourist Attractions because the Jain Pilgrim venue is located here.

Tourist Attractions in Junagarh includes places like the following:

ASHOK SHILALEKH :- Located 2km east of Junagarh and 3 km from the foot of Girnar Hill. There is an edict of Emperor Ashoka over here that belongs to 3rd Century BC.

SAKKARBAG ZOO :- It is the oldest zoo in Gujarat and the 3rd oldest in the country.

MAKABARA :- it is a place where the Nawabs have been buried. Medieval architecture is visible over here. It is one of the greatest Tourist Attractions at Junagarh.

NARSINH MEHTA CHORO :- the greatest post saint named Narsinh Mehta held assemblies over here. Some say that it is a place where Lord Krishna held his Rasleela dance for his follower Narsinh Mehta.

JUNAGARH FORT :- one of the most vital Tourist Attractions in Junagarh is the Junagarh Fort. It is visited not only by Indians, but foreign visitor flocks over here all round the year.

UPPERKOT :- It is an inspiring fort that owes its origin as early as 319 BC. Hidden out of sight for over 300 years, it was rediscovered in 976 AD.

SOMNATH/VERAVAL

Somnath is the holy place of the Aadi Jyotirling Shree Somnath Mahadev and the sacred soil where from Bhagvanji Shri Krishna took his last journey to his Neejdham. The temple is built at the shore of the Arabian ocean on the western corner of Indian subcontinent. Somnath pilgrimage is one of the oldest and finest its reference in the ancient texts like Skandpuran, Shreemad Bhagvat, Shivpuran etc. Somnathji, Someshwar Mahadev temple stands tall among all  the temples of India.

ACCESS INFORMATION:

By Air:  Jet Airwais operates passenger flight from Bombay. The nearest Airport is at Keshod, (125 kms.) which is connected with Mumbai.

By Train:  Veraval, (5 kms.) is the closest Railway station. Veraval in Konkan line is the nearest railhead, which is only just 5 km away.

By Air: Nearest airport to Somnath is Koshed (55 km) and Diu (90 km), but this airport is connected to Mumbai only.

Places of Interest:

Junagadh gate:-- a main attraction in Somanth, is the prime gateway to Somanth. One can enter the temple town from the nearest city Veraval only through this gate.

Panch Pandava Gufa:- is a temple situated near Lalghati in Somnath. This is a marvelous temple founded by the late Baba Narayandas in the year 1949. This temple is dedicated to five Pandava brothers.

Bhaluka Tirtha (Bhalka Teerth):- is a holy tirth (pond) in Somnath along Prabhas-Veraval highway. It is believed that this is the place where Lord Krishna was hit by an arrow shot by a hunter known as Jara.

Gita Mandir:- placed at the confluence of three holy rivers known as Triveni Tirtha, is a Krishna temple built by Birla family in 1970.

The Kamnath Mahadev temple:- built about 200 years ago by a Mayurdhwaj King, is a renowned temple located in Somnath. This is a large temple complex with a holy pond known as Dudhiyu Talav, a water well known as Gangvo Kuvo and a bathing pool named as "Mahadev no Kund".

Lakshminarayan temple:- is located closeby to Gita Mandir (Birla temple) in Somanth. It is ideally located at a pristine location in the Somnath shore.

Old Somnath Temple is an ancient temple enshrining the sacred Shivlinga, one of the 12 Shiva Jyotirlingas. It is located on the shore of Arabian Sea. Mythological evidences put the foundation of this temple by Soma, the Moon.

Somnath temple:-Somnath a highly revered temple, is one of the main 12 Shiva temples in India enshrining the Jyotorlingas. This temple is constructed in the Chalukya style with a height of about 155 ft. The stone Kalash place at the top of main shikhara weighs about 10 tonnes. Marvelously adorned Jyotirlinga with flowers, silver and gold adornments is a special attraction in this temple.

Suraj Mandir also popularly known as Sun Temple, in Somnath is also an ancient temple dating back to the origin of Somnath temple.

Prasuram temple is located at a holy spot on the banks of the Triveni Ghat. It is believed that Prasuram, one incarnation of Lord Vishnu, had undergone a long period penance in this place to come out from the curse of killing the Kshatriya Kings.

Distance from the City

Diu                              90 km

Sasan - Gir                 45 km

 Dwarka                 230 km

 Junagadh             110 km

 Porbandar             130 km

 Rajkot                   200 km

 Ahmedabad                    430 km

SASAN GIR

Sasan Girn Lion sanctuary lies at the bottom of the Saurasktra peninsula in the western state of Gujurat. The forest is generally of a tropical dry deciduous type with teak as the principal species forming up to 70% of the crop. Sasangir plays home to the world's renowned Gir Forest. People from far and wide come here to see the Asiatic Lions in their natural habitat. The forest also harbours a variety of smaller animals and birds. Other predators are the Panther and the Hyena. The Indian Deer, Sambar, Chital (spotted deer), Nilgai (blue bull), Chinkara and the Chowsingha (four horned antelope) are found here, alongwith the bear and the long tailed langur.

The Gir Forests are usually dry and arid. The greenery in the forests can be seen during the monsoon season.

Travel Tips for Tourist :- Tourists should not cause any damage floral and faunal life. The flora should not be plucked to take back home. You should not kindle any kind of fire; throw lit matches and cigarette buds. Do not throw or leave trash, litter and polyethylene bags in the forest. Firearms and chemicals should not be taken into the forests as they may cause harm to the wildlife and the vegetation. Never play radio and tape recorders as their frequency and voice might disturb, scare or irritate the animals.

HOW TO REACH

By Air :-  Sasan is 100 kms from Diu, 160 kms from Porbander and 160 kms from Rajkot. All three points are connected by air.

By Rail :- Sasan is the railway station on the meter-gauge line. However the most convenient railhead is Junagadh (65 kms).

By Road :- The roads in Gujarat are average and average driving speed is 50 kms/hour for most parts. Sasangir to Ahmedabad 895 km, Rajkot 160 km, Junagadh 65 km and Veraval 43 km.

WHEN TO GO

The Sanctuary is open to visitors from Mid October to Mid June, While during monsoon months the Sanctuary remains closed. Permission to visit the sanctuary is given by Forest Department, Sasangir on arrival.

Sasan Gir Lion Sanctuary :- Sasan Gir Lion sanctuary is definitely one of India's success stories. From a pitifully small number of around twenty lions at the turn of the century there are now approximately three hundred lions in the park. If we compare this number to the populations of 20 to 30 tigers in most Project Tiger parks we can see that our chance of a lion sighting is good.

Gir is also home to one of the largest leopard populations in any park in India and especially in the hotter season they can sometimes be seen at night close to the lodges. Other wildlife to look out for are the Four-Horned Antelope,Wild Boar, Wolf, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Chinkara, Blue Bull, Marsh Muggers as well as a wonderful variety of bird species.

PALITANA

Palitana city is the base for Jain Pilgrimage to temples atop the Shantrunjaya Hill about three kilometers from Palitana city. The two summits have more than eight hundred temples spread out over them- the largest temple cluster in the country. These marble temples, exquisitely carved, built over nine hundred years, though not as intricate as the Dilwara temples at Mt Abu are still architecturally very beautiful.

The most famous temples are those of Adinath, Kumarpal, Vimalshah, Samprati Raja and the Chomukh which is the highest. Besides there are temples dedicated to Hindu gods and goddesses like Saraswati, Shivji, Hanumanji, etc. The Saraswati temple is near the foot of the hill. Angar Pir's shrine is situated at the top of the hill. Barren women pray for children at the Muslim saint's shrine.

The best time to travel is in winter between November and March when the average temperature is around 20C. Summer months are too hot in Saurashtra region in Gujarat.

You can buy Gujarati handicrafts at Palitana city. Bandhej-tie and die-bandhini print on cotton, and applique needle work on textiles are popular. You can pick up Kathiawadi bead-work decorations and clothes. Woodcraft, specially lacquer wood carvings, and terracotta figures of gods and goddesses, mud wall paintings inset with mirrors are other crafts.

How To Reach - Palitana

Nearest Airport is Bhavnagar (36 Kms.)

Nearest Station is Palitana (5 Kms.)

Bhavnagar (36 Kms.), Ahmedabad (203 Kms.)

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