Gujarat is the third largest state economy in India and is the most industrialized one. Home to globally well-renowned entrepreneurs and leaders, Gujarat is more than just business. Home to the Father of the Nation, Gujarat was a part of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. Regions like Lothal & Dholavira are dotted with artifacts that are remnants of rich history. The region of Kutch is a barren clay marsh that turns white due to its high salt content and is an ethereal location to stop by. The Rann of Kachch is the venue for a four-month-long carnival held in premises of Gujarat known as the Rann Utsav. People gather for merrymaking and indulge in competitions & culinary extravaganza.
Other notable festivals include the International Kite Festival held in the capital city of Ahmedabad, where hundreds gather in open spaces and terraces to fly exotically colorful kites, trying to compete with each other and bring down each other's kites. Gujarat is home to the Asiatic Lion, who is exclusive to the state and isn’t found anywhere else in the world. Other notable festivals include the grand Navaratri & light-filled Dipawali, where thousands of tiny mud lamps illuminate every household.
History of Gujarat
Several parts of Gujarat inhabit the ruins of highly urbanized settlements of the Indus Valley Civilization. Lothal was India’s first port. The establishments at Dholavira are well-advanced urban structures with elevated residential avenues, water reservoirs equipped with steps, granaries, lined brick drainage systems and more. Some of the dynasties that left a mark on the state of Gujarat are the Mauryan Dynasty, Satavahana Dynasty, Gupta Empire, Chalukya Dynasty, Rashtrakuta Dynasty and more.
Places to Visit
Rani Ki Vav
Built by Queen Udayamanti, this elaborately decorated steep well is a visual marvel, with intricately carved steps.
Gir National Park
Home to the Asiatic Lion, it shelters more than three hundred invertebrates, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
Here, evening Aarti sessions might cost as much as 15 lacs. A perfect example of Chalukya styled architecture.
Consists of the living quarters of Mahatma Gandhi along with an open-air museum showcasing his life events.
Marine National Park
Perfect destination to explore colorful corals, sea turtles, sponges, starfishes, sea cucumbers and more.
Palitana Jain Temple
Devotees are required to climb 3800 steps to reach this temple that contains 108 large temples and 872 small shrines.
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