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The 6th largest Indian state located to the west of the country, Gujarat is one of the most popular travel destinations of the country. Gujarat shares its state border with the neghboring states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, and offers a wide variety of visual wonders to the travellers. From being the only spot for Asiatic lions in the World to the incredible White Rann of Kutch, it has a lot to offer to mesmerize travellers. With Amitabh Bachchan as the brand Ambassador of the Gujarat State Tourism board, Gujarat rightly tops as one of the most visited states with plenty of tourist places of historical and cultural importance. Rani ka Vav, Hills of Saputara, the Sabarmati (Gandhi) Ashram, the 11th century Modhera Sun temple, the Mandvi beach, Laxmi Vilas Palace, Somnath temple – are just a few among the top tourist places in Gujarat.
Gujarati cuisine is essentially vegetarian. A minor section of Gujratis are non vegetarian and include fish and meat in their menu. The main Gujrati cuisine comprises of different kinds of rotis, pickles, kadhis, vegetables in mild spices – all with high nutritional value with a dominant sweet sour flavour in most dishes.
The most common ingredients in Gujarati food is the use of everyday vegetables, a wide variety of mild Indian spices, lemon, tomato and sugar. These aside, they also regularly use lentils, besan or gram flour, curd and sesame seed. The food helps stay hydrated in their dry weather.
The typical Gujarati meal consists of Daal Bhaat Rotli Shaak, or rice, chapatti, lentil and vegetables – wholesome and nutritious. Some of the most popular traditional Gujrati dishes include Khandvi, Undhiyu, Gujrati Kadhi, Dhokla, Puran Poli, Bajri no Roti, Bardoli ki Khichdi, Thepla, Dhokla, Handvo, Khaman, Gujrati Samosa, Khakhra, Chakli and Patra. All these are typical Gujrati vegetarian dishes. While travelling you may opt for Thepla and Bateta nu shaak which can stay fresh for a long time and easy to pack and preserve on overnight long journeys.
The common Gujrati snaks include Chakri, Fafda, Khakhra, Mathia, Dhokla, Ghanthia, Mamra and khajli. Famous Gujrati sweets are Sukhadi, Sutarfeni, Shrikhand, Jalebi, Kansar, Adadiya, Basundi, Ghoogra, Ghebar, Keri no ras, Mohanthar and so on.
The most important Gujrati festival is Navaratri, and their most common celebration is through their famous Dandiya dance. Navaratri is an ancient religious festival that continues through nine nights to honour the divine power personified as the Mother Goddess. Its a colourful and musical festival celebrated with song and dance including the entire family. Garba and Dandiya dance are the special attraction of Navaratri celebrations.
The International Kite Festival in Gujarat is another famed festivity celebrated on the of January to mark the end of Winter. Feasts and kite flying through the day marks the celebration and devotees also visit temples to pay homage to the various Gods who are believed to awaken from deep slumber on this day. This day sees kites of various colours, forms and shapes being flown in the sky, many are specially designed for this day.
Among the unique Gujrat festivals is the Kutch Mahotsava that is celebrated in a big way in the desert district of Kutch in Western Gujarat. The barren Rann of Kutch turns into a paradise in those couple of months – with lights, colours, luxury tents; and the festivity invites travellers from all over the world.
Gujratis also celebrate the Deepavali, Modhera Dance Festival, Holi and Janmashtami with equal enthusiasm.
Gujarat is a culturally and geographically diverse state in India with rich traditions and heritage dating back to the Harappan civilization. Multiculturalism is at the core of Gujarat with examples of Hindu craftsmanship to Islamic architecture in various parts of the state. The birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and Sir Vallabhbhai Patel, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati are widely popular for the Gandhi Ashram. The Modhera Sun Temple is another popular spot as well as an architectural landmark as the earliest Solanki temple of Gujarat. Visitors also flock to Sankeshwar and the Baucharaji temples en route to Modhera.
The little Rann of Kutch is a unique experience of cultural diversity in Bhuj, Gujarat. As many as eighteen different tribes peacefully coexist here, each with their own set of language, customs and culture. The tribal villages and the Wild Ass Sanctuary are special attractions of the Little Rann of Kutch.
The Jain temples in Girnar are exquisite examples of architectural marvel as well as places of spiritual interest. Patan and Sidhpur are places of historical as well as religious importance with sites such as Rani Ka Vav, Sahasra Linga Talav, Bindu Sarovar. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation arranges a Heritage walk from Kalupur Swaminarayan temple to Juma mosque everyday that covers architecture, archeology, forts, palaces, gravesites as well as Buddhist footprints.
Under ecotourism, Gujarat has 25 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries for wildlife enthusiasts, and is the only spot that breeds Asiatic lions in the World.
Music and folk dance are an integral part of the Gujrati culture. Garba, Dandiya Raas, Padhar, Tippani, Danga and Siddi are popular folk dance forms.
Gujarat’s handicraft have a distinct mark of the Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch, British and Parsis. Gujarati women are deft with intricate thread and needle work. The famous Gujarat handicraft includes Bandhani work, Kuttchi work, Khadi, bamboo handicraft, patolas, pottery, wood and metal craft. When in Gujrat, buy Patola sarees, fabric with Bandhani work and block prints, mirror work garments and clothing, Kutchi handicraft, luxury quilts, embroidered jackets and heavy jewellery.
Saurashtra and Kutch are the best places to shop the typical handicrafts of Gujarat. Colourful glass pellets used in fabric, garments, bed cover, wall and door hangings, torans and a range of home decorating items and accessories can be bought as a special souvenir for Gujarat.
Gujarati is the language of the people of Gujarat. Adapted from the Devanagari script, any non-Gujrati greets a native with a Kem chho that stands for how are you and responds with a maja ma chhu. Padhaaro is for welcome, and avjo is for goodbye. And if you must know, I love you locally translates into hum tane prem karu chhu.
By Road: Dakor has motorable roads connected to Anand, Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Nadiad. Frequent ST buses to and fro the town.
By Train: Anand junction is the nearest rail head. It’s well connected to Bhavnagar, Okha, Ahmedabad, Porbandar and other cities.
By Air: Vadodara is the nearest airport. It has flights to Delhi, Goa, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and other cities.GET DIRECTION
The place mainly has small sweet marts and snacks shops in and around selling vegetarian food items.
From October till March are the ideal months to visit Dakor!
Ranchhodarai Temple is the main attraction of this place now! Dedicated to lord Krishna, the temple offers four darshanas to the deity. Made of black stone, the deity is decorated in public.Afternoon and sandhya aarti are the main attractions of this temple! Besides, holi, Krishna janmotsav and rathyatra are celebrated with huge pomp and grandeur!
Anand: Better called the milk capital, Anand has nice tourist attractions to explore!