Gandhi’s Ashram, Ahmedabad:
Set up by Mahatma Gandhi in 1915, Gandhi’s Ashram is open to tourists. A new concept of spiritual tourism has been introduced in the Ashram from 2013. A tourist can spend a night at the Ashram to ‘live like Gandhi’ and get a taste of the way Mahatma lived his simple life.
Sun Temple, Modhera:
Modhera is around 100 kilometres from Ahmedabad. This village is a picture of serenity and is home to one of the magnificent sun temples of India. Built by the rulers of the Solanki dynasty, this temple dedicated to the Sun God, Surya, astounds with its intricately carved stone sculptures. A carved steeped tank and the fact that the deity’s positioning makes it receive the morning sun’s first rays at the equinox are testaments to the skill of our historic architects.
For a beach visit, Mandvi is the spot-on destination. The sandy beach offers activities of boating and jet-skiing. A visit to the Maharaja’s palace allows you to have a wonderful view of the town.
Head to the home of Lord Krishna for a religious experience in Dwarka. Find peace in the temples of Dwarakadish, Rukmini Devi and Bet Dwarka. Enjoy watching the Gomati River flow by at Gomti Ghat and have a look at one of the oldest lighthouses in existence.
A visit to Gujarat is incomplete without spending time in its largest state, Ahmedabad. You can spend time at the monuments of Sabarmati Ashram or Hathisingh Jain Temple or relax by some of the lovely lakes in the city. Of course the city is the best shopping destination too with its diverse textile, handloom and artefacts industries.
The Somnath temple is the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. The temple architecture belongs to the period of Chalukyas and showcases the skills of the SomaputraSalats. Another temple to visit in the place is the Kamnath Temple nearby. The beach is a peaceful place to spend time at this pilgrimage centre.
You can experience the desert at the Rann of Kutch, wildlife at Gir Sanctuary and the cultural extravagance of Gujarat at Bhavnagar. Taste the diversity the state is popular for, by a visit to Gujarat.