Gujarat offers breathtaking locations and scenic landscapes. It is a also a melting pot of several civilizations resulting in a vibrant culture and a rich heritage. It is the land of several mythological and historical figures like the legendary Lord Krishna and Mahatma Gandhi - 'Father of the Nation', the apostle of non-violence.
Sultan Ahmed Shah on the banks of River Sabarmati founded Ahmedabad in 1411 AD who graced his kingdom with splendid monuments, mosques, pavilions and mausoleums. It is from the austere habitat of Sabarmati that the 'Father of the Nation' - Mahatma Gandhi took on the mighty British Empire, and gave the human race one of its most remarkable ways to fight oppression with non-violence.
Bhavnagar lies in the southeast corner of the peninsular region of Gujarat known as Kathiawad or Saurashtra. Once the capital of a princely state, Bhavnagar is home to several lakes and temples. For the tourist, Bhavnagar serves as a convenient base to visit the 900 big and small Jain temples at Palithana on the Shatrunjaya hills. The sculptures that adorn the marble temples present a feast to your eyes.
Sprawling in an area of 1424 sq.kms is Gir, endowed with a luxuriantly rich ecosystem and floral and faunal plentitude. The forest is the only place in the world, outside Africa, where the lion can be seen in its natural habitat. Other animal residents of the Gir National Park are sambar, chital, nilgai, antelope, chowsingha - the four-horned antelope, chinkara gazelle, wild boar, langur, jackal, and hyena and numerous birds like paradise flycatcher, bonneli's eagle, crested serpent eagle, woodpeckers, flamingo and many more.
Diu is an island retreat gently rocked by the wind and the wave from the Arabian Sea offering undisturbed peace and an unusual holiday. It has a great heritage and rich culture, formed by the mixture of local Gujarati and Portuguese culture. The silvery beaches offer an opportunity to enjoy water sports or one can simply laze here. Nagoa is the perfect semi circle beach where the gentle lapping waves beckon you to wade into them for a fun filled time of swimming, or just lolling around the soft sand shores.
Gondal, the fortified town located on Gondali River was the capital of the former Princely State of Gondal and the Jadeja clan ruled it until India's independence. The Orchard Palace Retreat maintained, by the Royal family of Gondal, the Virpur Jalaram Bapa Temple, Naulakha Palace, the Royal Palace at Dhoraji are prime attractions for tourists.
The Someshwar Mahadev temple stands tall amongst the temples in India. The construction of the present temple in Junagadh district began in 1950 and this is the 7th temple built to commemorate the glory of Lord Somnath. In historical times Sultan Mohamad of Ghazni razed the temple to the ground. After the Marathas took over Gujarat, Rani Ahalyabai of Indore constructed a temple near the old temple and worship is offered there ever since.