Places to visit in Gujarat
Gandhinagar: This is the capital city of Gujarat. It is famous for the Akshardham Temple which has been built in the memory of Lord Swaminarayan.
· Kankaria Lake
Hathee Singh's Temple
· Sarkhej Roza
Mosque of Sidi
Dada Hari Vava
· Rani Sipri Mosque
· Shaking Minarets
Gandhi Ashram: The Gandhi Ashram along the Sabarmati river, was once Gandhiji's nerve centre for the Indian freedom movement. The Gandhi Memorial Centre, Library and much more can be seen at the Ashram.
Porbandar: This place is famous as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. Kirti Mandir , where he was born, today, houses a photo exhibition on the life and times of the Mahatma, a library, a prayer hall are other memorabilia. One can also take the Gandhi route and this would cover Anand, Baroda, Surat, Navsari, Dandi, Saputara.
Rajkot: This city is mainly known for the handicrafts, bead and mirror work, tie and dye fabric (Bandhani), silk embroidery and applique work. Other places to see would be Alfred High School(where Gandhiji did his schooling) and Kaba Gandhini Delo street.
Lothal: In Lothal excavations have brought to light an ancient port complete with dockyard measuring 218 x 37 metres connected to sea through river Bhagava. Streets laid out in chess-board pattern, dividing the town into many blocks, houses with bathrooms and underground drainage system are identical to the ones found at Mohenjodaro and various arts and artifacts are the interesting features of this place.
Modhera: 97 kms from Ahmedabad, it has one of the most magnificent monuments of Gujarat. The Modhera Temple, built by the Solanki kings in 1025 AD was dedicated to Surya - the Sun God. The temple was constructed in such a manner that the rising sun at the equinoxes shines straight into the shrine and illuminats the image of Surya. The temple is profusely and intricately carved.
Somnath: The legendary shore temple of Somnath is one of the most sacred Shiva shrines in India. According to legend, Somnath is as old as creation, built by the Moon God himself. Through the turbulent centuries, Somnath was sacked and rebuilt seven times. The present temple known as the Maha Meru Prasad was rebuilt about 25 years ago on the location of the original shrine in accordance with ancient plans.
This city is famous for its
architectural wonders built during the Solanki dynasty. Patan is an
important weaving centre for geometrically patterned Patola Sarees.
Dandi: Along the coastline, Dandi has been known as the salt centre. It gained a place of pride after the famous Dandi March Satyagraha,in 1930, by Mahatma Gandhi.
Saputara: Literally the abode of the serpents, Saputara is Gujarat's best known hill resort offering breathtaking views of the sunrise and sunset.
Palitana: The architectural grandeur of nearly 863 Jain temples on the Shetrunjaya Hills, have few parallels. These temples, dedicated to various Jain Saints and Deities, is an important place of pilgrimage on the Jain circuit.
Dwarka: The ancient sacred city, on the edge of the Saurashtra peninsula was once the capital of Lord Krishna's empire where he had shifted from Mathura thousands of years ago. The main attraction is the Dwarkadhish Temple.
Bhavnagar: Bhavnagar is known for Gandhi Smriti, an institution built in memory of Mahatma Gandhi.
Junagarh: To the west of Bhavnagar, situated at the base of Girnar hills is Junagarh. Its special claim to fame is the rock edicts of Emperor Ashoka, dating back to 250 BC.
Chorwad: Once the royal summer retreat of the pleasure loving Nawabs of Junagadh, the imposing Chorwad palace and the lovely expanse of beach before it combine to make Chowrad unique.
Ahmedpur Mandvi: Just 125 kms along the coastline from Chorwad lies this unusual beach resort designed as a traditional ethnic Saurashtrian village.
Jamnagar: This city was built by the Jadeja Rajputs, Known as jams, as their capital in the 16th century. It is famous for its lake which is surrounded by two buildings called Kotha Bastion and Lakhota Palace.
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