Welcome To Vibrant GUJRAT
Gujarat is one the most prosperous states in India, forming as it does the most industrialised corridor between the Town of Mehsana in North Gujarat and Bombay in Maharashtra. Its original wealth stemmed from its roots in textile industry that is now nearly dead and defunct. However, due to that history, some of the world's best textiles and dress materials are still found only in Gujarat.
Gujarat is also the home to the almost extinct Asaiatic Lions. If there is just one reason you need to visit Gujarat, it will have to be the lions- the only wild population outside of Africa, and fast vanishing due to lack of variation in the gene pool.
Another reason to visit Gujarat will have to be its rich culinary interests. Gujarti cuisine is one of the best tasting vegetarian cuisine in the world. Famous varieties include Dhokla, Khandavi, Khaman, Khakhara, Shakkarpara, Muthia, Bajri Vada and Bajri Dhebra. Gujarati sweets are also as famous, as are Gujarati Rotlas.
Third reason to visit Gujarat will have to be its rich shopping of exquisite clothes, textiles and hand made or woven or hand decorated fabrics and clothes, beddings and wall decorations.
Gujarat is a study in contrasts - Between Tribal Culture and Modern Cities, Between the Desert and the Seas and between a Rural based and Urban Economy.
Places of INTEREST
Jami Masjid is located at Malan, Palanpur Taluka in Banaskantha (Gujarat). Built during the Sultanate period, the Mosque stands with its stately structure on a high pedestal with 260 pillars supporting 15 domes. Sultan Ahmed Shah built this majestic monument in 1423 A.D. The commingling of Hindu style of architecture with Islamic culture can be seen in the astounding intricate carvings on the walls.
Sidi Said Mosque
Sidi Said (a slave of Ahmed Shah) constructed Sidi Said Mosque in 1572-73. The mosque is a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture. The mosque has ravishingly beautiful twin windows carved out from white stone. The stone is carved out in the shape of a tree with entangled boughs of palm leaves. Eight windows have squire grid pattern.
Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum
Initially constructed as a school for the Maharaja's childern Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum has become a centre of attraction for tourists these days. It is now converted into a museum and has an exquisite gallery of works of art collected by Maharaja Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad III during his visits out of India. The exhibits include paintings of European masters like Raphel, Titian and Murillo as well as contemporary paintings from various countries.
Buddhist Cave Monastery
In about 300 A.D. Buddhist Monastery was constructed in Uparkot. There is a meandering staircase to an upper chamber. The Khapara Kodhia cave and Baba Pyara Cave are complex yet fascinating structures with beautiful carvings of Buddhist sculptures.
Durbar Hall Museum
Durbar Hall Museum puts on display exhibits of weapons and armors from the Nawabi era. The Hall is well decorated with chandeliers, settees, thrones, palanquins, cushions and a hand knitted traditional carpet.
A blanket of tranquility and serenity hover over the famous Akshardham temple in Gujarat. It is not only a place where you pay homage to Gods by offering flowers and chanting mantras, it's a place where you attain higher knowledge-the knowledge of the spirit, the knowledge of your inner self. HSH Pramukh Maharaj fulfilled Akshardham, a dream of Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj. For entertainment Akshardham temple screens a movie portraying life of an 11-year-old child who becomes a yogi. You can also enjoy 12-minute boat ride to see a glimpse of India's glorious heritage.
Somnath stands as a landmark in the Indian history. Many times this temple was invaded by the conquerors, but like a phoenix it rose again from its ashes. This amazingly splendorous building has a legend attached to it. It is said that Somraj, the moon god himself made this temple. The temple is also known by the name of Deo Pattan, Prabhas Pattan, or Pattan Somnath. The temple houses one of the twelve sacred jyotirlingas in Hindu religion.
Parsi Fire Temple
Parsi Fire Temples spread the message that fire is one of the important elements of our life. In Parsi religion it is believe that there is a ceaseless battle between good (Ahura Mazda) and evil (another God). The temple does not have complex structure yet its simplicity attracts many tourists.
Bhrigu Rishi Temple
Bhrigu Rishi Temple is located in Bharuch in Gujarat in India. The temple is located on the banks of river Narmada. Maharishi Bhrigu attained sainthood by reaching at a balance between wisdom and activity in his life.
Gangeshwar Temple is dedicated to lord Shiva and lingam. Lulled by the crystal clear waves of the sea the five well-defined lingas are worshipped by the devotees. The people believe that Pandavas brought these lingas into existence during their anonymous stay in the jungle after they were banished.
Located in Kathiawad peninsula of Gujarat, Sasangir National Park is a dwelling place of Asiatic Lions. Besides the prowling Asiatic lions there are large number of chitals, chinkara, leopard, wild ass and other animals are found in Sasangir National Park. These species of endangered wild animals is properly conserved so that they may not become extinct. The Park arranges for Jeep Safaris and Photography expeditions for its tourists. There are three contiguous reserves that make up the park namely the Nalsarovar Lake (a bird sanctuary), Little Rann of Kutch (habitat of Indian Wild Ass and Flamingo Island.
Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary
Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary is the largest wildlife sanctuary in India. In the heart of the sanctuary there are islands known as Baits that form the base of this sanctuary as the birds and animals are always inhabited towards the core and do not want to want to be at periphery for the fear of humans. Wolf, jackal, fox, reptiles (snakes, tortoises, lizards etc.), jungle and desert cats are also found here. The sanctuary has constructed watchtowers to facilitate proper and easy view of the landscape and the inhabiting animals. To provide accommodation facilities to the tourists, a tourist complex is set up.
Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
Chirping, Squawking, trilling and cheeping birds all over to win your heart play hide and seek in Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary. You can see kingfishers, egrets, darters, cormorants, grebes, storks, jacanas and many colorful birds inhabiting their quaint nests. Enjoy the sight of the birds engaged in fighting, nourishing their young ones and showing various animations. The waterhole covers an area of 115 square kilometer. Boating facilities are available for taking a stroll to see the birds meditating on the ocean to find their prey.
Marine National Park
Country's first Marine National Park was built in Gujarat. It spreads over an area of about 458 square kilometers in the Gulf of Kutch. Among dense deciduous forests you can see animals of different shapes and sizes like chowsingha, blackjacks, four-horned antelope, Indian bustard and birds like flamingos etc. The crystal clear water teems with the shoals of eels, sea urchins and corals.
Velavadar Blackbuck Sanctuary
Blackbuck Sanctuary is a conservatory opened primarily for endangering blackbucks. Blackbuck is a very beautiful animal. It has spiral horns that have three to four coils. Other animals found in this region are wolf, jackals, bustard and antelopes. The park has a rich variety of bird life as well.
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