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Top Historical Places in Gujarat

The historical places of Gujarat are a grand display of the varied background of India. With the monuments of Dholavira tracing back to the Indus Valley Civilization more than 4000 years ago, the desert city of Bhuj and its heritage of kings, the birthplace of the Mahatma Gandhi in Porbandar, and the former princely state of Junagadh, one need only visit Gujarat to gain a deeper understanding of the history that this land has seen.


1. Vadodara, Gujarat



Home to some of the most exemplary displays of architecture, Vadodara is a fitting memorial to Maratha leader Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III who had envisioned a dream to make this Big City an educational, industrial and commercial centre. With a prominent part of it being occupied by the Gujaratis, this place is the most sought after during the nine days of the Navratri festival. No city in India celebrates the festival of Navratri with as much zeal and exuberance as Vadodara does. It houses one of the premier universities of India- the Maharaja Sayajirao University, one of the most lavish palaces in India- the Lakshmi Vilas Palace and plenty more legendary monuments.


2. Ahmedabad


"Manchester of the East" 
Ahmedabad Tourism Situated on the banks of the river Sabarmati, the city of Ahmedabad or Amdavad is a living symbol of the rich cultural heritage of Gujarat. The journey from the ancient sites of Ashaval and Karnavati to the present day Ahmedabad is influenced by several dynasties, traditions and religions-the symbols of which are prevalent even today. From the Jama Masjid to the Sabarmati Ashram, every nook and corner of the city holds a story and takes a tourist down the history lane. Known for its industrial approach, the business mindset infused and growth specifically in the textile industry, it has been named as the Manchester of the East. Its a great place for tourists looking for a cultural, historical and natural sites. Plus the food here is a delight for tourists. An exciting combination of traditions and modernism, Ahmedabad captures all visitors with its diversity of places, religious and ethnic communities. It is interesting to see how Indian atmosphere mix with the colonial British influence, how Hinduism, the world's oldest existing religion develops in the globalizing world. Ahmedabad enjoys a thriving cultural tradition, being the centre of Gujarati cultural activities and diverse traditions of different ethnic and religious communities.


3. Dholavira

One of the most remarkable excavations of the Indus Valley Civilization, Dholavira was one of the most developed civilization roughly 4500 years ago and makes an equally enchanting tourist destination today Archaeological and excavation sites almost define the tourism in Dholavira. One can visit this town in Gujarat for witnessing history's share of architectural marvels and be flattered by one of the most significant and popular sites of the Indus Valley Civilization. An experience borrowed from history will charm you as much as any other destination with scenic beauty or modern day attractions. One can also visit the Kutch Desert wildlife sanctuary while in Dholavira.

4. Patan

Rani Ka Vav, the latest Indian entrant to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site is situated here, making Patan one of the newest tourist hubs in India. As the royal entrance gates open into a city comfortably residing within the huge walls that surround it, you will be welcomed by the ancient yet young and warm city of Patan. Having been the capital of the state for as many as 650 years in the medieval period, Patan and its people have a very positive approach towards learning and growth. This is where a lot of crucial political decisions were taken in the past, a number of furious battles were fought. This city has seen it all, the beauty it is, it smiles at its visitors and welcomes them so warmly that it feels like home. Patan has a lot of historical value and has been a part of the research of archaeologists in the past. Just as it has temples, it also has Dargah and Jain temples. Patan is a spiritual city and believes in the power of the almighty, it strongly believes that it is their Kuldevi and her presence that has kept the town intact and its people happy and growing.

5. Bhuj

A desert city with long history of kings and empires make Bhuj one of the most interesting and unique historical places to see. The city has a long history of kings and empires - and hence many historic places to see. The city was left in a state of devastation after the 2001 earthquake and is still in the recovery phase. Bhuj connects you to a range of civilizations and important events in South Asian history through prehistoric archaeological finds, remnants of the Indus Valley Civilization (Harappan), places associated with the Mahabharata and Alexander the Great's march into India and tombs, palaces and other buildings from the rule of the Naga chiefs, the Jadeja Rajputs, the Gujarat Sultans and the British Raj. . The vibrant and dynamic history of the area gives the area a blend of ethnic cultures. In a walk around Bhuj, you can see the Hall of Mirrors at the Aina Mahal; climb the bell tower of the Prag Mahal next door; stroll through the produce market; have a famous Kutchi pau bhaji for lunch; examine the 2000-year-old Kshatrapa inscriptions in the Kutch Museum; admire the sculptures of Ramayana characters at the Ramakund stepwell; walk around Hamirsar Lake and watch children jumping into it from the lake walls as the hot afternoon sun subsides; and catch the sunset among the chhatardis of the Kutchi royal family in a peaceful field outside the center of town.

6. Porbandar

The birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, Porbandar is a beautiful beach town with some temples and dams, and is now also a popular trading hub. The coastal city with a significant event in its history is a tourist destination which modestly offers a number of attractions. Apart from the haveli where Gandhiji was born which has now been converted into a temple, there are a few more temples, dams, reservoirs, serene beaches and wildlife spots as well to add to your experience in Porbandar. It attracts pilgrims with temples such as the Sudama Mandir, Bharat Mandir, Ram Dhoon Mandir, Hanuman temple and more.


7. Champaner-Pavagadh

Being included in the elite list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the globe, this marvellous archaeological park set in the heart of the city of Champaner and amidst the Pavagadh hills is one of the most sought after places in Gujarat. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park holds a lot of historical as well as mythological significance in itself. The Park comprises of umpteen number of splendid architectural wonders consisting of both Hindu & Islamic styles of design. Another interesting piece of trivia regarding this place is that the hill of Pavagadh is believed to be a chunk of the Himalayas that was originally carried by Hanuman to Lanka in the Ramayana epic. With such rich history to its name, this makes up for a really intriguing place to visit.

8. Diu

Located near the port of Veraval, Diu is a small island which was earlier a Portuguese colony, and is now guarded by beaches all around. Diu takes up most popularity given the ample number of beaches, along with Gujarat's southern coast such as the Nagoa beach, but has a lot more to offer too. Alcohol is legal in Diu. The Diu Fort, a primary imprint of the Portuguese on the area's heritage and architecture makes up a popular tourist attraction. Another interesting place is the Vanakbara, a small fishing village whose charm has tints of colourful fishing boats and humming of day to day activity. This perfect add-on to a visit to Gujarat will complete your experience with interesting museums such as the Sea Shell Museum, temples and churches.

9. Junagadh

Being the capital of Junagadh Princely State once, the town shines with historical significance with many historical monuments to see. Junagad is also very close to the Girnar Hills and the world renowned Gir National Park. Catch a glimpse of the wild in the Sakkabaug Zoo and the Wildlife Museum. Also visit the Girnar Hills and get a feel of the serene yet religious atmosphere. The fort at Uperkot is another tourist magnet.

10. Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat, offers a rich cultural heritage, beautiful temples and serene environment to all its visitors. Gandhinagar, one of India's few planned cities encompasses Akshardham Temple, one of the country's most beautiful temple. Among other attractions are an enthralling Children's Park and uniquely built stepwell. The holy places in Gandhinagar like the Hanumanji Temple and the Brahmani Temple which in spite of not being so famous, are also worth visiting for an enriching experience.

Article Courtesy : Holidify.com

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