The history of this city is ssociated with some legendary and popular names like Mahatma Gandhi, Savitaben Nanji Kalidas, Gulabdas, Sri Nanjibhai Kalidas Mehta, Sri Narottam Morarji, Sri Manekbhai Bhatia, and Sardar Vallabhai Patel. The city also comprises many historic temples like the Kirti Mandir, Sudama Mandir, Bharat Mandir, Gita Mandir, Gayatri Mandir, Ram Dhoon Mandir and many others. There are also many other tourist attractions in the place like Sandipani Vidyaniketan, Bird Sanctuary, Rana Bapu’s Mahal, Chowpati, Kamla Nehru park, Nehru Planetarium, etc.
The Kaba Gandhi No Delo, Mahatma Gandhi's childhood residence, which has now been converted in to a memorial called ‘Gandhi Smriti’. Some of the places to visit in Rajkot are the Aaji Dam, the Race course, the Rotary Dolls Museum, the Watson Museum and the Lang Library. Rajkot is also famous for its traditional sweets and dandiya and garba dances.
Bhavnagar is known as the city of culture and education. The city is also a major stopover for tourists visiting places like Blackbuck National Park at Velavadar and Jain temples at Palitana. The destination is also home to a number of important tourist places like Takhteshwar temple, Gangajalia temple that is dedicated to Ganga-devi and Town Hall that was formerly a ‘Durbar Hall’, Barton Library that houses a museum and Nilambag Palace. Tourists can also visit the nearby Gopnath Beach, which houses limestone cliffs, Talja temple and various birds.
Ahmedabad is regarded as the largest city in Gujarat is closely associated with Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The city is popular as the Manchester of the East as it is famous for its textile mills. The tombs of Ahmed Shah and his queens, Ahmed Shah's Mosque, Jama Masjid, Mosque of Sidi Sayid, Teen Darwaza or Triple Gateway are major monuments. The place has a number of gardens such as Victoria Garden, Bal Vatika and Law Garden.
DASADA / BAJANA
Dasada/Bajana is located on the edge of little Rann of Kutch, which is an extension of the Rann of Kutch onto Saurashtra, popular for bird watching and only place in India where wild ass can be found. There are several bird watching sites around the area. Lesser Flamingoes are found here in winter in large numbers. Besides bird watching tribal heritage of the area, craft villages and rural character is an attraction for guests looking for an authentic rural India experience.
Sasan-Gir or the Gir Forest National Park is the only place where Asiatic Lions can be found. It is home to 400 species of flora and 2375 species of fauna. Another important attraction in the place is Kamleshwar Dam. This dam is built over Hiran River, which is one of the seven rivers that drain in the area of Gir Sanctuary.
Somnath or Pattan Somnath is located in the Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval in Saurashtra, on the western coast of the State of Gujarat. The temple of Somnath is one of the holiest pilgrimage spots for Hindus and is visited by pilgrims all round the year. Tourists also pay a visit to the Museum that depicts the historical and cultural ethnicity of the temple town of Somnath.
The Velavadar National Park at Velavadar, also known as Blackbuck National Park, is spread over an area of 34.08 sq km. Flat land, dry grasses and herds of antelope are the major attractions of this park. It has a unique grassland ecosystem and has been running a number of successful conservation programmes for species such as the blackbuck, wolf and lesser florican. Many species of migratory birds include three species of harriers, lesser floricans, eagles, waders and other water birds arrive to spend the winter here.
Lothal is one of the most prominent cities of the ancient Indus valley civilisation. Lothal's dock is the world's oldest dock. Archaeologists unearthed trenches sunk on the northern, eastern and western flanks of the mound, bringing to light the inlet channels and nullah connecting the dock with the river. The findings consist of a mound, a township, a marketplace, and the dock. Adjacent to the excavated areas stands the Archaeological Museum, where some of the most prominent collections of Indus-era antiquities in India are displayed.