Gujarat is the westernmost state of India, bordered by other Indian states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. When we hear of Gujarat, most of us will get reminded of the iconic freedom fighter, Mahatma Gandhi, who has his origins from this state. Gujarat can be best enjoyed during the winter season (Nov to Feb) when the weather is pleasant with cool temperatures. There are plenty of tourist destinations to visit in Gujarat. Read on to find out what’s in our bucket-list of best places to visit in Gujarat during winters.
What is Gujarat famous for?
The rich state of Gujarat has a glorious heritage of rich kings from Rajput and Mughal dynasties and is well-known for its delectable Gujarati cuisine, local Gujarati dances (Dandiya and Garba), the famous white salt desert (Rann of Kutch) and numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Ahmedabad is the most cosmopolitan city of Gujarat and is also India’s only UNESCO World Heritage City. The bustling capital is home to at least 2700 UNESCO accredited buildings, havelis, royal palaces, museums and a myriad of fine-dining restaurants serving popular Gujarati foods like fafda, jalebi and khakhra. The top places to visit in Ahmedabad include the famous Gandhi Ashram, World Vintage Car Museum and the Calico Museum of Textiles.
Don’t miss out on Ahmedabad’s Heritage Walk tours organized by Gujarat’s Municipal Corporation to spot the attractions of the old city of Ahmedabad. The walking tour will take you through many tiny villages in the old city dotted with secret passages, temples, bridges, havelis and Chabutras for feeding birds. The tour charges are INR 60 for Indian citizens and INR 200 for foreign nationals.
2. Dandi Kutir in Gandhinagar
Dandi Kutir, located in Gandhinagar is a museum that depicts the life and freedom struggle of India’s Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi through high quality audio-visuals including 360 degree shows and high quality 3-d visuals using state-of-the-art technology. The museum takes strong inspiration from the biography of Mahatma Gandhi written by Dinanath Gopal Tendulkar and is the only one of its kind in the entire world dedicated exclusively to Mahatma Gandhi. The museum is open all days of the week except Mondays and the opening hours are from 10: 30 am to 5:00 pm, costs INR 10 for Indian citizens and INR 200 for foreign nationals.
3. The Great Rann of Kutch
The Great Rann of Kutch is undeniably the numero uno of all the Gujarat destinations, open to public during Nov to Feb in the winter season and is one of the biggest white salt deserts in the world with a bizarre landscape and makes up for 75 percent of the total harvest of salt in India. Interestingly, the aerial view of the Great Rann of Kutch resembles the shape of a tortoise! The white desert is actually made up of two desert regions: Rann of Kutch, spanning to an extent of 18000 square km and the Little Rann of Kutch, spanning to an extent of 5000 square km.
Don’t miss out on the annual festival of Rann Utsav that is held in the white desert of Kutch every November. Rann Utsav is an annual carnival of music and dance that gives an excellent opportunity to learn about the rich culture of the Kutch region. Currently the festival is ongoing and will last until 23rd Feb 2020.
4. Sun Temple of Modhera
The Sun Temple of Modhera in Mehsana is Gujarat’s top temple attraction that cannot be missed. The exquisite temple was built by the famous Solanki King Bhimdev I in 1026 CE. The temple is an epitome of Solanki architecture and comprises of three sections: a rectangular-shaped Surya Kund for storing water, assembly hall or a “Sabha Mandapa” for gatherings and the sanctum sanctorium or the “Guda Mantap” which used to house a golden statue of the Sun God that was eventually looted. It is believed by the local people that a walk from the Kund to the Mantap is the path to attaining Nirvana.
We are sure that our list of best places to visit in Gujarat during winters has captivated your attention and interest to the core. Ahmedabad can be a good jumping-off point to explore the rest of Gujarat. Have your cheap flights to Ahmedabad booked with Indian Eagle right away!