The site of Harappan city makes a very interesting and mysterious attraction to tour through. Dholavira is a small place that lies about 250 km away from Bhuj. Locally known by name Kotada Timba, it comprises of ruins of the ancient Harappan city and is a salient archaeological site in India that belongs to the Indus Valley Civilisation. Located on Khadir Bet island in Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, this site, which was discovered during 1967-68, happens to be Indian subcontinent’s fifth largest Harappan site and is being continually excavated by the Archaeological Survey of India since the year 1990.
Dholavira, which is spread over 100 acres, has a rectangular shape and displays a concrete geometrical plan. It consists of the citadel, the middle town and the lower town divisions, all of which are beautifully planned and built with perfectly laid out lanes. And one of the rare features in the Harappan city is the advanced water conservation system, which probably is one of the world's oldest conservation systems ever unearthed.
The Akhshardham Temple is one of the greatest temples in Gujarat. It is a rare combination of devotion, architecture, works of art and exhibitions. The murti of Lord Swaminarayan is the principle idol of the temple.
Tourists who visit Gandhinagar pay a visit to this place to marvel at the beauty of the monument and the temple as such. The tagline of Akhshardham says, “This is a place where art is ageless, culture is borderless, and values are timeless.”
The Asiatic Lions are nowhere bred in the world other than in Gir National Park, Gujarat. It is believed that the Nawab of Junagadh was the one who protected these animals which were then only 13. This figure, however, seems controversial as per the later records.
The habitat and the environment of the forest make the place protected for these lions. These big Indian cats have become close to extinction as the rise of human population has turned most of their habitat to farmland. Animal lovers come here to have a look at this endangered sub-species of lion.
The Bhavnath Mahadev Temple is located on the hills of Girnar and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The 'naked sadhus' come here to celebrate Shivratri. It is believed that Lord Shiva himself visits this place during Shivratri.
The Shiva Linga of the temple is said to have emerged on its own. There is also a belief that while Lord Shiva and Parvati were walking along the hills, their divine clothing fell into the present Mirgi Kund, which thereafter became an auspicious site for worshipers of Lord Shiva.
Situated at the confluence of the rivers Narmada, Orsang and Saraswati, the city of Chandod is considered as a sacred place and thus is adorned by many temples. One of the major temples here is the Kashivishwanath Mahadev Temple which has ornate paintings and carvings to boast of. Chandod is easily accessible from Rajpipla (12 km), Dabhoi (21 km), Ahmedabad (155 km) and Vadodara.
Situated at a distance of 37 km from Somnath, Chorwad beach is a clean formation. However, the same is not well maintained presently and is unsafe for swimming. Nevertheless, the beach which once used to be the location of the house of the Nawab of Junagadh, is now a perfect spot to relax, with a cool breeze caressing your face.
Dwarakashish, the main temple of Dwarka is also called the Jagat Mandir (the universal enshrine). While legends have it that Jagat mandir – the main shrine of the Dwarakadhish Temple is about 2500 years old and was originally built by Vajranabh, the great grandson of Lord Krishna, it is also said that the same was constructed after Dwarka – a city that once used to be the kingdom of Lord Krishna sunk in waters following the war of Mahabharata.
The rest of the artistic edifice around Jagat Mandir is said to have been built in the 16th century. The temple's 43 m tall pinnacle and the huge flag over it depicting images of the sun and the moon can be seen from a distance as far as 10 km. The temple built of soft lime stone consists of two entrances the Swarg Dwar and the Moksh Dwar from where the devotees can enter and exit respectively.
Dwarakadhish is open for public viewing between 7 am to 9.30 pm, with a break in between from 12.30 pm to 5 pm.
Gabbar hill is a hillock located about 4 km away from the Ambaji village on the Rajasthan Gujarat Border and is believed to be the original seat of Ambaji Mata. As per the legend narrated in the "Tantra Chudamani", a piece of the heart from the dead body of Devi Sati fell on top of this hill.
There are 999 steps to climb the hill and reach the temple that rests there. Watching the sunset from the hilltop is an experience in itself.
Gandhi Ashram, situated at the side of the Sabarmati river and also called the Sabarmati Ashram was founded by Gandhiji in 1917. The ashram is famous due to Gandhiji's Dandi March, one of the most significant incidences of India's Freedom Struggle, that commenced from here towards Dandi. This Ashram is a memorabilia of Gandhiji and the incidents of his life during that period.
Gandhiji chose this spot to proliferate his experiments with different constructive activities as measures of self-reliance. He started spinning and weaving and patronizing khadi in this ashram.
A guided tour with prior appointment can help the tourists visit the following attractions in the Sabarmati Ashram: Magan Niwas, Upasana Mandir, Hriday Kunj, Vinoba-Mira Kutir, Nandini, Udyog Mandir, Somnath Chattralaya, Teacher's Niwas, The Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Painting Gallery, My life is my message, Library and Archives.
Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya is a small museum that documents the letters and photographs of Gandhiji. The Archive shelves manuscripts, felicitations, photo negatives, files all related to Gandhiji's live.
Hriday Kunj is Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi's living quarters, Vinoba-Mira Kutir is the place were Acharya Vinoba Bhave and Mira Ben stayed at different times, Upasana Mandir is the prayer ground of the ashram people and similarly, all the other attractions of this ashram are all somehow related to Gandhiji's life.
Kirti Mandir is that divine place where Mahatma Gandhi took birth. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi took birth in the three-storied Blue Haveli at Porbandar, on October 2, 1869, and the site is now famous by the name Kirti Mandir.
The place has now been converted into a repository on the life of the Mahatma and includes some interesting photographs, some rare possessions of Gandhi and a beautiful library with a gripping collection on Gandhian philosophy and practice.
The Lakhota Talav in Jamnagar is a lake always resonating with the beautiful chirps of migratory birds. With over 75 species of winged visitors visiting the place every year, the lake is abuzz with people, especially during evenings and weekends.
While one can enjoy boat rides in the calm lake, visitors can even savour some of the tastiest local cuisines and snacks sold in the park's surroundings during dusk. Some of the birds that migrate to the lake include pelicans, gulls, flamingos, ducks and spoonbills.
Mahakali temple, which is a famous pilgrimage centre for both Hindus and Muslims alike, is located in Pavagadh at about 53 km away from Vadodara in Gujarat. This is one temple in Gujarat that witnesses a lot of pilgrimage activities on a daily basis. Thousands of pilgrims visit the temple each day for the blessings of Goddess Mahakalika, the principle goddess of the temple. Maa Mahakalika, in spite of her fearful appearance, is believed to have the power to fulfill the wishes of her devotees.
The temple is a;sp considered as a great educational excursion spot. The temple is built in two floors, the lower floor where the idol of Maa Mahakali is situated and the top floor which is sacred to Muslims. It is also considered as one of the 51 Shakti Peeths.