Gujarat, the state of India that is rich with culture and heritage, is a beautiful and often underrated region of India. While the heritage city of Ahmedabad might steal all the limelight, the rest of Gujarat consists of most of the state's treasures.
The state is known for being a popular pilgrimage site since it houses many beautiful Hindu and Jain temples. Villagers of Gujarat excel in the art of making fine textiles and embroidery. Apart from the well-known Great Rann of Kutch, Champaner's heritage, and the many temples of Guajrat, the state has many other magnificent offbeat destinations, perfect for a weekend getaway.
Read all about these offbeat destinations in Gujarat.
Located in the Gulf of Khambhat, the Gopnath Beach is a tranquil location that is tucked far away from the city, making it an ideal getaway. The beach is dotted with limestone cliffs and breathtaking natural beauty.
Apart from relaxing on the shores of this beach, one may even visit the 700-year-old shrine of the Gopnath Temple nearby. The beach is located 70 km from the Bhavnagar city. A palace located near the beach also offers sights of the ancient relics of Gujarat's history.
Narara island is one of the 42 islands of Gujarat where entry is permitted. Often overshadowed by Pirotan island, the Nirotan island is a tiny region, spread across an area of about 3 sq km.
The island is surrounded with mangroves and with water that experiences high tides. Hence it is advised not to swim here for too long. A lighthouse of 82 ft stands tall and oversees the vast sea, and is used for navigation.
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While Gujarat is filled with famous temples like the magnificent Somnath Temple, Sun Temple, Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, etc., often temples like the Navlakha Temple are overlooked.
This beautiful temple which is located in Ghumli, was built by the Jethwa rulers back in the 11th century. Being one of the oldest temples in Gujarat, it is dedicated to the Sun God. Although the temple was sacked by Jadeja Jam Barmaniyaji in 1313 when he attacked Ghumli, the temple stands strong and gleams in its architectural splendour.
Nestled amidst lush greenery, Girmal falls is perched at an elevation of over 100 ft, making it the highest waterfall in Gujarat. The enchanting falls is a popular spot for picnic among the people of Gujarat.
During monsoon, the falls is at its best since it will be rainfed and surging with water. The mystic atmosphere of a rainbow forming through the sunrays during monsoon is a view that canot be missed!
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The ancient town of Patan is a beautiful place in Gujarat that was established by the Chavda dynasty in 745 AD. Recently the town has gained tourist interest because of Rani ki vav, which is an exquisite stepwell, that was added in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014.
Patan used to be the capital of Chavda dynasty, until it was destroyed in the 13th century. Often favoured by history enthusiasts, Patan is home to other fantastic, rustic relics in the form of stepwells and temples.
Originating from the river Narmada, Ninai is a tiny, picturesque waterfall that makes for a great spot for picnics. With refreshing breeze of the forest that surrounds the waterfall, the spot is certainly a good place to stop by.
It falls under the Government's ecotourism hotspots. The falls is just over 30 ft in height; therefore, it is a family-friendly location where everyone can have a good time in the laps of nature.
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Saputara is a quaint hill station nestled in the plateau of Dangs Forest. Of late, Saputara is being recognized as a tourist destination but it is still a relatively offbeat place of vacation. It is packed with beautiful sunset and sunrise points.
Apart from this, Saputara is home to many Jain and Hindu temples, Saputara Lake which is a popular boating destination, Vansda National Park, Rose and Lake Gardens, etc.
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