On the western coast of India, the state of Gujarat is the “Jewel of the West” in India. In Gujarat, one of India’s most industrialized and prosperous states, you find the modern milieu and the age-old traditions happily married.
The state derives its name from ‘Gujjaratta’ – meaning the land of the Gujjars, a tribe who migrated to India long back in 5th century AD. But some archeological findings from areas like Lothal, Dholavira, Rangpur, date back to the period of the Indus Valley Civilization. Since then, the state has seen the rise and fall of a number of mighty empires like the Mauryas, the Khiljis and other Muslim rulers, the Marathas till the British.
The people of Gujarat reflect the vibrant culture of the state. They love to wear colorful dresses and the women prefer wearing a lot of ornaments. Most of the people speak in Gujarati. Hindi, Urdu, Sindhi and English are also spoken in Gujarat.
Gujarat enjoys a more or less moderate climate throughout the year. However, some parts of the state like the Kutch region witness dry and extreme climate. The best time to visit the state is between the months of October and March.
|Location||Western coast of India Pakistan and Rajasthan in the north and northeast The Arabian Sea on the west Madhya Pradesh in the southeast Maharashtra in the south|
|Latitude||20°6 and 24°42 North|
|Longitude||68°10 and 74°28 East|
|Area||196,024 sq km|
|Climate||Summer - warm Winter - pleasantly cool|
|Average Annual Rainfall||200Cms|
|Languages||Gujarati, Hindi, English|
|Religion||Hindus, Muslims Jains Zorastrians or Parsis and others|
|Best Time to Visit||October to March|
|Clothing||Summer - Cottons Winter - Light Woolens|
BeachesMajor Places to Visit in Gujarat
- Forts and Palaces
- Historical Places
- National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries
Cities to Visit in Gujarat
- Gandhi Nagar
- Sasan Gir
How to Reach Gujarat
Apart from an international airport at Ahmedabad, Gujarat has 10 domestic airports. Most of the domestic airlines connect it to rest of India operating out of Ahmedabad.
Gujarat has a good railway network. It is well connected, not only internally, but also to other places in India.
Gujarat has a better road network than most of the other Indian states. The total length of the road in the state is 68,900 kilometer out of which 1,572 kilometers belong to National Highway. This makes Gujarat easily accessible. From most of the larger cities, regular buses are operated by Gujarat State Transport Corporation and private operators to all the major destinations of the state.
Shopping in Gujarat
Your visit to Gujarat remains incomplete unless you do some shopping in Gujarat. The tourists, who visit Gujarat, actually look forward to shopping in Gujarat.
The state claims its worldwide fame for its rich tradition of handicrafts. The most famous handicraft of Gujarat is related to textiles. It has an age-old history of embroidery and still retains its fame showcasing a distinct range of designs, colors and stitches.
Sarees in Gujarat display an amazing variety of inlaid Zari works, beadwork, embellished mirrors, sequins and shells as well as tie-and-dye and block-printed designs.
While shopping in Gujarat, you can look for:
- Patola Silk sarees
- Bandhnis and traditional Gagra-Cholis
- Marriage costumes
- Wall hangings
- Embroidered, appliqued quilts
- Cradle clothes
- Cloth toys,
- Embroidered footwear
- Lacquer furniture
A large number of Government Emporia and private shop are found virtually anywhere in the state, which makes you shopping in Gujarat a delightful experience. In Ahmedabad, premier shops are galore in areas like C.G.Road, Ashram Road, Law Garden, and Relief Road. Both plastic and paper currencies are widely accepted through out the state.