Gujarat

From Everything Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
0.00
(0 votes)

<templatestyles src="Pagebanner/styles.css"/> Script error: No such module "CountryData".Template:PAGEBANNER:Mena-asia default banner.jpg Gujarat (Gujarati: ગુજરાત, Hindi: गुजरात) is a state in the western region of India. Lothal, near to Ahmedabad and Dholavira, near to Kutch are sites of a Harappan (Indus) civilisation, which existed more than 4,000 years ago. Gujarat is known for the Stepped Wells, Jain Temples, Asiatic Lion and business-oriented people.

Regions[edit]

File:Gujarat WV.svg
Gujarat regions - Color-coded map
  North Gujarat
  Central Gujarat
  South Gujarat
  Saurashtra
It was never incorporated into British India. Instead it survived as more than 200 princely states under British suzeranity till independence.
  Kutch
The largest district in the state and the country, famous for the Rann of Kutch.

<maplink text="" group="mask" class="no-icon"> {

 "type": "ExternalData",
 "service": "geoshape",
 "ids": "Q1772860,Q12175285,Q806125,Q2019694,Q1815269,Q1772856",
 "title": "",
 "properties": {
   "fill": "#D0D5EC",
   "fill-opacity": 0.5,
   "stroke": "#000000",
   "stroke-width": 1,
   "stroke-opacity": 1,
   "title": "North Gujarat"
 }

} </maplink> <maplink text="" group="mask" class="no-icon"> {

 "type": "ExternalData",
 "service": "geoshape",
 "ids": "Q401686,Q578285,Q485683,Q5979243,Q186518,Q1755463,Q5706885,Q1781463",
 "title": "",
 "properties": {
   "fill": "#F9D0CF",
   "fill-opacity": 0.5,
   "stroke": "#000000",
   "stroke-width": 1,
   "stroke-opacity": 1,
   "title": "Central Gujarat"
 }

} </maplink> <maplink text="" group="mask" class="no-icon"> {

 "type": "ExternalData",
 "service": "geoshape",
 "ids": "Q1797317,Q854900,Q1135616,Q1797230,Q1797349,Q670165,Q1946743,Q1158197,Q46107",
 "title": "",
 "properties": {
   "fill": "#F9F6C2",
   "fill-opacity": 0.5,
   "stroke": "#000000",
   "stroke-width": 1,
   "stroke-opacity": 1,
   "title": "South Gujarat"
 }

} </maplink> <maplink text="" group="mask" class="no-icon"> {

 "type": "ExternalData",
 "service": "geoshape",
 "ids": "Q1815245,Q257946,Q854963,Q14505072,Q14594717,Q15244465,Q2982118,Q1797344,Q5979727,Q1772815,Q237535,Q2552347",
 "title": "",
 "properties": {
   "fill": "#a9a567",
   "fill-opacity": 0.5,
   "stroke": "#000000",
   "stroke-width": 1,
   "stroke-opacity": 1,
   "title": "Saurashtra"
 }

} </maplink> <maplink text="" group="mask" class="no-icon"> {

 "type": "ExternalData",
 "service": "geoshape",
 "ids": "Q1063417",
 "title": "",
 "properties": {
   "fill": "#4da9c4",
   "fill-opacity": 0.5,
   "stroke": "#000000",
   "stroke-width": 1,
   "stroke-opacity": 1,
   "title": "Kutch"
 }

} </maplink>

Cities[edit]

Script error: No such module "map".


Below is a selection of nine of Gujarat's most populated cities. Other cities can be found under their specific regions.

  • Script error: No such module "map". — administrative capital of Gujarat, city of Akshardham Temple and the second planned Green City.
  • Script error: No such module "map". — Manchester of the East, commercial capital of Gujarat, home of Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashram.
  • Script error: No such module "map". — busy industrial centre, base for journeys to nearby sites.
  • Script error: No such module "map". — a historical city and has a long history of kings and empires.
  • Script error: No such module "map". — home to the world’s largest Grass-Root Refinery complex.
  • Script error: No such module "map". — city of ancient Ashokan Stone Edicts.
  • Script error: No such module "map". — former capital of the state of Saraushtra.
  • Script error: No such module "map".Diamond City, famous for mouth watering Surati food.
  • Script error: No such module "map". (Baroda) — Cultured City, Oxford of Gujarat.

Other destinations[edit]

  • Script error: No such module "map". — open grassland that is home to blackbuck and nilgais (Blue bison)
  • Script error: No such module "map". — believed to have been built by Lord Krishna. The temple must have been erected during the period of Mughal Emperor, Akbar. Dwarka is the westernmost of the Hindu holy cities.
  • Script error: No such module "map". — a very important and supported habitat for this sole home of the Asiatic lions
  • Script error: No such module "map". — a Marine National Park, Gulf of Kutch
  • Script error: No such module "map". — a 182 m tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who is credited with uniting hundreds of princely states under India.

Understand[edit]

Gujarat is a dazzlingly diverse state that shakes up the know-it-all Indophile, and reveals treasures hidden from the tourist hordes. Gujaratis are famous for their thrift and entrepreneurship. Encounter an Indian anywhere, from Wall Street to Wellington, and there’s a good chance they hail from this wealthy, resourceful state. There are many significant sites of the God Krishna’s life along the coast of Saurashtra. With 20% of the country's total industrial output, Gujarat is also the most industrialised state in India.

People[edit]

About 89% of the population of Gujarat are Hindus. Muslims account for 9% and Jains 1% of the population. Most of the Gujarati people are strict vegetarians. Amongst Hindus the deity of Krishna is famously worshipped in his form of Shrinathji throughout Gujarat. Since Gujarat is a heavily industrialised state, there are many factory jobs that have attracted migrants from other parts of India.

Another notable community in Gujarat is the Siddi community, who are comprised of people of African descent who have lived in India for many generations. Despite now speaking Gujarati as their first language, many African customs continue to be preserved in the community.

Weather[edit]

The winters are mild, pleasant and dry, with average daytime temperatures around 24 °C (80 °F) and nights around 10 °C (51 °F) with 100 % sunny days and clear nights.

The summers are extremely hot and dry with day temperatures around 46 °C (115 °F) and at night no lower than 34 °C (90 °F) with sunshine.

At the time just before the Monsoon, the temperatures are similar to summer but with high humidity which makes the air feel hotter. Relief comes when the monsoon season starts around mid June. The day temperatures are lower to around 38 °C (100 °F) but humidity is very high and nights are around 27 °C (80 °F).

Winter (October to January) is best time to travel in Gujarat.

Talk[edit]

Gujarati is the language spoken here, although Hindi is widely understood. In main cities, English is widely known.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

File:AMD2.jpg
SVPIA International Terminal
File:SpiceJet Boeing 737-900ER Vyas-1.jpg
A SpiceJet Boeing 737-900ER taking off from Surat Airport
  • Surat Airport (STV IATA) is a domestic airport in the Magdalla area of Surat. Air India has daily flights to and from Delhi. SpiceJet operates daily from Surat to Mumbai and Delhi.

Flights into smaller airports of Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Diu, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Keshod, Surat and Rajkot connect through Mumbai.

Domestic airlines include Air Deccan, IndiGo and Air India.

By car[edit]

Gujarat has 1,572 km of National Highway Network.

By train[edit]

India has very big rail network. Indian Railways has a 5,890 km rail network in Gujarat.

Get around[edit]

By road[edit]

Most people in Gujarat travel by private buses or by taxi. These are excellent modes of transport as the roads are among the best in India. Check at your hotel if you want a travel agent for private buses.

By train[edit]

Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Surendranagar, Porbandar and Kandla are big stations in the Indian Railways Network.

See[edit]

Museum[edit]

File:Navratri.jpg
Navratri celebrations

Fairs & festivals[edit]

  • Government Sponsored and organised
    • Script error: No such module "map".. The three-day Rann Utsav is held every year during the Full moon night in the month of December at Bhuj and goes around the district with a grand finale. The festival is visited and enjoyed by more than 8000 tourists from all over the world to celebrate the mystical magic of Kutch and its diversity.Script error: No such module "HiddenUnicode".
  • Traditional Festival
    • Bhadra Purnima-Bhadra Purnima is one of the biggest festivals of Gujarat, popularly known as the Ambaji Bhadra Purnima. This is because the festival is celebrated at Ambaji, a village which derives its name from the shrine that is here. The village is situated at the foothills of Mount Aravalli.
    • Dangs Darbar-Dangs Darbar is an annual festival celebrated in the Dangs district, in the Saputara Hills of India. The district is inhabited by the tribal people, who have lived in the region's woods and highlands since times memorial. This makes Dangs Darbar, essentially a tribal festival of Gujarat.
    • Kutch Mahotsav-Kutch Mahotsav serves as the guided tour of the Kutch region of Gujarat. It is organized by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat and lasts for six day. This tour takes you around the venerated places in Kutch.
    • Modhera Dance Festival-Modhera dance festival is one of the major festivals organised in the state of Gujarat. It is primarily a dance festival and showcases the various traditional dance forms of the region.
    • Rath Yatra-Rath Yatra is a huge festival celebrated in Gujarat. Rath means chariot and Yatra means journey. As the name suggests, during the festival, huge wooden floats are prepared and the idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Balarama and Goddess Subhadra are placed in them.
    • The Uttarayan- The one-day Uttarayan is held every year on 14 January across Gujarat. The aerodynamic skill, devotion and ingenuity that goes into the kite making and flying is almost a religion in itself, honed to the level of an art form, though it looks deceptively simple.

Itineraries[edit]

Do[edit]

  • Travel by Royal Orient Train The Royal Orient train is one of the world's most exotic trains. It is an experience that takes you back to the times of Rajas and Maharajas. You get to explore two of the most fascinating and culturally rich states of India, Gujarat and Rajasthan. The train travel 7 days through Delhi - Chittaurgarh - Udaipur - Junagarh - Dilwara - Palitana - Ahmedabad - Jaipur and back to Delhi
  • Travel by man driven Boat in Nal Sarovar (lake) Bird Sanctuary spread over 120 km² to see over 250 species of migrated birds from Siberia and Europe. Best time to visit Nal Sarovar is Between November and February. In April Birds start to leave the lake.
File:Nal Sarovar-8972.jpg
Nal Sarovar (lake)
  • Safari in Blackbuck National Park to see group of jumping Black Bucks from every parts of the park. There is no wild animal in park, it is also fun to trail or Camping in park.
  • Hiking on the Shatrunjaya hill and biking on Hastagiri to see devotion of Jain. There are in total 863 marble temples (largest cluster of temples in India) on Shatrunjaya hill
  • Safari in Gir Forest National Park to see Remaining Asiatic Lions in the world.

Buy[edit]

There are Gujarati Handicraft Development Corporation showrooms selling Gujarati and Kutchhy handicrafts in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, and Surat.

Eat[edit]

File:Khaman.jpg
Khaman, a delicious Gujarati snack

Gujarat is heaven for vegetarians. Approximately 80% of Gujaratis eat vegetarian foods only. Hundreds of varieties of lacto-vegetarian foods are offered across Gujarat. Rotli (chapati/puri), shaak (subzi/vegetables/curries), mithai (sweets), rice and dal are parts of a Gujarati Thali in restaurants. Finding non-vegetarian restaurants in Gujarat can be difficult. Chicken and mutton are the most common kinds of meat, but only occasionally eaten.

Drink[edit]

Alcohol is forbidden in Gujarat. Foreign tourists are partly exempted from this restriction and can drink in a few five-star hotels like Taj and Courtyard by Marriott. Drinking in public is strictly prohibited. However, if you are going to stay longer in Gujarat, you may apply for an alcohol permit. Ask how to do it in your hotel or the place where you stay.

Stay safe[edit]

Gujarat is a relatively safe state compared to the rest of India. It has a low crime-rate compared to the Plains, although pickpockets are not uncommon. For emergencies, you can dial 100 for police assistance.

This region travel guide to Script error: No such module "BASICPAGENAME". is an outline and may need more content. It has a template, but there is not enough information present. If there are Cities and Other destinations listed, they may not all be at usable status or there may not be a valid regional structure and a "Get in" section describing all of the typical ways to get here. Please plunge forward and help it grow!

{{#assessment:region|outline}}

{{#coordinates:primary|22.98|72.27}}Expression error: Unexpected < operator. {{#isin:Western India}}


You are not allowed to post comments.