Gujarat: Jewel of the West
Tucked away in the north-western sea bank of India, Gujarat is the land of multiple colours, cuisines and big cats. Though off the tourist beat, Gujarat is well worth a visit. In addition to its distinct cultural identity, Gujarat Tourism also endows a chance to spot the amazing Asiatic Lions. Today it is popularly known as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, the ‘Father of the Nation' born here at Porbandar in 1869. Archaeological excavations reveal that the first settlers in Gujarat were from the Indus Valley Civilisation. After the severe flood that drained away the civilisation, Hindu God Krishna is believed to have ruled from 1500 to 500 BC with his capital set up in Dwarka.
One can always associate power and change with Gujarat's history. For example, fearless dynasties like the Mauryas, Guptas and Chalukyas have also ruled the city during the first millennium. In the early years of 11th century, Mahmud of Ghazni, hearing of the richness of the city, came all the way from Afghanistan, looted the Somnath Temple of Gujarat in 1027 and carried away all its wealth. This led to the advent of Islam in the Indian sub-continent. The then prevailing Hindu dynasty was soon dethroned by the Delhi Sultanate. Later in 16thcentury, Akbar conquered Gujarat and made it a part of Mughal Empire. With so much of history, one can rightly assume that the past still exists through architecture and culture. Indeed, it does. The Gujarat sightseeing tour includes exploring the rich heritage of cities like Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Sabarmati, Bhavnagar, Vadodara, Junagadh, Bhuj, Surat and Baroda. Even the wildlife options at Gir National Park in Gujarat are incredible benedictions for wildlife lovers and adventure enthusiasts. So, go ahead and explore the hidden secrets of Gujarat tourist destinations, the pride of India.recommended tours