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Over the ages, Gujarat has seen a succession of races-settlers as well as conquerors ultimately acquiring the Gujarati culture of its own. The result has been a wonderful fusion of new ideas and the old traditions. Rich in crafts, history and natural beauty; this vibrant state of Mahatma Gandhi continues to attract artists, scholars, intellectuals and businessmen from all over the world.
Rich in crafts, history and natural beauty; this vibrant state of Mahatma Gandhi continues to attract artists, scholars, intellectuals and businessmen from all over the world
Ahmedabad city is located on the banks of Sabarmati River. Ahmedabad is world famous for Mahatma Gandhi's Ashram. The tombs of Ahmed Shah and his queens, Ahmed Shah's Mosque, Jama Masjid, Mosque of Sidi Sayid, Teen Darwaza are the major monuments in the city. Other important monuments include Rani Rupmati's Mosque, Rani Sipri's Mosque, Raj Rabri Mosque, Hathee Singh Jain Temple and Siddi Bashir Mosque. Kankaria Lake, Kutbi Mazar, Bhadra Fort, Dada-hari-di-Vav (an architectural step well), Victoria Gardens, N C Mehta Museum of Miniatures and Calico Textile Museum. The city has a number of 'pols' or traditional colonies, which date back to the 18th century.
Vadodra has a number of palaces and well-laid parks that attract the tourists. The city is known for its palaces, museums and parks. The Sayaji Bagh is a big well-laid park and an important tourist attraction. Within this park, there is Baroda Museum and Art Gallery. The Museum has a good collection of artifacts, which not only includes Indian sculptures and ancient manuscripts, but also houses collection of Egyptian antiquities, while the art gallery has Mughal miniatures and some works of European masters. The Sayaji Bagh also has a planetarium and a small zoo within it. Maharaj Fateh Singh Museum, the Laxmi Vilas Palace and the Naulakhi Well are other tourist centers.
Sasan Gir Lion Sanctuary
Tourist Destinations: Sasan Gir National Park is the only place in the world outside Africa where the lion has its natural habitat. The Asiatic lion is slightly smaller than its African counterpart but is a majestic sight to behold. The forest is also home to species like leopard, chital, chinkara (gazelle), wild boar, wild ass, nilgai, spotted deer, and four-horned antelope. It is also the haunt for monkeys, parrots and India's national bird, the peacock. A crocodile-rearing and research center is also there. One can enjoy safaris with a special permit. Gir forest area also includes the Nalsarovar Lake and Sanctuary, where various types of bird species can be seen. There is also a small temple dedicated to Lord Krishna near the Tulsi Shyam springs.
How To Reach Gujarat
Gujarat has 10 domestic airports besides an international airport at Ahmedabad. Most of the domestic airlines operate out of Ahmedabad connecting the state to rest of the country. Gujarat has an excellent railway network. The roads in the state are in fairly good condition. The Gujarat State Transport Corporation and private operators operate regular buses to all the major places of the state and India.
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