Rich traditions, the Garba Dance and the land of freedom fighters, Gujarat is aptly called “Vibrant Gujarat”.
With the Capital being Gandhinagar and with 33 districts and a population over 6 million, Gujarat – The Land of the Legends stands bordered by Pakistan and Rajasthan in the northeast, Madhya Pradesh in the east, and Maharashtra and the Union territories of Diu, Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli in the south. The Arabian Sea borders the state both to the west and the southwest.
Social Aspect & Culture
Gujarat’s name was originated from the “Gujjars” (ethnic group in India). The official language of the people is “Gujarati”. Gujarat is a religiously diverse state, having majority of Hindu people with Muslims accounting for 5.7% of the population. Gujarat is the third largest state in India to have Jain community. The Garba Dance is the spiritual expression of Gujarat and the spirit of festivity of the traditional festival reaches worldwide. Music of Gujarat demonstrates the folklore & culture of Gujarat.
Gujarat is the birthplace of fabled freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi & Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Gujarat’s historical monuments represent the great religions of Asia – Hindu, Buddhism, Jain, Islam, Parsi and Sikh. 4500 years of fascinating history have endowed Gujarat an appealing tourist attraction.
For quite a few Indians, spiritual places such as Somnath Temple and Dwarkadhish Temple are places of worship and attraction. Gujarat is also endowed with 4 national parks and 21 sanctuaries.
Gujarat is the largest producer & exporter of cotton and third largest denim producer in the world. Even the Prime Minister of India belongs to Gujarat who has a great contribution behind the making of Gujarat as a role model for other states.
World heritage site of Champaner, Indus Civilization sites like Lothal and Dholavira, and Ahmadabad’s heritage walk are heritage tourism sites.
Gujarat has some of the best beaches in India. Gandhinagar & other Gujarat cities have magnificent gardens which are maintained well, enhancing their exquisite beauty with fountains and fountain shows!
The Sarita Udyan (Gandhinagar), Sayaji Garden (Vadodara), Law Garden (Ahmedabad) and Parimal Garden (Ahmedabad) allure tourists.
Rich handicrafts such as Patola weaving, Khadi, Bandhani, Block Printing, Embroidery, Namda, Rogan Painting, Matani Pachhedi, Woodcrafts, Metal Crafts, Bamboo Crafts, Pithora, Pottery are hallmarks of Gujarat.
Gujarat has always encouraged its artisans to create moderately artifacts & handicrafts to be a valuable part of tourism. Recently, Gujarat has become popular because of its proactive governance.
Gujarat celebrates 2000 Fairs & Festivals but the most famous festival is Navratri, also known as Sharadotsav (worship of Goddess ‘Durga’ for 9 days & nights).
Patangotsav is one of the famous festivals of Gujarat, its International Kite Festival, which represents the achievements of Gujarat, which truly proves, “Sky is the limit” for achievers.
Rann Utsav – Kutch Carnival is a 3 day desert festival, a place in Gujarat knows as “White Desert” on the banks of the Hamirsar Lake, where this festival is celebrated. This festival is one of the major attractions of Gujarat and I would say one of its kind, without any western gimmicks like hotels & theme parks! Most recommended and truly must visit destination once in a life. The place looks like heaven during full moon, and “I would really give 2 thumbs up for this festival!” Usually this carnival starts during the winter.
Maha Shivratri, the festival of Lord Shiva, which is celebrated for the day Lord Shiva married to Goddess Parvati.
Modhera Dance Festival is a dance festival held at Modhera in Mehsana district with the intention to represent original classical dance forms of India. Normally this festival is held every year in the third week of January.
Sports & Current Trends
Gujarat promotes Aero Sports, Water Sports, Rock Climbing, Paragliding, Wildlife Sanctuaries and more. It offers infrastructure for medical tourism and religious tourism with touring opportunities to trek adventure tourism.
Water sports at Narmada Dam Canal reservoir situated between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar is set for tourist attraction near Dharampur. This includes rover boats, scooter boats, jet boats and also offer kayaking and canoeing with proposals for diving sports.
- Location for Aero Sports – Saputara, Pavagadh, Junagadh.
- Location for Beach Water Sports – Ahmedpur Mandvi, Ubhrat, Dwarka, Nargol, Tithal, Chorwad, Dummas.
- Sports like Cricket, billiards, Golf, Chess, Swimming, hockey, football, Roller Skating, etc. are conducted all over Gujarat Cities. Many sports personalities hail from Gujarat at national and international level. Age old games, like Kabbadi, kho kho, etc. are still being played too.
Gujarat is the rarest state blessed with ample opportunities for tourism, which is blended with flavors of business, pleasure and leisure with entertainment. Gujarat is a gifted state of India with an abundance of charm, culture & traditions.
The mindset of Gujarati people is creative, enterprising, cooperative and supportive. “The annual turnover of international tourism in Gujarat is around 7 trillion US dollars, more than 4 times India’s national budget!”
Gujarati Cuisine is mouthwatering. Mostly, Gujarati people are vegetarian because of the abundance of Jain community in Gujarat but still a few families prefer non-veg food such as chicken, goat, and fish in their food. Usually vegetarian food of Gujarat is not much spicy such as Dhokla, Undhiyu, Thepla, Fafda.