There are numerous weekend getaways from the city of Ahmedabad that will fill your itinerary with interesting holiday experiences. Surrounded by various destinations, the city allures a large number of travelers including history buffs, wildlife, and nature lovers. From the rich heritage of Vadodara to the architectural marvels of Ajanta and Ellora, there are a large number of places to visit near Ahmedabad. These reviving weekend destinations will force you to pack your bags and hit the road.
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Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan for its lush green surroundings and cool atmosphere. It is famous for its pleasant climate, natural beauty, serene lakes, lush green hills and architecturally beautiful temples. The hill station lies at a height of 1220 m, on the highest peak of the Aravali range. One of the popular pilgrimage sites for Jains, Mount Abu is visited by thousands of tourists and devotees every year mainly during monsoons and summers. There are many tourist spots like sunset point, honeymoon point etc which are very famous and a must visit. The climate is pleasant throughout the year and summer season is the best time to visit this place.
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Also known as the “Kashmir of Rajasthan”, Udaipur is the most romantic cities in India. Snuggled amongst the Aravalis, Udaipur is regarded as one of the spectacular tourist spots of the country. It was awarded the best tourist destination award in 2010. The city is located in a valley and surrounded by 4 lakes which makes it one of the most enchanting tourist destinations. Apart from lakes, this historical city also has palaces, forts, temples, and hills. Well- known for its forts and the Rajputana history, the city is a true reflection of rich cultural heritage. The city attracts tourists from all over the world to enjoy the magnificence of palaces and forts.
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A beautiful city bounded by the Arabian Sea, states of Maharashtra and Gujarat, Daman is a place having rich history and culture. The greenery, picturesque natural beauty, cool beaches and easy availability of cheap liquor makes it a popular destination amongst youngsters and even as a getaway for those in Gujarat. With an extensive coastline facing the Arabian Sea, Daman is also emerging as a well-known beach destination. Jampore Beach, lined by remarkable groves of Casuarina trees offers a quiet place far away from the maddening city life. One can buy a wide variety of leather products, handcrafted items and exquisite brands of liquor. Fort of Daman and Fort of St. Jerome are the most impressive structures alluring numerous visitors.
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Lying on the foothills of the Girnar range, Junagadh is the 7th largest city in the state of Gujarat. The old city of Junagadh is a famous pilgrimage and tourism center in the state and was once the capital of the Nawabs. Also, known as Sorath, the word Junagadh means “old fort”. The city has an amazing mix of mosques, Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries, huge mansions and Gothic archways. An ancient fortified city with 2300 years of history, Junagadh makes a good jumping-off point for watching the lions at Gir.
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Champaner- Pavagadh is an archaeological park included in the elite list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the globe. This wonderful park is located in the heart of the city of Champaner amidst the Pavagadh hills. Holding a lot of mythological and historical significance, the park comprises of numerous splendid architectural wonders of both Islamic and Hindu architectural designs. People come to witness the architectural beauty of the city and precision with which it was built. With such rich history attached to its name, this makes up for a really intriguing place to visit. Winter season is the best time to enjoy the city of Champaner.
A well-planned resort hill station, Saputara is a perfect getaway for wildlife buffs, eco- lovers and adventure sports enthusiasts. Saputara means habitat of snakes and the tribals residing in this region worship snakes during Holi. The hill station has numerous water bodies including lakes, streams, and brooks. A beautiful hilly region packed with massive green cover offers splendid views, tribal culture, and great trekking prospects. Saputara Lake, Echo Point, Sunset Point, Gandhi Shikhar, Sunrise Point, Rose garden ,Town-view Point, Vansda National park ,Gandharvapur Artist Village, Ropeway, Purna Sanctuary are some of the main tourist attractions of Saputara. Not to miss the pleasant surprise of seeing the lush greenery of Saputara, amid the arid Gujarat one should include this place in the itinerary.
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A coastal district, Valsad got its name from the word “vad-saal” meaning hampered by banyan trees. The area full of banyan trees, Valsad is the first place where parsis entered before discovering Sanjan Port. Tithal beach, Sai Baba Temple, Parnera Fort, Swami Narayan Temple, Shantidham Temple and Tadkeshwar Mahadev Temple are some of the major tourist spots here. The Tadkeshwar Temple has no roof and the sun-rays continuously touches the Shivalinga. Famous for black sand, Tithal Beach is not to be missed. Valsad is also known for Alphonso Mango locally known as Haafus.
There are a number of places to rejuvenate and relax, all you have to do is to step outside the threshold of your home. Go out on a weekend and explore something new and carry some nice, beautiful memories. July to March is the best time to visit these destinations as the weather is perfect to enjoy all the attractions. Hope you have a great weekend!!
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