February 11, 2017 Anirban Mitra 1Comment

GUJARAT – A western state in India, with a hint of white desert; longest shore line; the home of Mahatma Gandhi and the host to several temples and wildlife sanctuaries.

1. Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara – Constructed in 1890, by Maharaja Sayyajirao Gaekwad III, it is one of the biggest palaces in the world with size of 4 times that of Buckingham palace.

2. Rann of Kutch – is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat and the Sindh province of Pakistan. It is about 7,505.22 square kilometres in size and is reputed to be one of the largest salt deserts in the world.

3. Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka – is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Krishna, who is worshipped here by the name Dwarkadhish, or ‘King of Dwarka’. The main shrine of the 5-storied building, supported by 72 pillars, archaeological findings suggest it to be 2,200 – 2,000 years old

4. Somnath – located in Prabhas Patan near Veraval in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat, India, is believed to be the first among the twelve jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot of Gujarat.

5. Akshardham Temple, Gandhinagar – is a large Hindu temple complex inspired by Pramukh Swami, the former spiritual head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. Located in the capital of Gujarat, the complex was built over 13 years and is a tribute to Swaminarayan and his life and teachings.

6. Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad – also known as Jami or Jumma Mosque, is the most splendid mosque of Ahmedabad, built in 1424 during the reign of Ahmed Shah I. Lying in the old walled city, the mosque is situated outside Bhadra Fort area, along the south side of the road extending from Teen Darwaza to Manek Chowk.

7. Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad – is located in the Sabarmati suburb of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, adjoining the Ashram Road, on the banks of the River Sabarmati, four miles from the town hall. This was one of the residences of Mahatma Gandhi, who lived there for about twelve years along with his wife, Kasturba Gandhi.

8. Rani Ki Vav, Patan – is an intricately constructed stepwell situated in the town of Patan in Gujarat, India. It is located on the banks of Saraswati River. Rani ki vav was built as a memorial to an 11th century AD king Bhimdev I

9. Gir National Park – is a forest and wildlife sanctuary near Talala Gir. Its region is the sole home of the Asiatic lion in the wilderness, and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species.

10. Sun Temple, Modera – is a Hindu temple dedicated to the solar deity Surya located at Modhera village of Mehsana district, Gujarat, India. It is situated on the bank of the river Pushpavati.


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