For those who want to witness the mesmerizing beauty of versatility of natural topography in one state—it has to be Gujarat!
India’s Westernmost state, Gujarat is home to desert plains in the Rann of Kutch, lush green hilly zone, fertile plains, tidal marshland and with a rocky shoreline along the Arabian Sea! Besides natural charm, Gujarat is a mystical state that is a melting pot of traditions and modernism. With a culture and people so myriad and vibrant, there cannot be a dull moment when you are on the travel trail in the state. It’s not just cities like Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, and Vadodara, there is much more to explore in the countryside in this magical land.
One of the most vibrant and richest states of India is Gujarat, which brings with it color, music, culture, and happy people. ‘Atithi Devo bhav,’ that is treating guests equal to God is imbued deep into the Gujarati culture. Bringing together greatness of many emperors and freedom fighters, this state has a history stretching over many years beginning from the Harappan Civilization to the Mughal emperors and freedom fighters of India. The truly rich history and culture have endowed Gujarat with some of the greatest architectural splendors and monuments, which have made Gujarat a popular tourist destination amongst the national and international travelers.
Located on the western coast of India, this state is famed for its colorful culture celebrating various festivals and traditions with pomp and show. The state brings to you in true sense the great traditions of Lord Krishna to Mahatma Gandhi. Even though the state boasts of strong traditions and culture, it is one of fastest developing states in India with the state of art roads and infrastructure. It is even home to many birds and animals with its some of the best National parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries. Thus, this place has something for every kind of tourist, which makes it a memorable experience for all.
Best Time to Visit
(Describe the climate of Gujarat)
The climate of Gujarat is pretty diverse, and variation can be seen in different regions as the Tropic of Cancer passes through it. Coastal regions would normally be humid with moderate temperatures whereas as you move away from the sea, the weather turns dry and temperatures can be in extremes. Days in Gujarat are usually sunny with clear skies most of the times. Although one can visit Gujarat in any time of the year but, winter time would perhaps be one of the best times to visit with temperatures being moderate with less or no rainfall.
Summer: Gujarat experiences extremely hot and dry summers with daytime temperatures rising as high as 46 which would drop just by few degrees in the night to around 36 . March to May marks the peak of summer which usually gets extended till the month of June. By mid-June when the monsoons begin, temperatures would drop down to around 27 with humidity rising comparatively.
Monsoon: The season of rainfall runs from June to September. Rainfall received differs from region to region. Northern and southern parts of Gujarat receive moderate rainfall with southern part experiencing heavier rains as compared to the northern region. The northwest region of Rann-of-Kutch is mostly arid and receives lowest average rainfall. Although the state receives average rainfall, it has had its history of floods during the monsoons as well. Temperatures during monsoon ranges from 27
Winter: Winters run from November till February. Customarily they are pleasant and dry with temperatures ranging from 29 during the days and nights being cooler with temperatures ranging around 12 making it the best time to explore Gujarat.
How to Reach
(Transport availability for traveling)
Gujarat boasts of seventeen airports with Surat, Bhavnagar, Junagarh, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhuj and Ahmedabad having easy accessible daily and weekly operating flights. Ahmedabad has the Sardar VallabhBhai Patel International Airport, which has connectivity to many parts of the world. However, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai are more easily connected with the rest parts of the world with all major airlines catering to them. So people prefer to travel to Mumbai, which is another closest international airport to Gujarat and then can commute by train, air, or bus to any of the Gujarat cities.
The state of Gujarat hosts one of the finest roadways in the western India connecting to the entire country. Gujarat State Board Transport Corporation (GSRTC) is the principal body responsible for bus service in the state and connecting to other states of the country as well. However, private taxis and self-drive are common preferences for many tourists. For commuting short distances within the city, auto-rickshaws or tuk-tuks are common modes of transport.
Every state of India is well connected by railways. Gujarat falls in the Western Railway Zone of Indian Railways and has plenty of railway stations. The busiest of them all is Vadodara railway station as it connects Mumbai and Delhi. Surat, Ahmedabad, and Rajkot are some of the other popular stations. There are super-fast trains connecting Mumbai and Ahmedabad with a travel time of close to 6 hours, which are frequently used by office-goers.