Khushboo Gujarat Ki (Scent of Gujarat)

Gujarat. The first thing that comes to my mind is Gandhi, then, Sabarmati Ashram, the Nehru Bridge, and, finally, The Statue of Unity. But, there’s more to Gujarat than just this.

1) It is home to the last few remaining majestic Asiatic lions. Found in the Gir Forest, it is the only place where lions and tigers co-exist. It’s also home to the Nilgai, sloth bears and many other species of flora and fauna. During the migratory season, it sees the beautiful flamingo spreading its wings and transforming this barren land.

Asiatic Lions At Gir Forest National Park
Asiatic Lions At Gir Forest National Park

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2) Rann Utsav happens in December in the Rann of Kutch. Tourists come to this three day festival and listen to musical performances and watch folk dances. You can also choose to go to sanctuaries and national parks around, or shop at the handmade market. Explore this place on a wild ass, maybe.

3) If you’re into textiles, you can always visit the Calico Textile museum in Ahmedabad. The textiles on display are the court textiles used by Mughals, it also has south Indian art, Jain art, and Temple art, to name a few. So try not to give it a miss!

Calico Textile Museum, Ahmedabad
Calico Textile Museum, Ahmedabad

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4) While Rann of Kutch is known for it’d white sand, the Dumas beach is known for the black sand. Not just this, this beach is also known to be haunted. Yes, you heard that right, I said haunted! (You could also visit the Ukai Dam built across the Tapti River, known to be one of Gujrat’s biggest dam.)

Ukai Dam
Ukai Dam

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5) If you’re into architecture, you can’t miss the temples and mosques of this place. Rani ki vav, a step well, isn’t just your regular well but one with beautifully carved pillars and sculptures. Jama Masjid, built during Ahmed Shah’s reign (15th century) was initially built only for the Sultans, but is now open to tourists. The Dwarkadish temple and the Palitana temples as well, are a few places that cannot be missed.

Dwarkadish Temple
Dwarkadish Temple

Image Credits: Temple Folks

It’s filled with a lot more places and these are just a few to name. Get the locals to take you into the smallest gullies. All in all, Gujarat is a marvellous place with something for people of all ages to be occupied with.

Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad

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Featured Image: Rann Utsav

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