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Best Places to Visit in Saurashtra Region of Gujarat

May 4, 2020
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Saurashtra is a region of Gujarat in India. Saurashtra also known as United States of Kathiawar, was a state of India from that existed between 1948 and 1956, on Saurashtra like as Kathiawar Peninsula, with Rajkot as it’s capital, on territory now part of Gujarat state. Saurashtra was originally named the United state of Kathiawar. It was formed on 15 February 1948. The name of state was given after the Kathiawar and Saurashtra region, both of which generally denote the same geographical region of lands on the main Peninsula of Gujarat. It’s located on the Arabian Sea coast. It’s covers about a third of Gujarat state notably 11 district of Gujarat, including, Rajkot district. Saurashtra Peninsula is bound on the south and south West by the Arabian Sea, on the north west -West by the Gulf of Kutch and on the east by the Gulf of Khambhat. From the apex of these two gulf, the Little Rann of Kutch and Khambhat, waste tract half salt morass half sandy desert, stretch inland towards each other and complete the isolation of Kathiawar, except one narrow neck which connects it on the north east with the mainland of Gujarat. The Peninsula is sometimes referred to as Kathiawar after the kathi Darbar, which once ruled most the region. However Saurashtra is not entirely synonymous with Kathiawar, since a small portion of the historical Saurashtra region extend beyond the Kathiawar Peninsula, Sortha from the southern portion of the peninsula.

Saurashtra and it’s prakrit named Sortha, literally means ‘good country ‘. The name finds mention in the Junagadh Rock inscription dating 150CE, attributed to Rudradaman. Saurashtra is famous for unique great culture, food holism, many kind and knowledgeable saint Brava Kings martyr. Saurashtra is the motherland of the father of two nation, Mahatma Gandhi and Muhammad Ali Jinha. In Saurashtra many tourist places like that –

Rani Ki Vav – The name says this step well built by a queen of Bhimdeva Udayamati. Constructed in 11th century. Rani Ki Vav come into limelight in 1972 when the area was fully earthed. The main highlight of the stepwell is that are profusely ornamented with figurative motifs and showcases image of various God and goddess and their consorts from the Hindu pantheon. Winter is the best season to visit Rani Ki Vav as you can enjoy the light show, culture events and Rani Ki Vav festival.

Gir National Park, Junagadh – One of the largest domains of the ferocious Asiatic animals, Gir National Park is a sparkling diamond in the jewels of Gujarat. The national park is notable for its silk cotton trees whose bright orange flowers add dashes of colors to this dusty brown landscape.

Dwarkadhish Temple – One of the four Dhams. Dwarka  was the kingdom of Lord Krishna. The sandstone plinth and walls of the temple are embellished with panel depicting dancer, elephants, musicians and celestial beings.

White Desert, Rann of Kutch – A must visit on a trip to Gujarat, great Rann of Kutch is reputed to be the world’s largest white salt desert. On a visit to the white Desert, make a point to enjoy the camel safari .Many village nearly Kutch like Hodko, Nirona, Mandvi and Bhujodi.

Somnath Temple – A primary Shrine amongst the 12th Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. It was located in the small town of Gujarat’s Junagadh district. It was destroyed six times and every time it was rebuilt. The shivling at the temple is believed to be ‘Swayambhu ‘or self born, manifested in the temple.

Champaner, Pavagadh Archaeological Park– The desert city of Champaner ,a UNESCO world heritage site; is located in the foothills of Pavagadh. A major part of Champaner lies in ruins today; with the remains of many old mosques and palaces reflecting a blend of Islamic and Jain tradition. Here one can finds eleven different types heritage monuments belonging to 16th century like tombs,  gateway, mosque, temple; fortresses and walls, palace and pavilion, helical Wells, custom house. Kevda Masjid and Cenotaph, Jama Masjid,Lila Gumbaj ki Masjid, Pavagadh fort, Lakulisa temple and Helica step well are some of the famous palaces to visit in Champaner.

Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad – Originally called Satyagraha Ashram, Sabarmati is Mahatma Gandhi second Ashram, where he planned a significant number of freedom movement between 1917to 1930.Gandhi trained activist to join his movement like Swadeshi movement, non-voilent and disobedience.

Marine National Park, Jamnagar – Western edge of Gujarat are flanked by 1600km long coastline . It is the only place in India where can see the coral reefs of different shapes and sizes. Some of the finest marine places that can be found in national park are sponges, starfishes, sea cucumber, puffer fishes, sea horse, huge green sea turtles etc.

Palitana Jain Temple, Bhavanagar – Located atop the Shetrunjal Hill, is one of the most sacred Jain temple in India and is known for its 3000 brilliantly carved temple. It is believed that the first Jain Tirthankara, Adi na the, is visited this Hill while his chief disciple pundarika attained enlightenment.

Sun Temple, Modher – Built in 1027AD, Sun Temple is one of the surviving Indian Shrine dedicated to God Sun. The temple divided into three parts. The temple is a sight to behold during the Modhera Dance festival.

Akshardham Temple, Gandhinagar – Built in 1992,Akshardham temple is sacred to Lord Swaminarayan. The main hall of the temple enshrines 7 feet tall idol of Lord Swaminarayan, the temple complex serves as a place for education and entertainment.

Laxmi Vilas Palaces, Vadodara – Built in 1890, the palace is believed to be nearly four times of size of Buckingham palace and features many building like -Moti Baug Place, Makarpura Palace, Pratap Vilas Palace, Maharaja Fateh Singh  Museums building.

Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Temple, Banaskantha – One of the Shaktipeetha and a prominent religious site in Gujarat, it is located on the border of Gujarat. The temple looks it’s best during Bhadrapad Purnima and Navratri festival as this is when the temple structure’s decorated with lights and flowers.

Dui Union Territory – Diu is small Island located near the port of Veral of the Saurashtra region. The beach has a dinosaur park which is a theme park for kids and now quite famous among tourist. Other visit places, St Paul Church, Sunset Point, Panikota Fort, Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple, Zampa Gateway, Dui Museum.

Lothal – Lothal is also a significant site of the Indus Valley civilizations excavated in India.

Poles of Ahmedabad – Finest creation of Poles, it’s major tourist attractions in Gujarat are not only the effort of year year rulers but also there is a little bit contribution of the citizenry as well. There are nearly 174 poles, each featuring finest lovely wooden windows, bracket, magical balconies, chabutras, chawka etc.

Vijay Vilas Palace, Mandvi – Here shooting the films ,it is a favourite haunt of the directors. A portion of the palaces is now converted into a resort. The palace is made of red sandstone, it’s features every element of Rajput architecture and bears a striking resemblance to palaces of Orchha and Datia.“If you want visit Saurashtra our company  provides complete Tour  Package, book online from our site and gets instant discount”.

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