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A Hindu Temple of Gandhinagar - Gujarat, IndiaGujarat has a colorful profile. The land is fertile, beautiful and prosperous on the coastline from Kutch in the West to Daman in South, the hill line from Aravali in the East to the Western hills with lush green forests, large and small rivers as well the plains in the middle. The rivers and reservoirs, farms and fields, villages and towns, suburbs and cities, markets and industries, temples and complexes add to its physical prosperity and unfold the prosperity of its historic basis. Number of historic monuments, religious places, industrial complexes and educational institutions glorify the cultural pride of Gujarat. It reminds us of great traditions of Lord Krishna to Mahatma Gandhi.

Fast Facts of Gujarat :-


196,024 sq. km.


50.6 Million



Climate in Summer

March to June - [Warm]

Climate in Monsoon

July to August - [Warm]

Clothing in Summer


Clothing in Winter

Light Woolens or Cotton

Languages Spoken

Gujarati,Hindi, English

Best Time to Visit

October to March

Places To Visit


At the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, visit Kirti Mandir, where he was born. It houses a photo exhibition on the life and times of the Mahatma, a library, and a prayer hall.


Excavations here have unearthed an ancient port complete with dockyard measuring 218 x 37 metres, connected to the sea through the river Bhagava. The streets laid out in chessboard pattern (dividing the town into many blocks), houses with bathrooms and underground drainage system are identical to those found at Mohenjodaro.


97 kms from Ahmedabad, is one of the most magnificent monuments of Gujarat - the Modhera Temple, built by the Solanki kings in 1025 AD, and dedicated to Surya, the Sun God. The temple was constructed in such a manner that the rising sun at the equinoxes shines straight into the shrine and illuminates the image of Surya. The temple is profusely covered with intricate carvings.


The legendary shore temple of Somnath is one of the most sacred Shiva shrines in India. According to legend, Somnath is as old as creation, having been built by the Moon God himself. Through the turbulent centuries, Somnath was sacked and rebuilt seven times. The present temple, known as the Maha Meru Prasad, was rebuilt about 25 years ago on the location of the original shrine, in accordance with ancient plans.


This city is famous for its architectural wonders built during the Solanki dynasty, and its' geometrically patterned Patola saris.

Sasan Gir Lion Sanctuary

Home to the last remaining population of Asiatic lions, this is the only place in the world, outside Africa, where the lion can be seen in its natural habitat. The sanctuary also has other herbivores like chital, nilgai, blue bull and rare four horned antelope.


This coastal town carved a niche in India's freedom struggle - the famous Dandi March Satyagraha, in 1930, took place here. Today, it is a salt centre.


Literally the "abode of the serpents", Saputara is Gujarat's best known hill station.


863 Jain temples on the Shetrunjaya Hills here make Palitana a major Jain pilgrimage place. The architectural grandeur of these temples have few parallels.


This ancient sacred city on the edge of the Saurashtra peninsula was once the capital of Lord Krishna's empire. Its' main attraction is the Dwarkadhish Temple.


Bhavnagar is known for Gandhi Smriti, an institution built in memory of Mahatma Gandhi.


To the west of Bhavnagar, situated at the base of Girnar hills is Junagarh. Its special claim to fame are the rock edicts of Emperor Ashoka, dating back to 250 BC.


Once the royal summer retreat of the pleasure-loving Nawabs of Junagadh, Chorwad has the imposing Chorwad palace and the lovely expanse of beach in front.

Ahmedpur Mandvi

Just 125 kms along the coastline from Chorwad lies this unusual beach resort designed as a traditional ethnic Saurashtrian village. Cottages modelled on rural Gujarati architecture look out onto a secluded beach, one of the state's chief centres for water sports.


Built by the Jadeja Rajputs, known as "jams" (really!), as their capital in the 16th century, Jamnagar is known for its pearl fisheries, a naval base of some importance and a certain type of tie-and-dye fabric. Visit the lake, which has the Kotha Bastion (Jamnagar's arsenal) and Lakhota Palace (Jamnagar's museum) on an island in the lake.


Is the jump off point to the colourful tribal villages of Kutch.

The Royal Orient

The Royal Orient is Gujarat's equivalent of Rajasthan's "Palace on Wheels" heritage train. Starting at Delhi, it takes you on a seven-day journey through Chittaur, Udaipur, Junagadh, Somnath, Sasan Gir, Ahmedpur-Mandvi, Diu, Palitana, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur.

Many legends, tales and stories of bravery and generosity, efficiency and imagination, prosperity and charity, Penance and Sacrifice, knowledge and devotion are spread in the air and atmosphere of Gujarat. The hardwork and civilized approach of the people of Gujarat are evident at the coast of Dandi in South Gujarat where Gandhiji accomplished the salt satyagarh, at Somnath on the coast of Saurashtra where the echoes of eternal tranquility is heard, history and religion are the way of life at Pavgadh or Girnar, business booms at the markets of Ahmedabad and Surat, folk-life rules the streets of Jamnagar and Bhuj, water of life flows in Narmada and Mahi and greenery plays with the wind in forest of Dang and Gir.

The journey through the width and breadth of Gujarat is not merely a physical tour of the land, it is a treat with its people. A treat, which gives an opportunity to know them in real sense, which would arouse feeling of proud and poetic welcome to the distinguished land.

Gujarat unfolds its magic in abundance. With the largest coastline in the country Gujarat has got countless quiet, scenic, reclusive beach pockets where the sea lovers can have a heyday. For wildlife enthusiasts and naturalists, Gujarat offers a fascinating variety of species in Sasan Gir sanctuary and other places. For the devote pilgrims, Gujarat is a source of plentiful faith and devotion Palitana, Somnath, Dwarka and many other pilgrim spots attract lacs of disciples every year. For those who want to go for a quiet holiday in the hills, saputara offers a world class option. Monument of Ahmedabad are living example of one of the finest architectural works. Gujarat’s rich tradition of textile and handicraft, are unique styles developed as culmination of hundred of years of experience.

The fairs and festivals are a time of rejoicement and rejuvination when the people shed their inhibitions and join unitedly in the festive exuberance. The fairs are mostly held in rural areas where the folk art, folk music and folk dances are displayed with all the originality and performing genius.

The town and cities of Gujarat represent all that is progressive and enterprising in the industrious Gujarat psyche. These cities are nerves of the present day prosperous Gujarat. All in all, Gujarat is a land of interest to many a tourists and in turn a major work filed for you. We, therefore offer you in this, a compact package of all that in Gujarat.

Fairs & Festivals of Gujarat

Nearly 3,500 small and big fairs and festivals are celebrated in Gujarat every year. They are mostly organised during the change of season. Festivals apart, even the fairs have a backdrop of some relegious day or association. These are mostly held in the vast open expanse. River sides, sea shores, sacred ponds, hills, reservoirs and confluences of rivers. Fairs are held on the full moon day. The cool bluish yellow light of the full moon floating in the sky and its reflection causing shimmers on the ripples of the river adds to the charm and enhances the beauty of the landscape.

January Fairs & Festivals

Kite Festival
Kite festival falls on January 14 each year heralds a change of season, marking the movement of the Sun into the northen hemisphere. Kite flying day in Gujarat is like no other day, anywhere. On this day the sky all over Gujarat gets dotted with innumerable kites. Kite flier engages another to prove the superiority of his thread and the kite flying skill. Thousands of Kites and Kite flying thread are prepared in advance. Since 1989, this regional highlight has been turned into an International Kite Festival, sponsored by T.C.G.L. The Festival attracts kite enthusiasts from all over the world.

Dance Festival : Modhera
The llth century Sun Temple at Modhra in North Gujarat, is an impressive sight. The temple has its own architectural importance. An annual festival of Indian classical dances at the site of the Sun Temple is held during the third week of January every year, after the festival of Uttarayan. Artist of Indian classical dance perform their art during three days festival. People from India and abroad to experience the cultural tradition.

February/March Fairs & Festivals

Kutch Utsav :
In February there is very special opportunity to visit Kutch intimately. Kutch Utsav: Ajourney in to history. A visit to lndia's oldest traditional and cultural icons. Welcome to Kutch Utsav- Forget the world. Kutch Utsav is a tour of life and time of Kutch : Its beauty, its ethos, its traditions, its history and its culture. It is the most unforgettable experience of the world's oldest and richest cultural heritages. It contains travel, entertainment and cultural exposure. Virgin sea beaches, inscrutable desert lands, breathtaking landscape, thriving wildlife, bird sanctuaries featuring exalted species such as the Flamingo, historic monuments, forts and palaces, pilgrim centers.

During the tour, you will be a special guest of Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited, and every requirement of yours - travel , boarding, lodging, cuisine, sightseeing, tour guidance... will be taken care of, with that unique Eastern hospitality.

Bhavnath Festival-Mahashivratri
Just at the foot of Mount Girnar in Junagadh is a temple called "Vastrapata Kshetra". A five day festival of Bhavnath is held on this hallowed ground during the Mahashivratri celebrations. Prayers are offered in this Shiva temple after a dip in the holy mrig Kunda. Lakhs of pilgrims from all over the country converge on this place. Prior to the start of the Mahapuja, a huge procession led by “Naga Bavas” (ascetics with no clothes on) seated on gaily decorated elephants and holding flags, gets under way. Series of cultural programmes are arranged during the perod. Leading troupes and exponents forms of dance, music and folk stage participate in these events. Bhavai, folk songs and folk dances attract large audiences. Mahashivratri fair is also held at Somnath.

March/April Fairs & Festivals

Dangs Darbar
Dangs darbar is held every year in Ahwa, a few days before Holi. If you want to witness the Tribal dances and hear thetribal instruments, don't miss the most popular Adivasi fair - Dangs Durbar. It is inhabited by the Tribals. Their life style is almost the same today as it was thousands of years back. It is a different world. Tribal chiefs in their colourful traditional costumes attend the fair. Ancient tribal instruments called Kahalia and Tadpur are played.

Holi – Festival of Colour
Holi is a festival of colour. With age being no bar, the young and old alike take to sprinkling coloured water and Guial (coloured powder) on one another. Bonfires are lit in the main squares of the villages, localities and colonies, Men, women and children collect at the time of the bonfire and sing and dance. The bonfire is the symbolic repetition of the victory of good over evil.

Chitra-Vichitra Fair
Chitra Vichitra is a Tribal fair which takes place 14days after the Holi at Gunbhakheri' village near Khedbrahma. The fair is organised at the confluence of rivers and has accociation with the unique curing powers of the place. It is said that Chitravira and Vichitravira were cured of diseases when they stayed at this place. The fair takes its name after these two people. Thousands of Garasia and Bhil Adivasis visit the fair with their own drums. The atmosphere becomes alive with folk songs of women.

July / August Fairs & Festivals

Rathyatra of Jagannath Puri, in Orissa, is world famous. A similar festival takes place in Ahmedabad too. Right from the break of dawn, thousands of devotees throng the Jagdish temple in the heart of old Ahmedabad City. A massive procession is taken out. The idols of Krishna, Balram and Subhadra are placed in the main temple charot. This chariot is then pulled by thousands of devotees. Caparisoned elephants, camels and decorated trucks accompany the procession. It passes through various streets and lanes of the city.

Janmashtami Festival
Gokulashtami or Janamashtami is a special and very joyous occasion. All the major temples, including Dwarka and Dakor, specially dedicated to Lord Krishna are colourfully decorated on this day. Bhajans and Kirtans in these temples are the highlights of the day long celebrations. At the stroke of midnight, when Lord Krishna was born, the chants hailing Lord Krishna rend the air and the devotees go ecstatic. There are also live enactments of the scenes from his childhood specially. The Ras, introduced by Lord Krishna himself in, Gujarat, is performed in temple and homes. Men and Women both participate in this rhythmic and colourful folk dance.

August / September Fairs & Festivals

Tarnetar Fair
Tarnetar is a small village about 75 kilometers from Rajkot in Saurashtra. Here, one of the most colourful fairs in the State takes place. Elegantly dressed in colourful dhot s, waistcoat and head cloth twisted at an angle on their heads, they hold large colourful embroidered umbrellas which indeed have become emblems of the fair. Tarnetar is one of the most important matchmaking melas. An ancient Shiva temple is stood on the site. The present temple was built on the banks of a rivulet and has a kund or reservoir in the traditional manner. It is usually attended by at least 50,000 people. The participants are tribal people belonging to various groups, such as the koli, Bharwad, Rabari, Kanbi, Kathi, Charan, and other Castes. The folk music and folk dances are the principal attractions of the fair. Tribal folk dressed in their most colourful embroidered garments and dashing headgear, give themselves up to merrymaking.The fair is held for three days in September.

Ravechi Fair
Ravechi Mata Temple is located near Nana Reva in Rapar Taluka of Kutch. A grand fair is held on Bhadra Sud Atham of Hindu Calender. More then 30 thousand people participate in Ravechi Fair, mainly Ahir, Rabari & Charan communities. Special buses are made available during the fair.

Bhadra Purnima Fair : Ambaji
Ambaji village lies at the foothills of the Aravalli mountain range in north Gujarat. It is the principal shrine of the goddess in Gujarat. The temple of Ambaji is recognised as one of the original Shakti Pithas. On full moon days there is a virtual festival at Ambaji, but the full moon of Bhadrapad is one of the four most important festival days of the year, when agriculturists go to the temple in their thousands, along with members of the general public. There is a large fair on this occasion, while in the evening performances of Bhavai are held, and garba programmes are organised. Over five Lacs people come here during Bhadra Purnima fair.

October/November Fairs & Festivals

Nine days preceding Dussehra have a special significance for the people of Gujarat. They celebrate Navaratri festival which is by far the most colourful and prominent festival in the State.These celebrations are part of the worship by the followers of the Shakti cult. Meni women and children participate in the Garba dance to the accompaniment of chorus singing and beating of the drums and other folk instruments. There are Garba competitions in major cities and towns. In the Garba and Ras dances there is music, rhythm, grace, sweetness and above all colour. It is mode of culture and self expression of a people unique to Gujarat. On the day following the completion of nine nights, Dussera festival is celebrated. The day marks the victory of Lord Ram over the demon King Ravan who had abducted Lord Ram's consort Site. Effigies of Ravan, Meghnath and Kumbhakarna, stuffed with crackers, are burnt at a number of places. The day signifies the victory of good, personified by Ram, over evil, personified by Ravan.

Deepavali – The Festival of Lights
After vanquishing Ravan and rescuing Sita, Lord Ram made a triumphant return to his Capital Ayodhya where he was crowned. To mark the joyous occasion people decorated their homes with lamps and since then this day is celebrated as Deepavali – the festival of lights. The backdrop of the black night enhances the beauty of the tiny earthen oil lamps decorating the houses. On this day, people worship Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth, Saraswati, the Goddess of learning and arts, and Lord Ganesh, the God of plenty. To mark this joyous occasion, a large number of crackers are burst. The next day of Deepavali is celebrated as a New Year’s in Gujarat.

Vautha Fair
Vautha is some 60 kilometers from Ahmedabad where a fair is held at the Sangam Tirth which is the conf luence of seven rivers. This is one of the biggest fairs in the State. A magnificent fair is held every year at Vautha, where two rivers, the Sabarmati and the Vatrak, meet. The Vautha Mela site is 3 square miles in area. In the now temporary township at the fair site, visitors have a choice or several pastimes to indulge in. This is the only major animal trading fair in Gujarat. About 4000 donkeys are brought every yearfor sale, usually by Vaniara traders.

Shamlaji Fair ( Kartik Purnima Fair)
A three week long fair is held at Shamlaji in Sabarkantha district of north Gujarat is held during the month of November, every year. The shrine of Shamiaji is one of the principal Vaishnav shrines. People from the adjoining State of Rajasthan also attend this fair. The Shamlaji Temple is a renowned Vaishnav shrine. It was built in the 11th century. There are several other temples and shrines as well, all of great antiquity. It lasts for about two weeks. During this period, nearly 200,000 people of all communities and castes including the Garasias & Bhils, visit the fair. The fair is also popular with the tribal people of the area, particularly the Bhills, who revers Shamlaji. Apart from a darshan of the deity in the temple, a bath in the river Meshwo is considered essential. Visitors usually come in groups, an sing devotional songs, carrying religious banners.

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