If you are planning for a long due vacation, Gujarat is an easy side-step, off the well-beaten tourist trail. Many of its ever growing cities are now important business hubs, but the countryside still holds most of this state’s many treasures. The traditional craftsman and artisans in the remote and tribal villages are known for their weaving magic, exotic embroidery work, and for creating some of India’s finest textiles. Gujarat is home to some rare and unique wildlife that includes migratory birds, wild asses and the last remaining prides of Asiatic lions. It is also a popular destination among the spiritually inclined, as there are many sacred Jain and Hindu pilgrimage sites scattered across the state. Gujarat also has a special relationship with the life and work of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, as Porbandar, a place in Gujarat is his birthplace. His legacy is still preserved in the museum called Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya at the Sabarmati Ashram and followed with utmost care and devotion Here, Dandi March was initiated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1930.
One of the most important things to explore in Gujarat is its cuisine. It is well-known across the world and is something that will definitely give you a different culinary experience altogether. Despite having an extensive coastline that offers ample opportunities to catch and feast on the delicious seafood, Gujarat is primarily a ‘Vegetarian State’ due to the influence of Jainism and Vaishnavism. However, there are many who still include non-vegetarian delights in their diet. Many Gujarati dishes are distinctively sweet, salty, and spicy simultaneously. Gujarati cuisine is one of the oldest culinary treasures of the country and each dish has its unique style of cooking. The variety of pickles, farsans, chutneys and other dishes have been found to be high on nutritional value. The real essence of Gujarati food lies in its creative use of everyday vegetables and mild spices. Some of the most popular dishes are: Khandvi, Gujarati Samosa, Gujarati Uundhyu, Gujarati Kadhi, Dhokla, Methi ka Thepla, Dal Dhokli, Handvo, etc.
It is a nice place if you want to have an experience of visiting a desert, the Rann of Kutch, a seasonal salt marsh is located in Thar Desert in Gujarat is a major tourist attraction. The government of Gujarat hosts an annual 3 month long festival Rann Utsav to attract visitors where one can see beautiful sights of Rann, get to know of local culture, cuisine and hospitality.
So plan your trip to Gujarat, one of the major tourist spots of India.