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Gujarat ~ Introduction

A sea coast 1,650 km long encloses Gujarat from three sides like a girdle. The state is renowned for its beaches, its holy temple towns and its historic capitals with their architectural wealth. As much a part of the state are its wildlife sanctuaries, its hill resorts, its natural grandeur and religious and pilgrim centres. The state is rich with its wealth of sculpture, of handicrafts, of arts. And yet, Gujarat is a modern state too, among the most technologically advanced. In places of tourist and business interest, holiday homes help make the state a pleasure to travel in.

The tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited , set up in 1975, has undertaken to provide comprehensive travel services to visitors to the state. These include accommodation, conducted tours and ground transport with a wide range of choice to meet diverse needs. Over the years, the number of tourists to Gujarat have increased substantially, largely due to the development in infrastructure undertaken by the Corporation.

In fact, the efforts in promoting infrastructure in keeping with the spirit of the state, its people and its natural environment have won the Corporation such prestigious awards as the Somnath Chib Memorial Award from the Pacific Asia Travel Association for outstanding tourism promotion, and the first place in the National Tourism Fair '89. The Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited has a network of 19 accommodation units under the brandname Toran. Some of these have become attractive destinations in themselves. Some of these are at Ahmedpur Mandvi, Chorwad and Saputara.

More on Gujarat
Saurashtra - Part I
Saurashtra - Part II
Gir Sanctuary

Sabarmati Ashram
Sun Shrine Modhera


Conducted Tours
Gujarat Tourism runs various conducted tours through the year, and offers you the best the state has to offer in their own inimitable style.

Regular Tours
Saurashtra Darshan: A five day tour covering Rajkot, Jamnagar, Dwarka (1st day), Bet Dwarka, Harshad Mata and Porbandar (2nd day), Somnath, Sasan Gir, Veraval (3rd day), Junagadh, Virpur, Palitana (4th day), Velavadar, Lothal (5th day).

North Gujarat and Rajasthan Darshan : A five day tour covering Shamlaji, Udaipur (1st day), Chittaurgarh (2nd day), Nathdwara, Charbuja, Haldighati, Ranakpur (3rd day), Mt.Abu (4th day), Ambaji, Kumbharia, Modhera, Bahucharaji (5th day).


Kachchh Darshan: A six day tour covering Mahudi, Sankeshwar, Camp Zainabad (1st day), Halvad, Bhuj (2nd day), Kera, Bhadreshwar, Mundra, Mandvi (3rd day), Narayan Sarovar, Koteshwar (4th day), Mata no madh (Ashapura mata), Banni (5th day), Ajnar, Morbi (6th day).

South Gujarat and Ajanta Ellora Darshan: A six day tour covering Saputara (1st day), Ellora caves, Daulatabad, Aurangabad (2nd day), Ajanta caves, Aurangabad, Bibi ka Maqbara (3rd day), Shirdi, Nashik (4th day), Trambakeshwar, Tithal (5th day), Baroda (6th day).

Ahmedabad Excursion Tour: A half day city tour covering Adalaj Vav, Gandhi Ashram, Calico Museum, Shreyas Museum Sundarvan Snake Park, Sarkhej Roza, Veechar Utensil Museum.

Gujarat Tourism also conducts weekend tours from Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat to : Abu Ambaji; Shirdi-Nashik-Trambakeshwar-Saputara; Mandu (MP); Pavagadh-Dakor. These tours are available on demand from groups.


How To Get There

Gujarat's various centres of interest are very conveniently connected to other parts of the country.

Air : Indian Airlines connects Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Bhuj to Mumbai and various other cities in India.

Vayudoot's regional operations cover other centres in Gujarat like Keshod, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar.

Rail : Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat are major cities of Gujarat on the broad-guage railway network. There is a broad-guage connection up to Dwarka, including Jamnagar and Rajkot. There are meter-guage connections to the rest of the state.

Road : National Highway No.8 and an excellent network of State Highways makes various tourist centres of Gujarat eaily accessible to other parts of the country. Road distances to some important stations are :


From Ahmedabad : Mumbai 510 km; Bhopal 571 km; Jaipur 625 km; Delhi 886 km; Madras 1,848 km.

From Vadodara : Calcutta 1,950 km; Udaipur 370 km; Ujjain 403 km; Varanasi 1,300 km; Trivandrum 1,930 km.

Information: Courtesy Government of India

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