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Situated on the west coast of India between Maharashtra and Rajasthan, Gujarat did not really show up on the tourism map until recent years. A very successful series of advertising campaigns with Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and Statue of Unity has changed this. The interest of tourists in the state has increased to a great extent. Gujarat actually has a very interesting and extensive history, which can be traced to the Harappan civilization and all the ways of establishing coastal trading ports in 2400 to 1900 BCE. Much later, warrior communities came and established kingdoms in the state. They were followed by the Sultanates of Delhi and Gujarat, the Mughals and the British. However, Gujarat is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. Gujarat's heritage of heritage includes notable architecture, temples, palaces and havelis (many of which have been converted into hotels), and handicrafts. The state also has some rare wildlife and many bird watching sites. It is far from and about major cities, and is well worth exploring. You will wonder what to see and experience there. Gujarat is actually one of the most underlined destinations in India! If you are serious about birding and wildlife, archeology, or textiles, sore exercises are highly recommended for guided trips.

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1 Ahmedabad Old City

Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat for many centuries, was declared India's first UNESCO World Heritage City in 2017, defeating both Delhi and Mumbai. Its boundary wall Old City was established by Sultan Ahmed Shah in the 15th century and is home to various Hindu, Islamic and Jain communities. The Old City is divided into several poles (historic residential neighborhoods with winding alleys and carved wooden houses). It has some of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture and Hindu Muslim art in India. Explore the area on this fascinating Ahmedabad Heritage Walk. You can also stop at a heritage mansion like the French mansion. Gandhi's ashram is another top attraction in Ahmedabad. This was the starting point of his movement for India's independence through non-violence.

2 Baroda (Vadodara)

Baroda (changed name) stands for its regal heritage. The royal family of Gaekwad built their kingdom there in the 18th century and their huge Lakshmi Vilas Palace displayed Indo-Saracenic architecture. It is set in 500 acres of parkland and is reputed to be the largest private residence in India - and is four times the size of Buckingham Palace in England. A portion of the palace is open to the public; It includes the Coronation Room, the Gaddi Hall (with the throne of previous kings), the Durbar Hall and the Royal Armory. The ticket costs Rs 200 and includes an audio guide. Madhav Bug Palace Homestay provides an authentic heritage experience.

3 Statue of Unity, Kevadia

The world's tallest statue, dedicated to the Indian independence activist Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875–1950), was completed in 2018. At a height of 182 meters, it is twice the size of the Statue of Liberty. Patel was the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of independent India, and is highly regarded for his leadership in bringing together India's 562 princely states. The area surrounding the statue has been developed into a comprehensive tourist destination for the enjoyment of the whole family, with enough activities and attractions to fill it in at least two days. Apart from the statue, these include a sound and laser show, butterfly garden, cactus garden, ayurvedic wellness center, eco-friendly and medicinal plant nursery, handicraft shops, valley of flowers, forest with native trees, train with children's park And Mirror Labyrinth. , Safari parks and zoos, zip-linings, white water rafting, cycling, and boating on the lake. Empowerment of local women through the provision of training and employment has also been focused on. Luxury tents are provided in cities, hotels and local homes.

4 Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Little known UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Champaner and Pavagadh are laden with historical, architectural and archeological treasures from both Muslim and Hindu traditions, dating back to the 8th and 14th centuries. These include a hill fort, palace, place of worship (Jama Masjid is one of the most magnificent mosques in Gujarat), residential areas, reservoirs and step wells. If you want to spend time with nature then stay at Champaner Heritage Resort or Jambughoda Palace Hotel.

5 Chhota Udepur District

Part of Chhota Udepur, the tribal region of Gujarat, is seen ideally during the festival of Holi, when tribal fairs are taking place across the district. Tribal markets are also held on Saturdays and Mondays. If you are interested in the tribal heritage of India, do not miss the tribal academy of the Language Research and Publication Center at Tezgarh village in Chhota Udaipur. Its incredible Covenant Museum of Voice documents include tribes from around the country.