Gujarat is one of the most diverse states in India.
The state has a long and rich history, with settlements dating back to the Stone Age. It houses the most famous Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilization: the grand city of Dholavira and the ancient trading port of Lothal.
The state has numerous national parks and reserves, but perhaps the most important is the Gir Forest National Park near Talala Gir. It is home to the only Asiatic Lion population in India and is one of the most important protected areas in Asia. The Blackbuck National Park in the Bhavnagar District of Gujarat was once the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Bhavnagar but is now a protected home to blackbucks and nilgais.
Gujarat is also the home of iconic forts and palaces, mausoleums, ancient temples and stepwells. The Sun Temple in Modhera is dedicated to the Sun God and is almost 1,000 years old. It was built on the banks of the Pushpavati river, around 1026 AD in the Maru-Gurjara style of architecture.
The Somnath temple is an iconic temple representing the Indian cultural heritage. the magnificent stepwells, such as the 5-storey Adalaj ni Vav and Rani ki Vav combine Islamic architecture and carvings of Hindu deities. The intricately carved multi-storey structure is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also the cleanest heritage site in India. the vast majestic Runn of Kutch is a great site to camp.
The best times to visit Gujarat is during the Kite Festival during Runn Utsav as well as during Navratri, in autumn.
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