Located on the country's western coast, Gujarat is one of the most vibrant coastal states of India, rich in crafts, history and natural beauty. The place derives its name from 'Gujaratta' meaning the land of Gurjars who passed through Punjab and settled in some parts of Western India. They were the sub tribes of the Huns who ruled the area during 8th and 9th centuries AD. The history of Gujarat dates back to 2000 BC. It is believed that Lord Krishna evacuated Mathura and settled his new capital on the west coast of Surashatra at Dwarka. Gujarat is bounded by the Arabian Sea on the west, Pakistan and Rajasthan in the north and northeast respectively, Madhya Pradesh in the southeast and Maharashtra in south. Gujarat with the longest coastline (1290km) in the country is renowned for its ancient temples, virgin beaches, and historic capitals replete with immense architectural assets, wildlife sanctuaries and hill resorts. Besides its varied destinations, this industrially advanced state is also known for its fascinating handicrafts, textiles, mouthwatering cuisine, lively fairs, festivals, and the colourful lifestyle.
Tourism in Gujarat is developing at a fast pace for more reasons than one. Not only is the state known for its industries but also renowned for its rich cultural heritage and scenic splendor. The beautiful temples, historical monuments, secluded beaches and the rich flora and fauna has led to the growth of tourism in Gujarat. Gujarat tourism attracts a good number of pilgrims and nature lovers from all parts of the country.
With the objective of opening up vistas to discerning travellers who would love to spend their vacations in Gujarat, Gujarat Tourism Development Corporation has taken the initiative to develop good infrastructure near Gujarat travel destinations and open Gujarat Tourism information offices all across the country. These information centers provide information about Gujarat tourism. The vibrant website of Gujarat tourism is a virtual Gujarat tourism guide, which gives out Gujarat travel details and offers exciting Gujarat tours, excursions and family vacation packages.
The ideal time to visit Gujarat is from October to February when the state enjoys a warm and pleasant weather.
Ahmedabad, Sabarmati Ashram, Sarnath, Palitana, Dwarka, Bhuj, Somnath Temple, Champaner, Saputara, Junagarh and Sasangir Bhavnagar, and Porbandar are some of the important Gujarat travel destinations.
By Air : Gujarat has 10 domestic airports and an international airport at Ahmedabad. There are frequent international flights to countries in Middle East, Europe and America. Indigo Airlines, Jetlite, Kingfisher airlines; Air India and Kingfisher Red operate regular flights to Ahmedabad from all major cities of India. Other airports are at Vadodara, Bhuj, Bhavnagar, Surat, Kandla, Keshod, Jamnagar, Porbandar and Rajkot.
By Rail : A good railway network not only connects the state internally but also links all prime cities of Gujarat to rest of the country.
By Road : An excellent network of roads, state and national highways connects Ahmedabad, the capital city to the different important places in the state of Gujarat and the major cities of India. The Gujarat State Transport Corporation, Gujarat Tourism, and private operators operate regular buses to all the major destinations of the state from most of the larger cities.