Vansda National Park

Interesting Things to Do in Gujarat

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Gujarat is a land of rich wildlife selection, thriving biodiversity, colorful heritage and age-old beliefs which still occupies a place in the hearts of the locals and can be deeply felt by travelers. Once you travel to Gujarat you will be taken across through the interesting ecology and varying landscape that attracts a large number of tourists from across the sub-continent as well as from across the globe. From being home to one of the prime destinations of the All India Char Dham Yatra to being the only abode for the endangered Asiatic lions, Gujarat is a wholesome hub for adventure, pilgrimage and travel.

If you are planning on a trip to Gujarat or a weekend getaway to Gujarat then here are some interesting things that you can do:

1. Gir National Park (Junagadh, Gir Somnath and Amreli District)

Gir National Park

Also known popularly as Sasan Gir, this forest wildlife sanctuary was established in the year 1965. Panning over a massive area of 1,412 sq km in the Saurashtra region, this protected park is home to the only species of Asiatic lions in the world. This is a must visit site on your trip to Gujarat if you want to witness the ways of nature in its complete bloom. One can have sightings of Indian leopards, mugger crocodile, striped hyenas and more on their Jeep Safari of Gir.

  • Best Time To Visit – December to March / April and May (for wildlife photographers)
  • Jeep Safari Timings – 6 am to 9 am / 9 am to 12 pm / 3 pm to 6 pm

2. Kankaria Lake (Maninagar)

Kankaria Lake

Located in the Southern end of Ahmedabad, this 550 years old artificial lake is the biggest lake in Ahmedabad. The lakeside is utilized as an entertainment hub for visitors. There are numerous activities that takes place around the lake like, tethered balloon safari, train ride, kid’s specific rides and even high speed rides. The lake is also the commencement site for Kankaria carnival which celebrates the rich heritage and history of Ahmedabad.

  • Best Time to Visit – October to March
  • Lake Timings – 9 am to 10 pm

3. Kalo Dungar (Kutch District)

Kalo Dungar

Also popularly known as Black Hill, this is the highest point in Kutch (48 metres above Rann) and is located at a distance of 25 km from the nearest town of Khavda. After trekking up the hill you will be able to feast on the breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding. A 400 year old Dattatreya Mandir which is situated on top of the hill is also frequented by visitors who offer their prayer to the lord. A trek up to this hill offers you wonderful views of the land below.

Best Time to Visit – November to February

Travel Tip:

  • It is advised that you make the hiking excursion early in the morning.
  • Be sure to carry your own food and water.

4. Rann Utsav (Kutch)

Rann Utsav

Experience the colorful Gujarati culture in all its vigor at the Rann musical festival which takes place on the gleaming, white salt desert of Kutch. You can enjoy camel cart rides, meditation, yoga, paramotoring and much more. For a duration of 3 months the surreal landscape is covered in a radiant celebration of Gujarati heritage, beliefs and culture through dance and music. The perfect getaway for you and your loved ones Rann Utsav is the ultimate destination for fun and frolic.

  • Duration of Utsav – 1st November to 20th February
  • Timings of the Festival – 10 am to 8 pm

5. Shatrunjaya Hills (Bhavnagar District)

Shatrunjaya Hills

Situated at an elevation of 1900 feet above sea level, this holy site is highly revered among Jain devotees. A climb up the hills will open up an avenue of opulent Jain temples which were sanctified after the 1st Tirthankara gave his very first sermon here. It is home to a whopping 863 intricately designed, marble carved temples with the main temple being dedicated to Rishabhanatha. Jains cover this sacred journey at least once in their lifetime.

Best Time to Visit – September to March
Temple Timings – 5 am to 8 pm

6. Dumas Beach (Konkan Coast)

Dumas Beach

Located in the Southwestern region of Gujarat, this surreal black sand beach is a prime tourist attraction for travelers and visitors. If you are travelling with your family along, then a visit to this uniquely enchanting beach is a must. Sunsets from this beach are truly a sight to behold. Lined with delicious food stalls and the unmatched natural beauty of the beach this is the best spot for a day of relaxation and fun in the water with your loved ones.

  • Best Time to Visit – October to March
  • Beach Timings – open 24 hours

7. Nagoa Beach (Diu)

Nagoa Beach

If you are looking to unwind along with a side of some fun and thrilling adventure water sports activities then Nagoa Beach is the place to be. The white sandy beach which stretches for a distance of 2 km attracts numerous visitors who take a dip in refreshing water to rejuvenate themselves. The beach is home to sun bathers, water sports enthusiasts and people looking to relax or get away from the maddening city life.

  • Best Time to Visit – September to March
  • Local Attractions In Diu – Sea shells Museum, Gangeshwar Museum, St. Thomas Church, St. Paul’s Church.

8. Vansda National Park (Navsari)

Vansda National Park

Established in 1979 and panning over an area of 24 sq. km. this protected area showcases thick woodlands of Southern Gujarat. The unique collection of flora and fauna at this national park which is nestled on the lap of Western Ghats attract numerous nature lovers and travelers. Upon a visit there you will be able to view Indian leopard, rhesus macaque, hanuman langur, wild boar, Indian porcupine among others. Tree falling is illegal within the park premise which has proven to be beneficial for the ecology.

Best Time to Visit – June to February
Entry Fees – INR 400/- (car, SUV, jeep); INR 100/- (guide) + INR 50/- extra every hour.

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