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Recently Gujarat found mention in an article in Business Standard regarding Gujarat finding favour with foreign tourists. This article can be read here:

http://business-standard.com/economy/storypage.php?tab=r&autono=278244&subLeft=1&leftnm=3

I decided to start this thread to hopefully showcase what Gujarat has to offer when it comes to tourism. Gujarat may initially be seen as an industrial state. However, Gujarat has the longest coastline in India. Apart from the beaches one can find lion and bird sanctuaries, hills, deserts, lakes, palaces, museums etc. Below is a map that shows some of these tourist destinations in Gujarat.

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Saputara and Dang District

Gujarat may mainly come across as a dry and arid land. However, many of you might be surprised to see the pictures below. These are of the Dang district and more so of the hill station town of Saputara.

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The Rann of Kutch

After seeing the forests of Dang in the south east, we now travel to the north west part of Gujarat where the landscape is way different..

The Rann of Kutch is a seasonally marshy region located in the Thar Desert biogeographic province in Gujarat state of northwestern India and the Sind province of Pakistan. The name "Rann" comes from the Hindi word ran meaning "salt marsh". Kutch is the name of the district wherein it is situated. The Rann of Kutch comprises some 10,000 square miles between the Gulf of Kutch and the mouth of the Indus River in southern Pakistan.
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1. The salt pans of the Rann can be seen in the north western part of Gujarat (north Kutch)


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2. Dry landscape of the Rann..


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18. Wind Energy being harvested in the Rann..


There is a pretty big wild animal and bird sanctuary in the Rann. A great place for safaris..

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Mandvi, Kutch

Mandvi is a city and a municipality in Kachchh district in the Indian state of Gujarat. Once known as the Paris of Kachchh, where the Maharaos of Kachchh used to spend their summer due to its pleasant climate, Mandvi has a rich traditional history.

Mandvi is 56 km away from Bhuj, on the banks of river Rukmavati, just at the mouth where it meets the Arabian Sea near the Gulf of Kachchh.

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Mandvi is a beautiful city with many attractions. Not quite developed like Goa, the beaches are usually not overflowing. Below you'll see the beach, windmills and the Vijay Vilas Palace.

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he he, been to the beach, been to the palace and seen the windmills, and loved all of them.

You forget to mention the strong boat-building tradition of Mandvi. An example is visible in picture 20.
 

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You forget to mention the strong boat-building tradition of Mandvi. An example is visible in picture 20.
You're right. Ship building is an age old economy in Mandvi. Here are some pictures..

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the dry landscape and salt plane pics are great. shows some of the unique features of this part of the world.
 

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Dwarka

Dwarka is a city and a municipality in Jamnagar district in the state of Gujarat, India. Dwarka is rated as one of the seven most ancient cities in the country. The legendary city of Dvaraka in Hindu mythology was the dwelling place of Krishna. It is believed that, due to damage and destruction by the sea, Dvaraka has submerged six times and modern Dwarka is the 7th city to be built in the area.

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Dwarka has some really amazing beaches. As like many tourism spots in Gujarat, Dwarka is not quite as frequented like beaches in the south and hence you can escape the commercialization that you'd come across elsewhere.

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Video of Gujarat's Marine Park

Here's a video from the TOI:

http://broadband.indiatimes.com/videoshow/2756232.cms

Some more of the Marine Park at Narara Bet

http://www.dailyindia.com/show/209077.php/A-marine-park-in-Gujarat-on-its-way-to-become-hot-tourist-spot

A marine park in Gujarat on its way to become hot tourist spot

Jamnagar (Gujarat), Jan 19: A marine National park at Narara Bet in Gujarat is attracting a large number of tourists, as diverse aquatic species are available here.

Various species like live coral, live shell, algae plants, live oyster, prawns and crabs can easily be seen floating and unwinding in the shallow waters of the park.

"The sea in Gujarat is specifically different from other seas of the country because marine life here can be seen simply walking in low tide. You can experience something like this in very few places in the world. One has to go underwater even in the Great Barrier Reef, where a variety of corals and marine life is found," said B K Shilu, Forest Officer, Narara Range.

Due to its rich marine life and easy accessibility, this park is proving to be an ideal place for school children to understand marine life.

"The marine species like starfish, jellyfish which are mentioned in books, are caught here and shown to children. They learn in a better way here," said Keshubhai Ghetia, a Science teacher who visited the park with his students.

The park is one of the 42 islands in the Arabian Sea which is covered by coral reefs and mangrove swamps which promise to be a paradise for marine life lovers.

This island boasts of diverse flora and fauna including algae, coral, fishes, prawns, turtles, sea snakes, sea birds.

"We saw octopus, which was very slippery and puffer fish. It has very small teeth and it is very long. I am feeling very nice. Even the accommodation facilities are available here," said Kishore Singh Jadeja, a student.


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http://www.gujarattourism.com

^^ I wish I could do so, unfortunately I'm away from Gujarat. But hey, at least I can do this, guide people to a great website.

Here is link to Gujarat Tourism's official website: http://www.gujarattourism.com.

This website looks veeeeeery professional and has very crisp details. I'm sure people would find it very useful in terms of source of information.
 

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hey...good photos of Brand Ambassador of Tourism Gujarat.........it is the pride for Gujaratis....I urge all young Gujaratis to participate in Gujarat Tourism Thread..........and keep it moving with more inspirational inputs...........
 
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