The best time to visit Gujarat is October to March.
You can visit the place any other time too, if heat and monsoon is not much of a matter. The Kutch festival is in the winter season in January.
The Winter is from November to February where the temp hovers at (12 - 29 Celsius). Summer is from March to May (29 - 41 Celsius). The Tropic of Cancer passes through the northern border of the state, the main reason why areas of Gujarat are either very hot or cold.
Go shopping in Ratanpol, Ahmedabad. Walk through the streets lined with shops and show rooms selling colourful chaniya cholis, ethnic wear for men and women, jewellery, chappals and more.
Buy a piece of art from Vadodhara. Also visit the Maharaja Fatehroa Museum in Laxmi Vilas Palace Complex.
Visit Bhuj the devasted city in 2001 earthquake and visit the craft baazars. Also the Kutch festival, Great Rann of Kutch, Chaari Dhand can be a fest for the eyes.
For wildlife lovers Gir National Park for Asiatic lions and Little Rann of Kutch for wild ass and migratory birds.
Embroidery is Gujarat's quintessential handicraft and many of the artisans are wives of herdsmen, nomads and agriculturists battling for a second income. Toran is the most common embroidered doorway decoration with hanging flaps, which is supposed to ventilate good luck.
The tie-dyed fabrics of Gujarat are the best produced in India and is demanded all over the world. Bandani of Jamnagar, Mandvi and Bhuj are famous all over the world.
Beadwork is another Gujarati specialty from Khambhat and Saurashtra. Motifs and patterns are dictated by the technique of putting two and three beads together. The best beadwork is produced by the 'kathis' (tribals).
One of the finest handwoven sarees from Gujarat. The famous Patola of Patan is known for its colorful geometrical pattern, which are strikingly beautiful.
The Zari industry of Surat is one of the oldest handicrafts whose origin can be traced to the Mughal period.
The Little Rann Of Kutch offers views of Ghudkar as it is popularly known. Gaining a speed of 70 km per hour, they cannot consistently keep up the speed. Once endangered thanks to the efforts of the agencies and government their numbers have increased.
Gujarat lies in the western part of India, a versatile land with captivating monuments, flourishing industries, spacious wildlife sanctuaries, unspoiled beaches, friendly people, rich handicrafts and so on. Very less known yet loads to be explored...lets know more about this beautiful place.
Maniyar's Wonderland in Ahmedabad
The world's largest and Gujarat's first Snow Theme Park. An ideal place to “chill, slide, play in the peak of summer at minus 5°C. Other games like Aqua Roller, Aqua Ball, snow Park, Traffic Island, Funny cars, Desert Bikes, Bumper balls, Zorb, Joy Train etc. are guided by the professional coaches assigned to train the entire group.
Liquor laws are very strict here. It is totally prohibited in the state. Foreigners who visit the state can get a temporary liquor permit from the counter of Gujarat Tourism in the airport.
Velavadar National park
160 kms from Ahmedabad and 55 from Bhavnagar, Velavadar has packs of wolves (if lucky to spot one though) which feat on the black bucks here. It is also a bird watchers heaven. It is a favourite spot for migratory birds from Western Europe and Central Asia. One can see harriers a plenty here. The mating of blackbucks is a spectacle here.
The park is closed from June 16 to Oct 15. The best time to visit is November to February.
Dholavira is around 250 kms from Bhuj and will take 4-5 hrs. It was discovered in 1968 by Jagatpati Joshi. It is spread over 250 acres of land and is one of the largest and prominent sites of the Indus Valley Civilization. The unique feature here is the complex system of cannals and reservoirs for water conservation. It was used for rain water harvesting.
Lothal is another Harappan site which was excavated in 1954, it is 85 kms from Ahmedabad. The excavations here have revealed seals, beads, ivory, shells etc and some seals have been traced to Egypt.
In Bhuj dont miss out Hotel Annapoorna. The idea there is very unique. They serve you a thali laden with dishes and then you decide what to eat, you can remove the dishes you dont want and you get billed for only what you eat. Unique isin't it!