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Max and Globus are having their first showroom in Gujarat are situated at
Gallops. All the leading brands like Pepe Jeans, Reeboke, Max, Lifestyle,
Globus, Archies Gallery, Koutons are included under one tag gallops. The
mall is also having a delicious food zone which includes famous food chains
of India like Murugan Xpress, Happinezz, Subway, Havmor and so on. It is
the most happening shoipping place in the city as it Gallops, the first ever
designer mall of Gujarat in the mega City Ahmedabad. It is the mall with
the designer concept of Pyramid. The mall is situated in the most hop and
happening shopping area Satellite. It is having great facilities provided by
any other mall of Gujarat. It is having 700 car parking facilities which is
only mall having this kind of parking zone. The mall includes all the leading
brands showrooms. Some of them like attracts the fun-loving and fashion
oriented around N G Patel of N G Group says that they were working for
these mall since last 16 months and being proud to say that it is the only
designer mall of Gujarat, which is made with the concept of Pyramid
structure. The Gallops will surely be the new sensation for shopping freaks
and fun loving people from the India and abroad. The malls also provide the
designer showroom like “Namee” which has the designer collection of
sarees, western outfits, gorgeous accessories which will surely lure the mass.

It also has a designer collection by famous designer of India like Vikram

Perdnis, Neeta Lulla. Gallops is surely the best shopping for shopping



When Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837 jewellery was romantic
and nationalistic. It gave attention to the pressure of all folk art which later
influenced the art and crafts movement. Until mid century most western
jewellery came from Europe but soon jewellery began to be made in
America and Australia. Although jewellery had been made by multiple
methods of production for centuries, mid Victorian mass production in
Birmingham (England), Germany and providence, Rhode Island meant that
standards were lowered Victorian women rebelled when they saw some of
the machine made jewellery on offer, although much of what has survived is
of good quality.
Victorian jewellery is usually ornate and decorative and sometimes rather
ostentatious but as the century progressed, styles became more open and
lighter and more angular often showing oriental influence and more
wearable with day clothes.

Diamond jewellery was popular in the 19th century and up to the present day
although the specific value depends on the individual piece as well as the
quality of the diamonds, which can differ enormously from piece to piece.
Diamond jewellery can be dated by the different cutting of the stones. The
Victorians used rose cut, brilliant cut and table or cushion cut diamonds.
Jewellery became more affordable in the 19th century with the world wide
discovery of sapphire from Kashmir, opals from Australia. Gold from
California, demanded garnets from Russia and diamonds from South Africa.

Victorian jewellery will be more in demand concerning the festive season in

Gujarat. As Navratri is the 9 nights festival, these time surely the Victorian
jewellery will be the womens first choice. Silver jewellery which is hat
every year with the traditional chaniya cholis will be surely replaced by eye
catching and stylish Victorian jewellery. As it gives the trendy and peppy
looks and the advantage is it looks more stylist with the Indo-western
chaniya cholis.

As now a days Navratri is also getting more fashionable than traditional.

The Victorian jewellery will surely in demand among the youth. Victorian
jewellery also gives the looks of some antique designer feel which looks
quite different than the traditional silver jewellery Rings, Necklace,
Pendants, Full sets and many more accessories are available on demanding
this Navratri.

Situated on the western tip of India, this is a state that has been the front runner in the
over all economic development of the country since 1960. With only6% geographical
area and 5% of the population of India. Gujarat contributes to 21% of the country’s
exports and 6.42% of the national GDP at constant prices. Also Gujarat has the highest
economic growth rate in the country.

The state is a manufacturing powerhouse with world class production capabilities in

textiles, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and agro-based products. The state has 41 ports
that handle most of the cargo in the country including India’s only chemical handling port
located at Dahej in Bharuch district. Its immensely successful state co-operative
federations have brought prosperity to rural Gujarat. Cooperatives like Amul enjoy a
significant market share in India’s processed food section. Gujarat is also rich in bio
resources and has a forest cover of 1.88 billion hectares.


The state has earmarked funds to promote itself at the international trade fairs and
conferences. Policy makers of the state are keen to build a brand that stands for reliance
and unmatched quality. The annual Global Investors Summit was held this year in
January which saw new project announcements by many corporate. This year the
Vibrant Gujarat 2006 will be held from 12th to 14th January. It coincides with the grand
Uttarayan festival.


Ahmedabad will soon be boasting of a Manhattan like skyline with the tallest skyscrapers
once the Sabarmati River Front Project is complete. The Sabarmati Riverfront
Development Corporation Limited promoted by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
is undertaking a project to develop the riverfront area and proposes to sell the 22.15 ha of
this reclaimed land for commercial development. Also 12.47 ha of the reclaimed land
will be sold for residential development. Land will also be utilized for public utilities and
recreational facilities, thus changing the face of Ahmedabad.


Gujarat has created a water revolution with no parallel in the country. With the initiation
of river linking project another first in the country, Narmada waters are now flowing in
all major rivers across the state. The semi arid region of Gujarat is converted into a lush
green belt. The historical confluence of Saraswati and Narmada rivers at Siddhpur has
become a place of pilgrimage. The Sardar Sarovar Project has truly been recalled the
lifeline in Gujarat . It is India’s largest hydro project. Other check dams are also being
constructed. The drought effected areas are recharged with water under the Sujalam
Sufalam Yojana in Gujarat.

The state has actively sought private participation in improving the existing infrastructure
facilities. The state is the first in the country to develop port facilities, estates and roads
in conjunction with the private sector. When the economic regime in the country was
under protective environment and most of the activities were under the Government
control, Gujarat had taken steps in the direction of privatization. The Government of
Gujarat has enacted Gujarat Infrastructure Development Act, which facilitates the process
of setting up of Infrastructure projects with the help of private sector investment.


Gujarat is India’s most industrialized State accounting for 20% of India’s manufacturing
output. 21% of the exports and 30% of its stock market capitalization.

It ranks third in the number of factories in the country. It is a leading state in terms of per
capita gross output and per capita value added in industries. Projects worth US$7.3
billion are under are under implementation. The industrial growth of Gujarat with a
figure of 8.52% is way ahead of many Indian states.. It was one of the first states to set
up industrial parks in India. The small industries policy receives around the cluster
development approach. Some of the key industries that make Gujarat’s Industrial core

Drugs and Pharmaceuticals

Gujarat is a reputed centre for pharmaceutical and healthcare education and research.
The pharmaceuticals industry of the state substantially contributes to production and
domestic consumption and to the export basket of the country’s drug sector.


The next two years could be defining moments in the fortunes of this industry, as the
global garment majors are required to set up garment operations in the state, which would
have a catalytic effect in terms of vendor development programmes, training and
employment creation.

Mines & Minerals

Gujarat is endorsed with a rich and diverse mineral base. Principal minerals found in the
state are limestone, bauxite and lignite. Entrepreneurs have already made major inroads
into the processing of resources.

Gems & Jewellery

Gujarat accounts for 72% of India’s gems and jewellery exports. Promotion of jewellery
parks is on the anvil. 80% diamonds processed in India are processed in Gujarat. Of this,
approximately 90% are processed in Surat alone. Enterprising dealers from Palanpur
have risen to such prominence that they constitute the most influential group in the world
diamond trade.

Agro Based Policy

Around 5.61% of registered units in the state are agro based. Food parks, agro processing
zones and agro export zones are to be set up to provide impetus to the export of
perishables. The state’s agro policy is intended to create a world class supply chain to
facilitate between the centers of cultivation and agro processing zones. The state is
taking a number of measures to double its agro processing capability.


Gujarat has sound infrastructure in form excellent road network exceeding 74,000 kms
and rail network of across 5130 kms. Gujarat has the highest number of airports in India.
The state is planning a second international airport and will invest Rs. 1200 crore on it.

The ports of Gujarat handle a lot of port traffic in the country and also millions of tones
of cargo. The Pipavav Port at Pipavav (Saurashtra) and the Mundra port in Kutch were
the country’s first Greenfield ports to be developed on a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer
(BOOT) basis.

Gujarat’s maritime sector is considered to be the most developed among the states of
India, Gujarat’s indented coastline is dotted with 41 strategically located ports. 1 major,
11 intermediate and 29 minor ports. By 2015, it is estimated that Gujarat’s port will
handle on million tonnesi.e. 39% of the total national cargo

Social infrastructure.

The state’sliteracy rate stands at 69.1% which is higher than the national average of
65.38%. Gujarat is home to some of the best educational institutions in the country as the
leading business school IIM, the design school NID, NIFT etc. The industrial
development of the stategives ample scope for setting up of new educational institutes is
specialized across like marine engineering, port management, jewellery design, bio-

The state leads to labour productivity in the country and the highest proportion of the
state’s population runs their own business.

The state has high expectancy levels, low birth and death rates and low infant mortality
rate, Healthcare facilities available in Gujarat are comparable to the best in the world.

Industrial Infrastructure
The Gujarat Industrial Investment Development Corporation has already set up 168
Industrial estates and another 106 are being developed. The state government has
developed special economic zones. It encourages organizations to set up units in these
zones by giving them tax holidays and subsidies like exemption from stamp duty and
registration fees.


Gujarat is an investor’s delight and these are promising times for Gujarat. With 16.8% of
the total industrial investment of the country, Gujarat stands first for the highest industrial
investment in the country. The state houses a number of multinational corporations, large
private sector companies, strong public sector enterprises and a large number of medium
and small scale units.


Gujarat is gathering popularity as a favorite medical tourism destination in the world.

Medical tourism has been identified as a thrust area. With multi specialty hospitals
equipped with modern infrastructure and offering cost effective treatment to NRIs, a
medical tourism policy is being developed to further develop this sector.


Property prices are soaring all over the state more so especially in Ahmedabad and
Kutch.. Industrial Investments in Anjar and Mundra have triggered the rise in cost of
land by 500 to 1000 times in the last four years. While in Ahmedabad it is the Sabarmati
Riverfront Project that is responsible for the escalating land prices.


The year 2006 has been declared the Tourism Year by the government of Gujarat. The
government is encouraging the development of event based tourism, tourist circuits, and
infrastructure development at tourist sites. It aims to increase the contribution of tourism
to the state GDP to a level of 10% by 2022. The state government is seeking partnership
with private national and international tourism groups to develop the sector.


Gujarat is among the leading states to invest money and resources for IT implementation
in governance and citizen services. The E-Dhara project has seen 100% computerization
of land documents. The state government has outlined a number of policy initiatives to
encourage entrepreneurs. Information kiosks are being put up at important buildings will
have information on the investment opportunities at the state and district level. These
will guide investors seeking information on government regulations regarding new
ventures and investment.
Gujarat has received three awards in the domain of e-governance for being the best e-
governed state for the best service orientation and in the technology category.

It makes strong business sense to be in Gujarat. The vibrancy of the state extends much
beyond its lifestyle and culture. Gujarat is known for its entrepreneurial spirit and
excellent labour environment. It gets the ranking of “AAA” for the strength of its
economy, employment opportunities, industrial infrastructure and quality of life, and the
future looks energy rich too.


The Pols are an integral part of old Ahmedabad, the largest city and erstwhile capital of
Gujarat. It nurtures in its folds, pages of history, a breath of harmony and a showcase of
exquisite architecture. Pols date deck to 1714 when communal riots necessitated greater
security and gave rise to self sufficient micro-neighborhoods with a distinctive residential
pattern and irregular street clusters. Over the years, as the close knit pattern of pol living
nucleated deep amity, neighborhoods were formed around common professions rather
than religions.


Residential units with intricately carved wood and stone facades project outward with
each other floor making a beautiful line up on both sides of the street. The compactly
built neighborhood bred kinship across Hindus, Jains and Muslims of common profession
Guarded by a gate, the usually narrow street, widens at points to accommodate
community activity at chabutra , a temple or playing areas. Interestingly, the dense and
vertically high formations ensured cooler interiors in blazing summers while higher
floods brought in the winder warmth.


The richly carved exterior indicated the prosperity and aesthetic values of the women.
The most effluent resident owned a bigger “Havcli” which had the grandest façade done
in elaborate stone carvings and wood carvings. Predominantly wooden, the sculptured
doors , windows, beams, pillars and balconies stand high above and around the otta the
entrance platform for primary and casual social interaction. Step inside into the central
open space , the chowk around which the rest of the zones are built. Both the chowk and
the baithak reflect workmanship in woodwork as eaves, brackets, pillars, ceilings,
windows and doors. The baithak, kitchen and service areas shared the ground floor,
while narrow and steep stairways climb up the quarters and terrace above. As modern
iliving brings in the changes, the pols with all their age withered glory will live proudly
in Ahmedabad. Notable in the present day pols are Mhurat Pol, Mandvi-ni-Pole and
Lakha Patel-ni-Pol.


The business capital of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is well known for its progressive and
enterprising qualities. The industrious populace has prospered in almost of areas of
industry and trade putting. Ahmedabad as a leading centre on the business map of the
country. This city is also nicknamed as the Manchester of India because iof the textile

.The formal capital of Gujarat is also a unique blend of traditional values and modern
outlook. Its rich premughal and Mughal architure still sustains its district identity in
perfect unison with the modern structures. The world famous Siddi Sayyed Screen and
AdalajStepwell (17 Kms from Ahmedabad) are standing testimonies of the Mughal

Tourist Attractions

Jama Masjid, Sarkhej Rouuza, Rani Rupmati Masjid Rani Sipri Masjid and Tomb, Siddi
Bashir Masjid, Bhadra Fort, Tran Darwaja, Shah Alam Rauza, Kankaria Lake,Shahibaug
Palace, Dada Hari-ni-Vav, Seth Hutheesing Jain Temple, Sabarmati Ashram, Calico
Museum, Shreyas Utensil Museum etc.


Nal Sarovar, - A Marvellous bird sanctuary (64 Kms) Lothal A 2nd century B C city (80
Kms) Patan The one and the only place in the world for exclusive”Patola” silk sarees
(130 kms) Shamlaji an important Vaishnavava Shrine(126 Kms) Ambaji a popular
pilgrimage centre (177 kms) Modhero (famous for its Sun Temple depicting exquisite
eratic carvings (106 kms).


Basking in the glory of the preindependence Gaekwadi Raj , Vadodara is full of pleasant
surprise for tourists. Its well manicured neat lush green gardens are a major attraction
notable among them is the Sayaji Garden which has a zoo, museum, Planetarium and a
unique childrens train. The Laxmivilas Palace, residence of the Gaekwads, has its own
museum. The Kirti Mandir with original paintings of Nandlal Bose and Tambekanwada
wall paintings after a visual feast. Vadodara’s M S University is a world famous centre
for knowledge and study,. In the last 25 years this Garden city has remained at the
forefront of industrial activity with giants like IPCL, GSFC, Gujarat Refinery and
Petrofils being established here. This development has gifted a unique cosmopolitan
profile to the already rich heritage in culture and education.
Tourist attractions

Makarpura Palace, Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Maharaja Faeth Sinh Museum, Kirti Mandir,
Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery Planetarium.


Champaner the ancient capital of Patai Royal 53 Kms from Baroda has beautiful
architural monuments and mosques.

Pavagadh serene temples on a hill.

Shuklati in (90 Kms) Dakor (57 Kms) Religious places of Hindus.


Surat is one of the oldest cities of Gujarat in ancient times It was a major trade centre
with trading ships from all over the world anchoring here. . Even today, it preserves
glimpses of the bygone era – the ancient Dutch gardens. Dutch cemetery and the old fort
stand proudly in defiance of time.

Today Surat is throbbing with textile industry, diamond cutting and polishing industry,
spices and a host of other activities which includes exquisite jariwork. The Chowpaty on
the banks of Tapti river is famous.

Tourist Attractions

The old fort-14th century structure built by Mohammed Bin Tughlak. The English
factory house a combination of Hindu and colonial architecture.

Rander Omate mosques galore.


Ubharat (42 kms) the wind and the sea and you plus an excellent holiday home equipped
with at facilities.

Tithal (108 Kms) beautiful beach resort.

Ukai (108 Kms) the largest man made lake in themidst of a picturesque tribal area.

Shukiathirth (104 Kms) An ideal picinic and on the banks of the river Narmada

Dummas Beach (8 Kms) Saputara (120 kms) Nargal and Unai hot springs are also
interesting excursion spots.

Bhavnagar once used to be an active port on the Gulf of Cambay. It is also a take off
point for a trip to Palitana, the Mecca of Jains. Mahatma Gandhi studied here in his
college days.

Tourist Attractions

Gandhi Smruti Sardar Samiti and Bar Talav a picturesque lake.


Palitana and Talaja are important Jain pilgrim spots. Near Talaja is Gapnath a temple site
adjacent to a beautiful. beach Mahuva is also a good beach.


Rajkot once the capital of Saurashtra is famous for its gold and silver ornaments. It is
also a foremost industrial centre of Saurashtra. Mahatma Gandhi had spent his childhood
days in Rajkot.

Tourist Attractions

Kaba Gandhi no Delo – Gandhi’s ancestral home. Rajkumar College. Watson Museum
and Library Lal Pari Lake. Altered High School. Aji Dam, Government Milk Dairy.


Wankaner (150 Kms) a former palace converted into a hotel and holiday resort.
Jadeshwar (60 Kms) Ghela Somnath (76 Kms) Virpur (64 Kms) Gondal (38 Kms)
Tramba (30 Kms).


Jamnagar a princely town is named after His Highness Jamsaheb., the former ruler. It is
famous for pearl fishing and the world renowned tie and die (Bandhani) fabrics.

Tourist Attractions

Kotha Bastion and Lakhota fort which houses a museum displaying sculptures dating
from 9th to 18th Century. Also of tourist interest Jam Saheb’s Palace. Rosy & Bedi ports,
Khambhalia Ghats, Manekbail Mukhtidham, Stadium Ranmal Lake.

Piratan Marine National Park can be approached from Bedi Port.


Dwarka and Bet Dwarka are nearby. Dwarka is the ancient town where Lord Krishna
resided and Bet Dwarka is an island with a Krishna temple.


The Birth Place of Mahatma Gandhi. It is also called Sudamapuri.

Tourist Attractions

Kirti Mandir, Bharat Mandir, Planetarium, Chowpatty.


Junagadh’s establishment dates back to the reign of Emperor Ashoka (250 B C) Later,
the Nawabs of Junagadh ruled from there. It has many interesting tourist sites. The
mountain of Junagadh has Jain and Muslim Shrines and is an important pilgrim site.

Tourist Attractions

Upmarket Fort 1500 year old Buddhist Vaves. Ashoka’s Rock Edicts. Damodar Kund,
Maabara, Shrine of Narsi Mehta, Temples of Girnar, Sakarbaugh Museum and zoo.


Sason Gir – The abode of Asiatic Lions, which also has a rich variety of wild life.
Chorwad and Ahmedpur Mandvi beach Resort are serene, tranquil excursion spots well
developed by Gujarat Tourism.


The ancient town, once the capital of Gujarat, still retains some of its glory. Patan has a
marvelously architectured step well which fascinates the onlooker. It is also well known
for the world famous Patolas.



Considered to be the Mecca of Jains. The huge complex of temples atop the Shatrunjay
hills, built with marble and elaborately decorated with carvings and reliefs on the pillars
walls and domes is an architectural marvel. The Shatrunjay river flows on the best of
these hills. Shatrunjay dam is a popular picnic spot.
Palitana is about 55 Kms from Bhavnagar Gujarat Tourism’s Hotel Sumeru provides
decent accommodation and delicious food. Besides, Palitana Shankheshwar near
Viramgam (via Ahmedabad) and Mahudi in North Gujarat near Vijapur are also
important Jain Pilgrim spots.


Located near Junagadh. Tuslishyam is known for its sulphur hot springs. Gujarat
Tourism has a holiday home here.


Enroute from Ahmedabad to Mt. Abu It is a very famous pilgrim spot where Mata Amba


Located on the sea side overlooking a beautiful sandy beach. The Somnath Mahadev
Temple is a historical pilgrim spot. The temple has withstood various attempts of
demolition by Mughal Kings. The renovated temple stands near the original site.
Somnath preserves one of the twelve original Jyotiirlingas. The Shivaratri festival is
celebrated with much pomp and replacement at the temple.

Gujarat Tourism has a Tourist Bunglow at Veraval near Somnath.


The ancient city of Dwarka was the capital of Lord Krishna’s Kingdom. It is said that on
leaving Mathura, Krishna had settled down in Dwarka. Many mythological stories are
related to Dwarka. The Dwarkadhish Temple (Jagatmandir) is a monument of divine
faith and inspiration for Krishna’s followers. But more than 1400 years back. It is richly
decorated with carvings and relief’s. Janmashtami (Lord Krishna’s birthday)is celebrated
with eexuberance at this temple. It is said that when Lord Krishna finally left his mortal
body for heavenly abode, the entire city of Dwarka submerged under the sea.

Shardapith one of the tour maths established by Jagadguru Shankracharya is nearby. Bet
Dwarka and Nageshwar temples are also within 30 kms of Dwarka.

Gujarat Tourism has Toran Tourist Bunglow at Dwarka which provides decent lodging
and boarding facilities.


The famous Thkaroji temple of Dakor attracts thousands of devotees every year.

Dakor is about 60 kms from Vadodara.


Mata kali one of the much worshipped Goddesses of Gujarat presides atop the hills of
Pavagadh. It is visited by hundreds of pilgrims daily.

Pavagadh is a very picturesque spot overlooking the majestic ruins of Champaner Fort.
The Champaner Mosque is also very famous. Due to its scenic beauty, it has become a
popular picnic site. Pavagadh also has the attraction of ropeway ride. Pavagadh is
around 50 kms from Baroda. Hotel Champaner run by Gujarat Tourism takes care of
accommodation and food facilities for tourists.


The temple site is located on the banks of river Narmada. Because of beautiful natural
setting, it is also a picnic spot.

Gujarat Tourism has its Toran Holiday Home here.


The Sun Temple at Modhera in North Gujarat is very famous for the unique architecture.
The entire temple is elaborately decorated with intricate carvings and stone sculptures.
The temple overlooks a stepped pond with rich carvings on the steps. A visit to Modhera
is a must for all tourists when visiting Gujarat.


The history and culture of Gujarat has its roots in religion. Most of the Fairs and festivals
beat relevance to some religious belief or event. These occasions are joyous and
colourful, celebrated with much devotion and festivities.


Since 1989 Gujarat tourism has started organizing this unique kite festival every year in
which enthusiasts from India and abroad participate. The festival is held between 10th
and 15th January around Makarsankranti.


Held on the 14th day of the Krishna Paksha of Magha (Around February) at the temples
of Bhavnath 3 Kms from Junagadh.

Best Folk Music, Bhajans (devotional songs).


Held on the 4th,5th, 6th day of the Sukla Paksha of Bhadrapada (August-September) of
Tarnetar Village of Surendranagar District,196 Kms from Ahmedabad and 96 Kms from
Rajkot. Most notable and colourful fair. Gujarat Tourism makes extensive arrangements
for visit and accommodation facilities of this fair.


Held on Kartiki Purnma (around November) at the famous temple at Somnath Lakhs of
people congregate to offer homage to Lord Somnath. Changing of Bedic hymns, folk
drama and dances.


Held on 9th day of Chaitra (Around April) at Madhavpur in Porbandar Taluka to

commemorate the marriage of Lord Krishna and Rukhmini.


Held on Kartiki Purnima (around November) at Vautha Near Ahmedabad to celebrate the
confluence of seven rivers.

Pilgrims light small lamps and set them afloat in the river giving it the appearance of a
fairy land. Also a cattle fair where horses, camels and donkeys are sold.


Held at Palitana.

Darshan of Temple and impressive processions are the highlights of these festivals.


Held on the day before Holi (around March) at Dangs Adivasi District.

Tribal dances, distribution of prizes by tribal chiefs etc.


Held on 13th day of Hijri month of Shawaal of the famous Roza of Saint Shaikh Ahmed
about 10 kms from Ahmedabad.

Marked by austerity and religious ceremonies.



Held on the Birthday of Lord Krishna all over Gujarat specially at Dwarka to celebrate
the birthday of lord Krishna.


A nine day festival of joyous gaiety in dedication of Godess Amba held from the 1st day
Ashvin (around October) all over Gujarat.

Most important and colourful festival celebrated for nine nights, Garba & Dandia Ras the
traditional dance performed by men and women.


Held on the last day of Navratri all over Gujarat. To commensurate the victory of Rama
over Ravana.


Held on Full Moon day in the month of Ashvin all over Gujarat.


Held on the 15th day after Dassera all over Gujarat.

The important festival is enjoyed by one and all The New Year day follows the festival


Held in the month of Pash (14thJanuary) all over Gujarat. When the sky wears Polka
dots kites of all sizes and shapes flown by yong and old to commemorate the beginning
of the northward journey of the Sun.


Held on the 14th day of the Krishna Paksha of Magha all over Gujarat

Signifies conclusion of winter, dedicated to Lord Shiva.


Held on 9th day of the Sukla Paksha of Chaitra all over Gujarat.
Celebrated on birthday of Lord Rama.


Held on the Ashadha Sud 2 at Jagdish Temple at Ahmedabad.

Colourful procession of Chariots with idol of Gods


In memory pf Hazrat Imam, who sacrificed himself and his family for the sake of islam.


Birthday of Prophet Muhammed


In memory of the sacrifice made by Hazrat Ibrahim




art form. Characteristically colourful and versatile in its designs and patterns, these
textiles are famous the world over.

The popular method is resist technique. The patolas of Patan (N Gujarat) is an

international favourite. Such textiles are made only in Ball (Indonesia) where the
technique is known as Double Ikat The Bandhanis ( tie and die fabrics) of Jamnagar
Bhuj and Mandvi are unique in style and pattern. Anjar and Dhamadka (Kachchh) are
famous for its Ajrakh resist printing technique embroidery patchwork and mirror work of
Saurashtra is in much demand. Banni textiles (Kachchh) is also reputed for its intricate
and tasteful embroidery The woven Mushroo and reserved printing on cotton and silk is
also a district form of textiles.


The Handicrafts of Gujarat are considered as some of the finest examples of

craftsmanship in India and abroad. The wide use of local material and the simplicity of
its various forms and patterns characterize its genius.

Kuchchh is the breeding ground of Handicrafts. Women play a very important role in the
making of these objects. The Meghwals who migrated from Rajasthan are expert
craftsman who work in wood carvings produce leatherware and also weave. The vadas
produce ingenious domestic items like the cradle, toys, lacquer work in glowing colors,
clay utensils in innovative shapes and forms etc. Silver jewellery, intricately crafted into
the finest pieces of ornaments is a speciality of Kachchh and Rajkot. Leather items like
Shoes, sandals, handbags, purses etc. are also made in Kachchh. Namada (felt inlay)
from Mundra in Kachchh bears its own district identity of colour matching and weaving
of patterns. The clay walls of the Bunga the circular hut in decorated with raised patterns
reliefs and wall paintings.

Apart from Kachchh several other areas also produce commendable pieces of handcrafts.
The wooden sofa sets of Sankheda near Baroda finds place in many a modern home toys
and lacquer work at Mahuva are also very popular. The terracotta and pottery work of
Gujarat is extremely versatile ranging from water pots to forms of Gods and Goddesses to
toys . Metal and wood work of Saurashtra is a distinguished type. The doors of houses,
cupboards (pataras) jewellery boxes etc are made with meticulous core with decorated
metal ships and forms bearing raised patterns and reliefs.


Gujarat is studded with picturesque, serene, quiet and enjoyable locations. Golden sandy
beaches wild life sanctuaries hill stations – You name it and Gujarat has in store a
suitable location for every taste of holidayers



The Saundra Beach Resort here is to fully developed holiday site with all modern
facilities and amenities of the tourist disposal.

Comfortable tastefully decorated living quarters a variety of India, Continental and

Chinese cuisine conference hall for those who want to mix business with pleasure, indoor
and outdoor games.

Ahmedabad Mandvi has it all water sports facilities are also provided.


The Palace Beach resort at Chorwad matches Ahmedpur Mandvi in its quiet, isolated
sscenic beauty with the magic of crystal. Clear sea and golden velvety beach. A palace is
converted into a modern living quarter which offers all the comfort and convenience in
the world.

Tithal is the most beautiful beach resort in South Gujarat. The luxuriant surfing sea is
very inviting and the beach full of fun and frolic.


Another quiet charming beach in South Gujarat near Surat.



A picturesque hill station in the Dangs in Sahyadri Range in South Gujarat. It is situated
at a comfortable height of 873 meters. The hills overlook a lush green valley and have
got several interesting observation points Nature has blessed Saputara with many
hypnotic marvels. A lake in the middle at the hills offers boating pleasure.



The Gir forest is the only place in the world except Africa where the King of Jungle. The
majestic Lion can be witnessed in natural habitat. The dense forests of Gir also hosts a
wide range of other rpecies like Panther, striped Hyena, Sambar Chital (spotted deer)
Niligal (blue bull) Chinkara the unique Chowsingha (four Horned antelope) long tailed
langur and others. A crocodile farm is also developed in the jungle.

Lion Safari

An exciting two days package tour is offered by Gujarat Tourism. The package includes
receiption at Keshod Airport transfer to ITDC forest lodge a tour of the Sanctuary Lion
show and transfer to Keshod Airport.

Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary

Nal Sarovar a beautiful lake near Ahmedabad is a unique Bird sanctuary where birds
from across the several seas take recluse during the winters. A large variety of birds
including Siberian Cranes flock here between November and February. The whole
landscope at Nalsarovar is transformed into a multicoloured Kaleidaoscope of all hues
and coloiurs with countless birds chipping and fluttering in the water throughout the
winter season.

Wild Ass Sanctuary

The Wild Asses (Khachhar) roam free in this sanctuary in Kachchh. Thousands of these
animals have made if their home, where they can live and room these without the fear of
Velavadar Block Buck Sanctuary is the place where the unique species roams free in vast
open lands. It is about 48 kms from Bhavnagar


In Gujarat one feels suddenly transported to a world of colour. In this “Rainbow State”
of India there are enchanting lakes sprinkled with water; lilies, misty rivers, unspoilt
beaches low forested hills where birds of plumage preen and verdant up lands where are
bred the finest cattle in India. At sunset the western horizon of Gujarat is ablaze as if the
Gods have run not with paint and brush. This rich bounty of color with which nature was
endowed the land the greens the earthy reds and the vibrant sapphire blues are manifest in
the life and work of the people.

Colour suffuses Gujarat’s handicrafts its textiles, the resplendent fabrics that make up the
swirling skirts of women its folk dances and its festivals, its brightly painted Hinu
temples, Jain shrines, splendid mosques, all glow with an ornamentation that is unique to
Gujarat. Unique also is its heterogeneous population of Hindus, Jains, Parsis and
Muslims who have helped Gujarat march from a historic past into a highly industrial
modern present where wealth, prosperity and progress go hand in hand with ethnicity and

Gujarat offers the visitor a fabulous of beat holiday. With a long and varied history, it
has many interesting places to visit. Here one scarcely knows where legend ends and
history begins. From beyond the annals of history legend claims that the Temple of
Somnath was a witness to the creation of the Universe. Along the south coast of Gujarat
are located the sites of the events in Lord Krishna’s life.

Gujarat’s mild and pleasant climate and its salubrious beaches make it an deal location
for nature lovers and holiday makers. With its colourful warm and spontaneous
hospitality traditional costumes and life style Gujarat provides a rare travel experience for
the visitor.


Gujarat has a coastline measuring more than 1660 km the longest among all Indian states
lined by beaches scenic rocky coast lands beach palaces and shore temples. The coast
promises a holiday that blends relaxing on sea beaches with sightseeing and other
activities. A unique aspect of the Gujarat coast is the presence of royal palaces along the
Porbandar, Junagadh, Bhavnagar and Kutch District coastline.


It is one of the best beaches of Gujarat. The long sandy stretch of beach with Hoka palm
trees to the rear and a view over the sea to the islands of Diu is good for walks and
wading. Watersports are on offer at Ahmedpur Mandvi. It is possible to cross to Diu and
enjoy numerous beach options and sightseeing of the Portuguese monuments. Off the
road from Diu to Bhavnagar via Mahuva is Gopnath. It has a shore temple where it is
said Narsingh Mehta attained enlightenment and a scenic rocky coastline. The Gopnath
bunglow is now a heritage hotel. On the west coast of the Gulf of Cambay are Ubhrat
and Tithal near Valsad which has a beach fringed by groves popular for swimming
vading and walking. Further down the coast are the Union territory of Daman and the
beach of Deheri which offers good swimming.


One of Gujarat’s prettiest beaches is Mandvi on the northern coast of the Gulf of Kutch.
Situated near Mandvi town, which has many buildings of the jadeja Rajput rulers of Jutch
district., the beaches of Mandvi have pretty sands and good views and it is always
possible to find safe places for swimming and vading. While the town beach attracts a
number of visitors it is possible to escape the crowds at the pleasant beaches of Vijay
Vilas Place a short distance out of town with a pavilion facing the sea for a fee. Other
beaches are Pingleshwar and Ashamata.


On the west coast of Saurashtra is the shore temple of Dwarka and numerous other
temples in this holy coastal town. Shivrajpur is a pretty beach near Dwarka. Good bird
life can be viewed along Dwarka coast and dolphins near Bet Dwarka Off shore from
200 km in coastline from Jamnagar to Dwarka is India’s first marine national park.


Porbandar town the coast from Dwarka is a historic coastal town convenient for visits a
numerious beaches like Madhavpur, Kuchidi and Chorwad. The Chowpatty of Porbandar
is a popular place for strolls The royal family of Porbandar built palaces by the sea. The
creeks of Porbandar are delightful birding places flush with flaming rosy pelicans and
other magnificent birds.


Gujarat’s picturesque hill station is perched on a plateau in the Dang forest areas of the
Sahyadri Range. At an altitude of about 1000 m it has a cool bracing climate the highest
temperature even in the summer months not exceeding 28 deg C Saputara means the
Abode of Serpents and a snake image on the banks of the river Sarpangana is worshipped
by the Adivasis on festivals like Holi.

Saputara has been developed as a planned hill resort with all the necessary amenities like
hotels parks swimming pools, boat club theatres and a museum to ensure an enjoyable
holiday in the cool of the hills.

Indus Valley Civilization was one of the world’s first great civilization. It is also known
as Harappan civilization.

On the basis of general evidence coming up from Kutch and parts of Gujarat it appears
that the Harappans brought here their full blown culture and lived almost a full life before
their culture declined and fragmented causing large scale migration from Kutch to the
hinterland of Gujarat and also perhaps Saurashtra.


Of all the Harappan sites the site of Dholavira locally known as Kotada in the Khadir
stand of Kutch stands apart, it is remarkable for its magnificent planning and enormity of
area and deposit. On the present showing, it is one of the two largest settlements in India
and the fourth on fifth largest in the subcontinent, the others being. Mohenjo-daro,
Harappa, Gharo Bhiro (all in Pakistan) and Rakhigarhi (in India). No wonder, if it was
the metropolis of the entire Kutch or even a larger area.


Lothal is the name of an ancient mound situated in the revenue jurisdiction of Saragwala
Village in Ahmedabad District. The word Lothal meaning place of the dead in Gujarati
language is said to have been formed by combining words Lothi and thal.


Around 2300 BC the Harappans came to Surkotda and built a folrtified citadel and
residential annexe, made of mud brick, mud lumps and rubble containing houses with
bathrooms and drains. They had painted pottery with Indus alphabet painted on the pots,
chert blades and copper objects.



Recently declared as UNSCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. It is situated 47 Kms from

Vadodara. The town of Champener was subjugated by Sultan Mehmud Begara in 1484
and made it his new capital. Champaner lies at the foot of Pavagadh Fort. The ruins of its
mosques and palaces reflected in the lake are the moist pectoris ones in India.


The Sun Temple of Modhera is one of the finest examples of Indian temples architecture
of its period. Built in 1026 AD the temple is dedicated to the Sun God, Surya and stands
high on a plinth overlooking a deep stone steeped tank. Every inch of the edifice both
inside and outside is magnificently carved with Gods and Goddesses birds beasts and

It is situated 17 Kms north of Ahmedabad. The step well at the village of Adalaj is
another fine example of this magnificent architectural form.


Home of the famous patola silk saris. Patan is a beautiful old town with Jain temples and
carved wooden houses. Ran ki Vav step well and Sahatrailing lake are also interesting
places to visit Patan.


It is a showcase of the history of about 1000 years with an ancient fort wall, gates and
street structure. The great temples, Torans, Havelis, Vaves, Kunds, Ghats, and water
wells were the backdrop for colourful, vibrant scenes of daily life and religious rituals.


Gujarat has some of the finest museums, including some theme museums dedicated to
textiles, handicrafts, art & culture. The Baroda Museum has an outstanding collection of
manuscripts, some of them dating to the Mogal period, paintings. Tanjore copper
sculptures etc. With its status as the Manchester of the East it is but natural that the best
textile museum in the country should be in Ahmedabad. The Calico Museum established
by the Sarabhai family, one of the earliest textile industrialist of India, has a large
collection of Indian fabrics that is being extended with new acquisitions.

An excellent one man collection that is now a museum is the Veechar Museum of
Utensils at Vishala restaurant. Another one man collection on exhibition the late N C
Mehta museum of miniature paintings which is housed in the L D Institute of Indology
campus in Ahmedabad. The same campus has a Museum having a large collection of
sculptures and Jain art.

Those interested in architecture should visit the Sanskar Kendra complex in Ahmedabad
designed by the French architect Le Corbessier. This houses the famous Kite Museum as
well as the City Museum. Another landmark in Ahmedabad is the Amdavad Ni Gufa
designed byB D Doshi and artist M F Hussain which was inspired by the paintings of the
caves at Aurangabad.

Bhavnagar’s Barton Museum complex is well known for its collection of coins and
currency, farming implements and arms. The Junagadh Museum has a very good
collection of the former Nawab’s silver thrones, palanquins, gem studded carpets, arms
and weapons paintings and photographs. Rajkot has the Watson Museum named after
Colonel Watson who was the political agent.

Once the abode of the royalty today many of these palaces have been converted into
heritage hotels, museums and archeological sites. The largest of the princely states of
Gujarat and one of the premier 21 gun salute states of India was the state of Baroda.

A number of Heritage hotels are situated within 100 kms of Baroda. The 1930’s Kusum
Vilas Palace and the Prem Bhawan Palace complex in Chotta Udepur have been opened
as heritage hotels.

The Rajwant Palace resort is a wing of the Vijay Palace on the shore of river Karjan. The
Sarita Hotel at Mandwa near Chandod and the Jambhughoda Palace are retreats for
nature livers

The Palace Utelia near the famous Indus Valley excavations at Lothal offers
accommodation in a turn of the century building set in the heart of a village.

Bhavnagar was one of the richest princely states of Saurashtra. The former ruling
family’s Nilambaug Palace is now a government classified Heritage Classic Hotel.

The Riverside Palace of Gondal is also a Government of India classified heritage hotel in
the same town is the Orchard Palace which has been opened as a heritage hotel.

North Gujarat has three heritage hotels. The Balaram Palace is a classified Heritage
Classic Hotel set in huge grounds at the turn of a river and very close to the Balaram
Ambaji sanctuary. The Darbargadh at Poshina is a medieval for in the heart of a village.


Folk art and craft is a way of life in Gujarat. Bhunga walls, Pithora paintings of Rathwas
the terracotta horses of Poshina or Mattam Pachhedi of Ahmedabad are not objects of
display or decoration but instead manifestations of a way of life. Gujarat boasts the
highest number of National award winning artisans.

Gujarat is rich with the tie and dye and embroidery work. Saurashtra and Kutch are the
main centres. The emboridary of each place and community is unique and identifiable.

Chhota Udepur, Bhujodi, Nirona of Kutch are rich bases of weavers Shawls, durries
sarees and apparel woven in bright colour with cotton and wool are popular adamants for
urban population as well.

Gujarat is also popular for its gold silver jewellery. Silver jewellery of Rabaris and
Harijans from Banni in Kutch has a special ethnic flavour.

Rural belt of Gujarat also specializes in clay craft. Apart from pots and pans various
ritualistic objects are also made by the tribals. Circular huts of Banni and Pachchham in
Kutch with white clary relief work and mirror inlay is exotic and integral expressions of
the culture and climate. Konkan, Chowdhari Vilala, Bhil, Gamith, Garasia and Rathwa
tribues of Dang, Dhampur, Chhota Udepur and North Gujarat also indulge in ritual
paintings on their house walls.

With its depth and diversity such crafts have adorned international museums in Gujarat.
The tribal museum at Gujarat Vidyapith in Ahmedabad. Shreyas Museum of Folk Art in
Ahmedabad and Ahmedabad City Museum at Sanskar Kendra are some of the specimens
of craft.


Gujarat is a paradise for bird watchers and lovers of wild life with an array of habitats,
ranging from deciduous forests, desert plans, grass lands and wet islands to coastal and
marine eco systems.

Offshore from the Gulf of Kutch lies an archipelago of 42 islands which were the first
islands to be declared as a Marine Sanctuary in India.

South from Jamnagar is the world famous Gir National Park which is the



Sultan Ahmed Shah founded Ahmedabad on the banks of the River Sabarmati in 1411
AD and embellished it with splendid monuments.


The Jumma Masjid (1423) which has been described as the most beautiful mosque in
the East. The Sidi Saiyad Mosque (1430), celebrated the world over for its exquisite
window of pierced stone tracery.

The Rani Rupmati Mosque (1435), the “Queen’s mosque with its perforated stone

The Sarkhej Rauza (1445-51) an elegant architectural complex of mosque, palance, tomb
and pavilions grouped around a great stepped tank.
The Sarkhej minarets of sidi Bashir’s mosque an amazing phenomenon whom one
minaret is shaken, the other vibrates too.

Treasures of the old city

Girdled by the remains of the medial wall and its stone gateways old Ahmedabad is hive
of activity. Its lanes and squares, lines with carved and decorated houses make up the
pols or quarters where merchants and shop keepers, weavers and jewelers, hand-block
printers and wood workers live in small communities.

Modern Ahmedabad

In more recent times, the building traditions of this mercantile city have seen new
flowering modern centres of learning like the Indian Institute of Management, the
National Institute of Design and the Gujarat School of Architecture and famed throughout
the country. In addition to the famous Calico Museum, Ahmedabad boasts a fine
collection of miniature paintings which are housed in the Paldi Museum designed by Le
Corbusier and the Shreyas Folk Art Museum has a unique collection of the crafts and
costumes of Gujarat.


The most colourful and vibrant fair of Gujarat is the Tarnetar fair held annually at
Tarnetar in Saurashtra for three days in September.

Match Making

The Special feature of the fair is match making between the youth of Kolis, Bharwads
and Rabaris.


The traditional Garba, Hudo dance and tamasha are the favourties, Bhajan mandali’s sing
devotional songs to the tune of folk instruments such as Khartals, Pakhawaj, dhol and
Tabla. Cattle shows, exhibitions of embroidery, sports events and food stalls add zest to
already charged atmosphere


Daman has now become a well known paradise for tourists. A large number of tourists
are on their way to Daman from nearby cities like Mumbai, Surat, Navsari, Valsad and
Vapi. The tourists make their short holidays most enjoyable and charming one of the best
things about Daman is a Pollution free Zone like an oasis in a busy industrial area.
Districts of Daman become a Union Territory after delinking from Goa which attained
statehood on the same day, 30th May,1987. Daman is situated on the southern border of
Gujarat State it is about 193 Kms from Mumbai. The nearest Railway station is Vapi on
the western railway from Vapi Daman is 11 Kms drive towards the Arabian coast. The
main river Daman Ganga, which comes from the Sahyadri range and divides the town
into two parts Moti Daman in the south and Nani Daman in the North.

Devka Beach

Getting at Devka Beach is to hire an auto from Nani Daman. An eye pleasing ride on the
coastal road of about 3 Kms will take you to sandy shaded casorina trees with beautiful
recreation Children Park. Children can enjoy hours of playing in this park, with slides,
swings, sea shore and merry go rounds. You can enjoy a stroll on the sands or sit and
watch glorious sun set in the Arabian sea under the colourful umbrellas fixed on the

Nani Daman Beach

Nani Daman beach provides different picture activities. Foot steps on glittering wet sand
in law tide time are enjoyable.

Jampore Beach

Yet another picturesque sea shore Jampore Beach in Moti Daman side to extreme south
point of the district. The Jampore Beach is a long stretch of warm sands shaded by
groves of casuarinas.

Fort Moti Daman

The Fort itself will give a glimpse of the Portuguese Monarchy. Inside the Fort area you
find Pargola Garden with a rock monument in the centre of the garden. All Government
offices, municipal office, collectorate, secretariat, Educational Institutes, schools are
found inside the fort.

Recently developed Hilsa, Acquarium is a special to the tourists. It has a good collection
of exotic and colourful ashes.


Total area of the District of Diu off the coast of Saurashtra is 38.8 Sq.Km. It is connected
with the main land by a bridge near Tad Village. The climate of Diu is equitable and
pleasant throughtout the year summer and lighter both are moderate. The average annual
rainfall is about 70 cms. Diu the smallest, of the famous three some Goa, Daman and Diu
is not pampered the way smaller ones normally.
Diu consists of villages like Ghoghla, Fundum, Bucharwada, Vanakbarand Urban areas
of Diu Town. The Administration of Diu has planned to develop the entire island and if
it is materialized Diu will be on the way to become a dreamy little island.


Among the places of tourist interest, the fort of Diu occupies a prominent position. It is
an expensive and imposing structure, situated on the coast of the island. The fort
commands a magnificent view of the sea. It was constructed during 1535 to 1541 after a
defense alliance concluded by Bahadurshah, Sultan of Gujarat and the Portuguese when
the former was attacked by Humayun, the Mughul Emperor.

St. Paul’s Church

A pearl to be found in this astern shape island is the St. Paul’s Church. This fabulous
Church was built in 1691 and dedicated to our Lady of Immaculate conception.


Nagoa Beach is located in the Nagoa Hamlet of the village Bacharwada. The shape of
Beach is horse shoe (semi circular) which is very rare. It is safe for swimming.

Chakratirath Beach

Have a ride of 4 Kms on bicycle or auto rickshaw away from Diu City. Come and relax
at Chakratirath Beach;. Walk on white sand, listen to roaringof the sea. Jallandhar Beach
and summer house, flower garden and lovely surroundings Newly built circuit house and
tourist complex are yet other attractions.


A shivalinga known as Gangeshwar can be seen in the midst of the rocks on the sea shore
away from Diu City about 5 Kms. It is beautiful sight to watch the tidal waves on the

Ahmedpur Mandvi

About 4 Kms away from Ghoghla Ahmedpur Mandvi is a well known tourist spot of
Gujarat Staste. A new tourist complex is taking shape at Ahmedpur Mandvi on Diu side..
Options : Rajkot

Options is the first international class shopping mall in the entire Rajkot. Options brought
the lifestyle trend in Rajkot way back in 1989 with its flagship store situated near Jagnath
temple and another at Yagnik road in 1955. With a desire to give the latest in fashion and
to provide a luxurious store, options decided to set a complete lifestyle store. Options
takes the pride of the first lifestyle mall of the region.

The three storey mall is spread over with the pleasing ambience and an ideal atmosphere
to spend hours shopping for your favorite brands. The mall houses over 80 brands, Indian
as well as international. The mall includes every section of lifestyle. Mans wear, Ladies
wear, Kids wears, accessories, perfumes, watches, cosmetics, footwear, lingerie’s.
Options would also be shortly launching its cafeteria on its top floor in association with
one of the renowned chain Bharatbhai, the owner of the options, tells that it would surely
be a satisfying experience of visiting options. Having all all the materialistic items of
lifestyle it will be surely the pleasant shopping stop.