I've been to Gujarat thrice so far; and I'm not a person who'd prefer to go to a same place multiple times coz I strongly believe that a lifetime isn't enough to see just India, let alone the entire world. But Gujarat has just way too much to offer that probably a 3 month stay would suffice to some extent to visit most places or multiple trips. Its capital Ahmedabad, is a UNESCO world heritage city, the first Indian city to be listed. From here, you could also grab the Ahmedabad to Delhi flight for 6 more UNESCO sites beginning with Qutb Minar!!! But first, here's my Top 10, in no particular order, unusual must-visit places and must-do things, in Gujarat (some of it yet to be done by me). 1. Visit Dholavira: As I always say, be it in Dholavira or Stonehenge or any other Megalithic Burial site, I have a very personal feeling associated with it. The very thought that early human civilization was born in these places and our forefathers would have walked here in flesh and blood is a very very personal feeling, close to my heart!!! Btw, you may also wanna visit Lothal which is closer to Ahmedabad and is also an Harappan Civilization site.2. Visit Modhera Sun Temple: There are a few temples dedicated to Sun God and one of it is here in Vadodhara, Gujarat. The temple itself requires atleast 3 days to see all the sculptures in details. I was just speechless and at one point, I just sat down in the middle of a hall filled with sculptures, coz I didn't know what to see and what not to, in the limited time! The stepwells in front of it was....... Just see it in a sunny day, I can't explain the awesomeness in words.3. Visit Sabarmathi Ashram: There are people who love Mahatma Gandhi and there are people who hate him, but whoever has heard of him, can never have an indifferent feel about him. Sabarmathi Ashram is where most of his work on Ahimsa or Non-violence took place.4. Visit Bhuj: When I visited Bhuj, the first feel I had was that the place had come to a standstill a century ago! I hired a car to stop at every village in Bhuj. Every little village there specializes in a different type of handicraft from weaving to embroidery to painting to printing to metal bell making to wooden crafts and so many! Meeting and interacting with the craftspersons here is a total learning process!!!5. Visit NID: Though I badly wanted to visit National Institute of Design, the oldest and one of the premier institutes of fashion & art & design, in atleast one of my trips, and sadly it never happened. Its where the creme of the creme of Indian creative minds assemble together to create magic! 6. See some stepwells: There are 2 styles of stepwells in Gujarat - The style seen in Modhera, and another which is more common. The best example of this style, Rani ki Vav Patan, which is now under UNESCO. The sand stone sculptures everywhere here, all over Gujarat, is just crazy! Adalaj Stepwells & Dada Harir ni Vav are 2 more stepwells closer to Ahmedabad.7. Experience Dusshera: Ever since college days, celebrating disco nights and dandiya nights were fun. But going to an authentic one without film songs, with authentic garba songs, surrounded by several hundreds in awesome attire is just a mind blowing experience. The government organizes in most open grounds, and there are private ones which are ticketed. Totally worn out after dancing, walking down the road past midnight, without any fear, with not even a single drunkard (dry state it is) is just a fabulous feeling.8. Eat egg-less delicacies: Being a vegetarian foodie, a major trouble I have is my love for baked desserts is often shot down by egg! My options in buffets were only Indian desserts. Gujarat is the only place where I had a good option to choose from (why choose? I had them all) in eggless cakes. Check out the buffet in any of the hotels in Ahmedabad for yourself. Here’s from Lemon Tree Atrium & Novotel to give you an idea. That said, an Authentic Gujarati Thali with atleast 25 varieties of dishes is a must to eat atleast once from Rajavadu or Gordhaan Thaal or Vishalla. 9. Visit Rann-of-Kutch: As the brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism, Amitabh Bachchan claims - Kutch nahi dekha to kuch nahi dekha (If you haven't seen Kutch, you haven't seen anything). The vast expanse of white sand is our Indian version of Salar de Uyuni.10. Shopping for Handicrafts: Visiting Gujarat cannot be over without shopping for the fabulous handicrafts. Either shop at Bhuj itself from the craftspersons or do it in Ahmedabad. The craftspersons from all over Gujarat come to Ahmedabad and sell in various markets. I've been to Law Garden market during Dusshera time and I was totally mind blown. If I had a lakh to spend, I could spend it all in the handicrafts and clothes here!!!!
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