Looking for escape from chilling cold or respite from the scorching sun? Our list of top places to visit in Gujarat during the winter is for those looking for warm weather escape as well as for those looking to enjoy the cooler climes. We have compiled both where is hot in October, November and December stretching on till March as well as places where one could enjoy the chill weather in Gujarat.
Winter heralds the beginning of the peak season for tourism in India. Whereas the tropical beach destinations like Goa become top places to visit in December in India; Gujarat has a little bit of everything in the package. Here is a list of top 5 places you must visit in Gujarat during the Winters.
1. White Rann Of Kutch
Winter is the perfect time to visit the Rann of Kutch because of festival of Rann Utsav. It is the celebration of Culture, Life and festivities. Rann Utsav offers visitors a chance to experience the diverse traditions and the hospitality of Kutchi people. There are colourful fairs and organized trips around the area. Basically, like Amitabh Bacchan says “Kutch nhi dekha, toh kuch nahi dekha”.
Junagadh is mostly overlooked by tourist and serves mainly as the base to visit Gir National Park. But this city is home to some marvelous historical monuments. Mohabbat ka Maqbara is one such example of exquisite architecture. You can also find a Ashokan Rock Edict here. Several Jain Temples are also located close to the city build on the tops of Girnar Mountain which could be reached by the flights up stairs.
3. Gir National Park
The only place in Asia where you could spot the king of Jungle prowling in the open wild, Gir National Park is located in the Junagad District and is one of the most visited tourist places in India. The main draw is Asiatic Lions but there is more to this protected area. The ecosystem of Gir, with its diverse flora and fauna, is protected as a result of the efforts of the government forest department, wildlife activists and NGOs. You can expect Asiatic Lions, Indian Leopards, Honey Badger, Indian Cobras, Chital and also Nilgai here.
4. Champaner- Pavagadh Archaeological Park
It is a must visit place for history buffs and those interested in culture and architecture. Complete with its military, religious and agricultural structures, the site was built and expanded between over the period of 600 hundred years. It is the only unchanged pre-Mughal site in existence.This ancient site with its religious structures and ruins dating back to 8th century was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.
Somnath is the first and most sacred of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Lying on the shores of the Arabian Sea, this temple has been destroyed then reconstructed on number of occasion. Each year millions of devotees seek the blessing of Lord Shiva at Somnath, rated one of the top temples in India when it comes to religious significance.
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