Places to visit in Gujarat

Gujarat is a beautiful and vibrant state of India, which is widely popular as a travel destination. With visitors coming to explore the unique and brilliant culture, architecture and breath-taking natural sites of the region, Gujarat has become one of the top places to discover in the country. Blessed with scintillating natural beauty and an astounding array of wildlife and plant species, there are many wonderful places to visit in Gujarat that attract nature enthusiasts. In addition to this, the many magnificent palaces and ancient temples add to the overall charm of the place that doesn’t leave anyone who sees it even once, unimpressed. 

Since Gujarat has a long coastline, it also has many great and important ports, which have made their remarkable presence felt since centuries. Hence, though we know the state to be an important trade hub today, it had always been so since ages which led to the development of great cities of our skilful ancestors. Those with a penchant for reading the faded stories of the past, thus find it most fascinating to stand among the ruins of some of the most intelligently planned and built cities of Indus Valley Civilization, here in Gujarat. 

But that is not all. Gujarat has a lot to its name than simple offerings of a satisfying sightseeing experience. From its most appetizing food to brilliant handicrafts, you will find a plethora of things to do in Gujarat that will leave you pleased and happy. Gujarat is the home of one of the best food scenes in the country. Right from a high end restaurant to a small roadside eatery, you will get many options for a satisfying treat of its famous dhokla, patra, khandvi, undhiyo and what not. Moreover, the many great places to buy one or the other gem from its myriad options of beautiful handicrafts items such as embroidered ensemble, colourful kites, lovely wall decoration pieces and more, will leave you spoilt for choice. The nightlife of Gujarat is envious too. You will find multiple options for a great night in this state.

Kutch that derives its name from the hindi name for tortoise, ‘kutchua’ is a pristine tortoise shaped beach that has pure white spread in its vast expanse. The surreal beauty of the white salt desert of Kutch will leave you awestruck. The Rann festival which is celebrated here between December and February is one of the biggest attractions of Gujarat. It is marked by several traditional Gujarati cultural programs of music and dance along with many adventure activities like hot air balloon rides.  Being located at the India-Pakistan border, you can also see a part of the neighbouring country from here. Kutch is famous for a lot of things and one of them is its impeccable embroidery, hence shopping here for some traditional Gujarati odhni is a must.

Location: Near Bhuj, at the India-Pakistan border

Known for: Mesmerizing beaches of Mandvi, located near Bhuj and Rann Festival celebrated in winters.

How to reach: To reach Kutch, you need to take a train to Bhuj from where you can hire a local cab to your destination.

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating hours: NA

Tips: Travel around Kutch preferably in the mornings or evening as the salt in the desert can be blinding in the daytime.


Type: Village/ Beach/ Cultural Centre

The Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary are one of the most significant national parks in India that provides shelter to the Asiatic Lions. Apart from the lions, it also possesses innumerable species of various plants and animals. Due to the presence of favourable perennial rivers that flow through this place and several factors that contribute to its richness; this park has become one of the best places to visit in Gujarat. Every year, this national park attracts tourists in a large number from various places around the world to experience its charismatic bliss.



The prestigious Gir National Park is located in the state of Gujarat

Address: Gir National Park, Talala Gir, Gujarat, 362135

Hours: It is open from 6 am to 5 pm every day.

Telephone: +91-88266678881 +91-9971231439



The Gir Jungle Trail operates from 6 am to 12 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm from Monday to Sunday. Whereas, the Devalia Safari Park operates from 8 am to 11 am and 3 pm to 5 pm from Monday to Sunday. 

The Gir National Park is open from Mid-October to Mid June, and the Devaliya Safari Park is open throughout the year. However, it is closed on Wednesdays.



  • The charming Asiatic Lions are the best part of this park
  • Various kinds of other unusual wild animals
  • Rich flora that attracts nature lovers from across the country
  • Jeep Safari is one of the major highlights of this park



The price includes Permit Charges, One Camera Charges, Guide Charges, Jeep and Driver Charges, Online Payment Gateway Charges and any other service charges.



The Jeep Safari would cost around INR 5300-5500 approximately for Indians and INR 12,800-13,000 for foreigners. Each such jeep would accommodate up to 6 persons plus a child.


Recommended for

This jungle safari is recommended especially for all the wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. Apart from them, anyone can visit this park to enjoy the rare species in their natural habitats.


How to get to Gir National Park

By Air: The Keshod airport is the nearest to Gir, which is about 70 km away from the place. Other than that, there are two more airports at Rajkot and Mumbai. The best way to reach Sasan Gir is to take a flight from Mumbai to Diu from where you can reach Sasan by 2 hours on the road.

By Rail: There are regular train services from some famous places in the state to the Sasan Gir. The towns of Veraval, Delwada, and Junagadh have regular trains to the place from where the national park is just a kilometre away. 

By Road: The roads in Gujarat are in a fair condition, which makes it much enjoyable to travel by road. The Gir National Park is connected to some major cities in Gujarat which possess frequent buses that connect the town to the park. 

However, the best way to travel to Gir National Park is from Mumbai to Diu via air and taking two-hour road travel from there. It would save a lot of time for the people who reside closer to Mumbai. Else, you can always reach Gujarat and take a train or bus to reach the national park during the prescribed time. On another note, Junagadh and Keshod are approximately 60 km away from Sasan, whereas Veraval is 45 km away from it.


About Gir National Park

Home to the ever-charming Asiatic Lions, the Gir National Park is the only national park in India that nurtures these royal animals. It covers a total area of 258 square kilometres specially regarded as the protected area for these lions. One of the oldest national parks in India, the Gir National Park is continuously supported by the government and various NGOs to protect the species of flora and fauna. 

Apart from the Asiatic Lions, this national park also features reptiles, birds, insects and mammals. Some of the major species among them being the Leopards, Hyenas, Mongoose, Ratels, Desert Cats, Jungle Cats, Jackals, and Civet Cats. Other than these, you can also spot some interesting species like the Nilgai, Indian Star Tortoise, Four-horned Antelope, Rusty-spotted cats, Pythons, Marsh Crocodile, Wild Boars, Chital, Sambar, Blackbucks, and others in their natural habitats. The national park is also home to some rare species of birds like the Brown Fish Owl, Indian Pitta, Crested Treeswift, Great Horned Owl and others; that attract viewers from across the country. 

Nevertheless, Gir is also blessed with some fantastic flora that is rich and diverse amidst the wildlife. Dominated primarily by the mixed deciduous forests along with the evergreen and semi-evergreen trees, Gir possesses great vegetation that is a treat to the sore eyes. The common trees here include the Flame of the Forest, Teak, Acacia, Zizyphas, Tendu, Jamun, Banyan, and DHak. However, Teak covers about half of the total vegetation within the park. Among the various plant species, most of them are broad-leaved trees which help in retaining the moisture content of the park. Gir National Park is also one of the most important biological research areas that contribute widely to the progress of scientific researches. 

Due to the presence of dry-deciduous forests, there is a great presence of the dry and less-moist conditions within the park. Nearby the park, there is the prestigious Kamleshwar Dam that can be regarded as the lifeline of the park because of the water that it provides to the area. Apart from this, the park is nurtured by seven perennial rivers that crisscross the park to a larger extent. The rivers include Hiran, Dtardi, Shetrunji, Shingoda, Godavari, Raval, and Macchundri.


Interesting facts about Gir National Park

  • This national park is the last shelter for the surviving population of the Asiatic Lions in the world. 
  • You can spot around 2,375 different species of wild lives that includes the endangered Asiatic Lions.
  • The Gir National Park is very close to a charming lake named Nalsarovar which is also a famous sanctuary.
  • Apart from the animal species, there is a vast list of birds of various kinds that can be found here.
  • Gir National Park is the best place to enjoy jeep safaris.

One of the most important pilgrim sites in Gujarat, Somanath is a small town in the state that houses one of the 12 jyotirlingas that are holy to the Hindus. The town’s best and most attractive attribute is the temple situated here by the same name. Somanath temple speaks of piousness, beauty and magnificence of the ancient artisans. Known for its lingering spiritual aura and exquisite architecture, this temple has had its name prominently mentioned in the history, being one of the richest temples of the country and for being looted on several accounts by invaders for the same reason. All in all, today the temple which was rebuilt in 1950, stands as an amazing pilgrim as well as a tourist destination. It is one of the most frequented temples by tourists in India.

Location: Somnath

Known for: Being one of the 12 sites of jyotirlingas, its architecture and rich history

How to reach: The nearest airport lies at Keshod at a distance of 125 km and the nearest railway station is at Veraval at 5 km. From here and from anywhere else in Gujrat you can take a state transport bus or a luxury coach to reach Somnath.

Approximate Cost: Free

Operating hours: 5:00 am to 9:00 pm

Type: Temple



Swaminaraya Akshardham Temple is nothing short of an architectural marvel. Inaugurated in 1992, the temple complex is perhaps the largest of any in the country. The temple’s main sanctum holds a staggering 7 feet tall statue of Lord Swaminarayan, which along with inducing awe, also leaves you impressed by both the artisanship and the artistry. The temple also consists of many floors or mandapams as they are called here where the devotees can engage themselves in various devotional and selfless services unto Lord. However, this gorgeous temple is not just a complex for worshiping but also a centre for spirituality, art, architecture, education and research.

Location: Gandhinagar

Known for: Beautiful architecture and culture

How to reach: The nearest airport is Gandhinagar while the Gandhinagar Railway Station is the nearest to the temple. By road, the temple is about 23km away from the town centre. Travel via the National Highway 8C to Gandhinagar from Ahmedabad.

Approximate Cost: Free

Operating hours: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm (Monday closed)

Tips: Cameras, bags and cell phones are prohibited inside the temple premises hence; avoid carrying them when visiting the place.

Type: Temple/ Cultural Centre



Painting an intimidating beautiful picture, Laxmi Vilas Palace is an evidence of the glorious past of Gujarat. Built in an exemplary Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, this magnificent palace was built in the period 1878 to 1890, and was commissioned by Maharaja Sayaji Rao III. Its daunting façade coupled with the ornately designed interiors leave its spectators speechless. With a humongous Durbar hall, splendid Italian mosaic flooring and large collection of rare artefacts such as armoury, terracotta, bronze statues, marble sculptures etc. are a remarkable sight.

Location: Vadodara

Known for: Architecture and large collection of historical artefacts

How to reach: Vadodara is easily accessible from different areas of the country through air, rail or road transport as well.

Approximate Cost: INR 50-100

Operating hours: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm


Type: Palace

Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2014, Rani ki Vav is an complex step well located in Patan town of Gujarat. A wonderful instrument which uses technological knowledge to utilize underground water. Sitautaed at the banks of river Saraswati, the building was built as a memorial of the 11th Century AD king of the Solanki dynasty, Bhimdeva I and was excavated in the 1980s by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Location: Patan

Known for: Intricately constructed historic step well, with statues of Hindu Gods adorning its stairs.

How to reach: Either it can be reached by any local road transport from the nearest airport, which is at Ahmedabad, or the nearest railhead located at Patan (4km).

Approximate Cost:Approx. INR 5 for Indian citizens and USD 2 for foreign nationals

Operating hours: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm


Type: Historic Site

This mosque built with the establishment of the city of Ahmedabad in 1414, owes its creation to the sultan of the region at the time, Ahmed Shah. Constructed in the conventional style, this mosque typically consists of minarets and a dome. It also features a well-maintained garden at its front end.

Location: Ahmedabad

Known for: Centuries old architechture

How to reach: Ahmedabad is easily accessible from different areas of the country through air, rail or road transport as well.

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating hours: NA

Type: Mosque



Equally, beautiful and notable destinations direct from the pages of your history textbook, the ancient cities at Lothal and Dholavira date back to around 4500 years. Belonging to the Indus Valley Civilization, the ruins of once well-planned and sprawling cities exude the ingenuity of our ancestors that dwell in the areas. A visit to these places will let you peek inside the pioneering minds of the people belonging to the great Harappan culture, through their amazing construction of water conservation systems, the first ever sign boards, well-constructed sea ports etc.

Location: Lothal- Saragwala village of Ahmedabad district, Dholavira- near Bhuj

Known for: Ruins from Indus Valley Civilization dating back to 3700 BCE

How to reach: Lothal- Take a train to Bhurkhi from Ahmedabad then board a bus to Lothal. Dholavira- Reach Bhuj (4 hours away) or Ahmedabad (6 hours away) by any transportation mode of your choice and then take a cab or a bus to reach Dholavira.

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating hours: Lothal- 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Type: Historic Site

Gujarat has many amazing places of interest and Tithal beach is surely among the top of that list. Located in the southern part of Gujarat, Tithal beach is a part of Valsad city. The pristine sandy beach looks extremely inviting to relax and enjoy the serenity of the surroundings, awy from the hustle-bustle of the city life. Apart from lazing and counting your blessings, you can also visit the nearby Sai Baba temple and Swaminarayan temple.

Location: Valsad

Known for: Tranquil and secluded beaches and natural beauty

How to reach: Once you reach Valsad via bus or train, you can board a GSRTC operated state bus to reach Tithal beach. Alternatively, you can also take an auto-rickshaw or a bicycle, which are much more convenient than a bus.

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Type: Beach



Famous for being Gandhiji’s residence, Sabarmati Ashram is a must visit place when in Gujarat. Apart from being the epicentre of most revolutionary movements that eventually led to the independence of India, the ashram is also famous for showcasing many letters, anecdotes and collectibles which were a part of Bapu’s day-to-day life.

Location: Ahmedabad

Known for: The collection of documents and other artefacts from Gandhiji’s life

How to reach: Ahmedabad is easily accessible from different areas of the country through air, rail or road transport as well.

Approximate Cost: Free

Operating hours: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm

Type: Notable Building

Among the most notable of festivals celebrated in Gujarat is Navratri. This nine day long festival is the celebrated to praise and worship Goddess Durga or Shakti. It is marked by numerous pandals or huge tents that organize the energetic and mesmerizing dance of garba or dandiya with traditional Gujarati music and special fasting food that’s even yummier than the normal.

When: October or November

The Rann Utsav or Rann Festival is the very essence of the Gujarati culture and its various inherent art forms passed over generations. Celebrated in the winters, this festival showcases a strum of events that include music and dance performances along with many yoga and meditation camps, and numerous adventure activities organized at the white sandy land of Rann of Kutch.

When: November to February

Also known as Karthik Purnima Fair, it is celebrated in exquisitely designed and beautifully embellished premises of Shamlaji Temple. Lasting three weeks, the fair sees devotees arrive in huge number from far off places to sing devotional songs, worship and bathe in the Meshwo River located here. The place also becomes a point of trade of silverware, clothes etc.

When: November

Gujarat is famous for its Kite Festival celebrated at Uttarayan as a harvest festival. The festival that is marked with utmost fun and frolic, inadvertently turns the open sky into a painted canvas with the multitudes of colourful kites flown by the people at this time.

When: 14th January

The festival is the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna by decorating a cradle at midnight and swinging it with His idol in it. The festival is famous for organizing the competitive but extremely fun dahi handi.

When: Somewhere between August to September

Celebrated in many parts of India, including at Jagannath temple of Ahmedabad, this is one celebration no one can miss owing to an enormous procession of devotees that is led by a massive chariot which is ornately decorated for the occasion.

When: June or July

Celebrated against the gorgeous setting of the Sun Temple in the background, this three day long festival celebrated every year is a tribute to the Indian classical forms of dance and music.

When: Third week of January

Taking a jeep safari to look around Gir National Park is undoubtedly one of the finest things to do in Gujrat. Gir is an enchanting forest area in the state, which serves as the protective abode of the rare Asiatic Lions and many other animals such as leopard, spotted deer, hyena etc. It is simply a delight to spot in these lovely jungle creatures in the peaceful environs of their natural habitat, and taking a jeep safari is the best and the most convenient way to do so. The safari timings are from 8:00 am to 11:00 am in the morning and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the evening.

Location: 65 km in the south-eastern direction from Junagarh

For: Family

Difficulty Level: Low

Cost: Approx. INR 3,000- 5,000 for a group

Why to Do It: To spot the king of the jungle in its purest of habitats

Tips: Carry a hat, sunblock, sunglasses and a bottle of water



The 90 days long event of Rann Festival, which is celebrated every year at Rann of Kutch, is a delight for any tourist who wishes to visit Gujarat to experience the vibrancy of its deeply seated cultural roots. The festival that is celebrated in December until February is the mirror to the folk music, art and dance forms of Gujarat for what it is so deservingly famous for. You can enjoy this and a lot more, including many adventure activities with a stay at one of the few camps organized in the area at the time.

Location: Rann of Kutch

For: Family, Groups of Friends

Difficulty Level: Low

Cost: Approx. INR 7,000- 9,000


Why to Do It: To experience the colourful culture and art forms of Gujarat

The Rann Festival is not only famous for its abundant hospitality and traditional music, dance and food, but also for its hot air balloon rides that you can enjoy during this time. Apart from the Rann of Kutch you can also enjoy the ride any time in the state, organized at Kankaria Lake. The bird’s eye view of the city of Ahmedabad and the lake from high above mixed with the weightlessness when afloat in a brilliantly hued balloon is truly outstanding.

Location: Rann of Kutch or Kankaria Lake

For: Couples

Difficulty Level: Low

Cost: Approx. INR 7,000-13,000


Why to Do It: For the ecstatic feeling of floating high above the ground and for the amazing view of the city or the widespread desert below

Being in the desert land and not riding the ship of the desert, is equivalent to not being in Gujarat at all. Riding a camel has been an age old way of life for the people of Gujarat belonging to the arid and sandy deserts. You can enjoy a ride on one of this friendly creature at Dhorodo which is situated at a distance of Bhuj, to make your way to Kutch. Other locations to try this activity are Kalo Dungar and Mandvi.

Location: Kalo Dungar, Bhuj and Mandvi

For: Couples, Family

Difficulty Level: Low

Approximate Cost: Approx. INR 50- 150

Why to Do It: For the thrill of the unique mode of transport and to experience a piece of the local lifestyle

Tips: Carry hat, sunscreen and ample of water with you.



Gujarat has its fair share of beaches that are not just beautiful to spend a relaxing day out, but also offer you the opportunity to give your adventurous side a rub with a range of water sports available here. You can enjoy many such activities including surfing which is most preferably done at the Dumas beach and Chorwad beach located here. Other fantastic water sports to indulge in the region are jet skiing, speed boating, para sailing, water motor scooter riding and sailing. You can rent the various equipment needed for the different water sports from the ad venture sports companies organizing them or even avail them from your touring company. A superb way to spend a great vacation in the state, these wonderful activities are sure to make your stay here truly memorable.

Location: Dwarka, Simmer, Dumas, Nargol, Goghala, Chorwad, Tithal, Ahmedpur Mandvi, Ubhraat etc

For: Group of Friends, Individuals, Couples

Difficulty Level: Moderate to High

Approximate Cost: Cost for each water sport varies widely

Why to Do It: For the refreshing and adrenaline rushing experience

Tips: Even though most of these sports can be indulged in even if you do not know how to swim, it is necessary that you hire a trainer and stay within the instructed limits to stay safe. 

When going towards Governor’s Hill, in Saputara, you come acros Vaity Resort where you can use the cable car service to move up to the famous Sunset Point for the breath taking view from there. But as they say often the journey is more beautiful than the destination, the ride up to the point through the ropeway is, if not more than definitely equally enchanting. The view of the city from the cable car, mid-air, is something that is simply best left to be experienced on your own. Keep in mind that the ropeway only operates if the total number of passengers is at least twelve.

Location: Saputara

For: Family, Group of Friends

Difficulty Level: Low

Cost: Approx. INR 30- 50


Why to Do It: For the lovely view of the city from the air

Rock climbing in Gujarat is another activity that adventure seekers love to engage in. The most popular places for mountaineering in the state include Taranga, Pawgadh and Junagadh. Of these, Junagadh is the best place to try rock climbing, with the famous mountaineering institute of Pandit Dindayal Upadhyay Mountaineering Centre situated here. The challenges offered by these terrains are though difficult, but this only adds to the thrill of sport. It is thus necessary for any individual to be completely fit and alert when doing rock climbing. Moreover, the sites are extremely scenic which adds to the overall charm and excitement for perspiring for this enjoyable feat.

Location: Junagadh, Taranga and Pawagadh

For: Individuals

Difficulty Level: High

Approximate Cost: NA

Why to Do It: A thrilling experience, which is sure to set to give you an adrenalin rush and your pulse racing. Moreover, the view from the top after ascending the peak is amazing!


Tips: It is advisable to hire a guide for rock climbing in Gujarat. Also, make sure you carry enough water and snacks, a hat, sunscreen lotion, and your camera.

Trekking is yet another superb outdoor activity to indulge in Gujarat. The scenic route from Saputara to Ahwa is one of the greatest trekking trails in the region. Hiking your way through the verdant forest of Banni is simply ecstatic. Those who are only beginners in the activity should resort to the mildly challenging trail of Poshina-Abur, although it resonates well with seasoned trekkers as well. However, Dhranadra is another enjoyable trek that is both challenging and rugged enough to be the ideal treat for the latter. Trekking can be done on your own and therefore requires you to either bring your own gear or avail it from your tour operator.

Location: Saputara to Ahwa, Poshina-Abur, Dhranadra and the forest trek of Banni

For: Individuals, Couples, Groups of Friends

Difficulty Level: Low to High depending upon the particular trekking trail

Cost: NA

Why to Do It: To enjoy the beautiful natural environs of Gujarat

Tips: Make sure you are both physically and mentally fit for the task. Also, wear comfortable sneakers and clothes

With a beautiful ambience of a make-belief rural Gujarat, Vishalla churns out equally tempting authentic Gujarati food. Serving outstanding thalis, this is a vegetarian’s paradise. Gujarati thalis are popular far and wide and quintessentially consist of curries, daal, roti, raita, chutneys, khichdi, farsan, sweet etc. accompanied by a refreshing drink of buttermilk. What’s the best and the most amusing part of such a thali is that, until you are full to the brim and say no to the food, you will be kept serving more of the goodness. To add to the delight, is the folk music, danced and puppet show organized here.

Must eat:  Gujarati thali

Approximate Cost for two: Lunch approx. INR 300-400, Dinner approx. INR 600-700

Address: By-pass Rd., Ahmedabad

Contact: 079-26602422

Opening hours: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm & 7:30 to 11:00 pm



Located in Vadodara, Peshawari has a rustic ambience with huge wooden beams and copper vessels hanging as adornments that complement its menu which is completely North Indian. Delectable dishes from the said part of the country and clay oven fired food is its speciality. The restaurant has such strong grip over connoisseurs of good non-vegetarian food that its fans come all the way down from Ahmedabad to dig into its offerings. 

Must eat: Jhinga and Murgh Malai with naan

Approximate Cost for two: Approx. INR 1,600- 3000

Address: Welcome Hotel Vadodara, RC Dutt Road Vadodara

Contact: 0265- 2330033


Opening hours: 7:30 to 11:30 pm

Nautanki is an innovative and daring approach in the gastronomical scene of Ahmedabad with its traditional menu with a twist. The restaurant excels in its craft by successfully reinventing the traditional dishes in a completely non-traditional manner and presenting them in an entirely new avatar. For those who are the sceptical first time diners, you can choose the all-encompassing tasting menu to find your fancy.


Must eat: Deconstructed panipuri sphere and an assortment of deserts

Approximate Cost for two: Mains- approx. INR 400-900 & Tasting Menu- approx. INR 1,300

Address: Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Marg, Ahmedabad

Contact: 079-65555560

Opening hours: 12 noon to 3:00 pm & 7:00 to 11:00 pm



It is a roof top restaurant situated at a superlative heritage hotel in Ahmedabad. It is a cultural journey of its own accord to dine at Agashiye that serves choicest of palatable dishes. Its menu changes on a daily basis and remains strictly vegetarian. Dining at Agashiye, your meal would start with a reviving welcome drink, with hosts of diverse dishes that end with a sinful bowl of hand-churned ice-cream.

Must eat: Jalebi, Kadhi, thali

Approximate Cost for two: Approx. INR 700-1,000

Address: House of MG, Ahmedabad

Contact: 079-25506946


Opening hours: 12 noon to 3:30 pm & 7:00 to 10:30 pm

Developed as a friendly restaurant catering fresh and satiating food, O’Coqueiro is a superb place to dine for some appetizing garden fresh food served amidst a soulful surrounding. The place offers some simple yet delicious dishes including pastas, seafood and a handful of Portuguese dishes like prawns cooked in coconut gravy.

Must eat: ‘Soi’ fish starter, Portuguese prawn curry and beer

Approximate Cost for two: Breakfast- approx. 100- 150 & Lunch/Dinner- approx. INR 200-400

Address: Farangiwada Rd., Diu

Contact: +91 98246 81565

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm



In the street food set up of Gujarat, there are some very good vendors selling amazing food and Shankar Vadapav deserves a place among them. Highly popular among the locals, this small food stall serves some lip-smacking savory snacks like vadapav that really need your serious attention.


Must eat: Vadapav and mirchvada

Approximate Cost for two: Snacks starting from approx. INR 20

Address: Middle School Rd., adjacent to an ice-cream shop named Gopi Gola Ghar, Bhuj

Hansiba is the the retail outlet of the well acclaimed Self Employed Women’s Association. It sells some of the most beautiful shawls, women’s tunics and sarees, which are attractively hued and embroidered. It also sells some striking and creative wall hangings that make for wonderful gift items.

Location: 8 Chandan Complex, CG Road, Ahmedabad

Timings: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm (Mon-Sat) & 11:30 am to 7:30 pm (Sun)

Known for: Uniquely embroidered clothes


Bargaining: No

A famous night market, it sells some dazzling goods from Kutch and Saurashtra. You can buy pretty cholis or saree blouses and chaniyas or long flaring traditional Gujarati skirts from here that you can hardly find anywhere else. The market also sells other knick-knacks like wall hangings, home décor items and dainty costume jewellery beside much more.

Location: Law Garden, Ahmedabad

Timings: Dusk until 11:00 pm

Known for: Traditional Gujarati clothing and jewellery

Bargaining: Yes



Manek Chowk is the heart of the commercial activity of Ahmedabad. Surrounded by busy narrow lanes, the square is a bustling market places that sells a range of items including vegetables and indigenous textiles. However, it is the ideal spot to purchase some authentic Gujarati sweets. You can also buy in this market, beautiful objects and jewellery made out of silver.

Location: Manek Chowk, Ahmedabad

Timings: Dawn until dusk

Known for: Various sweets and silver


Bargaining: Yes

Khamir is an umbrella organization, which aims at producing and promoting handicrafts and art of Kutch. Their Kukma centre is the place to be if you want to buy lovely handicraft items in Bhuj. The quaint shop sells a range of products, which primarily includes quality Gujarati clothing, bells, artisan goods, pottery, organic cotton products and so on. It also sells some impeccable woven bags and have only recently started to make these woven bags out of recycled materials such as plastic strips. Here you can also witness the weaving of cloth at their in-house loom.

Location: Kukma Road, Lakhond Crossroads, Kutch

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Known for: Handicraft items from Kutch


Bargaining: Maybe

Gramshree is a well-known organization, which works at the grass-root level towards empowering the more than 500 women from rural and slum areas through many community programs. Under this, the women make and sell lots of arts and crafts items depicting the traditional art forms of Gujarat. These include products like embroidered pillowcases, various clothing items, traditional leather sandals, stationery paraphernalia and different accessories too.

Location: 4th Floor, Shopper’s Plaza, CG Rd.

Timings: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Known for: Traditional handmade goods of Gujarat


Bargaining: Not really

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