with its existence dating back to as far as more than 5,000 years ago, there is no dearth of historical places in gujarat. From unique temples and forts to opulent palaces and excavation sites Gujarat beautifully flaunts its inspiring and overwhelming cultural backdrop. the architectural details and legendary grandiose of the heritage buildings here allows you to take a glance at the incredible past this place had witnessed.
Looking to explore more than just sightseeing places? Add a hint of excitement in your trip to Gujarat by going on a Gujarat heritage tour and create a lifetime worth of memories:
What better way of starting off this list by mentioning one of the most iconic excavation site which is the birth place of one of the earliest civilisations in the world. Located in the Bhachau taluka of Kutch district visiting here you will be greeted with barren lands of stone and mud which will make you image the ingenuity of our ancestors. One can visit this place especially during the famous Rann Utsav that takes place here during the winter months. The site has unearthed some of the world’s earliest sign boards, water conservation systems, terracotta ornaments and so much more. With free entry here you can take a tour to the ancient times.
Rani ki Vav
Situated on the banks of the pristine river Saraswati this legendary UNESCO world heritage stepwell is a remarkable representation of expert craftsmanship. Every inch of this vav is covered and adorned in fine engravings on the walls, floors, pillars and corners that makes it one of the most beautifully carved stepwell in India. Built in 11th century as a memorial for king Bhimdev Solanki by his beloved wife queen udayamati after his passing, this place has always been one of the most legendary sites of historical and heritage importance in Gujarat. The entire complex is built by utilising the marugurjara architectural style along with a unique temple and 7 different levels of stairs it truly adds to the beauty of Gujarat.
This important historical site has been excavated in the bhal region of Gujarat and marks the place where civilisation was born. Apart from Dholavira this place is one of the most significant ancient cities of Indus valley civilisation. The remains of the town depict some of the most forward and progressive existence of life and trading activities. You should give around 1.5 to 2 hours for exploring this place and the excavations here are very well preserved and display a very intricate and important signs of the lifestyle there.This place should definitely be visited if you are history buff or are just interested in knowing more about our culture.
This is probably one of the oldest and the largest group of temples in India. Located in the shatrunjaya hill region in the district of Bhavnagar the place is also dubbed as the city of temples. The temples here are dedicated to the Svetambara jains but can be visited by anyone looking to have a deeply spiritual experience. The entire complex houses around 863 ornate marble carved big and small temples which can be reached by climbing around 3,500 steps. Just like the char dham pilgrimage for Hindus a visit of these group of temples is considered to provide devout Jains with nirvana or salvation. The temple city is completely abandoned after its closing time including the priests in order to maintain the spiritual vibe and holy undisturbed sanctity of the place.
Champaner – Pavagadh Archaeological Park
Situated in the district of panchmahal district and a famous UNESCO world heritage site this place was built by sultan mahmudbegada. The entire site here is dotted with a number of historical forts and extends up to the city of champaner. The landscape also houses some interesting elements like palaces, tombs, mosques, temples and so many other structures that promise to leave you surprised. These remains can be dated back to as far as 8th and 14th century. Other installations include arches, step wells, tanks etc. the place allows you to have a glimpse in the pre Mughal city that has barely gone through any sort of changes.
Your first glance at this majestic mausoleum will make you feel like it is straight out of a fantasy novel. With narrow winding steps on the towers and finely created arches and doorways this place is dedicated to Bahauddin bhai hussain bhai and is located in the district of Junagarh. This splendid architecture is nothing short of perfect and makes you wonder about the creativity of the people involved in creating this magical structure. The architectural style here showcases a fusion of gothic and indo Islamic which is dated to have been established during the 19th century. The place has garnered fame for being one of the most visited heritage sites in Gujarat.