Gujarat, as a melting pot of different civilizations in West India, offers a vibrant culture and rich heritage. It is birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, India’s leader and apostle of non-violence, and a culinary haven for vegetarians, as it offers a great variety of tasty vegetarian foods.
Gujarat is the last habitat of the Asiatic lion, which can be found roaming Gir forest. The national park is one of the major big cat destinations in India, with an estimated 300 lions and 300 leopards. Lots of other mammals can be observed here as well and around 40 species of reptiles and amphibians and more than 250 species of birds.
Anyone interested in geology will love Gujarat, which is unique in its geological and topographical features. You can see volcanic outpourings, magnificent caves and search for dinosaurs in the fossil fields. The more culturally interested will marvel at neolithic cave paintings and masterpieces in stone architecture from early and recent civilisations.
In the district Kutch you can find 18 different tribes with their unique cultures, a paradise for anyone looking for traditional cultures. The Rann of Kutch – in summer a dry, salt coated desert, during monsoon a marsh filled with standing waters, is a great place for jeep or camel safaris. Bird watchers will find a great variety of migrant and resident birds here, and it is also home to a number of larger animals. Around full moon in December a great and very popular festival is celebrated here, the Rann Utsav, celebrating the mystic and diversity of Kutch.