10 must-visit places in Gujarat during winters

Rann of Kutch white desert, Gujarat

Sandwiched between Maharashtra and Rajasthan, Gujarat is a treasure trove least explored by many. However, Gujarat has always been very high on my list of places to visit in India for multiple reasons. After all, it is the Citadel of 6000 years old Harappan Civilization, land of colourful nomadic and wandering communities, located at the confluence of ancient Spice and Silk Route, a melting pot of cultures, religions, festivals, traditions and world views, land of Lord Krishna and Mahatma Gandhi. While there are innumerable reasons to visit the vibrant state, I have listed the 10 must-visit places in Gujarat during winters for you:

1. Ahmedabad

10 must-visit places in Gujarat during winters: the UNESCO World heritage city of Ahmedabad
10 must-visit places in Gujarat during winters: the UNESCO World heritage city of Ahmedabad

The
bustling capital of Gujarat, which is India’s first UNESCO World Heritage city,
blows your mind with its centuries-old heritage, culture and terrific food
scene. Start your day by enjoying a fafda-jalebi breakfast at Swaminarayan
temple before heading on a ‘Mandir
to Masjid’ heritage walk
 in
the old city which has 2700 listed UNESCO buildings. I highly recommend hiring
a local guide such as Nirav Panchal (+91 9825626387) as he shared so many small
and big details about the city that I would have otherwise missed out. The
two-and-a-half-hour walk revealed many eye-popping facts about Ahmedabad such
as the old town is made up of 600 Pols (neighbourhoods), inhabited based on
occupation. Every Pol had a Chabutro (bird feeder) and all the old buildings
were earthquake resistant. Reliving the grandeur of the ancient city through
Nirav’s narration, we took many pit stops – at Pols, a royal mausoleum,
temples, bird feeders, bridges, and havelies (royal houses) – before finally
culminating our journey at Jama Masjid. 

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