Gujarat, the land of very rich heritage, glorious history and traditions is one of the most developed States of India. This fertile and prosperous land has a colourful profile. Wide open to the Arabian Sea on the West, Gujarat had strong commercial and cultural links with other parts of the world. For centuries, it was exposed to outside influences through trade, conquest and immigration. In the process, the region assimilated the elements of various cultures and simultaneously progressed and prospered with time, retaining its cultural identity and traditional values. Gujarat is the bastion of Jainism, the birthplace of Father of the Nation – Mahatma Gandhi, a home of cultures and land of gentle and most enterprising people.
Main languages: Gujarati, Sindhi, Memoni, Kutchi, Urdu
When to go: October to March
Getting There & Away: How to reach Gujarat
Road: Gujarat has an excellent road network consisting 17 national highways (total length of 4032 km) and more than 300 state highways (total length of 19,761 km). NH-NE-1 connects Ahmedabad to Vadodara. NH 6 links Hajira to Songadh and goes upto Kolkata in West Bengal. NH-8 links Rajasthan border to Maharashtra border via Ahmedabad, Anand, Surat and Valsad whereas NH-8A connects Ahmedabad, Bamanbore, Kandla, Kothara and Narayan Sarovar. NH-14 connects Palanpur and Radhanpur. NH-15 starts from Samakhiali and extends upto Tharad at Rajasthan border. NH-59 links Ahmedabad to Madhya Pradesh via Godhra. NH-22 connects Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi via Aslali, Anand and Surat.
Rail: Ahmedabad junction (ADI), Vadodara Junction (BRC), Anand Junction, Porbandar (PBR), Ankleswar Junction, Godhra, Jamnagar (JAM), Junagagadh Junction, Rajkot Junction (JN), Sabarmati Junction and Surat (ST) are major railway stations connecting Gujarat to the rest of India.
Air: Gujarat is having 14 big and small Airports. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at Ahmedabad, Surat Airport, Rajkot Airport, Jamnagar Airport, Vadodara Airport and PorbandarAirport are the most important ones.