Gujarat temples are a haven for devotees and a home for many gods and goddesses. The state is also known as the ‘Holy Land’ by virtue of presence of hordes of temples. Among the temples in Gujarat, the Akshardham temple in the capital city Gandhinagar dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan is the largest of the Gujarat temples and most famous temples Gujarat. The Ambaji temple at Ambaji town, in the Banaskantha district is considered to be the sacred seat of Ambe Mata, the Mother Goddess and is a famous pilgrim site for Hindu devotees and also one of the Shakti Peethas in India. Among famous temples Gujarat, the Dwarkadhish temple in the city of Dwarka is a chief Hindu pilgrimage center in India. This temple is also one of the Chardham’s in the country, the others being Badrinath-Kedarnath, Rameshwaram, and Puri.
The Girnar Temples are also the most revered temples in Gujarat. Located at Junagadh this famous Temples Gujarat is an important pilgrimage site formed into a township of temples. Not only Hindu temples in Gujarat, but the Palitana Jain Temples are also famous temples Gujarat and most prominent Jain pilgrimage center for devotees in Gujarat and the neighboring states. In close comparison with the Sun Temple of Konark, the Sun temple at Modhera is also one of the famous temples in Gujarat and the venue for the famous Dance Festival held every year during the month of January. Not to leave out is also is this famous temples Gujarat, the Somnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva that contains one of the famous twelve Jyotirlingas of India.
Gujarat is one of the most industrialized states in the country and is the most popular place for commerce and trade in the country; not only in the past but currently too. The birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, Gujarat state covers an area of 1, 96,024 square kilometers with an effervescent population of around 55,000,000. Gujarat has been the center place for the famed Indus Valley Civilization.
Of the most important places of tourist interest are the Lakhota Fort, Kotha Bastion, Willington Crescent, Solarium, Jamsaheb’s Palace, Rozi and Bedi ports. The Rani Udayamati vav (a step well) and the Sahastralinga Lake are notable places to see in Jamnagar. Pavagadh, deemed to be a part of the Himalayas, is the most popular hill resort and attracts great many tourists. Jama Masjid in Champaner located at the foot hills of Pavangadh is a must-see mosque in Gujarat. Besides Pavangadh, Saputara is another famous hill resort located right on top of the second highest plateau in the Sahyadri range and amidst thick forests.
The city of Surat an important tourist destination, is considered to be a gold mine for textile industry and handicrafts like Zari—threadwork in gold and silver—diamond cutting and polishing among many others.