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Winter marks the start of the year’s busiest tourist season. With the Christmas season in full swing across the world, people from all over the world go to India with their families and friends to explore and discover the country’s rich legacy, culture, and natural variety.

Gujarat is a popular tourist location for winter trips in India. We present to you the top locations to visit in Gujarat to make the most of your winter vacations in India, with Runn Utsav in the offing and pleasant weather making it a great time to explore the huge cultural and archaeological heritage.

Gujarat might be visited for a variety of purposes. From indigenous dinosaur fossil fields to Gir, the sole habitat of Asiatic Lions outside of Africa, through Neolithic cave paintings to the stone masonry of a succession of contemporary and old civilization buildings.

From the glories of Jain architecture to the Hindu temples of Somnath and Dwarka rising out of the Arabian Sea to the seasonal island of Kutch, Gujarat has it all. The surface turns into a hardened white salt desert in the summer and where local artisans weave India’s finest textiles while battling the inhospitable elements of Little Rann.

With so many possibilities for vacationing in Gujarat, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten locations to visit in Gujarat. Please keep in mind that the ideal time to visit Gujarat is between October and March when the temperature is mild.

1. Rann of Kutch

In Gujarat, there’s a proverb that goes like this: “Kutch Nahi Dekha to Kuch Nahi Dekha,” which means “if you haven’t seen Kutch, you haven’t seen anything.” Kutch is a deserved top destination in Gujarat to visit, especially during the Rann Mahotsav.

The Rann of Kutch is a beautiful symphony of salt and sand, nestled between the Arabian Sea and the huge Thar Desert. This white symphony reaches its pinnacle on a full moon night. The fact that Kutch is submerged in water during the monsoon adds to its strangeness.

2. Somnath

Somnath is the first and most revered of Lord Shiva’s 12 Jyotirlingas. The Hindu moon deity Soma built a gold-encrusted temple to celebrate the Lord’s majesty and compassion, according to legend, and the structure became known as the Somnath Temple. Ravana rebuilt the temple in silver, Krishna in wood, and King Bhimdev in stone, according to legend.

The temple sits on the coasts of the Arabian sea, rebuilt and demolished many times, recently it was rebuilt on India’s independence day. Every year, millions of worshippers go to Somnath to seek Lord Shiva’s blessings, making it one of India’s most important sacred sites.

3. Dwarkadhish

Dwarkadhish Temple, located on the Gomti Creek, is one of India’s most beautiful temples, said to have been erected by Lord Krishna’s grandson. The temple, which appears to rise from the waves of the Arabian Sea, is known for its intricately carved construction. It is featured in the Char Dham Yatra, the holiest of all Hindu pilgrimages, as one of the holiest Hindu temples.

Lord Krishna and his Yadava Clan settled at Dwarka, according to legend. The whole Dwarka Island was flooded in the water when he died as a Krishna avatar. Recent archaeological digs have backed up these beliefs, indicating that Dwarka today is one of the six ancient towns that formerly flourished on this site.

4. Sasan Gir

Sasan Gir National Park, located in the Junagadh District, is one of India’s most frequented tourist destinations. It is the only area in Asia where you may see the king of the jungle roaming in the open wild. The Asiatic Lions are a major attraction, but there is more to this protected region.

Hyenas, leopards, marsh crocodiles, antelopes, sambar, and a large variety of bird species call the park home, making it a perfect contender for one of India’s finest wildlife sanctuaries. Although many visitors come to see the lions, birding aficionados flocks for one of India’s best bird viewing opportunities.

5. Baroda/Vadodara

Vadodara, also known as the state’s cultural center, is one of Gujarat’s most popular tourist destinations. When the decaying Mughals were expelled by the Gaekwads, the Marathas’ local generals erected Vadodara as their capital. In a seamless manner, the city merges the ancient with the new. Under Maharaja Sayajirao II’s leadership, the city grew and developed, and it retained a significant deal of autonomy even throughout British rule in India.