Must-see attractions in Gujarat & Diu

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    Bhujodi

    Bhujodi, about 7km southeast of Bhuj, is a village of weavers, mostly using pit looms, operated by both feet and hands. You can look into many workshops,…

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    Swaminarayan Temple

    The glorious, multicoloured, carved-wood Swaminarayan Temple, in the old city, was built in 1822 as the first temple of the Swaminarayan Hindu sect…

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    Shri Bhuvaneshwari Aushadhashram

    Founded in 1910 by Gondal’s royal physician, this pharmacy manufactures ayurvedic medicines and it’s possible to see all the quirky machinery involved, as…

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    Indian Institute of Management (IIM)

    The campus at the Indian Institute of Management, one of India's most exalted business schools, was designed by renowned American architect Louis Kahn and…

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    Ahmed Shah’s Mosque

    Southwest of Bhadra Fort and dating from 1414, this is one of the city’s earliest mosques, built for the sultan and nobles within Ahmedabad’s original…

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    Kirti Mandir

    This memorial to Gandhi, next to the house where he was born, in the town of Porbandar, was built in 1950. Reflecting Gandhi’s age when he died, it’s 79ft…

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    Sayaji Bagh

    The centrepiece of the city, Sayaji Bagh is a wonderful landscaped park with trees (some labelled), lawns and flower beds. But for the less green-fingered…

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    Bala Hanuman Temple

    This temple on the southeastern side of Ranmal Lake has been the scene of continuous chanting of the prayer Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram since 31 July…

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    Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum

    Part of the LD Institute of Indology, this museum houses a gorgeous collection of ancient and medieval Indian art treasures, including Buddhist, Hindu and…

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    Rani Rupmati Mosque

    Dating from around 1430-40, the Rani Rupmati mosque was built by Sultan Mahmud Begada in memory of his wife, Rani Rupmati (the mosque is sometimes called…

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    Buddhist Caves

    Inside Uparkot Fort and close to the Jama Masjid, these are not actually caves but rather monastic quarters carved out of rock around the 2nd century AD…

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    Dai Halima Mosque

    Behind Dada Hari Ni Vav step well, the 16th-century Dai Halima Mosque contains the mausoleum of a royal midwife named Halima, with attractive jali (carved…

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    Ghoghla Beach

    Ghoghla Beach, north of Diu town, is the best beach on the island. A long stretch of sand, it has less trash and fewer people than the other nearby…

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    Gandhi’s Birthplace

    This three-storey, 220-year-old house is where Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 (the very spot where he is said to have arrived is marked on the floor by…

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    Royal Vintage & Classic Car Collection

    This is the royal collection of cars – 32 impressive vehicles, from a 1907 model made by the New Engine Company Acton and a 1935 vintage Mercedes saloon…

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    Vazir’s Mausoleum

    With almost as much flourish as the neighbouring Mahabat Maqbara mausoleum, the 1896 mausoleum of Vazir Sahib Baka-ud-din Bhar sports four storybook…

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    Barda Wildlife Sanctuary

    Wild, remote, very little visited and with minimal facilities, Barda Wildlife Sanctuary is a hilly, forested area with stone-built villages, good hiking…

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    Gangeswar Temple

    Gangeswar Temple, on the south coast 3km west of town, just past Fudam village, is a small coastal cave where five Shiva linga (phallic symbols) are…

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    Old City

    North of Ganga Jalia Tank, Bhavnagar’s old city is well worth a wander, especially in the early evening – it’s busy with small shops and cluttered with…

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    Khambhaliya Gate

    Built in the 17th century by Wazir Meraman Khawa, and one of two remaining city gates from that period, this elegantly decaying landmark has been restored…