Gujarat is one of the most diverse States in India. Its history stretches over a long years from the age old Harappan Civilization to the Mughal period. Gujarat's endless journey from Roots to Wings is timeless with historical and cultural traditions glorifying the State.
Gujarat is home to several architectural marvels and is famous for its vibrant culture and rich heritage, apart from the scenic landscapes and mouth-watering cuisine. Offering a broad range of the most spectacular attractions, Gujarat, also known as 'The Land of Legends', presents a perfect blend of art, history, music and culture.
While its major city Ahmedabad can draw you in with its deep sense of culture and remarkable architecture, the countryside holds most of the state’s many treasures. Gujarat‘s people exhibit warm and friendly nature, god fearing and possess untouched simplicity with ‗simple living, high thinking‘ attitude. Concerned and affectionate, the communities are varied. The diverse ethnic groups constituting the Gujarati population has resulted in the cultural diversity of Gujarat. Gujarat is the land of rich handicrafts like Patola weaving, khadi, bandhani, block printing, embroidery, rogan painting, mata ni pachhedi, woodcrafts, metal crafts, pithora, pottery and many more handicrafts. Artisans in tribal villages weave, embroider, dye and print some of India’s finest textiles, and excellent parks harbour unique wildlife, including migratory birds, wild asses and growling prides of Asiatic lions. Sacred Jain and Hindu pilgrimage sites sit atop mountains that rise dramatically from vast flatlands.
Gujarat's food is as vibrant, distinct and colourful as the cultures that reside here. With countless elaborate styles of cooking and unique dishes that are enjoyed all over, the traditional local food gives Gujarat a unique tint of its own.
Recognized as one of the largest salt deserts in the world, The Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is not only known for its splendour, but also for one of the biggest festivals that take place in the state, the Rann Utsav. As a way to celebrate the culture and flavour of this region, an annual festival of music, dance and culinary talent called the 'Rann Utsav' is held every year in winter between November and February. Guests get to stay in luxurious tents that are put out in the middle of the desert and re given a chance to enjoy the Gujarat culture to their heart's content. If one wants to have the real Gujarat experience, then one should definitely visit the Rann Utsav.