Gujarat is India’s western most state and home to numerous sacred and historical sites. It is an exciting destination to explore as it is often overlooked.
1. The capital city of Ahmedabad was founded in 1411 and features a mix of architecture from century old mosques to modern skyscrapers. In fact Old Ahmedabad became the first Indian city to be listed as a UNESCO world heritage city. The best way to explore this area is a guided walk which can be organised through Ahmedabad municipal corporation.
2. Calico Museum of Textiles contains one of the world’s largest collections of antique and modern Indian textiles with the oldest pieces dating back 500 years ago. You will view Kashmiri shawls that took three years to make, double-ikat cloths which used 100,000 threads, each individually dyed before weaving. Viewing is by tour only and bookings are required.
3. Rani ni Vav (Queen’s step-well) was built in the 11th century and was a memorial to a king but slowly took up the name of the queen. The step-well is seven stories with three being above ground and four below. The delicate and intricate work have to be seen to be believed.
4. Textile villages – Bhuj is an excellent base to explore villages which specialise in textile production. Traditional techniques with distinct, colourful styles can be seen. In fact there are 16 different embroidery styles. In some villages local cooperatives have been formed to help preserve artisans heritage.
5. Wild Ass Sanctuary is a 5000 km sq area where Indian wild ass can be found. From October to March a large population of birds can be seen here including flamingos which breed in the wild.
6. Indian people are among the warmest and more hospitable in the world. They genuinely want visitors to enjoy everything their country has to offer.
If India is on your bucket list, consider adding Gujarat to your itinerary. Our Gujarat Textile Tour is designed to explore the state in a fun, small group. Discover more here. Contact Nicole today to find out more about this exciting opportunity.
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