Junagadh Tourism – Places to Visiti in Junagadh

Junagadh is the headquarters of Junagadh district Gujarat, located in the foothills of the Girnar Hills.  The name comes from ancient Uparkot fort its mean old fort, it’s also known as Sorath earlier Princely State of Junagadh. Junagadh is famous for its picturesque location, ancient forts and Ashokan rock edicts, temples and monuments.

Junagadh city at night

Junagadh City at Night

Here is the list of some poplar places, monuments, temples of Junagadh.

Religious Spots

Girnar Hill

Girnar Hill

Girnar Hill

Junagadh’s chief attraction is the Girnar Hill, located 6 km east of the city. This has been a holy site for Buddhists, Hindus and Jains since the third century BC. Over 1,080 steps lead to the top of the high hill. Asokan edicts dated to 250 BC can be found on the sides of the steps. Here you can see Ashoka’s message for peace, love and non-violence.

Neminath Temple

Neminath Temple

Neminath Temple

Half-way up the Girnar hills is a cluster of beautiful Jain temples of which the most notable one is the Neminath temple dedicated to the 22nd Jain tirthankara.

Amba Mata Temple

Amba Mata Temple

Amba Mata Temple

At the top of the Girnar Hills is the temple of Amba Mata, built in 12th century. The site is very much popular for newlyweds, who come here seeking blessings of the divine deity.

Somnath Temple

Somnath Temple

Somnath Temple

About 90 kms from Junagadh is Somnath, a religious place famous for its superb Shiva temple. Somnath is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga of India dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The temple was looted by Muslim invaders & rulers by several times for its wealth. Mahmud of Ghazni in 1026, who is said to have made off?? With camel loads of gold and precious gems leaving the edifice in ruins. The pillage and reconstruction works continued for the next 700 years. The temple in its present form was built in 1950 and was made of stone.

At a short distance from the temple, towards east is Triveni Tirth, the confluence of three rivers. This is the site where Lord Krishna’s funeral rites were performed. People visit this river site to throw ashes and to pray for their dear departed. Nearby is a 17th century Ahilya temple and Bakhla Tirth that is associated with Lord Krishna.

Historical Monuments

Mahabat Maqbara

Mahabat Maqbara

Mahabat Maqbara

Near the city’s railway station is a complex of royal mausoleums of which the most notable one is the Mahabat Maqbara with splendid silver doors and intricate carvings on it. Four large towers surround the mausoleum and can be reached at the top by staircases.

Museums

Durbar Hall Museum

Durbar Hall Museum

Durbar Hall Museum

One of the most worth visiting sites in Junagadh is the Durbar Hall Museum that houses weapons, armours and many other artifacts of the erstwhile nawabs.

Parks and Gardens

Sasan Gir National park

Sasan Gir National park

Sasan Gir National park

Spreading over an area of 259 sq. km, the Sasan Gir National Park is the only habitat left for the lions outside Africa. Almost a century ago Asiatic lions were roaming in the vast areas of India from Gujarat all the way to Bihar in the east. But in the early 19th century these animals were hunted and poached almost to the point of extinction. The Nawab of Junagadh made efforts to conserve these animals and hence created this park.

Today, Gir is a haven for a wide range of wildlife. The park has become a dwelling place for caracal, chausingha (four horned antelope), the blackbuck and a substantial population of leopard. Besides, a considerable population of chital, sambar, nilgai, grey langur, hyena, painted sandgrouse, peacocks and paradise flycatchers may be spotted on an early morning drive.

The park is 65 kms from Junagadh and 368 km from Ahmedabad. Prior permission is required from the Field Director, Sasan Gir for entry into the park.

Kutch: A Melting Pot of Tribal Cultures in a Barren Marshland

rann of kutch

Rann of Kutch

The largest Gujarati district, Kutch is like no other region of India and mostly a desert area. The emptiness in the landscape is made up by the rich myriad of tribal communities- each proud of its individual language and lifestyle yet forming an intriguing and flourishing tribal collage unique to this region of India.

History of Kutch

Just like the present day Kutch’s tapestry of cultures, the past of this tribal district is dotted with reigns under various dynasties, kingdoms and foreign settlers. These deserted places have revealed traces of the earliest Indus Valley Civilization, with the eastern tributary of the Indus River leading to the present day lake Rann. There are records of Mauryan empire wanting seize this district from the Greeks. The other reigning kingdoms include Sahiras of Sindu and much later the Samma Rajputs,

Tourism in Kutch

Narendra Modi with Jawans at border areas of Kutch

Narendra Modi with Jawans at border areas of Kutch

Tours in Kutch are usually in time for a tribal celebration as festivals are held almost every month. From the Jat Muslim festival, Mai Bhambi in the Mai village in February, to the Ahir festival, Habaimata in the Habai village in October, visitors can enjoy the insight to these vibrant tribes and cultures. Kutch is famous for the indigenous handicraft and their amazingly decorated mud walls are mini art galleries lining the village streets.

Historic Sites

The administrative city Bhujis Tourism spot with historical significance. A fortress city during the reign the Indian kingdoms and seized by the British in 1819. The three royal palaces constructed by Rao Pragmalji, have marvellous architecture such as the Aaina Mahal known to be a most exquisite monument with its artistic qualities that shows European influence. The Kutch Museum was previously called Fergusson Museum, constructed in 1877 by Maharao Khengarji III. Built in Italian style and standing tall along the Hamirsar Lake’s banks, it is home to treasure chest of collection of the Kshatrapa inscriptions, varying archaeological artifacts and specimens of the traditional rich crafts of the Kutch district.

To step back into the times of Indus valley civilization, the ancient town of Dholavira the perfect travel destination to tour the excavation sites of the great Harappan ruins.

Beach Tours

Narendra Modi with Jawans at border areas of Kutch

Narendra Modi with Jawans at border areas of Kutch

Scenic Kutch Mandvi beach is ideal for swimming with the backdrop of beautiful sunsets and long peaceful walks in the soft white sand. There are wind mills nearby, camel and horse rides, and shopping galore in this historic town. Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach is a magnet for water sports lovers as there are a variety of aquatic sports such as water scooting, parasailing, surfing and speed boat trips to give the adrenalin seekers a thumping good time With exciting tours for fans of history, culture and water sports, the travel itinerary for Kutch has something for any adventure seeking traveller.

Facts:

  • Area (square kilometers) -2873.5 Sq. km.
  • Population -1,526,321.
  • Elevation -300m.
  • Geographical Location (coordinates)-23.13°-24.68°N and 68.10°-71.80°E.
  • Climate-Tropical.
  • Primary Rainy season-July to September.
  • Temperatures -From 20 C in winter to 45 C in summer.
  • Languages-Gujarati, Hindi, and local dialects- Kutchi and Sindhi.
  • Best Season-Late October to early April.
  • Places to visit- Bhuj, Prag Mahal, Cenotaphs of Kutch rulers, Snake Temple at Bhujiyo Hill Fort, Swami Narayan Temple, Dholavira, Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach, Kutch Mandvi Beach, Wild Ass Sanctuary.

Transportation Services in Gujarat

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Gujarat, the country’s seventh largest state is heavily flocked by tourists each year. Also, the state is highly industrialized and densely populated, receiving guests and delegates from every corner of the globe and the nation. The good thing is that Gujarat has a robust and sturdy transportation system to facilitate such as massive inflow of crowds and traffic and often boasts of the great accessibility it allows to people by means of its well developed road networks. Let’s cast a deeper glance into the transportation system of Gujarat.

Roads of Gujarat and Road connectivity

Gujarat comes with an excellent network of state highways and national highways. The state boasts of 17 national highways running to a length of about 4032kms in total and also about 300+ state highways running to a net length of nearly 19761kms. State highways are the state arterial routes connecting major cities of the state plus district head headquarters. State highways also serve as a link between the various districts of Gujarat and the National highways of adjoining states. Also, the rural areas of Gujarat come with a robust network of Panchayat roads & sugarcane roads. Panchayat roads run to a length of nearly 30019kms in total while sugarcane roads run to a length of nearly 1746kms in total. The main vehicles plying on the road are city buses, taxis and auto rickshaws. City bus services are mainly administered by the GSRTC/Gujarat state road transport corporation. GSRTC actually comes up with a plethora of transport services in Gujarat, such as-

Mofussil Transport Services– Such services allow setting up a transport connection between the villages, small towns and major cities of Gujarat.

Intercity buses-Such buses function as a connecting link between all major cities of Gujarat such as Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Rajkot.

City bus services– Such bus services connect different parts of the city to each other. These services are available in cities such as Gandhinagar, Baroda, Surat, Rajkot.

Inter-state buses– Such bus services connect Gujarat to the other neighboring states such as Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh.

Parcel Services– Such services facilitate goods transportation.

Auto rickshaws in Gujarat offer the most convenient mode of transportation for short distances

Taxis in Gujarat are available amply. There are taxi stands at each bus stop, railway station and airport. Gujarat taxi/car services are heavily relied upon by tourists for various city tours

Airports of Gujarat and flight connectivity

There are 17 airports in the state in total and out of those, Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Inter-national airport alone allows access to global tourists coming by flight from other countries. The other major airports of Gujarat include Bhavnagar airport, Bhuj airport, Keshod airport, Kandla airport, Jamnagar airport. Mandvi and Mehsana airports are owned by state government. Frequent and regular flights connect Gujarat to all other major parts of the country.

Railway connectivity in Gujarat

Gujarat has a total railway network length of about 5268kms and Ahmedabad railway station serves as the most important gateway to Gujarat. The other important rail heads of Gujarat are Rajkot, Bhuj, Bhavnagar, Surendra Nagar, Vadodara, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Porbander. Trains are available from these stations to different parts of the state and the country. The Royal Orient luxury train service facility available at Gujarat is one reason to make the state feel proud about itself.

Sea Ports of Gujarat

The 1600kms of coastline that Gujarat is blessed with leads to the emergence of many important and busy ports in Gujarat. Kandla port, Magdalla port, Porbandar port, Veraval port, Pipavav port, Navlakhi port are some of the most notable ports in the state of Gujarat.

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Pancha Dwaraka Temples – Lord Krishna Related Places

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Panch Dwarka Temples [Image Source]

Pancha Dwaraka Darshan or a pilgrimage to the 5 abodes of Lord Krishna are believed to free the soul from all mortal sins and grant it eternal bliss. Pancha Dwaraka Darshan is quite famous amongst all Vaishnavites and Hindus. The Pancha Dwarkas are sprawled all over Gujarat and Rajasthan. Leading tour operators of India offer standalone as well as group packages for Panch Dwarka Darshan. The Pancha Dwaraka are Dwarka, Kankroli, Dakor, Nathdwara and Somnath.

Dwarka
Dwarka or the golden city is famous for being the abode of Lord Krishna. Interestingly, Dwarka is both a part of the Char Dham and the Sapta Puri holy spots. Dwarka the name signifies door to Brahma (Dwar +Ka). The city is filled with rich replicas of history that date back to 1500 BC and have strong links to Hindu Texts like Bhagwad Gita and the Puranas. Sri Krishna who is one of the incarnations of Vishnu is believed to have resided in Dwarka and this is why the town is filled with beautiful temples. Some of these temples are Nageshwar Mahadev, Gomti Ghat Temple, Rukmini Math, Bhalka Tirth etc.

Nathdwara
Nathdwara is picturesquely located in the Hills of Aravali on the bank of the river Beas in the District Rajsamand which lies about 50 km North East to Udaipur. The most famous religious attraction of Nathdwara is the idol of Shrinathji which is believed to be the 7th incarnation of Krishna. The idol was worshipped in Mathura and was carried in 1672 from the hills of Govardhan near Mathura along the sacred Yamuna and then retained in Agra for a period of six months. The name Nathdwara literally translates to be Gateway to Srinathji. Nathdwara is very famous amongst Vaishnavites who prefer Pushti Marg as prescribed by Shuddha Advaita

Dakor
The town of Dakor lies in the eastern part of Kheda district in Gujarat. The town of Dakor is best known for the magnificent temple of Sri Krishna Sri Ranchhodraiji. On beautiful full moon nights’ people come to the temple to seek the blessings of Krishna. Around February and March there are many carnivals and fairs going on in Dakor so it’s preferable to visit Dakor during this time. Holi is celebrated with great pomp and fervour in Dakor. It is believed that Lord Krishna came to DAKOR in the incarnation of Ranchodrai on Sharad Poornima.

Bet Dwarka
Bet Dwarka is also known as Shankhodar which is a moderately populated island lying in the mouth of Gulf of Kutch that is 3 km away from the Okha coast of Gujarat. Bet Dwarka is mentioned prominently in Skanda Purana and Mahabharata. Historians and scholars have identified Bet Dwarka as the place where members of the Yadav clan travel to by boats. There are many beautiful temples like Dwarkadhish temple and Keshav Ji temple in Bet Dwarka. Many devotees throng to Hanuman Dandi and Mahaprabhu Bethak which are also major places of worship. Many archaeologists and historians found Nadaka and Brahmi script inscriptions in many areas. Remains of the late Harappan period are also present in Bet Dwarka.

Kankroli
Kankroli is situated about 70 km away from Udaipur and is famous for its majestic temple of Dwarkadhish that lies on the banks of Rajsamand Lake. The temple of Kankroli is known to be the abode of Dwarkadhish or Sri Krishna. The original deity at the Kankroli temple is believed to have been imported from Mathura. Kankroli is untouched by commercialisation and retains its pristine charm with its sprawling library and gurgling streams. The Kankroli temple also has beautiful hymn and Aarti sessions with a difference…. the temple has its own band.

Points to Remember
Most tourists visit nearby attraction like Gir National Park and Udaipur Palace while visiting Panch Dwarka. Most of the Panch Dwarka have hot and dry climate which is why it’s best to avoid the summer months between April to July when you plan for a visit.

The Best Gujarat Tours – Discover The True Essence of Gujarat

Gujarat stands out as one of the ancient states of India that has carved out a niche for itself and achieved the status of being a place of divinity, history, and tourist attractions. This is the state of Gujarat that has earned the repute of being one of the best, and most visited places by the travel mongers!

Gujarat Tourism

There is so much in Gujarat that tourists pour in huge numbers each year. Marvellous sites, mouth-watering food, colourful attire, lively festivals and fairs, invaluable artefacts, all speak strongly of a rich Gujarat tourism that the state comprises of

There are several tour packages that guarantee the best tour options of the best travel destinations of the state at the most reasonable prices. The following list bears a handful of the best travel options.

A to Z Holidays has carved out a well-planned and organized travel option that offers several plans depending on the time, budget, and places of interest of the tourists. Some prominent ones are, Kutch Tour, Treasures of North Gujarat, Glorious Gujarat, Saurashtra Darshan Tour & several others holiday packages for Gujarat. Lodging, travelling, communication etc are all taken care of by them.

Gujarat Tourism Girnar

Gujarat Four Wheel Drive is yet another organization that presents to the tourists a wide array of travel tour guide plan. They organise several activities which cover trekking, several water sports and activities, and also spiritual activities, depending on the tour plans chosen by the tourists. It also provides city wise excursion tours for a better exposure of the vast state.

Majestic Tour of Gujarat organized by Southern Travels is one of the best tour packages that is comprehensive and perfectly suits the budget. It covers all major destinations by road, thus allowing the tourists to view the best of locales and routes. They also organise lodging facilities for the travellers thus simplifying the additional troubles incurred during the travel.

If discovering the nook and corner of the best travel destinations is one’s forte and inclination, then Indian Holiday is the perfect guide to satiate one’s travel hungry mind. There is so much of diversity in the many programmes that they have tailored, specifically for a complete sightseeing of the state; that it’s rather enthralling. These tours are theme based. Some of them include, Beach Holidays, Pilgrimage Tours, Wildlife Holidays, Heritage and Cultural Tour etc.

Gujarat Wild Life

Travel Guru is also considered one of the prime travel guides that organizes superior travel plan. The programmes are divided, such that they perfectly blend with the exact needs and interests of the curious visitors. Spiritual Gujarat and Gujarat Wildlife Tours are the two broad categories that have several tourists’ programmes, having a wide range of pricing schemes that could be picked up according to the discretion of the tourists themselves.

Rann of Kutch, Gir, Saurashtra, Dwarka etc are some of the most frequented places amongst many others. The months from October to March are considered the peak time to visit Gujarat.

The spectacular places in Gujarat, complete with hospitality makes tourism one of the major business practices of the state. These travel organizations only justify the statement.

Gujarat Travel Guide – Gujarat Tourism Information

Gujarat, the western extreme of India is a hotspot for the tourists. The hospitality, colourful lifestyle, festivities, cuisine, all seem to be too pressing for one to overcome. The state is laden with mirth and never fails to drench her visitors in the same mood. This Gujjar state has her own unique selling proposition (USP) which place her atop the destination list of adventure seeking travellers. Aesthetics, culture, history, all represent the enticing blend of modernity amidst strong traditional roots. After all, the land is the birth place of Mahatma, the man who trod the path of non-violence in response to acute violence.

Major Attractions of Cities

Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad Kakaria Lake

Ahmedabad Kakaria Lake

Places that Interest You: This modern city was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah and is one of the key entry points into Gujarat.Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram is one of the many attractions that is accessible from here. There are also ample forts mausoleums, and museums. Jumma Mazjid, Jain Temples, the Dutch Cemetry, Calico Textile Museum, Shreyas Folk Museum are some places to visit. Also there are numerous lakes and gardens.

Nalsoravar Bird Sanctuary, Modhera Sun Temple, Rann of Kutch, Shanku Water Parkand Lothal are some places that could be visited from Ahmedabad.

Jamnagar

pratap vilas palace jamnagar

pratap vilas palace jamnagar

Places that Interest You: There are several places that are worth visiting in this city Gulf of Kutch coast. It was founded by Jam Rawal. Apart from the bird and marine sanctuaries, the other historical places are Lakhota Fort, Kotha Bastion, Pratap Vilas Palace, Darbargadh etc.

Palitana Temples, Dwarkadeesh Temple, Bechtel Beach, and Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple are some of the places in the vicinity of the Jamnagar, and also are tourist attractions.

Bhuj

Bhuj Mandir

Bhuj Mandir

Places that Interest You: This district of Bhuj in Kutch has many historical wonders to display. Kutch Museum, Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal, Lakhpat, an ancient port and town etc. are some of the distinguished places.
There are some picnic and excursions spots around Bhuj. Than Monastery and Mandvi Sea Resort are some places along with other villages.

Junagadh

Gir Forest, Junagarh

Gir Forest, Junagarh

Places that Interest You: The foremost place to visit in Junagadh is the Chorwad Beach. Ahmadpur Mandvi Beach, Damodar Kund, Uparkot Fort, and Durbar Hall Museum.

Gir Forest National Park, Ayurvedic Museum, Dataar Hills are some other places.

Surat

Surat Fort

Surat Fort

Places that Interest You:This industrial city of Surat was formerly known as Suryapur. The many places to visit here include, Surat Castle, Chintamani Temple, Sardar Patel Museum, ISCKON Temple, Bardoli, Dandi etc.

Vadodara

Laxmi Vilas Palace

Laxmi Vilas Palace

Places that Interest You: Initially the capital city of Gujarat, Baroda or Vadodara is also known as the traditional city of the state. There are numerous forts, museums, palaces, and historical buildings that make up this ancient city.EME Temple (Dakshinamurthy Temple), Baroda Museum and Art Gallery, Sayaji Bagh, Laxmi Vilas Palaceare some of the places to see within the city.

Cuisine in Gujarat

gujarati thali

gujarati thali

Gujarati traditional food is a pure vegetarian meal, with a dash of sweetness in each food item. Dessert after the main course is dominant in a typical Gujarati meal. Mild flavors, spices, and ghee are used in cooking. Roti (bread), Kadhi, Shaak (vegetable curry), Rice, and pickle are compulsory. Thepla, Dhokla, Uundhyu, Dal Dhokli,Handvo, Ghewar, Basundi, and Malpua, are some of the specialities one mustn’t miss in Gujarat.

Celebration Time

dandiya dance during durga navratri

dandiya dance during durga navratri

There are ample festivals and fairs that are carried on throughout the year in Gujarat. Some of the noted ones being Navaratri, Kite Festival, Modhera Dance Festival and Ran Utsav. Some noteworthy fairs of the state are Tarnetar Fair, Bhavnath Fair, Dangs Darbar, Ambaji Fair, and Shamlaji Fair.

How to Reach Gujarat
By Air, Road, and Road, Gujarat is well knit to almost all major Indian cities. It has got a total of 14 airports. Also the rail and road connectivity are also highly developed. There are many National Highways which make interstate connectivity very reliable.

Accommodation
This land of hospitality offers some of the best hotels. One can choose to stay in budget hotels as well as luxury hotels. The latest trend of homestay is also available in some of the best localities in different cities. Homestays are chosen over hotels by many for they provide a ‘home away from home’ atmosphere.

Sopping Hub

Gujarati Bamboo Craft

Gujarati Bamboo Craft

Bandhni, Tanchoi, and Patola are some of the ethnic art work of Gujarat. These work can be seen fabric and textiles. Also, there are traditional art work of embroidery and painting that are displayed in decorative items also Brass and wooden artefacts are a craze for both national and international tourists. One prized possession from this land would be the traditional beetle nut cracker.

Best Time to Visit Gujarat
October-March is the ideal travel season for tourists aspiring to travel in Gujarat. The weather remains the most travel-friendly during that time.

Famous Fairs & Festivals of Gujarat

Gujarat is a colorful and gorgeous state. The trade and commerce of Gujarat makes it a renowned name all across the nation. The colorful sense of crafts, the lip smacking cuisines and most importantly the festivals of Gujarat has allowed the state to occupy a significant position in the entire map of India. Your visit to Gujarat during any of the festivals celebrated there will indeed make you bask in the glory of the celebrations and enjoy the immense pomp and grandeur with which each festival is celebrated

Gujarat is one of the more prosperous States of India where business courses through the veins of the warm hearted people here. If they focus on business and work, they also take time out to celebrate festivals with gusto. Should you think of holidaying in Gujarat, plan our holiday in Gujarat for a time when there is a major festival going on when the cities and even villages come alive.

Navratri-Dussehra Festival

Garba Dance in Navratri

Garba Dance in Navratri

Navratri is celebrated in Gujarat like nowhere else in India. This is the period of 9 nights when people worship Amba Mata, observe fast and dance the garba and ras till late at night to the tune of traditional folk music set to modern beats in the city but still retaining the old style in villages. This festival occurs during October (or November) so plan your trip to Gujarat accordingly if you wish to enjoy it. People go about their daily routines during the day but at night each city and village is lighted up and youth attire themselves in traditional costumes, ready to form a circle around the deity and dance the garba and raas through the night. On Dussehra day you can see people queuing up to buy fafda and jalebi, a sort of must have on this auspicious day. They also buy new vehicles or a new house on Dussehra.

Diwali

Diwali Festival

Diwali Festival

Diwali is another major festival celebrated with pomp in Gujarat. Diwali night and each house is adorned with lamps and electric lights. People come out and start bursting crackers for hours. The streets are filled with light and sound of bursting crackers and, these days, it is the in thing to send up rockets that explode in jewels of light sparkling in the night sky, a truly wondrous spectacle.

Uttarayan

Uttarayan - The Kite Festival of Gujarat

Uttarayan – The Kite Festival of Gujarat

Uttarayan on 14th January is another glorious festival where kites of every shape, color, pattern and size fill up the skies. Gujaratis are plainly and simply huge kite flying aficionados. Even before the break of dawn people go on to the rooftops and the air resounds with shouts as one cuts the string of another and this goes on throughout the day. Plan your Gujarat trip for this date and Join a family for kite flying and try your hand at engaging in an aerial battle. The rush you get is indescribable and when you cut the string of another kite flyer, you whoop and holler in victory. The day is celebrated as even women and the aged join the boys and men on the roof tops, punctuating kite flying with sampling of undhiyu and til chikki. If you happen to be in Ahmedabad visit the International Kite Flying Festival organized along the Sabarmati Riverfront.

Holi

Holi Festival Celebration

Holi Festival Celebration

Holi marks the advent of spring. On Holi you will see the streets lined with mounds of wood and cow dung pats ready for the evening bonfire symbolically representing the burning of the evil Holika. The next day is dhuleti, the day when boys, girls, men and women go out in groups and spray each other with water color and color powders. It is fun and frolic so put on your old clothes; colors at hand and then venture out to color and be colored in return.

Janmasthami

Janmashtami Celebration

Janmashtami Celebration

Janmashtami celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna occurring in August. Dwarka is where you should be since this is where the major celebrations take place but in all major cities you can witness a grand procession of a large number of trucks or rathas carrying people chanting “Jai Ranchod Makhan Chor” and distributing Prasad to the people gathered around. There are small fairs in the cities and villages.

There are numbers of smaller local and regional festivals but these are the major ones you can enjoy as the entire State goes on a holiday and everyone gets into the festive mood.