Gujarat is a vast state and there are many places to visit, unfortunately, one tends to visit some of the known and famous places and they ignore some places which are not mentioned on the list of places to visit. If you want to visit Gujarat one needs to search on the internet a lot and try to find some places which are not frequently mentioned. With this being said, I have listed down some of the places which one can visit on their tour of Gujarat and also these places do not have many tourists than those mentioned in various other blogs.
a) The Dinosaur Museum, Raioli village
Having India’s own Jurassic Park, The Dinosaur Museum is one of the places to visit. It is said that dinosaurs such as T-Rex, Megalosaurus and Stegosaurus once roamed these places over 65 million years ago and now we can witness a museum which has fossils and bones of these dinosaurs. Set up by Geological Survey of India and is run by Gujarat Ecological and Research Foundation, Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park is the only dinosaur museum set up in the country. Here you find fossilised eggs as Raiyoli, Balasinor is the world’s second-largest excavation sites of dinosaur fossil with over 10,000 eggs discovered. Witness these fossilised eggs and replica of these dinosaurs at Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park.
b) Jambur, a place where you people who have African descendent.
Jambur, a remote village in Gir has a special hidden secret. This is the place where you find people who have African heritage but they speak the local dialect. They are called as Siddi’s and they are believed to be from East Africa. They came here as slaves, sailors, serfs and mercenaries who were said to be supplied by Arab Traders to the Portuguese and Indian kingdoms. Nowadays, little is known about their heritage as they have mingled with local people and learnt the language, however, the only thing that they can showcase is the sound of African Drumbeat.
c) Palitana, the city which is strictly vegetarian by law
Do you know that there is a strictly vegetarian city by law in Gujarat? Yes, Palitana a city near to Bhavnagar in Gujarat is a strict vegetarian by law and the law was passed in the year 2014. This is due to the fact that the city is a major place of attractions for Jain and they defer eating any form of meat, eggs or fish. Palitana is a Mahathirth for Jains where the first sermon was delivered here by Tirthankara Rishabhdev or Adinatha who meditated on top of Shatrunjaya Hill. There are over 900 temples built on top of the hill and the city is thus hailed as ‘the world’s largest temple complex’. Visitors cannot visit the temple at night hence they need to visit the temple only in the morning with last entry will be at 17:30hrs.
d) Dholavira, a place with the world’s oldest signboard
The archaeological site of Dholavira was discovered in the year 1967 which is spread over 250 hectares of land and was once known as Kotada Timba in past. The excavations revealed vast settlements which had some of the best town planning infrastructures. There is large undeciphered glyph at the northern gate of Dholavira which is of Harrapan Script and it is said to be one of the oldest signboards in the world.
e) Explore treasures of Bharuch
Once called Bhrigukachcha, Bharuch is believed to be one of the oldest cities in Gujarat. This was once an ancient port town which is best known for its Golden Bridge which is constructed over River Narmada. The bridge was constructed by Sir John Hawkshaw and it was built in 3.5 years in the year 1881. The bridge has sustained many floods and earthquakes and is one of the tourist places in Bharuch. Also explore Dutch cemetery, lakes, temples, agiaries, the 300-year-old villa Sardar Manzil with its collection of old watches and a 13th-century mosque believed to be the oldest in Gujarat.