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Many travelers miss Gujarat in the rush to see Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle, but the westernmost corner of India abounds with hidden gems. Split into a series of peninsulas by the Gulf of Kutch and the Gulf of Cambay, Gujarat is stunning in its diversity - the state is home to arid deserts and baking plains, ancient mosques and mausoleums, revered Jain and Hindu temples and the birthplace and ashram of Mahatma Gandhi, as well as the last wild asses and Asiatic lions on the subcontinent. After exploring the historic capital, Ahmedabad, most visitors make a beeline for the beaches and colonial relics of Diu, which was ruled by the ...

Many travelers miss Gujarat in the rush to see Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle, but the westernmost corner of India abounds with hidden gems. Split into a series of peninsulas by the Gulf of Kutch and the Gulf of Cambay, Gujarat is stunning in its diversity - the state is home to arid deserts and baking plains, ancient mosques and mausoleums, revered Jain and Hindu temples and the birthplace and ashram of Mahatma Gandhi, as well as the last wild asses and Asiatic lions on the subcontinent. After exploring the historic capital, Ahmedabad, most visitors make a beeline for the beaches and colonial relics of Diu, which was ruled by the Portuguese until 1961. For Indians, Gujarat is famous for its vegetarian cuisine, which has been transported across the globe by Gujarati expat workers. Bordering Pakistan to the north, Gujarat has been troubled by ethnic tensions, but recent years have seen a thawing of community relations. Because of strict prohibition laws, alcohol can only be purchased with a special permit at designated hotel liquor stores.

Joe Bindloss
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Joe Bindloss has written more than 30 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Time Out and other publishers, with a focus on Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and island nations.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    October to March, though winter temperatures dip below freezing in the Rann of Kutch.