Tourisam in Gujrat

Topics: Gujarat, Tourism, Vadodara Pages: 5 (1165 words) Published: January 29, 2013
Tourism in Gujarat
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Majestic Laxmi Vilas Palace(Built By Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III), Baroda

Women and men performing Garba as part of Navaratri celebrations in Ahmedabad

Mahatma Gandhi's Visitor Room at Hridaya Kunj

Asiatic Lion at Gir

Gira falls

Wilson Hills in South Gujarat

Nargol Beach

A Meghwal woman in the Hodkavillage, north of Bhuj.
Gujarat is the seventh largest state in India, located in the western part of India with a coastline of 1600 km (longest in India). It is one of the most popular tourist regions in the country, and was visited by 19.8 million tourists in 2010-11.[1] Gujarat offers scenic beauty from Great Rann of Kutchto the hills of Saputara. Gujarat is the only place to view pureasiatic lions in world.[2] During the Sultanate reign, Hindu craftsmanship mixed with Islamic architecture, giving rise to the Indo-Saracenic style. Many structures in the state are built in this fashion. It is also the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, iconic figures of India's independence movement. Amitabh Bachchan is currently the brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism. The ‘Khushboo Gujarat Ki' campaign by celebrity Amitabh Bachchan has increased tourism in Gujarat by 14 per cent per annum, twice that of national growth rate.[3] Ahmedabad is considered[by whom?] to be an ideal hub to cover all the destinations in Gujarat. Contents  [hide]  * 1 Business tourism * 2 Hill Stations * 3 Archeological and heritage tourism * 4 Cultural tourism * 5 Religious tourism * 6 Wildlife tourism * 7 Fairs and festivals * 8 Medical tourism * 9 Royal Orient Train * 9.1 External links * 10 Notes and references| -------------------------------------------------

[edit]Business tourism
Gujarat is one of the most industrialized states in the country. There are many Indian and global companies located in Gujarat and the area has seen double digit GDP growth in past decade. It is also known as "Growth Engine of India". Vibrant Gujarat is biennial investors' summit held by the government of Gujarat. The event is aimed at bringing together business leaders, investors, corporations, thought leaders, policy and opinion makers; the summit is advertised as a platform to understand and explore business opportunities in the state. It has become a model for economic success for many states. According to the list of the top 10 Indian cities by GDP in 2009, based on aPricewaterhouseCoopers study,[4] Ahmedabad ranks 7th in India with an annual GDP of 59 billion USD. Gujarat International Finance Tec-City is an under-construction[5][6] city in Gujarat. It will be located next to the Sabramati river, 12 km north of Ahmedabad and 8 km South ofGandhinagar, the political capital of the state. It will be built on 500 acres (2.0 km2) of land. Its main purpose is to provide high quality physical infrastructure, so that finance and tech firms can relocate their operations there from Mumbai, Bangalore, Gurgaon and other regions where infrastructure is either inconsistent or very expensive.[7] -------------------------------------------------

[edit]Hill Stations
* Wilson Hills
* Saputara
* Pavagadh
[edit]Archeological and heritage tourism
Within Gujarat there are a wide variety of historic forts, palaces, mosques, temples, and places of historical importance in India’s struggle for independence. Many of this palaces and forts have been converted into heritage hotels to keep tourists close to the vibrant history of Gujarat. For example, Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara is reputed to have been the largest private dwelling built at the time and it is four times the size of Buckingham Palacein London. These sites are under-developed and are considered[by whom?] to have huge development potential. World heritage sites...
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