Historical Places In Gujarat & Best Heritage Monuments

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Historical Places in Gujarat

The historical places of Gujarat are a grand display of the varied background of India. With the monuments of Dholavira tracing back to the Indus Valley Civilization more than 4000 years ago, the desert city of Bhuj and its heritage of kings, the birthplace of the Mahatma Gandhi in Porbandar, and the former princely state of Junagadh, one need only visit Gujarat to gain a deeper understanding of the history that this land has seen. The best time to visit Gujarat is during the winter season, i.e. between October and February.

Here is the list of 18 Historical Places In Gujarat & Best Heritage Monuments

1. Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara

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Laxmi Vilas Palace is one of the most majestic structures in India and was the private residence of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. Known to be the largest private dwelling of the size equivalent to four times of the Buckingham Palace, this magnificent palace is a must visit when in Vadodara. Sprawling across an area of about 700 acres, it is still home to the royal family of Vadodara, the Gaekwads. This historical palace is styled in Indo-Saracenic Revival style of architecture.
Timings: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Closed on Mondays and public holidays)
Entry Fee: Palace fees: INR 150 Museum fees: INR 60

2. Rani ki Vav, Patan

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Rani Ka Vav or 'Queen's Stepwell' is a unique step well located in the small town of Gujarat called Patan. Located on the banks of River Saraswati, it is not only a distinctive form of water resource and storage system but also represents unique craftsmanship. Believed to be the grandest step well in the state of Gujarat, Rani ka Vav was constructed from 1063 to 1068 AD by the widowed Queen Udaymati. Recently listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 22nd June 2014, this subterranean step well epitomises the peak of Maru-Gujarat architectural style. One can find the reference of Udayamati building the monument in the 'Prabandha Chintamani' composed by Merunga Suri in 1304 AD at this historical place in Gujarat.
Timings: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Entry Fee: Free

3. Dholavira, Gujarat - A destination borrowed from history

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One of the most remarkable excavations of the Indus Valley Civilization, Dholavira was one of the most developed civilization roughly 4500 years ago and makes an equally enchanting tourist destination today. It is a historical place in Gujarat unlike any other. Archaeological and excavation sites almost define tourism in Dholavira. One can visit this historical place in Gujarat to witness architectural marvels and be flattered by one of the most significant and popular sites of the Indus Valley Civilization. An experience borrowed from history will charm you as much as any other destination with scenic beauty or modern day attractions.
Timings: 10am–5pm
Entry Fee: Free
Best Time To Visit: Oct-Mar

Best Time: October to March

4. Modhera Sun Temple, Gujarat

Modhera is an ancient village in the state of Gujarat, famed for housing the remains of the Sun Temple built by the Chalukya dynasty is a true historical treasure. The village is surrounded by a mystical aura that the Sun Temple brings along, it is also a hub for spirituality and culture. Modhera gives you a glimpse into the glory days of the royal lineage of the Chalukyas and is one of the finest testaments of the architectural excellence of the past. If history entices then this place is perfect for you with the village being neck deep in historical relics, structures and legends.
Timings: 24 hours
Entry Fee: Free

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5. Diu Fort, Diu

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Fort Diu, located on the Western coast of Indian was built by Portuguese during their colonial rule and is now under the administration of Indian government. The enchanting fort commands a magnificent view of the sea, and a jetty constructed on the northwestern coast is still under use and was once used to trade with Cambay, Broach and Surat in Gujarat. The lighthouse that one can climb leads to the highest point on the island and provides a spectacular view of the surrounding. Cannonballs litter the entire place, and the parapet has a fantastic array of cannons. 
Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
Entry Fee: Free

6. Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, Ahmedabad

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Popularly known as Sidi Saiyyed Ni Jaali, the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque was built in the year 1573 and is one of the most popular and beautiful mosques located in Ahmedabad. This attraction has gained much admiration and reputation over the years, thanks to the architectural grandeur of the entire structure, and in particular, the ornate latticework, known as jail in colloquial terms. It is then no doubt that the place is a paradise for photographers and history buffs alike.
Timings: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Entry Fee: Free

7. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Vadodara

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Being included in the elite list of the World Heritage Sites across the globe, this marvellous archaeological park set in the heart of the city of Champaner and amidst the Pavagadh hills is one of the most sought after places in Gujarat. Another interesting piece of trivia regarding this place is that the hill of Pavagadh is believed to be a chunk of the Himalayas that was originally carried by Hanuman to Lanka in the Ramayana epic. With such a rich history to this place in Gujarat, this makes up for a really intriguing place to visit.
Timings: 8.30 am to 5 pm
Entry Fee: Rs. 30
Best Time To Visit: Oct-Feb

8. Prag Mahal, Bhuj

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Located on the outskirts of the ethnic town of Bhuj, Prag Mahal is one of the architectural wonders in India. Built in the 19th century, it is established next to the popular Aina Mahal and lies in the heart of the city making it easily accessible. The grand palace boasts of Gothic style windows and Corinthian pillars around it. The foundation of this historic monument can be traced back through the history of Gujarat, to the time after the Britishers visited India and spread their influence all over to Bhuj. Imposing and beautiful in itself, the resplendent palace is made mostly out of red sandstone. There are intricate carvings done on the walls with beautiful art, and the most amazing thing is the jaali work on the jharokhas, those are exquisite in appearance. 
Timings: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Entry Fee: Entry: INR 20, Photography: INR 30, Videography: INR 100

9. Jain temples in Champaner Pavagadh, Champaner Pavagadh

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Given, the immense amount of population of Jains in the state of Gujarat, the Jain temples have always been an important part here. Though the temples are dated back to the 14th-15th century, they have been refurbished overtime and they reflect the beautiful stone images of their respective Tirthankaras. They are some of the most stunning historic places in Gujarat.
Entry Fee: Free

10. Aaina Mahal, Bhuj, Kutch

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The Aina Mahal palace, or 'Hall of Mirrors' was built during the flamboyant rule of Lakhpatji in the middle of the 18th century and is very beautiful. The responsibility of engineering, architecture and embellishment was entitled to Ram Singh Malam - a genius of an artist who took his training in Europe for 17 years but came back to India seeking fame. Aina Mahal was the royal palace of Rao Lakhpatji, popularly known as Lakhaji, the ruler from the Jadeja Rajput dynasty who ruled over the princely state of Kutch from 1741 to 1752 as a regent.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Entry Fee: Aaina Mahal: INR 10, Photography: INR 30

11. Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad

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Once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba, Sabarmati Ashram is undoubtedly the biggest heritage places in the suburb of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Located on the tranquil and serene stretch of Sabarmati River, it was also referred to as the 'Gandhi Ashram', 'Mahatma Gandhi Ashram' and most importantly, 'Satyagraha Ashram' as Gandhi began the famous 'Dandi March' from here. In gratitude of the substantial impact Dandi march had on the Indian independence movement, the Indian government has recognized the Ashram as a national monument. 
Timings: 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Entry Fee: Free

12. Kirti Mandir, Porbandar, Porbandar

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Kirti Mandir, a pleasant and bright place of respect, was built in the honour of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi in Porbandar in the Indian State of Gujarat. The ancestral house of Mahatma Gandhi is located right beside the temple. Visitors can enter the ancestral home from the temple. Walking through its corridors and witnessing the daylight coming through the teal coloured window frames is a mesmerising experience. The age-old Oil paintings of both Mahatma and Kasturba Gandhi and black and white photographs engaged in activities, discussions and even sharing a light moment have enticed and drawn many history enthusiasts to Gujarat from all over the world. 
Timings: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Entry Fee: Free

13. Bhadra Fort & Teen Darwaza, Ahmedabad

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The Bhadra Fort and its neighbouring environment is the most scenic part of Ahmedabad. Located in the middle of lush greenery the huge 44 acres Fort got its name from the Bhadrakali Temple that it houses. Teen Darwaza is nearby which was once the gateway into the Maidan Shahi, where royal games like polo and processions took place.
Timings: All days of the week: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Entry Fee: Free

14. Uperkot Fort, Junagadh

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Over 2300 years old, with walls up to 20m high in some places, there used to be a 300 ft. deep moat inside the walls which reportedly used to be inhabited by crocodiles for the fort's protection. Neelam and Manek, forged in Cairo and brought by the Turks are the two major tourist attractions in the fort. Also, make sure to see the step-wells and caves at this historic monument.
Timings: 8am–6pm
Entry Fee: Free

15. Panikota Fort, Diu

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Also known as Fortim-do-Mar, Panikota Fort is a former Diu Jail. This white coloured huge structure is located within the Diu Fort.
Timings: 5:45am–6pm
Entry Fee: Free

16. Nilambag Palace, Bhavnagar

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Built in 1859, this palace has now been converted to a heritage hotel. The architectural design of the palace shows a fusion of Indian and western architecture done with sheer brilliance.

17. Adalaj Step Well, Ahmedabad

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Adalaj Stepwell is a magnificent structure built brilliantly to curb water crisis in and around Adalaj Village. The stepwell is located at a distance of 3 to 4 kilometres to the south-west of Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat. The Adalaj Stepwell was built in 1498 and is one of the many step wells built in India to provide access to groundwater. Walk in, and you will witness a sudden yet soothing drop in temperature. Breathe in the tranquillity, absorb the beauty of the intricate carvings, make a silent wish and rest for a while before you proceed with your plan for the day. It is a marvellous work of Indian architecture and a well preserved historical place in Gujarat.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Entry Fee: Free

18. Mohabbat Maqbara, Junagadh

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Also known as Mausoleum of Bahaduddnbhai Hasainbhai, this place is a mausoleum and its unique architecture makes it one of the most important attractions of Junagarh. This monument is a unique example of Indo-Islamic and Gothic architecture with finely designed arches, elaborate stone carvings on the walls and windows, silver-decorated portals, the winding staircases encircling its four tall minarets, the old step-well in the grounds and its onion-shaped dome.
Timings: 24 hrs
Entry Fee: Free

The historical places in Gujarat translate into the city's culture that we see today. Visiting these places is like time-travel like no other and gives amazing insight into the lives of Gujarat's present residents.

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