Gandhi’s home state: The 12 top Gujarat highlights

Gandhi’s home state: The 12 top Gujarat highlights

Not many visitors make it to Gujarat, the most westerly state of India, perched on the western point of the diamond that roughly represents the shape of the country. A "dry" state (alcohol is banned, although foreigners can buy it for consumption behind closed doors if they first obtain a permit), Gujarat is low on foreign faces but loaded with history and culture. The state has a language all its own - Gujarati - and is an intoxicating mixture of buzzing cities, quiet villages and some of the Read more [...]
Shatrunjaya: The Jain pilgrimage site of Palitana, Gujarat

Shatrunjaya: The Jain pilgrimage site of Palitana, Gujarat

We arrived at Shatrunjaya early in the morning, and it was just as well. Situated in the town of Palitana, just over an hour’s drive from Bhavnagar in the western Indian state of Gujarat, Shatrunjaya holds tremendous significance to followers of the Jain religion. A massive temple complex built on top of a hill that dominates the surrounding landscape, 23 of the 24 tirthankars who founded the Jain religion visited here, making it a very holy site. Today it is a place of pilgrimage, as devotees Read more [...]