05 hand-picked vacation destinations that are worth a visit in Gujarat

  1. The north west desert ( rann of Kutch )

The white sands portrayed in the tourism of ‘Khushbu Gujarat Ki’ are well within travel reach. This place is an ideal for winter travel as daytimes are less hot while night are really entrancing.


White Rann of Kuch

Special attraction: there is a place in the Banni Grasslands which is adjoining the Rann of Kutch where according to locals one can see floating lights move around the air. Locals call the phenomenon ‘cheer batti’ or ghost lights which can be seen 2 to 10 feet off ground. Scientists believe the lights are scientific photo emission by oxidation of Phosphine and Disphosphane gases however local legends can be fun to hear over a full moon for adrenaline seeking travelers.

  1. Gir Forest and Girnar

Cubs been fed my Lioness at Gir Lion National Park, Sasan Gir 

This region between Junagadh and Amreli district are known for its diverse wildlife. It is home to the Asiatic Lion and the Girnar Mountain. This place can be of great adventure for people who find solace in the wild.

Special attraction: the place is the world’s second home to Lions outside Africa. One can also get a chance to mingle with the local ‘siddi’ population whose ancestry can be traced back to African tribes. The mountain Girnar is also a host to ‘Naga Babas’ or naked saints and witnessing them is considered a good omen. It is also a known fact that the formation of this mountain is older than the Himalayan Range.

  1. The deep forests of Dang
Saputara Picnic

Saputara, only Hill Station of Gujarat in Dang Forest Region

Popular among travelers as Saptuara forest; this place is a good winter retreat. The place has a lot to offer for tourists ranging from treks and hiking to a whole unexplored wildlife.

Special attractions: there are a lots of hotels that offer stay in three houses which can be of interest. There might also be a few waterfalls to visit in this area. Taking a good day’s hike in the forests can be of great adventure.

  1. Dwarka & Somnath

Somnath Temple overlooking Somnath Beach 

These places are of high religious importance. Each of them has a unique spiritual experience to offer.

Special attraction: dwarka is home to ‘bet dwarka’ which is like the lost city of Atlantis and is submerged in water. Somnath is one of the ‘Jyotirlings’ which lord Shiva himself has established which makes it a very significant destination for religious and spiritual people alike. Somnath also has a beach.

  1. Diu & Daman


Contrary to popular befief, Diu & Daman are far away from each other. However both of them offer a good winter gateway with coastal climate and beaches.

Special Attraction: it wouldn’t be wrong to mention it is one of special attractions for anyone wanting to unwind a bit. Daman is soon to be host to onshore gaming complexes (casinos) and it has recently been host to Sunburn Music Festival. Diu is known for its Diu Fort and the Naida Caves.

When the travel bug bites all these places can be on the list for the various special attractions they have to offer. Tourists not wanting to travel far off lands can find proximity in all of these places. After all; all of them have ‘Khushboo Gujarat ni’ in common.


Shark Safari at Atlantis

Swimming with the sharks is not as daunting as it first sounds, and you don’t need to be a certified diver to do it either.

The Atlantis has launched its Shark Safari, a new attraction that offers visitors the change to get up close and personal with marine life by using a specially designed helmet based on the Sea Trek underwater system, which has been engineered for comfort, safety and reliability.

The system requires a little training, and small information session on underwater sign language is offered beforehand to anyone aged between eight and eighty who is brave enough to walk next to sharks.

SINGAPORE’s latest attraction, the Garden City, recently opened the first section – Bay South Garden on 29 Jun 2012

Garden City

Singapore may be known for her gleaming skyscrapers, high-end shopping malls and glitzy night scene, but there’s a calming nature sanctuary on hand when the buzz of city life gets too much. The 101ha Gardens by the Bay – the nation’s largest green space to date – is due to be completed in 2015, but the first section has opened on June 29 this year is the Bay South Garden. At 54ha, it is the largest of three waterfront gardens – the other two being Bay East and Bay Central – and promises a spectacular showcase of horticulture and garden artistry after five long years in the making. Here are the highlights:


At 1.2ha, the Flower Dome (above) is the larger of two cooled conservatories (sculpted, glass-panelled structures situated on the edge of the Marina Reservoir). Plants bloom here in perpetual spring because the energy-efficient architectural marvel replicates the cool, dry conditions of a Mediterranean and semi-arid climate. Besides baobabs (bottle trees), olive trees and date palms, the Flower Field will also feature changing displays of blooms to reflect different seasons, festivals or themes.


One of the two lakes flowing through Bay South, the Dragonfly Lake teems with fish, plants and other aquatic life. Take to the boardwalk to understand how it provides naturally-treated water for irrigation in the Gardens, and how it is an ideal habitat for biodiversity.


The focal point of the Bay South Garden is the 18 Supertrees. Towering at between 25m and 50m tall, there are three Supertrees each in the Golden and Silver Gardens respectively, which also feature a variety of epiphytes, ferns and tropical flowering climbers with gold and silver hues. The other 12 Supertrees are clustered in the Supertree Grove.


The four Heritage Gardens are a diverse collection of themed gardens that reflect Singapore’s cultural heritage. They include The Colonial Garden, with spice trade and cash crops like cloves and cocoa trees; The Chinese Garden which showcases stone structures and symbolic plants like bamboo and pagoda trees; The Malay Garden and its glimpse of traditional kampong (village) life with fruit trees like jambu and breadfruit; and The Indian Garden – where plants associated with Hindu philosophy like the jasmine tree, bloom.

Gardens by the Bay has opened to the public on June 29. Admission to the Bay South outdoor garden is free; access to the other attractions are ticketed.

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