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Gujarat is a dazzlingly diverse state that shakes up the know-it-all Indophile, and reveals treasures hidden from the tourist hordes. Gujaratis are famous for their thrift and entrepreneurship. Encounter an Indian anywhere, from Wall Street to Wellington, and there’s a good chance they hail from this wealthy, resourceful state. There are many significant sites of the God Krishna’s life along the coast of Saurashtra. With 20% of the country's total industrial output, Gujarat is also the most industrialized state in India. People About 89% of the population of Gujarat are Hindus. Muslims account for 9% and Jains 1% of the population. Most of the Gujarati people are strict vegetarians. Amongst Hindus the deity of Krishna is famously worshipped in his form of Shrinathji throughout Gujarat. Since Gujarat is a heavily industrialized state, there are many factory jobs that have attracted migrants from other parts of India. Another notable community in Gujarat is the Siddi community, who are comprised of people of African descent who have lived in India for many generations. Despite now speaking Gujarati as their first language, many African customs continue to be preserved in the community. Weather The winters are mild, pleasant and dry, with average daytime temperatures around 24 °C (80 °F) and nights around 10 °C (51 °F) with 100 % sunny days and clear nights. The summers are extremely hot and dry with day temperatures around 46 °C (115 °F) and at night no lower than 34 °C (90 °F) with sunshine. At the time just before the Monsoon, the temperatures are similar to summer but with high humidity which makes the air feel hotter. Relief comes when the monsoon season starts around mid June. The day temperatures are lower to around 38 °C (100 °F) but humidity is very high and nights are around 27 °C (80 °F). Winter (October to January) is best time to travel in Gujarat. Gujarati is the language spoken here, although Hindi is widely understood. In main cities, English is widely known.
Planning a Trip
By plane SVPIA Ahmedabad International Terminal Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPIA) (AMD IATA) airport is in the North Zone of Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad is the only international airport in Gujarat with regular flights to and from London, New York, Chicago, Singapore, Muscat, Kuwait, DohaQatar, Sharjah and Dubai. Domestic flights connect to Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Indore and Kolkata. Vadodara Airport is a major airport in Gujarat with daily flights to Delhi and Mumbai; and hopping flights to Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. A SpiceJet Boeing 737-900ER taking off from Surat Airport Surat Airport (STV IATA) is a domestic airport in the Magdalla area of Surat. Air India has daily flights to and from Delhi. Spicejet operates daily from Surat to Mumbai and Delhi. Flights into smaller airports of Bhavnagar Bhuj, Diu, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Keshod, Kandla, Surat and Rajkot connect through Mumbai. Domestic airlines include Jet Air, Indigo, Air India. By car From Delhi Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and other places in North India: Take the National Highway 8 (NH8). From Mumbai and other places in North India: Take the National Highway 8 (NH8). From Nagpur and from other parts of Vidarbh: Take the National Highway 6 (NH6). From Indore, Bhopal and other parts of Central India: Take the National Highway 59 (NH59). Gujarat has 1,572 km of National Highway Network. By train India has very big rail network. Indian Rail has a 5,890 km rail network in Gujarat. There are trains from/to Bombay (500 km) and New Delhi (1000 km) and other big cities of India several times a day going to the main cities of North-Centre-South Gujarat, including Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat. Cities of Saurashtra and Kutch, including Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Surendranagar, Porbandar, Kandla and Rajkot, are connected via Mumbai.
By road Most people in Gujarat travel by private buses or by taxi. These are excellent modes of transport as the roads are among the best in India. Check at your hotel if you want a travel agent for private buses.
Museum Navratri celebrations The Calico Museum of Textiles, Sarabhai Foundation, Opp. Underbridge, Shahibag, Ahmedabad, ☎ +91 79 22865995, fax: +91 7922865759, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Th-Tu 10:30 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 17:00 (no entry after 11:00 in morning). Entry restricted to 30 visitors – 15 visitors on the basis of first-come-first-served and 15 by group booking. Free.  Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Indology Museum, R Gujrat University, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad. Tu-Su 10:30 to 17:30, closed on public holidays. The museum covers a wide variety of topics from Buddhism, Jainism and its darshans, grammar, tantra and poetics to Vedas, agama to the different branches of Indian philosophy. It is learnt that this museum has the largest collection of Jain scripts which come around 75, 000 manuscripts with 500 illustrated versions and 45,000 printed books. Free.  Sabarmati Ashram (Mahatma Gandhi Ashram), Ashram Road, Ahmedabad, ☎ +91 79 27557277, fax: +91 7927560569, e-mail: email@example.com. Daily 08:00 to 19:00 including Sundays and holidays. Free.
Police Number: 100 Women Helpline Number: 181 Ambulance Number: 102 Fire Brigade: 101 Emergency Disaster Management: 108 Gujarat: http://www.gujarattourism.com/ There are Gujarati Handicraft Development Corporation showrooms selling Gujarati and Kutchhy handicrafts in Ahmedabad, Baroda, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, and Surat.