Few Words About Gujarat
Gujarat is one of the most diverse states in India and is an excellent destination for a GoRad EDventure as it is filled with rich, cultural heritage, religious heritage and has stood witness to some of the most significant events in India’s struggle for independence. The state offers everything from peaceful shorelines at Dui, bustling cities like Ahmedabad, lush forests, salty deserts, magnificent forts, grand temples, unique wildlife and a glimpse into our colonial past.
The state has a long and rich history, with settlements dating back to the Stone Age. However, it is most famous for the remains of the Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilization. It is home to two major towns of the Indus Valley (or Harappan) Civilization, Dholavira and Lothal. It is also home to numerous magnificent stepwells, such as the 5-storey Adalaj ni Vav. These wells combine Islamic architecture with carvings of Hindu deities, the most important one being the Rani ki Vav.
This famous stepwell in the town of Patan was built in the 11th-century as a memorial to King Bhimdev I (of the Solanki dynasty) by his wife, Queen Udayamati and is an acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Gujarat also offers abundant natural and scenic wonders. It is the only place in India that has a desert of salt marshes, the Rann of Kutch, bordered by the Thar Desert and the Gulf of Kutch. The desert covers around 10,000 square miles and spills over into the region of Sindh in Pakistan. The flooded grasslands of the Rann are comprised of a variety of ecosystems. Some parts of the site on the banks of the scenic Rudramata lake with its earthen dam are like an oasis in the arid grassland regions south of the Great Rann of Kutch, with the water body attracting large flocks of flamingos, ducks and other birds. The area’s colourful culture offers rich handicrafts of the region, the dazzling white desert wilderness of the Great Rann of Kutch, the characteristic semi-desert birdlife of the Banni grasslands, the historical monuments of Bhuj and the scenic Kala Dungar or the Black Hills making it an idyllic place for our EDventurers! Furthermore, Gujarat is home to the only Asiatic Lion population in India and is one of the most important protected areas in Asia. The Blackbuck National Park in Bhavnagar, once the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Bhavnagar, is home to the famous and rare blackbucks and nilgais.
The state is also the birth state of the Father of Our Nation, Mahatama Gandhi, and serves as a testimonial to the Dandi March in our student’s history books, lead by Gandhi during the struggle for India’s independence as a form of non-violent revolt in 1930.
Amidst all its history and natural heritage, Gujarati people and their cuisine are famous for their hospitality and rich taste respectively. Classics like dhokla, khakra, thepla and khandvi are a delicacy to be relished.
Therefore, we ensure that our EDventurers explore every aspect of this wonderful state and learn from its heritage and unique culture!
- Gulf of Kutch