Gujarat is one of the best states of the country when it comes to tourism. It is home to some of the rarest species of birds and the rarest types of flora and fauna. The state is home to some 40 species of mammals and 425 species of birds, a treat for nature lovers. The state is also home to the rare species of Asiatic lions in the Gir National Park. The unique climatic conditions and geographic location has made the state home to the rarest of wildlife species in four national parks and 21 wildlife sanctuaries like the Marine National Park, Gir National Park, Indian Wild Ass Wildlife sanctuary, Velavadar National Park. the Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Khijadia Bird Sanctuary and the Porbandar Bird sanctuary. The major attractions to all these places is the easy connectivity to the state by air, rail and road that makes Gujarat a much sought after tourist destination.
Gujarat’s rich cultural diversity comes to the fore in the various festivals of the state. Ran Utsav is one such festival which is a carnival of music and dance. This festival, held from December, coincides with the Full Moon. These celebrations continue till Holi and the Ran Utsav is a must attend function for the traditional Indian family. The Ran Utsav has been voted one of the best cultural festivals of the country.
The breathtaking beauty of the Kutch is blessed with one of the most ecologically and culturally abundant landforms. The brimming profusion of nature’s beauty, culture and tradition, superfluity of colours and celebrations, cornucopia of joy and beauty, reflect the magnificence of the kaleidoscopic Kutch. One of the most endearing sight is the spectacular sight of boundless white desert under the moonlight.
The distinctive folk dances and music, intricate arts and crafts, gracious people and nature along with the affluent handicraft culture of the district like folk textiles, exquisite embroidery, Bandhani sarees, traditional ornaments and mirror work, are some specialties of Kutch.
INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL
In Gujarat, Makar Sankranti is celebrated as the kite-flying day. Kite-flying day in Gujarat is an extraordinary day, unlike at other places. Ahmedabad leads the way in the celebration of Uttarayani, and is the venue of the International Kite Festival.
The Kite-flying festival is being held in important cities of Gujarat each year. The festival draws expert kite-makers and flyers not only from cities of India, but also from around the world. Designer kites of infinite variety are displayed at the ve