SPECIAL HOLIDAYS - WEST INDIA
West India 


MUMBAI

Mumbai named after the Goddess Mumbai, of the Kolis, original inhabitants of the seven islands that form the city. Bombay has changed hands from the Sultans of Gujarat to the Portuguese, the English and again to Indian hands. Places of interest are Jehangir art gallery, prince of Wales museum, Victoria gardens, Gateway of India, Dhobi Ghat, Malabar Hills, Hanging gardens and Mahalaxmi Temple


AHMEDABAD:

Ahmedabad better known for Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad is a six hundred year old city that boasts of a unique blend of Muslim and Hindu architecture, where exquisite stone filigree work and ornate carvings synthesize. It also houses one of the finest textile museums in the world, the Calico textile museum. Places of interest are Jumma Masjid as old as Ahmedabad. This beautiful  mosque stands on 260 pillars which support 15 domes at varying elevations. Sabarmati Ashram on the banks of Sabarmati river was established by Mahatma Gandhi. Sidi Bashir's mosque 5 shaking minarets are an architectural wonder. 


PALITANA:

Palitana - city of Jam temples, lies at the feet of Shatrunjaya hills, in the eastern part of the Saurashtra. From this town a flight of steps begins and leads 
to a cluster of 863 hill top am temples built over a period of 900 years. On a moonlit night these ivory coloured temples conjure up the vision of a fantasy 
land. The ornate temples have deities studded with gems and jewels. These can be reached after a 90 minute climb on foot. There is also a Muslim shrine on the hilltop. 

GOA:-

Goa the former portugese colony is a picturesque land full of scenic charm and many attractions such as historic forts, elaborately ornate churches and temples, evergreen hills and mountains, winding rivers and creeks and most of all the palm fringed white beaches which leave any visitor spellbound. Surrounded by Aquamarine blue waters and golden sands this verdant country lies between the western Ghats and Arabian sea, halfway down the west coast. Variously known as Govapuri, Gomantaka or Govarashtra. Goa, today with its 100s kms long coastline affords in all about 40 beaches. These are interlaced with waterways and the rivers Mandovi and Zuari. Goa is one of the best beach 
resorts in the world. Goa's coastline is the delight of swimmers, anglers, water sports buffs and sun bathers. Some of famous beaches are Gasper, Dias, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Condolim, Bogmalo, Colva, Vagator 

 
SOMNATH:

Somnath is famous for its Sun temple or the Suraj Mandir .The Somnath temple which fell about 4 times during the muslim rule and the recent one was built in 1950s .The places to visit are the temple and the museum in town. The museum would transport one into the era of worthwhile rulers with the remants available here.It is a very important historic city. 

 



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