Gujarat – when the some talks about the Gujarat suddenly a picture created in which the legend Amitabh bachchan – saying kuch din to gujariye Gujarat me soon become excited enough to spend your next holiday in Gujarat . If I would talk about the things that I would love about visiting Gujarat is experiencing the different art forms. From dance to music to craft and textiles, everything is so amazing things to see and do in Gujarat. If you're planning a vacation, here are few ways to enjoy the best of Gujarati culture.
Fabulous Colourful Crafts Of Gujarat
Gujarat has a diverse variety of traditional arts and crafts and it is very easy to spend weeks exploring the different villages and learning about their trades lifestyle. One of the more famous crafts is bandhani, the tie-dye technique that creates intricate designs and patterns through precision. You can find bandhani sarees and fabric in almost any colour imaginable throughout Gujarat. Gujarat is famous for its traditional craft.
The needlework of Gujarat is also spectacular, producing detailed embroidered shawls and chaklas embroidered squares for furniture in a variety of unique styles. One another popular embroidery style is Abhala in which mirrors are stitched into the fabric, creating a glittery facade, or perhaps you prefer the applique work known as Ari Bharat. You can find these styles across Gujarat, with many of the finest examples in Kutch. For something a bit different, head to Patan to see the famous Patola, which is a unique weaving method that ties the fabric first, to create geometrical patterns.
Gujarat is also famous for its pottery, with many pieces of kitchenware turned into works of art by the village potters. But it isn’t just the way the clay is molded that makes them special; the terracotta is often painted and decorated with mirrors that make them a perfect gift to take home. The best examples of these can be found in the villages of Kutch. Lacquered furniture is another popular gift from Gujarat, and can be found particularly in Southern Gujarat and near Vadodara.
If it is gold that you prefer, then you must visit Surat to see zari, or gold embroidery, a craft that dates back to the Mughal period. Using real gold thread you can find intricately embroidered sarees, lace, and even turbans.
Do The Garba
Gujarat is famous for its music, with some of India’s best classical musicians hailing from the state, but it is for its lively folk dancing that many remember Gujarat, particularly during the festival of Navratri. Communities come together to dance in unison during garba, a seemingly simple dance, where the crowd moves together in a synchronised circular movement. While it may look easy, don’t be fooled by just how energetic this dance is. Of course there is also the dandiya raas, where brightly decorated sticks are used to both create a rhythm and dance in tune with your partner. Even if you don’t get involved, just standing and watching a Gujarati garba or raas, with outfits of gold and silk is a sight to behold.
Here I would special mention that plan a visit in Navrarti as it give you opportunity to experience the famous Dandiya night. Where you could play dandiya.
Gujarati cuisine is often criticized for being too sweet, but doesn’t everyone deserve a little sugar in their life? Personally I would love the classic Gujarati thali with all the trimmings, dal, creamy kadhi with little sweetness, a variety of fresh as well as spicy sabzi, and crispy bhakri and of course last but not the least mithai like sutarfeni, maisub, shrikhand and dudhpak. It really it is the best way to explore the best of the cuisine. Nothing satisfies you more than homemade khichdi, kadhi and a glass of chaas.
Another highlight of Gujarati cuisine is farsan, eaten day or night, don’t forget to taste the fluffy dhokla and kachori served with fried dumpling filled with moong dal or patra taro leaves with gram flour and poha served with little sweet namkeen. For something a little crunchier try chakri, chorafali and ghanthia.
This vacation plan your visit to Gujarat and experience yourself.