Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Spring Break Trip Part Two: Gujarat

Having been to Rajasthan twice already, I was interested in visiting another state with equally colorful people and textiles. Although not nearly as touristy as Rajasthan, Gujarat fit the bill. The Kutch region of Gujarat is particularly well known for its textiles, so when I found a tour specializing in the crafts villages of Gujarat, I knew this would be a winning combination. The idea of meeting local village people (many of which still wear traditional costumes & jewelry), seeing crafts in action, some wildlife, plenty of photographic opportunities and of course shopping was something for which to look forward.

Following a layover in Mumbai, we landed in Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat. The state of Gujarat with over 60 million people is located on the western side of India, north of Maharashtra and south of Rajasthan, with 1,600 km (994 mi) of coastline on the Arabian Sea. A portion of Gujarat borders Pakistan. The following morning, our tour guide, a native of Tamil Nadu but living most of his life in Gujarat, met us at our hotel to begin our adventure in his adopted state.


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