Places to Visit in Gujarat for Navratri - Gear up for Celebrations

Celebrating nine incarnations of Goddess Durga- Shakti, Shailputri, Siddhidatri, Mahagauri, Kalaratri, Katyayani, Kushmanda, Chandraghanta and Brahmacharini, the festival of Navratri is one of the largest along with being the longest of festivals in India. The one Indian state that celebrates all nine days, if not every minute of this festival with much pomp and flair is Gujarat. Drawing revelers from all across the globe are the many places to visit in Gujarat for Navratri. A one of its kind experience, Navratri in Gujarat is something everyone should experience at least once. 

A beautiful melange of dazzling outfits, music that is an incredible blend of folk and contemporary, lip-smacking food and relentless energy (despite being a dry state!); Gujarat is the place to be in Navratri. Here’s a lowdown on five cities that beckon jollification! 

Vadodara During Navratri:

Termed as the ‘cultural capital of Gujarat’, no one does garba and dandiya raas the way Vadodara does. The fact is further strengthened by the fact that this is one of the cities that has several Bollywood celebrities coming specially to perform. The Pavagadh, accommodating the temple of Goddess Mahakali is another main draw for visitors in Navratri. Here is a list of some of the best venues for dandiya and garba in Vadodara. 

  • United Way of Baroda

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Counted as one of the best places to visit in Gujarat for Navratri, the United Way of Baroda draws visitors owing to a list of performances by renowned performers. Estimated, there are some 30,000-odd people that come here every night to be a part of the celebration. 

Address: 9th Floor, Sidcup Tower, Race Course Rd, Gautam Nagar, Vadiwadi, Vadodara, Gujarat 390007

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  • University of Baroda Faculty of Fine Arts

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Navratri celebration in Gujarat is elaborate and needs a huge space to execute. The University of Baroda Faculty of Fine Arts grounds is a popular avenue that accommodates a large number of visitors. 

Address: Professor C.C Mehta Road, M.S.U.Pushpa Baug,M.S.U Campus, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Sayajiganj, Vadodara, Gujarat 390002

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  • Samta Ground

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If you are keener on having an out and out garba experience then Samta Ground is a great place to check out. 

Address: Samta Rd, Near Samta Society, Shubhanpura, Vadodara, Gujarat 390023

  • Shishu Sanskrutik Garba, Vadodara

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The Shishu Sanskrutik Garba is a place to look out for if you plan to experience Navratri in Gujarat with children. 

Address: 2, New VIP Ring Rd, Govardhan Park Society Number 1, Khodiyar Nagar, Harini, Vadodara, Gujarat 390022

  • Allaiya Ballaiya

Navratri celebrations in Vadodara are incomplete without the mention of Allaiya Ballaiya. An interesting, authentic name that certainly promises one great experience. 

Address: Manjalpur, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Dandiya Events in Ahmedabad:

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Ahmedabad with its several reputed educational institutions like Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A), Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University (CEPT) and National Institute of Design (NID) indeed promises an overgenerous Navratri in Gujarat 2017! The city, home to a Cosmo crowd hosts some of the most contemporary events. Several avenues like the Manek Chowk, serve as the right place to indulge in a post-celebration binge of good, very good food!

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  • Bhadra Fort

A venue could not get more authentic for dandiya nights in Ahmedabad if you head to the Bhdara Fort. Perched in the old city of Ahmedabad this venue gives you glimpses of multi-faceted dance forms using props like sticks and pots. 

Address: Court Rd, Bhadra. Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380001

  • GMDC Ground

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A favourite venue of local organizers, the GMDC Ground like every year promises to be one of the best garba venues in Ahmedabad 2017. The events here are highly interactive, where performers are even encouraged for competitions followed by interesting prizes. 

Address: 132 Feet Ring Road, Laxmi Nagar, Memnagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380052

  • Rajpath Club

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This is what several sponsors have their money on; of course, for their own publicity. Nevertheless, a place where you can look forward to winning some really good prizes. After all, what is a dandiya festival without competitions?! 

Address: S G Highway Road, Bodakdev, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380059

  • Karnavati Club

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Another local favourite, the Karnavati Club is flocked by garba enthusiasts. This is indeed a place to learn a step or two from the locals themselves. 

Address: Gandhinagar-Sarkhej Highway, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380058 

  • NID / CEPT

An unmissable when it comes to places to visit in Gujarat for Navratri, the NID/CEPT Navratri celebrations are one of its kind of more reasons than one. A sanctum to some very creative minds, even the celebrations here are unique! 

Address: Opposite Tagore Hall, Paldi, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380007

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Gandhinagar Navratri Celebrations:

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The official capital of Gujarat, Gandhinagar is where you can get some great lessons on Gujarat Navratri garba. Not that any other cities fall short on the same facet, there is something about learning a few steps of the folk dance in the capital itself. The city hosts a plethora of events and festivals to make the most of the merrymaking in the nine days. 

  • Ramzat Kalamandir

Being a culture centre itself the Ramzat Kalamandir hosts some of the most beautiful group dance performances. Owing to same, performances here are frequently covered by many news channels. 

Address: President: Mr. Hitesh Dave, 51, Shree Rangpark Society, Vasna Hadmatiya Rd, Sargaasan, Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382006

  • Lions Club of Naroda

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A well-known organization itself, the Lions Club of Naroda hosts good garba events. Sometimes it even hosts programs with humble, charitable motives. 

Address: Modern Bakery Road, GIDC Naroda, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 382330

  • Gandhinagar Cultural Forum Ground

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This venue is considered as one of the best places to play dandiya in Gandhinagar. The well reputed Gandhinagar Cultural Forum organizes it. 

Address: 1112/1, 1112/1, Gandhinagar, Sector 6, Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382006

Rajkot Events During Navratri:

 

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Rajkot in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region is one of the most authentic places to visit in Gujarat for Navratri. In Rajkot, you have a plethora of events to choose from; orchestra nights, dandiya nights, exclusive garba events or food competitions and shopping exhibitions. Irrespective of what you choose, you are certain to have a memorable time. 

  • Racecourse

Celebrating the Navratri festival in Gujarat in all its glory are the many events organized at the racecourse in Rajkot. In the past popular events like the Sahiyar Rasotsav and Surbhi Club Navratri Mahotsav have taken place here. 

Address: Race Course, Sadar, Rajkot, Gujarat

  • Neel's City Resort

Counted among the best resorts in Rajkot, the Neel’s City Resort hosts a ten-day festivity to ally with Navratri. It has been doing so for a long time now and is continuing the tradition. 

Address: University Road, Rajkot, Gujarat 360005

  • Club UV

The Club UV is a great place to enjoy celebrations only for a spoiler that it can be accessed exclusively by those belonging to the community of Umavnashi or Kadva Patel. 

Address: 204 nakshatra-3, near telephone exchange,150ft, Raiya Rd, Rajkot, Gujarat 360005

  • Khodaldham 

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One of the most visited temples in Rajkot, the Khodaldham organizes beautiful celebrations. A great place to enjoy celebrations in a religious place. 

Address: Khodaldham Road, Rajkot, Kagvad, Gujarat 360004

  • Satyam Party Lawns

A popular venue for various events and activities including weddings, the Satyram Party Lawn is a popular dandiya venue too. Almost every event organizer in Rajkot has an eye on this property! 

Address: Nana Mava Main Road, Padmi Society, Mavdi, Rajkot, Gujarat 360005 

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Surat Dandiya Events

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With its proximity to Mumbai, Surat is one of the most visited places for Navratri in Gujarat. This is also the time of the year when Surat looks its prettiest best owing to a lot of attention to infrastructure from the State Board. The city especially enlivens on the eighth and ninth day, being the last two days of the much-awaited festival. Venues in the form of resorts, clubs, and grounds transform into colourful vistas with a bustling vibe! Mentioned below are the best places of dandiya in Surat. 

  • Ena Navratri Mahotsav

One Mahotsav that the entire city of Surat looks forward to, the Ena Navratri Mahotsav is one place that has some big Bollywood celebrities coming to grace it. 

Address: Subjective

  • Rainbow Club Resort

A very relaxing resort otherwise, the Rainbow Club Resort bustles with energy come Navratri. It is considered as one of the best venues for Surat indoor stadium garba. 

Address: Cityplus Multiplex, Magdalla Circle, Dumas Road, Meghdoot Society, Athwalines, Athwa, Surat, Gujarat 395007

  • Tapi Ramzat’

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Essentially a music company, the Tapk Ramzat' is known for its gala events during Navratri. The venue is seldom fixed, but a great one always! 

Address: Subjective 

Choose your pick or go all out and visit all these cities for one cherished memory of a Navratri!

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