Think fresh seas food, virgin beaches, lavishly carved palaces, picture-book lighthouses, expansive of desert, formidable forts and a number of places will come instantly to mind. Chances are Gujarat is one of them. Its is a measure of our limited imagination that when we think Gujarat most of us instantly conjure up images of s State that is traditional, colorful, vibrant – but little else. Yes, Gujarat is rich with color, in its traditions, cuisine and attire. Yes, the State is most famous for its exuberant Navrati celebrations, with the women resplendent in mirror-work ghagra cholis and the men impressive in traditional attire. But Gujarat is not defined only by these clichés. There is a Gujarat few take the time to discover, a State with many layers and personalities. It is a State of port towns like Porbandar, with delightful carved wooden home and picturesque beaches where hundreds of flamingos nest. Of historic cities like Junagadh, with its remarkable skyline of palaces, minarets and colonial buildings. Of a wildlife sanctuary that is considered one of the world’s best. Of the forbidding Rann of Kutch, an achingly beautiful, isolated, rugged landscape with storybook villages and spectacular craft traditions. Of ancient volcanic rock formations and architectural masterpieces. But Gujarat does not share her treasures lightly – you have to have a passion for them.