Gujarat celebrates Gandhi anniversary

The Mahatma’s birth, 150 years ago, is source of major festivities

2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. We asked Jenu Devan, Commissioner of Tourism, Government of Gujarat & Managing Director, Tourism Corporation of Gujarat to tell us more about this year’s celebrations.

We have always focused on holding events and celebrations that work towards preservation and conservation of our state’s cultural heritage. The celebration of the Mahatma’s 150th birth anniversary is very significant considering the extremely important position that he holds in the history of our country.

How important is the city of Ahmedabad as a major source of attraction for tourists and why?

Ahmedabad has been declared India’s first World Heritage City by UNESCO recognising its heritage value. Ahmedabad is known for its architectural marvels of Pol structures and other beautiful tourist locations. It is also known for the elegant carvings in its Hindu and Jain temples and is standing as one of the nest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture and Hindu Muslim art.

What are the three “key selling points” of the region?

Asiatic Lions: Besides Africa, Gir in Gujarat is the only place in the world where you can spot lions roaming free in the wild; Shri Mahatma Gandhi: Gujarat is not only the birth place of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi but has also been the site of many important activities of the much revered Indian patriot and politician; Statue of Unity: The world’s tallest statue, twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US, was unveiled on October 31, 2018 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat’s Narmada district on the birth anniversary of an Iron Man of India, Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

What is your message to the world’s travel professionals present at ITB?

There are several unique tourist destinations and picturesque spots in our state that are bound to impress international travellers. Through ITB, we want to reach out to everyone related to the international travel industry and give them a glimpse of our beautiful state.

Hall 5.2b / Stands 205, 205a

Photo: Jenu Devan – Commissioner of Tourism, Government of Gujarat & Managing Director, Tourism Corporation of Gujarati