Mumbai – Gujarat

1320738453_gujarat_mapGujarat has a long historical and cultural tradition dating back about 5000 years to the days of the Indus Saraswati ├é┬ácivilization of which Dholavira and Lothal are important sites. Situated in the western part of the Indian sub-continent, Gujarat derives its name from the “Gurjars” who passed through Punjab and settled in some parts of Western India.

Among the earliest Europeans in Gujarat were the Portuguese who settled in Diu, a small island off the southern coast of Saurashtra. After that came the British, who set up warehouses in Surat in 1612.

Gujarat was a part of the erstwhile unified Bombay state. In 1960, Bombay was bifurcated into Maharashtra and Gujarat. Gujarat is the birthplace of many leaders who played an important role in shaping modern India. Prominent among them are Mahatma Gandhi, the father of Nation, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the architect of a united India and Shri Dadabhai Navroji, the grand old man of India’s independence struggle amoung several others. Gujarat is a progressive state and is known for its innovations and unique initiatives in governance and socio-economic development.

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