THE STATE OF GUJARAT has three distinct regions – a corridor running north to south which is the industrial mainland, a peninsula known ;is Saurashtra, and Kutch, which is partly desert and Patly marshland. The state’s 1,600-km (994-mile) coastline has attracted seahirers through the ages, lured by the rich prospects of trade. The Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch, Mughals and Fish , as well as Parsis fleeing their Gujarat’s culture. Fascinating archaeological sites, superb Jain, Hindu and Islamic architecture, exquisite crafts and rare wildlife, including the Asiatic lion, are among Gujarat’s attractions, as are its hardworking, enterprising people. In January 2001, an earthquake hit Gujarat and devastated the region of Kutch. But with their legendary capacity to overcome hardship and disaster, the people lost no time in rebuilding their lives out of the debris around them.
FAMOUS CITIES IN GUJARAT