A map of the state of Gujarat

Known as the Land of Legends and Lions, Gujarat is India’s westernmost state, and is India’s 6th  largest with a coastline of 1600km (which is the largest coastline of India). The name ‘Gujarat’ is derived from the Sanskrit term ‘Gujardesa’ which means ‘The land of the Gujars’, who were a subtribe of the Huns who ruled Gujarat through the 8th  and 9th  century CE.

With over 20million tourists every year, Gujarat offers a diverse range of tourist attractions from the great Rann of Kutch to the Satpura hill range and is the only place in the world where one can see the majesty of Asiatic lions in their natural habitat.

Within Gujarat, there are a wide variety of historic forts, palaces, mosques, temples and many other places with historic significance. Most of the palaces have been converted into hotels to keep the tourists close to the culture and history of the state.

The state has an area of over 196,000 sq. Kms. And is bordered by Rajasthan on the north east, Daman and Diu in the south, Dadar and Nagar Haveli and Maharashtra in the South East, Madhya Pradesh in the east and Arabian Sea and the Pakistan border (Sindh) in the West. The capital of the state is Gandhinagar, and Ahmedabad is the largest city. Gujarati is the local language; however, a majority of the population also speaks and understands Hindi. The state was formed in 1960 with Gandhinagar as its capital. Having grown rapidly over the past few decades, the state has a GSDP of 210 billion USD.