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Welcome to Gujarat

Gujarat has seen a succession of races, settlers as well as conquerors, and amalgamated their cultures into its own. The result has been a wonderful fusion of new ideas and old world traditions. Rich in crafts, history and natural beauty, this home state of Mahatma Gandhi continues to attract artists, scholars, intellectuals and businessmen from the world over.

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Gujarat, India's westernmost state, has varied terrain and numerous sacred sites. In its urban center of Ahmedabad is the Calico Museum of Textiles, displaying antique and modern Indian fabrics. Spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi's  base from 1917-1930 was Sabarmati Ashram, where his living quarters remain on view.

History

The name of the Gujarat state is derived from Gujjaratta, which means the land of the Gujjars. It is believed that a tribe of Gujjars migrated to India around the 5th century AD. The real cultural history of these people, however, is believed to have begun much earlier.

Festival

Kite Festival: The International Kite Festival is celebrated on 14th January, that coincide with the festival of Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti.
Modhera Dance Festival: The Modhera Dance Festival is held during the third week of January every year, after the festival of Uttarayan.

Culture

There are four groups of people who came to inhabit this land at different points of time and now form the majority here. Jats came from a place in Iran called Half (to be known latter as Jat) and they were herders by occupation. Around five hundred years ago they came to Kutch and Sind in search of new grazing pastures and settled there.