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Gujarat has a long historical and cultural tradition dating back about 5000 years to the days of the Indus Saraswati civilization 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.
Punjab: Punjab is an Indo-Iranian word meaning “the land of five rivers“. Punjab lies at the cross-roads of the great civilizations of the world. Historicaly, the area west of Punjab was under the sphere of influence of the Persians, the east was the heartland of the Indian civilization, the south under the influence of the Arabs and the north under the Turko-Mongolian influence. Many great religious movements which found world-wide appeal grew in the fertile plains of Punjab. They include Budhism, Sikhism and many schools of Sufi thought in Islam . This ethnic and religous diversity is reflected in the cultural mosaic of todays’s Punjab.
The Punjab’s per capita income is nearly double the all-India average (in second place is Haryana). Although Punjabi’s comprise less than 2.5% of India’s population, they provide 22% of India’s Wheat and 10% of its rice. The Punjab provides a third of all the milk production in India. Punjab also has a number of thriving industries including Hero Bicycles at Ludhiana.
From the travellers point of view, the area has just one attraction -the beautiful Golden Temple in Amritsar. Apart from this the states are mainly places of transit for travellers on their way to the Himachal hill stations, Pakistan, and Kashmir.
PLACES OF INTEREST: Amritsar: Visit the Golden temple – The sacred Sikh sanctuary, marbled, bronzed & covered with gold leaf wherein the Guru Granth Sahib- The Bible of the Sikhs is placed reverently. Also see the Community Kitchen where 10000 pilgrims are fed daily on voluntary and complementary basis. Visit the historic Jallianwala Bagh where Gen. Dyer’s bullets killed scores of innocent Indians and the beautiful Ram Bagh Gardens.
Chandigarh: Chandigarh was Designed by Le Corbusier, is the state capital of Punjab and Harayana states. The famous French architect. Half day tour includes visit to the Secretariat, High Court, State Library, Assembly Chambers, University, Botanical Garden and the beautiful lake. Asia’s largest rose garden, Zakir Gulab Bagh, spread out over 30 acres of land, boasting of 50,000 rose-trees of 1600 different species!!
Covering an area of 56 square kilometres, Chandigarh is the first `planned’ city of India. The city has neatly laid out roads and parks, buildings ranging against mountain peaks, boulevards and streets lined by endless rows of trees and shrubs. The city is named after the Goddess Chandi Devi, whose white – domed temple stands on the slope of a hill in the north east of Chandigarh, on the edge of the Shivalik hills. Spread over an area of 114 sq. kms, it is a modern city, built in 47 sectors.