Gujarat is usually referred to as the Land of the Lions and Legends It lies in the western part of India touching the Arabian Sea. It is well known for its vibrant art and culture along with the ever adorable Gujarati people. Besides being the home state of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, Gujarat has many other aspects worth knowing. Here are some interesting facts about Gujarat:
1. Land where Lord Krishna lived
Dwarka, a coastal city which existed around 12,000 years ago in the western Gujarat, is said to be the place where Lord Krishna spent most of his life. The culture, traditions, and ambiance of Gujarat echo the footprints of Lord Krishna.
2. Land of Mahatma Gandhi!
Gujarat’s soil is blessed with great legend Mahatma Gandhi, who is known as the Father of the Nation in India. Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat still shows the glimpses of the lifestyle of this great man.
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3. A Vegan State!
India is the leading vegan country in the world among that out of its 29 states, Gujarat has the most vegan people.
4. Longest coastline!
5. Rich Diaspora!
Gujaratis are known for their business skills and are spread the world over especially in North America. In fact, one in every five Indian-American is a Gujarati.
6. World’s largest salt desert is here!
With a total area of about 7,505.22 square kilometers, the Great Rann of Kutch is considered one of the largest salt deserts in the world. This seasonal salt marsh is spread in the Kutch district of India and Sindh province of Punjab.
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7. India’s largest district is here!
With a total area of 45,674 km2, Kutch is the largest district in India.
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8. Asia’s greenest capital city is in Gujarat!
9. One of the secure state of India!
Because of the governance in Gujarat and friendly nature of Gujaratis and according to stats, it is considered the safest Indian State with the least rate of crime.
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10. Business friendly state!
Gujarat has always been considered as the best place for investment in India because of its trade policies, economic resources, and co-operative mindset and in 2015, World Bank ranked Gujarat at first position on Ease of Doing Business in India. An area in between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar is being developed as the GIFT City (Gujarat International Finance Tec-City) to promote businesses in Gujarat.
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11. Somnath Temple is 1st among 12 Jyotirlingas
On the western coast of Veraval, Saurashtra, Gujarat, the magnificent Somnath Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva is the 1st among the 12 Jyotirlingas in India.
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12. Pivot of Petrochemical Production
Gujarat is the petrochemical hub of India and contributes more than 60% petrochemical production in India.
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13. Largest WAN network in Asia
Gujarat possesses the largest P-based ICT WAN network in Asia and 2nd best in the world.
14. Best management institute in Asia!
Not only in India but also out of all management institutes in Asia, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad is considered one of the best management institutes in Asia.
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15. State of Rich people!
Thanks to its rich commercial heritage, almost 2/5 of the richest people of India are proud Gujarati’s.
The top 5 richest people in India are Gujaratis, here goes the list:
Mukesh Ambani (Reliance Industries)>>Dilip Shanghvi (Sun Pharma)>>Gautam Adani (Adani Enterprises)>>Azim Premji (Wipro Ltd.)>>Pallonji Mistry (Shapoorji Pallonji Group).
16. World’s 27th most spoken native language
Gujarati’s are a big community and well spread throughout the world. Out of around 6500 languages, the Gujarati language stands 27th in the world with around 66 million speakers.
17. Longest optical fiber network
With a vast area covering of around 50,000 km, Gujarat has the longest optical fiber network which is expensive but provides great bandwidth and low power loss.
18. Surat is the richest city in India
Based on the annual income, Surat is considered the richest city in India.
19. Asia’s largest dairy is here!
Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers Union Limited (KDCMPUL) popularly known as Amul Dairy is the largest dairy in Asia.
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20. World’s 1st pure vegetarian Subway is here!
21. Largest consumer of sugar
Gujarati’s are well known for their surrender for sugar. Actually, the Gujarati recipes have such composition that they revolve around sugar to make it a complete dish.
22. Biggest oil refinery on the Planet!
Owned by the Reliance Industries, the Jamnagar Refinery in Jamnagar is the biggest oil refinery on the planet with the output of around 1.2 million barrels every day.
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23. Want to see Asiatic lions..come here!
With an area of about 1412 sq km, Gir Forest National Park is known worldwide for Asiatic lions. Recent surveys show that more than 500 Asiatic lions are present in Gir.
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23. World’s biggest ship breaking yard town is here!
24. India’s first port city is here!
Gujarat is considered one of the main centers of Indus Valley Civilization and has ancient cities of Dholavira, Lothal and Gola Dhoro. Lothal is considered India’s 1st port city by the historians.
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25. Cotton hub
26. Majority of world’s diamonds are refined in Surat
Surat is an important center for diamond refining and is considered as world’s major diamonds refining center.
27. Record number of Jain temples
28. Non-Alcoholic State