Located on the country's western coast,
Gujarat is bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west and southwest and
Pakistan to the northwest. Rajasthan neighbors it to the north, Madhya
Pradesh to the east and Maharashtra to the southeast.
The most convenient entry point into Gujarat
is through the metropolis of Ahmedabad. Gandhinagar
the capital of Gujarat is in west-central India.
Signs of civilization in the region that
is now Gujarat date back to the period from 3000 to 1500 BC. The region
was part of the Mauryan Empire in the 3rd century BC under King Ashoka.
In 1818 AD, the British East India Company took control of Gujarat by
administering the state through local princely rulers. For tourists who
have comparatively less time at their disposal and want to 'do' Gujarat
within a week, three places may be considered a 'must' for them. These
are the Gir lion sanctuary, Palitana temples and the Ahmedabad city.