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History Locally known as the Jewel of the West, Gujarat was the main centre of the much-revered Indus Valley Civilisation. Historical evidence suggests Gujarat being a centre of commercial ties with Egypt, Sumer and Bahrain during 1000 to 750 BC. After being ruled over by several dynasties, Islamic rulers, Mughals and Marathas, the state became the commercial ground of British East India Company in 1617, which embarked the colonial journey of the state. Despite its commercial involvement with the British, Gujarat also witnessed the famous stance of Non Cooperation Movement, the Dandi March, in 1930. In the 13th year of independent India, splitting of Bombay State on linguistic lines led to the formation of the state we see today. Evidences of ancient, colonial and modern history can be seen spread across the region. Attractions The geographical terrains of the state vary from sandy deserts in the northern region to sun-kissed beaches in the southern end. This regional distinction makes Gujarat a perfect spot for vacation and tourism. The home of Asiatic Lion, Gir National Park, is located in the south-western part of the state. Sanctuaries like Porbandar Bird Sanctuary, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary and Kutch Bustard Sanctuary are also a great option for wildlife lovers. For peace and solitude, you can visit Sabarmati Ashram, Akshardham and Dholavira. Also, the city has pristine beaches, including Dumas Beach, Dandi Beach and Miyani Beach. Hotels Since ancient times, Gujarat has been the centre of business and commerce and this is reflected in the accommodations it provides. Some of the best hotels are actually refurbished forts and citadels from old times. These heritage properties assure you feel regal in their plush, life-size rooms and mellow pampering. Royal Oasis and The Residency, Vijay Vilas Palace and Balaram Palace Resort are such hotels. To name a few prestigious properties of the region, there are Fortune Hotel Landmark, Narayani Heights, Opal by Cambay and Cambay Sapphire.