During the last decade, Gujarat has acquired a status of an important maritime state of the
      country. Nearly 80 per cent of the total traffic on the non-major ports and about 48 per cent of
      the total traffic on all the ports of the country is being recorded on the ports of Gujarat, which is
      a matter of pride for the state. There are 41 minor and intermediate and one major port—Kandla
            Tarnetar fair is held at village Tarnetar of Surendranagar district in the honour of Lord
      Shiva. This fair is held every year in the month of Bhadrapada (August/September). Madhavrai
      fair at Madhavpur near Porbandar is held on the ninth day of the bright half of the month of
      Chaitra (March/April). Ambaji fair dedicated to Amba mother goddess is held in Banaskantha
      district. The biggest annual fair, Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna, is celebrated at
      Dwarka and Dakor with great enthusiasm. Navratri - world’s longest dance festival, Jagannath
      Rath Yatra famous chariot festival, Modhera Dance Festival-Utrardh Mhotsav in the backdrop
      of famous Sun Temple in north Gujarat, Rann Utsav—basking in moonlit nights in the vast
      stretches of Rann of Kutchh and other festivals are Makar-Sankranti, Dang Darbar, Shamlaji
      fair, and Bhavnath fair.
      Tourist Centres
            Religious spots like Dwarka, Somnath, Palitana, Pavagadh, Ambaji, Bhadreshwar, Shamlaji,
      Taronga and Girnar; Porbandar, birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, monuments of architectural and
      archaeological surprises like Patan, Siddhpur, Ghurali, Dabhoi; Vadnagar, Modhera, Lothal and
      Ahmedabad; beaches like Ahmadpur-Mandvi, Chorvad, Ubharat, and Tithal; the hill station
      Saputara, lion sanctuary of Gir forest and wild ass sanctuary in small desert of Kachchh area are
      major tourist attractions in the state. Moreover Sabarmati Riverfront: Displays development level
      and tourism potential. Sursagar lake in Vadodara, centre of tourists’ attraction, Nal Sarovar Bird
      Sanctuary—Home for migrant birds from across the globe.
      Relevant Website: www.gujaratindia.com
       Governor                  : Om Parkash Kohli         Chief Secretary       : J.N. Singh
       Chief Minister            : Vijay Rupani             Jurisdiction of High  : Gujarat High Court
       Area                      : 44,212 sq km             Population            : 2.54 crore (2011
       Capital                   : Chandigarh               Principal Language    : Hindi