Introduction of Mandvi - 'Paris' of Gujarat    
  Location:   On Bank of River Rukmavati, Near Gulf of Kutch
      22°49'N 69°22'E? / ?22.81°N 69.36°E? / 22.81; 69.36
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  Population:   51374 (Year - 2011 Census)
  SexRatio:   0.959 (F/M) (959 No. of Female per 1000 Male
  Time Zone:   ITC (UTC+5:30)
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  Founded By:   Rao Khengarji
  Tourist Attraction   Vijay Vilas Palace and Mandvi Beach
  Distance   446 km. from Ahmedabad
  Best time for Visit   October to March
Because of its geographical structure and places it is called 'Paris' of Gujarat.
Overview about History
    Mandvi is situated at a distance of 446 km from Ahmedabad and virtually lies on the brink of the Arabian Sea. The city was once the summer retreat of Kutch Maharaos. It is believed that it was founded by the first Jadeja ruler of Kutch, Rao Khengarji, in the late sixteenth century. The establishment of the town dates back to the late 16th century (1581 AD) and is attributed to the first Jadeja ruler of Kachchh, Rao Khengarji. Mandvi tourism is quite delightful throughout the year, as the city experiences a nice and pleasant climate throughout the year. One of the reasons for this is the location of Mandvi i.e. on the banks of the River Rukmavati, near Gulf of Kutch in India.
    Initially, Mandvi was a fortified town and was enclosed within the fort walls. With time, the walls have disappeared, leaving behind a bastion on the southwest which acts as a lighthouse. Remains of the fort wall can still be seen.
Industry Overview
    During its glorious times, it served as an important trade center. The city has more than four hundred years old ship building industry and still manufacturing small ships, which sailed up to England and return back.
    Mandvi earned a great deal of revenue from export. In terms of wealth, the city even surpassed Bhuj, the capital of Kutch. It was a major port for trading with Malwa, Marwar and Sindh.
    Mandvi houses a population of about 45,000 people, mainly Bhatias, Lohanas, Kharvas, Dawoodi Bohra Muslims and Jains[ (kandoi) ]. Mandvi is a unique town which captures the true Gujarat, Kutchi culture. Mandvi also incorporates the neighbouring villages of Nagalpur and Moti Rayan. Mandvi is a town of merchants and seamen, both mutually benefiting from each other.Mandvi was one of the towns deeply impacted by the 2001 Gujarat Earthquake.
Reach to Mandvi
  By Air:
Nearest airport is Bhuj, situated at a distance of 50 km.
  By Rail:
Nearest railway station is Bhuj, situated at a distance of 60 Km.
  By Road:
State buses available from Mandvi to Rajkot, Ahmedabad and Surat.
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