The colorful state of Gujarat is an unparalleled vista into history. However, Gujarat has managed to entwine modernity into its heritage of history creating a fascinating blend. The history of Gujarat is an ancient one. This state has seen empires come and go and it still withstood their ravages proudly. Remarkably, the state contains some of the most important sites of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. The state has also been a witness to some major historical events. These events have left an indelible mark on its landscape through its rich collection of monuments. However, in recent years, the birth of the Mahatma Gandhi has been the most significant event the state has seen. Gandhi started some of his important movements here in Gujarat such as the Satyagraha. Cities like Porbandar and Ahmedabad still remember the great man. Nature has given bountiful blessings to Gujarat. In the state you will find a remarkable collection of natural treasures. The pristine national parks here are home to a veritable deluge of wildlife, birds and even plants. It is here in Gujarat that you will find the last haven for the rare Asiatic lions. The magnificent Rann of Kutch is a spellbinding creation of Nature. If you are inclined towards spirituality, Gujarat can take care of that too. After all, Lord Krishna was born here according to Hindu myths. The place was also chosen by the god to create his empire. Hindu temples flourish in the state filled with a staggering variety of them. The Jain religion has also found a place here through their many temples. The state of Gujarat has often been referred to as a jewel of west India. It is quite easy to see why.