Gandhidham or Gandhinagar, is situated in the Kachchh (Kutch) district, towards the north-western part of Gujarat. The port city of Gandhidham is a popular tourist destination owing to its historical significance.
The town of Gandhidham was built in the 1950s, at a location which was a few miles inland to the port of Kandla on the Gulf of Kutch. The prime aim to build the town of Gandhidham was to accommodate the refugees from Sindh of Pakistan, post partition. The place was given the name Gandhidham as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhidham was a barren land. Hence the residents had to depend on Kandla port and free trade zone related activities for their living. The town gradually grew over the years. After the earthquake of 2001, the town of Gandhidham has undergone a major change. Now Gandhidham is a fast growing town with several manufacturing units in and around the town.
Gandhidham is divided in to several sectors and wards. The town of Gandhidham has a unique cosmopolitan population since the residents belong to different parts of India. The majority of the population of Gandhidham constitutes of the Sindhis. Gujarati and Hindi are the languages that are commonly used in Gandhidham.
Gandhidham is a famous pilgrim centre for Jains as the region consists of many Jain centres and temples. The Bhardeshwar Temple of Gandhidham is one among the prime pilgrim destinations for the Jains in India. Akshardham and Purneshwar are some other popular religious centres in Gandhidham. Kandla Port also is a centre of tourist attraction.
Gandhidham is well connected to all the major cities of Gujarat and the neighboring states. Gandhidham is at a distance of about 289 km from Ahmedabad, 396 km from Baroda, 935 km from Pune and 1082 km from Delhi. With the rise in tourism, there has been a subsequent improvement in the hospitality industry in this area. Gandhidham is also a haven for shopaholics and food lovers.