Saurashtra, or the Kathiawar Peninsula, forms the bulk of Gujarat state, a large knob of land spreading south from the hills and marshes of the north out to the Arabian Sea, cut into by the Gulf of Cambay to the east and the Gulf of Kutch to the west. This is Gujarat at its most diverse, populated by cattle-rearing tribes in the countryside and industrialists in urban centres such as Rajkot. Fabulous architecture includes the royal palaces at Wankaner and Gondal, while one of the region’s most flamboyant festivals, the Tarnetar Fair, comes to the town of Sayla in the autumn.

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