Gujarat /ˌɡʊdʒəˈrɑːt/ (Gujǎrāt Gujarati: [ɡudʒ(ə)ɾat] ) is a state in the North-West coast of India. It is known locally as Jewel of the West. It has an area of 196,204 km2 (75,755 sq mi) with a coastline of 1,600 km (990 mi), most of which lies on the Kathiawar peninsula, and a population in excess of 60 million. The state is bordered by Rajasthan to the north, Maharashtra to the south, Madhya Pradesh to the east, and the Arabian Sea as well as the Pakistani province of Sindh on the west. Its capital city is Gandhinagar, whilst its largest city is Ahmedabad. Gujarat is home to the Gujarati-speaking people of India. The Government of Gujarat has banned alcohol since 1960.
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