Mundra Port


A port town on the southern coast of Kutch, Mundra was well-known for salt and spice trading in the past but now for tie-dye and block-print textiles.

The Mahadev temple here has memorials of famous Mundra sailors, including some who advised the Sultan of Zanzibar and guided Vasco da Gama to India. Darya Pir, the patron saint of Kutchi fisher people, arrived here from Bukhara (now in Uzbekistan) in 1660. He was loved by the locals and introduced them to Islamic religion, they built the shrine that bears his name here when he died; this site still receives visitors of many religious backgrounds seeking blessings. The Mughal Emperor built a gate in his honor, which still stands and is known today as the Mughal Gate. Interestingly, the walls of the old city fortifications have a religious origin, as they were dragged from the ruins of the Jain city of Bhadreshwar.