30 kms south of Surat and on the bank of the river Purna, Navsari is one of the oldest cities of Gujarat and is today an important commercial centre. Historically, the first settlement of the Parsis took place in Navsari in 1142 AD. The fire-temple Atas Beharam and smaller agiaris, the Parsvanath Jain temple, the Meherjirana Library are chief attractions. The pioneer of the Indian steel industry and the founder of the House of Tatas, Mr.Jamshedji Tata was born in Navsari. The house where he was born is well preserved and recommended for a visit.