Navsari is an administrative district in the state of Gujarat in India, with its headquarters at Navsari city. The district covers an area of 2,211 square kilometres, and had a population of 1,229,250 in 2001.
# Navsari City is a very famous city between Surat and Mumbai. It is the birth place of some personalities like Jamshedji Tata, Dadabhia Navroji, Feroz Gandhi. The city has high standard of education. City is very old and once it was under the Gaikwad States of Baroda. Navsari is now one of the district of Gujarat State. It is also popular for historic Dandi March event by Mahatma Gandhi. The nature of the city is quite. People are peaceful and life is pretty good in the city. City’s most finance comes from the NRI businesses, since many people from Navsari and surrounding are immigranted to different corners of the world.
History of Navsari
Navsari, one of the oldest cities of Gujarat, has an inspiring history of over 2000 years. According to the Greek historical writings, a celebrated Egyptian astronomer and geographer named Ptolemy mentioned about Navsari’s port in his book written about 1850 years ago (150 A.D.).
The geographic location he showed as Narispa, is in fact the Navsari of today. Navsari also has many other legends regarding its existence and the derivation of its name. The legends are related to various communities like the Chalukyas, Parsis, and Muslims who over the course of time had ruled the city.
Geography of Navsari
Navsari is located on the western coast of India near the Arabian Sea on the southern coast of Gujarat. It is located 37 kilometers south of its twin city Surat which is a huge commercial center and a big hub for diamond trade. Navsari is located on the banks of the Purna River which empties into the Gulf of Khambhat after running its course. Navsari is also well connected to other cities of the state. It is 280 kilometers south of Ahmedabad, 170 kilometers south of Vadodara, and 37 kilometers south of Surat which are some of the major cities in Gujarat. It is well connected by rail, road and air.
Climate of Navsari
Navsari has a predominantly humid climate due to its close proximity to the sea. It has three seasons through the year which include the summers, Monsoons and the winter. Maximum temperature during summers goes upto 43 degrees, while the minimum temperature during the winters could well drop to less than 14 degrees. Navsari receives close to 50 inches of annual rainfall which may increase or decrease depending on the weather conditions. The fields here have black soils.
Economy of Navsari
The economy of Navsari is based on Textile, Diamond, Sugar and Agro
industry. The textile market of Navsari is very well renowned across the state. However, it is more known for its agricultural aspect. Navsari is the largest producer of Chickoo in the state as well as the largest exporter of the same all over India. It is also the second largest producer of Mango in the state with a contribution of 17 percent as well as the second largest producer of Sugarcane in the state with a contribution of 12 percent.
Turmeric is the major spice crop of the city with 12 percent of the total state production. There also twenty – three medium and large scale industries present in Navsari with most of them belonging to mineral, salt, chemical and food and beverage sector.
Festivals in Navsari
Almost all the festivals celebrated across the country are celebrated with great delight in Navsari. The Navratri festival is one of the iconic festivals celebrated across the state as well as in Navsari. Other major festivals that get celebrated here include Diwali, Holi as well as Ganesh Chathurthi.
Food in Navsari
If you are a fan of the Gujarati cuisine, this is a must visit place for you. The enchanting flavours of Jalebis, Dhokla, Khaman, Patra and other such items would even make you eat up your fingers. The popularity of the Navsari Khaman is evident from the fact the one of the most iconic shops in the city ‘Sabras’ which opens at 8 in the morning, the items are sold out by the time the clock strikes 9. There are other popular restaurants in Navsari as well which include City Corner, Ramanand, Shagun as well as popular pizza outlets like US Pizza and Domino’s. The roadside food in Navsari is also extremely popular with many stalls dotting the landscape of Lunsikui, a posh locality of the city.
How to Reach Navsari
Navsari is well connected by road, rail and air. The nearest airport to Navsari is the Surat Airport which is about 40 kilometers away. In terms of rail, Navsari is a busy station on the Mumbai – Ahmedabad route with almost every major express / mail train having a halt here. It is a two and a half to four hour journey from Mumbai by train. Navsari falls on the Mumbai – Ahmedabad National Highway (NH – 8) and is a four to five hour drive from Mumbai.
Quick Facts on Navsari
Pin Code: 396445
STD Code: 02637
Time Zone: IST (+ 5.30 Hours)
Vehicle Registrations: GJ – 21
Languages Spoken: Gujarati, Hindi, English
Population: 1, 63,000 (2011)
With its location and proximity to prime cities in Gujarat, Navsari is a fast emerging hub for tourism in the state!
Website: Navsari District Panchayat Website
Facebook Page: Facebook Page – Navsari District
On 2/10/1997 Gujarat Government bifurcated Valsad district in two districts – Valsad and Navsari. The newly formed Navsari district is situated on Arabian coast line at southern border of Gujarat state. Balwada is the nearest village of district situated between 20.35o to 21.05o north latitude and 72.43o to 73.35o east longitude. The geographical area of district is 2196 sq.k.m. The population of district is 12,29,250.(2001). The main headquarter of district Navsari, is included in city taluka. A part from Navsari (city) taluka, there are five more talukas. Total villages of district are 389.
Dudhia Talao: Dudhia Talao was a lake earlier. It has become a major market area with a shopping center. There is a reputed eye hospital near Dudhia Talao built in early 70’s. The Ashapuri Temple is on Dudhia Talao. Part of the Dudhia Talao was given to J.N. Tata Navsari Memorial Trust and they filled up the pond and built one of the finest Auditorium in Navsari where Performing Arts and meetings take place. It is known as J.N. Tata Memorial Hall.
Navsari has a large Parsi-Zoroastrian community. Dr. Dadabhoy Navroji & Mr. Jamshedji Tata, founder of the Tata group of companies, were born here. J. N. Tata’s birthplace is still preserved as a memorial by the local branch of Tata Steel Factory in the outskirts of the city.
Sayaji Vaibhav Public Library is an important public building in Navsari. Meherji Rana Library of Tarota Bazaar, Motafalia, Navsari has one of the oldest scriptures of Zoroastrian community.
The city picked up a greater pace commercially during the diamond polishing business soared in the region.
Jehangir Talkies is one of the oldest cinema house. The name talkies implies that it refers to the era when movies started talking.
Tower is a clock tower in Navsari. It serves as important landmark. The old post office of Navsari was near the Tower. Navsari’s postal code is 396445.
2 Administrative Divisions
3.1 Universities and colleges
4 See also
According to the 2011 census Navsari district has a population of 1,330,711, roughly equal to the nation of Mauritius or the US state of Maine. This gives it a ranking of 366th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 602 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,560 /sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 8.24%. Navsari has a sex ratio of 961 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 84.78%.
Navsari district is divided into 5 Taluks:
Universities and colleges
Navsari Agricultural University
B P Baria Science College
Sorabji Burjorji Garda Arts College
P.K. Patel Commerce College
Navsari Law College
Naranlala College Of Commerce & Management
Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology and Research Centre
Seventh day Adventist(SDA) Higher Secondary School, Vijalpore, Navsari
Savitaben Girdharlal Manekchand Shiroiya English School, Chhapra Road, Navsari
Bai Navajbai Tata Girls’ High School, Dastur Wad Navsari
Seth R.J.J. High School
Sheth Purushottamdas Harjivandas Vidyalaya (Sanskar Bharti)
D.K. Tata High School
The Navsari High School, Navsari.
Dinbai Daboo Girls High School
St. Francis of Assisi Convent High School
Sir C.J.N.Z. Madresa Highschool
Seth I.M.Banatwala Highschool
Ashram Shala (Bhaktashram)
Sheth Hiralal Chhotolal Parekh,Navsari High School
A.H.M.P.Highschool (Akhil Hind Mahila Parishad Highschool)
R D Parjapapti highschool vasan
AB Higher Secondary School.
Savitaben Girdharlal Mayachand Shiroiya Senior Secondary School
Aisha Siddiqa School (private primary school) in Jogwad