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Uploaded on Oct 24, 2011
Dholera is actually the name of a village some 25 km inland from the coast at the northern tip of Bhavnagar Bhal in Gujarat on the banks of Gulf of Cambay. It appears that until early in the last century, Dholera was right on the coast and was a flourishing port with a prosperous trade. It was in the right sense a gateway for India and Arabs, Babylonians and Caucasians carried out import/export activities through Dholera. Dholera was a sea front with a deep water channel and the tidal amplitude of the order of 10 m made it a good port for deep draft vessels. Big vessels that were anchored in deeper waters rushed to the port at the right tide and downloaded the cargo before the tide receded. Even at low tide, draft was good in a channel called Malcolm channel and the trade went on like a song. Everyone was happy.