The northern Gujerati town of Mandvi has been a centre for ship building for over 4 centuries. What was astonishing to discover was that this thriving industry has remained virtually unchanged since it's beginnings. These wooden ships take about 2 years to complete and as far as we could see the skilled workers had no plans to follow. The tidal creek was scattered with these majestic elegant vessels in various states of completion. Which we were told are built for clients from all over the globe.
Another attraction to this far flung corner of India is the Mandvi Beach Resort Which provides an agreeable stop over in luxury tents on the edges of the vast beaches.