Gandhinagar, the modern capital of Gujarat, was named after the father of the Nation. It is the second planned city in India after Chandigarh lying on the banks of river Sabarmati. The famous Swaminarayan temple is also built in Gandhinagar. When the old Bombay state was partitioned in 1960, into Maharashtra and Gujarat, the city of Bombay went to Maharashtra. It was then decided to construct a new capital for Gujarat. Thus came into being the second planned city in India – Gandhinagar. It presents a spacious, well-designed look of an architecturally integrated city. It has 30 sectors with each sector having its own shopping, health, and community centers and housing colonies. Extensive planting of trees and large recreational areas along the Sabarmati River, gives the city a fresh, green garden city atmosphere. There is a generous provision for wide-open green parks.
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