Almost 2000 years ago, Bharuch was a prominent port in the Indian subcontinent region and also one of the most important cosmopolitan cities around the world then. Located in the region that comes under the current state of Gujarat and at the mouth of the river Narmada, Bharuch was also known as Bharukaccha and Barygaza to the merchants from around the world. Bharuch had established trade relations with Arabs, Greeks and Romans, Africans, Chinese and Egyptians. Historians suggest that the history of this port and shipbuilding centre goes back to the days of the Pharaohs. Bharuch was a terminus for a number of land-sea trade routes and goods were trans-shipped there to send abroad utilising the monsoon winds.