Bharuch (also known as Broach) in India, is a district in the southern part of the Gujarat peninsula on the west coast of state of Gujarat with a size and population comparable to that of Greater Boston. The Narmada River outlets into the Gulf of Khambat through its lands and that shipping artery gave inland access to the kingdoms and empires located in the central and northern parts of the sub-continent of India.
With the advent of the Age of Discovery, the presence of deep draft sea going shipping it began a long slow decline in importance as it was a bit too far north to be convenient to shipping not wielded to keeping within sight of shore.
It also contains the city of Bharuch. The district was 25.72% urban as of 2001.
The primary religious grouping is Hinduism, although Muslims make a significant minority in the district at 27%. The area is also the home of the Hindus forming the majority 72% of the population. However the area is also home of the Vora Patel Muslim Community.