Prelims 2020

Q. With reference to the period of Gupta dynasty in ancient India, the towns Ghantasala, Kadura and Chaul were known as

a) ports handling foreign trade
b) capitals of powerful kingdoms
c) places of exquisite stone art and architecture
d) important of Buddhist pilgrimage centres
Correct Answer : a) ports handling foreign trade

Question from UPSC Prelims 2020 GS Paper


Ports during Gupta Era

During the Gupta era, the ports of the east coast, Tamralipti, Ghantashala, and Kadura handled the north-Indian trade with south-east Asia, and those of the west coast, Broach, Chaul, Kalyan and Cambray, traded with the Mediterranean and west Asia but the more southerly of these ports were outside Gupta control.

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