The march to Dandi was an act of nonviolent civil disobedience in colonial India led by Mahatma Gandhi. The twenty-four day march was a direct action campaign of tax resistance and protest against the British salt monopoly. Another reason for this march was that the Civil Disobedience Movement needed a strong inauguration that would inspire more people to follow Gandhi's example. Gandhi started this march with 78 of his trusted volunteers. The march spanned 240 miles, from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi, which was called Navsari at that time, now in the state of Gujarat. Growing numbers of Indians joined them along the way. When Gandhi broke the British Raj salt laws at 8:30 am on 6 April 1930, it sparked large scale acts of civil disobedience against the salt laws by millions of Indians.