Vohra Patel or Vora Patel (Gujarati વોહ્રા પટેલ) is a very affluent patidar (land-owning) community of Sunni Muslim belonging to the Patel family of Hindu Kurmi Kshatriya ancestry, originally from Gujarat, India, particularly from the Bharuch District of Gujarat.
The towns and villages in Bharuch and Surat where Vohras reside are not as heavily populated as they once were, as many have migrated abroad.
The United Kingdom is home to the largest population of Vohras outside of Bharuch. Vohras from Bharuch ('Bharuchis') initially settled in the mill towns of Lancashire where many still reside in large numbers. Although primarily situated in the mill towns of Blackburn, Bolton and Preston, there are also large communities in Dewsbury, and parts of London.
Many families of this community amassed great wealths during the economic prosperity of the textiles industry in Northern England and, to this day, retain much of their wealth and acquired properties. A large number of these affluent families are primarily from Lancashire, and many are now in their third and fourth generations. 
Common dishes of Vohras include kichry curry and dal-gosht (lentils with meat) and boiled rice (chaval).
History and Origin
 The surname Patel is one of the most widely used name today. Originally the Kurmis of Punjab, after having settled in Gujarat around 1400 A.D. were allocated the uncultivated land in Petlad Taluka by the Solankis, the rulers of Gujarat at the time. The Solanki ruler allocated land equivalent to one village to each family for cultivation. The Kanbi family succeeding in cultivating the land and prospered. The King had an agreement with Kanbis and had appointed a headman, whose responsibility was to keep the records of the crops on a PAT. The person keeping the record was known as PATLIK, and was shortened to PATAL, and eventually to PATEL. Prior to the introduction of the name Patel in Gujarat, they were known as Kanbis.
Patidar means "owner of land". ‘PATI’ means land and ‘DAR’ means the person who owns it. In Mehamdavad, Kheda district, around 1700.A.D., the ruler of Gujarat, Mohammed Begdo, selected the best farmer from each village and gave them land for cultivation. In return, the Patidar would pay the ruler a fixed income for a certain period of time, after which, the Patidar would acquire the ownership of the land. The Patidars would hire a hard working and knowledgeable work force to cultivate the land and in due course of time, they would become the owners of the land. These Patidars were from then onwards identified as Patel Patidars.
Migration and Diaspora
Mumbai - Many Muslim Patels have for several generations lived in the suburbs of Mumbai (Malad, Goregaon, Jogeshwari). The Patels in Mumbai are generally highly educated, in comparison to the land-owners in their ancestral lands.
North America - Vohras also began to migrate to North America in the early eighties and communities are now found in Chicago, USA and in Toronto in Canada. A large and successful Vohra community is found in Zambia where the first migrants from Bharuch came in the early 1900s. The pioneer being the late Haji Ebrahim Dudhia (Sitpon). He was later followed by others who were the backbones of a very successful Vohra community. Amongst those were the late Haji Ahmed Nagarseth (Sitpon), Late Haji Ismail Zumla(Halderva), and Late Umerjee Adam (Achod), and the Late Yousuf brothers (Nabipur).(http://en.cyclopaedia.net/wiki/Vohra-Patel). Recently many Vohra migrants have come to live in South Africa.
Britain - All originally settling in the mill towns of North West England, 65% of the Gujaratis in Britain are now settled in or around London, so that Gujaratis in the capital number some 400,000. Many Vohras moved to London during the early eighties as mills began to shut down during the Thatcher period.
There are many positive contributions made by the Gujarati Vohras in Britain. Former British Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher, pointed out in her message for 'Asian Business', they are "not only helping to bring new life back into the cities, but also into our smaller towns and villages. Gujarati's in Britain have earned a very creditable reputation for being hardworking and ambitious." HRH Prince Charles too and several other eminent people have prasied their achievements. Today there is hardly any prominent institution of learning in the United Kingdom, including such world famous names as Oxford, Cambridge and LSE, where Gujarati boys and girls are not well represented.
However, the community in Britain is coming under scrutiny as they, like many immigrant communities, appear not to have integrated with the indigenous community, or with other communities. They are known to marry within their own community, have their own cemeteries, community centres and mosques. However this too is changing as some of the initial settlers are returning to Bharuch on retirement or have died, leaving behind more progressive, later generations.
Notable Vora Patels
Adam Patel, Baron Patel of Blackburn (Fasiwala) (Member of the UK House of Lords), Ahmed Patel (Congress Party Leader), Mohamed Fansiwala & Iqbal Patel (Congress Party activists), Rashid Patel (Cricketer), Munaf Patel (Cricketer), Jigar Khanpuri (Poet), Professor Alimuddin Zumla (Academic)