Uparkot, Junagadh


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11 Ratings & 7 Reviews

About Uparkot (Fort)

    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 6.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Saturday: 6.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Sunday: 6.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Public Holidays: 6.00 AM - 6.00 PM

In the middle of the town of Junagadh, there is the ancient Upper Fort or Uparkot on the plateau, which is believed to have been built around 312 BC by Changradupta Maurya. This fort has a long history that includes 16 attempts to besiege this fort over a period of 800 years.

One of these sieges, lasted for 12 years but was unsuccessful. This fort after its construction remained in oblivion for 300 years and was rediscovered during 976 AD. It was finally deserted around the 7th or 8th century after which it was hidden by the neighbouring jungles.

The gateway of this fort has a triple entrance style, which takes visitors to the remnants of a huge cannon, 15-feet high, known as ‘Nilamtope’ that was built in Egypt in 1531. The Nawab of Junagdh obtained the ‘Nilamtope’ from a Turkish Sultan.

There are two step wells in this fort popularly known as ‘Navghan Kuva’ and the ‘Adi Chadi Vav’. The Navghan Kuva was built in the 11th century and is 50 metres deep, which can be navigated by a flight of stairs in the circular pattern inside the well. On the other hand, the bottom of the Adi Chadi Vav can be reached by a set of 170 circular steps.

As tourists enter this fort, taking a left course will take them to the Jami Masjid, the ceiling of which is supported by 140 pillars. Proceeding further on that road, one can reach the 1,500 years old Buddhist caves.

Known to date back to 500 AD, these caves are carved inside the rocks of the hill with floral patterns carved on the stone. On the north and south of this fort, some other attractions are the Khapra Kodia caves and Babupyana caves.

What travellers are saying about Uparkot

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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7 traveller reviews for Uparkot

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Dharmesh panchal

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  • Dharmesh panchal
  • 2 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  219 readers

"No maintenance of this historical place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 21, 2016
Very nice palace in Gujarat but people do not clean this place. I felt good here. Local guide is necessary here. Please clean this place.
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Jagdish Raval

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  • Jagdish Raval
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 504 photos
  • 414 Reviews
  •  334 helpful votes
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"Too old fort"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Jul 26, 2016
Uparkot Fort was originally built by Chandragupta Maurya, a well-known Emperor of Maurya dynasty and then fort was renovated by many dynasties who ruled over Junagadh. Main attractions of Fort are 2000 years old Buddha Caves, Adi-Kadi Vav (41 metre deep Step-well of 15th Century), Navghan Kuvo (1000 years old and 52 meter deep Well) and Jumma Masjid. A nice place for lovers of history.
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Fatema Vanak

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  • Fatema Vanak
  • Lives in Surat
  • 1 Review
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"Nawab Palace"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2016
Uparkot is one of the place to visit in Junagadh. It has city view from a high tops, Adi Kadi Vav, Navgarh Kuvo, Anaj Kothar, Water Reservoir etc. It can be visited during day time. Also we can take our vehicles to travel inside the fort.
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Dhaval Karetha

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  • Dhaval Karetha
  • Lives in Keshod
  • 3 photos
  • 14 Reviews
  •  29 helpful votes
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"One of the Oldest Fort"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 1, 2015
Located in the lap of Girnar Mountain Range this is one of the Oldest Fort in the Gujarat. The Fort has been constructed around the Chandragupta Era. It was than again Rebuild and the Today stands as the unique Ancient Fort. It has high wall around which is very very difficult to penetrate or to destroy it. It has very long history. There is also Water Tank for storing water and supplying to the people living inside the Fort. Here we have well-constructed during the Era of Raa the Chudasma Rulers. It's a very beautiful place one must visit.
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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Pritesh Mehta
  • Lives in Baroda
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"A must visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 19, 2015
This is real Junagadh, olden days there was a big bazar of Junagadh and city was there. In this fort all type of facility like water, food etc available in those days, a must visit.
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Shadab Sheikh

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  • Shadab Sheikh
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 16 Reviews
  •  55 helpful votes
  •  16449 readers

"Major attraction of Junagadh"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 6, 2015
This fort is main attraction of Junagadh. It consists of many small small attractions, it has Buddha caves, two big well you can go up-to the bottom of that. One side it has got hills on the other side it has nice view of city.
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Tejas Trambadia

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  • Tejas Trambadia
  • Lives in Vadodara
  • 1 Review
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"Very happy to be there"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 18, 2014
I live in Junagadh so I go there once on a week it's a nice place and many interesting things are there whenever I go there I feel relaxed. There are many people of Junagadh who enjoy that place and I'm proud of that I live in Junagadh. After a long day sunset is like killer
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