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Jamnagar Tourism

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  • State: Gujarat
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Jamnagar, erstwhile Nawanagar, in Gujarat, is a relatively new city of India. It was built in the late 1920s by Maharaja Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji. It has the Gulf of Kutch to the north and lies approximately 337 km away from the capital of Gujarat, Gandhinagar.

The city has gained recent recognition after Reliance Industries set up the largest refinery of the world here. Apart from that, Jamnagar also houses the oil refinery of Essar Oil. Because of the presence of two of the most important refineries of the country, Jamnagar has come to be called as the ‘Oil City’ of India.

In the olden days, it was an important part of Saurashtra. Legend has it that Lord Krishna dwelled in Dwarka, which is now a part of Jamnagar, after moving base from Mathura. The religious flavour of Jamnagar can be gauged from the presence of various temples in the region. Some of the important temples of the city are the Ancient Sun Temple, the Ancient Bhid Bhanjan Temple and the Bala Hanuman Temple among others.

Apart from the temples, Jamnagar is also home to a lot of forts and palaces which are in good shape like the Darbargadh Palace, the Lakhota Fort, the Pratap Vilas Palace and the Wilingdon Crescent.

Jamnagar derives its name from the founder of the region Jam Rawal. According to historical data, Jam Lakhaji, Jam Rawal’s father was gifted 12 villages by the then Emperor of Gujarat. But before he could take possession of the villages, he was killed in a conspiracy.

Determined to take revenge of his father’s killing, Jam Rawal killed the conspirators and took over the control of his father’s kingdom. However, Jamnagar was not established until Jam Rawal went on a hunting trip. Story has it that he saw two hares fighting a group of hunting dogs. That show of bravery prompted him to think of the valour of the people born on that land and thus he set up his new capital, Nawanagar.

Nawanagar later got rechristened to its present name Jamnagar. The city has a majority of Muslim population which traces its origin to Jam Rawal. Prior to being industrialised by Reliance Industries and Essar Oil, brass manufacturing used to be the primary activity of the people of Jamnagar. Thus, it was called the ‘Brass City’ of India in the times gone by. Today, although the region has got industrialised, it still retains some of its old world charm.

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Kanaksinh Jadeja
  • Kanaksinh Jadeja
  • Lives in Jamnagar
  • 1 Review

"The city was built up substantially by Maharaja Jam Saheb" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Jamnagar have a rich history with worlds only solarium + Ayurveda university + kashi like temples and architecture. You can also go to near site Tapu (Ipirotannd) were you can see a large amount of sea life like star fish and many types of other fish live and also go to old king’s palace in Jamnagarjamnagarhas got so many old heritage items stored there.
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Ritess Bhanshali
  • Ritess Bhanshali
  • Lives in Jamnagar
  • 2 Reviews

"Jamnagar, a developing the city"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Jamnagar is sweet simple city. Jamnagar is famous for its bandhani. People who visit Jamnagar, they definitely buy its bandhani. There is a big solarium which moves round with the help of sunlight is situated there. Not only the the there is a big petroleum product established near Jamnagar by Reliance group and Essar oil Limited, which has created many job opportunity for the people of jamnagar.
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Gargi Bhattacharya
  • Gargi Bhattacharya
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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews

"Jamnagar Review"

  • Posted Apr 16, 2013
Jamnagar is a small but nice city. There is not much to see for the general travellar. If one is visiting Dwarka she can also visit Jamnagar. During winter this place is a paradise for bird watchers. Never seen so much pelican, flemingo and other migratory birds in so much numbers. The Narara coral sanctuary is now destroyed due to oil pipelines.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: bandni sarees and salwar suits are speciality.

Activities & things to do: bird watching

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: travel during winter
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Jaichandran
  • Jaichandran
  • Heritage seeker
  • 4 Reviews

"A bird lovers paradise."

  • Posted Mar 3, 2013
A visit to Lakota lake and to the bird sanctuary will bring in fresh memories.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Madras restaurant

Activities & things to do: Bird watch

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: All types of transport is good and though autos don't have Meters they don't overcharge.
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Ram Gupta
  • Ram Gupta
  • 2 Reviews

"A must Visit to City of Jamnagar"

  • Posted Dec 26, 2012
Jamanagar is historical place in Gujarat and famous for worlds largest refinery and petrochemical complex of Reliance Industries and including refinery set up by Essar group.
Jamnagar is called the Jewel of Kathiawar and It has unspoilt Islands & Beaches, Hills, Temples, Palaces, Forest, Fantastic Bird life in the Bird Sanctuary & Marine Sanctuaries and Facinating Corals and Marine Life in the Marine National park

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: One can enjooy Kathiawadi food. Bandhni dress material of Jamnagar is famous and must buy

Activities & things to do: Must visit Lakhota Palace, Jain temples, Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary
and Marine National park, Solarium and Bala Hanuman Temple

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Jamnagar is accessable by train from Mumbai and connected to air from Mumbai and Rajkot. Also well connected by AC buses from Ahmadabad and Baroda
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Rrs Manian
  • Rrs Manian
  • 2 Reviews

"On way to Dwarka"

  • Posted Nov 30, 2012
The city was quite good and there were good sites for sight seeing.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Shops were closed during our visit-- being Sunday.

Activities & things to do: Good place for seeing historic monuments.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: To reach Jamnagar, we have good train services from Ahmedabad.
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Aakash Gangwani
  • Aakash Gangwani
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Gir forest tour!"

  • Posted Dec 30, 2011
Exciting, natural photography with wild life and pilgrimage tour.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Vegetarian.

Activities & things to do: Do a lot of sightseeing.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Travel with warm clothes.
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Ashok Wadhwa
  • Ashok Wadhwa
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Indore
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"Worth a Visit"

  • Posted Mar 1, 2011
While Jamnagar is the usual small town, the nearby
Khijadia Bird Sanctuary is really worth visiting.
Nothing special on the food front

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: One must visit the Khijadia Bird Sanctuary .
If you have the time and the inclination you
can also visit the Marine Park to see corals.
Jamnagar is well known for its 'bandhini' or
tie and dye material, sold at reasonable rates.

Activities & things to do: An early morning visit to Khijadia is a must.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Well connected.
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