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Junagadh Tourism

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  • State: Gujarat
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Junagadh is a city and a municipal corporation in the western state of Gujarat. It is the district headquarters of the Junagadh district, and is situated at the foothills of the Girnar hills. It is around 355 km from the capital city Gandhinagar. The literal translation of the name Junagadh means "Old Fort". It is also famous as "Sorath", named after the earlier princely condition of Junagadh.

The town has a rich history as different dynasties ruled it during though time. The place bore witness to the Mauray dynasty, the Chalukya dynasty, and the Mughals, to name a few. A remarkable fort, Uperkot, situated on a highland in the centre of the town is a popular attraction.

Mohammad Bahadur Khanji I, who owed loyalty to the Sultan of Ahmedabad, was the founder of Junagadh who did so by expelling the Mughal ruler and declaring freedom in 1748. Somnath is located at Prabhaspatan in Junagadh District; 79 km left from Junagadh City and is largely blessed of the twelve Jyotirlings (lingas of light) of God Shiva. The temple has a very vivid history and its immense wealth attracts many invaders.

There are quite a few beautiful places around the area which are places of tourist interest. The Girnar Mountains, 6 km. from Junagadh city, is a popular tourist destination and has five chief peaks. It has about 9,999 steps. The third crest, Gorakhnath, at 3,661 ft (1,116 m) above sea level, is the highest. The vicinity of the hills is approximately 10 km. To climb the hills a step-way is built and this is surely worth a visit, considering the magnificent Jain temples. Bhimkund,  Hanumandhara, Satpuda, Pathar chati , Bhairavjap, Bharatvan Sheshavan and Gaumukhi Ganga are some other spots to visit in Junagadh.  

The crest of Ambaji, with a height 1,010 m, is famous for the temple of Ambaji. It is about 2 km east of Junagadh and 3 km to the bottom of Girnar Hills is a spot where law of Emperor Ashoka is decorated on a stun, which dates from the third century BC. The Ashokan edicts tell ethical orders on dharma, accord, acceptance, and silence. A rough rock, with a perimeter of seven metres and an altitude of ten meters, bears inscriptions in Brahmi writing imprinted with an iron pen.

Junagadh also has many museums which have many interesting artifacts. The Swami Vivekananda Vinay Mandir in the city is one of the oldest schools in Gujarat and is also famous as the school of the great Dhirubhai Ambani. Winter is the best time to visit Junagadh.

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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Lives in Baroda
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  • 179 Reviews
  •  80 helpful votes
  •  30178 readers

"Amazing place to spot lions" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Junagadh is a very famous place and it has a big hill of Girnar and Gir forest. There are live lion. Lion is very famous in the forest. So it was a very amazing spot for us. Food is very good and tasty. We enjoyed the stay here. Dont miss it to visit this place.
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Jay Rajj

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  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  214 readers

"Overall, a good destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Junagadh is one of ancient most beautiful place in Gujarat. The most famous place is the Gujarati saint-poet, Narsinha Mehta. But most important place is sasan gir, Gir National Park. We took uo gir safari and saw many Mango trees and wildlife. Girnar hill consist many smalls and big temple, this make religious environment. Best time to visit Junagadh is January- February.
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Suresh Ramaswamy

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  • 91 Reviews
  •  349 helpful votes
  •  30606 readers

"Exotic location"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Junagadh is a exotic location with lots of historical places and trekking opportunities. Lovely weather especially in the mornings and evenings. Well connected to Rajkot the nearest convenient airport by excellent road. Also well connected to other nearby towns. The main importance of Junagadh is its location as a take off point to Sasan Gir and Diu. Sufficient accommodation options to suit varying budgets are available as also eating joints. Very good place to relax too.
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Pallav Bhatt

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  • Pallav Bhatt
  • Lives in Rajkot
  • 7 Reviews
  •  23 helpful votes
  •  2679 readers

"Lovely exploration"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Mar 27, 2015
Great experience to be with family at Junagadh. Lovely place to spend weekend and explore nature. Junagadh has lot more to offer. Surrounding exploration is also amazing. We went to surrounding places like kankai, Somnath, Porbandar etc. Lovely exploration.
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Vishal Ramani

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  • Vishal Ramani
  • Lives in Surat
  • 4 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
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"An awesome place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Nov 20, 2014
Visitor should travel there to know and to feel the nature. This place can also give the knowledge about the past. I visited Uparkot fort, willingdon dam, sakkarbaug zoo and many more. It just kept me busy, as I was taking photographs all the time of the beautiful hills and natures. You should keep a good camera to capture the nature.
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Bhatt Bhaskar

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  • Bhatt Bhaskar
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 1 Review
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  917 readers

"Good to visit Princely state of India"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Nov 2, 2014
This is the best place for wild life lovers whom like to visit jungle, safari and night camp. Here you will see a Asiatic lions which are only available in Asia. You should also visit Kakariya Zoo, Uppar court, div and many places near to that. There is awesome food available thatís called Kathyawadi food. You can keep busy with jungle visit and specially people of Gujarat who are always ready to help you.
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Hardik Satasiya

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  • Hardik Satasiya
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"Mount climbing and waterfall"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Jul 16, 2014
I had been to this place and it was great. The food was really delicious. There were lots of places to explore. The great Girnar Parvat was an awesome place to climb. There were lots of other places to visit, many temples and forts to explore. Willingdon dam was beautiful and it was great to see its water fall. You will also find friendly monkeys up there.
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Samir  Patel

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  • Samir Patel
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  •  7 helpful votes
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"valsad"

  • Posted Mar 27, 2013
Destination is too long my city. Junaghad is best City of gujarat

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Junaghad city famous food is gujrati thli. Girnar hill best attractions of. Junaghad.

Activities & things to do: No activities

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Advanced bookings journey and hotel
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Anant Kulkarni

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  • Anant Kulkarni
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  • Lives in Pune
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"Fantastic Place to walk in forest"

  • Posted Mar 5, 2013
Junagadh is known for Goddess Shri Datta temple (Girnar), a very different temple. Its located in Gir Jungle, we can easily see various birds, monkeys, peacocks while going to temple.

Their are 10,000 steps in one way surrounding mountains, forest. Total 20,000 steps (to and fro) from temple.
It will take around 6-7 hours for walk for average age peoples. Please note that elder peoples can go using 'Doli'.

Pilgrim should start walking early in the morning as early as possible (around 4 to 5 am) so as to reach & come back till 6-7pm.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Very good place for walk through jungle.

Activities & things to do: Continuous walk to complete 20,000 steps (to & fro)
Remember to keep good camera, as it is best for photo shoot.
Carry sufficient water, sugar, biscuits, glucose in sacks.
Avoid heavy material to carry.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Start early in the morning at 4-5 am max.
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Milind Devarshi

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  • Milind Devarshi
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"Junagadh"

  • Posted Dec 23, 2012
Junagadh is a historic place and close to the Lion safari wild life sanctuary and also to Somnath Temple. It is well connected by road, and roads of Gujrat are excellent to drive on.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is of Good quality, consume local delicacies, ask for Gujrati Thali.
Junagadh being a historic city there is lot to see and visit like Junagadh Fort, Gir wild life sanctuary where one can see the Asiatic Lion in the wild, than there is the Gir mountain with a beautiful temple at its top.

Activities & things to do: Vist the Gir wild life sanctuary, Somnath temple, Gir mountain, and many other old buildings in Junagadh.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: The usual travel tips like carry imp telephone numbers just in case.
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