Junagadh Tourism
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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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Hardik Satasiya
  • Hardik Satasiya
  • 1 Review

"Mount climbing and waterfall"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  • Samir Patel
  • 1 Review

"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
  • Anant Kulkarni
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  • Lives in Pune
  • 4 Reviews

"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
  • Milind Devarshi
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  • 4 Reviews

"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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Barunesh Kayal
  • Barunesh Kayal
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews

"Gujrat Tour"

  • Posted Dec 13, 2012
We have visisted -Amhedabad & Gandhi Ashram- Dwaraka- Somnath Mandir- Deu- Gir forest- Junagadh- Rajkot.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Excellent food in Restaurant Thakar Thali at Rajkot

Activities & things to do: Travel and enjoy Site seen.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Howrah-Amhedabad- Dwarka-Somnath- Deu- Sasan Gir- Junagadh- Rajkot- Howrah.
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Chandrakant Raval
  • Chandrakant Raval
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"Junagadh"

  • Posted Jul 27, 2011
Junagadh is an ancient city and located at tha mountain of Girnar.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There are many hotels in Junagadh the Gita lodge is very famous for gujarati dish and at the Kalva Chawk there are many restaurant and lodges.

Activities & things to do: what u can not do in Junagadh?

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Junagadh is about 100 k.m from Rajkot and many private buses and state buses are available.Junagadh is about 180 k.m. from Diu and 95 k.m.from Somnath temple.
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Bhavdip Jathal
  • Bhavdip Jathal
  • Lives in Jamnagar
  • 1 Review

"A holy saint of Gujarat"

  • Posted May 7, 2009
Junagadh is a place which is near 70 kms) to the famous Gir, known for lions.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Adikadi Vav and Girnar for famous Guru Datatray, Ambaji Temple and so many religious places in Junagadh and famous ZOO and the natural forest area surroundings.

Activities & things to do: IT is advisable to visit during the winter seasons

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Reachable by rail, road & air from Rajkot, distance about 105 kms.
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Ashok Savani
  • Ashok Savani
  • Lives in Jamnagar
  • 1 Review

"Junagadh trip review"

  • Posted May 6, 2009
Excellent

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Very good sight - seeing, Shopping not so good.

Activities & things to do: Sight - seeing, Girnar mounting, Gir forest trip

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Very good
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