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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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Ankur Ardeshana

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  • Ankur Ardeshana
  • Lives in Rajkot
  • 1 Review
  •  18 readers

"Exiting destination tour" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The Gir sanctuary and mountain are the best place to visit at Junagad. The ancient monuments are great at this place when visiting mountains. The entire mountain is good for mountain climbers and even for visitors. It has around 10000 steps to climb and is around 1.1 km.

Even the sanctuary is the best part of the entire journey. In which there is facility to travel by our own car and through the visiting pay up car for entire day and even there are hotels between the jungle to stay over night. Lions are the best part in all.
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Pritesh Kaneriya

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  • Pritesh Kaneriya
  • Lives in Rajkot
  • 1 photo
  • 15 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  73 readers

"An amazing place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Junagadh is very nice and historical place. Junagadh on Girnar hill is very nice and beautiful place. The nature and atmosphere is nice. Willingdon Dam is a nice place. It has many temples like ambaji, mataji etc. Junagadh is a remembrance of history.
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Jaydip  Vaghasiya

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  • Jaydip Vaghasiya
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  24 readers

"An awesome place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Once visit at Girnar at Junagadh, which is asia's biggest lion zoo. In this place foreigners, local people and many more, nearly 21 lakh people visit Girnar. And here is one Sakkarbaug zoo which is famous. At least visit once and atmosphere is also awesome.
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Siddharth Giniya

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  • Siddharth Giniya
  • Lives in Rajkot
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"Junagadh Mountain of heart" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Very good destination. The people were helpful. Good and nice romantic environment. There are lots of good place in Junagadh and around Junagadh. Must visit the Gir national park for Asiatic Lion. I visited in july. Culture and food is most fabulous in Junagadh city and any where in Gujarat also. Must visit in a life.
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Sudhanshu palaiya

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  • Sudhanshu palaiya
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Religious place in Gujarat" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Junagadh is religious place in Gujarat. Mountains are present around the city which is an add-on beauty to the city. People visit Junagadh for enjoying claim mountain and it gives pleasure, enjoyable and transportation service are easily available so you can travel easily.
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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Pritesh Mehta
  • Lives in Baroda
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  • 296 Reviews
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"Amazing place to spot lions"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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  • Jay Rajj
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"Overall, a good destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted May 8, 2015
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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  • Suresh Ramaswamy
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 91 Reviews
  •  378 helpful votes
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"Exotic location"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Apr 25, 2015
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
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"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
  •  17 helpful votes
  •  1568 readers

"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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