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Junagadh Tourism

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  • State: Gujarat
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Junagadh
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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Yashpalsinh jadeja

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  • Yashpalsinh jadeja
  • 3 Reviews
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"A complete tourist destination" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Junagadh is a place for those who loves nature, history, archaeology and religious places. It is a complete tourist destination. The place is average as per accommodation facilities are concerned. You can not find 4 or higher starer hotels but offers economic hotels. Very well connected through highway and railway network with major cities like Ahmedabad Rajkot etc. One can spend 2-3 days to explore all attractions. The places are of historical and archaeological interest. I would mention it is the heaven for those who loves historical and archaeological monuments. It's simply awesome. It was a great visit to Junagadh. Visited Junagadh museum, uparkot, mahabat makbara, Buddhist caves, swaminarayan temples, mount girnar and Wellington dam. Simply awesome place.
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Dharmit Lakhani

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  • Dharmit Lakhani
  • Lives in Rajkot
  • 1 Review
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"Great experience!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jan 31, 2016
This city has great any things to offer to the travellers. Best of all is mount Girnar. The other places worth visiting are stone inscription of Ashok, Sakkarbaugh zoo, Uperkot fort and many more. The hotel I stayed in (Leo Resort) was a very good one too. They even have their own bar for the foreign visitors. Tracking on mount Girnar was one of the best experience of my life. The place is worth visiting.
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Manali Joshi

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  • Manali Joshi
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Rustic Adventures, Junagadh!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 28, 2016
The city Junagadh, about 330 kms South-West from Ahmedabad, resides in the lap of mountain Girnar. Girnar is said to be more older than Himalayas. Girnar mountain is also a home to many shrines. Especially it is famous among Shiva devotees for one Shiva temple named 'Bhavnath Temple' & for the famous 'Maha Shivratri Fair'. Many Jain Temples, Hindu Temples are there in this mountain. The 'Girnar Leeli Parikrama' (Parikrama around the Girnar) attracts many pilgrims to this place & city. Very famous rock edict made by The Great Ashoka is also a must watch while visiting Junagadh.

If you ever go to Junagadh, make sure you visit Bhavnath at night, temple may be closed by 8 pm or 9 pm but go there after 9 pm or something, sit there near any tea stall or any small food stall in the lap of Girnar, seeing night lights on the mountain, it represents OM symbol. Sit there and enjoy snacks like Ganthiya, Fafda, Papdi, Bhajiya etc (famous Gujarati snacks) with hot tea or coffee. You can also do bonfire at any corner & sit around to enjoy the winter in best way possible. After taking some food you can head to the nearby jungles in search of wild animals. Must keep special torch if you're going to do so. I have to tell you that there are few areas which are restricted and you also need written permission for the same. So while wandering jungle at night it is advisable to go along with someone local. It will help you to explore the place with more fun. Junagadh is typically for all these rustic adventures.

You can also visit any Jaggery Mill near by & you can get to know how sugar canes are processed & how jaggery is made out of it. The people there are very humble & famous for their hospitality. Just go to any random Jaggery Mill & talk to the people working there, they will describe the whole procedure to you. You can also taste Jaggery there & you can buy it too. And if you're lucky enough, they will give you sugar cane juice, as many glasses as you want.

If you're thinking of climbing Girnar Mountain it's advisable to start it early in the morning. After every few steps you climb, you can see famous temples. Beware of monkeys as they can steal your food. Meanwhile climbing you can get food from the stalls out there.

'kava' is a speciality of Junagadh, You can not afford to skip it. It will make you feel warmer in cold. You can also visit Uper Kot, Khapra-Kotiya Caves, Wellington Dam, Junagadh City Museum etc places. Also there are places like Tulsi Shyaam Temple & hot springs, Somnath Temple, Chorvad Beach, Madhavpur Beach, Diu etc. Which are around 150 kms to Junagadh.

If you only want to visit Gir, It is preferable that you plan a trip directly to Gir Wildlife Sanctuary & stay in any resort in near by Gir, it will save your travel time, but staying there can cost you much more. It's preferable to visit any time except summer i.e. Avoid visiting during April & May. Have a blast in your next trip.
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Ritesh  Kamol

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  • Ritesh Kamol
  • Lives in Dahod
  • 2 Reviews
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"Junagadh, a nice place!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 25, 2015
Junagadh form Gujarat is nice destination for tourist it's also religious destination and from there you can also visit Jalaram mandir Virpur. There is also Narsinh Mehta lake that is also very good. You can also visit Girnar the highest mountain range of Gujarat it is also nice place you can climb 9999 step for the blessings it is also nice journey for me in short I really enjoyed Junagadh.
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Bebo Rani

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  • Bebo Rani
  • Lives in Rajkot
  • 1 Review
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"The historical and holy place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 24, 2015
This the place where I had lived before. I suggest you to visit this city because this city was awesome city than I ever had seen in this city there so many things to see the most popular place to view is Gir forest, Girnar, zoo, historical places of kings etc. You see in this city the combination of history related place and holy place I will suggest you to visit this city one time.
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Akil Patel

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  • Akil Patel
  • Lives in Junagadh
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"The best place to enjoy summer vacation"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 19, 2015
This place is awesome. I always visited this place to enjoy my vacation days because there so many things to see and enjoy, especially the Gir forest in which there is Asiatic lions are present most to them freely roaming in the forest. This is the best moment that people always likes to see and there is so many places to visit like Upar court, The King Museum etc. This place is fully related to the history of the past kings. So one visit this place, & you will like it definitely.
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Rakesh  Pandya

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  • Rakesh Pandya
  • Lives in Junagadh
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"Nice city with good attractions"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 18, 2015
I am more exited for give overall experience and I must say one time you visit this place because there is many places in Junagadh Gujarat for likely to see one of them I mentioned in review. Places must visits are Girnar Hill, Sasan Gir Forest, Somnath Temple which is situated About 95 km from Junagadh City, BAPS Swaminarayan Temple and many more.
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Pratik Trivedi

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  • Pratik Trivedi
  • Lives in Surat
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"Outstanding destination -Junagadh"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 18, 2015
Uperkot fort is located at a height among Girnar mountain ranges. You can get some scenic views of Junagadh city below and Girnar mountain ranges from various points on this fort. There is plenty to see inside - Sunset point, Darbar, Buddha caves, Adi Kadi vav, Step well, Granary and Amphitheatre. You can seep in the history and beauty of this place thoroughly in 3-4 hours.

The only gripe I have with this place is, no cleanliness. The water in the wells stinks and there is lot of garbage lying around. It is worth going to top of Darbar and see beautiful landscapes of mountains, see the beautifully stone carved windows in this building, go to the bottom of Adi Kadi vav and marvel at the patterns that friction of wind against stone has formed, go to the bottom of step well and be amazed how this well was made hundreds of years ago without any machinery, feel the tranquillity of Buddha caves and last but not the least, see Granary and understand its purpose during war time.
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Hitesh Vaghela

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  • Lives in Surat
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"Must visit place, City of nawab"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 29, 2015
That was unforgettable trip in Junagadh. This place is historical. This place is home of the lion. The asiatic lion is only in Junagadh Gir, in Junagadh girnar is mountain. Junagadh is city of nawab's. Here place was to good. If you want to experience of wildlife then Junagadh is the best choice for you.
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  • hjsassociates
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Unexplored History & Scenic Destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 29, 2015
Junagadh is my home-town. From tourist perspective, Junagadh is ideal destination if you are a person interested in History, love natural beauty and have spiritual inclination. From History point of view, it has a fort called UpparKot which was built by long back in history. There are two very good museums one in heart of city called circle chowk and another is within zoo which is known as Shakkarbaug. Both are worth visiting.

Zoo itself is unique where you can enjoy safari for watching lions prowling in open jungle. There are few temples like Swaminarayan Temple, Narshi Mandir and Jain temples to quench your spiritual thirst. Without mention of Girnar temple, any review of Junagadh is incomplete. It is mount where you have around 5000+ steps which you can trek and have splendid view of city from Jain temples, Amba Ma temple. If you are art enthusiast, few of Mogul styled buildings within old city limits will interest you.
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