Junagadh is a historical city in Gujarat, in the west of India, on the Arabian Sea. The region of Junagadh became a district of Gujarat state in 1960. Junagadh used to be the state capital and is now a district administrative center. It is also a market for gold and silver embroidery, perfume, and copper and brass vessels. It is the only place where wild Asiatic lions are still found.
This city is surrounded by hills, hence an ideal place for a fort to be built.
The city's Tourist Information Centre is at Girnar hotel, Near Majevadi Gate 216-217, Kanishka Shopping Plaza, Ashok Road.
The Junagadh Railway Station is well-connected to all the major cities in India.
Route from Ahmedabad to Junagadh: approximate distance 336 km; drive time about 6 hrs 40 mins.
Route from Rajkot to Junagadh: approximate distance 110 km; drive time about 2 hrs 5 mins.
Route from Vadodara to Junagadh: approximate distance 400 km; drive time about 7 hrs.
State bus service from Porbandar (around 80 min journey), Rajkot and Veraval (around 90 minute journey).
- 1 The tombs of the 6th-8th Nawabs of Junagarh. The tombs of Nawabs from the Muslim Babi dynasty, known as maqbaras, stand just outside the train station. Mahabat Maqbara was erected over the tomb of the 6th Nawab Sahib Muhammad Mahabat Khan, shortly after his death in 1882.
- 2 Darbaar Hall Museum (near Diwan Chowk). The former Hall, where Junagadh' nawabs held their formal audiences, is now a museum, displaying textil works and different kind of weaponry (including swords, shields, guns). Visitors can still see some original items of furniture belonging to the nawabs, from classic chandelliers to glass mirrors in in gilded wood Frame.
- 3 Sakkarbaug Zoo. It remains closed for public on Wednesdays.. One of the oldest zoos of India. It was established in 1863 by Nawab Sahib Muhammad Mahabat Khan. It's home to the famous Asiatic lions which at one time ranged from Turkey through the Middle East to northern India. Today they have become extinct over most of Asia. Only a very small population live in the Gir Forest National Park. In 2003 the zoo opened a natural history museum.
- 4 Uperkot Fort. 7am-7pm every day. Must see. Built in 319 and rebuilt several times, Uparkot Fort was never restored and today is in a bad shape. However good spots like Buddhist Caves, Adi-Kadi Vav, Jamia masjid are inside this fort. It has a radius of half km. Vehicle can also reach to all these spots inside fort. It may take 2-3 hours to see all these.
- 5 Jama Masjid. go to the top of this mosque to enjoy Junagadh's beauty.
- 6 Buddhist caves. Dating from before 500 CE, the caves are carved out of the rocky Uparkot Hill. The main hall is rich with decoration
- 7 Khapara-Kodia caves (Khangar Mahal). Smaller caves used by monks as a monsoon shelter.
- Tomb of Nuri Shah.
- 8 Adi-kadi Vav. Must see! A narrow stepwell inside Uparkot Fort
- . Another stepwell with a staircase cut into the rock
The highest point in Gujarat, Mt. Girnar, with its rugged slopes covered by teak forests, is considered to be sacred because of several Hindu and Jain temples scattered all over the range. Mount Girnar main feature is a group of rocky peaks rising above a plateau of volcanic origin. Each peak is topped by carved stone temples that are a major place of pilgrimage. Early in the morning, both Jains and Hindus from different sects start their journey by ascending the narrow staircases that connects the temples. It takes minimum 5-6 hours to by foot to reach the top of the hill. its a hilly, steep and difficult task for easy goers. There are around 10 thousand steps, which are not built, but formed due to pilgrims' walks. One may see lions if he is lucky. If you cannot reach the top of the hill, at least have a look through binocular (₹5 for one view) which available after 50th or 100th step. you can imagine or plan whether you can reach the top.
- 9 Ashok Shilalekh (on the route to the Mount Girnar Hills). Ashoka's Rock Edicts, dating back to 274 BCE are inscribed on a huge mass of black granite
- 10 Jatashankar Mahadev Mandir. Jatashankar Mahadev temple can be reached by walking towards Girnar steps. There is a left turn in a street before Girnar steps where there is another way to go upwards. To reach Jatashankar Mahadev, there are two ways: one through steps and other through the jungle. One needs to climb 500 steps and a trekking path from the jungle at the right side after climbing 500 steps. A direction board is placed after 500 steps towards Jatashankar. In monsoon season, after trekking to some distance behind the Temple, one can enjoy tiny waterfalls and have a bath in fresh water collection between big rocks. Complete silence can be enjoyed here with only sounds of birds, monkeys and others.
- Jain Deresar
- Narsinh Mehta no Choro
- Gayatri Mandir and Vagheshwari Mandir
- Damodar Kund
- Damodarji Temple
- Dataar Hills
- 1 Science Museum (Planetarium), Datar Rd,Near Girnar Gate, ☎ .
- Wellington Dam
- 2 Moti Baug. Moti Baug is a park that includes the Botanical Garden and the campus of the Agricultural University of Junagadh
- Muchkund Caves. Famous place where Krishna ran and came from Mathura after which he was named as Ranchod Rai
- Ayurvedic Museum
- Narsinh Maheta Lake
- Bahauddin College
- Shri Swaminarayana Mandir
- Swami Vivekananda Vinay Mandir
- Swaminarayan Akshardham Mandir (Aksharvadi)
- Maha Shivratri Mela falls in the month of Magha (January/February) and lasts five days. About 500,000 people visits Junagadh on this occasion
A sealed tin of 900 grams Kesar Keri (Mango Pulp) costs around ₹100/-.
One kg of mango (Kesar, Alphonso) costs ₹200 at the max.
Dal Puri and Aaloo Puri available in various stalls near Junagadh museum. Kesar Keri (mangoes).
- Dahi vada, at Nav Jeevan Sweets (Kalwa Chowk).
- 2 Geeta Lodge, on Station Road.. Good Kathiawad Thali
- 4 Sagar Restaurant, Jayshree Road, Talav Gate (Near Kalwa Chock), ☎ . 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 – 11:00 pm.
- 5 Santoor Restaurant, M G Road, Kalwa Chowk, ☎ . 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 – 11:00 pm.
- Shri Chamunda Lachchhi Shop (1.5 km from Junagadh Railway Station.).
- 6 Swati Restaurant, Kotecha Complex, Jayshree Road.
- Kashmiri Lime Soda
- Juice made of the famus Kesar mangoes of Junadadh.
- 1 Gautham Guest House, Kaiwa Chowk, ☎ .
- 2 Hotel Girnar (Near R T O Office), ☎ . owned by Gujarat Tourism
- 5 Brook Ville, Sasan Gir, Bhojde, ☎ . Quit isolated place near by Gir National Park. Tent Type
- 11 Gir Forest National Park (Sasan Gir). If you're staying in Junagadh, arrive early at Sasan Gir, to go on the morning safari. There is no mid-day batch. So, if you are a late riser, chances are you will have to wait long hours for the evening batch. Check the latest timings with residents a day in advance.