A city devoted to temples, Junagadh is one of the top notch tourist destination in Gujarat. With beautiful temples all across the city, pilgrims come here from all over the country to offer their prayers. Located in a beautiful destination, in the foot of Girnar Hills, this city offers pristine surroundings and a breathtaking view. One has an option of lots of places to visit here including the Ayurvedic Museum, Mujkund Caves, Uperkot Fort, Wild Museum and many more. One can also stroll around and witness the beauty of Narsinha Maheta lake and Wellington Dam. The Gayatri Mandir, Damodarji Temple, Goddess Ambe Temple and many more temples hold importance for the pilgrim flocks here. This city is also one of the best destinations for the wildlife enthusiasts as Nalsarovar Lake and Sanctuary, Sakkarbaug Zoo and Sasan Gir Wildlife National Park are located here. With so much and more to see and do in Junagadh, one can make the best moments with family and friends in Junagadh.
Places To SeeStep wells
There are two step wells or baoris in Junagadh - Adi-Kadi Vav and Navghan Kuwo. Built in the 15th century, these wells are designed in nine layers. There is an unfortunate story that says that two girls named Adi and Kadi were sacrificed to ensure water in the wells once they were dug. Ashoka's Edicts
Edicts are rock inscriptions that were made during the reign of Emperor Ashoka and hence the name. These edicts are found on the high mountain rocks in Girnar. They are in Brahmi script, considered to be the most ancient script of India. Jama Masjid
Located in Uparkot, the masjid was originally a palace. The main highlights of the masjid are the 140 pillars that stand in support of the ceiling. Narsinh Mehta Na Choro
The great saint, reformer and poet, Narsinh Mehta used to hold his assemblies here. The Damodarji Temple
Situated near the Ashwathama, the Damodarji Temple holds great value for the Hindu pilgrims. It is said that the temple was constructed by Vajranabha, the grandson of Lord Krishna. Darbar Hall Museum
The museum gets its name from the fact that in the days of yore it was used as a durbar by the Nawabs of Junagadh. The displays and exhibits in the museum provide an interesting insight into the lives of the royals. The displays include chandeliers, silver coins, settees, thrones, palanquins and other items belonging to these Nawabs. The museum also houses a picture, art and textile gallery.
Things To DoBuddhist Caves
There are some Buddhist caves in Uparkot which are believed to be around 1500 years old. They are known as Buddhist caves because they contain intricate stone carvings and floral works related to Buddhism. The Sakkarbaug Zoo
The zoo which was established in 1863 is spread over 200 hectares. It was set up to breed and protect endangered animals, including the Asiatic lion. Visit the zoo to appreciate a diverse variety of birds and animals including the green pheasants which were brought over from the Mysore zoo. Tip
: The zoo is open to public on all days from 9am to 6. 30pm, except Wednesdays. A nominal entry fee is charged. Uparkot
The citadel was built during the 1st to 4th centuries AD. At some places, the walls of the citadel are as high as 20 meters. Lofty entrances lead inside the citadel. The structure is surrounded by a 300 feet deep moat. At one time, it used to be inhabited by crocodiles to prevent any attackers from entering the citadel. Gir National Park
The national park is one of the greatest forest reserves in Asia and serves as the natural habitat for the Asiatic lion. It also encompasses a diverse ecoscape fed by perineal rivers such as Godavari Shetrunji, Shingoda, Datardi, and Raval. Apart from the lions, the park also houses species of snakes, Indian Mongoose, jackals and reptiles such as monitor lizards, start tortoise etc.