Junagadh is a beautiful place in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, which is known for its fort, market, spice, clutter dance, pickle, friendly people. The history of Junagadh is many centuries old. During the Mauryan rule, the then King Chandragupta Maurya built the fort of Junagadh before 319 BC. A few days after the Mauryan period, it became part of the Solanki and Gupta empires.
Since then there has been a reign of many people, such as Vallabhas, Babi Nawab, Chaudasamas, and the Sultans of Gujarat. The combined culture of the state has been enriched by the influence of Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and Jains and has made it a global destination. This is the most attractive place in Gujarat for tourists.
How to Get to Junagadh
Junagadh is one of the major cities of Gujarat, which is the headquarters of the Junagadh district. From many cities, you can reach Junagadh by bus. Such as Pune, Mumbai, Rajkot, Surat, Jamnagar, and Ahmedabad.
There is also a railway junction connecting almost all parts of western India.
For air travel, you can come to a nearby city, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is 373 km away, Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is an estimated 320 km away, Porbandar Airport is about to 86 km away.
Interesting places of Junagadh
Junagadh is more famous because of the Girnar hill. Girnar Hill is considered equally sacred by both Hindus and Jains. It takes 9,999 steps to reach the top of Girnar. It’s the reason for the attraction of tourists. In the middle of the hill are many Jain shrines which are famous for the beauty of its architecture. The temple of Lord Dattatreya, one of the Hindus, is located at the top. Tourists from many countries visit this place frequently.
Gir National Park and Sanctuary
The most famous park and wildlife sanctuary in India is Gir. The species of Asian lion is extinct from all other places, but it is still found in Gir so it is considered to be the home of Asian lions.
It is known as a famous reservoir. It is believed that this reservoir came from the famous poet Narasinh Mehta many centuries ago. Damodar Kund is a natural and beautiful reservoir.
The fort is a magnificent attraction of Junagadh city, built by the Mauryan king in the 3rd century BC. Since then it has been renewed several times by the subsequent rulers of the region. Uparkot fort is located in the center of the city.
The Jama Masjid was built in 1423. The Jama Masjid of Junagadh is also very famous like Delhi. The interior of the Indo-Saracenic architecture with its pillars and towering dome makes it a beautiful creation.
It is a famous zoo for cleanliness and maintenance in the country which is Also known as Junagadh Zoo. Animals like white lions, Asian lions, etc are the main attraction of this place.
There are still many such popular places in Junagadh. Such as Durbar Hall Museum, Ashoka’s Rock Edicts, Mahabat Maqbara, and Goddess Ambe Temple. The best time to visit is between November and February because Gujarat is very hot in summer but very cold and pleasant in winter.