Junagadh- Dive Deep into our history
Junagadh is a city located in the western part of India in the colorful state of Gujrat. With a plethora of historically significant places, this city is one of the best places to visit in India.
This place was once the capital of Junagadh Princely state. It is also in close proximity to the Girnar Hills which makes it more appealing to tourists. This ancient town has so much to offer. Every nook and corner of Junagadh has a story to tell about our rich cultural heritage. From heaven to earth, unravel every element of our past in this beautiful city.
Here, you’ll find the hidden treasures of our country. They include, the Gir National Park which is in the vicinity of Junagadh, the Uperkot Fort also attracts a lot of tourists. One of the major tourists' magnets is Mt. Gir which is a major attraction for both Hindu and Jain Pilgrims owing to its 9999 staircase which touches the sky. From the high heavens to stepwells leading to the depths of the earth, this city is full of surprises for its visitors. This, and much and more is in store for you here.
Unravel the alluring amalgam of wildlife, history, and culture in the unique city of Junagadh.
Junagadh has seen two and half millennia of humans of civilization. Since the very beginning, Junagadh has been ruled by numerous dynasties, each of which left their imprints behind. In the end, it was under the strong rule of the Babi dynasty before finally in 1947 India was granted independence. Although the majority of people here were Hindu’s, the ruler of Junagadh in 1946 was Mohammad Mahabat Khanji who was a pro- Muslim leader and fled to Pakistan on 15th August 1947.
Post-independence, it was the combined efforts of the citizens and the Indian Government ( especially, Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and the Indian Army) which led to the liberation of Junagadh from imperialism and finally became a part of Union of India.
Top things do in Junagadh
How to reach
Being a famous tourist destination, Junagadh is easily accessible through rail and road. Although it does not have an airport of its own, the nearest one is 106kms away in Rajkot. Junagadh has a good local transportation system with taxis, auto-rickshaws operating throughout the city.
How to Reach by Flight
There is no direct flight connectivity to Junagadh. Rajkot Airport, 106.3 km away from the city, is the nearest airport to the city of Junagadh. Flights from Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad are available to Rajkot. One can easily book a can or rent a taxi to reach the city or to reach the Airport. Another airport near Junagadh is the Porbandar airport.
How to Reach by Train
Junagadh is well connected to the rest of the country (especially northern India) by railways as well. There are regular trains bound for and coming from major cities are available. The Junagadh railway station is the main railway station which connects it to the rest of the Gujrat and the country. There are taxis and auto-rickshaws available right outside the railway station taking people to their desired destination.
How to Reach by Bus
There are many private as well as government-run buses that operate to and fro from Junagadh. They run from major cities and neighboring areas of Ahmedabad, Surat and Rajkot. There are various options which one can choose from, from affordable to luxury buses. The fare of the bus depends upon the kind of bus you choose and the distance between your city and Junagadh.
How to Reach by Road
It is extremely easy to reach Junagadh through road especially from the neighboring areas like Ahmedabad, Surat and Rajkot. The roads are smooth and well maintained. One can also take a shared cab or rent a taxi to reach this city.
How to travel within
Junagadh has a good local transportation system comprising of auto-rickshaws and taxis connecting every part of the city. There are buses that run to and fro from the fort as well.
Culture and More
If you are a street food lover, Junagadh is a paradise for you. The multitude of street food stalls and vendors make up for the lack of fine dining restaurants in the city. Make sure to try authentic Gujarati cuisine like Dhokla, Khandvi, Thepala, Ghevar, Basundi and some Indian favourites Gol-Gappe, Dahi Vada, Aloo Puri. Visit Junagadh for the traditional lip-smacking flavours of our country.
Day 1 - Reach Junagadh, preferably by noon, and take some rest. In the evening, you can take a stroll in the old markets of Junagadh, which are famous for their handicrafts.
Day 2 - Visit the charming Gir Reserve, and unravel the wide range of flora and fauna. Since the day might prove to be taxing in visiting the Gir National Reserve, you can avoid a visit anywhere.
Day 3 - The final day can start with a trek to the Girnar Hills, which is a famous hotspot in Junagadh. Not very far away from the same are Uperkot Fort and Ashoka Edicts, which add a touch of glorious Indian history to the city of Junagadh.