Historically, Junagadh is one of the most interesting cities of Gujarat. Emperor Ashoka’s rock edicts here date to the 3rd century BC and there are also ancient Buddhist cave-sites dated to the Mauryan and Gupta Fort.
The Uparkot Fort of the Chudasama Rajputs rises from a hilltop and has 11th century monuments inside the imposing battlements. Mystic poet Narsinh Mehta also lived in Junagadh and his monument is in the city.
By the 19th century, the Nawabs of Junagadh rose to become affluent rulers and during their reign palaces, colleges, mosques, mausoleum complexes and a quaint railway station came up at Junagadh, all of which are worth seeing specially the palace museum. The city museum has archaeological finds and manuscripts.
While in Junagadh, visit Sakkarbagh Zoological Park that is captive-breeding Asiatic lions and you could see ibises and other birds in the park.
What to see
- Ashoka’s Rock Edicts;
- Damodar Kund;Girnar Hills & Temples;
- Shrine of Narsinh Mehta;
- Uparkot Fort;
- Willingdon Dam.
- Darbar Hall Museum;
- Diwan Chowk (Timings: 0900 hrs- 1200 hrs and 1500 hrs - 1745 hrs (closed on Wednesday, Govt. Holidays and 2nd & 4th Saturday);
- Sakkarbag Museum & Zoo: Timings: 0900 hrs - 1200 hrs & 1500 hrs - 1745 hrs), Closed on Wednesdays, Govt. Holidays, 2nd and 4th Saturday).
Air: The nearest airports are Keshod 37 Km and Rajkot 99 Km connected by private airlines and Indian Airlines with Mumbai.
Rail: Junagadh is connected by rail with Ahmedabad, which in turn is connected with major cities in India.
Road: Junagadh is connected by road with Ahmedabad 315 Km, Bhavnagar 219 Km, Dwarka 227 Km, Jamnagar 184 Km, Keshod 37 Km, Mumbai 802 Km, Mount Abu 512 Km, Palitana 213 Km, Porbandar 107 Km, Rajkot 99 Km, Sasangir 58 Km, Somnath 85 Km & Udaipur 565 Km.
Area: 20.72 sq. km.
Altitude: 137 mts. Temperature: Summer - Max: 37.0 Deg.C Min: 25.0 Deg.C Winter - Max: 34.0 Deg.C Min: 15.0 Deg.C Rainfall: 85 cm (June to September) Season: October to April. STD Code: 0285
- SASANGIR(58 Km): Gir forest is the only place in the world, outside Africa, where the Asiatic lion can be seen in its natural habitat. The forest which has shrunk to 1412 sq. km. from it’s original spread of about 5,000 sq. km, was notified a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1969. Six years later, it’s core area of 140 sq. km was constituted into a National Park, which has since been expanded to cover 258.71 sq.km, with continuing efforts to save the species. Though known the world over mainly for its lions, Gir is one of the few remaining forests comprising country, dry deciduous and tropical thorn forests different habitats - open scrub country , dry deciduous and tropical thorn forests. Best Season: The Sanctuary is open to visitors from 16th October to 15th June and remains closed during the monsoons. Visiting time is 0630 hrs to 1100 hrs and 1500 hrs to 1900 hrs.
PLACES OF INTEREST IN & AROUND SASANGIR
- Crocodile Rearing Centre;
- Interpretation Park at Devalia: Open from 16th October to 15th June only. (Timings : Sunrise to Sunset);
- Orientation Centre;
- Sirvan (12 Km): A unique village where people of African origin live;
- Satadhar (23 Km): with a temple dedicated to a saint named Appa Gega;
- Kankeshwari Mata temple (25 Km);
- Banej (40 Km) Has a Shiva Temple;
- Tulsi Shyam Hot Springs (80 Km) in the heart of the Gir forest, well known for its hot springs and a temple.
- Chorwad (66 Km): A beautiful beach resort on the sunny coast of Gujarat;
- Prabbas Patan (85 Km): Also known as Somnath Patan, it is one of the most sacred Shiva temples.