October 14, 2015

Junagadh - Gujarat

Site Name: Junagadh
Site Type: Fort, Temple, Zoo, Buddhist Caves
Location:  Gujarat state, India
Highlights: One of the important cities of Gujarat state in India
Nearest Railway Station: Junagadh
Nearest Airport: Rajkot, at a distance of 90 kms
How to reach: Well connected by road from all important towns/cities of Gujarat
Hotel: A lot of options across the city
Restaurants: Varieties of options across the city

Junagadh is an important city of Gujarat state in India. There are many tourist attractions in Junagadh. I am presenting this article with brief details as I visited the site many years ago. Unfortunately, I do not have digital photographs of the site to post in this article.

Junagadh Zoo:

Junagadh Zoo a.k.a Sakkarbaug Zoo is one of the oldest and biggest zoological parks in entire India. It is located in a 490 acre area and was inagurated in 1863 CE. The Asiatic lions from the nearby Gir forest are the major attractions of this zoo.

Ashoka Rock Edicts:

Around 2 kms from Junagad, the Ashoka Rock Edicts are found. It belongs to 3rd century B.C.E.

Gayatri Temple:

The modern day Gayatri temple is one of the major attractions of Junagadh.

Damodar Kund:

Damodar Kund was originally constructed in 500 CE. This water reservoir was reconstructed multiple times. It is a sacred bathing place for the Hindus. Near this kund, there is Revati Kund. After Lord Balaram married Revati, her father Revata left Dwarka and migrated near Girnar. Hence, this kund was named after him. Near Damodar kund, the temple of Damodarji is found. It is believed to have been built by Vajranabha, the great grand son of Lord Krishna.

Uperkot Fort:

Uperkot Fort is one site in Junagadh which no tourist misses to visit. It is a massive fort.

The first attraction inside the fort is Jama Masjid, which has 140 pillars for supporting its ceiling. 

Inside the fort area, the ancient Buddhist caves which have the stone carvings are found.

Around 1000 years old large step wells are also found inside the fort.
Durbar Hall:

Durbar Hall was used as the durbar by the erstwhile Nawabs of Junagadh. It has many interesting sections such as arms gallery, picture gallery, the textile section, etc.

Happy travelling.

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