Junagadh is one of the famous districts and cities for the tourism. which is located at the foothills of Girnar. It is also known as “Sorath”. The history of Junagadh is very interesting, there are lots of dynasty changes in this land such as Mauran dynasty, Solanki dynasty, Chudasama dynasty, Mughal rule, then British rule.
After a big fight in 1947, Junagadh becomes the part of India. There are lots of tourist attractions in the city of Junagadh, from Green Hills to Old Temple and historical places.10 Best Tourist Places in Junagadh
1. Uparkot Fort
Uparkot Fort was constructed during the Navabi period and again rebuild by the different kings of the royal state. The Uparkot Fort is important place due to its strategic location. This fort was constructed to protect the people from the enemy. In this fort, there are lots of attractions such as Navghan Kuvo, Adi Chadi Vav, Dhaka Bari, Neelam and Manek launchers etc. Neelam and Manek launchers were are about 17 feet long, which are one of the best attractions of Uparkot Fort. It is the most suitable tourist attraction to be visited with your friends and the family members for fun.
- Timing for visit: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
2. Damodar Kund
Damodar Kund is one of the famous and holy tourist attractions in Junagadh. This Kund is located at the foothill of Girnar. All the water flowing from the Girnar is stored in this Kund. In front of Damodar Kund, there is a popular temple of the Lord Damodarji. Each and every tourist end their Yatra by taking bath in this Kund.
3. Ashok Shilalekh
Ashok Shilalekh is situated outside of the city. It is written in Pali language on the slop of Urijayata Hill. This popular edict was written in 263 BC. In this Shilalekh, there is a whole story of Ashoka and preach 16 principles. Ashok Shilalekh was found in the year 1882 by James Todd in Junagadh.
This is one of the best attractions who loves the history of India. It is one of the most important historical places in Junagadh.
4. Darbar Hall Museum
The Darbar Hall Museum is situated in the middle of the city. If you are coming from the train, then hire an auto in the cheapest fare from the railway station. This museum shows the lifestyle of Junagadh Navab. All the Navabi antique items are put here in the display. For example, Rajwadi chair, dress, coins, paintings, photographs, guns, navabi dresses and many more.
- Entry fee: Rs. 2 per person for Indians, Rs. 50 per person for foreigners
- Timing for visit: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm and 03:00 pm to 06:00 pm. Wednesday closed.
5. Dattatreya Temple
The Datatreya temple is located at the top of the Girnar Hill. It is the most famous tourist attraction in Junagadh. There is a 9999 steps to reach this holy temple of Guru Datatreya on Guru Sikhar. If you are planning for a day trip/picnic then this is the most suitable place, where you can enjoy with your friends group or family members.
We are recommending you to start your trip in the early morning approx 04:00 am. In the early morning, you can enjoy the real beauty of the Girnar Hill. In the middle of this hill, there is a famous Ambaji temple on Ambaji Shikhar. You can also use this place to take the rest and get blessings from the MAA Ambaji. Please keep some light food and water with you. This will be an unforgettable tour for you.
6. Datar Hill
The Datar Hill is one of the best and popular tourist attractions in the city of Junagadh. This is the famous place visited by both Muslim and Hindu people. The Hill is the most suitable place for trekking within Junagadh. The Hill is blessed with so many green trees. In addition to this, you can also enjoy the clouds, passing from you.
The Green valley and awesome atmosphere will make your day the most memorable in your life. The Winter and Monsoon are the suitable seasons to visit the Datar Hill.
7. Sakkarbaug Zoo
Your tour will be incomplete without visiting this zoo. The Sakkarbaug Zoo is the most famous zoo in the world for Asiatic lions. You can also able to explore the different animal, birds and snakes in the natural environment. The Sakkarbaug Zoo is surrounded in the wide area. This place is the most suitable for your children/kids because they can explore the wildlife in a natural environment.
8. Wellington Dam
The Wellington Dam was constructed on the river Kalwa near the foothill of Datar. This Dam was constructed during the British government. This is the most popular tourist attraction in Junagadh. In the monsoon season, this place becomes the picnic point for the people of Junagadh. Monsoon season i.e. June, July, August and September is the best time to visit this place to enjoy the real beauty of nature.
9. Moti Baug
The Moti Baug is also known as the Botanical Garden. This garden is placed in the campus of Agriculture University. This is one of biggest and beautiful gardens of the city. It is surrounded in the wide area in the middle of the city. This is the most popular place among the newly married couple and the love birds because they can enjoy the best time in a romantic environment.
10. Girnar Jain Temple
The Girnar Jain Temple is located in the mountain of Girnar. It is just 5 km away from the city of Junagadh. You can easily reach here by road. This is one of the holiest place for the Jain community. The temple is mostly visited by both Hindu and Muslim people. The temple was constructed with marble and the best stones.
Article last re-published on January 11, 2020.