Junagarh Travel Guide
Visit the princely city of Junagarh to witness grandeur and magnificence of the bygone times. Junagarh holds an important place in Indian history and was ruled by many dynasties. Each dynasty has left its own stamp and today the glimpses can be seen in the architecture and culture of the city. The majestic palaces and mighty forts in Junagarh stand tall and tell a tale of fine craftsmanship. If you are a history and architecture lover, then Junagarh will be an enticing destination for you. You can also club various other destinations to make an extended trip. The city is also famous for its Kesari Mangoes, a variety that’s saffron in color and sweet. Make sure to pick some if you’re there in summers.
Peaceful Shikara, Dal lake, Nishat park., Shalimar, Shalimar Mughal Garden
10°C to 30°C
(April to June)
(July to Sep)
10°C to 15°C
(Oct to Feb)
A Paradise for any History Buff
Apparently the 7th largest city in Gujarat, Junagarh is located at the foot of the Girnar hills and the literal meaning means "Old Fort". Once the capital Princely State Junagadh shines with historical significance and has structures & relics of the past that narrate the stories of different rules who ruled over here. Being at the foot hills of Girnar hill it is often a pit-stop for tourist heading to the world renowned Gir National Park. The people here are warm and the place has a number of attractions like Sakkabaug Zoo, Wildlife Museum, Uperkot fort and more, to keep tourists coming.
Junagah is the past was a sought after Princely State, which was attacked time and again by different rulers. The place has undergone many such turmoil in the past and has been ruled by various dynasties like Maurya Dynasty in 319 BC, Kalinga Dynasty in 185 BC, Greeks ruled in 73-70 BC, Shaka (Scythians) between 100-275 AD, Kshatrapa ruled between 276-455 AD, Gupta ruled between 456-770 AD, Chudasama ruled from 875-1472 AD, Turkic Rulers Mohammed Begada, Khalil Khan 1472-1572 AD, Mughals ruled from 1573 to 1730 AD and the Nawabs of Junagadh Khanji (Babi Pathan) ruled the city from 1730 to 1949.
It was in 1807 Junagarh became a British protectorate and The East India Company tried taking complete control of the state by 1818. However, Saurashtra never came under the direct administration or complete control of British India. Instead, the British divided Saurashtra into more than 500 big & small princely states that existed till 1947. During partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, these 562 princely states had the choice of being a part of either India or Pakistan or remaining outside them. Passing through major debates & turmoil, these states combined under Indian Union.
As Junagarh was ruled by so many dynasties, every dynasty has left behind some relics and structures that narrate its story. Nevertheless, a delight for ant history lover Junagarh is dotted with innumerable places for sightseeing. Mohabbat Maqbara, Uperkot Fort, Adi-kadi Vav and Navghan Kuwo, Girnar Hills, Edicts of Ashoka, Sarkheswar Beach, Gir National Park, Parashwanath Temple, Swaminarayan Temple, Bavnath Mahadev Temple, Tulsi Shyam Springs, Sakkarbaug Zoological Park, Moti Baug, Damodarji Temple, Bahuchar Mata MAndir, Khapara Kodia Caves, Jami Masjid and many other sightseeing options allure tourists.
Junagadh is also known for Kesar Mangoes, which are very sweet and look saffron in color. When here in summers, do not miss to enjoy the local crops. Travel is always better with experienced tour partners. Prefer experienced, trained & certified tour guides.