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Junagadh Tours and Travel Guide

Junagadh is a district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is located on the foot hill of Girnar Hills and situated 355km away from Gujarat Capital Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. Mohammad Sher khan Babi, who owed allegiance to the Mughal governor of Gujarat subah, founded the state of Junagadh and declaring independence in 1730 after Marathas Gaikwad invasion. Muhammad Sher khan Babi, was the founder of the Babi Dynasty of Junagadh State dynasty. After a brief struggle between India and Pakistan, Junagadh joined India on 9 November 1947. It was a part of Saurashtra state and later Bombay state. In 1960, after the Maha Gujarat movement, it became part of newly formed Gujarat state.

Junagadh means “Old Fort” the city takes its name from Uparkot, an ancient fort built in the 4th century CE on a plateau at the eastern edge of the town. Junagadh is also known as "Sorath", the name of the earlier Princely State of Junagadh. In Junagadh, one can see in inscriptions, edicts, caves, temples, forts, stepwells, tanks and canons dating back to 2nd century AD. Among various attractions Girnar Hill retains major attention. It is group of mountains in the Junagadh district of Gujarat. Girnar Hill is an extinct volcano, which has been a holy site for Buddhist, Jains and Hindus since the 3rd century BC. On the hill, one can easily notice cluster highly revered Hindu and Jain temples. In the 18th century, Nawabs took control of Junagadh and made many buildings and public sites which are still the famous tourist attraction. Another famous attraction is the Gir National Park is one of the most popular national parks in India. It is located very close to main city and houses number of Flora and Fauna Species.

Junagadh is connected to Rajkot and Ahmedabad by National Highway NH8D which also connects Junagadh to Veraval and Somnath. Mount Girnar is connected with Junagadh by road.

Tourist Attractions in Junagadh

  • Mahabat Maqbara