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#2 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 1 km from Junagadh Junction, Mahabat Maqbara is a mausoleum situated in Mullawada locality of Junagadh. Also called Mausoleum of Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbhai, it is one of the historical monuments in Gujarat and among the prime places to visit in Junagadh.

Often considered as the most imposing architectural monument in Junagadh, Mahabat Maqbara was originally the residential palace of Babi Nawabs. The construction of the palace was started by Mahabat Khanji in 1878 CE and was completed by his successor Bahadur Kanji in 1892 CE. The palace complex is now houses the tombs of Mahabat Khan II, the 6th Nawab of Junagadh and Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbhai, the minister of Nawab Rasul Khanji.

Both mausoleums at Mahabat Maqbara palace complex are the fine examples of art and architecture, typical of the late 19th century royal monuments of Junagadh. Mahabat Maqbara, the mausoleum of Mahabat Khan, is a fusion of Indo-Islamic, European and Gothic architecture and was built in .....

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Heritage

#3 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 2 km from Junagadh Railway Station, Upperkot Fort is an ancient fort located in Junagadh, Gujarat. Situated at the foot of the sacred Girnar Hill, this is one of the major historical forts in Gujarat and among the must include places in Junagadh Tour Packages.
Also known as Uperkot, the magnificent fort of Upperkot is said to be built by Chandragupta Maurya in 319 BC and continued to be used during Gupta period. The fort lost its importance when the capital of Saurashtra region was moved from Junagadh to Vallabhi by Maitrakas and was abandoned for 300 years. Later it was rediscovered and rebuilt with all the updated requirements during 976 AD by Rah Grahar of Chudasama dynasty and later it came under the rule of Mughals in 1473 CE. Further down, the fort came in to the hands of Babi Nawabs. The fort has survived for 16 sieges over a period of 800 years due to its strategic location and difficult access. One of these sieges lasted for 12 years but was unsuccessful.

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Pilgrimage

#6 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 4 km from Junagadh Junction, Shree Swaminarayan Temple is a revered Hindu temple situated at Dipanjali locality of Junagadh. It is one of the important BAPS Mandirs in Gujarat and among the top places to visit in Junagadh.

Located on Jawahar Road, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan - a Hindu saint, yogi, ascetic and the founder of Swaminarayan Sampraday. This temple was ordered to be built by Lord Swaminarayan himself, the founder of the Swaminarayan Sampraday. The land for this temple was gifted by Jinabhai, Darbar of Panchala of King Hemant Singh. The foundation stone for the temple was laid by Gunatitanand Swami in 1826 AD while the construction of this temple was supervised by Brahmanand Swami.

On May 1, 1828 AD, Swaminarayan himself installed Shri Ranchhodrai and Trikamrai in the inner sanctum, Radharaman Dev and Harikrishna Maharaj in the eastern wing and Siddheswar Mahadev, Parvati, Ganesha and Nandishwar in the western side. .....

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Wildlife

#7 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 2 km from Junagadh Junction, Sakkarbaug Zoo is a massive zoo park situated in Dolatpara locality of Junagadh. Also known as Junagadh Zoo, it is the second oldest zoo in India and among the must include places in Junagadh Packages.

The Sakkarbaug Zoo was established in the year 1863 AD by the Babi Nawabs of Junagadh state. Spread over an area of 490 acres, it is the fourth biggest zoo in India and the oldest zoo in Gujarat. The Nawabs of Junagadh has set up this zoo for saving the Asiatic Lions, as those days hunting among Nawabs and the princes from nearby areas were most common. The zoo provides purebred Asiatic lions for the Indian and the international endangered species captive breeding program for the critically endangered species.

The zoo authorities are famed for having wild and free moving Asiatic lions that have been wiped out from most of Asia and are nowadays found only in the nearby Gir Forest. Apart from the Asiatic lions, the Junagadh Zoo is .....

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Museum

#8 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 2 km from Junagadh Junction, Darbar Hall Museum is a historical museum situated in Sardar Baug area of Junagadh in Gujarat. It is one of the finest museums in Gujarat and among the prime Junagadh Tourist Places.

Also known as Junagadh Museum, the Darbar Hall Museum was founded in the year 1964. The museum was initially a courthouse used by the then Nawabs of Junagadh state where cases were heard. The museum provides the tourists an opportunity to have a glimpse at the glory and grandeur of the Nawabs of Babi dynasty who have ruled Junagadh till India's independence. The majority of the exhibits in the museum date back to the 19th century.

Located in Taj Manzil Building, Darbar Hall Museum is exhibiting around 2900 artefacts in different galleries namely Picture Gallery, Palanquin Room, Textile and Costumes Gallery, Weapons Gallery, Darbar Hall etc. The Picture Gallery boasts a large collection of photographs and paintings of last Nawab with his numerous dogs. .....

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Adventure | Pilgrimage

#10 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 10 km from Junagadh Junction, Girnar Hill is a sacred mountain situated in Junagadh, Gujarat. It is one of the popular pilgrimage places in Gujarat and among the top places to visit in Junagadh as part of Gujarat trip.

Spread over an area of about 70 miles, Mount Girnar is older than the Himalayas and the Jain temples upon it are amongst the most ancient in the country. It has five principal peaks Ambaji, Gorakhnath, Guru Dattatreya, Oghad Ansuya and Kalika. Out of these, Gorakhnath is situated at an altitude of 3672 feet and is the highest point in Gujarat. Since centuries, Mount Girnar has been one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Gujarat and indeed in all of Western India, with 866 Hindu and Jain temples spread over its 5 summits. For Jains this place is considered holy as this is the Nirvana Kshetra of 22nd Tirthankara Neminath and for Hindus this place is considered holy as Dattatreya stayed here.

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Pilgrimage

#13 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 5 km from Junagadh Junction, Bhavnath Mahadev Mandir is an ancient Hindu temple situated at Bhavnath village near Junagadh. Located at the foothills of Mount Girnar, it is one of the most popular temples in Gujarat and among the top places to visit in Junagadh.

Bhavnath Temple in Junagadh is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Shivling here is said to have emerged of its own divine intention. The Bhavnath Mahadev temple existence dates back to the ancient era and its story is found in the Puranic era. According to myth, once a while Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati were crossing the Girnar hills and then their divine garment fell over the present Mrigi Kund, making this place an auspicious site for Shiva worshippers. Even today, the naga bavas are known to bathe in the holy Mrigi Kund before joining the Mahashivaratri procession.

Visited by religious minded devotees all along the year, the shrine witnesses maximum footfalls on two religious occasions - during Maha .....

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Heritage

#1 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 25 km from Junagadh, 88 km from Rajkot and 98 km from Porbandar, Darbargadh Fort is a historical fort situated at Dhoraji town in Rajkot district of Gujarat. Also referred to as Darbar Garh, it is one among the many imposing regal structures in Gujarat and the top tourist attractions to visit as part of Porbandar.

Darbargadh Fort is one of the famous forts in Gujarat holding immense prominence both historically and majestically. Dhoraji was acquired by Kumbhaji II of Gondal State from Junagadh State during the 18th century CE. The fortification of Dhoraji was completed in 1755 AD. The massive fort wall has several bastions, 4 main gates and 3 smaller gates, known as baris. The four main gates are Kathiawadi Darwaja in the East, Porbandar Gate in the West, Halar Gate in the North and Junagadh Gate in the South while the smaller gates are- Darbari Bari, Bhimji Bari, and Sati Bari.

Darbargadh is located at the highest point in the town and is approached by Darbari .....

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#4 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 2 km from Junagadh Junction, Khapra Kodiya Caves are the ancient caves situated in Junagadh, Gujarat. Located to the north of Upperkot Fort, these are the part of Junagadh Buddhist Caves and among the prime Junagadh Tourist Places for history buffs.

The Khapra Kodiya Caves are the oldest caves in Junagadh Buddhist Cave Group which includes Baba Pyare Caves, Upperkot Caves and Khapra Kodiya Caves. The caves are dated to 3rd-4th century BCE during the Emperor Ashoka's rule and are considered the earliest monastic settlement in the area. Also known as Khangar Mahal, these caves were carved into living rock and are the plainest of all the caves in the group.

The caves were carved out in an east-west longitudinal ridge. There are two main components in this cave complex - one is the western wing that houses water tanks and the second is an L-shaped wing where the monks used to take shelter during monsoons. After many years of use, they were abandoned as water .....

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Heritage

#5 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 1 km from Upperkot Fort and 2 km from Junagadh Junction, Baba Pyare Caves are an ancient Buddhist caves situated in Mullawada locality of Junagadh in Gujarat. These are the part of Junagadh Buddhist Caves and among the prime Junagadh Tourist Places for history lovers.

Junagadh Buddhist Cave Group consists of three separate sites namely Khapra Kodiya Caves, Baba Pyare Caves and Upperkot Caves. Baba Pyare Caves are situated below the Southern walls of Uperkot Fort. Scholars believe that these caves were constructed during the Satavahana regime in 1st - 2nd century AD as the architecture of the caves show the influence of Satavahanas and Graeco-Scythian periods.

This group has 13 caves and was carved in 45 meters long. These caves are arranged in three lines. The first line on the north, the second line on the south and the third line runs back of the second line. The northern part of Baba Pyare Caves contains four caves. The south eastern group of Baba Pyare .....

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Park

#9 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 3 km from Junagadh Junction, Moti Baug is botanical garden situated in the premises of Junagadh Agricultural University. It is one of the wonderful places to visit in Junagadh.

Moti Baug is known for its verdant greenery and lush gardens. It was built by Nawab Muhammad Mahabat Khanji III of Junagadh in the memory of his dog Moti. In the year 1960, a part of this garden was used to establish Junagadh Agriculture College. The garden is stretched across an area of 2,485 hectares, which includes the 754.62 hectares of Agricultural University of Junagadh campus and Botanical Garden. Presently, the entire area of this garden is divided into 17 sub-centers and is the source of employment to almost 1500 people.
The park boasts of wide variety of shrubs and flowering plants. Apart from the land portion, there is a lake inside Moti Baug called Pari Talav which offers a surreal view of the entire garden. Moti Baug has a very peaceful environment which cannot be visible everywhere .....

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Adventure | Pilgrimage

#11 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 8 km from Junagadh Junction, Datar Hill is holy site in Junagadh city of Gujarat. Situated opposite to Girnar Hills, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Gujarat and amongst the most visited sites in Junagadh.

Situated at an altitude of 2,779 feet, Datar Hill is one of the five principle peaks of Mount Girnar. Also known as Guru Dattatray or Dattatri, it is a popular religious place in Saurashtra region as it houses the shrine of Jamiyal Shah Datar. The dargah at the bottom of the hill is the tomb of a Muslim saint Jamal Shah Datar. It is ornately carved and crowned with a large onion dome and small minarets in a style similar to maqbara, the mausoleums of Nawabs of Junagadh. The shrine is visited by sufferers of leprosy in hope of a cure.

There is also a small shrine on the summit of the hill associated with the saint. One has to climb 3,000 steps to reach the shrine from Wellington Dam, which was built over the Kalwa River by the British. The .....

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Heritage

#12 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 2 km from Bhavnath Mandir and 4 km from Junagadh Junction, Girnar Ashoka Rock Edicts are the ancient rock inscriptions located on the way to Girnar Hills in Junagadh. These inscriptions are considered as the most important among the many edicts of Ashoka and among the must visit historical places in Junagadh.

Dating back to 257 BC, there are 14 Edicts of Ashoka inscribed on a large rounded boulder which is situated at the entrance to the valley providing access to Mount Girnar. Rediscovered by James Todd in the year 1822, the edicts are written in Brahmi script preaching the ideas of love, peace, and tolerance, and apply to persons of any faith, not just Buddhism. The scriptures were carved into stone by an iron pen, and enclose knowledge of significant historical importance.

On the same rock were also engraved two Sanskrit inscriptions, each by a significant king of India. The first one is the Girnar Prasasti, a tribute in praise of the Sudarshan Lake, .....

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Pilgrimage

#14 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 2 km from Bhavnath Mahadev Mandir and 4 km from Junagadh Junction, Damodar Kund is a sacred lake located in Junagadh, Gujarat. Situated at the foothills of Girnar Hills, it is one of the holy lakes in Gujarat and among the popular places to visit in Junagadh.

Damodar Kund is 257 feet long and 50 feet broad and only 5 feet deep. It is surrounded by a well-built ghat. It is one of the very few monuments which come under the special care of the Gujarat State Government. As per Hindu mythology, Damodar Kund is considered holy and many Hindus prefer to bathe and immerse the ashes and the bones left after cremation of dead bodies at Damodar Kund due to a belief that the departed souls would get moksha here.

On the lakeside, one can see the temple of Damodarji dedicated to Lord Krishna. Built out of pink sand stone, the temple consists of an inner Nij Mandir and an outer Solaha Mandapa, each topped with a Shikar, supported by an array of around 84 exquisitely carved .....

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Wildlife

#15 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 42 km from Somnath, 54 km from Junagadh, 96 km from Diu, 145 km from Porbandar, 156 km from Rajkot, 195 km from Jamnagar, 246 km from Dwarka, 372 km from Ahmedabad, 387 km from Bhuj, 441 km from Vadodara, and 594 km from Surat, Gir National Park is a wildlife sanctuary situated at Sasan Gir in Gujarat. Also known as Sasan Gir, it is one of the renowned national parks in India and among the best places to include in Gujarat packages.

Established as a sanctuary in 1965, Gir National Park is the most popular sanctuaries in India during your wildlife tour as it is the royal kingdom of Asiatic lions and essentially the only place besides Africa on earth where these majestic beasts roam freely. Gir is the part of Kathiawar-Gir dry deciduous forests eco-region that stretches across Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh. .....

Distance (From Junagadh): 54 Kms
Trip Duration (From Junagadh - Including Travel): Half Day to Full Day
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Pilgrimage

#16 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 6 km from Veraval, 83 km from Diu, 94 km from Junagadh, 131 km from Porbandar, 197 km from Rajkot, 221 km from Jamnagar, 233 km from Dwarka, 408 km from Ahmedabad, 428 km from Bhuj, 447 km from Vadodara, 601 km from Mount Abu, 636 km from Surat, 669 km from Udaipur, 787 km from Indore and 912 km from Mumbai, Somnath is a holy temple town situated in Gir Somnath district of Gujarat. Also known as Prabhas Patan, it is one of the most important places to visit near Ahmedabad for Hindus and among the top places to visit in Gujarat.

The town of Somnath is famous for Somnath Temple, considered to be one of the most revered and holy shrines in India. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is one among the twelve prominent Jyotirlinga shrines and also one of the oldest places of pilgrimage in Gujarat. The meaning of the word 'Somnath' is the 'Lord of the Moon God', refers to Lord Shiva .....

Distance (From Junagadh): 91 Kms
Trip Duration (From Junagadh - Including Travel): Full Day
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City

#17 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 90 km from Jamnagar, 101 km from Junagadh, 105 km from Amreli, 172 km from Porbandar, 173 km from Bhavnagar, 184 km from Somnath, 214 km from Dwarka, 218 km from Ahmedabad, 231 km from Bhuj, 275 km from Vadodara, 401 km from Surat and 718 km from Mumbai, Rajkot is a bustling city in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of Aji and Nyari rivers, it is the fourth largest city in Gujarat and among the top places for Gujarat Tourism.

Rajkot, literally the City of Princes, is the former princely capital of Saurashtra region and now an emerging tourism destination and business hub of Gujarat. Built by Thakur Saheb Vibhaji Ajoji Jadeja in 1620 AD, the city has been a seat for the Jadeja rulers. It was named after its co-founder Raju Sandhi. In the 1720 AD, Rajkot was seized by Masum Khan, an official ruler of the Junagadh region. After 12 years, Rajkot was conquered by Jadeja clan. In the year 1807, Rajkot came .....

Distance (From Junagadh): 103 Kms
Trip Duration (From Junagadh - Including Travel): Full Day
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Pilgrimage

#18 of 18 Places to Visit in Junagadh

At a distance of 30 km from Okha, 105 km from Porbandar, 130 km from Jamnagar, 208 km from Junagadh, 224 km from Rajkot, 233 km from Somnath, 294 km from Amreli, 344 km from Gandhidham, 388 km from Bhuj, 442 km from Ahmedabad, and 512 km from Vadodara, Dwarka is an ancient city situated on the banks of Gomti River in the northwestern Indian state of Gujarat. Dwarka is one of the most significant Hindu places of pilgrimage in India and among the must include places in your Gujarat tour packages.

Located on the western tip of Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat, Dwarka is popularly known as the 'home of Lord Krishna' and is believed to have been the first capital of Gujarat. Also, Dwarka is one of the foremost Char Dhams for Hindus and among the seven most ancient religious cities (sapta puris) in India. The literal meaning of Dwarka is the 'gateway to heaven' in Sanskrit, as Dwar means gate and ka refers to Lord Brahma. For this reason, .....

Distance (From Junagadh): 209 Kms
Trip Duration (From Junagadh - Including Travel): Full Day
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Most Asked Questions on Junagadh


  • What is the best season to visit Junagadh?

    Winter months between October to March is the best time to visit Junagadh when the weather is pleasant and is suitable for sightseeing. Better to avoid summer months as the weather is very hot and dry in Junagadh.

  • How many days are required to visit Junagadh?

    Junagadh usually requires around 1-2 days to visit the most important tourist attractions. Junagadh can also mixed with near by wonderful destinations like Dwarka, Somnath, Gir and Diu by adding few additional days to your trip.

  • What is the budget required to visit Junagadh?

    Budget of Junagadh trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotels you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Junagadh tour packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 7750 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 9500 per person for 3D/2N vacation.

  • What are some must visit places & things to do while visiting Junagadh?

    Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Junagadh like Mahabat Maqbara, Upperkot Fort, Shri Swaminarayan Temple, Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden, Junagadh Museum, Girnar Hill, Bhavnath Mahadev Mandir, Darbargadh Fort, Khapra Kodiya Caves, Baba Pyare Caves, etc.

  • What are the things to buy in Junagadh?

    Some important things to buy in Junagadh are wall hangings, bandhni sarees, silk sarees, embroidered footwear, cloth toys and herbal medicines.


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