Adventure / Trekking | Pilgrimage
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.
One will have to climb 10000 steps to reach the final summit. Trek to Girnar Hill starts from Girnar Taleti, which is about 6 km from Junagadh Junction. While ascending the stone path that connects the temples along the 5 summits, one will pass temples of many different sects of Hinduism. The Bhavnath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is the first one that can come across while ascending Girnar Hill. The temple is famous for Bhavnath Fair when the 'naked sadhus' come to celebrate Shivaratri ...
Adventure / Trekking | Pilgrimage
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 place is truly scenic during monsoon as tiny waterfalls cascade down the hills. Visitor can also visit Koyala Vajir Temple and Digambar Jain Bhagwan Neminath Temple while on their way to the summit. From summit, one can have a spectacular view of the town below.
Also known as Upla Datar, the shrine is popular for its 5 days Urs festival celebrated here every year with great pomp and show. At least 3 lakh devotees of both Muslim and Hindus visit the Datar shrine during these five days, ...
Adventure / Trekking | Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 9 km from Saputara Bus Station and 80 km from Nashik, Hatgad Fort is an ancient fort located at Hatgad village in Nashik district of Maharashtra near Saputara. Situated on Saputara - Nashik Road, it is a major trekking destination on Gujarat - Maharashtra border and among the top historical places to visit as part of Saputara Tour.
Located at an altitude of 3,600 feet in Sahyadri ranges, Hatgad Fort was built in 17th century AD by the great Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. This fort was built as a watch tower towards the Nasik area and the inner valleys of the Gujarat. Officially managed and maintained by Archeological Department of Maharashtra, this fort is a delightful destination for history buffs as well as trekkers.
A statue of Lord Ganesha is placed on the top of the fort. One can see a tombstone, a water tank, remnants of a mansion, dilapidated fort walls and an arch shaped structure inside the fort. Unique feature of Hatgadh is two reservoirs, named Jamuna and Ganga, which are the source of water for the villages located in the vicinity earlier. Tourists can enjoy beautiful views of the entire valley and Suragana Village from the top of the fort.
The only way to reach the fort is through trekking via a narrow rocky path. The route to the fort starts just near the Anando Restaurant in front of Club Mahindra Resort. It takes around an hour to reach the top of the fort from the parking place. It's not advisable for kids and ...
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