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Junagadh


Junagadh is world-famous town located in Gujarat State, India. The town is having identity because of Junagadh fort. Talking about Gujarat state, it is popular for having countless different temples in various cities. Junagadh is having number of shrines with diverse messages for devotees. Town got popularity because of holding sculptural proof of the sati ceremony, though William Bentinck of British Empire stopped it during British Ruling Period. Experts call Junagadh as city of temples.

Data presented by census in 2001 expresses the population of Junagadh about 15,759 in which male strength was 51% and female strength was 49%. Their literacy rate was 55%, which was lower comparing to other developed and centralized cities of India.

Junagadh is seventh largest city of Gujarat placed at foothills of Girnar. Gandhinagar the capital of Gujarat is just 355 kms away from Junagadh. The word Junagadh is made of two different words Juna and Gadh, which means Old Fort. Town is located close to the border of India and Pakistan and both nations were struggling to get the area during the partition of India. On 9th November the town was added to Indian territory after brief fight between India and Pakistan. After independence, Junagadh was a part of Saurashtra state, though city was added to Bombay state in late stage. During the Maha Gujarat movement, the town was added to newly formed State Gujarat in 1960.

Mauryan Empire: King Chandragupta of Mauryan Empire visited the place and constructed the fort in 319 BCE. Hard rock fort was used until 6th century that means it served the city for more than 300 years. Buddhist caves and Khapra Kodia Caves are located close to the fort.

Attraction in Junagadh:
Girnar Taleti Lake: Girnar is the hill area placed at 6 km distance from Junagadh. Around 8,000 steps are there to reach upper area of hill. Bhimkund is first spot in Girnar hills, though few more ponds like Satpuda, Pathar chati, Gaumukhi Ganga, Bhairavjap, Hanumandhara and Bharatvan Sheshavan are also available in the hills. Kamandal kund is another picnic spot located close to temples of Dattatreya and Gorakhnath.

Wild Museum: next location is zoo where people can watch rare specimens of art furnishings, ancient coins, stuffed animals, Persian Sanskrit and diverse other notes of interest.

Uparkot: fort Uparkot is another holiday spot constructed in 319 BC. Few walls of fort are more than 20 meters in height. However, taking single turn from the entry point will start the area of Jama Masjid.

Buddhist Caves: the caves are 1500 years old but still the walls are stronger and perfect to visit. Caves are made by carving the rocky hill and its location is close in south direction of Uperkot fort.

Gayatri Temple and Wagheshwari Temple: two religious spot of Junagadh are next spots for voyagers. Both temples are available on the way towards Girnar Talati. Idols of Maa Gayatri and Maa Wagheshwari are located in temples and a big celebration is done on navratris.

Junagadh Fort: the key destination of city is Junagadh Fort built by King Rai Singh Ji. Construction period was between 1588 to 1593 and supervisor was Karan Chand. Inside the fort travelers can visit Chandra Mahal (also known as Moon Palace), which is astonishingly decorated with mirrors, wall paintings and imprinted marble plates. Fort also contain Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Anup Mahal and Karan Mahal.

Countless places are available in Junagadh for voyagers such as Damodar Kund, Damodarji Temple, Aswatthama Hills, Dataar Hills, Jamiyalshah Datar temple, Science Museum, Wellington Dam, Moti Baug, Mujkund Caves, Ayurvedic Museum, Narsinh Mehta Lake and many more.

Attaining to Junagadh:
Local people are using public transport for communication in city. Local buses and auto rickshaws are available in city taking passengers to almost every tourist places.

By Road: NH 8D is directly connected to Junagadh with Veraval and Somnath cities. This highway is also linked to Rajkot and Ahmadabad so travelers can easily take the smooth road to reach spot.

By Rail: closest big rail hub is Rajkot then Ahmadabad and then Veraval railway station. Trains from major cities are reaching Rajkot hence voyagers can book tickets as per convenient.

By Air: Keshod domestic Airport is available at 40 kms distance from Junagadh city. Frequent flights from Mumbai are available for Keshod. Reaching Rajkot Airport could be better option for travelers as it is bigger and only 99 kms away from Junagadh. 

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