Things to See in Junagarh in Gujarat

Junagarh is the headquarter of Junagarh district, located in the Indian state of Gujarat. The city is the 7th largest in Gujarat, in western India, located at the foot of the Girnar hills. It has a rich historical past that is reflected in the old forts and monuments doting the town.

Here are Some Places which you can Visit here:

1. Uparkot Fort

Uparkot fort is believed to have been built in 319 B.C. by the Mauryan emperor Chandragupta. In some places, the walls reach as high as 20m. The fort is said to have been besieged and attacked 16 times, and legend has it that the fort once withstood a 12-year siege. It has also been said that the fort was abandoned from the 7th to 10th centuries and was overgrown by a jungle when rediscovered.

The view from Girnar hills is breathtaking. There is a mosque called the Jumma Masjid inside the Uparkot fort which was converted from a palace in the 15th century by Gujarat Sultan Mahmud Begada. It has a rare and unique roofed courtyard with three octagonal openings which may once have been covered by domes.

Mahabat Maqbara

Mahabat Maqbara

2. Mahabat Maqbara

This is a stunning mausoleum of Nawab Mahabat Khan II of Junagarh (1851–82). It is Gujarat’s finest examples of Euro-Indo-Islamic architecture, with French windows and Gothic columns.

It has silver inner doors and its neighboring Vazir’s Mausoleum sports storybook minarets encircled by spiraling stairways. Visiting this is a must for all architecture and fort lovers visiting India.

3. Darbar Hall Museum

Darbar Hall museum displays weapons, armour, palanquins, chandeliers, and howdahs from the days of the Nawabs, as well as a huge carpet woven in Junagarh’s jail. One can see a portrait gallery, including photos of the last Nawab with his numerous beloved dogs.

4. Geeta Lodge

Geeta’s army of waiters are constantly on the move serving top-class, all-you-can-eat veg Gujarati ‘thalis'(combined meals) at a bargain price. Finish off with sweets, such as fruit salad or pureed mango, for just Rs 20.

5. Girnar Hill

This place is meant for the physically fit and adventorous. The climb up the 10,000 stone steps to the summit of Girnar is best begun at dawn. This excursion will take a full day. Starting out in the early morning light is a magical and unique experience, as pilgrims and porters begin to trudge up the well-maintained steps. The start is 4km east of the city at Girnar Taleti. A road, which may or may not be open, goes up to about the 3000th step, which leaves you only 7000 to the top.

There are many shops on the way to the top that sell refreshments. You can also buy a chalk and graffiti your name on the rocks.

For people who do not want to make the walk, Dholis (carriages) are carried by porters which cost Rs 3850, if you weigh between 50kg and 70kg, and Rs 4250 for heavier passengers.

Girnar Hill

Girnar Hill

If your weight range isn’t obvious, then be prepared to be weighed on a large scale there. While photography is permitted on the trail, it is not allowed inside the temples. Girnar is of great significance to the Jains, but several important Hindu temples mean that Hindus make the pilgrimage too.

6. Ashokan Edicts

Just outside town on the road to Girnar Hill, a white building on the right encloses a large boulder on which the Buddhist emperor Ashoka had 14 edicts inscribed in Brahmi script in the Pali language around 250 B.C. The edicts instruct people to be kind to women and animals and donate to beggars, among other things. It is one of the several inscriptions that emperor Ashoka placed all around his realm expounding his moral philosophy and achievements.

7. Buddhist Caves

Close to the Jama Masjid (which is inside the Uparkot Fort) are 2nd century A.D. Buddhist caves, an eerie three-storey carved complex – the main hall contains pillars with weathered carvings.

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