Junagadh Tourist Attractions

Gir National Park
Gir National Park is the sole home for pure Asiatic lions, situated about 65 Kilometers south east of Junagarh district in the Indian state of Gujarat. Primarily the park was dedicated to conserve the Asiatic Lion which is identified as world most endangered species

Buddhist Caves
Junagadh Buddhist Cave Groups are located in Junagadh district of the Indian state of Gujarat. The so-called Buddhist Cavesa are not actually caves, but three separate sites of rooms carved out of stone to be used as monks quarters.

Damodar Kund
Damodar Kund is one of the sacred lakes as per Hindu beliefs, which is located at the foothills of Girnar hills, near Junagadh in Gujarat India. The Damodar Kund is closely attached to the life of Narsinh Mehta, the famous 15th century Gujarati poet and devotee of Krishna.

Akshar Mandir
It is one of the best temple , situated i junagadh , near Motibaug botanical garden, on the road to Somnath. It is built by Shri Pramukh Swami Maharaj of B.A.P.S. (Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Sanstha).

Bhavnath Temple
On this place two main festivals are celebrated : Maha Shivratri and Lilli Parikrama.
Maha Shivratri is celebrated in the Megha Month of Hindu calender, it falls in Feb- March month.
Maha Shivratri is held in the Karthik Month of hindu calender which falls in the month of Oct- Nov.

Datar Hill
Datar Hills areconsidered sacred place. Most of the Pilgrimage gather here.

The Durbar Hall
The Durbar Hall and Museum has an interesting collection of weapons, thrones, silver articles, costumes, paintings, tapestries, and palanquins on display. It is situated in the old Palace of Nawab (Rang Mahel) near Diwan Chowk.

Emperor Ashoka`s Rock Edicts
An inscription with fourteen Edicts of Emperor Ashoka is found on a large boulder on the way to mount Girnar. The inscriptions carry Brahmi script in Pali language and date back to 250 BC. On the same rock are inscriptions in Sanskrit added around 150 AD by Mahakshatrap Rudradaman I, the Saka (Scythian) ruler of Malwa, a member of the Western Kshatrapas dynasty.

Jain Derasar
Situated on the first plateau of Mount Girnar at the height of about 3000 steps, these temples of Jainism have marvelous carvings in marble, which can be compared to those of Delwada near Mount Abu. Junagadh city also has a small Jain Derasar in Jagmal Chowk near Uparkot Fort.

Mahabat Muqbara
This impressive mausoleum (Maqbara) has splendid arches, many domes, and towering minarets. The architecture is detailed and opulently done. It has finely carved silver doors. There is a mosque next to it. It is located on Mahatma Gandhi Road, near the railway station and opposite the court. The Maqbara embodies the tomb of Nawab Mahabatkhanji - I.

Moti Baug And Pari Talav
This garden is situated in the campus of Junagadh Agriculture University and is a botanical garden. It has total land area of 754.62 ha and 2485 ha including 17 sub centers and 1500 manpower with annual budget around 28.5 crores. There is a nice Pari Talav also.

Mount Girnar
Girnar Mountain is about 1100m (3630 ft) high and is an extinct volcano. It is 4km east of Junagadh and is the main tourist attraction in the area. On the plateau about 180m (600 ft) from the top of the hill, is a group of beautifully carved Jain temples built between 1128 and 1500. Neminath, the 22nd tirthankara, is said to have died on Mount Girnar after living here for 700 years. There is a special marble temple dedicated to him here, and a black marble statue of him. The Mallinath Temple (1177) is impressive.

Sakkar Baug Zoo
This is the oldest zoo in Gujarat and the 3rd oldest in India. The rare Gir lions are bred and supplied to other zoos. The zoo also has a collection of various native and foreign animals including monkeys, birds, tigers, leopards, bears, deer, wolves, crocodiles, snakes & reptiles and fish to name a few. The entire zoo is spread in a beautiful garden. It also has an extension called Safari.

Uparkot Fort
An impressive fort, Uperkot, located on a plateau in the middle of town, was originally built during the Mauryan dynasty by Chandragupta in 319 BC. The fort remained in use till the 6th century, and then it was covered over for 300 years. Then it was rediscovered in 976 AD. The fort was inundated 16 times over an 800-year period. One unsuccessful siege lasted twelve years.

Willingdon Dam
The dam is built on the river Kalwa at the foot of the hill from where it originates. It was built as a reservoir for drinking water for the people of Junagadh. It was named after Lord Willingdon, the then Governor of India. Near the dam, the steps go up to 2,779 feet (847 m) high to the famous shrine of Jamiyalshah Datar, where both Hindu and Muslim devotees share their faith.

Somnath Temple
The Somnath temple is situated in the western coast of Gujarat, is considered to be the first among the twelve jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva.It is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot of Gujarat.It is destroyed and reconstructed so many times in the past, the present temple was reconstructed in Chalukya style of Hindu temple architecture .