Located at the foothills of Girnar hill in the Junagarh district of Gujarat, Junagarh (also spelt as Junagadh) is a famous tourist destination of the state. It was the capital of the former Junagarh state under the Muslim rulers of Babi Nawabs. It is a historic city and gets name means 'an ancient fort in Gujarati'. It is a flourishing tourism destination in India, owing to the fact that witnessed rule of many dynasties from pre-historic to Nawabs, whom have enhances its historical and cultural heritage immensely. History lovers can find a huge influence of varied kingdoms in the architectural style of various heritage monuments present in the city. Checkout the Junagarh holiday packages offered by EaseMyTrip.in and get ready to explore the historical charm of this place!
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This ancient fort, from which the city gets its name (jirna means old) stands on the eastern side of Junagarh and has been rebuilt and extended many times centuries In places, the walls are 20 M high and an ornate triple gateway forms the entrance to the fort. It's said the fort was besieged for a full 12 years, in total 16 times.
The mosque inside the fort was constructed from a demolished Hindu temple. Some of the other points of interests include two fine baolis (stepwells) (called as the Adi Chadi), the Tomb of Nuri shah and the Naughan. Cut into the hillside nearby the mosque are some ancient Buddhist caves. These eerie double-story caves have six pillars with very fine carvings. The soft rock on which Junagrh is established encouraged the construction of caves and wells, and there are other caves in Junagarh, including some thought to date back to the time of Ashoka.
This astonishing mausoleum of one of the Nawabs of Junagarh is dazzled with silver doors and complex architecture, including minarets encircled by spiraling stairways. The mausoleum is generally locked but you may be able to obtain the keys from the neighboring mosque.
Darbar Hall Museum:
This museum has the customary display of weapons and armor from the days of the Nawabs with their collections of settees and thrones, silver chains and. chandeliers, howdahs and palanquins, and a few cushions and gowns, and a huge carpet which was woven in Junagarh's jail. The Museum has a portrait gallery of the Nawabs and local petty princes, including photos of the last Nawab with his various beloved dogs.
En-route to the Girnar Hill temples, you pass a huge boulder on which Emperor Ashoka inscribed 14 edicts in around 250 BC. His inscription is in the Pali script. Later, Sanskrit inscriptions were added around 150 AD by Rudradama and in about 450 AD by Skandagupta, the last emperor of the Mauryas.
Other Tourist Attractions:
Girnar Hill, Damodar Kund and Temple of Neminath are some of the other famous tourist attractions in and around Junagarh. So, make sure you pay visit to these beautiful places during your Junagarh tour.