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Junagadh Tourism

Being the capital of Junagadh Princely State once, the town shines with historical significance with many historical monuments to see.

Junagad is also very close to the Girnar Hills and the world renowned Gir National Park. Catch a glimpse of the wild in the Sakkabaug Zoo and the Wildlife Museum. Also visit the Girnar Hills and get a feel of the serene yet religious atmosphere. The fort at Uperkot is another tourist magnet.

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A Historically Volatile City

Politically volatile from the start Junagadh was ruled by a wide range of dynasties before it came under the rule of the Babi dynasty, who ruled the city with an iron hand until 1946 when the calls for independence from Great Britain were growing strong. Though Junagadh was largely Hindu-dominated, the ruler, Mohammad Mahabat Khanji was a staunch Muslim and acceded to Pakistan by 15th August 1947. However, a concerted effort, by a joint force of the Junagadh denizens, Indian government led by Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and the Indian Army managed to liberate Junagadh from further imperialism and acceded it to the Union of India. Apart from being historically significant, Junagadh is also important for being the connecting spot for the famous Gir National Park, home to the rare breed of Asiatic Lions.

Restaurants and Local Food in Junagadh

Junagadh might not have any lavish or fine dining restaurants but it does have quiet some options for some lip-smacking street food and good quality Indian and local Gujarati cuisine. Do try out the popular Gol-Gappe, Dahi Vada, Aloo Puri as well as delicacies of Punjabi and Chinese cuisine. Some Gujarati snacks and sweets that you might find here are Dhokla, Khandvi, Thepala, Ghevar, Basundi and probably a few more.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Reach Junagadh, preferably by noon, and take some rest. In the evening, you can take a stroll in the old markets of Junagadh, which are famous for their handicrafts. 
Day 2 - The next day should be earmarked for a visit to the charming Gir Reserve, which has an exquisite range of flora and fauna. Since the day might prove to be taxing in visiting the Gir National Reserve, you can avoid a visit anywhere.
Day 3 - The final day can start with a trek to the Girnar Hills, which is a famous hotspot in Junagadh. Not very far away from the same are Uperkot Fort and Ashoka Edicts, which add a touch of glorious Indian history to the city of Junagadh.

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What is the best time to visit Junagadh?

Winter season is the best season for a visit to Junagadh. The months when Junagadh is ideal for a trip for the October - March. Monsoons are also nice for a visit to the same, although the heavy rainfall and frequent thunderstorms and landslides might ruin your plans. The summers, though, are the least advisable time for a visit, owing to the scorching heat. 
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What are the things to do in Junagadh?

The top things to do in Junagadh are Mahabat Maqbara, Uparkot Fort, Girnar Hill, Adi-kadi Vav & Navghan Kuwo, Gir National Park, Edicts of Ashoka. You can see all the places to visit in Junagadh here

What is not so good about Junagadh?

Congested in peak seasons.

What is the local food in Junagadh?

Junagadh might not have any lavish or fine dining restaurants but it does have quiet some options for some lip-smacking street food and good quality Indian and local Gujarati cuisine. Do try out the popular Gol-Gappe, Dahi Vada, Aloo Puri as well as delicacies of Punjabi and Chinese cuisine. Some Gujarati snacks and sweets that you might find here are Dhokla, Khandvi, Thepala, Ghevar, Basundi and probably a few more.
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What is famous about Junagadh?

A historical hotspot. A major commercial hub in Gujarat.

Who should visit Junagadh?

Ideal for tourists of every kind. Suitable for backpackers from places like Mumbai, Pune etc.

What are the places near Junagadh?

The top places near to Junagadh are Gir national park which is 55 km from Junagadh, Girnar which is located 9 km from Junagadh, Somnath which is located 68 km from Junagadh, Diu which is located 105 km from Junagadh, Porbandar which is located 86 km from Junagadh

What is the best way to reach Junagadh?

Junagadh is well connected by rail and road. Regular rail and bus services ply to and fro the fort city of Junagadh. There is no direct flight connectivity, however, to Junagadh. The nearest airport is in Rajkot, approximately 106.3 km away from Junagadh.
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Hemant Sisodiya 1 year ago
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