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The district is located on the Kathiawar peninsula in western Gujarat. It is surrounded by Rajkot District (North), Porbandar District (North-West), Amreli District(East). To the South and West is the Arabian Sea.

Junagadh is connected to Rajkot and Ahmedabad by National Highway NH8D which also connects Junagadh to Veraval and Somnath. Junagadh city Bypass on NH8D obviates the need for through vehicles to enter the city. In the south, Junagadh is connected to Bilkha and Sasan Gir Lion Sanctuary. Kalwo river runs through Junagadh; Ferguson bridge is built over it to connect the two parts of the city. A bridge is also constructed on river Sonrakh in the northern outskirts of the city. Mount Girnar is connected with Junagadh by road. Rickshaws are generally preferred as mode of transportation.

TOURIST ATTRACTION

District comprises of 14 Talukas.

JUNAGADH

Porbandar, Mahatma Gandhi's birthplace, was earlier a part of this district, before the Porbandar district was carved out of Junagadh district.

Junagadh has a mountain range called Girnar which is a place of pilgrimage for Hinduism and Jainism.

BACK IN TIME

Junagadh is the headquarters of Junagadh district in the Indian state of Gujarat. The city is the 7th largest in Gujarat, located at the foot of the Girnar hills, 355 km south west of state capital Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. Literally translated, Junagadh means "Old Fort". An alternate etymology gives the name as coming from "Yonagadh", literally "City of the Yona (Greeks)," referring to the ancient inhabitants of the city under theIndo-Greek Kingdom. It is also known as "Sorath", the name of the earlier Princely State of Junagadh. After a brief struggle between India and Pakistan, Junagadh joined India on 9 November 1947. It was a part of Saurashtra state and later Bombay state. In 1960, after the Maha Gujarat movement, it became part of newly formed Gujarat state.

Junagadh is situated at the foot of Mount Girnar. Junagadh has Arabian sea to its southwest, Porbandar to its north and Amreli to its east. Junagadh city is divided into number of areas Main city is clustered around M.G. Road and Kalwa Chowk. Other areas are Gandhigram, Zanzarda Road, Talaw Darwaza, Bus-stand, Sakkar Baug, Timbawadi, Joshipara and Girnar Taleti. These areas comes under the administration of Junagadh Municipal Corporation.

POINT OF INTEREST

Adi-Kadi Vav Stepwall, Ahmadpur Mandvi Beach, Ashok Shilalekh, Ayurvedic Museum, Buddhist Caves, Chorwad Beach, Damodar Kund, Damodar Temple, Darbar Hall Museum, Datar Hills, Gayatri and Vagheshwari Mandir, Gir Wildlife National Park, Girnar Jain Temple, Jama Masjid, Junagadh Caves, Junagadh Museum, Kankai, Madhavpur Beach, Mahabat Maqbara, Mitiyala Wildlife Sanctuary, Moti Baug, Mujkund Caves, Narsinh Mehta Lake, Navghan Kuwo Stepwall, Pania Wildlife Sanctuary, Sakkarbaug Zoo, Sarkheswar Beach, Science Museum, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Somnath Shiva Temple, Sonapur, Swami Vivekananda Vinay Mandir, Talala, Tombs of the Babi Nawabs, Uparkot Fort, Veraval Beach, Wellington Dam

GIR FOREST NATIONAL PARK(SASAN GIR)

Myth

The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Sasan-Gir, is a forest and wildlife sanctuary near Talala Gir in Gujarat, India. Established in 1965

HISTORY

Its region is the sole home of the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) in the wilderness, and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species. The ecosystem of Gir, with its diverse flora and fauna, is protected as a result of the efforts of the government forest department, wildlife activists and NGOs. The forest area of Gir were the hunting grounds of the Nawabs of Junagadh. However, faced with a drastic drop in the lion population in Gir, Nawab Sir Muhammad Rasul Khanji Babi declared Gir as a "protected" area in 1900. His son, Nawab Muhammad Mahabat Khan, later assisted in the conservation of the lions whose population had plummeted to only 20 through slaughter for trophy hunting.

EXTRA

“Gir Forest is Famous for Home of the Asiatic Lions.”

POINT OF INTEREST

Mahabat Maqbara, Nalsarovar Lake, Junagadh Zoo, Uperkot Fort, Durbar Hall Museum.

SOMNATH SHIV TEMPLE

Myth

Somnath Shiva Temple is located in veraval (Junagadh District), Gujarat. Somnath temple, a highly revered temple, is one of the main 12 Shiva temples in India enshrining the Jyotorlingas.

HISTORY

The Aarati Pooja at this temple is rejuvenating and is best for spiritual enlightenment. Mythological evidences put the foundation of this temple by Soma, the Moon. This temple was constructed by the moon and dedicated to Somnath as the moon got reprieve from the curse of Daksha at this place. This is a real august specimen of Indian temple architecture and the worthy religious destination to enlighten strong belief in God.

This temple is constructed in the Chalukya style with a height of about 155 ft. Marvelously adorned Jyotirlinga with flowers, silver and gold adornments is a special attraction in this temple.

EXTRA

“The Somnath temple is known as "The Shrine Eternal".”

POINT OF INTEREST

Bhalka Tirth, Ahilyabai Temple, Mai Puri Masjid, Triveni Ghat, Prabhas Patan Museum, Suraj Mandir .

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Travels in Junagadh

Girnar Travels
Address : Bhavnagar Road, Opp. S.T.Bus Stand, Una-362560 Dis:Junagadh Phone No : (02875)221267, 94268349121

Una, Junagadh

Shiv Shakti Travels
Address : Opp.S.T.Stand, Dhaara Complex, Junagadh-362001 Phone No : (0285)26535871, 9898611000, 9624565000

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Shreenath Tours & Travels
Address : Shop No.39, Imdralik Arcade, Talao Road, Junagadh-362001 Phone No : (0285)2651421, 9426716688, 9426912021

Junagadh

Sadguru Travels
Address : Nr.Bus-Stand, Veravad Road, Keshod, Dis:Junagadh Phone No : (0285)237568

Keshod, Junagadh

Vinayak Travels
Address : Under Minaxi Hotel, Opp.National Rayon, Junagadh Highway, Veravar-362265 Phone No : ( 02876)221870, 9825624536

Veravar, Junagadh

Bharat Travels
Address : Sadguru Complex, Opp.Garden Una-362560, Dis:Junagadh Phone No : (02875)224990, 9426989796

Una, Junagadh

Shree Travels
Address : Opp.S.T.Stand, Nr.Chetna Guest House, Veravar Phone No : (02876)222863, 9428188099, 9825325833

Veravar, Junagadh

Ganga Sagar Travels
Address : Majewadi Gate, Opp.Sima Complex, Junagadh-362001 Phone No : 9925589177, 9979755909

Junagadh

Jayswal Travels
Address : Block No.119, Bileshwar Society, B/H Telephone Exachange, Kodinar-362725 Phone No : (02795)223360, 9275121821, 9824287238

Kodinar, Junagadh

Mahasagar Travels Ltd
Address : Mahasagar House, Jyashree Talkies Road, Kalwa Chowk, Junagadh-362001 Phone No : (0285)2650427, 9724395555, 9898739999

Kawla, Junagadh

Dharamaraj Travels
Address : Panjara Pole Road, Nr.Bhoinayatani Ni Wadi, Junagadh-362001 Phone No : (0285)2627048, 9825278810, 9426478810, 9428240391

Junagadh

Patel Tourism
Address : Nr.New Collector Office, Amrut Nagar, B/H:Sardar Baug, Junagadh-362001 Phone No : (0285)2655521, 9825476881, 9824223192, 9426933429

Junagadh

Kailash Travels
Address : Kalva Chowk, Junagadh-362001 Phone No : (0285)2622994, 9925589177, 9979755909

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Bapa Sitaram Travels
Address : Nr.Majewadi Gate Police Chowki, Junagadh-362001 Phone No : 9909914568

Junagadh

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