Junagadh - Gujarat

Junagadh is literally translated as Juna – Old & Gadh – Fort  meaning The Old Fort.

 

The city is the 7th largest in Gujarat, located at the foot of the Girnar hills, 355 km southwest of the state capitals Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. After a brief struggle between India and Pakistan, Junagadh joined India on November 9, 1947. It was initially a part of Saurashtra State and later became a part of Bombay State. In 1960, after the Maha - Gujarat movement, it became part of the newly formed Gujarat state.

 

An impressive fort, Uparkot Fort, is located on a plateau in the middle of town. It was originally built during the Mauryan dynasty by Chandragupta in 319 BCE. 

 

An ideal backpack and trekking location for those who love climbing.

 

There are many Buddhist and Jain caves with a lot of carvings in and around the Uparkot Fort.

 

Also to see – Mahabat Maqbara, Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden,Darbargarh Fort, Girnar hills and the Gir Lion sanctuary and the very famous Ashoka Edicts.

 

Off the beaten track with lots of adventurous places to visit!! And for those foodies – check out the unique Kathiawadi cuisine !

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