The 10 Best Things to Do in Junagadh, India

April 8, 2018 Jeremy Dunfee

Junagadh  pronunciation (help·info) 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 the Indo-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.
Restaurants in Junagadh

1. Girnar

Junagadh, India
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4.5 based on 122 reviews

Girnar

Reviewed By Pukhraj_Sharma - Mumbai, India

Chilly winters. Five friends. And a resolve to step up.
If you do not start the climb too early in the morning, then it will be too late for you when you reach the top. It is said that the whole journey takes 10,000 steps with a lot of beauty along the way to take in.
We started at around 4 am and it took well over 3 and a half hours to finish the climb (Photography sessions in the middle included). The sun had already risen in the sky up above so high. It helped to bring down the chills we had from cold winds along the way.
If you are able to finish the first 3000 steps (The hardest part), the the rest of the journey will not be that difficult. The fatigue here is a mix of climate and increase in potential energy, with partial thinning of air causing scarcity of Oxygen (And life all the same).
Must visit place to check your stamina. and also if you wanna throw something or someone off after you have enjoyed the views from up above.

2. Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

Junagadh 362135, India +91 72220 15635
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4 based on 711 reviews

Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

Reviewed By 646GeoffS - Oxford, United Kingdom

Everybody visits to see the rare Asiatic Lions. So did we. We did see 13, some close by, in 5 drives over 3 days. Very good photos. There is the chance of a surprise sighting but most of the action is timed by rangers on motor bikes/ bikes who herd lions out into view at set times. All the drivers/ guides know this so wait around. If you're lucky with a good driver ( tips help!!) you get into best places.
The park is scenic and very varied terrain.
Tips: negotiate a good tip for guide at outset and they will look after you. Remember 1200 r camera charge per day in cash.

3. Sakkarbaug Zoological Gardens

Junagadh-Rajkot Highway, Junagadh, India
Excellent
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4.5 based on 128 reviews

Sakkarbaug Zoological Gardens

Reviewed By Virendra C

Sakkarbaug is a zoo-governed zoo garden. You have to pay a fee to go inside here. Especially young children are able to get enjoyment into this zoo. In Zoo, many species of animals such as lion, tiger, deer, crocodile, monkeys, bear etc. are found.

4. Mahabat Maqbara

Mahatma Gandhi Road, Junagadh 362001, India
Excellent
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4 based on 140 reviews

Mahabat Maqbara

Reviewed By Anup H - Pune, India

Beautiful architecture. The level of detail is amazing. Personally, I felt that we could do some more work to make the place look better. Not necessarily taking away the originality but just in terms of cleanliness, upkeep or we risk losing it to our environment.

5. Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Jawahar Road, Junagadh 362001, India +91 285 265 0680
Excellent
60%
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Reviewed By Virendra C

The Swaminarayan Temple is built by devotees, for the devotees, Lord Swaminarayan has a supernatural temple governed by devotees. Here, Satsang, Goyas, Prayer Sabhas and other socially useful activities are also organized along with the worship of God. Jay Shree Swaminarayan.

6. Madhavapur Beach

Junagadh 362230, India
Excellent
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Madhavapur Beach

Reviewed By Dipen P

Well this is one of the famous Beaches in Porbandar Junagadh area...also the longest one....this is parallel to the highway of Somnath to Dwarka....the sea is always special when you came here...a good place to enjoy...the water is is very deep so don't go for swim....also beach is very clean..you can enjoy coconut water and camel ride.....overall a must watch beach ....also there is one place at the beach where river finishes in sea...which is very beautiful to sea

7. Dattatreya Temple

Girnar Hill, Junagadh, India
Excellent
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Dattatreya Temple

Reviewed By pratiknruparel - Calgary, Canada

You have to climb 9999 steps to be at this place. It's the peak of the Girnar mountain and one can see the whole town and surroundings from it. There's a small temple too. Good place

8. Uperkot Fort

Girnar Hills, Junagadh 362001, India
Excellent
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3.5 based on 216 reviews

Uperkot Fort

Reviewed By AlexSwallow - Rajkot, India

I thought the whole place was really atmospheric and interesting. From the drive up through narrow passageways; to the viewpoints over the city and surrounding mountains; to the crumbling yet in places amazingly beautiful buildings; to the eagles wheeling overhead (never seen so many) and a family of pigs (my favourite animal, it was a breed I've never seen before); to the incredible stone water tank, where we took steps right down into the earth and there was no-one there but us- all felt like an adventure.
The whole site needs a bit more love- there is too much rubbish and not enough information points. If they did that this would be a real jewel but it is already a very special place.

9. Jain Derasar

Girnar Hills, Junagadh, India
Excellent
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Jain Derasar

Reviewed By Vijai J

One of the beautiful mountain at jungadh to visit gadh girnar neminath moksh place 4200 steps to reach Jain temple it feel like a swarg log or Dev log and after return you please visit sesavan Jain temple

10. Goddess Ambe Temple

Girnar Mountain | Girnar, Junagadh, India
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5 based on 24 reviews

Goddess Ambe Temple

Reviewed By kvs05 - Ahmedabad, India

This is another temple situated on the hills. When you starting to climb the hills first is jain temple than goddess ambe temple and than finally Dattatray temple. This goddess ambe temple is very much popular in gujarat. Other temples of ambe maa located in various places. Here newly married couples are coming for taking blessing of goddess. Total steps are 10000 around. Advice to go in winter not in summer.

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