Tel Area Code: 0288
to independence, the princely state of Jamnagar was ruled by the Jadeja
Rajputs. Ajay Jadeja comes from Jamnagar. The city was built around the
small Ranmal Lake, in the centre of which is a small palace, reached by
a causeway. Jamnagar has a long history of pearl fishing and tie-dyeing,
but in modern time its more well known for having the only ayurvedic
university in India and a temple listed in the Guinness Book of Records
(see below under Bala Hanuman Temple). The old part of town has a number
of interesting and impressive old buildings, such as the Mandvi Tower,
and is very colourful. The centre of the old town is known as Darbar
Gadh, a semicircular gathering place where the former Maharaja of
Nawanagar used to hold public audiences.
The state bus stand and the
new railway station are several km apart and both are a long way from
the centre of the city, so you'll: need to take an auto-rickshaw. Most
of the best-avoided bottom-end guest houses are near the old railway
station, in Teen Batti Chowk. There are a couple of more commodious economical
places near Bedi Gate. English-language dailies can be found a the
newsstand near the Hotel Swati restaurant .The Corporation Bank, just
inside Bedi Gate, exchanges travellers cheques on weekdays between 1am
and 3 pm. You may have to remind them to give you an exchange
to reach !
The Indian Airlines off ice (Tel: 550211) on Bhid Bhanjan Rd is open
from 10.30 am to 5 pm. Indian Airlines has four flights a week to Mumbai
(US$80) Bookings can also be made with save time Travels (Tel: 71739),
between Bedi Gate and the town hall.
There are STC buses to Rajkot every 30 minutes (Rs 20), and other
departures to Dwarka, Porbandar, Bhuj, Junagadh and Ahmedabad. Rather
than compete with each other, the private bus companies have complicated
bus bookings for travellers by each operating services to different
destinations. Sapan Travels (Tel: 71646) just off Pancheshwar Tower Rd,
books buses to Rajkot (two hours, Rs 25) and to Ahmedabad (six hours, Rs
80). Pavan Travels (Tel: 552002) on the same road, also has departures
to Ahmedabad, as well as to Mumbai (20 hours, Rs 200). Shivshakti
Travels (Tel: 70091) in the basement of the building opposite the bus
stand, has departures almost every 15 minute to Rajkot, as well as
services to Junagadh (three hours, Rs 35), and twice-daily departures to
Bhuj (six hours, Rs. 70).
There are direct trains from Mumbai and Ahmedabad via Rajkot. The fare
for the 321 km trip to Ahmedabad is Rs 115/275 for a 2nd/1st-class
sleeper, or Rs 76/360 on the daytime service. The 813km trip to Mumbai
costs Rs 212/700. To Dwarka, the I 32km journey takes three hours by
express train, or a tedious 51/2 hours on the daily `fast passenger
service (Rs 36).
There is no minibus service to the airport, which is a long way out.
Auto-rickshaw drivers demand at least Rs 30. A rickshaw from the bus
stand to the Bedi Gate area costs about Rs 8. To the new railway
station, about four km north of the city centre, expect to pay about Rs