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Junagadh Tourist Places
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Uparkot
This very old fort, from which the city derives its name (jirna means old) stands on the eastern side of Junagadh and has been rebuilt and extended many times centuries In places, the walls are 20m high and a ornate triple gateway Forms the entrance to the fort. It's said the fort was besieged for a full 12 years. In all, it was besieged 16 times.

It is also said that the fort was abandoned from the 7th to10th centuries and, when rediscovered, it was completely over grown by jungle. The plateau-like area formed by the top of the old fort is covered in lantana scrub. Entry is Rs 1.

Jama Masjid
The mosque inside the fort, was built from a demolished Hindu temple. Other points of interest include the Tomb of Nuri shah and two fine baolis (stepwells) known as the Adi Chadi and the Naughan. The Adi Chadi is named after two of the slave girls who fetched water from it.  The Naughan is reached by a magnificent circular staircase. Cut into the hillside close to the mosque are some ancient Buddhist caves which are thought to be at least ISOU years old. These eerie double-story caves have six pillars with very fine carvings. The soft rock on which Junagadh is built encouraged the construction of caves and wells, and there are other caves in Junagadh, including some thought to date back to the time of Ashoka.

Mahabat Maqbara
This stunning mausoleum of one of the nawabs of Junagadh is resplendent with silver doors and intricate architecture, including minarets encircled by spiralling stairways. The mausoleum is generally locked but you may be able to obtain the keys from the adjacent mosque.

 

 

 

Darbar Hall Museum
This museum has the usual display of weapons and armour from the days of the nawabs, with their collections of silver chains and. chandeliers, settees and thrones, howdahs and palanquins, and a few cushions and gowns, as well as a huge carpet which was woven in Junagadh's jail. There's a portrait gallery
of the nawabs and local petty princes, including photos of the last nawab with his various beloved dogs. It's open from 9 am to 12.15 pm and 3 to 6 pm daily except Wednesday and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month. Entry is Rs 0.50

Ashokan Edicts
On the way to the Girnar Hill temples, you pass a huge boulder on which Emperor Ashoka inscribed 14 edicts in around 250 BC. His inscription is in the Pali script. Later Sanskrit inscriptions were added around 150 AD by Rudradama and in about 450 AD by Skandagupta, the last emperor of the Mauryas. The 14 edicts are moral lectures, while the other inscriptions refer mainly to recurring foods destroying the embankments of a nearby lake, the Sudershan, which no longer exists. The boulder is actually housed in a small roadside building, on the write if you are heading towards Girnar.

Girnar Hill
The climb up the 10,000 stone steps to the summit of Girnar is best made early in the morning, preferably at dawn. The steps are well build and maintained and were constructed between 1889 and 1908 from thc process of lottery. The start of the climb is in scrubby teak forest, one or two km beyond the Damodar Kund, and the road actually takes you to around.

There are several refreshment stall on the 21/2 hour ascent. These stall some times also cell jocks so you can graffiti your name on to the rock besides the path! If you really can't face the walk, dolis (rope chairs) carried by porters can be hired; for these you pay by weight so, before setting off, you suffer the indignity of being weighed on a huge beam scale, just like a sack of grain. From the summit, the views are superb.

Like Palitana, the Temple – toped hill is of great significance to the Jains. The sacred tank of Damodar Kund marks the start of the climb to the temples. The path ascends through a wood to the marble temples near the summit. Five of them are Jain temples, including the largest and oldest- 12th century Temple of Neminath, the 22nd Jain tirthankar. There is a large black image of Neminath in the central shrine and many smaller images around the temple.

Other Attractions
If you are unable to visit the Gir Forest, Junagadh zoo at Sakar Bagh, 3.5km from the centre of town on the Rajkot road, has Gir lions. The zoo was set up by the nawab in 1863 specifically to save the lion from extinction and is surprisingly good with lions, tigers and leopards being the main attraction. The zoo is open from 9 am to 6 pm and entry costs Rs 3. There is also fine museum at the zoo with paintings, manuscripts, archaeological finds and various other exhibits including a natural history section. It's open daily, except Wednesday and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, from 9 am to noon and 3 to 6 pm. Take a No 6 bus (Rs 2), or walk there by the old Majevadi Gate on your right.

The Ayurvedic College at Sadarbag on the western edge of town is housed in of the former nawab's palaces, and has a small museum devoted to ayurvedic medicine. The staff are knowledgeable and it's a good place to obtain information on this ancient form of traditional medicine. Other old constructions include the gate opposite the railway station on Dhal Rd, the clock tower near the central post office and the building opposite the Durbar Hall.

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