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October to March
This town is situated
at the base of the temple studded Girnar Hill and is also
the departure point for visits to the Gir Forest.
city takes its name from the fort which enclosed the old city.
Dating from 250 BC, the Ashokan edicts near the town testify
the great antiquity of this site.
Places of Interest
is said that this fort was once besieged, unsuccessfully,
for a full 12 years. In all, it was besieged 16 times. It
is also said that the fort was abandoned from 10th
to 12th centuries and where
rediscovered was completely overgrown by Jungle. Inside
the fort is the Jama Masjid, the tomb of Nuri
Shah and two fine step-wells known as Adi Chadi and the Naughan.
the mosque are the ancient Buddhist
caves which are thought to be atleast 1500 years old.
These double storey caves have six pillars with very fine
This mausoleum of
one of the Nawabs of Junagadh is resplendent with silver doors
and intricate architecture, including minarets encircled by
It has a display
of weapons and armour from the days of nawabs, together with
their collections of silver chains and chandeliers, howdahs,
palanquins, few cushions, gowns and a huge carpet which was
woven in Junagadh Jail.
These 14 edicts were
inscribed by Emperor Ashoka in around 250 BC. His inscription
is in the Pali script. Later Sanskrit inscriptions were added
around 150 AD and in about 450 AD by Rudradama and Skandagupta.
At the top of 600
m high Girnar hill are the famous Jain temples On has to climb
up 10,000 stone stops to make it to the summit. The sacred
tank of Damodar Kund
marks the start of the climb to the temples. The path
ascends through a wood the marble temples near the summit.
Five of them are Jain temples including the largest and the
oldest – the 12th century Temple of Neminath, the 22nd Jain tirthankar. There is
a large black image of Neminath in the central shrine and
smaller images around the temple.
Also notable is the nearby
triple Temple of Mallinath – 9th tirthankar, which was erected
in 1177 by two brothers.
HOW TO REACH
Trains from Ahmedabad and Veraval.
(26 nights/27 days)
Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sirki - Jaipur - Bundi -
Kota - Chittorgarh - Udaipur - Ranakpur -
Mt. Abu - Ahmedabad - Lothal - Bhavnagar -
Palitana - Diu - Sasangir - Junagadh -
Wankaner - Bhuj - Mumbai.