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Junagadh About this sound 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.
TRIP HIGH LIGHTS
Edicts of Ashoka
Girnar Hill-Hindu Temples-Jain Temples
Gir National Park
Day 1- Mohabbat Maqbara-Uparkot Fort-Sarkeshwar Beach-Edicts of Ashoka
Mohabbat Maqbara: Also known as the Mausoleum of Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbhai and Bahauddin Makbara, Mohabbat Maqbara was once home to the Nawabs of Junagadh. A tribute to the architectural beauty of 18th century, this monument is situated in the middle of the city next to Jama Masjid and has intricate carvings. Built by Sheikh Bahauddin during the period between 1891 and 1896, the monument stands peacefully with its carved columns, stone carvings, domes, cornices and arches.Uparkot Fort: Located on a plateau in the middle of the town, Uperkot Fort was built in 319 BC and was rediscovered in 976 A.D. Built during the reign of Chandragupta Maurya, the fort was rebuilt by many kings over the centuries. The fort has a 300 feet deep moat and Rock Caves which are believed to be Buddhist caves. The most prominent ones are the Kapra Kodia Caves and the Babupyana Caves located inside the fort. Besides, there are insignia of some of Uparkot’s former rulers and temples to Ganesh, Hanuman and Shakti inside the fort. The fort is worth visiting for the seekers of historical places and forts.Sarkeshwar beach: Turquoise blue water, calm air, serene atmosphere and fine golden sang- Sarkeshwar Beach is certainly a perfect place to relax. Located on the south-western part of Jaffrabad town, Amreli , the beach offers a number of water sport activities. This less explored beach has many other sites to visit around it.Edicts of Ashoka: Ashoka’s Major Rock Edicts refer to 14 separate major Edicts of Ashoka which are located on the Saurashtra peninsula. The edicts impart moral instructions on religion (Dharma), harmony, tolerance, and peace. The inscriptions carry Brahmi script in Pali language and date back to 250 BC.
Day2- Girnar Hill-Hindu Temples-Jain Temples
Girnar Hill: Situated at the far end of the ancient town of Junagadh, Girnar Hill is covered with Jain and Hindu temples. The 3672 feet high hill has 10,000 steps which takes you to the top peak of the hill. Be prepared to spend a full day if you want to reach the uppermost temples. The largest and oldest of Jain Temples is the 12th-century Temple of Neminath , dedicated to the 22nd tirthankar. Many pilgrims come from across the nation to visit the holy temples.
Day3-Gir National Park
The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a forest and wildlife sanctuary established in 1965 in Gujrat. The park is is the sole home of the Asiatic lions and it has diverse flora and fauna. According to the 14th Asiatic Lion Census 2015, conducted in May 2015 there are 523 asiatic lions in the park. Besides, one can also spot Asiatic wild ass, hyenas, Gir foxes, pygmy woodpecker, brown fish owl and black buck in the park. A jeep safari will surely help you enjoy your visit more!
Inclusion & Exclusion
* Nights accommodation
* Disposal of a/c vechicle as per the Itinerary
* You can use the Vehicle for shopping
* Services of English speaking Driver who is well versed with the area you are visiting
* Drivers Boarding and Lodging
* Fuel Charges
* Toll Taxes
* Parking Fee
* State & Inter State Permit
* Including All Taxes.
* Entrances fees / Camera Utilization for the monuments will be paid by you on the spot
* Any services which is not mentioned in the above inclusion.