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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top attractions around Jamnagar?

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If you wish to make the most out of your Jamnagar trip, don’t forget to explore its surroundings. A host of attractions make for its neighborhoods, places that’ll have you wondering in awe and more. Lace up your sports shoes, revv up the engine, pocket the compass and you are all set to go to:


  • Gir National Park

Though it’s a 4 hour long drive from Jamnagar, you just can’t skip a tour of Gir National Park. Hailed as the last home to Asiatic Lions, Gir throws a challenge to tourists, luring them for a date with the wild. Come face to face with the king of jungle as you watch lions in all their glory, with that royal gait; goosebumps are assured. As you walk with the shadow of crested Serpent Eagle that’s hovering overhead, you’ll know that there’s more to Gir than the jungle king. Plus, you can go butterfly spotting too!  


Entry fee is INR 120 for Indians and INR 1000 for foreign nationals.


Timings: 6 am to 10 am; 3 pm to 5 pm (Winters)

6 am to 9.30 am; 3.30 pm to 6 pm (Summers)


Address: SH 26  

Bhojde

Gujarat

Official Website: http://www.girnationalpark.com/


  • Junagadh

As you enter the precincts of this city, you’ll actually feel the mysticism that’ll envelop you right when you enter its precincts. At an immersing drive of around 2 hours from Jamnagar, Kathiyawadi food is just one attraction of this place. There’s the marvellous Uperkot Fort, built by Chandragupta in 319 BC; the giant boulder that has inscriptions written by none other than King Ashoka in 250 BC; Buddhist Caves that date back to 2nd century AD. A sleepy, quaint city at the foot of Girnar Hills, Junagadh is ideal for the lovers of aimless wanderings.


  • Rajkot 

Explore the rich history that’s become a part of life at Jamnagar and its neighbor, Rajkot. Soak in the magic of this area in the 1.5 hour drive to Rajkot, a place that’ll surely bowl you over. With attractions like Mahatma Gandhi’s residence, Watson Museum, Rotary Doll Museum, Rashtriya Shala and Swaminarayan Temple, Rajkot is a must on every traveller’s list. Don’t forget to order a cuppa tea at Khetla Appa on Kalawad Road.


  • Porbandar

As Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace, Porbandar hardly needs any words of introduction. It’ll take you a maximum of 2.5 hours from Jamnagar and awaiting you will be some real surprises. There’s Kirti Mandir, where Mahatma Gandhi was born; Sudama Mandir, Tara Mandir and Planetarium.

Ranjeet Sagar Dam is another attraction at just 15 kms from the city. Jamnagar can be hailed as a tourist’s haven, having the best of two worlds, ancient and modern. Here, myths meets modern with such sublimity that you’ll hardly notice the fusion. Walking on the same lines, its neighborhoods radiates the same charm.

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