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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What can be a suitable itinerary for Jamnagar?

Manish Kumar DEC 10 2012
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Though going off to a place without any planning may sound exciting, it’s nothing less than a bother when you waste much of your time in fixing up a ‘to do’ list. Being holed up inside your hotel room and working out an itinerary would certainly be the last thing on your mind. And if fixing a perfect itinerary for Jamnagar seems mind boggling, here’s a quick list of all that you should not miss on this trip:

  • You can start with the Darbargarh Palace that’s almost in the middle of the city, right by the Palace Road. This epical structure was once a home to the Jams. It reflects a brilliant, intriguing mix of European as well as Rajput architectural style. Some parts of it crumbled in the 2001 earthquake, leaving deep cracks, yet tourists often flock to get a hands on experience of how the royals lived. 

  • Standing right by the side of Darbargarh Palace is the Lakhota Fort; once home to the Maharaja of Nawanagar, this palace has a charm of its own. The museum inside the palace will satiate the historical explorer in you, housing antique pottery and art pieces that date back to the 9th and 18th century.

  • If hunger pangs are bothering you now, there’s Vivid Restaurant, right there on the Palace Road. It’s got some nice options for vegetarians, that too at unbelievably low prices. Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary could be the perfect stop after this, for it’ll just take you a drive of some 15 minutes to cover the 6.5 kms of the stretch via Indira Marg. Ornithologists from all over the world visit this sanctuary that nestles rarities like Grey Francolin, Common Quail, Northern Pintail, Small Blue Kingfisher, Barn Owl, Brown Crake and many more. The sanctuary grounds are also home to some exotic fauna, offering much to the lovers of wild.

  • You can take a break from all the roaming around now and head off to the welcoming sands and waters of Balachadi Beach. It’s just a 30 minute drive (25.7 kms) from the sanctuary and is perfect to end your day. Watch the sun go down the blue, setting the waters afire. Needless to say, it’s one of the lesser crowded beaches.

  • A visit to Bala Hanuman Temple is the perfect way to start your day. Lose yourself to the serenity that surrounds the place. Don’t forget to stand by the temple side that offers uninterrupted view of the Ranmal Lake. You’ll be left gazing for long, with the continuous chant of Ram Dhun making for the perfect background score.

  • Marine National Park makes for the next perfect stopover. Just an hour (56.5 km) away from the Bala Hanuman Temple, it’ll have you walking the beach, with the fascinating corals looking amazingly clear in barely two feets of water is bliss. The area has 42 islands in all, having 37 species of hard and soft corals, 70 species of sponges, 200 species of molluscs, 98 species of birds and an astounding 108 species of brown, green and red algae.

  • Now, since you are done with most of the attractions in Jamnagar, it’s time to hit it off on the road to Rajkot, SH 25 to be precise. A drive of 2.5 hours 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.

  • Junagadh, at just a distance of some 100 kms (less than 2 hours), is the next pitstop. 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.

  • After some hours of solitude and learning at Junagadh, you can either go to Gir National Park or to Porbandar. Though it’ll take the same time to reach any these, it’s advisable to go to Porbandar, for Gir needs a whole day to itself. Take the SH 32 and NH 27 route and you’ll be there in slightly less than 2 hours. As Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace, Porbandar hardly needs any words of introduction. There’s Kirti Mandir, where Mahatma Gandhi was born; Sudama Mandir, Tara Mandir and Planetarium.

  • While you can pack off for the day after Porbandar, don’t forget that an adventure awaits you the next day. Though it’s a 4 hour drive on SH 26 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 to have a date with the wild.  

Let the roars of lion put a perfect ending note to your Jamnagar tour; rest assured, it’s going to be the trip of a lifetime. Explore!


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