Junagadh is a seductive little city, practically void of tourists, and ideal for aimless meanderings. It’s an ancient, fortified city at the base of spectacular Girnar Hill, which towers over town like a cloudy, holy spectre. The area around the Durbar Hall Museum is dotted with exotic old buildings, and crumbling Uperkot fort is properly spooky.
The city is named after the fort that enclosed the old city (jirna means old). Dating from 250 BC, the Ashokan Edicts nearby are testament to its earthly age.
At the time of Partition, the nawab of Junagadh opted to take his tiny state into Pakistan – a wildly unpopular option as the inhabitants were predominantly Hindu, so the nawab departed on his own.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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