Top ChoiceReligious Site in Junagadh

Girnar Hill

Girnar Hill

This sacred mountain, rising dramatically from the plains, is covered with Jain and Hindu temples and is a major pilgrimage site. However, as with any good pilgrimage, getting to the temples isn't easy. Pilgrims...

Top ChoiceReligious Site in Palitana

Shatrunjaya

Shatrunjaya

One of Jainism’s holiest pilgrimage sites, Shatrunjaya is an incredible hill studded with temples, some of which are over 900 years old. It's said that Adinath (also known as Rishabha), the founder of Jainism,...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

Gir National Park

Gir National Park

Early-morning sunlight filters through the leaves and shadows skittle through the undergrowth. Suddenly, the silence is broken by the high-pitched alarm call of a spotted deer: danger is at hand. Somewhere out...

Top ChoiceMausoleum in Junagadh

Mahabat Maqbara

Mahabat Maqbara

The stunning mausoleum of Nawab Mahabat Khan II of Junagadh (1851–82) seems to bubble up into the sky. One of Gujarat’s most glorious examples of Euro-Indo-Islamic architecture, with French windows and Gothic...

Top ChoiceFort in Junagadh

Uparkot Fort

Uparkot Fort

This ancient fort is believed to have been built in 319 BC by the Mauryan emperor Chandragupta, though it has been extended many times. In places the ramparts reach 20m high. It’s been besieged 16 times, and...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Velavadar Blackbuck National Park

Velavadar Blackbuck National Park

This beautiful, 34-sq-km park, an hour's drive north of Bhavnagar, encompasses large areas of pale, custard-coloured grassland stretching between two seasonal rivers and is famous for its blackbuck – beautiful,...

Top ChoiceLake in Jamnagar

Ranmal Lake

Every evening it seems as though half the city has descended onto the well-kept, tree-lined promenades running around Ranmal Lake. There's a bona fide astroturf running track and the diminutive mid-19th-century...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Gondal

Naulakha Museum

This eclectic collection of museums is housed in a beautiful 260-year-old riverside palace that was built in a mixture of styles, with striking gargoyles and delicate stone carvings. A full ticket includes entry...

Top ChoiceMulticuisine in Junagadh

Petals

Great food. Great atmosphere. The restaurant next to, and part of, the Lotus Hotel delivers a sleek first impression, with a modern – and very white – design. The vegetarian menu ranges from Punjabi to sizzlers...

Top ChoiceJain Temple in Jamnagar

Shantinath Mandir

One of the largest Jain temples in the old town, Shantinath Mandir dates to the mid-17th century. Although the outside is classic white, the interior is a fairground of bright colours and recently restored,...

Hindu Temple in Somnath

Temple of Somnath

It’s said that Somraj (the moon god) first built a temple in Somnath, made of gold; this was rebuilt by Ravana in silver, by Krishna in wood and by Bhimdev in stone. The current serene, symmetrical structure was...

Hindu Festival in Junagadh

Bhavnath Mela

Over five days in the month of Magha, this festival brings folk music and dancing and throngs of nagas (naked sadhus or spiritual men) to Bhavnath Mahadev Temple at Girnar Taleti in Junagadh. It marks the time...

National Park in Around Jamnagar

Narara Marine National Park

Consisting of three parts, this national park and the adjoining marine sanctuary encompass the intertidal zone and 42 small islands along some 120km of coast east and west of Jamnagar – an area rich in wildlife...

Bird Sanctuary in Around Jamnagar

Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary

This small, 6-sq-km sanctuary, 12km northeast of Jamnagar, encompasses salt- and freshwater marshlands and hosts more than 200 bird species, including the Dalmatian pelican, painted stork and crab plover. It’s...

Cemetery in Junagadh

Tombs of the Babi Kings

Unknown even to many locals, this abandoned and half-overgrown cemetery at the edge of the old town contains the tombs of the Babi nawabs of Junagadh and their family members. While many sites are just simple...

Hindu Site in Junagadh

Damodar Kund

Just down the road from the base of Girnar Hill is Damodar Kund, a sacred lake lined by ghats (landings) where people scatter the ashes and bones of recently passed relatives. The bones are clearly visible,...

Bird Sanctuary in Jamnagar

Sir Peter Scott Bird Hospital

Not a tourist attraction as such, this bird-rescue centre welcomes interested visitors. Injured local birds are brought here to be patched up before being re-released. There are normally plenty of pigeons, as...

Workshop in Rajkot

Mayur Patola Art

Rajkot has quickly developed a Patola-weaving industry. This skill comes from Patan, and is a tortuous process that involves dyeing each thread before it's woven. However, in Patan both the warp and weft threads...

Hindu Temple in Veraval

Bhalka Tirth

On the way towards Somnath, Bhalka Tirth is where Krishna was mistaken for a deer (he was sleeping in a deerskin) and fatally wounded by an arrow. The temple here is an architecturally mundane affair, but it...

Palace in Jamnagar

Lakhota Palace

The diminutive and very much restored mid-19th-century Lakhota Palace, a fort on an island in Ranmal Lake, houses a semi-open-air museum featuring well-lit and -labelled displays of stone-carved Hindu gods,...