Top things to do in Junagadh

Top Choice Religious Site in Junagadh

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 are…
Top Choice Mausoleum in Junagadh

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 column…
Top Choice Fort in Junagadh

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 legend …
Top Choice Multicuisine 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 to C…
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 when …
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 headst…
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, though d…
Mosque in Junagadh

Jama Masjid

The Jama Masjid, the disused mosque inside Uparkot Fort, was converted from a palace in the 15th century by Gujarat sultan Mahmud Begada and has a rare roofed courtyard with three octagonal openings that may once ha…
Museum in Junagadh

Junagadh Museum Sardar Baug

This museum, housed within a peach-pink pile of domes and turrets, displays weaponry such as the stick gun and 'tiger nails', and Jamnagar daggers, armour, elaborate silver palanquins, and howdahs (seats for carryin…
Cave in Junagadh

Buddhist Caves

Inside Uparkot Fort and close to the Jama Masjid, these are not actually caves but rather monastic quarters carved out of rock around the 2nd century AD. Descend into the eerie, three-storey complex to see the main …