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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 Gujarati in Junagadh

Geeta Lodge

Geeta’s army of waiters are constantly on the move serving up top-class, all-you-can-eat veg Gujarati thalis at a bargain price. Finish off with sweets, such as fruit salad or pureed mango, for ₹20.
Top Choice Mausoleum in Junagadh

Mahabat Maqbara

This 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 colum…
Top Choice Sacred Site in Junagadh

Girnar Hill

This sacred mountain, which rises dramatically from the plains, is covered with Jain and Hindu temples. Pilgrims from far and wide come to tackle the long climb up 10,000 stone steps to the summit, which is best beg…
Cave in Junagadh

Buddhist Caves

Close to the Jama Masjid (which is inside the Uperkot Fort) are 2nd century AD Buddhist caves, an eerie three-storey carved complex – the main hall contains pillars with weathered carvings.
Museum in Junagadh

Darbar Hall Museum

This museum displays weapons, armour, palanquins, chandeliers, and howdahs from the days of the nawabs, as well as a huge carpet woven in Junagadh’s jail. There’s a royal portrait gallery, including photos of the la…
Historic Site in Junagadh

Ashokan Edicts

Just outside town on the road to Girnar Hill, a white building on the right encloses a large boulder on which the Buddhist emperor Ashoka had 14 edicts inscribed in Brahmi script in the Pali language about 250 BC. T…
Zoo in Junagadh

Sakkarbaug Zoo

If you don’t make it to Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Junagadh’s zoo, 2km north of the centre, has Asiatic lions and a broad selection of other Indian wildlife. Most of the animal pens are rather depressing; in the …
Juice Bar in Junagadh

Jay Ambe Juice Centre

The perfect retreat for a fresh juice, milkshake or ice cream – try a custard-apple shake.
Indian in Junagadh

Garden Cafe

Something different: this restaurant has a lovely garden setting next to Jyoti Nursery on the eastern side of town, and serves reasonable Jain, Punjabi and South Indian food. It’s popular with families and young peo…