Saurashtra attractions

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 Religious Site in Palitana

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, medit…
Top Choice National Park in Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

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 there…
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 Nature 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, fast…
Top Choice Lake 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 Lakh…
Top Choice Museum 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 to …
Top Choice Jain 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, cartoon-…
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 bui…