In the far west of Indian state of Gujarat is the lost city of Junagadh. Once a thriving city, Junagadh now carries the skeletons of history. The fort walls of Uparkot bind the lost city together. Furthermore, the Asiatic lions at the Gir National Park are the only survivors of their kind.

Junagadh Travel Guide

Towering over the city is Mt. Girnar, a holy site for Hindus and Jains that is climbed by a 9999-step staircase along peaks studded by temples that reach for the sky and look out across the plains. Walking up these stairs in pilgrimage is a unique experience of striving towards the heavens.

How To Get Here

Reaching Junagarh is easy once you reach Rajkot. You can take a flight to Rajkot from any important city. From the airport, you can take a cab to Junagadh. There are also railways all over the country that go to Junagadh Railway Station. Buses also run from Porbandar (the westernmost point of India) to Junagadh.

WHEN TO GO

Visiting Junagadh will force you to deal with the heat as you take a safari, roam the Uparkot Fort and much more. To avoid the sweat and high temperatures winter is a suitable time to visit. Since the heat is low, this is the most popular tourist season. However, crowds thin during February and March. You can visit during these two months to enjoy the nice temperatures and tourist attractions all to yourself. 

WHERE TO GO

Many worthy places await you inside the complex Junagadh Fort. It takes about 3 hours to see all these attractions. The Jamia Masjid, the Khapra Kodia Caves, and the Mausoleums of Mughal Kings are beautiful ruins to explore. Other than the Fort there is the Holy Hill of Girnar; trekking here is a joy. However, the difficulty of the hike is too much and only recommended to experienced hikers. There are many temples and masjids on the way up. Viewing lions during the ascent is an added bonus.

But, if lions do not show up on the hill, the Gir National Park assures you will see one. Safari times are 6 am-9 am, 9 am-12 pm, and 3 pm-6 pm. Dusk time is the best to spot lions, as they hunt their prey when the sun sets. The Jeep Safari costs 2000 rupees (approx. $30 USD) for a six seater, split the bill between other tourists and you will lower your costs.

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December 28, 2017 11:12 pm Published by

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