Gujarat Offbeat – Places to visit in Junagadh

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Planning a trip to the western Indian state of Gujarat wasn’t easy and Junagadh’s name popped up when I was planning my itinerary. Junagadh was the princely state which India and Pakistan fought hard to acquire albeit ultimately came to India. Junagadh is a Gujarati term which translates to “old fort”, given the location of Uperkot Fort in the town. It is the 7th largest city of Gujarat and yet not enough promoted by tourism. We were on a family trip and all of us had picked our must-see spots on literally on opposite ends of the state. My interest was piqued when I read about Junagadh’s history. I wanted to see all the places to visit in Junagadh during my stay there and we covered most of them too. 

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Gujarat Offbeat – Places to Visit in Junagadh

Junagadh Sightseeing:  Mahabat Maqbara

As Junagadh was once a princely state, a mausoleum was built for Wazir Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbhai, a chief minister of Nawab Mahabat Khan II.  Mahabat Maqbara has an attractive architecture with Gothic and Islamic styles and the windows are derived from The French. The striking attraction in the Mahabat Maqbara is the spiral staircase around the main mausoleum. 

Mahabat Maqbara

The free entry to the Maqbara makes it one of the top places to visit in Junagadh. This means the building is in need of maintenance, which is evidently visible in the nooks and corners. 

Junagadh Sightseeing: Jammi Mosque 

A rather unknown mosque but located right next to the Mahabat Maqbara is the Jammi Mosque. With beautiful architecture in green and yellow, the mosque is sadly given a miss by most tourists. 

Take a walk from Mahabat Maqbara where the mosque is easily noticeable. The entry might be restricted, but it is always nice to take a beat and admire the architecture. 

Junagadh Sightseeing: Uparkot Fort

Junagadh town is located on the foot of Girnar Hills and a fort was built in the Mauryan empire. The ruined state of the Fort speaks volumes of its history and age. There is no entry charge for the fort, sadly which explains its ignored state. 

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Ranak Devi Palace

The fort is spread over a vast area with numerous buildings on the premises including Ranak Devi Palace, Adi Kadi Vav, Buddhist caves and many more. The Ranak Devi was the queen of Saurashtra’s reign in the 12th century. Her palace is located on the topmost citadel of the fort giving views of the entire city. Adi Kadi Vav is another step well for storing water similar to Agrasen ki Baoli in Delhi. It broke my heart, literally, when I saw the condition of the stepwell. It was extremely dirty, filled with filth that it was just not possible to go downstairs. The well was quite deep but again filled with dirty water. 

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A-Pillar in the Buddhist caves

The only place which was well maintained in the Fort was the Buddhist caves. The first-century caves were a delight to see in person. The intricate work on the pillars made of rocks is worth applauding. The fort and the caves are indeed some of the best places to visit in Junagadh. 

Junagadh Sightseeing: Girnar Hills

Girnar Hills are the smaller mountain range on the foot of Junagadh town lies. The hills are sacred to the locals and the Jain temples attract many tourists. 

The top of the hill can be reached via a trek with various pit stops to Hindu and Jain Temples and Ashokan Edicts. For those who love to trek, I’d suggest including Girnar Hills in their list of places to visit in Junagadh. We had to skip because of time constraints.

Junagadh Sightseeing: Sardar Patel Darwaja

This is not much of a tourist place, but a gate to the city. The architecture of the gate is mindblowing, built with Gothic-style windows. The main entry tower of the gate also includes a clock. The entire tower is lit up in the night until 10:00 PM which is a wonderful sight. 

It was visible that the restoration of the gate is in progress, so it might be worthwhile to see it when you visit Junagadh next time. Visit the gate early morning when the traffic is less and before 10 at night to see it in its full glory. Don’t miss this gate as it is one of the most amazing places to visit in Junagadh. 

Day Trips from Junagadh

Junagadh is located close to many famous tourist places in Gujarat. So if you intend to base in Junagadh, these places can be covered as day trips –

Sasan Gir

Sasan Gir or Gir National Park is well known for its diverse wildlife and also for being the home to Asiatic lions. Book an early morning or evening safari well in advance so that you don’t miss out trip of a lifetime. 

Gir Peacock

Sasan Gir can be reached within 2 hours from Junagadh, so for a 6 AM safari, you’ll have to leave from your hotel at around 4:00 AM. If this seems too much to bear, I’d suggest booking a resort near Sasan Gir. They also provide cabs to the national park entry gate and you can also sleep well through the night. 


Somnath is famous all over India for its shore temple which is located right on the beach. This temple town is only 1.5 hours away making it perfect for a day trip from Junagadh. The beach in Somnath is not accessible for tourists, not even from the temple. But, the viewpoints with benches on the temple premises give amazing views of the ocean. 

Somnath temple

Right outside the temple, there is an open area to sit, relax and admire the sea. Head there when the sun goes down the horizon, it is beautiful to see on the western coast of India. It is indeed one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world


Diu is one of the 7 union territories of India which was under Portuguese rule until 1961. Less than 4 hour drive from Junagadh, Diu can be easily covered in a day. Although it will be nice to stay a night there, with the time constraint, it can be covered as a day trip too.

Nagoa beach

Hire a cab from Junagadh or take a local bus to reach Diu. Laid back in time with a beach in proximity, coconut trees all over and a fort overseeing the town, Diu is a tranquil place.

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Where to Stay in Junagadh

Despite being the 7th largest city in the state, there are not many luxury hotels in Junagadh. We were looking for a family room, and it was difficult to find one there. So, we went ahead with Click Hotels, which provided us with an extra mattress. I loved the hotel, located right opposite Sardar Patel Darwaja, a mid-level luxurious hotel, with and humble staff. You may book the hotel here.

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Where To eat in Junagadh

I couldn’t find Gujarati thali or Kathiyawadi food during my Gujarat trip. Most of the time we had to eat in the hotel which served amazing food. You can try Petals Hotel, it is one of the best ones in the city. 

How to commute in Junagadh

When it comes to public transport, shared and personal auto-rikshaws are available in Junagadh. If you’re travelling using your own car, then it’s easy to commute to the town. If you like to walk around, then the area near the main railway station is good to start from. 

So, this is my Junagadh Travel Guide with all the must-see places to visit in Junagadh. 


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  1. […] Veraval are closest train stations to reach Gir National Park. I’d recommend taking a train to Junagadh as you can explore the town […]

  2. Good Information and also accurate as we know we are local of Somnath

  3. There area unit numerous places to go to in India, and currently Junagadh is on my list further – the design looks really stunning!

    1. Shivani says:

      Thank you 🙂

  4. […] Don’t miss my Junagadh travel guide! […]

  5. Looks awesome Shivani! Definitely a magical place.

  6. There are so many places to visit in India, and now Junagadh is on my list as well – the architecture seems truly stunning!

    1. Shivani says:

      Glad you liked the place 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  7. And just an update that booking link you shared above is not the official. Actual one is (do change, unless its a paid promo)

  8. Beautiful article on Junagadh and nearby places like Gir. And lovely images too.

  9. Great post 🙂

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