Junagadh is one of the prosperous cities in Gujarat in terms of tourism. This ancient town was once ruled by many princely rulers, who contribute to the beauty and development of the city in their own distinct manner. They built many splendid monuments in Junagarh, which have today become its landmark. The city has become a popular tourist destination owing to the fact that it has a rich historical background and so much to be explored. It is a true reflection of the spirit of Gujarat, as it offers a wide variety just like the state. Thus, the sightseeing tours of Junagadh are an unforgettable fun filled experience for the visitors.
Sakkarbag Zoo is the oldest zoo of Gujarat and is the third oldest zoo in India. A number of Gir lions are bred here and supplied to the other zoos. There is even a museum in the zoo complex, with a collection of rare specimens of art furniture, stuffed animals, ancient coins, Persian Sanskrit inscriptions, etc.
Narsinh Mehta Choro
It is said that Narsinh Mehta Choro is the place where the poet-saint and reformer Narsinh Mehta conducted his assemblies in the 15th century.
Upperkot is a remarkable fort situated in the middle of the town. It was originally built in 319 BC and was rediscovered in 976 AD. The fort was attacked a number of times. The citadel has a huge gate and it is enclosed within fort walls that are around 20 m high. One can also see the mammoth Jama Masjid inside the complex. There are also a number of Buddhist caves situated in the complex of Upperkot.
The Khapra Kodia Caves are situated to the north of the fort and Babupyana Caves to its south. These caves are adorned with stone carvings and floral work and are said to be 1,500 years old (dating from before 500 AD). One can also see two interesting large step wells (vavs) here. The 11th century Navghan Kuva has a circular stairway that descends over 50 m, whereas the Adi Chadi Vav descends down 170 steps.
Darbar Hall Museum
The Darbar Hall Museum contains an interesting collection of weapons, thrones, silver articles, costumes, paintings, tapestries, and palanquins. It is located in the royal palace, just near the entrance to the fort.
Ashoka’s Major Rock Edict
At the foothills of Girnar Mountain, there is uneven rock with a circumference of seven meters by ten meters. It bears inscriptions in Br?hm? script, etched with an iron pen.
Science Museum of Junagarh is the first and the only private science museum in Gujarat. There are around 60 science projects that can be operated by visitors. There is even a small aquarium and an open air garden restaurant and café which serve South Indian and Punjabi dishes.
Shree Swaminarayan Temple
Shree Swaminarayan Temple is a huge temple built in 1826-28 A.D. It is a splendid temple which rises to a height of 77 feet.
Mujkund Caves are the historic caves where Lord Krishna hid, when he came from Mathura. After this, he was named as Ranchod Raiji.