Junagadh is an ancient fortified city at the foothills of Girnar. Junagadh name it takes its name from old fort. The fourth century BC to the death of Ashoka, Junagadh was the capital of Gujarat under the Buddhist Mauryas then later Kashatrapas and Guptas etc. Junagadh is well known for Girnar as well as According to the architect. Please find the details for sightseeing places as per below.
Emperor Ashoka inscribed 14 rock edicts. The Buddhist edicts of Ashoka, Junagadh most famous monarch remains where it was placed in the third century BC. The impact of Ashoka edicts somewhat marred by a modern shelter and concrete platform. The inscriptions are in Brahmi script in Pali language & later added Sanskrit. The 14 edicts are moral lectures while the other inscriptions refer mainly to recurring floods destroying the embankment of a near by lake, the Sudershan, which no longer exists. Although its historic credentials are irrefutable, the admission charge seems a bit steep.
Durbar hall museum takes up part of the former place of the nawabs. It has a usual display of weapons, silver chains, chandeliers, palanquins. Also it’s having a huge carpet that was woven in Jail of Junagadh. Surrounding rooms contain silver elephant seats and collections of different textiles. There is a portrait gallery of the nawabs. This is the hall where the nawabs of previous Junagadh used to hold their court. Durbar Hall museum also contain photo of last nawab with his various beloved dogs.
Mahabat Maqbara is one of the popular examples of Indo – Islamic architecture of Gujarat. It’s built for Muslim rulers in the nineteenth century. This stunning mausoleum of a nawab of Junagadh seems to fizz up into the sky. The exclusivity of the wealth of silver at the portals teemed with intricate carvings and the winding staircase surrounding the four minarets attract a lot of tourist to its site. The onion fashioned dome also adds to the entire beauty of the sight.
Mount Girnar is a major pilgrimage center for both Jains and Hindus. The climb up 10000 stones steps to the peak of Girnar is best start at sunrise. The path of five thousand irregular steps climbs through eucalyptus forests. The steps were built betweens 1889 to 1908. The start of the climb is about 2KM beyond Damodar Kund. The largest & oldest is the 12th century temple of Neminath – go through the first left hand entrance after the first gate. There is a large black image of Neminath, the 22nd tirthankar. Carrying on up the steps you will reach various Hindu temples. First, the temple of Goraknath is perched on the highest peak at 600m. The next peak in pinnacle by the temple of goddess Amba Mata attracts both Hindu & Jain pilgrim. On the final projection is Dattatraya temple. There is a ready supply of tea & biscuits at stalls throughout the way.