Situated in the western part of India, Junagadh literally translates to “Old Fort”. The city is also called “Sorath”. The 7th largest city in Gujarat, it is very close to the capital city of Gandhinagar. Replete with ancient structures and relics, the city is a perfect blend of the present and the past.
Budget Hotels in Junagadh
Some hotels at Junagadh are Hotel Indralok Junagadh (Tariff- Rs. 1571), Hotel Vishala (Tariff- Rs. 1578), The Lotus Hotel (Tariff- Rs. 1200) and Picnic Hotel (Tariff- Rs. 1000).
The official language of Junagadh is Gujarati. Hindi is also extensively spoken here.
Events in Junagadh
The people of Junagadh celebrate a variety of festivals. Important Indian festivals like Diwali in October - November, Mahashivrathri in February and Holi in March are celebrated here. There is also a Shivratri mela in February that lasts for five days.
Places to See in Junagadh
There are many places of interest in the city. The fort walls that surround the entire city, the mausoleums of the Nawabs of Junagadh, the Tomb of Nuri Shah are just some of them. Also, close to the city is the Gir National park.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Rajkot which is just an hour away, at a distance of 99 km.
Junagadh has its very own railway station which is well connected to all major cities in India.
The city does not have its very own bus stand. The state bus services are available from Porbander which is about 80 minutes from Junagadh. You can also find frequent services from Rajkot and Veraval. TicketGoose.com provides online bus tickets booking facility for travellers visiting their favourite destinations.
Chikhli is a town in the westernmost Indian state of Gujarat. The nearest major urban agglomeration close by is Surat at a distance of 61 km north. The town is a part of mainland Gujarat and not the Kathiawar Peninsula or the Bhuj region. The picturesque Arabian Sea coast is also nearby at a distance of 20 km west. Those with an endeavour for watching over beach sunset, temples and Indian cuisine should try this place out.
Places to Stay
As the town lacks proper accommodations to fit in tourist and visitors, one will have to venture into Surat in search of good hotels. Being an important city in a strategically important state, Surat does not run out of lodging options. Some of the good hotels which are worth a try are Alfa Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Citizen Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Yadgar Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Sarita Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of the area is Gujarati. Hindi is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
As the place runs short of tourist destinations, the best places of interest are in Surat, among which are Chintamani Jain Temple, Sardar Patel Museum, Dumas Beach (21 km away from the main city), Dutch Cemetery, Suvali Beach (28 km away from the city), Blues Adventures (a recreational park-cum-centre designed to offer citizens water sports) and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Surat Airport in Surat city at a distance of 67 km.
The Bilimora Junction Railway Station is the closest major railway station at a distance of 10 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses ply in the region. Shree Hari travels is one of the private operators in the region. Buses to the village can be found in Surat. Book online bus tickets through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of offers and discounts.