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.
Samkhayali is a small hamlet in Gujarat’s Kutch district. It is well connected by road as well as rail. National Highways 15 and 8A passes through this village and it stretches up to Kandla Port and Gandhidham. Its nearby cities are Bhachau (19 km), Rapar (48 km) and Bhuj (97 km).
Places to Stay
Except for a few homestays, there are no accommodation facilities in Samkhayali. However, Gandhidham, which is 58 km away, has a number of budget hotels that tourists can choose from. Some of them are City Plaza Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1,100), Flamingo Hotel (Tariff –Rs.800), Hotel Gurukripa (Tariff –Rs.600).
The languages spoken here are Gujarati and Hindi.
Some of the important festivals celebrated in Samkhayali are Mahashivaratri in February, Holi in March-April, Navratri in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Samkhayali does not have many interesting places for tourists, but its neighbouring city, Gandhidham has a lot of attractions. Some of them are Khavada, Akshardham, Purneshwar Temple, Modhera and Shri Chandra Prabh Labdhi Dham Teerth.
How to Get There
The nearest airport from here is 54 km away in Kandla.
Samkhayali is well connected to other cities by rail as it has its own railway junction, which is 1.3 km from the town centre.
There are buses from Gandhidham and Kandla. State-run buses cater to passengers travelling on this route. Ticketgoose.com’s bus reservation facility has never been easier through its mobile apps.