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.
Earlier known as Wamansthali, Vanthali is a historical city in Gujarat’s Junagadh district. It was once ruled by Vanthali Wala Ram, who adopted his nephew Ra Chuda as he did not have any son, who could succeed him. After he ascended the throne, Ra Chuda changed his name to Chudasama and ruled Junagadh from 9th-15th centuries. As it is only 20 km away from its headquarters, it has several temples and forts worth visiting nearby.
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic at Vanthali, but Junagadh has a number of options like Shikar Palace Hotel (Tariff –Rs.500), Hotel Sapphire (Tariff –Rs. 800) and Vishala Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1,000).
Gujarati, Hindi and English are the most spoken languages of this city.
Holi in March-April, Janmashtami in July-August, Buddha Purnima in September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali in October-November are the most important festivals of Varsada.
Places of Interest
Vanthali has a lot to offer its tourists, as it is close to the historical city of Junagadh (20 km). Some of the places of interest include Moti Baug, Science Museum, Durbar Hall Museum, Damodar Kund and Uperkot Fort.
How to Get There
Porbandar Airport, which is 78 km away, is the closest to the city.
Shapur railway station just 7 km away is the nearest from the city, but Rajkot railway station is a major rail head connecting Vanthali to other major cities
Buses are available from Junagadh, Keshod and Upleta. Mahasagar Travels is one of the top operators on this route. Book your tickets in advance and avail of your bus ticket discount coupon, especially given during festive seasons.