Places to Visit in Junagadh, Somnath, Tourist places Sightseeing
Details of Tourist places to visit in Junagadh, Somnath : –
On the way to the Girnar temples one passes a huge boulder on which 14 edicts of Emperor Ashoka are inscribed. Of which some are moral lectures, while the other inscriptions mainly refer to recurring floods destroying the embarkments of Sudershan Lake, which no longer exists.
It is a 1600 m ascent, up 10,000 stone steps to the 1118 m high summit of Girnar. The temple topped hill is of great significance to the Jains. It has five temples while on top of the peak is the temple of Amba Mata, where newly weds worship for a happy marriage. Top in the list of tourist places to visit in Junagadh, Somnath.
The mausoleums of the Nawabs of Junagadh consist of silver doors and intricate architecture, including minarets with spiral stairways.
The fort walls are 20 m high and the fort is entered by an ornate, triple gateway. The top of the old fort forms a plateau-like area covered in lantana scrub. Inside the fort is a mosque, the Jami Masjid, built from a demolished Hindu temple. Top in the list of tourist places to visit in Junagadh, Somnath.
Durbar Hall Museum
Consists of the usual weapons and armor of the Nawabs. Also displayed are silver chains and chandeliers, settees and thrones, howdah and palanquins, a few cushion and gowns and a photo gallery.
The temple of Somnath, 5 km from Veraval is one of the twelve sacred Shiva shrines in India. According to the legend, Somnath was built by Som, the moon God and contains one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. Constantly washed by the Arabian sea, the temples of Somnath were destroyed seven times but were rebuilt each time. The present temple Maha Meru Prasad was recently built on the exact location of the original shrine. Adjacent to this temple is the temple built by Holkar of Indore. Top in the list of tourist places to visit in Junagadh, Somnath.
Sasangir Forest & Sanctury
380 kms. South-west of Ahmedabad and 50 kms from Junagadh is located Gir Forest, sprawling on 1412 sq. kms. It has a dry deciduous forest and a luxuriantly rich eco system endowed with fauna plenty. Gir is the last home of the Asiatic lion. In this sanctuary one can use lions roaming freely. This rare sight can be enjoyed on a guided jeep tour. While driving one can see animals like Chital, Nilgai, Sambar, Black buck, Chinkara, Wild pig, Jackal etc. Guides and vehicles are available on hire. Tulsishyam, a temple dedicated to Bhim and his mother Kunti is located in te heart of Gir, which is a scenic spot because of its hot water springs. Top in the list of tourist places to visit in Junagadh, Somnath.