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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Jamnagar - A Historical City

Friends, Last weekend I visited Jamnagar and stayed there for two days. Trip was good; Sessions were well and had positive feedbacks from group. Somehow I felt, we still need to work on time! I believe we yet not understood the value of the time. Anyways, let me share my experience with you!

I had reached Jamnagar on last Friday night. Altaf Vasaya and Anwar Lakhani accompanied me. After reaching we booked a room in Hotel Kama after getting good reviews from a co-traveller. Though it was economy hotel, we can’t expect any other facilities than the hotel had! We tried to change hotel but didn’t find any decent near bus station area although there are guest house like Minal and Shivshakti, facilities were almost same. There are good restaurants in Jamnagar if you search little far from bus station area. Both the day we went to Restaurant Maruti, taste seemed good. It is a decent restaurant for family.

Jamnagar is easy to travel from Junagadh (3 hours) Rajkot (2 hours) on road if you are in Saurashtra. There are trains from Rajkot Jn as well. There are so many places to visit; unfortunately we couldn’t visit due to busy schedule.
Railway Station in past

Interesting Facts:
  • Jamnagar is a coastal town of Gujarat – India. 
  • It was founded by Jam Raval in 1540 A.D. as the capital of the princely state of Navanagar. 
  • It was so named after the ruler who called themselves Jamshree. 
  • There are so many buildings situated in the old part of the town such as the Darbar Gadh, Mandvi Tower and Jam Bungalow. 
  • Darbar Gadh was a gathering place where the Maharaja of Nawanagar used to hold public audience. 
  • Jamnagar is the home town of best cricketers such as His Royal Highness Jam Ranjitsinhji, Duleepsinhji, Prince Amish and his nephew Prince Vinu Mankad, Salim Durrani, Indrajitsinhji, Ajay Jadeja and emerging cricketer Ravindra Jadeja. 
  • Jamnagar is also famous for its 'Brass Products', 'Bandhani' and handicrafts. 
  • According to Pauranik literature, Lord Krishna established his kingdom at Dwarka town in Jamnagar district, after migrating from Mathura. 
  • Jamnagar is today known as 'Oil City' because the world's biggest oil refinery belonging to Reliance Industries and a smaller one belonging to Essar Oil are located in Jamnagar. 
  • Jamnagar is well known for its four marble Jain temples: Vardhman Shah's Temple, Raisi Shah's Temple, Sheth's Temple, and Vasupujya Swami's Temple. All were built between 1574 and 1622.
  • There are 30 Jain Temples in the town.

Places of interest:
  • Darbargadh Palace
  • Lakhota Fort
  • Willingdon Crescent
  • Pratap Vilas Palace
  • Kotha Bastion
  • Dhanvantri Mandir (Ayurvedic University – only one in India)
  • Solarium
  • Bhujio Kotho
  • Bohra Hajira

Visit when you will be in Jamnagar!

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