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About Jamnagar
Location: Jamnagar is a coastal town of Gujarat in India. It was founded by "Jam Raval" in 1540 A.D. as the capital of the princely state of Nawanagar. It was so named after the ruler who called themselves "Jamshree". The city was built around the small Ranmal Lake, in the center of the Lake there is a small palace that can be reached by a causeway. Jamnagar is having the only Ayurvedic University in India. The old part of the town has a number of interesting buildings such as the "Darbar Gadh", "Mandvi Tower", "Jam Bungalow". Darbar Gadh was a gathering place where the Maharaja of Nawanagar used to hold public audience. Jamnagar is the home town of world famous cricketers His Royal Highness Jam Ranjitsinhji, Duleepsinhji and Ajay Jadeja. The "Bala Hanuman Temple" is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the continuous enchanting of "Ram Dhun" since 1st August 1964. Jamnagar is also home to all the three defense force of India. The town is also famous for its 'Brass Products', 'Bandhani' and handicrafts.

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Southern Asia in India in Gujarat State 22.28 N and 70.04 E
4,45,397 as per 2001 Census
+5.30 G.M.T
Indian Rupees (Rs.) = Indian 100 Paise.

Climate: The climate of Jamnagar varies with hot summer, cold winter and low rainfall. The evenings are pleasant due to the sea breeze from the nearby Arabian Sea. Temperatures range is around 24ºC to 43ºC in Summer and 10ºC to 24ºC in Winter.

Orientation & Information: The State Bus Stand and the New Railway Station are several kms apart, the Railway Station is far from the city whereas State Bus Stand is located within city area. You will need to take an auto - rickshaw or taxi for moving between the two. Most of the best - available bottom - end guest houses are near the old railway station, in Teen Batti Chowk. There are a couple of more commodious cheap places near Bedi Gate. The Jamnagar Airport is situated on Khambhalia road and the distance from state bus stand is around 7 Kms. All private intercity travel buses are available near Pancheshwar Tower.

How to get there
Airways: Flights of Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Gujarat Airways connecting Jamnagar and Mumbai (Bombay).
Rail: On the Western Railway with direct connection with Ahmedabad. The Jamnagar Railway Station is well known as a Gandhinagar Railway Station.
Road: State Transport buses and private luxury coaches connects various centres of Gujarat. Jamnagar is 308 kms from Ahmedabad via Rajkot and 92 kms from Rajkot.

The Ancient & Religious: The Jamnagar district has a rich ancient history. The temple of Lord Krishna known as 'Dwarkadhish Temple' is situated at Dwarka in the district. According to the Hindu mythology, he earliest conqueror of Okhamandal was Shri Krishna also called Ranchhodji who is supposed to be the eight incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Krishna was succeed ed by his great grandson Vajarnabh, who enjoy the reputation of having built the present temple of Dwarkanath also called Trilok Sundar.

As a Halar: At the time of Mohamed Gazni's invasion of Gujarat in 1024 A.D., the costal belt was ruled by the Jethwas near Khambhalia and Okhamandal. In about 1480 .A.D., Sultan Mohamed Begdo had conquered this region. After conquest by Humayun of Gujarat , the Jams of Navanagar established the kingdom which came to be known as 'Halar' . The Jams claim to be descendant from Yadavs. They belong to the Jadeja Rajput race which originated from the Sammas who ruled at Nagar-Thatha in Sind and migrated to Kachchh. Jam Raval was the founder of Jamnagar and he was a descendant of Jam Hala and hence the area had been called as 'Halar'

After Independence: Jam Shree Digvijaysinghji was the first Raj Pramukh of the former Saurashtra State formed after independence. Jam Shree Digvijaysinghji took a very active part in the integration of princely States of Saurashtra and helped Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in his difficult task of integration of Political States. The first Chief Minister of Saurashtra and once Congress President Shri U.N. Dhebar also hailed from Khambhalia town of his district.

The district of Jamnagar was first formed after independence in the year 1949 out of the territories of the former states of Navanagar, Dhrol, Dhrafa, Thana and parts of Jalia Devani at the time of merger with the Indian Union, the north-west part of Jamnagar District known as Okhamandal Taluka was formerly a part of Amreli District but was subsequently included in this district in 1959. The district became a part of bigger bilingual State of Bombay of 1st November, 1956 and thereafter became part of Gujarat State on 1 st May, 1960 on the formation of Gujarat State.

Available historical references suggest that Jamnagar in its present location was founded by Jam Raval in A.D. 1540 on the erstwhile 'Nagnah' port. Darbargadh, presently the area in the inner city, seems to be the original town founded by Jam Raval in 16th century. The foundation stone in one of the buildings here still bears the testimony and also the historic Darbargadh Palace, which was built on a high plane over the area between Nagmati and Rangmati rivers.

Darbargadh: Darbargadh was built as fortified settlement and part of this fortification exists in western periphery. The temple of Ashapura is stated to be of the original times, built by Jam Raval. The temple now is opened up on the main street for public worship.

The oldest description of the city is available in a Sanskrit Poem “Jam Vijay” of A.D. 1582-83 attributed to Veninath. It is described with a town with a lake. The Lake which dates back to 16th century was restructured and renamed Ranmal Lake in A.D.1820 to 1852 by Jam Ranmal II.

Nageshwar Temple: Nageshwar Temple is build in A.D.1614 after the battle of “Bhuchar Mori” during the reign of Jam Sataji. This records of archaeological findings dating back to 19th and 10th century. Which prove the antiquity of this region. Nagnes-Nagnah port was also stated to be in use almost up to early 17th century as per the records available of the times of Jam Jasaji (A.D.1608 to 1614).

Storage & Security: The records also suggest the construction of or renovation of fortifications during various periods from 16th century. But the fragments which are seen suggest that the fort wall and gates date back from 18th century. The structure of Bhujiyo Kotho and Lakhotho in Ranmal Lake date back to A.D. 1839. this structures were built to provide for storage and security a specially Lakhoto, which also served as a recreational place in the Lake.

Cricket: The city of Jamnagar is famous in the field of cricket. It has the unique distinction of being the single hometown of many stalwarts in the field of Cricket. They include Prince Ranji, Prince Dulip, Vinu Mankad, Salim Durani, Prince Indrajitsinhji, Prince Shatrushalyasinh and Ajay Jadeja.

1514 to 1562: Construction of Darbar Gadh Palace, Mota Ashapura Temple and Ranmal Tank now cold Lakhota Tank were undertaken during the period. Residential establishments such as "Vajir Fali" and "Sheth Fali" where also developed in this period.

1570 to 1617: During this era, Muslim Community settled in the vicinity of Kalawad Gate. Around 3000 persons belonging to Oswal Community settled in the city during the rule of Jam Sataji. Construction of Adinath temple was undertaken during this era.

1617 to 1663: The important addition to the city was the defense wall around the city which was built by Meraman Khawas between 1661 and 1663. This wall had five gates viz. Bedi gate, Three gate, Dhunvav gate, Kalawad gate and Khambhalia gate.

1852 to 1895: During the rule of Jam Shri Vibhaji, Lal Bungalow on the bank of Ranmal Tank, Mandvi Tower, Pancheswar Tower, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Jumma-Masjid, Ratanbai Masjid, Nawanagar High School, Vibhaji School, City Jubilee Bag and Bungalow, Bedi Port etc. were constructed. In addition to the above, Pancheswar Road, Moti Ashapura Road, Lal Bungalow Road, and Darbar gadh were also constructed. The vital roads leading to Bedi port and Bedi gate, road from Lal Bungalow to Dhunvav and the Rozi Road were also constructed during the era.

1907 to 1933: This era relates to the period of Jam Shri Ranjitsinhji. During his rule, the construction of valuable buildings like Pratap Vilas Place, Vibha Vilas Place, Irwin Hospital (now known as Guru Govindsinh Hospital), Solarium House, Sajuba Girls' School, Vegetable & Fruit Market, Grain market, Cloth market, Secretariat, Bedi port & Port Office, Cricket Bungalow, Ranjit Sagar Dam, Summair Club, Jamnagar Railway Station, Parsi Agiari and Anandabava Ashram etc. has been done.

And Roads like Ranjit Road, Nani Ashapura Road, Rajendra Road, Khambhaliya Gate Road, Willingdon Crescent Road, Burdhan Chowk Road, Jam Bungalow Road, Road on the bank of Ranmal Tank and Ranjit Sagar Road are also creation of this period.

1933 to 1941: During this period, the ruler was Jam Shri Digvijaysinh. In this era, the development of famous residential sector viz. Digvijay Plots and Gulabnagar took place. Strong industrial base like Digvijay Wollen Mills also started. The city was also fortunate to figure it self on the map of Air Service with the introduction of aerodrome facilities. The renowned Ayurvedic College, Municipal Office Building, and the defense establishment also took place.

Post 1947 era.: The vital road axis joining Bedi Ports & Bedi Gate encouraged the development of Kasturba Vikas Gruh, Patel Colony, D.K.V. College, Medical College, T.B. Hospital, Gandhinagar, various Oil industries & Residential Clusters. Industrial Estate in Hapa, GIDC Estate on Porbunder Road-Khambhaliya Road Bye-pass are the prime developing locations.

Ranmal Lake Ranmal Lake: In the centre of old Jamnagar, on an island, are located two magnificient old structures, the Lakhota Fort, in middle of the Lake and Bhujia Kotha just near by to the Lake. Lakhota Fort is Jamnagar's Museum and its terraces display a fine collection of sculpture that spans from a period of the 9th Century to the 18th Century.

The Bhujia Kotha is Jamnagar's arsenal. One of its most interesting sights is an old well, the water of which can be drawn by blowing into a small hole in the floor.
Ayurved University Ayurved University: Jamnagar is famous for his Ayurved University. Dhanvantri Mandir was built under the personal supervision of Dr. Pranjivan Manekchand Mehta, Chief Medical Officer of Guru Govindsingh Hospital. After independence it gained the status of Ayurved University.
Pratap Villas Pratap Villas: A beautiful palace inspired by the 'Victoria Memorial' of Calcutta with beautiful traditional carvings of birds, animals, creepers and plants. Its three domes are made of glass. The palace was built during the rule of His Royal Highness Jam Ranjitsinhji. A must see for all tourists.
Bala Hanuman Bala Hanuman: The Bala Hanuman Temple is at the southeastern side of Ranmal Lake (also known as Lakhota Lake), and here since 1st August 1964 and 24 hours a day, there's been continuous "Ram Dhun" of the invocation 'Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram'. This devotion has earned the temple a place in the Guinness Book of Records. Early evening is a good time to visit.
Solarium Solarium: Known as the Ranjit Institute of Poly-Radio Therapy. A slowly revolving tower provides full day long sunlight, that provides Solar Therapy facility. It is open after working hours for the visitors.
Pirotan Island
Pirotan Island Pirotan Island: "PIROTAN IsLAND" Only one MARINE NATIONAL PARK of its kind in India at Jamnagar Dist. Gujarat is situated almost 16 Nautical Miles away in Great Arabian Sea near Jamnagar. Area is almost 3.0 square k.m. of Island, and covered with Marine Trees, dense forest - "Mangroves" deep much. The Pirotan Island has beautiful scenarios, and Majestic view of Sunrise and Sunset.
The entire forest & Island have various marine lives, such as a Various types of Crabs, Neptune, Wolf, King crab, Hermit crabs, Ghost crabs, Scorpions, Wiper- Isosceles, Sea snakes, Sea slugs, etc. The forest is very rich and dense in wild life, Marine creatures, Sea animals, and really a very good Paradise for Bird watchers and Nature lovers.

There are 250 species of Mangroves are available among 60 species, in India. At the wide Sea-Shore, Participants found very beautiful & colorful Reeforon, Grey Heron, Avocet, etc. The various species of Octopus, Sea Anemone, Sea Horse, Squid, Sea Slug, Sea Warm, sabella, Mud Skipper, Sea Bonellia, Coaster Cather, Sea Urchin, etc., marine lives & creatures. In the Deep Sea, we can found "DOLPHIN", too. Around the Light House and Mangroves forest,- Area of colorful Red, Blue, Violet,and Pink sponges. Various types of Corals- Moon coral, Star Coral, Finger Coral, Brain Coral, etc. Each Coral is a live colony of small & tiny marine lives, developing In & Under Coral. In the Local Language "Coral" is calling as "Parwada". They are certain Species of Fish- such as a Puffer fish, Brittle Star,Ray fish, Coral fish, Lobster fish, Pistol shrimp, etc. with more than 250 species are available, here. There are also so many varieties of birds are found here. I can say; " Pirotan is the heaven for the Bird watchers." Flamingo, Cranes, Sea Gull, Haring Gull, Blackhead Gull, Crab Plover Gull, Puffin etc., many birds are available here.
Dwarka

Dwarka
Dwarka: Dwarka is situated 22-29 latitude North & Longitudes 68'-50" to 69'-14" (45 kms north south +31 km east west) average 71606 sq. kms area having seven isles since over 3 million years old & reclaimed time to come having 12 to 140 C temperature in December & around 400 C in June. It's wet climate is bearable due to sea breeze through the day.

Dwarka is one of the religious places in Gujarat. This was the first capital of Gujarat - "ANCIENT (ANART) LATER KNOWN AS KUSHASTHALI."

This was original place where TANTRA (technique to salvation) was evolved. There were three Shaktipeeths; Rukshmani & Abhaya Dhar one in Dwarka & other two in in Bet Dwarka.

Maha Prabhuji Vallabhacharyaji did five Bhagvat Katha's in this area inspiring Bhaktipusthi-grace easiest way to oneness. We welcome you to this pusthi area where five Bethakji - Beyt/Gopi/Dwarka/Bhavda & GagaGurgat are there.

This is the place where Meera 'an incarnation to Bhakti', came from Rajasthan & merged with the graceful image of lord Krishna.

This is the place where Ganesh Puja flourished. There are 2.25 M high - over 7 ft Ganesh idols (100 mts east to Kird's Temple) along with many other Ganesh carvings around the temple.

Bet Dwarka: Also known as Bet Shankhodar, was a full fledged port before the development of Okha Port. It was the residing of Lord Krishnas Queens. In the Temple of of the Bet, the idols of the queens such as Lakshmiji, Radhaji, Satyabhamaji, Jambuvantiji are main.

On the Island there are 23 Shivalays, 20 Vaishnav Temples, 9 Hanuman Temples, 6 Devi Temples including other many temples.

The Old Shankhnarayan Temple is believed to be built around V.S 1774.

The Mahaprabhuji Baithak was built here by Shrimad Vallabhacharyaji in V.S 1535. There is also a place for Balramji.

Bet Dwarka is about 3 KMS from Okha port by sea.
Kileshwar Temple Kileshwar Temple: Kileshwar is an old Shiva Temple. The history behind the place is of Mahabharata Period, it is believed that the Pandvas stayed at this place during their "Vanavas" period.
Bileshwar Temple Bileshwar Temple
Gopnath Gopnath: Gop Hill is a favorite spot for pilgrims as well as adventure seeking people.
Ashapura Temple at Ghumali Ashapura Temple at Ghumali: According to folk lore, in the 14th century, Jam Unndji came from Sindh area with an army to conquer Ghumali, but he could not conquer, so after that his son Bamaniyaji came and surrounded Ghumali with a huge army, at that time, the king Bhaman Jethwa, escaped to Ranpur via the route of Kileshwar. So Bamniyaji attacked and destroyed Ghumli. On the same night Goddess Ambaji came in his dream and told him that, as she has granted the wish "Asha" of his father to conquer Ghumali, he should make a temple in her name.

So Bamaniyaji built the Temple of Ambaji on the hill in the middle of Ghumali and named it as Ashapura Temple ( Ashapura means the granter of wishes). Till today this temple is very popular among pilgrims, who climb up the numerous steps for paying homage to Goddess Ashapura.
Khijadia Bird Sanctuary

Khijadia Bird Sanctuary
Khijadia Bird Sanctuary: Its a unique wet land area with Sea water on one side and Fresh water on one side. This area was declared as a Khijadia Bird Sanctuary on 6th November 1982.

Before independence, a check dam had been built for storing the waters of the Ruparen River just near the sea, so gradually over the years with fresh water of the rain and river on one side and salt water of the sea on the other side, a unique area came up where both varieties of vegetation came up, gradually, birds and animals also started flocking and roosting here. The area of this Sanctuary is 605 Hectares.
Harshidhi Temple Harshidhi Temple: The temple is situated on the top and bottom of Koyla Hill. Harsidhi Matatji is also known as Ambica Mataji and Kalki Mataji. The local people call her Harshad Mata.

The ancient temple on top of the Koyla hill, has the same construction styles of the Navlakha Temple of the Chalukya Dynasty in Ghumali, where as the temple in the bottom of the hill is quite modern.On the northern side of the temple is the fire pit, where Harshad Mata used to roast and eat the King of Minalpur Prabhatsen.

Roast & eat??? Yes, the story goes like this, that before about 2000 years, the capital of the Chavda Kingdom was Minalpur, there the king was Prabhat sen Chavda. This minalpur was a main port and trading used to be done with foreign shores.

Once during the holy festival of Navaratri, the 7 wives of Prabhatsen were playing garba. So Jagdamba Mataji from the Koyal hill, also done ornaments and fine clothes and took the appearance of a beautiful lady, came down to play the Ras.

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Lakhota Lake
  Ayurved University   Bala Hanuman   Pratap Villas
Lakhota Lake   Ayurved University   Bala Hanuman   Pratap Villas
Solarium   Vora Hajira   Jain Temple   Nageshwar Mahadev Temple
Solarium   Vora Hajira   Jain Temple   Nageshwar Mahadev Temple
Bhidbhanjan Temple   Mota Ashapura Temple   Jumma Masjid   Willington Crescent
Bhidbhanjan Temple   Mota Ashapura Temple   Jumma Masjid   Willington Crescent
Ek Dandiao Mahal   Kabir Ashram   Khijada Temple   BileshwarTemple
Ek Dandiao Mahal   Kabir Ashram   Khijada Temple   BileshwarTemple
Kasi Vishwanath Temple   Saifee Tower   Kileshwar Temple   Gopnath
Kasi Vishwanath Temple   Saifee Tower   Kileshwar Temple   Gopnath
Khijadia Bird Sanctuary   Khijadia Bird Sanctuary   Ashapura Temple at Ghumali   Harshidhi Temple
Khijadia Bird Sanctury   Khijadia Bird Sanctury   Ashapura Temple at Ghumali   Harshidhi Temple
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