Historical Monuments in Jamnagar

The present Jamnagar city has historic origins that can be traced all the way back to Lord Krishna who chose to make Dwarka in the vicinity his home after he left Mathura. Jamnagar is an ancient port town on the famous trade routes connecting Asia to Middle East and Africa. The city owes its existence to Jam Rava Jadeja who built it in 1540 AD. However, it is better known as the city of Maharaja Kumar Shri Ranjit Sinhji, who developed Nawanagar as it was then known into today’s modern Jamnagar. The place is replete with history and you can find evidences in the historical monuments in and around the city.

Historical Monuments in Jamnagar

The famous historical monuments in Jamnagar are the Darbargadh Palace, Pratap Vilas Palace, the Lakhota Fort, Bhujio Kotho, Bohra Hajira, the Solarium and Kotha Bastion.

  • Kotha Bastion
    The Kotha Bastion has an old well where you draw water by blowing into a small hole in the floor but the other main attraction is its collection of coins, inscriptions, copper plates, skeleton of a whale and old coins: a museum worthy of visit to know the ancient culture of this region.
    Location:
    Kotha Bastion
    Ranmal Lake
    Jamnagar, Gujarat
  • Darbargadh Palace
    This is the old residence of the royal Jam Sahebs of Jamnagar, a fusion of European and Hindu architectural styles with fine carvings and extremely detailed work such as the jail screens, mirrors and balconies.
    Location:
    Darbargadh Palace
    Darbargadh palace, Jamnagar, Gujarat, 361001
    Phone: +91-79-23222523
  • Lakhota Fort
    Now a museum, Lakhota Fort is located on an island in Lakhota Lake, home to the Maharaja of Nawanagar. The museum showcases swords, muskets, powder flasks and other artifacts of that period. You can also view sculptures from the 9th to the 18th century.
    Location:
    Lakhota Fort
    Ranmal Lake, Jamnagar, Gujarat, 361001, India
    Phone: +91-79-23222523/23222645
  • The Solarium
    This is the legacy of Maharaja Kumar Shri Ranjit Sinhji, built with a view to treat patients through exposure to sunlight.
    Location:
    The Solarium
    Indradeep Society
    Jamnagar, Gujarat, 361008
  • Bohra Hajira
    The Bohra Hajira is located at the entrance to the city and stands on the banks of the river Rangmati. It is magnificent and a testimony to the skills of craftsmen of that period.
    Location:
    Bohra Hajira
    Jamnagar, Gujarat
  • Bhujio Kotho
    Located alongside the Lakhota Tank near Khambhaliya Gate, the Bhujio Kotho is an ancient monument that towers up five floors. The purpose was to protect the city as testified by the presence of thick walls with holes for rifles and guns. The Kotho houses a large water tank. The structure is now in ruins due to an earthquake and visitors are not allowed.
    Location:
    Bhujio Kotho
    Shankar Tekri
    Jamnagar, Gujarat 361005
  • Pratap Vilas Palace
    This lovely palace was built when Maharaja Kumar Shri Ranjit Sinhji ruled the city and has a number of domes done in the European style overlaid with Indian styles. Of the several domes, three are made of glass and the columns are adorned with carvings of flora and fauna, giving a natural aura to the interiors.
    Location:
    Pratap Vilas Palace
    Swastik Society, Park Colony
    Jamnagar, Gujarat 361008
  • Willingdon Crescent
    This shopping arcade was built during the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Sinhji after his trip to Europe and it has beautiful arches and lovely arcades, made just for a wonderful shopping experience.
    Location:
    Willingdon Crescent
    Darbar Gadh -Willingdon Crescent
    Central Bank Rd, Kadiawad
    Jamnagar, Gujarat 361001

Temples may not be considered strictly historical in importance but you cannot help admiring the Shantinath Temple, the Adinath Temple and Vardhman Shah temple built in the early part of 1600s. These are beautifully carved and made of marble, embodying history and culture of the Jains.

Take time to admire the palaces and forts built by the erstwhile rulers and you have a glimpse into the glory and rich cultural traditions of Gujarat in those days.

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