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Things to do in Jamnagar

Jamnagar, the city founded by Jam Rava Jadeja sometime around 1535-1540 AD has a rich history and is a city made famous by Maharaja Shri Kumar Ranjit Sinhji. Maharaja Ranjitsinhji not only built a palace but also took equal interest in the welfare of the city through construction of the memorable Ranjitsgar Dam and Willingdon Crescent among other things. As such when you visit the city, you will find history at each nook and corner and will have a pleasant time exploring it before you head out to other nearby attractions.

Things to do in Jamnagar

Tourist Attractions in Jamnagar

Jamnagar is one of the important cities of Gujarat with lots of attractions to explore and enjoy. You can enjoy touring around the city watching out the following attractions:

Lakhota Fort Museum

There are plenty of places to visit and things to do in Jamnagar. You could start the day with a visit to the famous Lakhota lake and the Lakhota Fort museum situated on an island in the middle of the lake. The Museum contains artifacts dating back from the 9th to the 18th century. You also get to see the collection of weaponry used by the erstwhile rulers. Then there is embroidery work done by local tribes. At night the lake takes on a charm of its own with lighting all around and you  can hire a boat for a pleasant row on the calm waters and cool evening weather.

The Willingdon Crescent

The Willingdon Crescent faces Darbargarh, the palace of the rulers. The Crescent is a shopping arcade at present but was constructed by Maharaja Ranjit Sinhji to house people. The structure is European inspired and is a famous landmark. You can browse the shops in the Willingdon Crescent, admire its architecture of cusped arches, balusters and curving walls and pick up a souvenir.

Hindu Temples

If you like temples, take a visit to the Bala Hanuman temple, unique and in the Guinness Book of World Records for the continuous chant of “Jai Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram” non-stop since 1964. People throng here in the evening. Bhid Bhanjan Hanuman Temple is not far away. Built by the Jams, it is a place where devotees throng in the mornings and evenings. Then there are Shiv temples such as the Kashi Vishwanath Temple on K V Road, the Badrikedarnath temple and Nilkanth Mahadev Temple close to the Town Hall. For Shiv devotees, however, it is the Sidhnath Mahadev Temple that holds a special significance.

Jain Temples

A trading port populated by prosperous Jains, the city has several Jain temples near Chandi Bazar. The most visited are Vardhman Shah’s temple built in 1620 with 52 small shrines in the complex. Another noteworthy jain temple is the Raisi Shah temple built by Tejshi Shah in 1564 originally and rebuilt by Raisi Shah, his son, in 1619. Sheth’s Temple was built in 1594 and the Vasupujya Swami Temple was built by Aaskaran Shah in the 17th century. You will love to admire the intricately carved colonnades, domed ceilings and arches of marble, lovely, colorful murals and the serenity in the Jain temple complex.

Exploring Markets, Forts and Beaches in Jamnagar

Visit Chandi Bazaar to view the artistry of local jewelers and you could pick up a memento or two.
The Solarium is worth a visit if you find the time. It was built by Maharaja Ranjit Sinhji to treat invalids and is in a state of disrepair. The structure is so arranged that Sunlight is always available in the interiors. As you move about in the city you cannot miss the two towers at Khambhalia and Pancheshwar, remnants of part of a fort surrounding the city. Jam Lakhaji built a wall surrounding the  city with 5 gates and 23  towers, some  of which are still in existence. The Bohra Hajira is on the Rajkot Highway, close to the entrance of the city and is a magnificent structure located on the banks of Rangmati and Nagmati.

You can also have a great time enjoying on beaches in Jamnagar. They serve as perfect places for water-babies.

Enjoying Local Foods in Jamnagar

While in the city, explore local bazaars, the narrow winding ancient streets and try the local farsaan dishes to get a taste of Saurashtra. Gathiya with fried green chillies, chutney and grated papaya is the iconic dish you must try. The street food is spicy and at the end you have a Paan or betel leaf with flavorful ingredients.

Also Read: Temples in Jamnagar, Jain Temples in Jamnagar, Beaches in Jamnagar

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