Jamnagar, Gujarat Travel Guide
Jamnagar, Gujarat Travel Guide :
Earlier known as Nawanagar, Jamnagar is a city of Indian state of Gujarat. It is the head quarter of the district of the same name Jamnagar District. The city is located south of Gulf of Kutch. Known as Oil city of India, Jamnagar is home to single largest oil refinery belonging to Reliance Industry in the world. Essar Oil is another oil refinery located in Jamnagar. It was earlier known as the Brass city. There are about 4500 units of Brass Parts in Jamnagar district supplying their product to major electronic factories located at Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai. Most of the people in Jamnagar speak Guajarati language. Small percentage of people also speaks Kachchi language which is slightly different from Guajarati language.
Places to visit: There are many places of interest in and around the city of Jamnagar. Darbargadh palace is the old royal residence of Jam Sahebs and considered to be one of the most important historical places in the city. Kotha Bastion is another place of interest in Jamnagar. It houses a small museum containing sculptures, coins, inblockedions, copper plates and skeleton of whale. Located on in the Lakhota Lake, Lakhota fort is a small palace and it once belonged to Maharaja of Nawanagar. Now it houses a small museum containing a good collection of sculptures that spans the period from 9th century to 18th century. Constructed by Jam Rnjit singh, Wilingdon Crescent is another tourist attraction in Jamnagar. The effigy of Jam Saheb is located in the center of the Crescent. Dhanvantri Mandir also known as Ayurvedic University is another place worth visiting in Jamnagar. The city also houses a beautiful Pratap Vilas Palace. It was built in European architecture with Indian carvings. The palace was built under the rule of Jam Ranjit Singh. Bohra Hajira, Bhujio Kotho, Solarium are some of the other places of interest to be seen in Jamnagar. Situated south-west of Bedi Gate in Jamnagar, Shantinath Mandir is adorned with very intricate carvings and murals which depicts the lives of Jain saints. The place is must-visit place for the Jains. Mota Ashapura Maa Temple, Vardhaman Shaha’s Temple, Bala Hanuman Temple are other temples worth visiting in Jamnagar. Khijadia Bird Sanctuary is another place of interest in Jamnagar. The sanctuary is located 10 km away from the center of the city. It is also known as the breeding ground for Great Crested Grabe. Other parks worth visit include Marian National Park, Cremation Park and Jogger’s Park.
How to reach: Jamnagar is well connected by rail, road and air to other parts of the state and the country. Airport is located just 10 km away from the center of the city and is connected by domestic flights to major cities of India. There are usual flights from Mumbai to Jamnagar. Trains connect the city to many other cities and towns of the country. State-run buses and many private luxury buses are available from other cities of the state to reach Jamnagar.
Other details: Jamnagar is famous for its brass components and many brass –made items like tower bolts, door knobs, hinges area available easily. It is also famous for Bandhani Saris, Kajal, Surma and Kanku.