Travel to Jamnagar, the city that entices its travellers with lot many legacies. Founded in 1540, Jamnagar is the Abode of the Jam- the Jadeja Rajput rulers of Nawanagar. The city was built around the small Ranmal Lake.Today, it is more popular for having the only Ayurvedic University in India and a temple listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Jamnagar travel will bring you closer to the ethos and culture of the Gujurat state.
SHOPPING : Bandhani , the most auspicious piece of Saari to wear for an Indian bride & Wiwes , is manufactured here and got a fame from long history of cricket loving Family of the ruler.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS: The notable festivals in Jamnagar are Diwali, Navratri, Makar Sankrati (Kite Festival), Janmashtami and Holi. Ramnavami, Mahashivaratri, Mahavir Jayanti and Paryushana are also celebrated in a big way. They symbolize people's cultural, social and religious htmlirations for fuller and better life.
Diwali:Diwali is a four day festival of the Hindu New Year, beginning with Laxmi-puja. Diwali celebrations are accompanied by fire-crackers and sweets. Every home is illuminated and decorated.
Navaratri:Navaratri is the festival celebrated for nine nights in honour of Goddess Amba. Both male and female congregate in public to perform the Garba dance and the Ras. It begins on the1st day of Ashwin, of the bright fortnight. On the 10th day, is Dussehra, which celebrates the victory of Lord Rama over Ravan.
On 14th January the day when Sun enters the tropic of Cancer, Makar Sankrati festival is observed.
Holi:Holi is observed on the full moon day of the month of Falgun as per Hindu calendar (March/April). It is a festival of colour when people smear and spray colour on their near and dear ones.
Janmashtami:Janmasthami, the Birthday of Lord Krishna, is celebrated on the twenty-third day in the month of Shravan as per Hindu calender (August/September). A fair is held on this day at Jamnagar.
Shri 5 Navtanpuri Dham, Jamnagar
Attractions and Places to Visit in Jamnagar
Jain Temples: Out of a pair of Jain temples, one is dedicated to Adinath (the first Tirthankara) and other built to honour Shantinath (the sixteenth ). The quality and quantity of the murals on the walls, ceilings and pillars of the temple are extraordinary. Hazy yellows, greens, pinks, oranges and blues depict a riot of flowers, people, Gods and domestic objects, while tableaux tell the life stories of Jain saints. The most spectacular of the two, Shantinath Mandir, is a maze of brightly coloured columns, each section of roof between them highlighted with individual designs. The marble floor beneath is emblazoned with distinctive Jain patterns in yellow, black, white and red. Above the main sanctuary, an enormous dome rises in a series of concentric circles glinting with gold. The outer side of the large dome over Adinath Mandir is inlaid with gold and coloured mosaic, and both Temples have cupolas enriched with design of mirrors above the entrance porch.
Lakhota Palace and Kotha Bastion: Lakhota Palace is reputed as one of the major tourist attractions among the tourists visiting Jamnagar. Located in the center of Old Jamnagar on an island in the middle of a lake, two old structures namely Lakhota Fort and Kotha Bastion are sure to captivate you. The terrace of Lakhota Fort displays a fine collection of sculptures that date back to the time of yore. The Kotha Bastion is Jamnagar's arsenal. It has a fine collection of sculptures, coins, inscriptions and copper plates and the skeleton of a whale. Its major attraction is an old well, the water of which can be drawn by blowing into a small hole in the floor.
Marine National Park: The North-West coast of Saurashtra, bordering the heavily tidal Gulf of Kutch, is fringed with more than forty small islands, whose ever depleting mangrove population gives rise to some of the richest marine life off mainland India. The park is spread over an area of 458 sq kms. Here you will find plants that look like animals and animals that look like plants. Turtles, shrimp, sponge, eels, sea urchin lurk among corals. The Marine National Park is 30 kms from Jamnagar.
Bhujio Kotho: Bhujio Kotho enjoys a distinct place among the tourists due to its height and circumference. It is believed that the monument was constructed for protection during the invasions. It has five floors and on the first floor there are guns placed in each directions. On the upper floor a tank is constructed to store water and on it's peak a dancing peacock is placed.
How to Reach Jamnagar
By Air : Indian Airlines service connects Jamnagar with Bombay and Bhuj.
By Rail : Jamnagar is directly connected with Ahmedabad and Bombay. Hapa Jn.(9 km) from Jamnagar is another convenient Railhead on the broad guage terminus.
By Road : Jamnagar to Palitana 246 km, Rajkot 86 km, Ahmedabad 304 km, Somnath 257 km, Dwarka 148 km. Gujarat State Transport services connect Jamnagar with Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Porbandar, Rajkot, Junagadh, Somnath.