- It was founded by Jam Raval in 1540 and was the capital of the former princely State of Navanagar.
- Famous cricketer Jam Ranjitsinhji hailed from the city and under his rule new parts of the city was developed as per European town planning principles.
- Town is also known as “Chhoti Kashi”, as it is studded with several Hindu and Jain shrines.
- Jamnagar is also is also known for pearl fisheries, naval base and tie & dye fabrics.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Jamnagar Airport, Jamnagar (JGA), 6.5 kms away from Jamnagar city centre.
- Rail: Jamnagar Railway Station, Jamnagar, 3.5 kms away from Jamnagar city centre.
- Road: Well connected by road.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE
FORT & MONUMENTS
Lakhota Palace & Tank Wankaner
Dwarka Dwarkadhish (Jagat Mandir) Rukmani Temple Nageshwar Mahadev
Solarium or Ranjit Institute of Poly Radio Therapy Rajkot
ATTRACTIONS OF JAMNAGAR
- Lakhota Palace & Tank:
- Fortified palace amidst the lake can be reached by an arched stone bridge.
- It was built as a famine relief work in 1839–45.
- A fine collection of sculptures and pottery from Saurashtra.
- On the banks of the tank, near Khambhaliya Gate is another bastion like structure called as Bhujiyo Kotho.
- Solarium or Ranjit Institute of Poly Radio Therapy:
- It was set up in 1933, by Jam Ranjitsinhji and was one of the only three such medical centres in the world during that time.
- TB, skin diseases and rheumatism etc. were curd through solar radiations.
- A slowly revolving tower provides day long sunlight.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND JAMNAGAR
- 92 kms away from Jamnagar city.
- Founded in the 16th century by Kunvar Vibhoji Jadeja and was the capital of the princely state of Saurashtra.
- Some of the attractions are – Karba Gandhi no Delo, the ancestral home of Gandhiji; Watson Museum and Library; Jagat Mandir; Rajkumar College, one of the oldest public schools of India; Lal Pari Lake & Randerda etc.
- 50 kms away from Jamnagar city.
- Famous for the Wankaner Palace, which has now been converted into a heritage hotel.
- 145 kms away from Jamnagar city.
- Abode of Lord Krishna is one of the “Char Dhams” of Hindu pilgrimage.
- Lord Krishna settled and established his kingdom here after leaving Mathura.
- Archaeological excavations reveal that the present day Dwarka is the sixth city on the site; the other five have submerged under the sea, which probably includes the Dwarawati of the Krishna Leela.
- It is also fine beach resort.
- Dwarkadhish (Jagat Mandir):
- Sacred temple of Lord Krishna is an excellent architectural monument.
- Shrine consists of Nij Mandir and a multipillared Sabha Griha that leads to the main sanctum, which is said to be 2,500 years old.
- A conical spire atop the temple rises up to 157 metre that dominates the skyline.
- Rukmani Temple:
- It is dedicated to Lord Krishna’s wife.
- Nageshwar Mahadev:
- 17 kms away from Jamnagar city.
- Important Shiva Temple enshrines one of the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.