Jamnagar is a city and a municipal corporation in the Indian state of Gujarat. The city was built up substantially by Maharaja Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji Jamnagar has shot to prominence as Reliance Industries, India’s largest private company established the world’s largest refinery near Moti Khavdi village. It is also home to Essar Oil, another important oil refinery of India.
Location :- Jamnagar district lies between 21 47′ and 22 57′ north latitude and 68 57′ and 70 37′ west longitude in the peninsular region in the north west, in the state of Gujarat India, known as Kathiawar or Saurashtra. This district is bounded on the North by the Rann and Gulf of Kutch, on the East by Rajkot district, on the South by Junagadh district and on the West by the Arabian Sea.
HOW TO REACH
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 gauge 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.
WHAT TO SEE
Lakhota Palace :-
Lakhota Fort is Jamnagar’s Museum and its terraces display a fine collection of sculpture that spans a period from the 9th to 18th Century. It is situated in the middle of the lake of jamnagar.
Pratap Vilas Palace :-
Pratap Vilas Palace was built according to foreign architecture but the carvings on it are very much Indian. It was built as a mimic of Victoria Memorial Building of Calcutta but the domes built on it are according to Indian architecture out of which 3 domes are made of glass. Carvings of creepers, flowers, leaves, birds and animals on the columns make the palace lively. Balconies in the palace add further beauty to it.
Marine National Park :-
Gujarat has the distinction of creating the countryâ€™s first Marine National Park spread over an area of nearly 458 sq.kms. in the Gulf of Kutch, 30 km. from Jamnagar.
It is situated in picturesque surroundings of Jamnagar.Dwarka is famous for the temple of Dwarkadhish, the “Lord of Dwarka” also known as Jagat Mandir or temple of the world. The temple has seven floors and is beautifully carved from base to pinnacle. The temple of Jagat Mandir, with the presiding deity of Shri Krishna known as Dwarkadhish, is an imposing edifice and a superb architectural monument. Having a plinth area of 1800 square feet, the temple consists of a shrine that is supported by 60 pillars of granite.
Ranjit Sagar Dam :-
It is Located 13 Kms. away from the Jamnagar. His Highness Jam Ranjitsinhji commenced the construction of ‘Ranjit Sagar’ dam but was completed only in 1938 during the rule of His Highness Jam Digvijaysinhji, the last ruler of this princely state of Jamnagar. Foundation stone for this dam was laid by His Highness, King of Bikaner, Sir Gangasinhji and hence was named ‘Ganga Sagar’ after him. But for reasons unknown was later named as ‘Ranjit Sagar’ dam.
Jumma Masjid :-
During Aurangzeb’s rule in the year 1664, Qutbuddin attacked state of Jamnagar and during which His Highness Jam Raisinhji died. Qutbuddin entered the city with his army and looted it. He built the first mosque in the main bazaar of Jamnagar city. This mosque was later beautified and made bigger and named Jumma Masjid. The present face of Jumma Masjid was given by His Highness Jam Vibhaji’s muslim wife Dhanbai.
The Bandhani `tie-and-dye’ of Jamnagar is well known the world over.Â Apart from these, artifacts like Bangles with inlay of brass, Beetle nut crackers, agate paperweights; Kum kum, Kajal, Surma, ; brass covered wooden chests etc, are available at the Khadhi Bhandars around Hotel President.Modern articles can also be bought from around the city. Â Easiest place to shop in Jamngar is the Super Market.One can easily spend a couple of hours exploring the lanes leading out from Lindi Bazaar & Chandi Bazaar.
President (multi-cuisine, veg and non veg), New Aram (Indian-western veg), Rangoli, Kalpana, numerous good thali places.