Jamnagar is a small 16th century pearl fishing town.
Jamnagar was the capital of the former princely state
of Nawanagar and was ruled by the Jadeja Rajput clan,
who ruled the princely states of Kutch, Jamnagar,
Rajkot and Gondal for more than 300 years. Jamnagar
was founded by Jam Raval in 1540 AD. Jamnagar was
originally a fortified town with several gateways, on
the confluence of two rivers - Nagmati and Rangmati.
Jamnagar is built around the Ranmal lake, which has a
small palace at its centre. The famous cricketer
Ranjit Singhji was its ruler from 1907-33 and his
successor, Jam Sahib became the President of Saurashtra until it was absorbed into Bombay state in
1956. When Ranjit Singhji became
the ruler, he undertook
the developments of new parts of the city on European town
planning principles, under the guidance of Sir Edward
Lutyens - architect of New Delhi. The city was planned using
the urban design elements of axial roads, arcades, markets,
entrance gates, clock towers, town squares, parks, gardens
and residential plots. Jamnagar is also known as the Chhoti
Kashi as the whole town is dotted with several Hindu and
Jain temples. Jamnagar is famous for its bandhani (tie-dyed)
fabrics, embroidery and silver ware. It is an ideal city for
exploring the surrounding coastline that stretches to
Dwaraka, where rare birds flock to ankle deep islands and
fine beaches are empty all year round. Jamnagar is best
known for the India's only Ayurvedic University where you
can learn the techniques of ancient medicine and yoga and a
temple that has hosted nonstop chanting since 1964.
Tourist Attractions in
The old town of Jamnagar is built around a lake with the
Lakhota Palace and Kotha Bastion with its arsenal, on an
island in it which are reached by a bridge. The Lakhota
Palace has a good collection of sculpture and pottery found
in the ruined medieval villages. The bastion has an old well
from which water can be drawn by blowing into a small hole
in the floor. The other tourist attractions in Jamnagar are
the Bala Hanuman Temple, Jain Temples, Marine National Park,
Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary and Ayurvedic University.
How to reach Jamnagar
There are daily flights to Mumbai and Bhuj from Jamnagar.
The aiport is situated 10 kms. west of the city.
There is a railway station at Jamnagar which is located on
the Jamnagar - Ahmedabad line and connected with Ahmedabad
Jamnagar is connected with good roads from Rajkot, Ahmedabad