Junagadh, the soul of Saurashtra, beckons to travellers with its glorious architecture, bustling bazaars, a population that extends a warm welcome and a 2,300-year-old history. The fortified city is situated at the foot of Mt Girnar, the highest point in the state of Gujarat, and lies at an elevation of 1,000 m. Dotted with grand palaces, forts and cave temples, Junagadh offers visitors a chance to taste the diverse palate of its rich history that can be seen in its beautiful monuments. A gateway to the Somnath Temple and the Gir National Park, Junagadh reels one in with its heritage charm.

Ashoka's Rock Edict found here support the fact that the region was once ruled by the mighty Mauryan empire. Later, Junagadh slid under the reign of the Mughals and with the Mughal rule ending around the mid-18th century, an Afghan ruler, named Sher Khan Babi, established it as an independent princely state. Junagadh became a part of independent India on November 9, 1947, as a part of Saurashtra state and later, Bombay. After the Maha Gujarat movement, it became a part of the newly formed state of Gujarat in 1960.