From shopping to viewing Ashoka's Rock Edict, there are many activities to indulge in Junagadh. Here are some of them that you can mark on your itinerary.


Wall hangings, bandhani sarees, devotional items, embroidered clothes are some of the things to look out for while shopping in the bustling markets of Junagadh. Ayurvedic medicines, herbal remedies, incense sticks and footwear also make for interesting buys. The markets of Junagadh are particularly known for their footwear, and while they may not be very highly westernised, they are quite beautiful and rare. Handmade carpets and textiles are also quite popular here. Tourists can shop for wardrobes and tapestries that come at a very reasonable price.

Willingdon Dam

Built on River Kalwa at the foot of the hill from where it originates, Willingdon Dam is a beautiful picnic spot where tourists come to relax and rejuvenate. The dam is strategically built amidst hills on three sides with a valley on the fourth. While it helps to collect the water during rainfall, it also makes for a great vantage point to sight spectacular views. One needs to climb a series of steps to reach the dam premises. Named after the then governor of India, Lord Willingdon, the dam is about 847 m high. The Willingdon Dam was built with an aim to be a reservoir for drinking water for the populace of Junagadh. The water level usually remains low. During heavy rains, the level rises and water overflows. One can also visit the shrine of Jamiyal shah Datar, which is a popular place of worship.

Damodar Kund

One of the most sacred lakes of Gujarat, Damodar Kund is located at the foothills of Mount Girnar. The lake is surrounded by temples dedicated to Goddess Radha, Lord Baldeva, Goddess Vagheshwari and Lord Damodar. Visitors generally come to perform the last rites of their loved ones here. Pilgrims also take a dip in two small reservoirs, Revati Kund and Mrigi Kund as they believe it absolves them of their sins. The temples were built by Suryavanshi ruler, Chandraketpur.

Ashoka's Rock Edict

Housed in a building en route Mount Girnar, the 14 edicts of emperor Ashoka, of the Maurya dynasty, are inscribed on a large boulder. These inscriptions are etched on an uneven rock, about 10 m high and with a circumference of 7 m, in Brahmi script. These edicts convey the message of peace, communal harmony and tolerance. Added to the same rock are inscriptions in Sanskrit language by the Saka (Scythian) ruler of Malwa, Mahakshatrap Rudradaman I, around 150 CE. It mentions the history of the turbulent waters of River Suvarna Sikta and River Palasini flowing down the hills and breaking the dam on Lake Sudarshan. It is a popular tourist attraction that allows you to step into the pages of history when the region echoed with the magnificence of the Mauryas.