Jamnagar is a popular tourist destination, lying about 90 km from the city of Rajkot. It is known for its ornate buildings, pristine beaches and picturesque lakes. Lying on the coast of the Gulf of Kutch, it is one of the largest cities in the western region of India. It is brimming with treasure and its coastal area is covered with oil refineries that are one of the largest in the world.

The city is dotted with heritage monuments but what stands out is the Lakhota Fort. The seat of the erstwhile Jamnagar rulers, it is surrounded by the beautiful Ranmal Lake. Walking distance from the lake is the Kotha Bastion that was once the storehouse of royal weapons. At the heart of the city lies the circular Darbar Gadh, where the rulers received general public and addressed their grievances. A stone's throw away, one can find the markets of Jamnagar that are bustling with activity and are famous for the exquisite bandhani (tie and dye) work that is practiced here and brass utensils. Two Jain temples also stand in this area - Shantinath and Adinath. They make for spectacular sights as they are covered with gold leaf, mirror, murals, mosaics etc.

Birdwatchers can also have their fill as the area is home to the Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary, which houses various species like the black-winged kite, great thick-knee, common greenshank, grey francolin, brahminy kite etc. Moreover, one can visit the famous Marine National Park, which is the first marine park in the country. It is the only place in India where one can see coral reefs without diving in the water. Other sights one can enjoy are pods of dolphin and various migratory birds. Earlier, Jamnagar was called pearl city as it was a centre for pearl fishing.

The city rose to prominence when it was established on the banks of Rivers Nagmatti and Rangmatti by Shri Jam Raval, who is believed to be of the lineage of Lord Krishna. It saw major development work during the reign of KS Ranjit Sinhi, who was also a famous cricketer. Along with famed architect Edward Lutyens, Ranjit Sinhi reconstructed the city in European style. Many of the city's gardens, lakes and landmarks like Pratap Vilas Palace, Solarium, Willingdon Crescent and Pratap Vilas Palace were built under his patronage. Legend has it that Jamnagar was the abode of Lord Krishna when he moved out of Mathura.

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