The people of the city generally speak Gujarati; however, there is a section of population that speaks 'Kutchi' language. The major communities in the city are Ahirs, Jadejas, Bhnaushalis, Patels, Jains and Rajputs. There are many Hindu and Jain temples in the city that show that religion and religious beliefs hold significance for the people of Jamnagar.
The city is a popular tourist destination in Gujarat. The buildings in the city are fine examples of the Rajput style of architecture. The city is located at a shore of Dwarka, which is one of the important pilgrimages for Hindus. It is also considered to be a place where Lord Krishna used to live after he left Mathura. Although the city is moving towards modernisation and industrialization, it still holds the old-world charm.
Places to See
Following are the famous tourists' attractions in the city:
Marine National Park: Located about seven kilometres from the main city, it is an archipelago of about 42 islands. There are many marine life forms in the entire forest and the place is visited by a large number of tourists.
Lakhota Palace and Ranmal Lake: The palace located in the middle of Ranmal Lake belonged to the Nawanagar Maharaja and is in a shape of a bastion. There is a museum in the building that has a collection of books, pottery, coins, sculptures and inscriptions of the erstwhile era.
Darbargadh Palace: The palace is the old residence of the Jam Saheb and is an important historical building in Jamnagar. The fusion of the Rajput and the European styles of architecture are reflected in the palace.
Balachadi Beach: Located approximately 25 km away from Jamnagar, this beach is a spot where tourists can stroll, listen to the chirping of birds, see the waves dancing and relax. Apart from that, if you are interested in trekking, then you may trek till the sunrise point early morning and enjoy the refreshing scenery.
Joggers Park: Originally known as the Gulab Kunverba Udyan, it is a newly constructed botanical garden in the city located near the Palace Ground.
Jain Temples: There are four beautifully constructed Jain temples in the Chandi Bazaar of Jamnagar, the largest being the Shantinath Mandir and the Adinath Mandir dedicated to the tirthankaras of the Jains. Bardar Sanctuary: This sanctuary is situated near Jamnagar and is a gentle mountain range with many old temples and ancient town settlements. Anyone looking for quietude and peace may visit the place and bask in the tranquillity of the place.
Apart from the aforementioned attractions, tourists can also visit destinations like Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary, Willingdon Crescent, Pratap Vilas Palace, Bhujio Kotho, Dhanvantri Mandir, Bala Hanuman Temple, Mota Ashapura Maa Temple, Rozi and Bedi Ports and many more. Accommodation facilities are available in plenty, be it small budget, mid-range or luxury. Gujarat has predominantly vegetarian cuisine; however, you can find some restaurants in Jamnagar that also serve non-vegetarian food. There are many restaurants that serve different cuisines such as North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, Continental, etc.
How to Reach
Govardhanpur Airport connects Jamnagar to other major cities. Jamnagar Railway Station is the nearest railway station to the city and connects it to other cities. Regular buses ply between Jamnagar and other cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bhuj, Udaipur and Baroda.
Last Updated on : May 12, 2015