Jamnagar – Gujarat

Jamnagar, founded in the 16th century, is built around the Ranmal Lake. There are a few impressive buildings here.

Information
The railway station and State bus stand are several km from each other. The railway station is 4km from the center of the city. In the middle of the city is Ranmal Lake.

Lakhota Palace
Lakhota Palace, in the middle of Ranmal Lake and connected by a causeway, is the old palace of the Maharaja of Nawanagar. When you enter the palace, you pass the guard room complete with swords and muskets. Inside the palace is a museum (open daily except Wed and the 2nd and 4th Sat of the month from 10:30 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5:30 pm).

Jain Temples
There are two outstanding Jain temple located southwest of Bedi Gate, in the middle of town, which have some excellent murals depicting pastimes of Jain saints. The Shantinath Mandir and Adinath Mandir have intricate carvings and are worth seeing.

Other Places
At the Bala Hanuman Temple, on the east side of Ranmal Lake, there has been 24-hour chanting since August 1, 1964. Devotees chant “Shri Ram Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram.” This temple was mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records.

South of the Lake is Bhujia Fort (open daily 9 am to 1 pm and 5 to 7 pm).

Cremation Park, a ten-minute ride from the city center, is an interesting place with scenes from the Ramayana and other deities.

Travel
Train The new railway station is about 4km northwest of the city center. There are trains to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Rajkot going east, and to Dwarka going west. The express train to Dwarka takes three hours, and the passenger train takes at least 5½ hard hours.

Bus There are state buses to Porbandar, Rajkot (every half-hour), Bhuj, Dwarka, Ahmedabad, and Junagadh. If you are arriving by bus, you may want to get off in the middle of the town near Bedi Gate where some of the hotels are located.
Private companies organize buses to Mumbai and to places all over the state.

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