JamnagarGujarat, India. It has unspoilt islands and beaches, hills, temples, palaces, forest, fantastic birdlife in the bird sanctuary and marine sanctuaries and fascinating corals and marine life in the Marine National Park. Its population is 600,000.
The founder of the princely state of Jamnagar was the Great Jam Rawal, who descended on the northern coast of Kathiawar in 1535 A.D. Jam Rawal's father Jam Lakhaji ruled in Terabanu in Kutch. Jamnagar was then known as Halar.
According to bardic chronicles, Jam Lakhaji had two cousins Tamachi Deda and Hamirji Jadeja, who envied his reputation for valor. Their envy was heightened by the fame of Jam Lakhaji at the siege of Pawagadh. So largely did he contribute to its capture by Bahadurshah, the Emperor of Gujarat, that he was bestowed 12 villages by him. As Jam Lakaji was going to take possession of his new fef, he was treacherously killed by his cousins Tamachi Deda and Hamirji Jadeja. Jam Lakhaji's son Jam Rawal escaped and on growing up, took vengeance of his fathers murder in the same manner by killing Hamirji Jadeja.
Hamirji's two sons Khengarji and Sahibji fled to Delhi and after twelve months of waiting to meet the Great Moghul Emperor Humayun, they got the chance to join the crowd going along with the Emperor for lion hunting. During the lion hunt, they got the chance to kill the lion just when it was going to attack the Emperor. As a reward, an army of 100,000 was sent with them to regain their kingdom.
When Jam Rawal heard of the two princes coming back to the Kutch with the imperial army, he started getting ready for the battle. On one night, Goddess Ashapura came in his dream and told him that as he had broken the oath taken on her name about not killing Hamirji, even though, he was the person responsible for the death of his father. She should have punished him, but as he had at all other times honored her. So he should no longer dwell in Kutch but cross the sea and take Kathiawar as a dwelling place.
Upon awakening he called his counselors and discussed the dream, they agreed that he must leave Kutch and found for himself a Kingdom across the Gulf. So Jam Rawal along with his soldiers and many traders marched out. On the way he killed and conquered the territory of King Tamachi the other conspirator in the killing of his father, and he also conquered the town of Dhrol and its dependencies and gave them to his brother Hardholji, who was later killed in battle during that period, and the State of Dhrol was given to his eldest son, Jasoji.
Thus Jam Rawal made himself master of a great territory and the need for a capital arose.
The story goes like this, that once on a hunting trip on the land of present day Jamnagar, a hare was found to be brave enough to turn on the hunting dogs and putting them to flight. Deeply impressed by this, Jam Rawal thought that if this land can breed such hares, if his capital was built on this land, the men born here would be superior than other men.
He counsulted his astrologers and wise men, and the day chosen for laying the foundation stone was the 7th day of the bright half of the month of srawan, VS 1956. (August 1540 AD) on the banks of two rivers Rangmati and Nagmati and named it Nawanagar meaning new town.
Nawanagar eventually came to be known as Jamnagar meaning the town of the Jams.
Jamnagar AirportAir India operates daily flights from Mumbai.
- There are many flights from New Delhi and other metro cities to Ahmedabad (AMD) ( which is about 5 hours from Jamnagar) and there are 5 daily flights connecting Mumbai and Rajkot ( which is 1.5 hours from Jamnagar).
Both the places are well connected to Jamnagar by excellent roads.
Jamnagar Railway StationThis station is well connected with Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Calcutta, Gorakhpur, Varanasi and other important cities of India through regular trains.
The Saurashtra Mail and the Saurashtra Express are the popular trains that run between Jamnagar and Mumbai. The Inter City Train between Jamnagar and Surat leaves in the early morning. There are also trains to Dwarka. Delhi Ahmedabad by Rajdhani and the bus service from Paldi (Ahmedabad) will get you cheaply from Delhi to Jamnagar (22-24 hours).
By busJamnagar has a well-established road link to various cities of Gujarat like Rajkot (4 lane), Porbandar, Bhuj, Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, Baroda and Surat.
The popular bus services are private bus operators. (Shrinath, Patel,Gujarat & Eagle Travels). The cost from Ahmedabad to Jamnagar is approx. ₹300. You can get lavish Volvo bus of Patel travels or Eagle travels @ ₹400. Sometimes they offer you small dish of snacks as well. The fastest bus is at 10PM from Ahmedabad, which reaches at 2:20AM.
ST buses go hourly to Rajkot and every 30 minutes to Junagadh; other buses go to Dwarka, Porbandar,Bhavnagar,Bhuj and Ahemdabad and other places of Gujarat.
There are various private bus companies with modern air conditioned buses in good condition that ply the routes between Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat, Mumbai, et al. and Jamnagar.
There is an excellent local bus service, and you can catch most of the buses from near the Town Hall.
State Transport Bus Service (ST BUS) connects Jamnagar to all villages and cities of Gujarat.
Auto rickshaw is the preferred transport, locally. Fix the fare before getting on an auto rickshaw. Prices vary by distance but start from ₹7 up to ₹15 within the town.
Taxis are hired to travel longer distance. Everything within the town is covered by auto rickshaw. Again, fix the price and try to bargain a bit!
By bicycleAlmost all areas of Jamnagar can be reached on a bicycle. Wearing a facemask helps - especially if you want to avoid dust/vehicle pollution. This is next best of course to a scooter/mobike.
phone: +91 288 255 8196is where Ramdhun Sri Ram Jay Ram Jay Jay Ram is being chanted non-stop since the last 51 years. And it is a world record registered with The Guinness Book of World Records. This temple faces the Lakhota Lake (man made) which is a nice place to spend ones time. At the center of the Lakhota lake is a small museum that has (among other things) photos of Kumar Ranjitsinhji who played Test cricket (for England).
Lakhota Palace and Museum
Pratap Vilas Palaceaddress: Swastik Society, Park Colony
Shantinath & Adinath MandirThe two Jain Temples located at "Chandi Bazaar" area are worth visiting. They are historic temples built around 1564-1622.
- Walking at the Bird Park
- Sailing to any one of the 42 islands
Marine National Park
address: Chanakya Bhavan, Gurudwara Road
Door Handles, Door Stoppers, Zulla, Elbow, Tee etc. There are more than 2000 factories manufacturing various type of Brass components.
Jamnagar is also famous for its Bandhani (Traditional Sarees and Dresses), Kajal, Surama,and Kanku.
- 2) Lindi Bazaar.
- 3) Limbda Lane (Mobile shopping)
Sundays are the days when most people go out to have fun in Jamnagar. Fun in Jamnagar means going out for a long drive or making an 8 around the city (going around the lake and Pratap Palace Area). and visiting these lorries and eating the hot & tasty food. On the lake there are so many joints for this kind of snack foods. There are also fresh fruit sellers who juice them in front of you and if you specify, then serve them without adding the spices and ice.
The local favorite snack foods are:
Gughra (which is very very tasty, everybody must taste this food once)
Jotta Bread (very very spicy)
Dry Fruit Kachoris
==> Before eating, one should check the spiciness of the food item.
Plain/Dry Fruit Kachori (a tasty and very spicy namkeen)is a must eat. Also 'Ghughara'(kind of kachori, served with Garlic and coriander chutney), again a MUST have!
Ice Gola's (chuski) are also very popular. You get different flavours and also various varieties like dry fruit gola, malai gola etc..
- Aram Restaurant
- Kalpana Restaurant
- Icy Spicy
- Restaurant at Express Hotel at Sikka Patia
- Restaurant at Vishal Hotel
- Takdeer Restaurant(hidden away in the by lanes of the Muslim quarter of the city (Darabargadh). An experience similar to what one gets at "Bade Mian", Mumbai and "Kake da Dhaba" Delhi).
= There is one small samosa/kebab wala in a lane opp. Anupam Theatre.
= Plus there are many hawkers who sell tasty egg preparations..
Flavours Restaurantphone: +91 288 255 5577address: first Floor, City Arcade,, Pandit Nehru Road,Veg. Rest
Madras Cafephone: +91 288 267 3066address: Teen Batti ChowkMadras Cafe at Teen Batti is a very good restaurant for Vegetarian fare (especially South Indian).
Maruti Restaurantaddress: 57, Digvijay Plot, Sumair Club RoadVeg. Restaurant
Paramount Restaurantphone: +91 288 321 1543, +91 288 266 1127address: 310 2nd Floor, Badri ComplexNon-Veg Rest
7 Seas Restaurant7 Seas Restaurant at Hotel President serves Veg.- non-Veg Cuisine (Indian, Continental & Chines) - Operates 24 hours.
Swati RestaurantVeg. Cuisine
Tea, Coffee, Fresh Jucies and Lassi, Nariyal Pani - you get these in any corner of Jamnagar.
phone: +91 288 255 9110address: New Super Market
phone: +91 2882720291address: Airport RoadLuxurious hotel with 45 rooms, Saffron Restaurant.
phone: +91 288 2557491Situated in the heart of the city. 48 rooms, all with attached bathroom & private balcony.
During the festival months one can find women and young girls walking around even late at night.
The composition of the population of Jamnagar has been changing over the years. This is because of the large number of people employed by Reliance and ESSAR Petrochemical Refineries since mid 90s. There has been a steady influx of Indians from all over which is soon going to give Jamnagar a cosmopolitan look.