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June 2, 2008

Upperkot Fort

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Upperkot Fort, Junagadh

Upperkot Fort was built in 319BC by Chandragupta Maurya. The fort is classic example of Hindu style of architecture. A visit to Upperkot Fort is an important itinerary during the tour of Junagadh.

May 12, 2008

Ashoka’s Rock Edict

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Ashoka rock edict is one of major rock edicts, which was constructed by Ashoka and they are great source of information about Mauryan Dynasty and history of Gujrat. It is located on the way from Junagadh to Girnar. Fourteen rock edicts of the Emperor Ashoka are inscribed on a great boulder. The inscription carry Brahmi script in Pali language and dates back to 263 BC. Rudrakama and Skandagupta added sanskrit inscriptions in around 150 AD and 450 AD respctively.

These inscriptions preach principles of matery of the senses, purity of thought, gratitude, devotion, self-control, secular thinking, kindness and oppose animal sacrifice and greed. The Edicts depicts the tale of Ashoka’s repentance for death and destruction during the wars waged by him.

Rock Edict Ashoka

May 6, 2008

Sakkarbaug Zoo

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The Sakkarbaug zoo of Junagadh, the oldest zoo in Gujarat , is home to the famous Gir lions, tigers and leopards. This zoo was set up in 1863 AD by the Nawab, to save the Asiatic lion from extinction. Besides lions, there are also tigers, leopards, bears, jackals, wild ass, snakes and birds. An open zoo has also been developed over 500 acres of land. Now it’s the leading breeding centre for the Asiatic Lion. [Source]

The population of leopards in the area is on the rise and, in fact, has even outnumbered these lions. At present, nearly 30 leopards are inmates of the Sakkarbaug (SKB) Zoo, while the number of Asiatic lions stands at 21. [Source]

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