Kamlesh Adhiya has written a Good post on Junagadh covering Historical background – ranging from Ashoka’s period to Mughal empire to british rule, Attractions or places to visit while you are in Junagadh – Uparkot Fort, Chorwad Beach, Sasan Gir Forest & Sanctuary, Ahmadpur Mandvi, Damodar and Ashoka’s Rock Edicts and How to reach Junagadh. Read his blog entry for more details here
May 6, 2008
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]
The Mahabat Maqbara mausoleum is a late nineteenth century (1892) Muslim tomb; a dream from tales of a thousand and one nights; hardly old enough to be regarded as historical by Indian standards.