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Jamnagar

Travel Guide Asia India Gujarat Jamnagar

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Introduction

Jamnagar, the Jewel of Kathiawar, is on the coast of Gulf of Kutch in the state of Gujarat, India. It has unspoilt Islands & Beaches, Hills, Temples, Palaces, Forest, Fantastic Bird life in the Bird Sanctuary & Marine Sanctuaries and Facinating corals in the Marine National Park

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Neighbourhoods

Most of them are friendly neighbourhoods. The main hub or the heart of the city is "Teen Batti" where one can find hotels, food, book shops, shopping, etc..

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Sights and Activities

  • City Lake full of 75 varieties of Birds
  • Old buildings with intricate designs
  • Ethnic textiles in the form of Tie & Die prints and exclusive embroidery
  • Islands full of sea shells, corals, birds, octopus etc. Unspoilt Beaches, both white and golden sands
  • Hills with temples on top. Forest with leopards, jackals, wolves, jungle cat, blue bulls,hyena, snakes
  • Temples ranging from the ancient to the new, also includes a Guiness World Record holder
  • Bird Sanctuaries with a checklist of about 300 birds
  • Marine Sanctuaries with dolphins,octopus, turtles, dugong, fish
  • Marine National Park

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Events and Festivals

1. the Navratri festival: where one can go to various venues during the 9 days folk dance festival.
2. Saatam & Aatham : when the fair comes to town :-)
3. Holi : when the whole town paints the whole town red :-)

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Weather

Moderate..
Jan to March : Cool
April to June : Hot (can go upto 42 °C )
July to September : Moderate Rains
October to Jan : Cold (can go down to 6 °C)

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Getting There

By Plane

Daily 1 flight from Mumbai : Indian Airlines - Jamnagar Airport Distance : 10 KMS
Daily 4 flights from Mumbai : Jet Airways & Kingfisher Airlines - Rajkot Airport Distance : 95 KMS

By Train

Connected by an excellent network of rail to all stations of India

By Bus

Very good private buses (coaches) ply between Jamnagar & Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Mumbai, Udaipur etc.

By Boat

Surrounded by 3 sides by water, one has to charter a boat to sail into Jamnagar.

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Getting Around

By Car

If you are staying in a hotel, ask the front desk or travel desk to arrange for a taxi.
If you want a bargain price, then go to the Taxi Stand near the State Transport station (S.T Station).

By Public Transport

Local 3 wheeler ( Risckshaw )
City Bus

By Foot

It's a good idea to walk around the old quarters of the city..

By Bike

Riding a bike around Jamnagar is fun. Bikes can not be rented here though.

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Eat

7 Seas Restaurant at Hotel President.Features Indian, Continental, Chinese and Sea food.

If you are like street food, then Jamnagar has many to offer. Get in touch with me and i would be glad to come along for an evening of hogging around the town.

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Drink

Soft drinks, Crushed ice soft drinks, fresh juices, etc.

No alcohol drinks in Jamnagar - Gujarat.

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Sleep

Hotel President - A 48 room hotel, situated in the heart of the city. Walking distance from the shopping and business areas and a 5 minute walk from the historical Lakhota Lake. A multi cuisine restaurant.

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Learn

Jamnagar has many good schools and colleges. There is a Medical College teaching alopathic science.
There is also an Ayurveda University teaching a 5,000 year old medicine science. There is a Sanskrit School also. One can also yoga, prayanama, etc in Jamnagar.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There's good coverage over most of India for Internet cafes. However, following the recent terror attacks in Mumbai and some other cities, all internet cafes have been instructed by the authorities to maintain a register and note down the identification details of all persons using internet. Sify iWay is a reliable and cheap cafe with over 1,600 cafes over India. iWay also allows you to open a pre-paid account that you can use all over India. Whenever you have Internet access probably the best and cheapest way to call family and friends at home is software that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet such as Skype.

Wifi hotspots in India are, for most part, limited. The major airports and stations do offer paid wifi at around RS.60-100 an hour. Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai are the only cities with decent wifi coverage. At Mumbai airport, you get to use WiFi internet free, for an hour or so.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country code for India is 91. To dial outside the country from India, prefix the country code with 00.

The general emergency number is 100 (emergency response police & fire), while for ambulance you should dial 102 or 112, though some regions have 108 for this emergency. 108 is used in in the Indian states of Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Goa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha,Assam, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. 108 can be called for medical, crime, fire, or any other emergency from any phone.

Local phone numbers can be anywhere from 5-8 digits long. But when the area code is included, all landline phone numbers in India are 10 digits long. Cellphone numbers usually start with '9', '8', or '7'. Toll-free numbers start with 1-800.

If staying longterm it is probably wise to think about investing in a mobile phone. You'll possibly need to provide a photocopy of your passport and itinerary, so come prepared. Make sure you arrange it upon arrival in a big city, as it can sometimes be difficult to organise with language barriers and such in more regional areas. You can buy a cheap nokia for about RS.1,200 with a pre-paid plan. Airtel is a good carrier to think about as they have great coverage, and constant offers for cheaper calling. To recharge, most shop vendors with phone carrier signs can do it via their own phone. You give them your mobile number, they put it in their phone and you'll both get messages as to whether or not the recharge has been successful. Also, if possible, buy the phone in the state where you do the most travelling as the charges are higher in the states where you did not originally buy the phone.

Over the entire country there are plenty of public phones, even in the middle of the countryside. Although most of the time these phones are not very well maintained and have horrible connections. Therefore remember when using one of these public phones one must be extremely patient.
For international calls from payphones, you'll have to visit a reputable internet cafe with a phone-booth. Mobile phones are usually a better and cheaper option.

Post

India Post is the national postal service of India, and on their website you find details about prices to send postcards, letters and parcels, both domestically and internationally. For most postcards to send internationally, it is better to visit the post office before writing on the card as you may need quite a few stamps. Parcels must be taken to a tailor, he will then sew it up in white linen. Make sure he seals it with red wax, otherwise the post office may refuse to send it or try to get you to pay them to do it. Sewing up a parcel should only cost RS.50 to 200. In general, post offices are open from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm in most bigger towns and cities, though there are regional variations and some might keep longer hours or be open during (part of) the weekend as well. Ask around.

If you want to send bigger packages/parcels, it might be better, faster and sometimes even cheaper, to contact a private company like DHL, TNT or UPS.

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