Lakhota Palace is reputed as one of the major tourist attractions among the tourists visiting Jamnagar. Located in the center of Old Jamnagar on an island in the middle of a lake, two old structures namely Lakhota Fort and Kotha Bastion are sure to captivate you. The terrace of Lakhota Fort displays a fine collection of sculptures that date back to the time of yore. The Kotha Bastion is Jamnagar's arsenal. It has a fine collection of sculptures, coins, inscriptions and copper plates and the skeleton of a whale. Its major attraction is an old well, the water of which can be drawn by blowing into a small hole in the floor.
Pratap Vilas Palace is a distinct place to visit for a variety of reasons. It has a foreign architecture with Indian carvings that give it a totally distinct appeal. It was built as a mimic of Victoria Memorial Building of Calcutta but the domes built on it are according to Indian architecture, out of which 3 domes are made of glass. Carvings of creepers, flowers, leaves, birds and animals on the columns add to the attraction of this magnificent palace. Permission is required to see the palace from the Jamsaab office.
Bhujio Kotho enjoys a distinct place among the tourists due to its height and circumference. It is believed that the monument was constructed for protection during the invasions. It has five floors and on the first floor there are guns placed in each directions. On the upper floor a tank is constructed to store water and on it's peak a dancing peacock is placed.
Jamnagar is renowned for its silk, gold embroidery, silver ware, bandhani (tie-and-dye) fabrics and Nutcrackers (especially the ones made for betel nuts). There are many reputed shops that offer premium quality handcrafted items at attractive prices.
How to reach
State transport buses and private luxury coaches connects various centres of Gujarat. Jamnagar is 308 Kms. from Ahmedabad via Rajkot and 92 Kms. from Rajkot. Trains are also available from all the major Indian cities.
It is best to visit Jamnagar between the months of October to March.