Location of district in Gujarat
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The district is located on the Kathiawar peninsula in western Gujarat. It is surrounded by Rajkot District (North), Porbandar District (North-West), Amreli District (East). To the South and West is the Arabian Sea.
Talukas of Junagadh are: Junagadh City, Bhesan, Junagadh Rural, Keshod, Malia, Manavadar, Mangrol, Mendarda, Vanthali, Visavadar
As of October 2011, the government of India has given its approval for a rope way on Mount Girnar. However it will take a lot of time to develop it. In the past helicopter service was available for Mount Girnar but it is now discontinued.
According to the 2011 census Junagadh district has a population of 2,742,291, roughly equal to the nation of Jamaica or the US state of Utah. This gives it a ranking of 142nd in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 310 inhabitants per square kilometre (800/sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 12.01%. Junagadh has a sex ratio of 952 females for every 1000 males. It had a literacy rate of 67.7% in 2001 which increased to a literacy rate of 76.88% in 2011.
Junagadh District enshrines the Somnath Temple at Somnath, Prabhaspatan near Veraval. Somnath is the first out of the 12 Jyotirlingas.
- Narsinh Mehta (1414?–1481?), poet-saint, born in Talaja, Bhavnagar district.
- Tribhovandas Motichand Shah (1850–1904), chief medical officer of Junagarh hospital. Performed nasal reconstruction using a paramedian forehead flap. Received formal modern medical training at Grant Medical College.
- Wazir Mohammad (1929–), cricketer, born at Junagadh, later settled in Pakistan
- Dhirubhai Ambani (1932–2002), business magnate and entrepreneur, born at Chorwad, Junagadh
- Hanif Mohammad (1934–), cricketer, born at Junagadh, settled in Pakistan after 1947
- Rajendra Shukla (1942–), poet, born at Bantwa, Junagadh
- Mushtaq Mohammad (1943–), cricketer, born at Junagadh, later settled in Pakistan
- Sadiq Mohammad (1945–), cricketer, born at Junagadh, later settled in Pakistan
- Parveen Babi (1949–2005), Bollywood actress, born at Junagadh
Flora and fauna
Junagadh contains the Gir Forest National Park, which is the only home to Asiatic lions. Mount Girnar is also declared a forest reserve for Bamboos. "Girnari Giddh", the long-billed vultures, are found only on Girnar, as the Girnar region alone accounts for about 25 per cent of the species and about 10 per cent of the total vulture population in the Gujarat State.
- "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
- US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01.
Jamaica 2,868,380 July 2011 est
- "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
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|Arabian Sea||Gir Somnath district||Amreli district/Gir Somnath district|