The city of Jamnagar is historically known as Nawanagar, which means 'the new city'. Previously, Jamnagar was one of the princely states of Saurashtra. Located 310 kilometers away from Ahmedabad via Rajkot, and 92 kilometers from Rajkot, Jamnagar is abounding in holy places. Due to the presence of numerous Hindu and Jain temples and also a Muslim 'dargah' Jamnagar is often referred to as 'Chhota Kashi' (or Little Benaras/ Varanasi).
The history of Jamnagar dates back to 1540 A.D. when the city was founded by Jam Raval, after a series of conquests. Despite this medieval linkage, the district of Jamnagar (previously constituting as Halar district), has been developed with modern set up which has rendered a contemporary look to it.
Jamnagar also has its mythological linkages. According to Puranic literature, Lord Krishna, after migrating from Mathura, had established his kingdom at Dwarka, which now falls within the Jamnagar district. Jamnagar, as the city is called today got its name from the city and capital of Jamnagar which itself found the name from the rulers who considered themselves as Jams.
The Holy Places in Jamnagar, India attract a large number of tourists due to their historical significances. Today the city boasts of having a unique blend of structures of various ages, with its ancient monuments and broad streets, imposing facades, and squares.
Moreover, being a place known for its exquisite handicraft items and the hometown of the world famous cricketers Ranjit Singh and Duleep Singh after whom the Ranji and Duleep Trophy are named in domestic cricket in India, Jamnagar has also found importance.