Situated in the eastern part of Junagadh, Upperkot Fort was built by Chandragupta Maurya, in 319 BC. It has been reconstructed and extended several times over the centuries. This fort was the strength of the Mauryans and Gupta Empire. It survived 16 sieges over the 1000 years due to its strategic site and difficult access from the invaders.
Visitors enter the fort through a huge entrance designed by an ornate triple gateway. Inside you can spot the insignia of some of Uperkot’s previous rulers. One of the most spectacular exhibits of the fort is two medieval canon guns named Neelam and Manek placed on the western wall is believed to be forged in Cairo and was brought by Turks for defending Diu against the Portuguese. The walls of this fortress are as high as 70 feet. The two step wells (Adi-Kadi Vav and Navghan Kuvo), a sepulchre, Jama Masjid and some ancient Buddhist caves belonging to 200 BC to 200 AD are major attraction. This place is simply an ancient beauty portraying it’s glorifying past.