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It is also known as "Sorath", the name of the earlier Princely State of Junagadh.
After a brief struggle between India and Pakistan, Junagadh joined India on 9 November 1947.
An impressive fort, Uparkot, located on a plateau in the middle of town, was originally built during the Mauryan dynasty by Chandragupta in 319 BCE The fort remained in use until the 6th century, when it was abandoned for some 300 years, then rediscovered in 976 CE.
The fort was besieged 16 times over an 800-year period. There is an inscription with fourteen Edicts of Ashoka on a large boulder within 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) of Uperkot Fort.
Scientists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Mexico and the University of Cordoba, Spain are examining the remains Researchers believe these could have been intended as animal companions for another life but there is also evidence that the people could have been collectors of fossils as teeth of an extinct shark was also found at the site.The unexpected discovery of an elaborate stone coffer with lowland-style carved images and early Maya inscriptions in a cave in the northern Guatemalan highlands has great implications for our understanding of highland-lowland interaction.