Gujarat’s lesser known gems- Jamnagar is an example of Rajput architecture and a prominent pearl fishing center. Jamnagar is built around Lakhota lake this city was the capital of the former state of Nawanagar founded by Jam Raval in 1540 AD. Jamnagar went under transformation with axial roads, entrance gates, gardens and residential plots. Manufacturing brass utensils were the biggest profession in this city. Nowadays, a city is blooming not because of its metal but huge oil refinery owned by Reliance petroleum. According to a legend, the place where this city is situated now was the place where Lord Krishna used to stay after he left Mathura.
Jamnagar is a city located on the western coast of India in the state of Gujarat in Saurashtra region. It is the administrative headquarters of the Jamnagar District. Jamnagar is the largest city on the westernmost side of India and is the fifth largest city of Gujarat state after Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot.
The modern look of the city was initially given by Shree Jam Ranjit, who actual built the city with all the modern infrastructure of that era was done during his reign during 1920s, the city was thereafter substantially developed by Jam Saheb Shri Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji in the 1940s, when it was part of the Princely state of Nawanagar. The city lies just to the south of the Gulf of Kutch, some 337 kilometres (209 mi) west of the state capital, Gandhinagar.
It was formerly known as 'Brass City', since it houses more than 5,000 large-scale and 10,000 small-scale workshops manufacturing brass items in and around the industrial estates of Shankar Tekari, GIDC Phase-III, M P Shah Udhyognagar and Dared GIDC-II Industrial estate. Brass parts and extruded rods produced here are used in a number of products. Parts are exported to many countries. Jamnagar has the largest production of brass items in the country.
India's largest private petroleum company, Reliance Industries, has established the world's largest oil refinery near the village of Moti Khavdi in Jamnagar district. The Essar Oil refinery is located in the nearby town of Vadinar.