Hotel Aram is a charming heritage building that once belonged to the Jadejas of Nawanagar State. Legend has it that Jam Rawal, a descendent of the Jadeja ruler of Kutch, witnessed a hare chase his hounds while on a hunt. Impressed by the bravery and tenacity of such a timid creature, he founded his capital right at that spot, and called it Nawanagar or ‘new town’. Since it served as the capital of the Jam Sahebs, it came to be known as Jamnagar.
The colonial era two-storey building is built in Art Deco style that boasts of impressive Burmese woodwork on the ceiling, balustrades and doorframes with striped window awnings. Run as a heritage hotel for the past 40 years, the building is a major landmark. Despite the classical shell, the rooms have been recently renovated with modern trappings and choice of categories — from suites (Royal, Imperial, Executive) to deluxe and standard rooms. Breakfast is complimentary and the rooftop restaurant 360 gives an all-round view of town — an ideal perch in the evening. Set in the heart of the city Ranmal or Lakhota Lake, is a favourite haunt for locals and visitors alike. Nearby is Bala Hanuman Temple, famous for its nonstop chanting of ‘Sri Ram Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram’ that began on 1 August, 1964 and continues to this day, a Guinness Book record!
Darbar Gadh: Constructed in 1540, the royal palace complex east of Chandni Chowk is a blend of Rajasthani and European architecture. Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary (12 km): Declared a sanctuary in 1982, Khijadiya is an excellent birdwatching site with observation platforms, nature trails and a small museum. Narara Marine National Park (55 km): This marine park stretches from Okha in Dwarka to Jodiya in Jamnagar.
Address: Nand Niwas, Pandit Nehru Marg, Mohan Nagar, Indradeep Society, Jamnagar
Fully equipped gym, 3 conference/banquet halls, TV, telephone, currency exchange, full-capacity generator, both AC and non-AC rooms, conference halls, multi-cuisine garden restaurant, coach service (available on request)
Hotel Aram is 7 km from the airport, 2 km from the nearest railway station and 3 km from an informal private bus junction (Pancheshwar Tower)