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The Gir mountains are considered to be sacred by many cultures. A profusion of temples and some truly ancient structures have made Girnar a favoured pilgrimage destination. From Jainism to Hinduism, Girnar has a number of wondrous architectural monuments.

The Gir-Somnath district was a part of Junagadh until 2013 and is bordered by the Arabian Sea at the south. The region’s soil is naturally rich, and is home to a number of valuable indigenous flora and fauna. In fact Gujarat has the highest percentage of India’s endemic flora, with Junagadh and Gir-Somnath housing a large portion of the same. This is evidenced by the Gir forest and the naturally verdant setting of the region. Produce from this region is sought after and relished around the world. Gir-Somnath’s Kesar mangoes are famous globally and are a huge export for the region. This is also true for a variety of herbs indigenous to the region like fenugreek, cumin, and others. The region is also famed for its groundnut production; this is why it also houses India’s only Groundnut Research Institute in Junagadh.

The rich agricultural heritage of this region is also possible in a large part because of the unique cows of the Gir-Somnath region. The Gir Cow is just one of the many unique animals of the region, a true friend of the farmer for centuries now. On the other end of the spectrum is the Asiatic Lion, the only place outside of Africa where lions roam freely in the wild. As a region steeped in culture, in an undeniable symphony with nature, Gir-Somnath is home to a breed of farmers who understand the need for natural farming. It is a confluence of ideologies that has allowed us to make Gir-Somnath the home of Girveda.

Home to Heritage

Legacy of Natural Farming

Origin of Gir Cows

Unique Indigenous Flora

Why Gir-Somnath Region?

Home to Natural Farming

A land as fertile as it is steeped in culture, Gir-Somnath has kept up many ancient farming practices. Farmers in the Junagadh and Gir-Somnath districts have stayed true to Cow Based Natural Farming (CBNF). With experience, and expertise on their side, the farmers of Gir-Somnath grow award winning produce and ingredients. The region is home to over 400 different plant varieties in the wild, and many more are grown by the region’s farmers. In the shadow of the Girnar Mountains, this region has becomes a microcosm for the growth of natural farming.

A Unique Topography

Gir-Somnath has a truly unique topography. Bordered by the Arabian Sea in the south, and situated in the shadow of the Girnar Mountains, the region has all types of terrain. Fed with fertile alluvium brought by the region’s three rivers, Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati, the agricultural soil is highly fertile. The proximity to the sea allows for sufficient humidity and precipitation that helps farming greatly. Having all imaginable types of topography, Gir-Somnath is perfectly suited to grow a variety of unique plants, herbs and trees

Naturally Rich Soil

The region is fed by three beautiful rivers, namely Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati. These rivers carry high amounts of rich alluvial soil from their origin, depositing it across the Gir-Somnath region before joining the Arabian Sea. The soil is also further fertilized by a unique and diverse fauna of the region, the most important of which is the Gir cow. This soil is maintained with great care by the region’s farmers through multi-cropping and practicing diverse farming techniques to ensure that the top soil stays fertile

Home of the Gir Cow

The Gir cow is an impressive breed, famed around the world for the unique properties of its milk. This breed is uniquely hardy and can tolerate a variety of conditions while resisting a number of tropical diseases. Bullocks of this breed have been used in farming for hundreds of years in the region, and are distinct in their shape and size. Arguably the best milker in the business, the Gir cow contributes significantly to Gujarat’s total milk production. More importantly, the milk produced by the Gir cow is of the unique A2 variety, making it rich in essential nutrients

A Climate Ideal for Farming

Gir-Somnath sees a fair amount of rainfall throughout the year, with a long humid summer and a moderate winter. This seasonal differentiation helps in growing a variety of crops and herbs, which also helps maintain soil health. Because the region comes under the shadow of the Girnar Mountains, it sees a fair amount of precipitation, and alluvial buildup in the valleys, which allows for incredibly fertile soil. The tropical climate of the region, along with multiple irrigation opportunities over and above rain, make this a highly appropriate region for farming.

We are from Gir-Somnath Region

Girveda was born in Junagad and the Gir-Somnath region, and continues to operate and contribute to the growth of this region. Girveda is an initiative of the Noble Group, a group that brings a 26+ year legacy of excellence and quality to the regions of Junagadh and Gir-Somnath. As children of Gir, we are dedicated to uplifting the region’s economy, and continuing its close symbiosis with the natural ecosystems. All of our efforts, from construction, to education, to medicine, to farming are dedicated and derived to further our efforts to make the world realize the incredible potential of the region.


The Noble Group has invested heavily in uplifting the education of the region. With institutions like Eklavya Kids, Eklavya Global School, and Noble Group of Institutions, the Noble Group has committed itself to enhancing the quality of school and college education in Junagadh.


Real Estate

The Noble Group’s superlative designs, innovative ideas, top-notch amenities, timely completion, guaranteed possession and handover of projects has made them the builders of choice in the region. Noble Group’s Suraj Cineplex, built nearly a decade ago, continues to be the only advanced multiplex in the city.



We have made sustainability the cornerstone for every one of our projects. This becomes even more important considering the fragile ecology of the region. Sustainable agriculture has become a chief desire for us at the Noble Group, inspiring us to create what you know as Girveda.



The Noble Ayurveda College and Research Institute and Hospital, situated adjacent to the Gir forest continues sharing the ancient teachings of Ayurveda. With our own model farm and in house laboratories and testing facilities, we create, test and disseminate naturally grown Ayurvedic products for holistic health.


Sights of the Gir-Somnath


The Somnath Temple

Somnath is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlinga, and has even been spoken of in the Rigveda. According to some, the first Somnath temple existed 2000 years ago. Everyone from Mahmud Ghazni, to Aurangzeb destroyed the temple, but it was Sardar Patel in 1947 who promised to rebuild this hallowed temple. The construction finally was concluded in 1994, and today, the temple stands as a testimony to India’s belief in creation over destruction.


The Gir National Park

This national park is home to the only lions outside of the African Continent. The Gir National Park and forest is spread over 1400 sq. km. and is home to over 500 lions, and over 2000 species of assorted fauna. The region has over 400 different plant species, and is generally classified as a dry teak forest. While the forest is constantly under watch due to a number of man-based threats, the indigenous population is working hard to keep these threats at bay.


Girnar Mountain

Standing 3672 feet tall, Girnar is an ancient mountain, older even than the Himalayas according to some sources. Spread all over the mountain are over 800 ancient Hindu and Jain temples. The base of the mountain is connected with the peak through a ropeway. At 7600 feet in length, it is the longest ropeway in Asia and was finished recently in 2020. This mountain hosts thousands of pilgrims every year who trek to the top for the blessings of their deities.


Emperor Ashoka’s Edicts

The famed edicts laid down by Emperor Ashoka are immortalized in stone at the base of the Girnar Mountain. All the 14 edicts of Ashoka, are visible at this location, making it a truly historic location. These edicts were believed to have been inscribed somewhere around 250 BC, on a rock which is roughly 7 meters wide and ten meters tall. The words are etched in a Brahmi script in a language very close to Pali. In effect, they show the beginning of the region’s history


Veraval Beach

The famed edicts laid down by Emperor Ashoka are immortalized in stone at the base of the Girnar Mountain. All the 14 edicts of Ashoka, are visible at this location, making it a truly historic location. These edicts were believed to have been inscribed somewhere around 250 BC, on a rock which is roughly 7 meters wide and ten meters tall. The words are etched in a Brahmi script in a language very close to Pali. In effect, they show the beginning of the region’s history


Bhalka Tirth Temple

Also known as Mahaprabhuji ni Baithak, this temple located in Somnath is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Hindu mythology states that Shri Krishna was resting under a Peepal tree here when the hunter Jara, mistakenly shot him thinking his foot to be that of a dear. Shri Krishna forgave the hunter and renounced his human form. This temple is famous among the devotees of the Sanatana Dharma


Chorwad Beach

Once the royal retreat of the Nawabs of Junagadh, Chorwad is barely 20 odd kilometers from Veraval. The manicured gardens of the Chorwad Palace, and the pristine beaches make it a perfect tourist spot. This beach also provides a great opportunity to ride the kathiawadi thoroughbred horses on the beach, as well as a number of other activities. This beach has a certain sleepy seaside charm to it which is hard to find in today’s tourist saturated destinations, making it a relatively undiscovered gem


Shri Parshuram Temple

Hindu mythology states that this is the location where the warrior saint, Shri Parshuram, performed deep penance which was then answered by Lord Somnath. The temple is unique in the fact that it has two kunds, or wells, along with a sabhamandap and a central mandap. There is also a special structure dedicated to Renuka, the mother of Parshuram. Steeped in mythology and ancient lore, this temple is a firm favourite among devotees and is visited every year by thousands.


Uparkot Fort

Located in Eastern Junagadh, this fort has a great significance for the region. Believed to have been built in 319 BC by Emperor Chandragupta Maurya, the construction has been added to multiple times. In fact at places, the rampart can extend to over 20 meters in height. Over the centuries, the fort has changed hands numerous times, and it also has two stepwells cut from solid rock. Adorned with magnificent spiral staircases, these stepwells are nearly a 1000 years old.


Triveni Sangam

This are marks the confluence of the three prominent rivers of the Gir-Somnath region, namely Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati. A cornice style space has been created for visitors to view the sangam in peace, before it meets the Arabian Sea. Hindu mythology states that one can attain enlightenment, and ascend to the next plane of consciousness by bathing and praying at this pious location. This Sangam sees thousands of visitors every year, praying at the stepped ghats, or just soaking in the atmosphere.