Rajkot was once the capital of the princely state of Saurashtra. It was also the headquarters of the British Government. Rajkot is one of the most important commercial and industrial cities of Saurashtra. It is best known as the town where Mahatma Gandhi spent the early years of his life when his father was a 'Diwan' or Prime Minister to the king of Saurashtra. Even today, their family home here houses a permanent exhibition of Gandhiji's personal belongings. Rajkot is a bustling and prosperous town of Gujarat, of great historical significance. Today, Rajkot is hub of Gujrat handicrafts, such as, Bandhani Sarees, mirror-work, patch work, bead work and silk embroidery. Rajkot is about 220 kms from Ahmedabad. Best Season to visit is between October to March.
How to reach
I A connects Rajkot with Bombay and Vayudoot connects Rajkot with Bombay and Kandla. East West Airlines also operate flight from Bombay to Rajkot.
Rajkot is a junction on the Western Railway broad gauge line.
Gujarat State Transport bus connect Rajkot to all major cities of state. Unmetered taxis, Auto rickshaws, Tongas and few private cars are available for local transport.
|Distance from Rajkot to :
|Mumbai ||798 km |
|Ahmedabad ||218 km|
|Junagadh ||98 km|
|Jamnagar ||86 km|
|Dwarka ||238 km|
|Porbandar ||178 km|
|Bhavnagar ||165 km|
|Sasangir ||155 km.|
Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited, Bhavnagar House, Jawarhar Road, Rajkot. 8/18/2007
Places of Interest
Kaba Gandhi No Delo , Nehru Gate , M.K. Gandhi Vidyalaya , Rashtriya Shala , Hanging Bridge , Watson Museum and Library , The Rajkumar College , Jagat Mandir
Places of Interest around Rajkot
Lal Pari Lake And Randerda , Ajit Dam , Centres of Harappan Civilization , Gondal , Wankaner
Kaba Gandhi No Delo
Gandhiji's ancestral home which now houses the Gandhi Smriti, a permanent exhibition of Gandhi's items.
It is an exotic architectural gate having a clock on it depicting majesty and elegance. This gate leads to the well planned and historical market of Morbi.
M.K. Gandhi Vidyalaya
Formerly known as Alfred High School, This is the school where Mahatma Gandhi studied. The famous incident of copying the word 'Kettle' occurred here.
It was founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1925 and is connected with the freedom struggle. It is now famous for its Patola weaving.
It is one of the rare hanging bridges of its kind in India. This monumental civil work was made from wire ropes and wood during British rule. It is 165 feet long and 4.5 feet broad over the river Machchhu. The crossing over the bridge is a sensational experience to the visitors.
Watson Museum and Library
Located in the pleasant Jubilee Garden, the museum is a good introduction to Saurashtra's cultural heritage.
The Rajkumar College
As early as 1870, the state had become known for its Rajkumar college, built for the education of the princes of the Indian state.
Built of red stones, it is a beautifully carved temple of Shri Ramkrishna Paramhansa.
Places of Interest around Rajkot
Lal Pari Lake And Randerda
A Picturesque picnic spot, 5 kms from Rajkot.
It is situated 8 kms from Rajkot and is responsible for supplying water to whole of the town.
About 50 kms. from Rajkot on the way to Kutch is the palace of Wankaner. This site is now converted into a Heritage Hotel. Halfway up a hill, overlooking the township of Wankaner on the river Machchhu is the palace of Wankander built by Maharana Raj Saheb at the beginning of the 20th century. Few palaces in India can equal it on the ground of its scenic beauty, climate, architecture, communication, accommodation and recreation. It is open for exclusive invitees to stay as princely houseguests receiving personal attention and reliving a bygone era of splendour.
The former rulers of Gondal were members of the Jadeja Rajput clan, descendants of Lord Krishna and the moon god who ruled the princely states of Kutch, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Morbid and Gondal for more than 300 years. But it was in the late 19th century, early 20th century under Maharajah Bhagwat Sinhji that saw Gondal grow into one of the most progressive princely states in the region with an efficient system of a taxless economy, roads, railways, schools, hospitals, highways, sanitary drainage, irrigation and free compulsory education.
Centres of Harappan Civilization
Kuntasi situated in Maliya taluka and Rajodi near Gondal were centres of ancient Harappan civilization. (2200 BC to 1500 BC). The excavations at these centres can fill many gaps in knowledge about the palaeology - day-to-day life of Harappan people. These are sites of extraordinary insight for those interested in ancient civilization and archaeology. Kuntasi was a trading emporium and an active port when the waters of the Gulf were extended to it.
On the way to Bhavnagar, about 60 Km. South East of Rajkot is the hill top castle of Hingolgarh It is situated near Jasden. Hingolgarh Castle has a small Sanctuary surrounding it. One can find Nilgai, jungle cat, gazzelle and lots of different birds belonging to the scrub type of the vegetation. Another sanctuary nearby is the Botad Panjarapole Sanctuary. It is an animal haven and has hundreds of black buck antelopes that wonder around freely in the grasslands.