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Rajkot - Quick Facts

Area: 170 sq. km.
Population: 1.28M
Altitude: 71.40 m
Season: October to March
Clothing: Summer- Light cottons, Winters- Light woollen
Rain fall: 276 mm.
Language: Gujarati, Hindi & English

Rajkot is famous commercial and industrial city of Saurashtra. Rajkot was once the capital of the princely state of Saurashtra. Rajkot is famous for its jewellery market, handicrafts and bandhani. Mahatma Gandhi spent the early years of his life in Rajkot. He did his schooling from Alfred High School, now known as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi High School. Lakes around Aji dam and Nardi are the main attraction for tourist. Kaba Gandhi no Delo - Gandhiji's home, Watson Museum in Jubilee Garden, picnic spot Lal Pan Lake And Randerda, palace of Wankaner, Rashtriya Shala are another major attraction.

By Air

Various Airlines operate daily services connecting Rajkot with Mumbai.

By Rail

Rajkot is a junction on the Western Railway, Viramgam-Okha meter gauge line.

By Road

State transport buses and private luxury coaches connects various centers of Gujarat. It is situated 768 Kms, from Mumbai via Ahmedabad, 101 Kms, from Junagadh, 193 Kms, from Porbandar, and 216 Kms, from Ahmedabad.

Kaba Gandhi's Gate in Rajkot City
Gandhiji's ancestral home (1880) which now houses the 'Gandhi Smriti'- a memorial museum containing photographs and personal effects.

Watson Museum and Library in Rajkot City

Located in the Jubilee Gardens, the Museum commemorating Colonel John Watson is a good introduction to Saurashtra's cultural heritage. Important exhibits are copies of artifacts from Mohenjodaro, 13th century carvings, silverware, natural history exhibits and textiles. A huge 19th century marble statue of queen Victoria is fascinating. There are many splendid portraits and photographs of royal princes of Saurashtra and European dignitaries, handicrafts, pottery and princely relics. Open from 9 to 12.30 pm nd 2.30 to 5 pm.

The Rajkumar College in Rajkot City

The Rajkumar College, Rajkot, is one of the oldest schools whose foundation stone was laid in 1868. The college has a flourishing history of 136 years and has had students from all walks of life. The college was founded for the education of the Princely order by the Princes and Chiefs of Kathiawar for the education of their sons and relations. In 1938, on the initiatives of its founding members, the College became a Public School - the first such college to do so. The college itself is also a founding member of the Indian Public Schools Conference.

Mahatma Gandhi High School in Rajkot City

Mahatma Gandhi High School: Established in 1853, it was earlier known as Alfred High School. Gandhiji had his secondary education from this school. The school with its Gothic Norman structure was one of the most sought after schools for its standard of education. Rashtriya Shala in Rajkot City During the Period of Non-Violent Movement to liberate the Nation From the clutches of the British Rule, Mahatma Gandhi, in the year 1920, gave the Nation a novel idea of Non-Cooperation with the Government. He directed the Nation to boycott the government machinery, including Judiciary and educational institutions.Side by side Mahatmaji started Gujarat Vidyapith at Ahmedabad to impart education on new National Concepts.Similar national educational institutions, on identical concepts were started in different parts of the country. Rastriya Shala is one of such institutions. On February 21, 1921 Rashtriya Shala made its modest beginning and formally started functioning in a rental premises in Rajkot. Shri Lakhajiraj, the Ruler of the state of Rajkot, who was a great admirer of Mahatma Gandhi gave 66 thousand sq. yards land at a nominal cost to Rashtriya Shala. It is on this land that the main building of the institution was first constructed, and since 1924 Rashtriya Shala started its various activities in this building.

Jagat Mandir in Rajkot City

Jagat Mandir is the beautiful carved temple of Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa. It is made of red stones.

Lal Pari Lake and Randera in Rajkot City

A picturesque picnic spot, 5 kms. From Rajkot.

Wankaner in Rajkot City

As Indian states go, Gujarat has a long way to go before becoming tourist friendly. It may be the homeland of many a global Indian (the Patel clan comes from there), but it's lacking in some of the things that draw tourists, namely the Taj Mahal and alcohol. Nevertheless, as Gujarat borders on Maharashtra, we decided to pay a weekend visit. Mind you, we didn't go to the cities like Ahmedabad (home to Gandhi's erstwhile ashram) or even to Surat. Instead, we flew into Rajkot and drove an hour to the village of Wankaner, a dusty, but bustling village and home to the Wankaner Palace. Like most former Raj palaces, Wankaner has tried to position itself as a heritage hotel.

Aji Dam in Rajkot City

It is situated 8 Kilometers from Rajkot and supplies the town's water.

Tarnetar in Rajkot City

The Tarnetar Fair is one of the most important fairs of Gujarat. Various tribes like the Kolis, the Rabaris, the Bharwards, the Khants, the Khanbis, the Charans and the Kathis, get together to celebrate the famous legendary marriage of Draupadi with Arjuna, thereby retracing its origin to the times of the Mahabharata. Arjuna was the third of the five Pandavas of Hastinapur, who got married to Draupadi - the princess of this region, in the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata.

Rotary Dolls Museum

The Rotary Dolls Museum, Rajkot.This unique Museum gives an overview to the culture and traditions of the world at large through a medium of dolls. The Rotary Clubs across the world have generously donated these Dolls to the Rotary Club of Rajkot Midtown. This vision was conceived in 2001 by the Rotarian Mr. Deepak Agrawal. To view in detail the path from conception to the birth on this Rotary Dolls Museum, While the vision has been to create a Dolls Museum where children and adults both gain from, the mission has been yet noble and simple, Love, Care and Concern for Humanity.

Shopping in Rajkot makes for an unforgettable experience as the city is rich with many a special type of artistry works. As a part of Rajkot entertainment shopping in the city offers a scope to the people to relax their minds. The various shopping malls and departmental stores that are located in Rajkot are all a part of the large entertainment industry of the city.

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