To see the most beautiful and quaint part of Gujarat you are advised to embark upon a tour to Gondal. It is located on the tranquil banks of the river Gondali at a distance of 60 from the district headquarter of Junagadh and 39 km from the ancient city of Rajkot. The imposing sites in the Gondal city are a visual delight not only to eyes but to soul as well.
On a Gondal tour, you will be amazed to see the combination of monumental forts and contemporary architectures. Old or new, each structure will seem to be telling a story about the city. It is this exclusive feature that marks the uniqueness of the sites in Gondal.
A tour to Gondal will acquaint you with the foresightedness of the great ruler called Sir Bhagwatsinghji. He not only brought social reforms in the town but also ensured that this place moved ahead with time. It is said that his rich educational background and regular trips to Europe blessed him with fresh and innovative ideas and that in turn paved the way for the development of the city of Gondal.
On your travel to Gondal you will come across several beautiful forts and palaces. Navlakha Palace in Gondal is touted to be the oldest and the most mesmerizing palace. It is located on the serene river banks and scales up to 30 m in height above the river bed. Built in 17th century, this colossal palace is an architectural marvel that still impresses its onlookers and leaves them completely dumbstruck.
The tour to Gondal will become more exciting on moving towards the other two palaces namely Riverside Palace and the Orchard Palace. The Riverside Palace is situated on the border of the river Gondali. It was built in 1875 AD by Maharajah Bhagwatsinghji for his son Yuvraj Bhojraji. Today these palaces are converted into heritage homes and serve as a base for those who want to stay in this place for a while.
On Gondal tour you will be delighted to see the vintage cars in the ancient garages. These are one of the most important and unique tourist attractions in the city. You should also visit Swami Narayan Temple, Bhavaneshwari Temple, Ayurvedic pharmacy and the stud farm of Kathiawadi horses here. This apart, you will enjoy bird watching in this quaint town. The mesmerizing sights of peacocks, tree pies, cuckoo, sunbird and bee-eaters will make your day.