Once the capital of the princely state of Saurashtra, Rajkot is now an important industrial city of the West Indian state of Gujarat. This quickly growing commercial city is located in the heart of the Kathiawar Peninsula, around 72 km from the Gulf of Kutch. It is also popular as the place where Mahatma Gandhi had spent the initial years of his life and gained early education from a school that is renamed after him as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi School, formerly known as Alfred High School – a prime attraction. Home to some striking gardens, ashrams, lakes and temples, Rajkot is also quite popular for its handicraft items, jewelry market and special tie and dye or Bandhani, a beautiful cloth material. Opt for a tour to Rajkot, if you want to explore the best of this city.
The list of attractions that you can visit during your vacation is quite long, which consists of museums, gardens, ashrams, lakes, temples, famous educational institutions and more. In this city, founded by Vibhaji Jadeja and Raju Sandhi in the year of 1610, you can explore a number of tourist attractions such as Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Jubilee Garden, Rotary Dolls Museum, Aaji Dam, Rashtriya Shala, Lal Pari Lake, the Watson Museum and Library, Jagat Mandir, Gandhi Smriti-Gandhiji's ancestral home that has now been turned into a museum, Bhaktidham Mandir, Swaminarayan Mandir, Aashapura Temple Palace and more.
This multicultural city is fondly known as ‘Rangilu Rajkot’ (translation Colorful Rajkot) and is a perfect mix of tradition and modernity. It comes alive during the days of Navrateri when Garbaa Raas is performed by all. Garba is a popular dance form that is equally popular among men and women. Lok Mela, another public fair, is held every year during the Janmashtami festival and is a major crowd puller. The people of the city are extremely friendly and lively. Most of the markets and eating joints are open till midnight.
If you opt for a tour to Rajkot, it is easily accessible by all three modes of transport- by air, by road as well as by train. There is no dearth of accommodation here with rooms available in all-star categories.