General Information about
large city of Saurashtra, Rajkot was an important city of
the British raj and a major princely state capital. The city
has a number of impressive colonial buildings and
educational institutions. It is famous for it's Watson
museum and association with Mahatma Gandhi who spent much of
his childhood here. Handicrafts like silver and textiles are
a highlight of Rajkot, which has the National weaving
institute which is working to promote traditional weaves.
the heart lands is one of the most important
commercial and industrial cities of Saurashtra. This
was a childhood home of Mahatma Gandhi who went to
school here. The Gandhi house is now a memorial to
the Mahatma, the Rashtriya shala is promoting his love
for handlooms by teaching and encouraging various
kinds of weaving and handicrafts. The prime attraction
is Watson museum, with a 19th century
Victoria memorial statue, portraits and photographs of
royal princes of Saurashtra and European dignitaries,
historic finds and architectural fragments from
archeological sites, dioramas of life among the rural,
pastoral and tribal people of Saurashtra, handicrafts
and princely relics. Lakes around Rajkot-Aji dam, Nardi-offer
pleasant spots for picnics, some attract winter
This bustling town was once the capital of the princely
state of Saurashtra and is also a former British government
headquarters. Mahatma Gandhi spent the early years of his
life here. The Gandhi family home, the Kaba Gandhi no Delo,
now houses a permanent exhibition of Gandhi items. The
prestigious Rajkumar College dates back to the second half
of last century and is regarded as one of the best private
schools in the country. It was one of five schools set up by
the British for the education of the sons of nobility (rajkumar
5 hours by
road. Frequent trains and luxury buses.
PLACES TO STAY
Riverside palace/Orchard palace at Gondal(39 kms), Wankaner
palace(50 kms), Hingolgadh castle(60 kms)
Galaxy, Kaveri, Jayson, Samrat, Ruby, Tulsi
Numerous budget hotels and guest houses. Babha, Himalaya
PLACES TO EAT
Galaxy, Kaveri, have good restaurants. Havmour(multi-cuisine),
Lakshmi lodge(thalis), Rainbow(South Indian), Step-in(fast
food, snacks, icecream), Village-the-motel(theme
restaurant), Babha(Gujarati), Lordís banquet(multi-cuisine).
has a helpful tourist office (Tel: 234507), but it's hidden away behind the
old State Bank of Saurashtra building on Jawahar Rd, almost opposite the
Galaxy Hotel. It's open weekdays and the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month,
from 10.30 am to 6 pm (closed for lunch from 1.30 to 2 pm). The State Bank
of India, to the north of the Jubilee gardens, has money-changing
facilities. Entry is from the rear of the building.
How to reach
The Indian Airlines office (Tel: 227916) is on Dhebar Rd. Indian Airlines
has four direct flights a week between Rajkot and Mumbai (US$65). NEPC (Tel:
227330) and UP Air (Tel: 225369) also have daily flights to Mumbai.
buses connect Rajkot with Jamnagar, Junagadh, Porbandar, Veraval and
Ahmedabad. The trip from Rajkot to Veraval via Junagadh takes about five
hours and costs Rs 43. Rajkot to Jamnagar is a two hour journey and costs Rs
25. There are also a number of private buses which operate to such places as
Ahmedabad, Bhuj, Bhavnagar, Una (for Diu), Mt Abu, Udaipur and Mumbai. The
offices of these companies are on the road behind the bus stand.
A number of broad-gauge express trains connect Rajkot with Ahmedabad, 246km
away. Fares are Rs 57/266 in 2nd/lst class, and the trip takes
about hours. There are other trains to and from Jamnagar (75km, Rs 25/128 in
lst/2nd class), Porbandar (221km, Rs 53/229 in lst/2nd class, and Mumbai
(738km, Rs 136/625 in 1st/2nd class). There's a metre-gauge
service to Veraval (186km, Rs 47/213 in lst/2nd class).
Aji Dam 8 km, Mahatma Gandhi's Home (Kaba Gandhino Delo), Lal
Pari Lake & Renderda 4.8 kms, Sardar Smriti Bhavan, Watson
Museums & Jubliee Gardens, Race Course.
Jadeshwar (60 kms), Virpur (64 kms), Bhid Bhanjan (60 kms), Manas Mandir (14 kms), Gondal (38 kms), Wankaner (50 kms).