Rajkot

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Rajkot is a city in the state of Gujarat in Western India.

Mahatma Gandhi pursued his early education in Rajkot. The city is also famous for traditional sweets and dandiya/garba raas dances.

Get in[edit]

Rajkot being one of the major cities of Gujarat is well connected to other cities by air and land transport.

Rajkot has a domestic airport which has several flights to Mumbai everyday (but no flights to Ahmadabad, due to its relative proximity), which in turn is well connected with the rest of the world. (IATA: RAJ)

Train: There are several direct trains from all parts of India to Rajkot. Some of them include longer routes trains from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Jammu, Kochi, Secunderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Bhopal etc. It is advisable to book train tickets as early as possible (in India for the matter of fact), because they are generally not available (ie, in waiting) after the booking slot opens. Booking tickets 2-3 months prior to the journey is recommended. For those who take long distance trains, it is even more advisable.

Bus: Rajkot is quite well connected to the entire region of Saurashtra and rest of Gujarat by buses.

For tourists, its common for them to either board a flight from Mumbai (for international arrivals) to Rajkot. For others who are already in India, its advisable to reach Ahmadabad (either by train or by flight), and then take a quick bus ride to Rajkot.

Get around[edit]

As Rajkot lies in the middle of the Saurashtra region, it is very easy to visit many famous places from here, whose relatives distances from Rajkot are small.

See[edit]

  • Aji Dam. A beautiful dam site constructed during British Raj.
  • Kaba Gandhi No Delo. Mahatma Gandhi's childhood residence. It has now been converted in to a memorial called "Gandhi Smriti". The museum displays and consists of photographs, objects and the belongings of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Mahatma Gandhi High School (formerly known as Alfred High School). Where Mahatma Gandhi got his primary education.
  • Rashtriya Shala. 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.
  • Race course. Where people head for a stroll in the mornings and at nights.
  • Swaminarayan Temple.
  • Shri Ramkrishna AshramDr. Yagnik Road +91 281-2465200.
  • Jain Derasarnr.aji dem (bhavnagar road). Good temple to see.
  • Rotary Dolls MuseumYagnik Road. This unique Museum gives an overview to the culture and traditions of the world at large through a medium of various dolls
  • Watson Museum.
  • The Lang Library.

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

Want to shop? If at all you are a typical shopper who wants to buy clothes,jewellery,watches etc, then you can visit the malls of Rajkot. Big Bazaar (situated on 150 feet ring road), Crystal Mall (Kalavad Road) are a few places worth mentioning. But if you want to buy the regional specialties,then you may go for the local bazaars such as Dharmendra Road -a place where one can find all sorts of multipurpose goods and accessories, Bangdi-bazaar - which is famous for its imitation jewellery and bangles, Mochi bazaar-for its footwear shops ('Mochi' in Hindi translates to a cobbler), Soni bazaar-for all sorts of jewelery ('Soni' is equivalent to a goldsmith in Hindi).

Eat[edit]

Being the cultural and commerce capital of the Saurashtra district, one can expect to find many unique and delicious foods in Rajkot.

  • For breakfast, generally Ganthiya is a very good option. Ganthiyas here are of many types like Fafda (wide thin strips of Gathiya, generally savored with Jalebi, and Sambhara, a juicy salad mix of grated beets,mangoes and spices), Vanela (bite sized pieces of Gathiya), Bhavnagari (Spicy Gathiya) etc. Ganthiya is made from Besan along with some spices and water which is made into a batter then fried in oil. Khaman and Dhokla are also very famous breakfast options. Bhakri (a hard Indian Bread) is also generally taken in breakfast, although it is generally made only in homes and not available with street hawkers.
  • Diet conscious ? No fried food ?

Then you may go for Poha, Jalebi, Sweet Samosa, Sweet Kachori etc. You could get them at Kotecha Chowk. This a whole new fashion of breakfast in Rajkot. At some places you may also get some south Indian varieties like idli, vada etc.(kotecha chowk).

  • For something spicy, one can go for Dabeli (Bread with spicy potato filling, stuffed with spicy peanuts and Served with sauces), Spicy Ghughra (spicy potato filled dumpling), Pav Bhaji, Panipuri, Ragda pattice, Dahi puri and many more fast-food items. These food items are generally sold evening onwards (with hawkers opening usually opening 17:30 PM onwards).
  • Rajkot is also famous for its Kathiawadi Thali, with many good restaurants offering it.
  • For the Sweet-toothed, Chikki, Peda are some of the sweets that Rajkot is famous for. There is a special shop famous for Peda named Jai Siya Ram Pendawala at Yagnik Road. The famous shop for Chikki is Jalaram Chikki at Limda Chowk.
  • Different items of Gordhanbhai Chevdawala is also famous for breakfast. Items like Farali Chevdo, Pauva Chevdo, Jariwali Wafer, etc are delicious to eat. Some Chutney, which is famous item of Rajkot, is served with all this items.

There are many restaurants in Rajkot which can satisfy one's taste buds, and below is a list of a few of them:

  • Lord's Banquet
  • Temptations
  • Imperial Palace
  • Khirasara Palace
  • Grand Thakar
  • Hotel Grand Regency
  • Hotel Honest
  • Raju Pavbhaji
  • US Pizza
  • Pizza Hut
  • K4 Restaurant at Hotel KK
  • Sankalp
  • Big Bite (fast food)
  • Hotel Kavery
  • Hotel Imperial Palace
  • Michi's Restaurant
  • Subway
  • Green Fuel
  • Choki Dhani
  • Flavours Restaurant
  • Motel The Village
  • Sanjha Chulha

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • Hotel Classique - [1]
  • Hotel The grand Bhagwati
  • Hotel KK
  • Hotel Imperial Palace
  • Hotel Evershine
  • Hotel Silver Palace
  • Hotel Rajdoot
  • Hotel Upasana
  • Hotel Surya Kant

Splurge[edit]

The Grand Bhagwati - [2]

Go next[edit]

Jamnagar - 90 km.

Mount Girnar and the Gir forest (abode of the Asiatic lions) are about 100-150 km from Rajkot.

Somnath temple is around 200 km from here.

Diu is some 200 km from Rajkot with beautiful beaches and pleasant weather.

Virpur is around 60 km.

Dwarka is about 220 km from Rajkot.

The Kutch District is some 200 km from Rajkot.

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