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Rajkot is a city in the state of Gujarat in Western India. Rajkot rather appeals to spiritual tastes. As in Ahmedabad, many ashrams, that offers the teachings of yoga and meditative retreat, are located in the city and its surroundings, amidst forested hills and beautiful lakes. These traditions are not apparent to foreign visitors, especially to those in a hurry.


Sacred Heart Syro-Malabar Cathedral (also called Prem Mandir)

Rajkot is most famous as the place where Mahatma Gandhi pursued his early education. The city is also famous for traditional sweets and dandiya/garba raas dances. Founded in 1620 by a member of Jadeja clan, whose descendants ruled the city until 1947, Rajkot gained economic importance in the early 19th century, under British protectorate. Farmers' and traders' councils were encouraged to grow under British Rule. Later the city plunged into the industrial Age with the first years dominated by casting industries. Even today Rajkot is a wealthy city that ranks the 22nd-fastest-growing city in the world. It's also one of the cleanest cities of India.

Rajkot lies in the middle of Kathiawar peninsula, halfway between Ahmedabad and Porbandar. It's well worth one or two days stop although it's not a monumental city.

Gujarati is the main language. Hindi is next most popular. A good number of people will have a working knowledge of English too.

Get in

Map of Rajkot

Being one of the major cities of Gujarat, Rajkot is well connected to other cities by air and land transport. For tourists, it's usual to either board a flight from Mumbai (for international arrivals) to Rajkot. For others who are already in India, it's advisable to reach Ahmadabad (either by train or by flight), and then take a quick bus ride to Rajkot.

By plane

  • 1 Rajkot Airport (RAJ  IATA). Has several Air India flights to Mumbai and Delhi everyday, which in turn are well connected with the rest of the world. IndiGo flies from Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi, North Goa, Mumbai and Pune. Rajkot Airport (Q7286282) on Wikidata Rajkot Airport on Wikipedia

By rail

  • 2 Rajkot Junction. The main railway station. 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 and Bhopal. In common with the rest of India it is advisable to book train tickets as early as possible because they are generally not available (i.e., in waiting) after the booking slot opens. Booking the tickets 2-3 months prior to the journey is recommended. For those who take long distance trains, it is even more advisable. Rajkot junction railway station (Q7286283) on Wikidata Rajkot Junction railway station on Wikipedia

By bus


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

  • 3 GSRTC Bus Station (located in Karanpara area, just south of the Town Hall.).

If you will be flying out of Ahmedabad, there are some buses that leave from Rajkot and drop you to the Ahmedabad airport. They drop you just outside the airport, so be ready to walk about 10 minutes to get to the entrance, but its paved and many people are walking that way. A lot of private bus companies have a very well established network around the state with comfortable bus options (e.g. Patel Tours and travels, Eagle travels, Neeta travels.)

Get around


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.

Commuting inside the city can be done via BRTS[dead link] which covers the roads around the city, but the most favorite is using Auto-richshaws (best to negotiate the rate of travel before sitting inside).

  • Rajkot BRTS (Rajpath). Rajkot BRTS (Q2529916) on Wikidata Rajkot Bus Rapid Transit System on Wikipedia
  • RMTS. Local bus service operated by Rajkot Municipal Corporation.


Ramakrishna Ashram
  • 1 Watson Museum, Dhebar Rd (in Jubilee Gardens), +91 97241 03824. 9AM-1PM, 2-6PM, closed on Sun, 2nd/4th Sat, public holidays. The Watson Museum was established in 1888 and was named after the British Political Agent of Kathiwad, Colonel John Watson. The Museum exhibits copies of artifacts from Mohenjodaro, sculptures, costumes of the local tribal people. ₹2 for Indian, ₹50 for foreigners. Watson Museum (Q7974841) on Wikidata Watson Museum on Wikipedia
  • 2 The Lang Library, Jawahar Road, Lohana Para (Nearby Watson Museum), +91 281 222 4795, +91 281 2232199. 8AM-4:30PM. The library has an extensive collection of old books and a repository of reference material linked to the colonial era.
  • 3 Mohandas Gandhi High School (formerly known as Alfred High School), Jawahar Rd, Jubilee Chowk. Where Mahatma Gandhi got his primary education. The buildings were built by the Nawab of Junagadh and took the name of the Duke Alfred of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
  • 4 Kaba Gandhi No Delo, Gheekantha & Dharmendra Rds Crossing. M-Sa 9AM-noon, 3PM-5PM, Su closed. 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.
  • 5 Rotary Dolls Museum, Yagnik Road, +91 281 246 4352. Tu-Sa 9:30AM–1PM, 3:30–7:30PM. This unique museum gives an overview to the culture and traditions of the world at large through a medium of various dolls
  • 6 Rashtriya Shala. 9AM-noon for visitors. Founded in 1921 by Mahatma Gandhi, the centre supports small industries such as Khadi spinning. A centre for patola sari weaving is also located here. There is a memorial room where Gandhi fasted during the Indian civil disobedience movement.
  • 7 Race course. Where people head for a stroll in the mornings and at nights. The site of major events in the city. Also, Madhavrao Schindia Cricket Stadium is located in the area
  • 8 Swaminarayan Temple, Kalawad Road, +91 281 245 1000. A temple of BAPS, a socio-spiritual Hindu organization with its roots in the Vedas. It was revealed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830) in the late 18th century and established in 1907 by Shastriji Maharaj (1865-1951).
  • 9 Shri Ramkrishna Ashram, Dr. Yagnik Road, +91 281-2465200. Has a permanent exhibition showcasing the life of Shri Ramkrishna plus a public library and an Ayurvedic centre.
  • 10 Ishwariya Mahadev, Ishwariya Post Rd. Located on a hilltop in the outskirts of the city. The surrounding area is a traditional picnic spot.
  • 11 Panchmukhi Hanuman, Garediya Kuva Main Road, +91 99249 21879. The Temple of Lord Hanuman that is believed to keep the area free of rakshasas (demons). A large number of devotees visit the temple every day to get rid of evil spirits.
  • 12 Shree Ranchoddas Bapu Ashram, Kuvadva Main Road.
  • 13 Shree Ramnath Mahadev Temple, Ramnath Para, (Near Aji River).
  • 14 Aji Dam (8 km from Rajkot). A beautiful dam site constructed during British Raj.
  • 15 Nyari Dam (13 km from Rajkot). A beautiful dam site. Very good for weekend stay and bird watching
  • 16 Rajkumar College (RKC). Founded in 1868 for educating royal princes and elites of Kathiawar states, it is now public school. The 11-hectre campus in centre of the city houses buildings with Gothic architecture. Rajkumar College, Rajkot (Q7286293) on Wikidata Rajkumar College, Rajkot on Wikipedia


  • 1 Krishna Water Park, National Highway 8-B, Kuvadva Village (14 km from the city center), +91 281 278 4300, +91 281 278 4378. This small amusement park includes a wave pool, a high pendulum slide and a rain discotheque for kids only.


Crystal Mall

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. But if you want to buy the regional specialties, then you may go for the local bazaars

  • 1 Big Bazaar, Kalayad Road, +91 281 304 7070.
  • 2 Crystal Mall, Kalawad Road, +91 281 256 2319. Daily 10:30AM-10PM. Cinema, department store and restaurant/food court. Crystal Mall Rajkot (Q5191278) on Wikidata Crystal Mall Rajkot on Wikipedia
  • 3 Dharmendra Road Bazar. Sells sorts of multipurpose goods and accessories,
  • 4 Bangdi-bazaar. Jewellery and bangles
  • Mochi bazaar. for its footwear shops ('Mochi' in Hindi translates to a cobbler)
  • 5 Soni bazaar (close to Bangdi Bazar). All sorts of jewellery ('Soni' is equivalent to a goldsmith in Hindi).



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.
  • Poha, Jalebi, Sweet Samosa, Sweet Kachori etc. You could get them at Kotecha Chowk. 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 5:30PM 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.
  • There is one stop destination for your sweets and namkeens. Different items of Rashikbhai Chevdawala is also famous for breakfast. Items like Farali Chevdo, Pauva Chevdo, Jariwali Wafer, etc. are delicious. For sweets, there is a good variety in peda and barfis .
  • 1 Temptations, Kasturba Rd, Opp.Dharam Cinema, +91 281 247 5010. 11:45AM-11PM. Family restaurant with mixed cuisine including Italian (lasagne), Chinese and Mexican — all vegetarian and crowded.
  • 2 Flavours, Dr. Yagnik Road (near Imperial Palace Hotel). Multi-cuisine restaurant (Punjabi/North Indian, Mexican, etc.). Immaculately clean and impeccable service. Busy on weekends
  • 3 Lords Banquet, Kasturba Rd, +91 281 244 4486. 7:30AM-11:30PM.
  • 4 Raju Pavbhaji, Saibaba Complex, Kalavad Road. Vegetarian restaurant.
  • 5 Apple Bite, 4 Plus Building Sardarnagar Main Road, +91 90333 03145. 10AM-11PM. Very popular multicuisine restaurant. (Punjabj, Italian, Mexican, Continental, Chinese). Good ambiance, courteous staff
  • 6 Sankalp, Race Course Ring Road, Nr. Zilla Panchayat Chowk, +91 281 244 0800. 11AM-11PM. South Indian food
  • 7 Big Bite the Food Court, Race Course Ring Road, +91 281 245 8871. 10AM-11:30PM. Popular Fast Food - Chinese, Continental. Indian dishes include chhole puri, garlic bread, rice pulao
  • 8 Subway, Shop No. 8 & 9, Race Course Ring Road. 11AM-11PM. Fast food, veg & non-veg sandwiches
  • 9 Michi's Restaurant (University Rd).
  • 10 Green Fuel, 150 Feet Ring Road, Near Madhapur Chokdi, Krishna Society, Madhapar, +91 92280 11700. 11AM-11PM. Veg Rest.




  • Hotel Upasana.
  • 1 Hotel Suryakant, Gondal Road, Lodhawad Chowk (Opposite Kathiawar Balashram), +91 281 246 3146, +91 281 662 7555, +91 281 246 0969. 25 A/C rooms. Satellite TV
  • 2 Chouki Dhani, Jamnagar Road, Near All India Radio Tower, +91 281 654 3664. a small ethnic Rajasthani village, 14 km away from Rajkot city /Cottage type. Restaurants






  • 14 Hotel Imperial Palace, Dr Yagnik Road, +91 281 2480000. Five star hotel centrally located. Upscale room amenities. Swimming pool, salon and message centre., 100/164 € per night.
  • 15 Seasons Hotel, Kalawad Road. Opp. Drive-in Cinema (12 km from the city centre), +91 281 711 2233. €70/night.
  • 16 Heritage Khirasra Palace, Kalawad Road, Khirasra Village (18 km away from the city center), +91 99130 77077. A heritage hotel housed in the 16th-century Khirasha castle. It's located on a hill overlooking a small water body, €120/night.


  • Gujarat Tourism Office, Jawahar Rd, Behind SBI, +91 281 2234507.

Go next

  • The city of Jamnagar is 90 km from Rajkot.
  • 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 Rajkot.
  • 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.
  • Upleta
  • Porbandar: Port region and birthplace of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi)
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