Rajkot is the cultural city of Gujarat. Famous for its traditional sweets and Dandiya dance, this city is rich in picnic spots, museums and scenic beauty. One can build colorful memories in Rajkot as they can enjoy the shopping experience here and sightseeing is one activity that one would never want to miss. The city where Mahatma Gandhi spent his childhood, Rajkot has a number of places to offer to its visitors. The history buffs have places like Dholavaria, Lothal and Surkatada to visit. Nature lovers can visit places like the Chowrad beach and Saputara Hill. The Gir Lion Wild Life Sanctuary and Piroton Marine National Park are perfect places to visit for the wildlife enthusiasts. With a fusion of places to visit, this city must not be missed when you are in Gujarat.
Places To SeeKaba Gandhi No Delo
Located on Ghee Kanta Road in Rajkot, this is the place where Mahatma Gandhi spent a part of his childhood years. The complex is named after Gandhi’s father, Karamchand Gandhi who was also known as Kaba Gandhi. It is now a museum and houses photographs, manuscripts and books that throw interesting insights into the life of the Father of the Nation. Tip
: The complex is open to public on all days except Sundays, between 9am and 5pm. Lang Library
Lang Library is a delight for those who love to read. The library hosts both fictional and non-fictional literature. It is a treasure house of Kathiawadi and Gujarati literature and also contains a rich collection of reference material related to the colonial era in India. The Ranjit Vilas Palace
The palace reflects the impressive architecture and engineering skills of its times. It was constructed by Maharaja Amarsinghji in 1907. Standing majestically on a hilltop, it provides commanding views of the beautiful town of Wankaner. Inside the palace, you can admire the Gothic arches, Franco-Italian window panes, and oriental balconies. A part of the palace still serves as the residence of the royal family, the rest has been converted into a museum where you can view armaments and artifacts. Watson Museum
This is the oldest museum in the Saurashtran region. It is located in the in the Queen Victoria Memorial Institute Building. The museum takes its name from Colonel John Watson who was the political agent of Kathiawar Agency from 1881 to 1889. The displays here range from Watson’s private collections ad well as artefacts from the Mohenjodaro era. Tip
: The museum is open to the public from 9am to 6pm daily. However, it is closed on alternate Sundays and general holidays.
Things To DoThe Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary serves as the home to an interesting collection of rare birds and animals. It also provides a welcome respite from the chaos of the city. You can see also antelopes with other wild animals such as the jackal, hyena, blue bull, and the endangered chinkara. Bajana
This is a well-known princely state of India. What sets it apart from the other princely states is the fact that it was not a part of the British India Empire before independence. Tip
: While in Bajana, you can also enjoy a safari to the famous wild ass wildlife sanctuary in the Little Rann of Kutch. Hingolgarh
There is a famous nature education sanctuary located here. The sanctuary hosts a diverse range of flora and fauna. The quiet greens and tranquil surroundings provide the much needed respite from the city. Besides visitors who come here to appreciate the wildlife, families also flock here to have a fun day out and learn more about the plants and animals. Bangdi Bazaar
If you are a shopping enthusiast, a colorful range of items await you at the bazaar. The stores here sell beautiful costumes, silver and imitation jewelry, footwear, watches and more. The roads are narrow and crowded with shoppers bargaining for the wares. Jetpur
This is another famous shopping destination in Rajkot. Also known as mini Dubai, Jetpur is famous for its color dyed and block printed textiles. Various yarn dying, screen and block printing workshops are held here. Apart from making purchases you can actually watch the process of dying and printing clothes. Rashitryashala
Launched by Mahatma Gandhi in 1921, the Rashitryashala in Rajkot educates people about the subjects related to nation building. Currently, the school provides vocational training for several activities such as manual oil pressing and weaving cotton and khadi.