It’s not your typical tourist destination but there are a surprising number of things to do in Rajkot that make a visit more than worthwhile. Sprawling and bustling with life, Gujarat’s fourth largest city entices with great food, vibrant fairs, picturesque locales and markets that seem to sell everything from A to Z.
Find out what to do in Rajkot if you plan to make it your next holiday destination or even if you’re just passing through.
1. Feast on delicious food
One of the first things to do in Rajkot India is to settle down to a delicious Gujarati meal. A mix of vegetarian, seafood and meat dishes, the cuisine will leave you salivating and eager to eat as many dishes as you can! We recommend a thali, which has a range of items including lentils, veggie curries, rotis, rice, chutneys and freshly chopped veggies. There’s a distinct sweetness to the items that sets it apart from many other Indian thalis. If you prefer more spice, you can opt for the Kathiyawadi thali. Don’t forget to try the famous khichdi, dhokla and buttermilk too.
2. Visit workshops to see Mayur Patola Art
Patola saris are known for their intricate designs and weaving techniques. Rightfully expensive and once worn only by aristocratic families, one of the best things to do in Rajkot Gujarat is to see how they’re made at Mayur Patola Art, near Virani High School and Sarvodaya Society. You can even buy them at shops like Pooja Patola Saree, located in the area, and shops farther along like Sindhoi Patola Art (Dr Yagnik Road) and Gohil Patola Art (Pedak Road).
3. Check out Tarnetar Fair
You don’t have to be on the lookout for romance to enjoy the festivities at Tarnetar Fair held near Triniteshwar Mahadev. The carnival-like ambience is intoxicating and will leave you excited in spite of yourself. The three-day festival, which falls between August and September, sees hundreds of romantic hopefuls eager to find their other halves. Amusement rides, traditional dances, songs and shops selling knick knacks are just some of the attractions here.
4. Savor ice cream at an old favorite establishment
An old brand and a list of tasty flavors in different styles – Shree Shakti Vijay Patel Soda Factory is a beloved establishment in Rajkot. Started way back in 1933, the ice cream parlor continues to attract sweet tooths from across the city. The old school décor lends plenty of character to the place so that having an ice cream is a memorable experience.
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5. Go wild at Fun World
Those in search of fun activities in Gujarat will find it at Fun World, a popular amusement park with attractions for people of all ages. Rides, a horror house, a hall of mirrors, carousels and a food court are just some of the things on offer. The park also holds competitions and summer camps. If you’re traveling with kids to Rajkot during the season, maybe you can enroll them in one!
6. Have a blast at Krishna Water Park
More adventure awaits at Krishna Water Park, a complex that features not just rides and slides but accommodation for travelers who want to stay close to the fun. Like Fun World, the entertainment is for kids and adults so that the entire family can have an amazing time. The park also has a marriage hall for couples with a big sense of fun and adventure. It doesn’t get better than that!
7. Spend time at Aji Dam
One of the best things to do in Rajkot if you love being surrounded by greenery but aren’t too keen on a hike is to visit Aji Dam. With manicured gardens, seating areas and a children’s playground, this is another ideal destination for the whole family. It also has facilities like eateries, toilets and drinking water. While the park’s picturesqueness will certainly leave a lasting impression, you can make your visit even more memorable by packing a picnic and enjoying it amidst the pretty surroundings.
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8. Hike up Osam Hill
Hiking is a great way to explore Rajkot’s natural side and there’s no better place to head to than Osam Hill in the village of Patanvav. Although not large, it has religious significance as it’s believed that the Pandavas stayed here during their exile. The fort of the Pandavas is now in ruins and you can explore it when you get to the top. According to legend, the hill is also the site of the meeting between Bhima and Hidimbi. Try to stay until sunset to see the sky turn into a kaleidoscope of colors.
9. Picnic at Lal Pari Lake
Another beautiful place that’s ideal for a picnic is Lal Pari Lake. It’s located a few kilometers from the city and so is far from the noise. What sets it apart is that it’s a popular location for migratory birds. If you’re a bird-watcher, there are plenty of opportunities to see species like wigeons, rosy pastors and purple moorhens.
10. Browse the markets
We’re wrapping up our list of 10 things to do in Rajkot with an activity that many are familiar with: shopping! The marketplaces are the highlights as you can find some great buys and souvenirs. Bangdi Bazaar is among the oldest markets and is the perfect stop for jewelry and garments. Gujari Bazar is a sprawling flea market that sells numerous odds and ends. You never know what you may find so don’t miss it!