: Located in the western region of the country, Rajkot is the fourth-largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat. A commercial city with not many sightseeing options, Rajkot should be visited for its sweets, traditional snacks, Navratri celebrations, handicrafts (silverwork, patola weaving, bandhani) and its maze of narrow alleys with distinct cultural character. Located halfway between Ahmedabad and Porbandar, Rajkot is perfect for a one-day trip.
Famous Places in Rajkot: Khambhalida Caves, Kaba Gandhi no Delo, Pradhyuman Zoological Park, Ranjit Vilas Palace, Gondal, Jagat Mandir, Gandhi Museum, Ishwariya Park, Swaminarayan Mandir, Lalpari Lake, Watson Museum, Nyari Dam, Aji Dam, Lang Library, Rotary Dolls Museum, Tankara Museum, Fun world, Jubilee Garden, Bal Bhavan, Race Course, Rashtriya Shala, Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary, Analgadh Hill.
Khambhalida Caves: Khambhalida Caves, also known as Rajkot Caves, are a set of three Buddhist caves. They are located near the Gondal town in the Rajkot district of Gujarat. They were discovered in the year 1958 by a renowned archaeologist, P.P. Pandya. Out of the three caves, the centre cave is named chaitya and is a worn out stupa.
Kaba Gandhi no Delo: As the city of Rajkot is best known for being the place where Mahatma Gandhi spent his early years, visiting the Kaba Gandhi no Delo is one of the most important as well as popular attractions. The Kaba Gandhi no Delo is essentially the house where Mahatma Gandhi lived for the duration when his father was the Diwan of Rajkot. The place is now a museum with preserved artefacts and a pictorial tour which depicts the life of Gandhi. An NGO also holds classes on the grounds. These classes are primarily based on sewing and embroidery work for anyone who wishes to learn. The Kaba Gandhi no Delo is just off the Gheekantha Road which is always bustling with life and culture of Rajkot, and spotting this simple museum is an easy task.
Pradhyuman Zoological Park: Pradhyuman Zoological Park is located near Lalpari Lake in Rajkot, Gujarat. It is commonly referred to as the Pradhyuman/Rajkot Prani Sanghralaya. The area covered by the park is 137 acres wide. Many locals and tourists visit this place as a popular picnic destination as an excursion or a school tour visit. The two lakes surrounding the park – Lake Lalpari and Lake Randarda provide a natural habitat for migratory birds along with the variety of flora and over thirty-five thousand trees. There are in-built necessities and cafes. Golf carts are provided for senior citizens. There is an extra charge for availing cameras and video-recorder inside the park.
Ranjit Vilas Palace: Ranjit Vilas Palace is located in Rajkot, Gujarat, and was built by Maharaja of Wankaner H.H. Amarsinhji. It covers an area of 225 acres. There are no visitors allowed inside the palace except for under special circumstances granted that they have permission from the present descendant of the Jhala dynasty – High Royal Highness Dr. Digvijay Sinh Zala. The palace is decorated with a fusion of historic architectural styles borrowed from the Mughal, Dutch, Gothic and Victorian architecture. However, the maintenance of the palace has been the centre of scrutiny by many of its visitors.
Gondal: Around 35 kilometres south of Rajkot lies the quaint city of Gondal. The city is known for its collection of automobiles as well as its efficient road network which was the best during the olden days. The city retains its grandeur and sense of royalty with the help of the Riverside Palace and the Darbargadh. The Riverside Palace which was built in 1875 is now a heritage hotel whose enormous grounds double into a forest reserve where individuals can occasionally spot deer and rare bird species. The Darbargadh, on the other hand, is a 17th-century palace whose main feature is the excellent arches that are scattered across the grounds. The palace is also known as the Navlakka Palace and is open to visitors for a small fee. Aside from this Gondal also hosts a bustling marketplace which sells humble goods and has winding streets which enhance the cities beauty.
Jagat Mandir: If religious places often make their way to your itinerary, do not miss out on the Jagat Mandir. This mandir is a universal temple which holds the idols of several deities and takes into account religions like Hindu, Christian, Island and Buddhism. However, the chief deity to which the temple is devoted to is Shri Ramakrishna Paramohansa. This deity is made entirely out of white marble which contrasts the temple walls, and the deity is depicted sitting on a lotus flower. Aside from its religious uniqueness, the temple is also known for its architecture. The temple is entirely made of red stone which contrasts with its natural surroundings and stands out during the day as well as night. Aside from this, the temple is supported by 60 pillars which are made of granite and sandstone and are unique in their own right.
Gandhi Museum: Gandhi Museum, commonly referred to as Mahatma Gandhi Museum is located in the city of Rajkot. As evident by its name, the museum is an attraction documenting and exhibiting the life and work of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He was an activist of Indian origin who fought for the country’s independence against the British colonizers, by employing non-violent techniques thereby inspiring freedom fighters all over the world.
Ishwariya Park: Ishwariya Park is a popular place to visit, which is located in the city of Rajkot. It was opened in 2008, the inauguration of which was done by the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi. Ever since the beautiful park has attracted a lot of people. The 77 acres park has a vast lake where boating can be enjoyed. Although the lake almost gets drained during summers, it is flourishing and full during winters. The large, spacious park has a very tranquil environment where one can relax in the evening and take some time out of their wrapped up life.
Swaminarayan Mandir: Situated on the Kalawad Road, at a distance of 4 km from the Rajkot Junction, Swaminarayan Mandir is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. Mostly known for its architectural brilliance, the temple is one of the most celebrated temples in Gujarat and is among the top tourist attractions in the city. The temple was set up in 1998 by Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan (BAPS) Sanstha and hence is also known as BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir.
Lalpari Lake: The Lalpari Lake located at the outskirts of Rajkot is a delightful place where one can spend an afternoon lounging. The lake has a captivating landscape that entices its audience and makes them wish to spend the entire day staring at its beauty. The glimmering lake along with the lush green surroundings makes an excellent picnic spot as well. Another exciting aspect of the lake which brings forth a lot of nature enthusiasts is the fact that it attracts several migratory birds which can be easily spotted from the lakes shore and which add to the mystic beauty of the place.
Watson Museum: One of the largest and oldest museums in Gujarat, the Watson Museum is located in the Jubilee Garden area of Rajkot, Gujarat. The museum contains many artefacts and belongings of the Jadeja Rajput dynasty, who were also the founder of the princely state of Rajkot. The Gujarat State Government manages this museum and has preserved this as a part of the state’s long and rich cultural heritage. Other than the collections, the museum also has an extensive library. Moreover, it has a few counters from where the museum’s own published materials are sold to the public.
Nyari Dam: Situated at a distance of 5 km from Rajkot in Gujarat, Nyari Dam is a scenic picnic spot that is frequented by several tourists. Besides, Nyari Dam also draws a lot of birdwatchers as the area is visited by several migratory birds especially during the winter season. As the spot is located on the outskirts of the city, it provides the much needed respite from the chaos and hustle bustle of the city. Many people come here on an everyday basis, both locals and tourists to relax and unwind, amidst pristine surroundings. Lately, a children’s area has also been constructed here to let kids have a good time. In addition to that, there are a few eateries and food stalls at the spot to provide you with refreshments and beverages.
Aji Dam: Dividing the city of Rajkot along its east-west line, the Aji river is one of the most important rivers of the region. It supplies considerable water for drinking as well as for agricultural purposes, and is also often referred to as the ‘lifeline of Rajkot’. There are four dams across the Aji river, which was completed in the year of 1954; the garden and the zoo were inaugurated later in June 2017, by the Prime Minister. The Aji dam, on the downstream area of the river, is the most important one among them and is located in the outskirts of Rajkot, distanced from around 8 km from the central city. This dam, along with the Nyari Dam, makes for an essential source of water for Rajkot. The Aji dam also has a garden and a zoo next to it, which makes it an even more attractive tourist destination.
Lang Library: Situated on the Jawahar Road in Rajkot, Lang Library is one of the oldest archives in the city that boasts of a priceless collection of ancient literature. It is a haven for people who consider themselves avid readers or literature connoisseurs. It has the typical smell of old rustic books and parchments and inks. The library is mostly known for its incomparable collection on the Kathiawadi and Gujarati literature, and an extensive repository of fictional and reference material about the colonial era.
Rotary Dolls Museum: Rotary Dolls Museum located in Rajkot exhibits an array of dolls from all around the world. Each doll in the museum unique as they tell tales of different traditions and cultures around the world. Rotary Dolls Museum is the best place for children to visit as it is a fun way to gain knowledge.
Tankara Museum: Built in 1824, the Tankara Museum is a museum that reflects Rajkot’s historical importance. The museum lies 44 kilometres from Rajkot and is the birthplace of the renowned Swami Dayanand. Swami Dayanand was known for his social reforms and for being the founder of Arya Samaj, and the Tankara Museum does right by reflecting the depth and foundation of his values and beliefs.
Fun world: Funworld, situated in the city of Rajkot, is the first-ever amusement park in Gujarat, which was designed and made available for public access in 1986. One is transported to a different dimension with the sole purpose of providing entertainment at this modern park. Funworld is a destination that mesmerises visitors of all ages, facilitating an opportunity to satisfy one’s appetite for an adventure through its various, unique rides and activities, all in a safe and controlled environment. Interactive recreational activities such as picnics, drawing and painting competitions and exciting games are organised by management on special occasions such as Children’s Day. Fun World is a popular stop for tourists visiting the region, as evident by its annual 1.2 million visitors.
Jubilee Garden: Jubilee Garden is situated in Lohana Para, the heart of the ever-bustling and busy city of Rajkot. It is an open garden with an expanse of lush green grasses within its boundaries and is ideal for a family picnic or a day out with friends. Within the Garden area, there is also a museum, an auditorium, a library which is known as Lang Library and a few fairgrounds rides for the amusement of children. It is famous among people of every age group because it is suitable for everyone’s recreation, be it for a morning walk, a fun picnic or the enjoyment of children. The pathways in Jubilee Garden are adorned with small plants and bushes. The avenue of shady trees and the occasional sight of uncommon birds are the reasons why nature lovers love to spend their leisure time in the Garden.
Bal Bhavan: Racecourse ground in Rajkot covers an area of 15,000 sq. yard and is house to many fun frolic and happening places, major among them being Bal Bhavan. As the name suggests, it mainly attracts children of all age groups. Initially built as a horse racing ground, Racecourse eventually converted into park and playgrounds exhibiting various sports grounds and activity rooms for children and elders.
Race Course: Situated in the heart of the city in Rajkot, Race Course is an area which has several enormous and green spacious grounds which are ideal for sports and cultural events. Among several other activities and facilities, the highlight of the complex has an indoor stadium of Olympic standard and a vast cricket ground that also hosts other sporting events and games including football, volleyball and hockey etc. In addition to that, it is also a popular spot among kids as it houses the Baal Bhavan, the Fun World and the Children Traffic Park. Besides, if you are a fitness freak, the complex has a gym and a swimming pool for you as well.
Rashtriya Shala: Situated on the Dr Yagnik Rd in Rajkot, Rashtriya Shala is an institute that is believed to have been set up by the Father of Our Nation – Mahatma Gandhi. Sprawling over a vast 66 acres of land area, the institute was set up in 1921, and the land for the same was donated by the then leader of Rajkot Shri Lakhajiraj. Besides documenting the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi himself, the centre is closely related to the Non Cooperation Movement as here you can find several data, artefacts and segments relating to the same and also about India’s fight for independence.
Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary: Located in a tranquil setting in Rajkot, Gujarat, Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary is sprawling acres of land boasting of rich wildlife, both in terms of flora and fauna. Considered to be a haven for bird lovers since the sanctuary attracts a lot of migratory birds in the likes of ring dove, large gray blabber, yellow-throated sparrow, purple sunbird, common peafowl and partridges etc., it is also not unusual to find several deer and antelopes flocking the place. Among other common animals that can be found here are blue bull, hyena, foxes, jackals, and wolves etc.
Analgadh Hill: Situated at a distance of 17 km from Gondal city near Rajkot, Analgadh Hill is a small hillock and a popular weekend getaway and an escape from the chaos and din of the city. Boasting of stunning views of the valley below and sweeping views of the picturesque surroundings, there is also an ancient Hindu temple on the hill that is visited by a number of devotees and pilgrims.