Rajkot Travel Guide
Rajkot was home to Mahatma Gandhi – Father of the Nation. It’s situated on the banks of River Aji and is a beautiful city that holds the roots of culture and traditions tightly. Even though developed it still has that old world charm. The city is popular for silverwork, handicrafts, and handlooms. Beautiful textile embroidery, tie and dy sarees and dupattas, bandhni fabric, and patola sarees are exquisite to the region. There are many tourist attractions that you can explore – ancient temples, doll museum, and Aji Dam are some of the most popular ones. The best way to enjoy sightseeing in the city is not being a tourist, but mingling with the locals. Hear tales of history and heritage, taste local delicacies, and shop for amazing handicrafts. The regal architecture and rustic structures of the city are opulent and magnificent at the same time.
Peaceful Shikara, Dal lake, Nishat park., Shalimar, Shalimar Mughal Garden
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A City with Multiple Hues
Rajkot is a decent sized city in Gujarat state and is the center of the Saurashtra region. It was the former capital of a princely state Saurashtra. Rajkot was founded in 16th century by the Jadeja Rajputs, who ruled the place until independence of India. The city is situated on the banks of River Aji and is a house to many structures & monuments of the past that flaunt regal architecture. In present day, it is an industrial hub and an important manufacturing zone for vehicle body. The city proudly boasts of its association with Mahatma Gandhi – the Father of Our Nation, who had spent the early years of his life here in Rajkot, as his father served as the Diwan to the local ruler. Gandhiji’s house, where he lived then, is a museum now. Rajkot is also popular for handicraft and textile, primarily tie & dye. Exclusive silverwork, Bandhani (tie & dye) fabric, Patola Saris and beadwork are very popular picks here, for tourists. The nearby towns of Wankaner and Morbi have beautiful royal estates, some of which are heritage hotels now.
Rajkot has been under different rulers and holds a long history.
Its powerful influence in the Indian independence movement cannot be ignored. The place has been the home to many prominent personalities like Mahatma Gandhi. It is today in a transition period and is growing exponentially in industrial, commercial and cultural parameters. As history sights, Rajkot was the capital Saurashtra state (1948 to 1956), before being a part of the bilingual Bombay State. Rajkot later was merged into Gujarat in 1960.
This city has a number of touristy places to satiate the sightseeing buff within you. Some place worthy of visiting are Aaji Dam, Kaba Gandhi No Delo, Mahatma Gandhi High School (formerly known as Alfred High School), Rashtriya Shala, Race course, Swaminarayan Temple, Shri Ramkrishna Ashram, Jain Derasar, Rotary Dolls Museum, Watson Museum, The Lang Library and Om Kareswar Mahadev Temple.
It is rightly said that when you want to enjoy the place, instead of being touristy, mingle with the locals and as such people in Gujarat are known for their warmth and hospitality. So when here enjoy local company, local food and do not miss shopping for textile & handicrafts here.