Rajkot is a city in the state of Gujarat in Western India.
Mahatma Gandhi pursued his early education in Rajkot. The city is also famous for traditional sweets and dandiya/garba raas dances.
Air: Rajkot Airport (IATA code: RAJ and ICAO code: VARK). There are several daily direct flights from Rajkot to Mumbai. Mumbai in turn is connected to rest of the world.
Train: There are direct trains from all parts of India to Rajkot. Some of the longer routes include trains from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Jammu-Tawi, Kochi, Secunderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Bhopal etc.
Bus: Rajkot is quite well connected to the entire region of Saurashtra and rest of Gujarat by buses.
Rajkot is in the centre of the region Saurashtra. One can go around in any direction. Jamnagar and the Reliance Industries are about 90 km. Mount Girnar and the Gir forest (asiatic Lions) are about 100-150 km from Rajkot. The forest has a lodge and a Taj hotel too. Somnath temple is again around 200 km and a beautiful place to visit. Diu ( formarly a portugese colony) is again 200 km from Rajkot with beautiful beaches and good weather.
Near by Rajkot one can see Hingol Gadh situated near Jasdan about 70 km from Rajkot. Dwarka is about 200 + from Rajkot. Kutch, the hub of development, now a days is again some 200 km from Rajkot.
- Aaji Dam. A beautiful dam site constructed during British Raj.
- Kaba Gandhi No Delo. 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.
- Mahatma Gandhi High School (formerly known as Alfred High School), . Where Mahatma Gandhi got his primary education.
- Rashtriya Shala. During the Period of Non-Violent Movement to liberate the Nation From the clutches of the British Rule, Mahatma Gandhi, in the year 1920 , gave the Nation a novel idea of Non-Cooperation with the Government. He directed the Nation to boycott the government machinery, including Judiciary and educational institutions.Side by side Mahatmaji started Gujarat Vidyapith at Ahmedabad to impart education on new National Concepts.Similar national educational institutions , on identical concepts were started in different parts of the country. Rastriya Shala is one of such institutions. On February 21, 1921 Rashtriya Shala made its modest beginning and formally started functioning in a rental premises in Rajkot. Shri Lakhajiraj, the Ruler of the state of Rajkot , who was a great admirer of Mahatma Gandhi gave 66 thousand sq. yards land at a nominal cost to Rashtriya Shala. It is on this land that the main building of the institution was first constructed , and since 1924 Rashtriya Shala started its various activities in this building.
- Race course. Where people head for a stroll in the mornings and at nights.
- Swaminarayan Temple, .
- Shri Ramkrishna Ashram, Dr. Yagnik Road, ☎ 0281-2465200, .
- Jain Derasar, nr.aji dem (bhavnagar road). Good temple to see.
- Rotary Dolls Museum, Yagnik Road, . This unique Museum gives an overview to the culture and traditions of the world at large through a medium of various dolls
Want to do shopping?If at all you are a typical shopper who wants to buy clothes,jewellary,watches etc. then you may go for the malls but if at all you want to buy the regional specialities,then you may go for the local bazaars such as dharmendra road-multipurpose(perfumes,insence sticks,clothes,handloom products etc.),bangdi bazaar-speciality for imitation jewellary and bangles,mochi bazaar-for footwear,soni bazaar-goldsmith market.
You will find many varieties of food.
For food items besides regular, could be bought of here like chevda, bundi-ganthiya, penda could be included in such foods. Pickles could be one of them.
Want something new for your breakfast?
Here, ganthiya is the best option for breakfast. Ganthiya is not available only as prescribed above. Ganthiyas here are of many types. For example: fafda, vanela, bhavnagari, champakali etc. Ganthiya is basically stripes of a dough made from besan flour + some spices + water and then fried into different shapes and tastes. It's not as easy to make as it seems.
Diet conscious ? No fried food ?
Then you may go for poha, jalebi, sweet samosa, sweet kachori etc. You could get them at kotecha chowk. This a whole new fashion of breakfast in rajkot. At some places you may also get some south Indian varieties like idli, vada etc.(kotecha chowk)
Rajkot is a place for food loving people. Therefore you have a variety of restaurants in for your lunch-dinner etc. You have the following ones for your meals:
- Lord's Banquet
- Raju Paunbhaji (Multi cuisines)
- US Pizza
- Pizza Hut
- K4 Restaurant at Hotel KK
- Big Bite (fast food)
- Hotel Kavery
- Hotel Imperial Palace
- Senso - 24hr coffee shop with meals at imperial palace
- Michi's Restaurant
- Flavours Restaurant
These r some of the famous tea spots
- Tea at Khetla Apaa, Kalawad Road.
- Kankai, Race course.
- Jai Ambe Tea, opp. bus stand.
- Rajpalace Coldrinks,kalawad Road, OPP. Wockhardt Hospital.
- "DABHI TEA CENTER",Dudh Sagar Main Road.
- Mehul's Kitchen (Mehul's Kitchen), Sarveshwar Chowk, Dr. Yagnik Road, Rajkot. (Opp to Jagnath Temple, Near Heera Panna Complex.), ☎ 9725441144, . 11AM TO 11PM. Mehul's Kitchen is a self service food outlet which also provides free delivery. Mehul's Kitchen is a concept based restaurant. We serve South-Indian & North-Indian food, Pav Bhaji - Biryani - Pulav truly in Mumbai style, Sandwiches, You can Make your own Pizza only @ our kitchen, A complete range in Chinese Food, Our "Stay Fit" section consists of Lassi, Juices and Milkshakes, Gujarati Food with suitable options. We have brought few flavors from Maharashtra, like Usal and Misal Pav, Several types of Wada Pav, Kachori and Samosa.
- Hotel Galaxy
- Hotel KK
- Hotel Imperial Palace
- Hotel Evershine
- Hotel Silver Palace
- Hotel Rajdoot
- Hotel Upasana
- Hotel Surya Kant
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