States of India
Population : 6.51 lakhs
Area : 69 sq kms
Best Season : October to March
Latitude : 20.58 North Latitude to 23.08 North Latitude
Altitude : 70.20 East Altitude to 71.40 East Altitude
Languages Spoken : Gujarati, Hindi, English
Rajkot is a pleasant provincial town and an important industrial area of Gujarat. It was once the capital of the princely state of Saurashtra. Rajkot is famous for its association of Mahatma Gandhi in his childhood. The city has a number of impressive colonial buildings and educational institutions. Handicrafts like silver and textiles are a highlight of Rajkot, which has the National weaving institute which is working to promote traditional weaves.
Places of Interest:
Important exhibits are copies of artefacts from Mohenjodaro, 13th centry carvings, silverware, natural history exhibits and textiles . Perhaps the most startling piece is a a huge 19th century marble statue of queen Victoria. This section also has two plaster Venuses and many other splendid portraits and photographs of royal princes of Saurashtra and European dignitaries, historic finds and architectural fragments from archeological sites, dioramas of life among the rural, pastoral and tribal people of Saurashtra, handicrafts and princely relics.
A beautiful carved temple of red stones of Shri Ramkrishna Paramhansa.
Kaba Gandhi na Delo
Mahatma Gandhi's ancestral home which is now a memorial to the Mahatma, the Rashtriya shala is promoting his love for handlooms by teaching and encouraging various kinds of weaving and handicrafts.
Established in 1870 , it was built for the education of the princess of Indian states. Earlier known as Alfred High School, it is a school with a checkered history. Established in 1853, for its standard of education, it became the most sought after school of the region. Gandhiji had his secondary education from this school. It has E shape building of one storey with Gothic Norman structure surrounded by an open playground on all the sides.
Lal Pan Lake and Randerda
A picturesque picnic spot, 5 kms. from Rajkot.
It is situated 8 Kms. from Rajkot and supplies the towns water.