Rajkot is a city in the western Indian state of Gujarat. It is a fast-developing city and also counted among the top 10 cleanest cities of India.
Rajkot had been home to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation, who spent the initial days of his childhood here.
Rajkot has some interesting places to see and spend time at, such as the following:
- Pradhyuman Zoological Park
- Lalpari lake
- Ishwariya Park
- Nyari Dam
- Aji Dam
- Funworld Rajkot
- Jubilee Garden
If you are planning a trip to Rajkot, do not forget to pay a visit to these below listed places :
- Khambhalida Caves – A set of three ancient Buddhist caves that were discovered in 1958 by a renowned archaeologist, P.P. Pandya.
- Kaba Gandhi no Delo – The house where Mahatma Gandhi lived when his father was the Diwan of Rajkot.
- Ranjit Vilas Palace – An ancient royal building, built by Maharaja of Wankaner H.H. Amarsinhji. It covers a total area of 225 acres; usually visitors are not allowed inside – but it exhibits surreal beauty from the outside itself.
- Jagat Mandir – Literally translated to Universal Temple; this holds idols of deities of different religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity, and so on) and is dedicated to sage Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
Some of the major festivals celebrated by locals in Rajkot are:
- The Festival of Uttarayan – This is a Kite festival, celebrated during mid – January during the occasion of Makar Sankranti which is celebrated distinctly in different parts of India. The entire sky gets covered in traditionally crafted kites and kite-flying competitions are also organized.
- Navaratri – A 9-day festival where people worship goddess Durga in different ways, and perform various rituals, plays and dances. One of Gujarat’s most popular festivals – especially for its dances during this time.
- Dussehra – the 10th day after Navaratri, on which effigies of the ten-headed demon Raavana are burnt, to symbolize the destruction of evil.
- Holi – The festival of colors (people throw colorful powders on each other).
- Krishna Janmashtami – The birth anniversary of Lord Krishna.
Some of the best museums to visit in the city are:
- Mahatma Gandhi Museum – A Museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.
- Watson Museum – A historic museum that has collections of precious objects from the princely State of Rajkot founded by the Jadeja Rajpoot’s (during British reign).
- Rotary Dolls Museum – A unique museum featuring a vast array of dolls from around the globe wearing traditional clothing.
Rajkot is known for its silk work, gold jewellery and watch parts manufacturing and retail; and the city has many markets where these things and a lot more can be shopped for, such as:
- Gujari Bazaar
- Bangdi Bazaar
- Ravivari Bazaar (also known as Sunday market)
- Shops on Dharmendra Road
- Crystal Mall
- Malls on Dr. Yagnik Road
- Iscon Prozone Mall
- Organic Mall
- Krushi Mall
- Anmol Shopping Mall
Some popular foods to try in Rajkot are:
- Undhiyu – A spicy traditional mixed vegetable curry (consisting mainly of brinjal/eggplant, potatoes) and slow cooked.
- Dhokla – A steamed cake make of chickpea flour batter, which is moistened with sugar water and tempered with spices and mustard.
- Thepla – A spiced flatbread made of unleavened wheat flour dough.
- Shrikand – A sweet and sour creamy dessert made with thick curd and cream.
- Kadhi – A soupy dish made of beaten yogurt, chickpea flour (Besan) and spices.
Some of the best restaurants in Rajkot to try the local delicacies and a lot more are:
- The Grand Thakar
- Horn OK Please
- Tadka Express
- Ghanteshwar Park
- Pepperazzi Diner
- Flavours Restaurant
- Jassi De Parathe
Rajkot has many good hotels for a comfortable stay. Here are some of the best places to stay at in Rajkot:
- The Fern Residency
- Marasa Sarovar Portico, Rajkot
- Green Leaf Club
- Hotel Nova Boutique
- Regency Lagoon Resort
- The Pinevinta Hotel
- Hotel Rivera
- Seasons Hotel
- Neel’s City Resort
- Regenta RPJ Rajkot
- Rajkot STD Code – 0771 (to be used before dialling numbers from a device that is not locally registered)
- Fire & Rescue: 101
- Police: 100
- Ambulance: 102
- Women Helpline: 1091
- Child Helpline: 1098
Gujarati is the official language in Rajkot but languages like English and Hindi are spoken as well.
- Welcome - svagat
- How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
- What's your name? - Aapka naam kya hai?
- I don't know - Mujhe nahi pata
- I don't understand - Mein samjha nahi
- Thank you - Dhanyavad
- Welcome - padhaaro
- How are you? - tame kem chho
- What's your name? - taru naam su chhe
- Where are you from? - tame kyaan na chho
- Goodbye - avjo
- Good night - shubh ratri