Rajkot, the former capital of the princely state of the same name, is a fast developing city in the Saurashtra peninsula. In the pre-independence days, a was headquarters of the British Government Resident for the Western Indian States. It is associated with the early life of Mahatma Gandhi, who spent some years of his life in this town with his father who was the Dewan (Chief Minister) of Rajkot state.
What to see
- Aji Dam;
- Jagat Mandir;
- Kaba Gandhino Delo (Gandhiji’s Home);
- Lal Pan Lake & Randerda;
- Raj Kumar College;
- Rashtriya Shala;
- Sardar Smriti Bhawan and Watson Museum and library - Timings: 0900 hrs - 1200 hrs & 1500 hrs-1745 hrs (closed on Wednesday and public holidays).
Air: Indian Airlines and private airlines link Rajkot with Mumbai.
Rail: Rajkot is a junction on the Western Railways Ahmedabad - Hapa broad gauge line with convenient rail connections from all parts of the country.
Road: Motorable roads connect Rajkot with Ahmedabed 216 Km, Bhavnagar 165 Km, Dwarka 238 Km, Jamnagar 92 Km, Junagadh 101 Km, Mumbai 798 Km, Porbandar 178 Km, Sasan Gir 155 Km and Somnath 188 Km.
Area: 34.26 Sq.Km.
Altitude: 16 Metres. Temperature: Summer - Max: 39 Deg.C Min: 25.2 Deg.C Winter - Max: 33.2 Deg.C Min: 12.2 Deg.C Rainfall: 62.9 Cms. (Mid-June to Mid-September) Season: October to March.
STD Code: 6201.
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Gondal (38 Km): One of the progressive towns amongst the erstwhile princly states of Saurashtra.
Wankaner (50 Km): A former princely state it has a beautiful palace and temple.
Tarnetar (75 Km): Tarnetar is famous for the Trinetreswar temple, which comes alive during the annual fair held here, in Bbadrapada (Ganesh Chaturthi day). Gujarat Tourism arranges tented accommodation for visitors during the fair.
Bhid Bhanjan (60 Km): A popular spot, renowned for its richly carved Jain temples.
Virpur (64 Km): An important pilgrim place, famous for its Jalaram Temple.
Jageshwar (60 Km): A beautiful temple, worth visiting.
Hingolgadh Nature Sanctuary (80 Km): This sanctuary is famous for migratory birds like the Kunj & Flamingo.