Rajkot

Rajkot is a city in the state of Gujarat in Western India.

Understand

Sacred Heart Syro-Malabar Cathedral (also called Prem Mandir)

Rajkot is most famous as the place where Mahatma Gandhi pursued his early education. The city is also famous for traditional sweets and dandiya/garba raas dances. Founded in 1620 by a member of Jadeja clan, whose descendants ruled the city until 1947, Rajkot gained economic importance in the early 19th century, under British protectorate. Farmers' and traders' councils were encouraged to grow under British Rule. Later the city plunged into the industrial Age with the first years dominated by casting industries. Even today Rajkot is a wealthy city that ranks the 22nd-fastest-growing city in the world. It's also one of the cleanest cities of India.

Rajkot lies in the middle of Kathiawar peninsula, halfway between Ahmedabad and Porbandar. It's well worth one or two days stop although it's not a monumental city. Rajkot rather appeals to spiritual tastes. As in Ahmedabad, many ashrams, that offers the teachings of yoga and meditative retreat, are located in the city and its surroundings, amidst forested hills and beautiful lakes. Unfortunately these traditions are not apparent to foreign visitors, especially to those in a hurry.

Get in

Rajkot being one of the major cities of Gujarat is well connected to other cities by air and land transport.

Rajkot has a   Domestic Airport. (IATA: RAJ) which has several flights to Mumbai everyday (but no flights to Ahmadabad, due to its relative proximity), which in turn is well connected with the rest of the world.

  Rajkot Junction. is the main railway station. There are several direct trains from all parts of India to Rajkot. Some of them include longer routes trains from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Jammu, Kochi, Secunderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Bhopal etc. It is advisable to book train tickets as early as possible (in India for the matter of fact), because they are generally not available (ie, in waiting) after the booking slot opens. Booking tickets 2-3 months prior to the journey is recommended. For those who take long distance trains, it is even more advisable.

Rajkot is quite well connected to the entire region of Saurashtra and rest of Gujarat by buses.   GSRTC Bus Station. is located in Karanpara area, just south of the Town Hall

For tourists, its common for them to either board a flight from Mumbai (for international arrivals) to Rajkot. For others who are already in India, its advisable to reach Ahmadabad (either by train or by flight), and then take a quick bus ride to Rajkot.

Get around

As Rajkot lies in the middle of the Saurashtra region, it is very easy to visit many famous places from here, whose relatives distances from Rajkot are small.

See

Ramakrishna Ashram
Kaba Gandhi's house

Do

Buy

Crystal Mall

Want to shop? If at all you are a typical shopper who wants to buy clothes, jewellery, watches etc, then you can visit the malls of Rajkot. But if you want to buy the regional specialties, then you may go for the local bazaars

Eat

Being the cultural and commerce capital of the Saurashtra district, one can expect to find many unique and delicious foods in Rajkot.

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).

There are many restaurants in Rajkot which can satisfy one's taste buds, and below is a list of a few of them:

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

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