Prelude

Located in the heart of Gujarat, the fascinating town of Rajkot was the capital of the princely state of Saurashtra. It was also reputed as a former British government headquarters where Mahatma Gandhi spent early years of his life. A peaceful town some 30-35 years back on the riverbank of Aji, today Rajkot is known as the "Paris of Saurashtra".


Places of interest

-Watson Museum and Library

Located in the Jubilee Gardens, the museum is a good place to experience the heritage of Saurashtra. Two imperial lions flank the entrance. The museum offers copies of artifacts from Gumali, 13th-century carvings, temple statues, natural history exhibits, and dioramas of local tribal costumes and housing styles. A huge marble statue of Queen Victoria seated on a throne also draws the attention of tourists.


-Kaba Gandhi No Delo
It is a place that still reverberates with the memories of Mahatma Gandhi's childhood. It now holds a permanent exhibition of Gandhian items that make it a distinct place to visit.

-Rajkumar College
Reputed as one of the best private educational institutes in India, Rajkumar College dates back to 1870. It was built by the Britishers to provide quality education to the princes of Indian states.

-Rashtriya Shala
Started as a national educational institution, it is now managed by Saurastra Rachanatmak Samiti, a Gandhian co-operative society spearheading constructive and rural & cottage industrial activities. The complex is working hard to revive handicrafts and dying arts like Patola Weaving (Single Ikat ). It was established before the independence to train and prepare the students to participate in the struggle for freedom of the country. Today, it offers three fold activities based on Gandhi & Sarvodaya ideals to impart basic education.
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-Alfred High School ( Gandhi Vidyalaya )
Earlier, known as Alfred High School, it is a school with a chequered history. Established in 1853, Gandhiji had his secondary education from this school. It has an ' E ' shape building of one storey with Gothic Norman structure surrounded by an open play ground on all the sides.


Shopping

Rajkot is famous for its exquisite diamond jewerly that enjoys a distinct place among the admirers of premium quality jewelry.

How to reach
State transport buses and private luxury coaches connects various centers of Gujarat. Various airlines also operate from Mumbai. It is also well-connected with the trains from all the major cities in India.


Climate
The mild winter months from October- March are certainly the best to visit Rajkot. The monsoon period has its own charm when the air is cool and sky overcast.