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Gondal - For A Date With The Classics


Gondal was once one of the eight princely states of Kathiawar before Indian Independence. The rulers here had a fascination for cars for which Gondal had the best-planned road system in Gujarat at that time. In 1643 AD, Gondal was founded by Thakore Shri Kumbhoji I Meramanji and then came into prominence during the time of Sir Bhagvat Singhji, who ruled Gondal till Independence. The Riverside Palace, which was built by him for his son Yuvraj Bhojraji, is presently a heritage hotel. The antique colonial style furniture, chandeliers and other embellishments are really worth seeing.

The royal family always had a passion for vintage cars and their collection has, today, become a tourist attraction. The Navlakha Palace, a seventeenth century structure that got its name due to the nine lakhs spent for its construction, has wonderful stone carvings, balconies or jharokhas, carved arches and spiral staircases. The current residence of the royal family, the Huzoor Palace, is full of antique furniture, paintings, orchards and gardens. The Swami Narayan Sampraday has a temple in Gondal called Akshar Mandir—the samadhi sthal (resting place) of Gunatitanand Swami.

Tourist Places In And Around Gondal

The Sureshwar Mahadev Temple, the Dhareshwar Mahadev Temple and the Bhuvneshwari Mandir are some more important religious spots of Gondal.

How To Reach Gondal

Travellers planning a trip to Gondal can reach the destination via air, rail and road.

Best Time To Visit Gondal

Winters form a very pleasant season and is the perfect time to visit the place.

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How to Reach Gondal

  • By Road
    Gondal lies close to Rajkot which is well connected by road to various cities of Gujarat. There are various state transport buses that ply from Rajkot to its nearby cities and villages.
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  • By Train
    Gondal has a railway station that lies on the branch line between Rajkot and Jetalsar. Gondal can also be reached through the Rajkot railway station which lies on the Western Railway Ahmedabad-Hapa broad gauge line. There are trains available from Rajkot to some important places like Mumbai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Amritsar, Bhopal, Kolkata and Cochin.
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  • By Air
    Rajkot has a domestic airport, and there are daily flights moving in between Mumbai and Rajkot. The main city is quite easily approachable by buses or rickshaws from the airport.
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