Looking for a weekend getaway from Ahmedabad? Well, Rajkot should be your destination this weekend if you desire to go back in time and explore the history of Gujarat. Rajkot has been home to Mahatma Gandhi and was a major political and trade centre in western India during the pre-independence era. Today, it is of the fastest growing and cleanest cities in India.
How about being on a tour to Rajkot? From gardens to historical monuments, Rajkot has everything that can allure and compel you to be inside the boundaries of this lively city where everything seems at rest and quiet.
Best Time To Visit Rajkot
Rajkot experiences a hot and semi-arid climate, therefore, it is advisable to avoid visiting Rajkot during the summer season as the temperature is too high during this period. If you are looking to explore the city comfortably, then the best time to visit Rajkot is from October until the end of March.
How To Reach Rajkot From Ahmedabad
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By Air: You can take a direct flight from Ahmedabad airport to Rajkot.
By Rail: There are direct trains available from Ahmedabad to Rajkot. You can catch a train from Ahmedabad Junction to the Rajkot railway station.
By Road: Located at an approximate distance of 227 km from Ahmedabad, Rajkot is easily accessible by road.
While on your own, consider the following routes.
Route 1: Ahmedabad - Viramgam - Chotila - Rajkot
Route2: Ahmedabad - Koth - Limbdi - Rajkot
However, route 1 is the fastest as you can reach your destination within minimum time. While on your way to Rajkot, you can take a break at the following places to enjoy the beauty of Gujarat scattered around Rajkot.
Viramgam is an erstwhile princely state in the Ahmedabad district and is famous amongst by-passers and offbeat tourists for its lakes and a ruined fort. Lakes such as Gangasar Lake and Mansar Lake are extremely popular for their pristine and peaceful environment during the time of sunset and sunrise.
You can see several people sitting by the lake and enjoying the spectacular views of the sun over the lakes. How about witnessing this rare beauty of Viramgam at its lakes?
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Chotila is a temple town located in the Surendranagar district near Rajkot and is known for its Chamunda Devi Temple nestled around Chotila Hill. You can see numerous Hindu devotees coming to pay their respect to Chamunda Devi, the major tantric goddess. From the top of the hill, you can also enjoy the panoramic view of Rajkot.
Major Places To Visit In Rajkot
Jubilee Garden is a must-visit garden in Rajkot if you want to witness the natural beauty spread across the city. Home to several ancient buildings, Jubilee Garden is the final destination for every jogger, walker and nature lover at the time of dawn and dusk. Decorated with the series of colourful flowers, Jubilee Garden should be on your list once you are inside the boundaries of Rajkot.
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Established in 1888, Watson Museum is located inside the Jubilee Garden and was founded by Colonel John Watson. It is one of the most visited museums in western India and holds numerous artefacts from the medieval period and ancient era.
From inscriptions to coins, paintings to several handicrafts, music instruments to sculptures, it possesses everything which eventually attracts thousands of visitors and historians every month. You can watch several relics from the excavation of Mohenjodaro.
Mohandas Gandhi High School
Amongst several historical places in Rajkot, Mohandas Gandhi High School is one of the oldest landmarks and one of the oldest institutions in India. Established in 1885 under the British rule, this historical school was the first English school in the western region of India.
It was named Mohandas Gandhi School after Mahatma Gandhi as he graduated from the same school in 1887. However, it has also announced that this historic building will be converted into a museum soon.
Other Places To Visit In Rajkot
Apart from all these notable places, you can also visit Rotary Dolls Museum, which features more than 1400 dolls from all over the world, Swaminarayan Temple, Aji Dam, Masonic Hall and Kaba Gandhi Ne Delo, which was the childhood residence of Mahatma Gandhi. Rajkot is definitely a weekend getaway if you are looking forward to exploring the cultural and historical beauty of Gujarat.