The town of Rajkot in Gujarat was once the capital of the state of Saurashtra and is known for its glorious past as it said to have been the home for many British Generals. Even today tourists can see the remains of a few colonial buildings. It is also here that Mahatma Gandhi went to school.
Today a busy town much of its splendour is lost as people are busy with mundane routines. But should you stop and look around then you will see the glory that this place once held. Not too specific in its attractions this place still has grandeur of its own and makes you feel that you just walked back in time to the colonial days. Here are a few places you must see when visiting Rajkot.
Another tourist place in Rajkot is the Watson Museum, built in honour of Colonel John Watson who was the head of the Kathiawar Regiment. While most of the artefacts here belonged to the Colonel there are a few items that have been brought here from outside as well. Tourist coming here can go through many sculptures and portraits of him and also some artefacts that throw light into our old culture.
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Another place to visit in Rajkot is Bajana, once a princely state and is still known to hold safari camps that take you to the Rann of Kutch. Tourists wanting to explore these parts of Gujarat have to assemble here and then are taken by various guides into the vast open lands and the desert.
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Kaba Gandhi no Delo
One of the places to visit in Rajkot is the home of Karamchand Gandhi, who was the father of Mahatma Gandhi. Popularly known as Kaba Gandhi, his home here is called Kaba Gandhi no Delo. It is here were Mahatama Gandhi is said to have spent his childhood days. Today it is a museum which houses many artefacts and belongings to the Gandhi family. Tourists coming here can browse through these items and also know more about the life and struggles of this great family.
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Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary
A tourist place to visit in Rajkot is the Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary, home to some of the rare and interesting wild animals and birds. It is a hub for wildlife enthusiasts who come here to catch a glimpse of the antelopes, blue bull, jackal, hyena and the endangered Chinkara here.
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There are many caves throughout our country and Rajkot has its own share of them. The Khambhalida Caves are believed to have been made by Buddhist monks who are said to have come here. It is a set of three caves with the central one sporting a stupa. Tourists can explore these caves and also marvel at the skills of the monks who created such stunning structures.
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Another place to visit in Rajkot is Jetpur, popularly known for its colour dyed and block printed textiles. It is a hub for women shoppers who find various styles and designs of Indian clothing here. This is a place you must visit if you are interested in shopping and be warned from before that you would go back from here with your hands full but a lighter wallet.
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Hingolgarh is a place that will interest adventure seekers and wildlife enthusiasts. It has a wildlife sanctuary that is said to house many varieties of snakes. Not a place for the faint hearted, you will require the help of a guide to explore this place. If you are willing to go a step forward then they might let you hold the snake as well! This sanctuary also houses other animals that include; the Chinkara, wolf, Bluebull, hyena, porcupine and flying foxes.
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How to Reach Rajkot
By Air: Located just a few kilometers away from the main city, Rajkot Airport is a domestic airport connected to the main cities in India and Gujarat.
By Train: Rajkot Junction connects the city to all corners of India. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and all major cities are well-connected with Rajkot.
By Road: Rajkot is connected to the rest of the state through the Gujarat State Highways and Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation operated buses, plying within Rajkot and other cities of Gujarat. Also there are private buses connecting the city to the other cities within the state an outside.
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