Places to Visit in Rajkot
Rajkot, beautiful and one of the largest cities in Gujarat is situated on the periphery of Aji and Nyari rivers. In 17the century AD, Thakur Saheb Vibhaji Ajoji Jadeja from the bloodline of Jadeja clan built this city, and from then, it has been a throne of the Jadeja rulers. Rajkot is a fast developing city of the nation, and is famous for its silk work, gold jewellery and watch parts. Amongst the top 10 cleanest cities in India, it has also been home to Mahatma Gandhi as initial days of his childhood was spent over here. Here are some of the top places that are a must visit when in Rajkot.
Rotary Midtown Dolls Museum
One of its kind museums, The Rotary Midtown Dolls Museum has an exhibition of dolls across the globe. It has a collection of over 1500 dolls from over 100 nations and holds the identity of flags of their respective country. This theme based museum has dolls of various countries in different showcases along with a written note about the tradition and culture of that place. The museum also follows activities like doll making, sculpting, etc.
Holding the importance of the history of India along with the colonial history of Rajkot, Watson Museum depicts both the sides pretty well. Exquisite items from both the periods are on its display. The museum focuses on the human history and culture. The museum includes painting from Indus Valley Civilization and beautiful pictures of the royal princess of Saurashtra. Being one of the finest places in Gujarat it allows guided tours with photography and also has sales counters for spreading the presence about the museum.
Aji Dam built on River Aji satisfies the water supplies of the city people. The local municipal corporation maintains the Dam. It is also an ideal picnic spot because of an amusement park and a zoo in the surroundings. The purpose of this dam is to channelize the water of the river as well as maintain the ecological balance of the Rajkot and helping to keep the region clean.
Dedicated to Ramkrishna Paramhansa, this universal temple i.e. Jagat Mandir is carved in beautiful red stones. The main deity is in white marble structure sitting on a lotus flower. The temple shows different religions namely Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, hence one can clarify the meaning of its name with the concept. The temple has 60 pillars carved out of granite and sandstone.
Another major attraction for the visitors and the locals is this iconic Nyari Dam. Built on the River Nyari, the dam is a peaceful place and has grace. Window to nature in the busy city, this dam is a scenic delight and a paradise for bird watchers. Apart from being a beautiful picnic spot it also meets the water supplies of the Rajkot city.
Kaba Gandhi No Delo
Paternal home or childhood destination of Mahatma Gandhi where he spent his early years in Rajkot. Kaba Gandhi No Delo is the place now converted into Smriti Museum. The location holds a historical importance as it helps one to watch and understand the early phases of Mahatma Gandhi’s life. It is a representation in the pictured form of the life lived by Gandhiji and his family.
Prem Mandir, known as the Temple of Love. Much to one’s surprise, is a cathedral that architecturally looks like a temple. The temple is dedicated to The Sacred Heart of Jesus. Prem Mandir also depicts various religions and has five domes, each of which is inscribed with the writing of different religion. The central dome has a lotus and the cross. The place also has imprints of Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and Hinduism.
Jubilee Garden is often known as the commercial hub of the Rajkot is located in the centre of the city. The garden is apparently an amusement park and has fun rides for both children and adults. One can always witness small shops and food stalls here always bustling with people. The park is famous for its snack ‘Chevdo’ that is made of rice flakes and is served here by the local vendors. Jubilee garden is known for being wrapped around Alfred High School, Watson Museum, Connaught Hall, and Lang Library.
A group of three caves, Khambalida are carved out of a local limestone rock. Dated back to the 4th and the 5th century AD, here is a ‘Chaitya’ and a Stupa at the entrance of the central cave. There are two human size sculptures of two of the Bodhisattva named Padmapani and Vajrapani that stand on the sides of the entry on the right and left respectively. The caves speak a lot of Buddhist sculptures and carvings.
Lal Pari Lake
Lal Pari Lake is the beautiful natural treasure located on the outskirts of the Rajkot city. It is popular amongst the people because of the delightful sight and the variety of birds that one can easily spot here. The birds are both migratory and the locals. The mainly spotted birds are the pelican, rosy pastor, spoonbill, and the purple moorhen.