In the western state of India – Gujarat occupies the beautiful city Rajkot. The city may not be your first destination when you plan to travel, but once you know about the natural allure and its rich history, you would not be able to resist yourself from traveling to Rajkot. It has been ranked as the 18th dirt free city of India. Located in the Saurashtra region, the bustling and sprawling Rajkot city is the fourth largest city of Gujarat. There are many places to visit in Rajkot, which you should not miss to include in your Rajkot tour package.

Places to see in Rajkot

Some of the top places that are worth to explore in Rajkot city are as follows:

1. Kaba Gandhi No Delo

This is one of the most important places to visit in Rajkot. The Gandhi house was built in the year 1880 – 1881. This is the paternal home of Mahatma Gandhi, where he had spent his childhood from 1881 – 1887. The gateway is arched and the style of the house is Saurashtra dela. This home has been converted into a museum to show the visitors about his life. It has been depicted through photographs. This place also serves as a classroom for embroidery and sewing courses to young girls.

Visiting hours: Monday to Sunday, 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM.

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2. Rotary Dolls Museum

The Rotary Dolls Museum is one of the attractive places to visit in Rajkot. Here, you can witness 1000 beautiful dolls exhibited from various countries. Each of the dolls is gracefully dressed in different attires. The Rotary Museum beautifully gives a glimpse of the world’s culture through these dolls. The dolls highlight the place they came from and their lifestyle. The dolls exhibited in this museum are received in the form of donation. They were donated generously by the Rotary Clubs around the world. The museum conducts various activities for children.

Visiting hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9.30 AM to 1.00 PM and 4.00 PM to 7.30 PM.

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3. Watson Museum

The Saurashtra Region has become industrial cities from princely states. The Watson Museum inside the Jubilee Garden celebrates and commemorates Colonel John Watson. It has been regarded as the best museum in the Saurashtra region. This museum shows the district’s history and artifacts near the state that dates back to Indus Valley Civilization. The museum also exhibits 13th-century carvings, temple statues, the culture of local tribes, artifacts of Mohenjodaro and many more.  Witnessing the past takes you back to the early era and lets you appreciate the history of Gujarat.

Visiting hours: Monday to Sunday: 9.00 AM to 1.00 PM and 3.00 PM to 6.00 PM. It is closed on Wednesday.

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4. Nyari Dam

Nyari Dam is a perfect scenic place for a picnic. It is just 5 kilometers from Rajkot. The place is calm and peaceful and is mostly visited by tourists and locals. This place is also known as the Lifeline of Rajkot city. It is worth to stay till evening to catch the beautiful lovely sunset.

Visiting hours: Monday to Sunday: 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM.

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5. Prem Mandir or Sacred Heart Cathedral

The Prem Mandir is another interesting destination to visit in Rajkot. Prem Mandir means ‘Temple of Love’ in Gujarati and Hindi. It is a Syro – Malabar cathedral in Rajkot. It is devoted to the holy heart of Jesus. The architectural style of church combines different religion. It has a dome depicting the Mosque, Christ mosaic sitting on a lotus and many more. Aarti is also performed in this church, which makes the place a unique one.

Visiting hours: Monday to Sunday: 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM.

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6. Khambhalida Caves

Khambhalida Caves has stunning carvings made and cut from limestone. It dates back to the 4th or 5th century. It comprises of 3 caves. The life-size figures of Bodhisattva stand at the entrance of the middle cave, followed by Avalokiteshvara Padmapani and Avalokiteshvara Vajrapani. The description at the site says that the figures are the only depiction of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.

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7. Jubilee Garden

Jubilee Garden is an escape place from the hustle and bustle city life. It is a picturesque tourist place that encourages you to relax and enjoy nature. An old pavilion surrounded by large leafy trees invites you to relax and admire the pavilion’s intricate work. It is a must visit tourist place in Rajkot. The Jubilee garden is famous for its snack called chevdo’.

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8. Lang Library

Lang Library is the best place to visit in Rajkot. The bookworms can never miss a beautiful place. It is surrounded by Gujarati and Kathiyawadi literature, reference and fiction books. There are some handmade papers that are written on gold and others bounded in old leather. One will surely lose track of time exploring three lakh books in Lang Library.

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9. Aji Dam

Aji Dam is also one of the popular places to visit in Rajkot. Just like Nyari, this place is also best suited for a picnic. The Dam has a beautiful garden, walkway above the Dam and space for kids to have loads of fun. And don’t miss to watch migratory birds that flock the Dam during the winter. The Dam offers a food court, bird watching, children’s crocodile park, and zoo. The garden is beautiful and well maintained by the government. It is always in its best, throughout the year.

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10. Lal Pari Lake

The Lal Pari Lake is just a few kilometers away from the city Rajkot. It is another picturesque lake to spend some time peacefully. It attracts locals and is a favorite place for a picnic. The various migratory birds like pheasant-tailed jacana, purple moorhen, black-tailed godwit, spoonbill etc. remain as a treat to our eyes.

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11. Race Course Grounds

Race Course Grounds is situated in the heart of Rajkot. It is the largest ground and is best for exercise and strolls. Fun World, Baal Bhavan, and Children’s Traffic Park is the main attraction of this place. The Ground provides facilities for sports, hockey ground, football and volleyball ground, cricket ground, gym, swimming pool and many more. The ground also has a large seating arrangement. The indoor stadium offers Olympic standard and cricket ground remains in international quality.

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12. Ramakrishna Ashram

The Ramakrishna Ashram is a center for maths and universal teachings of Vedanta. The Ashram was established in 1926 and is located in Rajkot. The life and ideal of Ramakrishna are illustrated in this Ashram. It is dedicated to religious peace and brotherhood around the world. The Ashram is involved in the development of rural, education, spiritual, cultural and relief work. The camp offers Vedic education and has a bookstore, guest house, ayurvedic center and an exhibition that celebrates the life of Ramakrishna Paramhans.

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13. Swaminarayan Temple

Shastriji Maharaja of Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha established the Swaminarayan Temple. It is one of the oldest and famous temples in India. Hand carved stone décor the temple. The figure of Lord Swaminarayan in royal cloth, adds beauty to the temple. The temple is known for its humanitarian services and social work around the world. It also has a charitable trust that helps people of natural disaster around the world.

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14. Shri Ranchhoddas Ashram

The Ranchhoddas Ashram is famous for humanitarian and spiritual works. The Ashram was established in the year 1946. It is situated on Kuvadava Road in Rajkot. The motto of the Ashram is ‘service to mankind is service to god’.  The Ashram runs many charitable and hospitals for the blind. The Ashram has involved in many charitable works like distribution of grains, service of the cows and many more. The Ashram is well maintained, clean and over 100 employees working full time. Thursday is the busiest day in Ashram, as many believers and visitors visit the place.

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15. Ishwariya Temple

The Ishwariya Temple is a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is 10 km away from the Rajkot city, situated in the Madhapar village on Jamnagar highway on the hills. A small river adjourns the temple. The Shiva Lingam is also known as Swayambhu and it is very popular here. The Temple is very popular for the picnic and an annual fair. Thousands of devotees visit this famous temple at the time of the annual fair.

Visiting hours: Monday to Sunday: 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM.

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16. Mahatma Gandhi High School

Alfred High School also known as Mahatma Gandhi High School was established in the year 1853. It was one of the oldest educational institutions in India. The school was built during the British rule. The style of the building represents the Gothic Norman structure. The school is popular for its educational system. The management changed its school name, after knowing that Mahatma Gandhi had been the alumnus to this school. The school has been closed in 2017, converting it into a museum.

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17. Rajkumar College

Rajkumar is the oldest college of Rajkot. It was established in the year 1868 for princely education. The campus covers 26 acres of land. The school later opened to the public in the year 1938. It is a part of Indian School Public Conference and also part of Round Square meeting of schools. Apart from providing education, the school also provides laboratories, gymnasium, residential area, swimming pool, medical center, and dining hall. The college opened its door to girls in the year 2001, before being dominated by boys.

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18. Jagat Mandir

Jagat Mandir is also called Dwarkadhish Temple. It is one of the most significant temples of Rajkot. It is situated on Yagnik road. The temple was built in 1934 and is a universal temple. Red stone has been used to carve the temple. Shri Ramakrishna Paramahansa is the main deity of the temple. His image has been marbled out in white, on a lotus vedi. The temple structure is modern with the combination of many religions like Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. The temple has a shrine, balancing on 60 pillars and it is made up of sandstone and granite.

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19. Community Science Centre and Planetarium

The Community Science Centre was established in the year 1992 and is maintained by a non-government organization. The aim of the center is to provide education to children related to Science and Maths by conducting workshops, educational programmes, and seminars. The community displays several scientific and mathematical objects. The community also has Aryabhatta science museum which has over 100 working science model. Five equipped laboratories of math, chemistry, biology, physics, and electronics are also present in the center. The team also educates children on Aids-related topic.

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20. Rashtriya Shala

The Rashtriya Shala of Rajkot was established in the year 1921. The purpose of the learning center was to impart national concepts and is famous for its historical importance. The Rajkot leader donated 66,000 square yards of land for this institution. The life of Mahatma Gandhi is closely associated with this institute. The place offers historical events of non-corporation movement, India’s fight for Independence and many historical events.

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21. Muktidham

Muktidham is an electric crematorium site in Rajkot. It is situated near the River Nyari and spreads over 12,000 yards. The place also serves as a library sharing books relating to religious and spiritual topics. The entrance is known as the Pearl Gate and the carving is made up of red stone. It has three umbrella resting points to provide shelter. The pillars of the umbrella are decorated with the statues of deities. Mythological paintings and events are also displayed on the premises. The exterior is decorated with beautiful gardens of flowers and shrubs. It also houses an air-conditioned prayer hall, which can accommodate about 200 people.

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22. Raiya Naka and Bedi Naka Gate

The fort was built by Masum Khan, deputy Faudar of Junagadh in the year 1722 AD. It is one of the old Forts and is situated in the city’s Ramnath Path area. The fort has three storied clock tower, which was built by Sir Robert Bell-Booth in the year 1892. Due to lack of maintenance, the fort is in ruined condition and only the gate can be seen in the perfect state. The entrance is free and the best time to visit this place is from October to December.

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23. Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary

It is situated in the city of Rajkot at a distance of 47 km. The total area covers 15 square km and was started in the year 1988. It is a compact home to 280 species of flora, 20 species of reptiles and mammals and 130 species of birds. Rare animals like fox and wolf, chickaree and nilgai can be found in this sanctuary. The best time to visit this place is during the winter, driving around the wooded vicinity and watching the regal bluebell staring back at you.

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24. Sant Sri Asaramji Ashram

The Ashram was founded by Sant Shri Ashramji Bapu. The Ashram not only preaches spiritual activities but also educates in medical and humanitarian activities. It is one of the top Ashrams in Rajkot. The place has a good ambiance and attracts many followers. It is a good place for medication. The Ashram is situated in Kalavad road, near NYARI Dam, Rajkot.

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What’s more? If you are planning for a spiritual trip or family trip in Gujarat, you should definitely consider visiting Rajkot. Also, ensure to visit these places during your Rajkot trip. If you feel we have missed any places on this list, you can comment and share your trip experiences.

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