Located in the vibrant state of Gujarat in Western India, Rajkot, the former capital of the princely state of Saurashtra, is the district headquarters of the Saurashtra region. The city is situated on the banks of the Aji River and the Nyari River, at the center of many important tourist destinations like the Rann of Kutch, Diu, and Somenath Temple. Therefore, Rajkot becomes an important part of the Gujarat itinerary of many tourists. It is also a handicraft and textile center known for its fine silverwork. Moreover, the city is proud to be the residence of Mahatma Gandhi during his early years while his father was a Diwan to the local ruler.
Best Time to Visit
Like the other parts of Gujarat, Rajkot has typically tropical weather, with sweltering summer and short but pleasant winter. Winter, especially February, is definitely the best time to visit this city.
If tourists are interested in the celebratory colors of the Garba and Navratri season, they should travel to Rajkot in the autumn months, when the climate is very pleasant. It is best to avoid visiting Rajkot in summer because the temperatures can go really high.
Although Gujarat is one of the most developed states in terms of tourist facilities in India, there are certain things that need to be kept in mind while traveling through the state.
The first is that alcohol is not served and not available legally anywhere in the state. Another tip is that Rajkot is situated at the crossroads to many other interesting places in Gujarat, such as Diu and Gir National Forest or the Rann of Kutch. So, you can plan to travel to these interesting spots by the way.
Rajkot has a lot of interesting things that travelers may be attracted. Besides the popular spots such as the Aaji Dam, and the Rashtriya Shala, Rajkot has many other interesting places such as the Watson Museum and Library with the huge collection of rare artifacts from the Indus Valley Civilization, especially from Mohenjodaro; the Rotary Dolls Museum on the Yagnik Road, showcasing interesting dolls from across the globe. Rajkot is also home to many temples like the Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple, the Jain Derasar Temple, and the Swaminarayan Temple, all of which might be suitable for tourists who are looking for spiritual peace.