Tourist Attractions in Rajkot
The Watson Museum and Library, located in the Jubilee Gardens, commemorated Colonel James Watson, political agent of Saurashtra from 1886-89. The museum is a good introduction to Saurashtra's cultural heritage. The entrance is flanked by two imperial lions. Among the exhibits are copies of artifacts from Mohanjodaro, 13th-century carvings, temple statues, natural history exhibits, and dioramas of local tribal costumes and housing styles. There is a huge marble statue of Queen Victoria seated on a throne.
Kaba Gandhi No Delo is the house where Mahatma Gandhi grew up. It now holds a permanent exhibition of Gandhian items. It is within the old city on Ghee Kanta Road.
The Rajkumar College was established by the British government as early as in 1870. Built for the education of the princes of the Indian state, it is still regarded as one of the best private institutions in the country.
Rashtriya Shala was founded by Mahatma Gandhi and has a center of patola weaving.
Jagat Mandir is the beautiful carved temple of Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa. It is made of red stones.
Places Around Rajkot
About 50 km from Rajkot, on the way to Kutch, is the palace of Wankaner, now converted into a heritage hotel. The palace was built in 1907 and is a curious Greco-Roman-cum-Gothic-cum-Indo-Scottish extravagance.
Lal Pan Lake and Randerda are picturesque picnic spots, around 5 km from Rajkot.
Aji Dam is situated 8 km from Rajkot and supplies the town with water.
Morvi, an off-track tourist destination, is situated around 65 km north of Rajkot. There is an interesting swinging bridge here and it actually shakes, creaks, creaks, and rocks as one passes through it.
Surendranagar is situated on the Rajkot-Ahmedabad main route and houses the ancient temple of Ranik Devi.
Tarnetar is around 65 km northeast of Rajkot and hosts the Tarnetar Fair every year around September at the Trineteshwar Temple.
Gondal is 39 km south of Rajkot on the River Gondali and famous for some impressive buildings.