Experience this Private Half Day Rajkot City Sightseeing Tour with Gujarati Vegetarian Lunch (Duration Aprox. 06 hours)
Rajkot City located on the banks of River Aji is the 4th largest city in the State of Gujarat in India and is known for the reason that Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi spent his early days of his life and done his Primary Education in Rajkot. City is also famous for its Silver and Gold Jewelry situated at one of the biggest Gold Markets of Gujarat called Soni Bazar, Silk Embroidery, Patola Sarees and also for its delicious sweets - “Pendas and Chikis”.
You will be picked up from your Hotel at 09.00 am to Visit various attractions of Rajkot City starting with a visit to The Ramkrishna Ashram which is a “math” and established in the year 1926 and illustrates the life and ideals of Ramakrishna also known as “Paramahamsa”, to promote Religious Harmony and Universal Brotherhood in the World. The Ashram is the second most important place for the followers of Swami Vivekananda after Kolkata. Regular prayers, worships, meditation and religious discourses are held in the Universal Sri Ramakrishna Temple (Jagat Mandir). Ashram is also involved in Rural Development and Relief, Rehabilitation, Educational, Spiritual and Cultural work and is equipped with a Publication Department and has published many books on Ramakrishna and also has a on site Book Shop. A full fledged Library is also there in the premises with a Reading Room. Ashram is situated along Dr. Yagnik Road, a modern shopping hub.
Proceed further for panoramic visit of The Rajkumar College of Rajkot which is one of the oldest educational establishments of Rajkot city. The main purpose of establishment of this School for education of princes from Royal Families of Kathiawar in the year 1868 and was made a Public School in 1938
Latter proceed towards old Rajkot Town towards “Kaba Gandhi No Delo” (Closed on Sunday) was the ancestral home of Mahatma Gandhi. It is this place where Gandhiji stayed during his early years of life at Rajkot when he was six years old and stayed for long time with his wife, Kasturba. Karamchand Uttamchand Gandhi also known as Kaba Gandhi was Mahatma Gandhi’s father and the place draws its name from him. The house is of old and traditional architectural style and now the same has been converted into a Museum called “Gandhi Smriti” and contains photographs, crucial objects and belongings of the ‘father of the nation’, Mahatma Gandhi. An NGO is also running a Centre for young girls to learn embroidery and sewing for self sufficiency.
Further proceed to nearby by Mahatma Gandhi High School which was also known as Alfred High School was established by the British in the year 1885 and is one of the oldest High School in India. The Building of this School has been built in Gothic Norman style of Architecture and the School was most popular of its high standard of education system. As Mahatma Gandhi himself has been an alumnus of this School, the name of the School was changed to the present one by the State Administration. It was at this School where Mahatma Gandhi misspelled the word “kettle”.
A High School of heritage value where Gandhiji studied here and completed his matriculation and If all goes as per plan, the 162-year-old School in where Mahatma Gandhi studied for seven years, would house a world-class museum depicting the life of Father of the Nation.
The Watson Museum, (Closed on Sunday and 2nd-4th Saturdays and Govt. public holidays) Established in the year 1888 and situated in Jubilee Garden. The same is dedicated to British Colonel James Watson who as a Political Agent of Saurashtra and is regarded as one of the finest museums of the region. It has a remarkable collection of ancient and traditional artifacts and cultural heritage of Saurashtra. The exhibits displayed are objects of Colonial period including huge marble Statue of Queen Victoria. It also exhibits Tribal Costumes, Silverwares, Old Coins, Temple Statues and 13th century Carvings.
The museum also has pride possession of a large number of artifacts from Harappan Civilization, Indus Valley and the period of Mohenjodaro. Museum is also known for its collection rare books which provides a view of socio-cultural aspects and traditions of Saurashtra Region. Also on display are Sculptures, Paintings and Manuscripts, Textiles, Inscriptions, Coins, Anthropology, Folk Embroidery, Handicrafts, Musical Instruments, Wood Work, Natural History and Rocks and Minerals
Proceed further to The Rotary Midtown Dolls Museum, (Closed on Monday and in Afternoons)situated along Dr. Yagnik Road. This Museum has a great exhibit of more than 1400 Dolls from all over the World and provides insight to varied Culture, Environment, Attire and Festivals of the World. The striking feature is the Dolls from African Sub continent where you will wonder that the Dolls can be a Negro. Most of the Dolls in this Museum have been donated to the place by Rotary Clubs from across 93 Countries around the world. The idea of this Museum was conceived by Rtn. Deepak Aggarwal in the year 2001 with a view to provide Children a place, where they could gain valuable knowledge of the World by mode of fun and entertainment. Museum is equipped with a Theater where in knowledgeable movies are screened from National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Britannica along with other educational CD’s. Also installed are touch screen Kiosks for Museum information.
Take a panoramic tour of Race Course Garden which is a hub of activities for Rajkotians and has host of activities like Fun World Children Park, an International Standard Cricket Stadium, Swimming pool, Landscaped Garden, Jogging Track, Indoor Athletic Stadium and Children Activity Centre. Arrive at Swaminarayan Temple along Kalawad Road which again is a shopping hub.
After Temple Visit, take a Gujarati Vegetarian Lunch at “Padmavati Restaurant” of Swminarayan Temple and at 03.00 pm, you will be dropped off to your Hotel or Residence or at local Bazaar in town centre for shopping. Return back to your Hotel or Residence, on your own.