Rajkot and Around
About Rajkot Rajkot is a significant urban centre of Saurashtra well connected to the most touristic attractions as well as other big cities of the state. Hence it becomes an ideal base for the ones traveling Saurashtra and Kutch region for short or long duration.
The city admires standing witness to historic sites of Rajkot such as Gandhi Smruti, Mohandas Gandhi High School, Ramkrishna Ashram, colonial-era monuments of Jubilee Garden like the Watson Museum and Lang Library, the beautiful Rajkumar College along with recent developments like The Rotary Dolls museum and International Cricket stadium(Khandheri). It has a balance of gardens, parks, lakes as Lal Pari lake, Aji Dam garden and modern urban structures as city malls, multiplexes and the finest restaurants.
Rajkot has several charming markets and small-scale manufacturing industries. It is famous for its jewelry market, the colorful bangle market, silk embroidery, tie & dye and patola saris etc. It is well recognized for its gold purity and has one of the largest gold and silver markets in India. It is also known throughout the world for its casting and forging industries and possesses huge market of diesel engine from across the world.
Climate Weather at Rajkot has a semi-arid climate, with hot, dry summers from mid-March to mid-June and wet monsoon season from mid-June to October, when the city receives 500 mm of rain on average. The months from November to February are mild, the average temperature being around 20°C, with low humidity.
Culture Rajkot is frequently referred as Rangilu Rajkot meaning colorful Rajkot, with fun loving people and the most colorful and characteristic markets, however most shopkeepers close their stores between 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm for a siesta.
Navaratri (dancing festival) in October/November & Makar-sankranti (kite-flying festival) in January are amongst the most popular festivals of the city.
Rajkot is a major regional center for the arts, with many venues for the performing arts in the city. Hemu Gadhvi Natyagraha one of the first non-profit regional theater, is rich with history and is solely dedicated to Gujarati plays. Rajkot has its own native music genre, called Dayro used to convey folk stories and sayings.
Around Saurashtra Saurashtra is a region of located on west coast of India on the Arabian Sea coast of Gujarat state.This peninsula also called Kathiawar after the Kathi Darbar, who ruled part of the region once, is shared with the Kutch region, which occupies the north. Saurashtra forms the southern-western portion and the districts included in this region are Rajkot, Junagadh, Bhavnagar, Porbandar, Jamnagar, Amreli, Surendranagar, and some portions of Ahmedabad District.
Tourist destinations around Saurashtra include many places of historical, archaeological, natural as well as religious significance such as Dwarka Temple, Somnath Temple, Shatrunjay Hills in Palitana for Jain temples, Diu, a Portuguese owned territory, Porbandar, birth place of Gandhiji, Sasan Gir Lion sanctuary for rare Asiatic Lions, Vallabhipur a city founded in 3rd, Thane Tarnetar fair, Vankaner palace with architecturally admirable step wells, Runn of Kutch, and many more. For more tourist and handicrafts information, please check www.gujarattourism.com, www.craftofgujarat.com