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Rajkot Tourist Attraction

Kaba Gandhi's Gate Watson Museum and Library The Rajkumar College Mahatma Gandhi High School Rashtriya Shala
Jagat Mandir Lal Pari Lake and Randera Wankaner Aji Dam Tarnetar



Kaba Gandhi's Gate in Rajkot City

Kaba Gandhi's Gate, Rajkot Gandhiji's ancestral home (1880) which now houses the 'Gandhi Smriti'- a memorial museum containing photographs and personal effects.

Watson Museum and Library in Rajkot City

Located in the Jubilee Gardens, the Museum commemorating Colonel John Watson is a good introduction to Saurashtra's cultural heritage. Important exhibits are copies of artifacts from Mohenjodaro, 13th century carvings, silverware, natural history exhibits and textiles. A huge 19th century marble statue of queen Victoria is fascinating. There are many splendid portraits and photographs of royal princes of Saurashtra and European dignitaries, handicrafts, pottery and princely relics. Open from 9 to 12.30 pm nd 2.30 to 5 pm. Watson Musuem, Rajkot

The Rajkumar College in Rajkot City

The Rajkumar College, Rajkot The Rajkumar College, Rajkot, is one of the oldest schools whose foundation stone was laid in 1868. The college has a flourishing history of 136 years and has had students from all walks of life. The college was founded for the education of the Princely order by the Princes and Chiefs of Kathiawar for the education of their sons and relations. In 1938, on the initiatives of its founding members, the College became a Public School - the first such college to do so. The college itself is also a founding member of the Indian Public Schools Conference.

Mahatma Gandhi High School in Rajkot City

Mahatma Gandhi High School : Established in 1853, it was earlier known as Alfred High School. Gandhiji had his secondary education from this school. The school with its Gothic Norman structure was one of the most sought after schools for its standard of education.

Rashtriya Shala in Rajkot City

During the Period of Non-Violent Movement to liberate the Nation From the clutches of the British Rule, Mahatma Gandhi, in the year 1920, gave the Nation a novel idea of Non-Cooperation with the Government. He directed the Nation to boycott the government machinery, including Judiciary and educational institutions.Side by side Mahatmaji started Gujarat Vidyapith at Ahmedabad to impart education on new National Concepts.Similar national educational institutions, on identical concepts were started in different parts of the country. Rastriya Shala is one of such institutions. On February 21, 1921 Rashtriya Shala made its modest beginning and formally started functioning in a rental premises in Rajkot. Shri Lakhajiraj, the Ruler of the state of Rajkot, who was a great admirer of Mahatma Gandhi gave 66 thousand sq. yards land at a nominal cost to Rashtriya Shala. It is on this land that the main building of the institution was first constructed, and since 1924 Rashtriya Shala started its various activities in this building.

Jagat Mandir in Rajkot City

Jagat Mandir is the beautiful carved temple of Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa. It is made of red stones. Jagat Temple, Rajkot

Lal Pari Lake and Randera in Rajkot City

A picturesque picnic spot, 5 kms. from Rajkot.

Wankaner in Rajkot City

As Indian states go, Gujarat has a long way to go before becoming tourist friendly. It may be the homeland of many a global Indian (the Patel clan comes from there), but it's lacking in some of the things that draw tourists, namely the Taj Mahal and alcohol. Nevertheless, as Gujarat borders on Maharashtra, we decided to pay a weekend visit. Mind you, we didn't go to the cities like Ahmedabad (home to Gandhi's erstwhile ashram) or even to Surat. Instead, we flew into Rajkot and drove an hour to the village of Wankaner, a dusty, but bustling village and home to the Wankaner Palace. Like most former Raj palaces, Wankaner has tried to position itself as a heritage hotel. Wankaner Palace, Rajkot

Aji Dam in Rajkot City

Aji Dam, Rajkot It is situated 8 Kilometers from Rajkot and supplies the town's water.

Tarnetar in Rajkot City

The Tarnetar Fair is one of the most important fairs of Gujarat. Various tribes like the Kolis, the Rabaris, the Bharwards, the Khants, the Khanbis, the Charans and the Kathis, get together to celebrate the famous legendary marriage of Draupadi with Arjuna, thereby retracing its origin to the times of the Mahabharata. Arjuna was the third of the five Pandavas of Hastinapur, who got married to Draupadi - the princess of this region, in the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata.

Tarnetar Fair, Rajkot

This fair is held every year on the 4th, 5th and 6th day of the Shukla Paksha (Aug-Sept) in Tarnetar (a village near the industrial town of Thangadli) in Surendranagar district in the region of Saurashtra. Also known as the Trinetreshwer Mahadev Fair, this three-day festival is held at the 14th century Temple of Shiva (Destroyer in the Hindu Holy Trinity of Creator-Preserver-Destroyer), or Trinetreshwer (Three-Eyed God) who is also popularly known as Tarnetar.

Built in a traditional style on the banks of a rivulet, this impressive marble temple has a kund (reservoir) in which the temple is reflected. According to popular belief, this was the very place where Draupadi had her swayamvara (a ceremony where an Indian princess chooses a husband from amongst a number of eligible suitors invited to her father's court).

Arjuna was the great archer who performed the 'Matsyavedh' and won her hand. The matsyavedh required him to climb up on a pole erected in the centre of the kund, balance himself on the two scales, and pierce the eye of the rotating fish on the top of the pole with an arrow by looking at its reflection in the water. The Tarnetar fair in Saurashtra represents a unique synthesis of folk music, folk art and colour. It highlights the true folk nature of the fair with folk dances like the Rasada (a Gujarati folk dance), performed by hundreds of women moving gracefully in a single circle to the accompaniment of four drums and jodja pava (double flutes). People are mesmerised by the number of bhajan mandalis (group of devotees singing songs in praise of the Lord) singing bhajans and kirtans (devotional songs) to the tune of folk instruments such as khartals, pakhawaj, dhol and tabla (a range of Indian percussion instruments).

Ras Garba Style of Dance Folk dances like the energetic and playful Ras Garba (where men and women dance in two circles moving in the clockwise and counter-clockwise directions with dandiyas, or sticks, in their hands) and the Hudo Dance (performed by the shepherd community where the dancers clap in a rhythmic manner while duplicating the movements of two sheep ramming their heads) are key draws.

The fair has a total local flavour to it, with food stalls, a cattle show, competitive sports and exhibitions of embroidery. The most distinctive feature is the famous Tarnetar Chhatri (umbrella) embroidered by the bachelors to attract the attention of unmarried girls. These are surely a treat for the eyes with their extensive mirror work, embroidery and delicate lacework. This fair, a major tourist attraction in Gujarat, symbolises the rich heritage of Saurashtra and draws thousands of visitors from various parts of the country and abroad. Gujarat Tourism makes arrangements from Ahmedabad and Rajkot to visit Tarnetar during this fair. They also provide tented accommodation at the fair site for the visitors.


Rotary Dolls Museum

Rotary Dolls Musium, Rajkot The Rotary Dolls Museum, Rajkot. This unique Museum gives an overview to the culture and traditions of the world at large through a medium of dolls. The Rotary Clubs across the world have generously donated these Dolls to the Rotary Club of Rajkot Midtown. This vision was conceived in 2001 by the Rotarian Mr. Deepak Agrawal. To view in detail the path from conception to the birth on this Rotary Dolls Museum, While the vision has been to create a Dolls Museum where children and adults both gain from, the mission has been yet noble and simple, Love, Care and Concern for Humanity.
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