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INFORMATION ABOUT RAJKOT

Rajkot, located in Gujarat is a center of commercial and industrial importance. It was founded by Vibhoji and used to be the capital of Saurastra. The Aji river flows through this district . Rajkot is centrally located in the Kathiawar peninsula. It had a population of 18,00,000(2001 census). It has numerous primary schools, 5 Institutes of Technology, 90 high schools and 20 colleges. Rajkot is well connected by domestic airways, rail and road.

RAJKOT HISTORY

Rajkot is known as the birthplace of the Gandhian Non Violence movement. It is famous for manufacturing jewelry, woolen and cotton textiles, handicrafts and bandhni textiles. Places of tourist interest in Rajkot are the beautiful lakes around Aji Dam, Rashtriya Shala, Rajkumar college and the beautiful Jagat Mandir dedicated to Shri Shri Ramakrishna Paramahansa. The Tarnetar fair, which is yearly held here to celebrate the legendary marriage of Arjuna and Draupadi attracts many tourists.

RAJKOT TOURISM

    The Places of Interest and Sight Seeing

  • Race Course : This is a large ground/garden located in the heart of the city. It accommodates various places of interest like Baalbhavan, Children Traffic Park, Fun World etc. Race course also has various sports facilities like Olympic standard Indoor Stadium, International quality Cricket ground, Football, Hockey & Volleyball grounds, Gym and swimming pool etc. Because of all these attractions, Race Course is the most common place to be visited by the "Rajkotians". One very interesting fact about Race Course is that it provides an extremely large sitting arrangement of cement benches embedded with the outer border of the ground throughout its periphery, which is rarely seen in any other cities.


  • Aji Dam : This dam is built by Government of Gujarat for water supply to city area. The down stream side of the dam and surrounding area is developed and maintained by Rajkot Municipal Corporation. A beautiful step garden with amusement park for children, zoo, bird aviary, crocodile park have been provided for entertainment of the citizens of the city.


  • Swaminarayan Temple :This is a temple of Swaminarayan Sampradaya. It is situated on Bhupendra Road. Historically Lord Swaminarayan gave a copy of "shikshapatri", a code of conduct of his followers to Mr. Malcam (political agent of British time to this area). This temple is also well known for its philanthropic activity.


  • Rajkumar College Rajkot :The Rajkumar College (also known as RKC) in Rajkot is one of the oldest K-12 institutions in India today. RKC has a 26 acre (105,000 m) campus located in the heart of Rajkot city. The college was founded for the education of the Princely order by the Princes and Chiefs of Kathiawad for the education of their sons and relations. In 1938, on the initiative of its founding members, the College became a Public School (private school in Western terms) - the first such college to do so. The college itself is also a founding member of the Indian Public Schools Conference.


  • Shri Ranchhoddas Ashram :This is the ashram of shri Ranchhoddas bapu. It is situated on Kuvadava Road. This charity trust is running hospital for blind people.


  • BAPS Swaminarayan Temple :This is a temple built in 1998-99 by Swaminarayan Sampradaya. It is situated on fast developing Kalavad Road near Mahila College. This temple is going to have one of the largest auditorium in the state having capacity of thousands for the so called "Ravi-Sabha" and "Yuvak-Sabha".


  • Watson Museum : It was inaugurated in the year 1888 in Jubilee Garden of Rajkot city. It has excellent collection of archiological and ancient traditional items. This museum, along with a huge library, are located in Jubilee Gardens.


  • Ishwariya Temple :This is a Shiv temple on the outskirts of Rajkot. It is famous picnic spot because of the hilly terrain and a small pond. A small fair is organized here every year.


  • Mukti Dhama :This is an electric crematorium located in Ramnath para area. It has number of small temples, prayer halls, library and beautiful garden displaying historical events which attracts number of people.


  • Jubilee Garden :A big garden with paths to walk on, trees, and swings. It is known for a special chutney made from peanuts and a spicy mix made from rice flakes called "chevdo". There are also snacks like nut brittle called "chickee" of many different varieties.


  • Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya :In short form known as JNV, this is a Central School with (CBSE)Board affiliation , located near Targhadi radio station on the Jamnagar Highway. It is a boarding school where stundents, both girls and boys are admitted from six standard and stay upto 12th standard, after they pass all India wide entrance exam.


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