Welcome to Rajkot

Rajkot was founded in 1612 by the Jadeja Rajputs, and in colonial times it became the headquarters of the Western India States Agency, Britain’s administrative centre for some 400 princely states in Saurashtra, Kachchh and northern Gujarat. After Independence, Rajkot was capital of the short-lived state of Saurashtra.

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$850 Cultural & Theme Tours

Handicrafts in Gujarat - Rich Craft Heritage of Gujarat

Handicrafts in Gujarat – Craft Heritage of Gujarat HighlightsVisit Calico Museum of Textiles, one of India’s leading specialized textile museumsExperience the 1748 AD Naulakha Palace at Gondal which houses the erstwhile ruling family’s private collectionVisit Jetpur for screen and block printing workshops and a yarn-dyeing centerStopover at Rajkot for Watson Museum and Rashtriya Shala, the hand-weaving communityExplore craft villages around Bhuj for distinctive styles of embroidery and other handiwork like weaving, block-printing, Rogan Painting, etcVisit tie-and-dye center at Mandvi, a 400-year old shipyard and an exquisite Jain Temple complexGet amazed at Bhungas and Rabari embroidery at MandviEn-route visit Wadhwan for tie-and-dye, weaving and metal craftsExplore villages around Little Rann of Kutch for Tribal craft and cultureDay trip to Patan to watch the Salvis at work on the Patola, one of the richest silk textiles in the worldInclusionsAccommodation in a double / twin room with Breakfast (Except in Bhuj, Mandvi, and Dasada)Monument Entry Fees1 Safari in Little Rann of KutchA car with experienced driver on disposal for 11 days – AC Toyota InnovaPackaged water in the carAll currently applicable taxesExclusionsAny airfare or train fareAny meals other than those specified in ‘Cost Includes’Expenses of personal nature such as gratuities, telephone calls, laundry, liquor, etc.India visa chargesTravel insuranceExpert Travel OpinionHouse of MG in Old City area of Ahmedabad is renowned for its two ethnic cuisine restaurants. “Green House” serves local Gujarati snacks and ice creams and “Agashiye” is an iconic restaurant serving wholesome Gujarati set meal (popularly known as a “Thali”). Extremely popular!Vishala, a village themed ethnic cuisine restaurant is a popular outdoor dining option in Ahmedabad for travellers for winter evenings. The Utensil Museum is situated within the Vishala premises and hence, it is popular for travellers interested in Handicrafts in Gujarat to spend the evenings at Vishala after visiting the Utensil Museum.Rajkot is one of the hubs for Kathiawari Cuisine, the ethnic cuisine of the Saurashtra region. At Rajkot, you may opt for the renowned Vegetarian Thali Lunch at Hotel Grand Thakar for an authentic taste of ethnic cuisine of the region. Kutch region around Bhuj has its own unique ethnic cuisine. At Bhuj you may opt for the renowned Vegetarian Kutchi Thali Lunch at Hotel Prince for an authentic taste of ethnic cuisine of the region, while absorbing the intricacies of the handicrafts in Gujarat.

$437 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Amazing Gujarat

Day 1: ArrivalOn the day of arrival at Ahmedabad airport, a representative will assist you at airport and later transfer to your hotel for night stay. Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad visit Gandhi Ashram, City Museum and Hathising Jain Temple. Evening proceed to visit Adalaj Step Well and Akshardham Temple. Overnight at Hotel.Day 2: Ahemedabad - Rajkot (265 Kms / 4 Hrs)Today morning after breakfast at hotel, later check out from hotel and proceed for Rajkot. Upon arrival at Rajkot check in your hotel for night stay. Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Rajkot visit to Gandhi's residence, (Bapu stayed here in Rajkot during his early years of life) also visit Gandhi Smriti, Gandhiji's School and Rashtriya Shala. Rest of the day free to leisure activities or free for shopping at Bangdi Bazaar. Overnight at Hotel.Day 3: Rajkot - Gondal (167 Kms / 4 Hrs)Today morning after breakfast at hotel, later check out from hotel and drive to Gondal. Upon arrival at Gondal check in your hotel for night stay. Later afternoon proceed for Gondal Sightseeing tour visit the Navlakha Palace, which houses the erstwhile ruling family's private collection of bead work, textiles, brassware, hand-painted toys and silver crafts, the center promoting weaving at Gondal, and the historic buildings of Gondal. Rest of the day free to leisure activities. Overnight at Hotel.Day 04: Gondal - Bhuj (271 Kms / 5 Hrs)Today morning after breakfast at hotel, later check out from hotel and drive to Bhuj. Upon arrival at Bhuj check in your hotel for night stay. Later afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Bhuj visit Aina Mahal Museum, Pragmahal Museum. A.A. Wazir’s (National Award Winner Artiest) Textiles Museum Shop. Rest of the day free to leisure activities. Overnight at Hotel. Day 05: Departure from BhujToday morning after breakfast at hotel, later check out from hotel and transfer to Bhuj Airport to board the flight to your home.

$1305 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Vibrant Gujarat

Day 1 : Arrival at AhmedabadArrival at Ahmedabad and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon visit the city, take a heritage walk in the old city and walk through the Swminarayan Temple, Old Bazaar and finish at Jama Mosque. Later visit Siddhi Sayyed Mosque & Jain Temple. Overnight.Day 2 : Ahmedabad - Patan - Modhera - Dasada (208 Km,5 Hours)Breakfast in Hotel start the day with the visit of Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi. Continue to Dasada and enroute visit the historical city of Patan and its magnificent step well and the Sun Temple at Modhera. Continue to Dasada. Check in and overnight.Day 3 : Dasada - Bhuj (280 Km,7 Hours)Morning safari in the Little Rann of Kutch, an expanse of salty water and mud. The region is rich in animals like antelopes, wild donkeys, gazelles, desert foxes, pelicans, flamingos, cranes and storks., In the afternoon, transfer to Bhuj. Check in and overnight.Day 4 : Bhuj In the morning, Visit of desert villages inhabited by colourful tribes. These villages are famous for their precious craft activities such as ornaments made by ancient method of metallurgy, lacquered wood and fine embroidery on cloth. Overnight.Day 5 : Bhuj - Rajkot (160 Km, 4 Hours) Transfer to Rajkot,enroute visit a traditional weaving centre. Afternoon visit Gondal Palace and the Swaminarayan Temple. Dinner with an Indian family. Check in and overnight.Day 6 : Rajkot - Junagadh – Sasangir (160 km, 4 Hours) Morning drive to Junagarh, visit the imposing fort and the Buddhist caves with the edict of Ashoka and the Mausoleum of Mahabat Maqbara. Proceed to Sasangir. Visit the village of Siddhi Community. Check in and overnight.Day 7 : Sasangir - Somnath - Diu (150 Km,3 Hours) Morning safari in the Gir National Park, home of now rare Asian lion. Afternoon drive to Diu with a stop for the visit of the famous Somnath temple. An important Hindu pilgrimage center. Arrive at Diu, visit the former Portuguese colony. Enjoy a visit of its colourful Markets, San Paolo church, and old Portuguese fortCheck in and overnight.Day 8 : Diu - Bhavnagar (200 Km,5 Hours)Morning visit the Fish Market in the village of Vanakabra. An experience for life. Afternoon departure for Bhavnagar. Check in and overnight.Day 9 : Bhavnagar- Palitana - Bhavnagar Full day excursion to Palitana, An important Jain pilgrimage centre with 800 temples. These temples are located on the sacred Satrunjaya hill at the height of 2000 metres. Return to the hotel. Overnight.Day 10 : Bhavnagar - Lothal - Ahmedabad Departure for Bhavnagar, along the way stop to visit Lothal, An important archaeological site of Harappa and Mohen Jo Daro civilization which used to serve as a port.proceed to Ahmedabad, Afternoon free for shopping. Later transfer to airport for international departures.

$75 Tours & Sightseeing

Full Day tour of Rajkot City with Traditional themed Dinner

You will be picked up from your Hotel at 09.00 am to Visit various attractions of Rajkot City starting with a visit to Rajkot Zoological Park (Closed on Friday). This Zoo has rare White Tiger, pair of African Cheetah and of course lots of Asiatic Lions. One can also hire Electric Buggy Cart to visit various parts of the Zoo. Latter, proceed to visit The Watson Museum, 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. Further proceed to nearby Mahatma Gandhi High School which was also known as Alfred High School was established by the British in the year 1885. The Building of this School has been built in Gothic Norman style of Architecture and it was at this School where Mahatma Gandhi misspelled the word “kettle”. Latter visit old Rajkot Town towards “Kaba Gandhi No Delo” (Closed on Sunday). 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.  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. Further visit 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. Proceed further to The Rotary Midtown Dolls Museum, 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. Take a Lunch Break at your own Cost at a City Restaurant and at 03.00 pm, you will be dropped off at local Bazzar in town centre for shopping on your own. Visit various Gold and Silver Smiths at Soni Bazar to see and buy the traditional and modern jewelry. At 06.00 pm, assemble at the designated point in town centre and you will be transferred to Chouki Dhani Restaurant for a live Cultural program and traditional Vegetarian Dinner. While awaiting for Dinner to be cooked and served, you will enjoy Cultural performances like Folk Dances and Puppet Shown in the open-air entertainment area. Savor a typical traditional dinner served on a plate with option of seat on the Ground and served on a Thali (Dish) place on the small Bajoth (Small Wooden Table). You will be surrounded by a village – like atmosphere with the servers dressed in traditional Kathiawari attire. When  Dinner is finished at about 10.00 pm, you will be transferred back to your respective Hotels.

$1250 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Day Archaeological Guided Tour of Western India from Ahmedabad

Day 1 : Ahmedabad (B, D)Pick you up from your hotel in Ahmedabad at 7:00am and transfer you to check in to the hotel. Visit India's most beautiful step-well in Adalaj, the 11th-century Sun Temple, the 15th-century Bhadra Fortress, the Great Masjid Mosque and Mahatma Gandhi's Ashram. Dinner and overnight at hotel.Day 2 : Ahmedabad - Vadodara (B, D)Drive to Vadodara, former capital of the princely state of the Gaekwads. Check in to your hotel and visit the Palace Museum, the University Museum for its amazing prehistoric collection of jewelry, utensils, tools, seals and weapons. After lunch visit Kirti Stambh(Tower of Victory), Sayaji Baug and EME Temple. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.Day 3 : Vadodara - Champaner-Pavgadh Archaeological Park - Vadodara (B, D)Spend this day at Champaner-Pavgadh Archaeological Park,a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This extraordinary park has prehistoric sites, 8th to 14th century palaces, fortifications, religious and residential buildings. Return to Vadodara for dinner and overnight.Day 4 : Vadodara - Bhavnagar (B, D)Early morning leave for Bhavnagar (approx. 4 hours). Check in to your hotel. After lunch and some rest visit the Victoria Park and Shri Adishwar Temple. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.Day 5 : Bhavnagar - Lothal (B, D)Early in the morning take an excursion to Lothal. Flourishing in the 3rd millennium BCE, it is one of the four most important Indus Valley Civilization sites. Excavations have revealed extensive public and private buildings, grain and water storage systems, and roads and pavements. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.Day 6 : Bhavnagar - Junagarh (B, D)Travel by a air-conditioned car or coach to Junagarh (approx. 2 hours). Check in to your hotel. See the edicts of India's greatest ruler Ashoka inscribed on a boulder in the 3rd century BCE. Visit the 1500-year old Buddhist Caves, the Mahabat Maqbara, a mausoleum with exquisite silver doors and the Junagarh Fort. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.Day 7 : Junagarh - Rajkot (B, D)Take a 2-hour drive to Rajkot. Visit the Khambhalida Buddhist Caves, Iskon Temple, Rotary Doll Museum and Shri Ramkrisna Ashram. See a Bollywood movie in a theatre before returning to the hotel for dinner. Your tour will end at Rajkot after dinner. Free drop-off at your hotel in Rajkot.