One of the most important cities in Gujarat, Rajkot is situated on the periphery of Aji and Nyari rivers. Built by the Thakur Saheb Vibhaji Ajoji Jadeja from the lineage of Jadeja clan in 17th century AD, the city has been a seat for the Jadeja rulers. Famous for its silk work, gold jewellery and watch parts, Rajkot may be a fast developing city of the state. It also holds an edge in top 10 cleanest cities of India. The city was also a home to Gandhi as he spent the initial days of his childhood here.
The one among its kind museum, The Rotary Midtown Dolls Museum features a display of dolls from over the planet. It has a display of over 1500 dolls from over 100 nations. The dolls are brought from different countries and bear the flags of their respective nation. This theme based museum has dolls of various countries in several showcases along a write up about the tradition and culture of that place on the side. The museum also encourages activities like doll making, sculpting, etc.
Aji Dam is made on river Aji which satisfies the water supplies of the town people. The Dam is maintained by the local municipal corporation. The place has an funfair and a zoo within the surroundings that creates it a perfect picnic spot. The purpose of the dam is to channelize the water of the river also as maintain the ecological balance of the town and helping to stay the town clean.
Carved in beautiful red stones Jagat Mandir or The Universal Temple is devoted to Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa. The main deity may be a white marble structure which is sitting on a lotus flower. The temple depicts different religions namely Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism and hence is named the Universal Temple. The temple has 60 pillars which are carved out of granite and sandstone.
Another major attraction for the tourists and therefore the locals is that this beautiful Nyari Dam built on the Nyari River. The Dam may be a peaceful place and has poise. It is also a window to the character within the busy city. The Nyari Dam may be a scenic delight and a bird watchers paradise. Apart from being a vibrant picnic spot it also meets the water supplies of the town.
Jubliee Garden is usually referred to as the commercial hub of the town is found within the centre of Rajkot. The garden is a funfair and has rides for both children and adults. Also small shops and food stalls make the place bustling with people always. The garden is famous for its snack ‘Chevdo’ that is made of rice flakes and is served here by the local vendors. The garden is legendary for being wrapped around Alfred high school, Watson Museum, Connaught Hall, and Lang Library.
Khambhalida Caves is a group of three caves. Carved out of an area limestone rock these caves go back to the 4th and therefore the 5th century AD. There is a ‘Chaitya’ and a Stupa on the doorway of the central cave. There are two human size sculptures of two of the Bodhisatvas named Padmapani and Vajrapani that stand on the edges of the doorway on the proper and left respectively. The caves speak tons of Buddhist sculptures and carvings.