Several leading airline companies offer cheap flights to Rajkot. To travel to Rajkot by air, you will first land at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and will travel by land the rest of the way. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International is a busy airport. The airport’s international terminal was recently revamped to accommodate its high number of visitors. It now has four aerobridges and can handle up to 1,600 passengers at any given time. The distance between the airport in Ahmedabad and Rajkot is around 217 kilometres. You can travel from the airport to Rajkot by bus, but with the money you saved on your Rajkot flight, you might want to spend a little extra money and take the express train. The express train will bring you to your destination within five hours, which is much faster than the bus.
You can hire an auto-rickshaw, hire a taxi, take a bus or rent a car to travel around Rajkot. Your best option is to hire an auto-rickshaw. Auto-rickshaws are small three-wheeled vehicles with open sides and they are a common mode of transportation in Rajkot. From the moment you arrive from your Rajkot flight, you will notice auto-rickshaws all over the city. Because these vehicles are small, they can navigate through the heavy traffic in the city much faster than other types of vehicles. They are also an inexpensive way to travel efficiently around the city, compared to taking a taxi or renting a car. Bus transportation is the cheapest method to get around town, but it is also the slowest.
The best place to start exploring Rajkot is in the heart of the city. The Jubilee Garden invites you to relax, enjoy its large amusement park and admire its monuments that reflect the colonist heritage of Rajkot. If you enjoy visiting religious structures, the ancient Jagat Mandir is a very sacred place and beautiful to look at with its red sandstone exterior, covered with exquisite carvings. You can also visit the house Mahatma Gandhi grew up in. It has been converted into a museum called the Gandhi Smriti.
Rajkot sits by the banks of the Aji River. The residents call this river the lifeline of Rajkot because the dam erected across it supplies water to the city. The Aji Dam Garden has a zoo, bird aviary, children’s park, amusement park and the Rotary Dolls Museum, which has an astounding collection of 1,400 dolls, each depicting a different international culture.
With the money you saved on your cheap flight to Rajkot, you can enjoy plenty of shopping in the city. Rajkot has many small-scale industries that manufacture jewellery, watch parts and silk embroidery. You will also find plenty of hand-loom shops on Dharmendra Road and goldsmith shops at the Soni Bazar.
Rajkot has a predominantly vegetarian population, so don’t expect to find much variety with respect to non-vegetarian food. However, the Gujarati cuisine has some lip-smacking veggie dishes that will make you forget all about meat for a while. Head towards Kotecha Chowk to try out the breakfast specialties that Rajkot is famous for, including fried strips of dough called ganthiya, sugary jalebis and a hot cup of sweet milk tea.
The locals do not indulge in alcohol, so you won’t have too much of choice in terms of bars around the city. However, discotheques with alcohol can be found at high-end resorts.