Navagadh, also known as ‘mini-Dubai’ and ‘capital of Kathiawad’, is a town in the westernmost Indian state of Gujarat. It is a part of the Kathiawar peninsula. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the town of Junagadh at a distance of 32 km south-west. Another big city nearby is Rajkot at a distance of 70 km north. Those travelling between Rajkot and Junagadh can stop by at this place for refreshments.
Places to Stay
The best place to stay around in the region is Junagadh. Budget hotels which are worth trying out are Junagadh, among which Shikhar Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Vishala Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Sapphire (Tariff – Rs. 800), New Somnath Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500) should definitely in tourists’ radar.
The official language of the area is Gujarati. Hindi is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti, Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
The best places of interest in the region are in the city of Junagadh. Places which are worth a visit are Uparkot, Jama Masjid, Junagadh Caves, the old part of the town, Rohidas Ashram and others. The Gir National Park, famous for its lions, is also a must-see.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Keshod Airport in Keshod at a distance of 72 km.
The Junagadh Junction Railway Station is the nearest railway station at a distance of 33 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses ply in the region. Shree Hari travels is one of the private operators in the region. Ticketgoose.com enables you to book bus tickets without any hassle.
The fourth largest city in Gujarat after Ahmedabad, Surat, and Vadodara, Rajkotis located on the banks of the Aji and Nyari Rivers. The people in Rajkot are predominantly vegetarians. Rajkot is a major regional centre for the performing arts. The city is famous for its gold purity and jewellery market, which is the largest in the country. Rajkot silk embroidery and watch parts are also well-known.Rajkot houses a large number of textile printing units, which produces cotton and pure silk garments.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Rajkot. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Hotel Rajdoot(Tariff-Rs.1,602), Hotel Jayson (Tariff-Rs.1,765), Hotel Everstar(Tariff-Rs.1,150), Hotel Europa Inn (Tariff-Rs.1,549) and Hotel Aditya(Tariff-Rs.894).
Annual festivals likeDussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here. Garbais performed during the Navratri festival; the JanmastamiMela, Dhuletithe colour festival, Mahashivratri and Uttarayan (MakarSankranti) on 14 January are popular in this city.
Gujarati is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Places of interest within 2kms of the bus stand include Jubilee Garden, The Rotary Dolls Museum, GebanshahPirDargah,HashanshahPirDargah and Ishwariya Temple and Garden.
How to Get There
Rajkothas its own airport
Rajkothas its own railway station
Rajkot bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like SRS Travels, Royal Express, Sagar Travels and Neeta Tours and Travels runs regular buses to and from the town. If you book your tickets online, look out for bus ticket booking coupons and save a lot of money.