Gondal, a fortified town is located on the River Gondali. Gondal was the capital of the former princely
state of Gondal and was ruled by the Jadeja Rajput
clan, who ruled the princely states of Kutch, Jamnagar,
Rajkot and Gondal for more than 300 years. But in the
late 19th century and early 20th century the present
state of Gondal saw various developments under the
rule of Maharaja Bhagwat Singhji. Maharaja Bhagwat
Singhji introduced various social reforms and planned
the development of the Gondal town. Due to his
reforms, the town of Gondal grow into one of the most
progressive princely states in the region with an
efficient system of roads, railways, schools,
hospitals, highways, sanitary drainage, irrigation and
free compulsory education.
Tourist Attractions in
Some of the tourist attractions in Gondal are the Naulakha
Darbargadh Palace. Naulakha palace was built during the 17th
century, and is the oldest palace in Gondal. This palace was
constructed in nine lakhs and thus named so. There are stone
carvings with exquisite balconies, a fabulous pillared
courtyard, delicately carved arches, and a unique spiral
staircase in the palace. The Orchard Palace is located in a
huge complex of fruit orchards, lawns and gardens, and is a
wing of the Huzoor Palace (the present royal residence)
where the ruling family of Gondal entertained guests. The
Royal Garages have an extensive collection of vintage and
classic cars, sports cars and American cars from the World
War II and post war period. Gondal is also a paradise for
birdwatchers. Various birds like demoiselle cranes, rosy
pelicans, flamingoes, spoonbills, ibises, ducks, sand
grouse, great horned owl, gray and painted partridge,
quails, larks and warblers can be seen at the lake in Gondal.
In the grasslands various animals like blue bull antelope,
jackal, jungle cat can also be seen.
How to reach Gondal
The nearest airport is located at Rajkot which is about 39
There is a railway station at Gondal which is located on the
Rajkot - Veraval line.
Gondal is located about 39 kms. from Rajkot and 264 kms.