Sprawled over an area of approximately 66 acres in the heart of the city, the Rashtriya Shala is one of the most important historical landmarks in Rajkot as well as a popular tourist destination. Rashtriya Shala is an ideal destination to visit with your family. Not only is the architecture of the façade breathtaking but the layout of the interior is awe-inspiring as well. A tour of the building will enlighten you with significant nuggets and trivia about the non-cooperation movement started by M.K. Gandhi.
‘Rashtriya’ means national and ‘Shala’ translated into English means museum, so Rashtriya Shala stands for national museum. The edifice or structure which is almost 100 years old is a repository of memorabilia and artifacts relating to events and happenings surrounding the non-cooperation movement spearheaded by the ‘Father of the Nation’-Mahatma Gandhi. Rashtriya Shala is also renowned for housing a training center for ‘patola’ textile weaving technique.
Shri Lakhajiraj, a Rajkot leader bequeathed nearly 66,000 sq. yards of land for setting up a ‘sangrahashala’ or an archive to house memorabilia and objet’ d’art connected to the non-cooperation movement. The institution also houses several documents, objects, souvenirs, and mementos that detail the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi. The Rashtriya Shala which was constructed in 1921 has an expansive lawn in front that opens out to Vidya Nagar Road.
Where is it located?
The Rashtriya Shala is situated on the confluence of Vidyanagar 1st Road and Chelbhai Road that crisscross each other. The railway station is about 2.5kms away and the airport is just 4kms away.
Ideal Visiting Time
This historical place is flocked by visitors across the year and can be visited during the entire week.