Gondal - A Heritage Getaway in Gujarat
Heritage Train at Gondal Palace
Gondal, a princely town of considerable importance and affluence south of Rajkot and one that is visited as part of heritage / craft itinerary of Gujarat.
At Gondal one can visit the 1748 AD Naulakha Palace which houses the erstwhile ruling family's private collection of beadwork, textiles, brassware, hand-painted toys and silver crafts, the centre promoting weaving at Gondal. Khadi Plaza, one of Gujarat's major handloom weaving units is situated at Gondal.
One can also drive to Jetpur (50 kms), known for its screen and block printing workshops, and a yarn-dyeing centre, and then to Junagadh where you can see gem-encrusted carpets, wardrobes and tapestry of the Nawab at the museums.
Veri Lake attracts Cranes, Pelicans, Flamingoes, Spoonbills, Black, White, and glossy ibises. Royal grasslands attract Great horned owl, blue bull antelope, sandgrouse, jackal, junge cat, grey and painted francolin patridge, quails, larks, warblers and pipits. Harriers roost here in winter and floricans nest in monsoon.
Gondal only has two heritage hotel managed by the Royal family with a distinct offbeat fervor and therefore it attracts inbound travelers in Winter on a heritage itinerary.
Typical Stay - 1 night. Seasonality : Oct-March is the best time.