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Gondal Travel Guide:

Introduction
Gondal is a city and a municipality in Rajkot district in the Indian state Gujarat. It was one of the eight first class princely states of Kathiawar Agency during Bombay Presidency. The current population of town is around 200,000.

History
Gondal finds mention in texts like Ain-i-Akbari (written in the reign of Akbar) and Mirat-i-Ahmadi as Vaghela state in Sorath (Saurashtra). The Gondal state in Kathiawar Agency was founded in 1634 AD by Thakore Shri Kumbhoji I Meramanji from Jadeja dynasty, who received Ardoi and other villages from his father Meramanji. With his fourth descendant Kumbhoji IV, the State raised itself, by acquiring parganas of Doraji, Upleta, Sarai etc.
Later Sir Bhagwant Singhji who reigned from 1888 till his death in 1944, was its most noted ruler, known for his various tax reforms, compulsory education for women and also removing the purdah tradition for women at a time when the royal households of India were known for this tradition.
Moreover, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan ancestors belong to Paneli village in Gondal state.
The Gondal town lies on the banks of Gondali river and in 1901 it had a population of 19,592 and has a railway station on the branch line between Rajkot-Jetalsar on the Western Railway Line of Ahmedabad–Viramgam–Wankaner–Rajkot–Veraval–Somnath Line.

Historical places of Gondal
The Riverside Palace was built in 1875 AD by Maharajah Bhagwat Sinhji for his son Yuvraj Bhojraji, which is groomed be lawns and gardens, and has marvelously appointed sitting arrangement — the "living room" is furnished in typical colonial style with chandelier, antique wooden furniture and sofas; where as the "Indian room" decorated with beadwork, brassware and paintings, it has now become a heritage hotel.
Gondal, 1909
The Naulakha Palace is the oldest extant palace in Gondal, dating back to the 17th century. It has legendary stone carvings with exquisite "jharokhas" (balconies), a fabulous pillared courtyard, delicately carved arches, and a unique spiral staircase. The large chandelier-lit "durbar" hall (court house) witnesses stuffed panthers, gilt wooden furniture, and antique mirrors. The Private palace museum displays an impressive display of silver caskets which were in the services of carrying messages and gifts for Maharajah Bhagwat Sinhji on his silver jubilee as ruler of Gondal.
The Huzoor Palace is the current royal residence, whose one wing is opened for public. It is known as the Orchard Palace because of its huge surroundings of fruit orchards, lawns and gardens. The Room of miniatures is a splendid sitting room with a collection of miniature paintings, brass, and antique furniture.
There is one railway couch available for public view in this palace, which was one part of Gondal Royal Railway.
The Royal Garages have an extensive collection of vintage and classic cars, for which it has been famous all over the world.

Geography
Gondal is located at 21°58'N 70°48'E? / ?21.97°N 70.8°E? / 21.97; 70.8.[7] It has an average elevation of 132 metres (433 feet).

See also
* Bhagvatsingh of Gondal
* Sage Kambu Swayambhuva
* Sage Kambhoja
* Kamboja
* Cambodia
* Kumbhoj
There are many well known doctors and engineer working in US and UK who were born and educated in Gondal. St. Mary's School and Vidhya mandir High School are two major schools who gave many bright students. Monghiba High school is one of the oldest girls-only schools in the region.
Center Theater, Roma Theater, Tulsi Baag, College chowk, Victory cinema, Nani Bazaar, Moto bazaar, Bus Stand road etc. are mjor landmarks in Gondal.
During 1947, many people who spoke Memoni (a language of a community) migrate to Pakistan. Dr. Abdul Ghaffar Javeri was the one of Doctor who also migrate to Karachi-Pakistan, his clinic was at ACHI QABAR, beside the Boulton Market.
The best known and best hospital in Gondal is Jogi Hospital. It has two doctors viz. Surgeon and MD.

Demographics
As of 2001[update] India census, Gondal had a population of 95,991. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Gondal has an average literacy rate of 73%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 68%. In Gondal, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

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