Every Sunday, from 7am to 9am, thousands of people of all ages go to the Race Course in Rajkot, India. The reason they get up so early on a Sunday morning? To enjoy themselves in a traffic-free zone!

Organisers estimate between 4,000 to 5,000 people of all ages, from children to elderly people, attend ‘Fun Street’ every Sunday.

Thousands Go Offline and Enjoy Traffic-Free Fun on Sunday Mornings in Rajkot

Photo: Mission Smart City Trust Rajkot

With no cars or scooters to watch out for, people can focus on having a good time with their friends and family.

More than 30 games are provided for everyone to play for free. Instead of playing video games and surfing the Internet, people go to Fun Street to play old school classics, such as tug of war, hopscotch, and marbles.

Thousands Go Offline and Enjoy Traffic-Free Fun on Sunday Mornings in Rajkot

Photo: Mission Smart City Trust Rajkot

Fun Street was started more than 2 years ago by Mission Smart City Trust Rajkot. The organisers- all volunteers- enjoy seeing so many people come together to enjoy themselves on their day off from work.

With mobile phone usage in India increasing all the time (the 1 billion users mark was reached in 2016), the organisers of Fun Street are particularly pleased to see families having fun offline, and they go one step further themselves by not using their phones all day!

Thousands Go Offline and Enjoy Traffic-Free Fun on Sunday Mornings in Rajkot

Photo: Mission Smart City Trust Rajkot

Fun Street takes place all year round, regardless of whether it’s a special festival or just a normal Sunday.

Thousands Go Offline and Enjoy Traffic-Free Fun on Sunday Mornings in Rajkot

People dressed in Santa costumes at Fun Street on Christmas Eve 2017

If you are in Rajkot on a Sunday, we’d definitely recommend getting up early to go to Fun Street! For more information, visit the Fun Street Facebook page.

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