About Rajkot

About Rajkot

Rajkot is the district headquarters of Gujarat, well-connected by air, rail and road. Major cities such as Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru are connected with Rajkot by air and rail. Rajkot is identified as the 7th Fastest Growing City of the World and is also the 10th Cleanest City of India. There is a prominent IT Association, Rajkot IT Association (RITA), of which more than 100 companies are a part. Besides, it is also considered as a manufacturing hub for automobiles, CNC automations, diesel engines and imitation jewelry.

Rajkot, since its foundation, has been major urban centre. It is the centre for social, cultural, commercial, educational, political and industrial activities for the whole of Saurashtra region. In 1646 AD a permanent settlement had begun further and the city was ruled by various Hindu and Muslim kings. In 1822 AD East India Company established a kothi for the first time; the first railway line in Kathiawar was established during 1872-73 AD in Rajkot. The Golden period of Rajkot started from the time of Sir Lakhajiraj (i.e. 1905 AD) which shows institutions, residential areas and markets being developed, special schools and libraries for girls were established as well.

Rajkot became the capital of Saurashtra region with the end of the British rule and the most prosperous period of Rajkot began. The decade since 1947 A.D. saw a phenomenal increase in the population and size of Rajkot and its all round development in education, industry, commerce, culture, etc. Today, it is a major small scale industrial & trade hub in the whole Saurashtra region with a population of approximately 1.98 million.

Few attractions in and around Rajkot include:

  • Mahatma Gandhi Museum
  • Watson Museum
  • Kaba Gandhi no Delo
  • Pradhyuman Zoological Park
  • Rotary Dolls Museum
  • Swaminarayan Temple