Rajkot is fourth largest district city of Gujarat (the famous state of India) after Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodra. Rajkot is the centre city of Saurashtra region of Gujarat and located on the bank of Aji and Nyari rivers. Rajkot is the part of Kathiyawad. Because of this people of Rajkot are also known as Kathiyawadi. Rajkot is in a transition period of growing Cultural, industrial and economical activities. This is shown by the factors that-
Rajkot has a very long historical background. The city was under different rulers since it was founded. In independence movements also Rajkot has a very significant role. Rajkot was the capital of Saurashtra state from 15 April 1948 to 31 Oct 1956 before it merges with Bombay State on 1 Nov 1956. Rajkot Was incorporated into Gujarat state from 1 May 1960.
Rajkot is popular for its multi cultural area. Here various languages, like Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu, English, Malayalam, Marathi, Sindhi and Bengali can be found. The people of Rajkot are predominantly vegetarians and believe in saving lives instead of hunting for enjoyment or meals. The women here are very fond of jewellery. Although the attire changes with the seasons and festivals, Gujarati sari for women and Kurtas & formal wears are common for men in Rajkot.
Rajkot has its own native music Genre- Dayro, which is used to convey folk stories and saying. Garba is the famous dance style of Rajkot especially done in Navratri. Beside this various other festivals are also celebrated with full joy and enthusiasm like Janmashtami, Diwali, Eid and Holi also. People love to dance and enjoy collectively for several days which also encourages peace, harmony and togetherness among them. Thus, staying in Rajkot is a lot more than merely living a life for survival.
People in Rajkot are also very fond of sports and Cricket is the most famous sport of the city. Kids and elders can be seen flying cricket in playgrounds in early morning and late evening. Madhavrao Sindhia Cricket Ground has hosted numerous cricket events including Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy along with several inter-school and college level tournaments. Another stadium entitled Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium is just 15 Kms from Rajkot and has a capacity of 32000 spectators.
Rajkot is one of the key tourist spots in Gujarat hosting historical landmarks, places and parks featuring historical events and monuments from colonial times in a highly preserved manner. The Connaught Hall, Mohandas Gandhi High School, Rashtriya Shala, Kaba Gandhi No Delo, Rotary Dolls Museum housing more than 1400 dolls from around the globe, Rotary Midtown Library, Watson Museum, Lang Library housing thousand of books and documents and Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium are some of the notable points to visit in Rajkot. Masonic Hall, Swaminarayan Gurukul, Aji Dam, Race Course, Swaminarayan Temple and Vishwakarma Prabhuji Temple have also been the centre point of attraction for a large number of tourists in recent years.
Rajkot is popular for its education system and has provided education to Mahatma Gandhi at the Alfred School. More than 20 schools and learning institutes are run by the Municipal Corporation of Rajkot. A lot of self-financed public schools are also running in the district which brings the education levels of the city to higher numbers. International Baccalaureate Program is also offered at the Galaxy School. Various Universities and several public and private institutions of higher studies are preferred by the students from all over the nation due to the level of education and placement opportunities provided right from the college campuses.
In recent years, Rajkot has also witnessed rapid development wherein real estate has proved to be the key contribution to the Rajkot’s development in terms of economy and infrastructure. The city now makes a vital contribution in the economic growth and stability of the state. A number of heavy and small scale industries are running successfully under GIDC and GSFC, the industrial development and financial corporation’s of the state. With the establishment of several castings and forging industries, Rajkot is becoming one of the top suppliers of heavy machinery and spare parts for reputed companies across the globe. Rajkot is famous for its jewellery market, silk embroidery and watch parts.
Rajkot also hosts a large number of jewellery traders and is famous for its gold purity and has become one of the largest gold markets in India. There are a large number of textile printing units in Rajkot which produce cotton salwars and silk sarees loved by the people nationwide. More than 500 foundry units are established in Rajkot mainly serving the local diesel engine industry. Majorly the foundries deals with grey iron castings in local market and electric motor castings, automobile castings in global market. Leading snacks manufacturer of India like Balaji Wafers Pvt Ltd and Gopal Snacks Pvt Ltd also operate from Rajkot only.
With the widespread applications of IT services across the globe, Rajkot also acts as a key player in the Software and IT sectors by housing the operations and development centres of numerous SOHO companies, Software companies and multinational call centres. The city is home to Samay Groups, Ajanta Clock, ORPAT Group, Rickon Quartz and Sonera industries.
Rajkot is one of the key cities of Gujarat and is well connected through all means of transport – Air, railway and Roadways. Numerous GSRTC and private buses run from Rajkot to various cities wherein more than 80000 people travel with GSRTC only. The city is very well connected with the state highways and provides highly comfortable ride on smooth roads. Rajkot BRTS has launched a 10 km corridor and AC buses for rapid transit system.
There are two railway stations in Rajkot wherein Rajkot Junction Railway Stations is widely used by travellers. The station provides connectivity with all the major cities of India while the other railway stations provide connectivity to Veraval, Junagadh, Somnath and Porbandar only.
The airport is located nearby and can be accessed by auto rickshaw and cab. There are regular flights to Mumbai and Delhi on daily basis.
Thus, from every aspect, Rajkot is one of the finest cities of India for happy living and career growth.