Rajkot is famous for being an important industrial center for the state of Gujarat. It is well known for its gold and silver jewelry and for its epertise in textile industry. The city is also a major exporter of Diesel Engines, Watch Parts and Bearing equipments. Moreover it is also recognized for its connection with Mahatama Gandhi. Being the venue for the International Kite festival makes Rajkot an immensely popular city.
The attire changes with the season and approaching festivals. The ladies normally wear the Gujarati styled Sari and Salwar Kurta and men can be seen in flowing Kurtas and pants. But since last 2 decades Rajkot has developed to a great extent. People have now accepted the western fashion and are moving ahead with the latest trends. Youngsters prefer wearing casuals (like jeans, T-shirts), branded clothes and designer wear. There is room for every taste.
Rajkot is a blend of various cultures. People have arrived and settled here from various parts of the world. One can find many languages being spoken here, like Gujarati, Hindi, English, Rajasthani, Sindhi, Marathi and Tamil. However Gujarati, Hindi and English are better understood.
Rajkot is the 4th largest city in the state of Gujarat, the estimated population of Rajkot is 1.43 million as per 2008 census. It has a literacy rate of 80.6%(approximately). It is ranked 22nd in the world’s fastest growing cities and urban areas.
People of Rajkot
People of Rajkot are fun loving, hospitable and vibrant. They believe in the old saying “Work while you work and play while you play”. So most of the shops and businesses are closed during the afternoon hours between 1 p.m. to 4 P.m. also due to the high mercury levels during this time of the day.
Rajkot has many good educational institutes. There are public as well as private schools and colleges in Rajkot. Saurashtra University is also located in the city of Rajkot.
Rajkot is accessible easily by rail, road and air. State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect various centers of Gujarat to Rajkot. It is situated 768 Kms from Mumbai (via Ahmedabad), 101 Kms from Junagadh, 193 Kms from Porbandar and 216 Kms from Ahmedabad.
Some of the major tourist attractions in Rajkot are:
- Sardar Smruti Bhavan
- Javahar Nehru Udhyan
- Planetorium & Community Science Center
- Jubilee Garden
- Doordarshan Kendra
- ShayamaPrasad Art Gallery
- Rashtriya Shala
- Aji dam / Nyari dam
- Fun World
- Pandit Din Dayal Upadhyay National Park
- Watson Museum
- Sorthiyawadi Chowk Step Garden
- Gandhi Udhyan
- Akashvani Kendra
- Jagat Mandir
- Amusement Park
- The Rajkumar College
- LalPari Lake
- Randerda Deer Park Wankaner