City Stats
Location : 22.3º N 70.8º E
State : Gujarat
District : Rajkot
Altitude : 134 Meter
Postal Codes : 360001to7
Area : 104.86 sq. km.
Vehicle : GJ 3
Time Zone : IST (UTC +5:30)

History of Rajkot
Rajkot was founded by Thakur Saheb Vibhaji Ajoji Jadeja of the Jadeja clan and Raju Sandhi in 1612 AD, in the middle of Saurashtra. Rajkot was named in honour of its co-founder, Raju Sandhi.

Jadeja Rule
Masumabad was later conquered by the Jadeja clan and its name was restored to Rajkot. It was then merged into Republic of India during Pradyumansinh Jadeja's reign.

British Rule
British East India Company founded the Saurashtra agency in Rajkot to moderate all princely states. The regional headquarters and residency of this agency was at Kothi Compound. British constructed many impressive colonial buildings and educational institutions, such as Connaught Hall and The Rajkumar College.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, A.K.A. Mahatma Gandhi, spent the early years of his life in Rajkot when his father was a Diwan to the king of Rajkot. Gandhi fasted to ask to form a people's council and liberation of people of Rajkot at Rashtriya Shala in 1939.

Navab Rule
Masum Khan conquered Rajkot in the year 1720 AD. He was a deputy Faujdar of Junagadh’s Nawab. Masum Khan changed the name of Rajkot to Masumabad. The three storied clock towers was built during this period.

Post Independence
After independence, Rajkot became capital of the state of Saurashtra, headed by U. N. Dhebar as Chief Minister. Rajkot was merged into the newly-created Gujarat state when it was separated from the bilingual Bombay state on May 1, 1960.