Once Rajkot was the capital of the state of Saurashtra. Today, it is best known as the town where Mahatma Gandhi spent the early years of his life when his father was a 'Diwan' or Prime Minister to the king of Saurashtra. Even today, their family home here houses a permanent exhibition of Gandhiji's personal belongings.
Rajkot has a fine museum and some old colonial architecture.Handicrafts like silver and textiles are a highlight of Rajkot, which has the National Weaving Institute, which is working to promote traditional weaves. Rajkot is one of the most important commercial and industrial cities of Saurashtra.
The Rajkot city is, situated 246 kms from Ahmedabad.