Rajkot is a large, hectic commercial and industrial city that isn’t easy to love, with its heavy traffic, lack of open spaces, and scant worthwhile sights. But the old city, east of the newer centre, still has plenty of character, with narrow streets, markets, and farmers selling ghee on street corners. It's worth a day's visit.
Rajkot was founded in 1612 by the Jadeja Rajputs, and in colonial times it became the headquarters of the Western India States Agency, Britain’s administrative centre for some 400 princely states in Saurashtra, Kachchh and northern Gujarat. After Independence, Rajkot was capital of the short-lived state of Saurashtra.