The formal twinning agreement between Leicester and Rajkot - the first such twinning undertaken by a city in India - was signed on 20th December 1996, thus cementing the strong links which many Leicester residents have both with Rajkot and the State of Gujarat.
Rajkot was founded in 1610 by Vibhaji Jadeja & Raju Sandhi. Rajkot was once the capital of the princely 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. It was here that Mahatma Gandhi started his primary education courses.
With a population of over 1,002,000 and an area of 104.86 square kilometres, Rajkot is one of the leading cities in Gujarat State. A thriving and developing city in all aspects of education, business, commerce and culture, in addition to a university, Rajkot also has more than 200 nursery, primary and higher secondary schools.
The industrial base is also wide-ranging, including engineering and machine manufacture, hosiery and cloth printing and the manufacture of jewellery, ornaments and articles of gold and silver.
Like Leicester, Rajkot is firmly committed to develop a sustainable environment and has major projects underway, with large capital investments, associated with water, health and sanitation services and refuse disposal systems.
Link to Rajkot Municipal Corporation
Link to Leicester Rajkot Twinning Association