Rohtak, the administrative headquarters of the Rohtak District
, is situated 71 km northwest of New Delhi
. It forms a part of the National Capital Region (NCR) and is a prominent processing and marketing center for sugar, grains and other agricultural products in the state. The city is also famous for turbans interwoven with gold and silver thread.
Rohtak, one of the progressive cities in Haryana, has a long history to mention. References about this city had been found in the epic of
Mahabharata. Buddhist sculptures dating back to 600 BC, unearthed from here, had established the existence of early human settlements. Until the late 17th century, the city formed a part of the
Mughal Empire. After the disintegration of the Mughal dynasty in the 1700s, Rohtak came under the rule of Marathas and Sikh rulers before the British wrested control of it in 1824. It was given an official designation of the city in 1867.
Places of tourist interest in and around the city include Gaokaran tank, Khokar fort, Asthal bohar and Bhindawas Lake.
Rohtak has a rail way station on the New Delhi-Bathinda line. The nearest airport is at New Delhi. The National Highways 10 and 71 passes through Rohtak.