For tehil see Suratgarh tehsil
|Founded by||Maharaja Surat Singh (Ruler of Bikaner)|
|Elevation||168 m (551 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||RJ 13|
Suratgarh is located at  It has an average elevation of 168 metres (551) feet.
Census, As of the 2011 India Suratgarh has a population of 61,639. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%.Suratgarh has an average literacy rate of 63%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 70%, and female literacy is 54%. In Suratgarh, 15% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Akashwani Suratgarh Broadcasts on 918 kHz with a 300 kW radio transmitter. It has been given name "Cotton city channel".
Suratgarh had been a significant arena of historical incidences in the ancient past. The city was once called Sodal. Around 3000 BC Suratgarh is believed to have been a lush, green place due to the presence of two big rivers, Sarasvati and Drishvati. Present sand possessed various botanical and zoological species within the basins of chaste Sarasvati and Drishvati. Emergence of Kalibanga and Barod civilizations were facilitated by the geographical and environmental complements of the Sarasvati, and Suratgarh had been a noteworthy testimony of this. The traces of ancient civilization near Rangmahal, Manaksaar and Amarpura shows the historical significance of Suratgarh where Sarasvati civilization has receded after 1500 years of stability.
Suratgarh developed by greatly under the rule of Maharaja Ganga Singh who built a hunting lodge at Suratgarh and ensured connectivity of Suratgarh to train service. Hanumangarh and Bikaner came under the Suratgarh District when the district was established. Establishment of the Ganges canal in 1927 helped Suratgarh develop; it became a city after partition when various refugees from Pakistan came in and started settling there. Suratgarh Central State Farm was established in 1956 followed with establishment of Indira Gandhi Canal project and Central Animal Reproduction Farm in the '60s. Meanwhile an air and military base station, Akashvani and various offices had been established. Suratgarh Thermal Power Station started working from 3 November 1998 and this laid down one more milestone in the progress of Suratgarh city.
It has a thermal power plant of 1500 MW and a PLF of 93%, which has won an award for one of the best-operated plants in India. Industry experienced acute growth with the construction of thermal power plant and its residential buildings. Since then the industry has been growing at a fast pace. With the reducing demands as a result of completion of the thermal power plant project, bricks from Suratgarh are now supplied to various parts of Rajasthan especially to the districts of Churu and Jhunjhunu.
City-wide administration is coordinated by the Nagar Palika Suratgarh. Here is an SDM court, an ADM, ACJM, MJM and ADJ court. it is a place of Maharaja Sardul singh. The great personality of Rajputana Riyasat in Bikaner state.
Places of interest in and around Suratgarh
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- Khejri Hanuman Temple
- Kali Banga
- Suratgarh Super Thermal power Station
- Suratgarh Airforce Station
- Suratgarh Central state farm (biggest farm of Asia)
- Suratgarh Radio station (Cotton city channel)
- Suratgarh Army station
- Suratgarh Junction
- Ghaghar river
- Indira Gandhi canal
- Orbit Hospital
There has been constant boost in economy with the presence of major defence stations, Suratgarh Thermal Power Station and surrounding the cities. Further development is provided by the presence of newly constructed cement production factories that use ash from the thermal power plant. A large part of population depends on agricultural activities for their household income.
Distance from surrounding cities: Bikaner − 174 km, Ganganagar − 70 km, Hanumangarh − 52 km The city is well connected with other cities by train and road networks. National Highway number 15 and mega highway passes through the city.
Schools In Suratgarh
- Sacred Heart School
- Kendriya Vidyalya (Airforce Suratgarh)
- Kendriya Vidhalya (Army, Suratgarh)
- Kendriya Vidhalya (Suratgarh Thermal Power Station(STPS) Township)
- Seth Ram-Dayal Rathi Gov. Sr. Sec. School
- Girls Sr. Sec. School
- Purani Abadi Govt. Sec. School
- S.T.D.A.V Public School-(Suratgarh Thermal Power Station(STPS) Township)
- Tagore Central Academy Sn. Sr. School
- Priyadarshini Public Senior Secondary School
- Harsh Convent School
- Sharma bal Mandir Sec. Sco. School
- Pareek Public school
- Blossom Academy - (Mere Sapno ka School)
- Sr Hari Ram Baba School
- Rajasthan Education Academy
- Neo Pearl Public School
- Modern Publik School
- Naveen Adarsh Vidhya Mandir
- Luv-Kush Academy
- Kalindi International School
- Pink Model Sec. School
Colleges in Suratgarh:
- Govt. College, Suratgarh
- Tagore pg college
- Suratgarh PG College
- Govt. Poly-Technic College, Suratgarh
- Mata Jeetoji Girls College, Suratgarh
Suratgarh city proposes a wide cultural diversity, most of the people from the main city are either service class or local merchants. City has traditional Rajasthani culture but not being so far from Punjab, there is also a rich influence of Punjabi culture.
People of Suratgarh have been migrating to various metro cities in India and also across the world and has been adding to its diversity.
There is an infrastructure for the practice of sports such as Cricket, Football, Badminton, Basketball, etc. Government college sports ground located at NH 15 highway provides a good platform to sports lovers to participate in sport activities.
Websites of Suratgarh:
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Suratgarh
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.