Aligarh is a famous old city in Uttar Pradesh that has evolved as a significant learning and commercial centre. Various tribes and major empires have ruled this city. Several historical events and social movements have had an impact on its cultural heritage and tradition. Tourists can get a fascinating glimpse into Aligarh’s distinctive past in the grand forts, mosques, temples and educational centres, which act as the gates to a hidden world. Aligarh is notably famous for its lock industry. It’s also called Tala Nagri (city of locks) In 1870, Johnson & Co. established the first English lock firm in Aligarh. Now, Aligarh Locks are exported across the globe.
The travelling distance between Agra and Aligarh is 88.5 km through the Yamuna Expressway and can be covered within 1 hour 40 minutes. This journey is easy on the pocket and offers an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of a North India countryside. Agra taxi service can be availed to refresh yourself on a rewarding road trip.
Main Attractions in Aligarh:
Tourists can rent Delhi outstation Cabs to travel a distance of 140 km in 2 hours to reach Aligarh. Aligarh offers many prominent attractions for the history lovers’ delight.
The Aligarh Muslim University: This landmark University one of the highly rated Anglo Muslim educational and research centre. Its marvellous architecture enthrals its visitors. Founded by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the Aligarh Movement of British India have taken place here. Kennedy Auditorium, Muslim University Riding Club, Gulistan-e-Syed, University Jama Masjid, Victoria Gate, Sir Syed Hall, Maulana Azad Library, Musa Dakri Museum are all located within its premises.
The Aligarh Fort was built in the 16th century bears a strong influence of French and India style architecture. A prominent site for the revolt of 1857 against the British, this place is a must-see for tourists interested in Indian political history.
The Syed Academy Museum, memorial building for Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. This museum is divided into galleries that have been dedicated to showcasing the life and teachings of Sir Syed Ahmed as well as traces the facts and history of Aligarh Muslim University.
The Hakim Karam Museum traces the history of science and medicine. It has an expansive display of souvenirs, manuscripts, memoirs of important physicians and Nobel Prize recipients. Sculptures from Arab, Babylonian Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilization can also be found here.
The Chacha Nehru Gyan Pushp Museum provides an interactive way to educate children through drawings, and modern scientific equipment about biological and geographical studies. Rocks, minerals, coins, stamps and gems are on display as a part of the museum collection. It has been founded in 1982 and is situated on the campus of the Three Dots School. Visiting hours: 9 am to 1 pm (excluding Wednesday).
The Ibn Sina Academy Medieval Medicine and Sciences in Dodhpur is the perfect place for historians to dig into the past for ancient inventions dating back to the 7th and 8th century. Being a charitable organization, donations to the Academy are also exempted from Income Tax under section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961.
The Jama Masjid is easily visible from all parts of the city. Built during the 18th century, this grand mosque reflects Islamic architectural influences with dome-like structure and graceful pillars.
Tourists can drive down to The Khereshwar Temple in Shivrajpur to see its exquisite carvings on this well-structured temple built by Raja Sati Prasad in memory of the queen.
The Dor Fortress is considered as a magnificent fort of ancient times where legal proceedings used to be held during the reign of the For King Buddhsen Dor.
Shekha Jheel: If you happen to visit Aligarh during the winters then this one is a must see. Apart from the scenic beauty of the lake, you might spot hundreds of Siberian migratory birds.
Various cab services with tour packages at reasonable rates take travellers around the city. Plan your travel itinerary and select a bucket list of historical places that will enrich your experience and make your stay in Aligarh a memorable one.
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