Aligarh

Popularly known as the 'Mecca of Education', Aligarh is a university town in Uttar Pradesh.

It was formerly known as Kol. Legend has it that Kol was founded by the Dor tribe of Rajputs in the fourth century. The son of the Governor of Kol named it Muhammadgarh. Later, it was captured by SabitKhan who gave it the name ‘Sabitgarh’. In the 18the century, the Jats occupied it and named it ‘Ramgarh’. Finally, the British took over in 1803 and the present Aligarh district was formed.


The city is synonymous with education. It has many reputed educational institutes but the pride of the place goes to Aligarh Muslim University. In 1875, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan founded the Muhammadan Anglo Oriental College here on the lines of Oxford and Cambridge universities. In 1920, this became Aligarh Muslim University.

The city is a major hub of agriculture and industry. It has about 25,000 small-scale and large-scale industries. Lock manufacturing is a big industry and Aligarh is popularly referred to as the Lock City of India. It is also one of the largest manufacturers of brass with about 100 tonnes of brass being processed daily. It exports brass fittings all over the world. Iron, aluminum, bronze, and zinc products are also manufactured in the city.

The main languages spoken in Aligarh are Hindi, English and Urdu. Another popular dialect spoken here is Brij Bhasha. Aligarh is also famous for its sweets and savouries. Every year, a cultural exhibition called ‘Numaish’ is held here that attracts a lot of visitors. Don’t forget to pick up a Sherwani during your trip!

Aligarh has a humid subtropical climate. In summer, average temperatures range between 28–33 °C. The monsoons bring some respite in June-July. Winters are generally mild, but fog and cold snaps occur often. The best time to visit Aligarh is during the months of February-March. This is when temperatures are moderate and humidity is low.

Sightseeing
Aligarh fort – Built in the 16th century by the son of the governor of Kol, this became a fort of great importance under Madhavrao I Scindia. It is built in the shape of a regualr polygon and is surrounded by a deep ditch. Chacha Nehru Gyan Pushp - Established in 1982, this is an educational museum. It has an assortment of specimens relating to geography, biology and history. You can see stamps, coins, rocks, minerals, shells, gems, stones, medals, photocopies of paintings, and science instruments on display.

Dor fortress – Built in 1524, this fortress is now in ruins. It is located in the area now called Upper Kot. It houses an impressive 18th-century mosque.


Baba Barchi tomb – This renowned tomb at Kath Pula attracts a lot of pilgrims aroun the year. As such, it is a must-visit for seekers of spirituality.

Top News

Indiska: We Fight For Change

Indiska: We Fight For Change

Short film for the Indiska brand project, 'we fight for change', exploring Indian sustainability efforts. Indiska, designed in Sweden by people who love India. The love of India and our passion for design is the core of all of our products. We have our design department, where all of our products in Fashion and Interior a...
26 Feb, 2015 by admin  0
The Way To India Travel Film

The Way To India Travel Film

A Short travel film by Brian Lewis India. Unlike anywhere else I've ever traveled. Like stepping into a long, dark tunnel and being launched into an alternate reality where every sense is ramped up to 11. Exploding levels of heat, sound, smell, color, spice in every scene. Featuring locations in Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, ...
23 Feb, 2015 by admin  0
After Dark: The Nights of the Rickshaw Challenge

After Dark: The Nights of the Rickshaw Challenge

The Rickshaw Challenge is pretty crazy by day, with tipped up tuk-tuks, thieving monkeys and cramming 9 passengers into one tiny shaw, but by night the participants know how to party, check out some of the goss from Pondicherry to Trivandrum of the GamingZion Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run 2015! [caption id="attachment_1300...
10 Feb, 2015 by Jennifer Walker 
Welcome to India by Àlvar Riu

Welcome to India by Àlvar Riu

A Short film by Àlvar Riu from his trip to Northern India. A short film about my experience in India. One month visiting the North of this wonderful country. I made WELCOME TO INDIA! with the desire to encourage people to visit the land of the senses. The shots were filmed in Delhi, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Jaipur, P...
2 Feb, 2015 by admin  0
The Salamander Rickshaw

The Salamander Rickshaw

The Filipino-made Salamander rickshaw by H20 Technologies, is designed to function on both land and in the water. The Salamander is powered by your choice of either a a 5kW electric engine or a 250cc gasoline motor which is used to move the rear wheels when the vehicle is on land, or a little propeller when it’s in the ...
30 Jan, 2015 by admin  0
Top 9 Sites from the Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run

Top 9 Sites from the Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run

From temples to hidden beaches, while the GamingZion Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run 2015 might not have followed the classic tourist route, but we have seen some amazing sites along the way, either from the backseat of a rickshaw or on our stops along the way. We drove deep into the heart of Tamil Nadu, which is one of India’s...
30 Jan, 2015 by Jennifer Walker 
Images from India

Images from India

Great short from Marcin Kepka' journey across India. We've been to Asia couple of times but I must admit India really impressed me. It is so intense and spiritual country. This trip will stay in my memory for long. Places visited: Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Goa. Images from India ...
29 Jan, 2015 by admin  0
Offroading by Rickshaw: Ride Along with Game of Horns

Offroading by Rickshaw: Ride Along with Game of Horns

For many the ride to Tuticorin was a smooth road, too smooth according to some, so the Norwegian team Game of Horns decided to shake things up and make it a little more interesting by taking their rickshaw off road. As we prepared to leave Madurai on day five of the Rickshaw Challenge, I was feeling restless. After all, it w...
17 Jan, 2015 by Brianne Miers 
Gateway to the Ganges by Brandon Li

Gateway to the Ganges by Brandon Li

A stunning short by filmmaker Brandon Li, showcasing the daily life along India’s sacred river, the Ganges. Daily life in the Indian cities of Rishikesh, Haridwar, and Devprayag. This region lies in the foothills of the Himalayas where the Ganges River descends from the mountains. I visited not knowing what to expect,...
16 Jan, 2015 by admin  0
Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run 2015

Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run 2015

Great piece on the just completed Classic Run, an epic rickshaw ride from Chennai to Trivandrum. "Crazy streets, heavy rains, breakdown of vehicles, visits to temples and monuments….the teams that participated in the Indian Autorickshaw Challenge – Classic run had a fun ride. Rickshaw Challenge – Classic run is an ...
9 Jan, 2015 by admin  0
Page 1 of 8412345...102030...Last »

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress
X

Come join us on our next rickshaw adventure! Book Your Place!

¤