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Aligarh is a city in the Uttar Pradesh, India that is famous for its lock industries. It is the administrative headquarters of Aligarh district. It lies 307 kilometres (191 mi) northwest of Kanpur and is approximately 130 kilometres (81 mi)southeast of the capital, New Delhi. Notable as the seat of Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh is the 8th largest city in Uttar Pradesh and 55th largest city in India.

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Aligarh Railway Station, Uttar Pradesh.

 

The Battle of Aligarh was fought on 1 September 1803 during the Second Anglo-Maratha War (1803–1805) at Aligarh Fort. The British 76th Regiment, now known as the Duke of Wellington's Regiment besieged the fort, which was under the control of the French officer Perron, and established British rule. In 1804, the Aligarh district was formed by the union of the second, third and fourth British divisions with the addition of Anupshahr from Muradabad and Sikandra Rao from Etawa. On 1 August 1804, Claude Russell was appointed the first Collector of the new district.

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Aligarh Fort where the Battle of Aligarh was fought. 

 

Aligarh has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate, typical of north-central India. Summers start in April and are hot with temperatures peaking in May. The average temperature range is 28–38 °C (82–100 °F). 

Aligarh has several popular landmarks. Most notable few of them are Aligarh fort, Khereshwar Temple which is the birthplace of Swami Shri Haridas Ji, Teerthdham Mangalayatan Mandir and Dor fortress (1524), which is now in ruins, lies at the city's centre; its site is in the area now called Upper Fort (Balai Qila) and is occupied by an 18th-century mosque. The area Shah Jamal is very famous for a Sufi saint Syed Shah Jamal is also known as Shamsul Arifeen, of whom the tomb is located at Shahjamal area and surrounded by a graveyard. The Sufi Saint is mentioned by Ibn Battuta in his book The Travels of Ibn Battuta. The saint is said to be of Sufi Chishtiya order.

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Aligarh Numaish going on since 1880. 

 

The Annual Cultural Exhibition, popularly known as Numaish, is held at the exhibition ground in January and February. The land Numaish Ground was donated By Nawab Rehmat Ullah Khan Sherwani. The cultural shows take place at three grand stages (Kohinoor, Krishnanjali, and Muktakash). In all, more than 150 stage events featuring artists from across India take place during a period of 28-30 days.

About one-third of the population consists of the Muslims in Aligarh. Formerly known as Kol, the city was founded in the year 1804 by the British who captured this place then. The city has a quaint look to it with sprawling buildings and not so crowded streets. You can have an afternoon visit to the Dor fortress, which served as a Mosque in the 8th century. The city is quite known for its Buddhist relation too! The Sankasya Mound Stupa is said to have been visited by Buddha himself. Everything about Aligarh has an old-world charm related to it.

The Aligarh Muslim University students have gone on to revolt against the Government many times. The revolutions and protests have re-shaped the entire city of Aligarh. Indeed, the students are a backbone to this city. In case you are visiting this city, travel guides are available to know everything about Aligarh. The nearest airport is in Delhi which receives international flights from all over the world. The railway station is located in the city itself and buses ply regularly to and from this place. Aligarh is also quite famous for its sweets.

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Aligarh Muslim University. (PC: Scroll)

 

Another interesting aspect about Aligarh is its markets. The markets in the city are a shopper's paradise. The city is quite popular for Sherwani, a kind of an Indian traditional dress. The city also has some good theatres and multiplexes. Visiting this place in the months of October to March is the right option as the remaining months are quite hot and dry. Of late, the city has been divided into two sections; Old Aligarh (city) and New Aligarh (civil lanes). The city is also quite famous for the locks that they make. Locks produced here are exported all over the world.

A city that has a history shrouded in mysterious legends, Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh is a lesser explored travel destination. Situated in the fertile regions between the rivers Ganges and Yamuna, the unassuming city has a few treasures to offer travellers eager to explore. In the present day, Aligarh has commercial significance in the state and is popular for its lock manufacturing industry. In fact, the successful industry has earned the city a nickname of 'The City of Locks' or Tala Nagri. Here is a short travel guide unlocking the secrets of Aligarh. The city offers heritage monuments, ancient ruins, temples, educational institutions and various other landmarks. Take a look at what you can explore on a trip to Aligarh.Aligarh Fort Considered one of the strongest forts in India, the structure was originally built during the reign of Ibrahim Lodhi in the 1500's. The fort then changed hands and finally was rebuilt as the present structure by the French. The Aligarh Fort or Quila is one of the most popular attractions in the city and is worth visiting.


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Dor Fortress Aligarh, Uttar pradesh.

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